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HARMAN Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is highly dependent on the Project you are working on (in 36 reviews)

  • there no work life balance and managers more more partial toward people they like (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    exciting products to work on

    Cons

    Too many managers and red taping.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "It's a stepping stone to something bigger (Connected Car)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture depending on which group you're in, but the building is small as compared to an OEM so it is very easy to get to know to everyone. It is also very easy to rub elbows with management since everything is so tight-knit.

    Harman is also excellent with their tools despite some of the groaning that may be heard.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that everything is getting outsourced to India, which has been a priority for Dinesh ever since he took over the reins. I have seen so many H1B workers come in that Americans have become a minority. Harman does this because they have a hard time hiring talent, which stems from very noncompetitive salaries. Intentional? I think so.

    Mediocre work-life balance in most engineering groups, although they are working on this. It's definitely not as bad as Denso, but people have left because of it.

    Most of the higher management believes that they understand startup culture, yet none of them have actually been involved with a startup (except for a couple). I wrote my two-cents about it below. Although, the managers are good people and I had nothing against any of them.

    Most of the software management had been promoted out of necessity or because of internal relationships, which has had mixed results in terms of effectiveness. The hardware teams are also extremely understaffed and terribly under-supplied with equipment. On the other hand, the hardware teams and management are incredibly skilled and there are still a few veterans. You can learn a lot from them. There are also a number of software engineer veterans that are excellent at what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Startup cultures can only be inspired when the employees get a cut of the growth. After all, the sole purpose of joining/forming a startup is to grow a company and reap the rewards together. Without that, there is no reason that anyone would work overtime with noncompetitive compensation, except to temporarily grow their career and then get out.

    I viewed my experience at Harman to be like a stepping stone. The lack of resources allowed me to touch every aspect of engineering that I wanted to, but it was not sustainable.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Learn Spanish"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice products, JBL, Harmon Kardon

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, long days

    Advice to Management

    Get some friends


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fabrication Prototype Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkhart, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a place for long term employment for many people

    Cons

    All American manufacturing jobs are moving to Mexico. No respect for long time employees.


  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    lots of work , flexible timing

    Cons

    Hikes not so good , they assign any work to any profile person

    Advice to Management

    Assign work according to employee profile, dont waste career of people by assigning any work to any guy


  6. "Wild West"

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

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    If you want to make your own path in your career, you can. Lot's of opportunity for mobility, but it will take a lot of work.

    Cons

    You have to make your own path.
    It's constantly chaotic.
    Everything, including structure and leadership, changes constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retention.


  7. "mid-level manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting products, growing company, challenging work

    Cons

    no investment in process improvement. high turnover is some depts

    Advice to Management

    invest in process control as it will free up employee time in the long run and reduce turnover due to employee frustration.

  8. "solid company below sr exec level"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome people in the front lines and management positions. Passionate and smart. Really smart.

    cool tech and place in market.

    Cons

    Sr. Execs only care about their individual bonuses and moving work to low cost countries to get those bonuses. Too shortsighted.

    Advice to Management

    allow operations to improve or transfer - - losing the long term employees and their tribal knowledge ( In EU or US) means hiring lesser replacements elsewhere. 40% cheaper and 60% less effective. Making money by starving the present, not building the future.


  9. "Principal Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Chilled environment
    Good pay
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Lacks roadmap
    Merger with other companies is not smooth

    Advice to Management

    Merge smarter with other companies


  10. "Intern program was rough around the edges"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere, extremely accommodating co-workers

    Cons

    Not a lot was ready for any of the interns when we first got there. It took a while to obtain any of the materials I needed to do work


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