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HARMAN Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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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 (7)

    "Environment is filled with negativity-AVOID THIS PLACE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "this corporation is devil spawn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Rude management personnel, Poor installation jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great for awhile now dismal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Unprofessional and "Old School""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. "Very icy culture. Executives and CEO only concerned about their bottom line."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility based on your manager. Free snacks.

    Cons

    Mediocre level talent. CEO is dreadful.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Harman has more Directors than Hollywood"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Harman has talented engineers and solid brand heritage. There are a large number of Director and VP-level positions, so there are plenty of opportunities for corporate middlemen. The CEO will remind you much money he's made you since taking over.

    Cons

    Way too many Director and VP-level positions. Stamford HQ oozes arrogance and invincibility. This company loves outsourcing, even if it costs more time and money. Harman is constantly laying off people which creates insecurity, poor morale, and a competitive, backstabbing culture. It's super cutthroat. Outdated performance review policy.

    Advice to Management

    Google and Apple are coming for you. Allow employees to review their managers. Trim the fat at the top, not the bottom. Stop spending money on wasted efforts like the NBA or lame brand ambassadors.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, horrible upper management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great harding working people. Compensation is good if you only work 40-50 hours a week.

    Cons

    People are overworked and not valued. No balance between work and personal life.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Soulless Bloodsucking Corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am not stuck here forever

    Cons

    The CEO is a sociopath. He says "stay paranoid" in almost every corporate newsletter her sends out and uses fear tactics to motivate employees. I feel like I live inside of a Dilbert cartoon - it truly is that ridiculous. If you are smart and talented please stay away from this company, they will chew you up and spit you out. Harman will not be around in the long term because they only care about short term growth - everything is smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    You already sold your soul to Satan if you are anything above a Director level - Directors are yes men. Either grow a backbone or get another job. Stop this insane corruption.


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