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Harmonic Reviews

Updated April 22, 2018
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  • The company rarely (if every) promotes middle management to upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Career growth is limited, software management has a lot of rooms to be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Leading the New Media industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment of emerging technologies for the Broadcast, Media and Entertainment industries.

    Cons

    Subject to the instabilities of common in emerging markets.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the legacy products behind.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The company got out of hands"

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    Former Employee - Hard Worker in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Hard Worker in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries at the medium level, still good people in the company but with not good management. Benefits are ok

    Cons

    The company grew and the VPs/Director believes that it is a big company and it is not, it is a small arrogant company, a lot complexes of greatness. Many bad companies acquisition has be done, who took these decisions is killing the company. the future of the company is very uncertain if they do not change their management, many generals (Bosses) and few soldiers, too many “VPs” that have Junior level.

    Advice to Management

    Review actual management (Directors and VPs), need to be changed ASAP otherwise 👎🏻

  3. "Senior SW Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work with lots of different areas to work on and very challenging projects. Very little politics in engineering department.

    Cons

    Since I left San Jose office has been reducing Engineering head count. CEO/Board do not have a long term view and seems to be making the wrong decision. The video compression market is being replaces by streaming where Harmonic can not compete with existing players.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of revenue"

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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 Harmonic full-time

    Pros

    Forefront of video and cloud technology.

    Cons

    Unable to successfully make the transition to Cloud Computing. Employee morale has become a disconcerting issue.

    Advice to Management

    Saying "we don't care about the morale problem" is not going to make the problem go away. It is going to get worse until the company finally dies.


  5. "operations"

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

    I worked at Harmonic full-time

    Pros

    good opportunity to work on different projects, great work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, no bonuses, no growth

    Advice to Management

    More growth opportunities


  6. "Senior Field Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Edge technology OTT AWS Media Broadcasting and IPTV

    Cons

    small grow currently is having financial problems

    Advice to Management

    Best wishes great places with lot of potential


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Harmonic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Service in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology continues to be new and exciting to work with.

    Cons

    Staffing is limited, and when jobs are eliminated, you're expected to pick up the work load. Most departments have been severely understaffed for years.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of you employees so they stay.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A decent place to work, but nothing really outstanding"

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    Former Employee - Staff Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Development teams are too geographically spread out which makes collaboration difficult.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Layoffs...company in bad shape and sinking...stay away"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once a good company. Once innovative. Had good engineers

    Cons

    Layoffs, executive management is terrible, R&D management have no focus and bring in incompetent management that have never worked in the video industry.
    Lacks knowledge, innovation, drive to completion, knowledge is offshore (HK) and outsourced to consultants in Kiev. There is no team work across the different geographical locations. QA department is a joke with lack of experience and test methodologies and the team is so isolated and separated from each other. Moral is down and no one seems focused on deliverables. There is no career growth here. No balance of work/life. Pay is low in the same sector.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the drive it once had by removing executive management team including VPs in R&D (Development and QA).


  10. "a"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harmonic full-time

    Pros

    the workers are very nice

    Cons

    the management is very bad

    Advice to Management

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