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HARMAN Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
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  • 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. "Old fashion middle management"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology relaxed work from home policy

    Cons

    Old guard management is out of tune with latest technology. Management living in QNX era.

    Advice to Management

    Reboot the management and ease out loud and lewd managers


  2. "SW Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexi timings.
    good salary hike considered to other employers.

    Cons

    no process
    no work culture
    only work no fun.
    no team work culture, everything done by majority of employee is to impress manager

    Advice to Management

    well as I know, its futile to provide feedback. hence carry on...


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide breadth of work, get to work on products that ship globally and see them end up in consumer's hands. Good way to pick up experience.

    Cons

    Way too many people to go through to get things done. Before our company was acquired by Harman, we shipped products in 6-7 months, whereas after it took more than 14 months. Since ideas had to be approved by up to 5 people in leadership, things never got done and there were a lot of products behind schedule or not even ending up shipping. Processes became harder from being acquired. Things like Gmail and Box.com became Outlook and a Harman server, which hardly ever worked properly and slowed down efficiency significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Discontinue a lot of your fluff products and have a very small core set of very good, well working products. Have less people be necessary to approve things. If third party applications such as Gmail and Box make processes faster, don't cut them out just to say you have your own application.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn but do not expect growth inside the organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn and develop your technical and managerial skills.

    Cons

    Mid level management is technically ignorant and so the growth of individuals depend on the perception of managers and not on the individual's technical abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen your team leads and mid level managers


  6. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Account Director in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large MSFT partner, select great people in Washington, hard working team in India

    Cons

    Top and middle management culture - not inclusive (need to fit certain sex/mold), culture specific (i.e. Only Indians are welcome /succeed),


  7. "Crappy pay for the ants."

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    Current Employee - responsable production et maintenance in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - responsable production et maintenance in El Paso, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy, if you get lucky and land a job as an in house security officer.

    Cons

    Drama, favoritism and wage theft. The company hires through a staffing agency to control and bring fear in the workers. Employees seem to be scared to lose 10 dollars an hour. Bosses are scared of the manager because the big boss likes the way she cuts ot and keeps people from advancing. Bonuses probably. Also, hr and personnel operate from Mexico, which is known for crap employee rights.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your bonus because one day you'll be on the other end of the crap stick. Pay your hands on workers competitive wages, not your corp heads.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Stingy, Screwed Up, and Souless"

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    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many intelligent, knowledgeable, and experienced workers. Very casual dress code, great employee discounts on decent audio gear.

    Cons

    Leadership vacuum at upper and middle-management levels as evidenced by extremely poor levels of employee engagement, pervasive apathy, no discipline to process, third-world employee performance management process, no bonus or salary compensation incentives for regular employees during times of record revenue and profit, little accountability at all levels, low levels of intra-group communication, low expectations everywhere, no real world work-life balance, career advancement very hit or miss, working hard is valued far more than working smart, extremely poor use of significant intellectual capital.

    Advice to Management

    Have outside consultants assess and advise on the above, while taking a good, hard look at who you are as supposed professional leaders, managers, and people, if you are to have any chance of addressing the above issues with the hope and intent of positioning Harman for bona fide, sustainable success.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Unsustainable. Organized chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Populated with MOTIVATED people, who want to do a good job. Good pay (until you calculate the hourly rate). No comp time, despite 60+ hour weeks.

    Cons

    Like so many other reviewers, ZERO work-life balance (12+ hours days not uncommon), heavy and continuous workload. Harman is too successful (too many programs and not nearly enough staff to support ) and HR has not kept up with demand. Outsourcing is a problem, since the other employees are 12 hours opposite US schedule. Co-workers are frustrated and burned out.

    Advice to Management

    Staff to succeed. Accelerate the reorganization. Talk to employees before finalizing the (rumored reduced ) work space area in the new building


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Learn to speak Mandarin or Hindi."

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    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some Harman divisions still have amazing engineers and products. There is still a connection to an amazing heritage, and the opportunity to work on advanced projects.

    Cons

    More and more of the work is being moved to China and India, and the Harman heritage and tribal knowledge is at risk of being lost forever.

    Advice to Management

    Throw away the Neutron Jack management book and look ahead more than 1 quarter at a time.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Join only if desperately lookin for a change."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discounts for audio products. Dont need to be qualified from a good school for being a manager.

    Cons

    Adhoc management. your qualifications dont matter. An entry level engineer is made a manager. No knowledgeable colleagues left in the company to learn things from. High attrition rate.

    Advice to Management

    Management cannot be advised here.


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