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HARMAN Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Responsible Sustainability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is diverse in its product portfolio with cutting edge technologies in both Consumer and Automotive spaces . This company prides itself in its people first and with them building a sustainable profitable future . As a part of the Samsung family , Harman has an enviable opportunity to thrive in the connected world by building on the strengths of both companies in the digital space.

    Cons

    none that I have seen so far

    Advice to Management

    Lets keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve together.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a lot of people with diverse backgrounds, which is incredible. The teams are very friendly and open. There is a lot of opportunity for career growth as long as you are persistent and dedicated. The employees receive great product discounts.

    Cons

    I wish we could focus more on service rather than hardware.

  3. "Program management"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Expanding at a neck breaking speed. Many open jobs. Nice employee discounts for both Harman products and; separately, Samsung lines

    Cons

    Sweatshop! The automotive business in Michigan is booming especially for Harman. I’ve never seen it before in any other company where 1/2 of the staff on so many Fridays at 6:30pm still working. Too many new employees whom are green and need to be trained.
    Outsourcing to Mexico and India is normally OK but when you have a new customer and a new team with very limited knowledge about the product that they’re designing and selling is a recipe for trouble.
     Add to that the economical squeeze when Samsung overpaid when they bought Harman. Improper decisions were made. Harman makes speakers internally but had to buy speakers from another supplier because management did not want to expand the manufacturing plant to accommodate for the added business. Needless to say; the customer had to be informed and was extremely unhappy. Trouble.
    I left for a totally different reason. The workload didn’t match the compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Changing the perception of being a sweatshop takes time. It’s never too early to start working on creating a positive perception! I have had a very relationship with the customer. One of my customers told me that; at Harman, the good employees either get promoted or they leave. He had to deal with the leftovers!!!!


  4. "not important"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    it is flexible
    it is good
    environment

    Cons

    no growth
    no scope
    no means no

    Advice to Management

    no


  5. "Love it here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Exciting company with an upbeat culture and ambitious future in mind

    Cons

    Have yet to encounter any (relatively new)

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it


  6. "Not a bad Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great and enjoy working along side them. Nice product discounts. Health Insurance is good with great wellness programs. Managers will leave you alone as long as you are hustling and grinding and doing a good job. We work with very cool technology and partner with the best of the best. You will learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    Its like a tornado on most days, everyone moves crazy fast your head will spin. Sr. Leaders tend to keep their heads down. The strategy is questionable. Extremely lean environment.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down a bit, things are going missed. Engage with everyone at all levels not just the chosen few. Invest in employees, because they are worth it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome products, great people, lack of direction/strategy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the greatest people work at Harman. Very skilled, competent. Pay was just above average, benefits were great.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy. As in many companies this size, the growing pains from years ago still exist in many different departments. Centralized IT leaves business units hi and dry.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the time to get to know the issue from the working level. Understand that additional funds on the process improvement side of IT will allow for potentially reduced FTE on the business side, or at least a shift in focus to strategy rather than busy work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, but definitely not great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relaxed Environment
    - Product company
    - Possible opportunities to work on a variety of products
    - Competitive salaries
    - Above average 401k
    - Friendly people

    Cons

    - Seem to be restructuring every few years (layoffs)
    - Leadership and lower level management either do not communicate well or obfuscate true state of business
    - Interdepartmental communication is lacking
    - Poor planning (or communications of plans)
    - Not a lot of "A player" talent; recent restructuring caused a real brain drain in what top tier talent the company did have
    - Network is very slow and outages are not uncommon
    - Engineering/Development computers are average at best
    - No way to access email or company servers away from the office unless you use Citrix, which is extremely slow itself or due to the above mentioned network performance. VPN access used to be available, but was removed
    - Mobile native app mail access requires company spyware to be installed on your personal device
    - Outsourced software development groups appear to have very little budget or are unwilling to use budget on engineering tools, software, and server infrastructure to aid development

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to restructure, I'd suggest taking a closer look at the management you're retaining, and holding them accountable for company failures, rather than promote them. Retaining the people who fail to communicate the actual state of the company to upper management, or fail to get the job done doesn't seem like a recipe for success.

    You're a technology company. Don't be afraid to invest in technology. Software is also important to your business.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very good experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, work was good

    Cons

    work was bit hectic sometimes


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant Review"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in South Jordan, UT

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with friendly colleges and management

    Cons

    Outsourcing jobs to other countries


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