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HARMAN Reviews

Updated June 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 29 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Unprofessional and "Old School""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you really want to be in Audio industry this might be an organization that would benefit your resume, however I would recommend looking at alternative companies.

    Cons

    Very negative work environment. The culture is negative, a standard conversation is confrontational, it's just the norm. Northridge, CA is the center of activity but executive management is in Stamford, CT. Stamford makes quick judgements, applying stereotypes very quickly. They have a limited profile that they respect--aggressive, traditional looking and acting manager.

    Long-time employees are threatened by new ideas and people and act out to undermine the new employees immediately upon arrival.

    Jokes which disparage people are openly told by executive management.

    360 feedback/survey was conducted and they hid the results. Some information was released many months later, some of which they said they would not be doing. Simple things like "casual Friday" was rejected. It should be noted that customers rarely come to the offices.

    Office environment is all gray and no natural light, it is a converted factory. The acoustics are unbearable (interesting given that its an audio company).

    Advice to Management

    Diversity training for themselves and their employees (race and gender), this will hopefully lead to respecting, supporting, promoting their differences. Your company and your stock will benefit. If you remain focused on old school management styles and no diversity you will continue to struggle. And if the negativity continues to be the status quo you won't be able to attract or retain talent once the economy turns around.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Great for awhile now dismal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the major brands are still respected and employees are often greeted as celebrities in some markets. Once a collection of some of the brightest minds in audio and a few are still around. Weather in SoCal is good and there's a Jack-in-the-Box within walking distance.

    Cons

    Contentious work environment. Rare to nonexistent promtion of current employees no matter their contribution despite "focus on acquiring and building talent". Feedback from management rarely matches reality. Incentives are perverse and based on creating unbearable tension between disciplines. Cost cutting has eliminated almost all expertise. Senior management doesn't know the industry, the products or the markets and can't appreciate technical expertise. Empire building and ass covering are the norm. Executive compensation levels make monetary incentives for innovation and contribution from non-executives seem like a pittance.

    Advice to Management

    Please hurry and sell to someone who knows the business and values people and expertise before your incompetence is discovered and takes the rest of us down too.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Highland, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Highland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    To get paid for your hard work.

    Cons

    Rude managers, lack of professional presence and conduct. Careless workers/peers, perform jobs with the least carefulness and professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to others.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Harman has figured out how to draw blood from a stone - everyone is overworked!"

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    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly competitive pay
    Great sounding product
    Some people who have been in the industry for a very long time and new Harman in the good old days

    Cons

    IT infrastructure is among the worst I've ever seen
    Complete lack of resources
    - Leads to a finger pointing, non-cooperative work environment
    - Incredibly high amount of office politics
    Too much outsourcing to India and China

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT infrastructure and top IT talent
    Start investing for the future (3-5 years out), and not just for the coming fiscal quarter-end. Being so cheap is hurting Harman's long term prospects for market dominance


  5. Helpful (1)

    "this corporation is devil spawn"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Franklin, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    located in small town so they got great tax breaks off the backs of the residents and a pool of cheap labor

    Cons

    to many to mention but you will not have a life unless you work management. 20 days on 1 day off. no concern for people, families, only profits

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like humans not lab rats


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Future growth of the Luxury division in question..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Products look good and have good sound quality.

    Cons

    Moving all US based R&D, engineering and ops overseas. Abandoning US Retail channel and reducing overall quality for cost savings.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Environment is filled with negativity-AVOID THIS PLACE"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, good work experience

    Cons

    Poor management, constant arguing amongst managers and employees, managers will give you good reviews and then tell the opposite to management, VP of this location is the most unprofessional person I have ever met. Constant foul language and hand slamming on tables during meetings

    Advice to Management

    Quit letting managers take 3 hour lunches while they only put in 6 hour days, Make managers perform and complete goals just like employees, allow employees to suggest ideas to improve the company

  8. Helpful (9)

    ""Where Sound Matters," But People Don't"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational company with a good reputation for quality products

    Cons

    The focus seems to have shifted from quality to cost saving, as the company had moved more and more of the operations to China, India and Eastern European countries like Hungary. The company does not care at all about its employees, having laird off longtime workers who helped to develop and sell its technologies and products. Executives tend to favor bullies, as many Harman managers and execs manage with bullying, abrasive tactics. Management is focused on getting the most done for the least amount of money, sending jobs overseas, which has affected the quality of the products. For salaried employees, there is no work/life balance, as you are expected to do whatever is necessary to meet deadlines that often change at the last minute based on Corporate's whim. Office politics run wild, and there is no room for advancement for many, especially women and certain minorities. This is not a good place for them.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employees who make your products possible. It used to matter that your products were made in the U.S. It still should. Overhaul your HR department, and bring in some people who can show some concern for people. Take some sensitivity courses or offer training so all staff know how to deal with each other as men/women and different ethnicities. Stop encouraging bullying and rewarding overly aggressive management styles.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Farcical"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still some of the finest technical folks in the world on the payroll. If you're a VP at any other corporation, it'll be easy to get a job here. Just say, "Oh, your problems aren't so hard. All you need to do is...[Insert imaginary silver bullet here]". They'll pay you a lot of money. It's easy to vacation in your office.

    Cons

    No one in top management knows anything about the audio industry. Company is an ATM and entertainment provider for the CEO and his co-conspirators. Revenue generation by sales at any price and margin management by cost cutting isn't a recipe for success. Age discrimination rampant. Relentless focus on emerging market growth is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Take short positions against your own company, if you haven't already.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid at all costs - miserable people led by blind CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get discounted electronics (refurbished sometimes).

    Cons

    Cost cutting of US work force for India. They have let go of all the good engineers and scramble when projects the engineers were working on suddenly go into crisis. Poor executive management that needs pinches pennies on individual contributors but fly half way around the world for a "meeting" . Poor company wide organization. Executives lead through fear - if you don't play ball or drink the Kool-aid then don't bother coming to work. CEO makes blind decisions and has blatantly lied in the press twice.

    Advice to Management

    Let CEO go asap and clean house.


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