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HARMAN Reviews

Updated May 16, 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. "Good company, but size is concern to achieve good results."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology firm in the Detroit area. They are located where they need to be around the world to do business with their customers. The global leadership is strong within the business units, but they don't seem to work together at all. The senior management seemed to communicate to their teams enough.

    Cons

    Very big company that is spread around the world. The engineering teams are mostly in Europe, but the Sales and Marketing teams are in the USA. Information is sometimes very difficult to find within the company. There is a cultural difference between the EU and US teams that was a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring the global teams together more ofern


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Harman International Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The new management team recognizes the challenges ahead and is positioning the company to face them squarely. The work-life balance is highly encouraged and the work environment is a casual one.

    Cons

    The company is not technology driven. It lags behind our competitive companies because of lack of innovation. Marketing is always afraid to make bold decisions due to "risks" and the products put out on the market tend to become a "me too" product.

    Advice to Management

    Let's return to the engineering roots that this company was founded upon. Form strategic relations with partners, cultivate engineering minds and leverage the brand names we have developed to differentiate Harman from the rest of the market.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Last 3 years under current senior management were terrible. Current management are financial raiders!"

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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

    Working relationships with real honest team players.

    Cons

    Leadership out of Stamford is disconnected from the actual workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Treat experienced talent with respect and promote within.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place . Bad boss."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and technology. Dedicated people. Global operations - lots of moves; many opportunities. Company focused on great customer experience. For audiophiles the place to be!

    Cons

    Moved production out of US to china and mexico. Ruthless management that cared little about employees. Lot of pressure to meet the numbers. People getting burned out - if you are in company polictis and played well you did good..


  6. "too much management change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The company's bosses will probably make the company prosperous, but they'll sacrifice employees to do it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Harman has a legacy of outstanding audio from famous brands such as JBL and Harman Kardon. It's especially strong in automotive and concert sound.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting may have weakened the quality of the company's products and has definitely led to layoffs and outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    You have outstanding people working for you. Let them do their best work, and send the work to outside contractors less.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "The Devil You Know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    talented, passionate people. great benefits. great products.

    Cons

    it's a big corporation. things move slowly. you have to deal with internal, division, and corporate politics.

    Too many rounds of layoffs after Americans have trained their low cost counterpart in India and China.

    Little to no push for innovation. corporate push to centralize everything is leading to a homogenization of iconic audio brands.

    Continue to push jobs out of the US. CEO has been overheard saying that India is the future center of engineering because American engineers are lazy.

    Advice to Management

    create a center of innovation and creativity.

    maximize the passion of the people who work for you.

    embrace smaller micro production facilities for faster prototyping and development

    get aggressive and acquire talent and technology that will carry the brands into the future


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good people and room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401k. Good vacation time and opportunity to buy company products.

    Cons

    Easy to get stuck in the same position forever. Lots of reorganizing every few years

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and keep talent from leaving.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesomeness"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Culture is awesome. Really awesome.

    Cons

    None. The work place is cool calm and collective

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work


  11. Helpful (4)

    "OK"

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    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex time
    Friendly co-workers
    We had some fun activities.

    Cons

    Under valued
    Lack of management
    Overworked and under appreciated for the extra work.

    Advice to Management

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.


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