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HARMAN Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Pros
  • very well balanced Work-life balance (in 73 reviews)

  • Work environment is very professional(at least in the project that I worked in) (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is highly dependent on the Project you are working on (in 29 reviews)

  • there no work life balance and managers more more partial toward people they like (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Going to miss this place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Elkhart, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and the employees have a good relationship with the lower level management.

    Cons

    Upper management only care about making money.

    Advice to Management

    Money is good but shipping jobs out of the country will only hurt the product line.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Global Legal Billing Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Billing Administrator in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Billing Administrator in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I absolutely LOVED working for Harman. Its a fun company and I enjoyed everyone who worked there. I LOVED my job and wore many hats in my position. Everyday at my desk was different day. There is so much work there that I had a field day because I like working and making money and immediate results.

    Cons

    really nothing....I never had issues. If they asked me to come back and work I would. I left the company for medical reasons at the time :(

    Advice to Management

    It helps when you have a manager that understands my job because it was very hard to explain myself the the things I do, when you don't come from an accounting background.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "It's a stepping stone to something bigger (Connected Car)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture depending on which group you're in, but the building is small as compared to an OEM so it is very easy to get to know to everyone. It is also very easy to rub elbows with management since everything is so tight-knit.

    Harman is also excellent with their tools despite some of the groaning that may be heard.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that everything is getting outsourced to India, which has been a priority for Dinesh ever since he took over the reins. I have seen so many H1B workers come in that Americans have become a minority. Harman does this because they have a hard time hiring talent, which stems from very noncompetitive salaries. Intentional? I think so.

    Mediocre work-life balance in most engineering groups, although they are working on this. It's definitely not as bad as Denso, but people have left because of it.

    Most of the higher management believes that they understand startup culture, yet none of them have actually been involved with a startup (except for a couple). I wrote my two-cents about it below. Although, the managers are good people and I had nothing against any of them.

    Most of the software management had been promoted out of necessity or because of internal relationships, which has had mixed results in terms of effectiveness. The hardware teams are also extremely understaffed and terribly under-supplied with equipment. On the other hand, the hardware teams and management are incredibly skilled and there are still a few veterans. You can learn a lot from them. There are also a number of software engineer veterans that are excellent at what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Startup cultures can only be inspired when the employees get a cut of the growth. After all, the sole purpose of joining/forming a startup is to grow a company and reap the rewards together. Without that, there is no reason that anyone would work overtime with noncompetitive compensation, except to temporarily grow their career and then get out.

    I viewed my experience at Harman to be like a stepping stone. The lack of resources allowed me to touch every aspect of engineering that I wanted to, but it was not sustainable.


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  5. "Learn Spanish"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice products, JBL, Harmon Kardon

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, long days

    Advice to Management

    Get some friends


  6. "Technical Support Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility, great management, awesome work environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for this company. I have been really grateful for this awesome opportunity.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very successful company on the business side, but engineering is a joke."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok place for freshouts to learn some engineering concepts. Audio is a fun topic to delve into. DSP is the only "cutting edge" part of the company.

    Cons

    Even better place to learn what NOT to do. Desparately needs an upgrade in engineering management and technical competency. Feels like the wheels are ways about to fall off.

    Advice to Management

    Your managers are technically incompetent and butt-kissers of their clients and have no real appreciation for the internal resources who get them to their end goals. This is evident in the turnover. Engineers last 1 to 3 years and bail on you, while the PMs are retained for 8 to 15 years. Data speaks wonders, start processing it unless that is thd business model you desire.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fabrication Prototype Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a place for long term employment for many people

    Cons

    All American manufacturing jobs are moving to Mexico. No respect for long time employees.


  9. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HARMAN (More than a year)

    Pros

    lots of work , flexible timing

    Cons

    Hikes not so good , they assign any work to any profile person

    Advice to Management

    Assign work according to employee profile, dont waste career of people by assigning any work to any guy


  10. "Harman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool Product, Good people, International Company.

    Cons

    Concern over long-term stability of certain sites/locations.


  11. "mid-level manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting products, growing company, challenging work

    Cons

    no investment in process improvement. high turnover is some depts

    Advice to Management

    invest in process control as it will free up employee time in the long run and reduce turnover due to employee frustration.


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