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HARMAN Reviews

Updated December 7, 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 38 reviews)

  • No work life balance in few projects (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "No new AMX products coming soon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Richardson, TX location has a great atmosphere and good people working there for now.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs just occurred, and there seems to be no direction provided from the management team. Seems as if the Sales Management team doesn't communicate with the Engineering Management team resulting in continuing lack of clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Laying engineering people off to reduce costs will result no support for current products and no release of new products in the near term. This will eventually lead to unhappy customers. If the management team doesn't start leading with a clear direction, those customers will never come back to Harman/AMX products.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "NYC Sales associate - Lies and no room for growth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing pay.
    Corporate benfits which is great.
    Vacation pay
    Health benefits
    401k
    They send you out to California to learn more about the products.

    Cons

    Lack of team motivation
    Lack growth within the company. Don't believe what they tell you.
    Nepotism
    Managers aren't on same page
    Products are constantly on sale making it harder to sales goal.
    They make it seem like a great place to work but they lack leadership.
    They do not appreciate the effort you put into working for the company.
    The pay is so good that it is the only reason you stay.

  3. "Fun Job Contract, Extremely Sloppy Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Test Associate in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Test Associate in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The contract I'm currently in is super fun in all honesty, but I'm only a contracted employee to work as a tester and I can't say much of anything without breaching NDA.

    Cons

    Honestly, management is a mess and the hiring process was not encouraging. I received emails with outdated information, and all the links that were given to me had disconnected DNS. Even the email that told me to come into the interview gave three separate dates, and I ended up coming in a day early for my interview.
    Because worker turnover is so high, it's hard to know anything, and training seemed a bit slipshod. I've been working for a month and am slated to work through the end of the month or even the month after and I still have lots of questions and documentation provided to me is constantly out of date.

    Advice to Management

    Get a functional portal system, and be more prompt and on top of various things.


  4. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture. Good management.

    Cons

    Insurance is not that good.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Recommendation for working here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer Benefits to contractors.
    PM's at least pretend they care?

    Cons

    HR is terrible at fixing issues
    HR doesn't respond to employee's.
    They will fire you for no cause and hire someone cheaper.
    Extremely low pay.
    No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employee's with care, if you must terminate then give the employee a reason. In some states it is required by Law.
    Increase the pay of the employee's and create a better work culture if you want better results for work.


  6. "Aquired by Harman"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    good employee product purchasing program

    Cons

    Moved production to Mexico did not seem to care about employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, sometimes
    25 cent pop, free ice, and cafeteria that serves edible food
    easy to pretend you work for a trendy tech company with the nice interior and the Foosball
    It's not all bad in that you do get a lot of freedom in your work

    Cons

    no training whatsoever. You will be thrown into a project that is quoted late, months behind, doesn't have the people on it, no requirements (I literally cannot say this enough), no one working on the requirements, if you try to get necessary materials to do requirements analysis yourself you will be stone walled, no engineering process, traceability, or software design, and if you ask about these things people will look at you like you grew a second head. Best of all, you get to be the fall guy for their bad decisions if everything goes south

    If you are considering this for your first job out of school just don't. you will learn less than nothing, go for a company that actually values software as an engineering discipline, look for CMMI or V model.

    also, there is a bad habit of people having a "let me do that for you" mentality instead of documenting, showing how to do something, or explaining for future reference.

    They will insist that they are implementing better processes but you might not get to take part in that on whatever they assign you and life is too short to be ripping your hair out over making one off consumer entertainment software that isn't even cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    you know the rest, but also get away from dead technologies, don't low ball new hires (they wont get anything else out of working there so better pay more, current pay is on the lower end), and most of all, don't set people up for failure

  8. "Old fashion middle management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetence"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Way too many "Peter Principle" examples in management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and develop good executives instead of spending money on consultants. Worry more about the people and future of the company than milestones and bonuses. Empower the people instead of practicing micro-management. And quit covering up market share losses and declining profits by merging and acquiring. Understand the folly and absurdity of thinking off-shoring is really cheaper in the long run.


  10. "SW Project manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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...


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