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Harmonic Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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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. "Senior Field Systems Engineer"

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    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


  2. "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.

  3. "Harmonic"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "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).


  5. "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

    a


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Once a great company"

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

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Alot of great people work at harmonic

    Cons

    Layoffs have begun.
    Cheap mangement.
    Lack of focus on products and

    Advice to Management

    If you can't turn the company around soon, no point in continuing the effort


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay clear"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work with great people

    Cons

    Management is lost, Board of Directors are lost. No clear focus on direction

    Advice to Management

    CEO should have stepped down a long time ago.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "lots of obstacles to doing good work"

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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 Harmonic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (WFH, lots of PTO)
    Camaraderie in the Beaverton, OR, office

    Cons

    The Agile development process was never fully implemented across the company in a consistent way. Every team does something different, making it hard to work cross-functionally.
    High level decision making focuses on short term gains; not enough long term planning or serious tracking to a defined long-term schedule.
    No employee training on company products or development process. It's up to new hires to find someone who has tribal knowledge of a what we do and how we do it.
    Working from a satellite office can sometimes feel like being a second string player.


  9. "Sales Director"

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

    Pros

    Great Products
    Innovative Technology
    Strong Market Position
    Strong Supporting Personnel
    Great work flow integration

    Cons

    certain products were losing innovative competitive edge.
    Company began to focus too heavily on sales reporting and diminished ability to spend time in field.

    Advice to Management

    Important to listen to field input. Careful to focus too much on reports and processing. Maintain technological edge.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    None to mention. No pros.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. Chaotic environment. Very inexperienced and micromanaging executive management. Please DO NOT join this company. You will regret.


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