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Harmonic Reviews

Updated June 9, 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 4 reviews)

  • Lacks innovation, weak management team (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "I thought I came to US for work, but found myself back to Bombay square!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My techinical skills were sharpened because the work load was extremely heavy. I got lots of hands on experience by working on difficult projects. However, whether a project had to be that difficult was another issue. Management makes decision, we as an engineers have little to say. Our boss' poor decision often made our project harder than it should be.

    Cons

    Overall, the group I worked was a very negative working environment. The director paid no respect to American cooperate culture. He also paid no respect to people who were under him. He said we should be grateful to him because he gave us jobs. He was irrational, mean and moody. When he was in a bad mood, he yelled at us, spoke intimidating and demeaning words, and frequently lost his temper. One white American engineer was singled out in a negative way because he dared to complain about this director’s unprofessional behavior. Several female engineers were driven to tears by this director's yelling at them in rage. Sometimes problems were caused by this director's own stupid decisions, poor memory, or lack of understanding about .NET technology. But he still found ways to blame engineers especially those on his black list. A few managers and tech lead under this director were also infected by this kind of behavior pattern.

    Some engineers reported this director’s unethical behavior to the HR but the company did not remove him. He was really good at presenting himself in front of his own boss who turned blind eye at the fact that many engineers (including tech lead) in this group left the company in the middle of critical project during the worst job market.

    In summary, if you are good at verbally abusing, intimidating, blaming other people, go work for Harmonic in the management. You cannot be fired.
    If you are good at dealing with an angry and mean boss who treats you as if you have no feelings, go work for Harmonic as an engineer. Forget about success because you wont' get any. You'll find yourself strive to survive, and your survival depends on how well you respond to a mean boss, not necessarily your technical skills.
    If you are not any of the above two types of people, stay away from Harmonic.

    Advice to Management

    1. Let engineers evaluate their boss as part of annual performance review for the management.
    2. Get rid of a bad management person before he causes company lawsuits, or before the company loses all talented engineers.
    3. It is a mistake to think this mean director cannot be replaced. Even the Indian engineers especially the young generation dislike him. There are many good Indian managers who can lead the outsourcing program much better than he is ever capable of.
    4. It is wrong to execuse management's unprofessional behavior as being passionate about work. If yelling is the way he frequently uses to drive a project, this person is unfit to be in management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good workplace"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay was reasonable, stable company

    Cons

    There is no teamwork and communication. Too much politics at all level.

    Advice to Management

    They have to treat employees in a better way and have some appreciation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "In Harmonic works were done by "talker" not by "worker""

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a connection work there, he is a director level manager

    Cons

    Culture - People only talk other people's job and do not need to finish their own job. After many talks, management believes the work was done by "talker" not by "worker".

    Advice to Management

    Many middle level manager just want to make boss happy to keep their position.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "The unhealthiest job i have ever experienced."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    The pay and benefits is competitive.

    Cons

    Anyone looking for a institutionalized and/or dog eat dog work environment then this place is for you. Management is out of touch with reality and decisions are largely based on maintaining the status quo or simply out of pride and incompetence. If anyone has doubts, please look at the company financials for the past several years. The numbers speak for volumes as to whether the management team is truly steering the ship in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    The board of directors need to recruit new C-level talent if they want the company to succeed against the likes of Amazon, ARRIS, etc.


  6. "Dysfunctional Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harmonic full-time

    Pros

    Technology from previous acquisitions they have made

    Cons

    Inability to work in team environments. Isolated groups all over the organization and a CEO that has never worked for another company.


  7. "The company had lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We have a lot of talented people working here, but it seems the management does not know what to do with them.

    Cons

    Management had taken a VERY serious bet on going into Docsis market, but didn't hire people to have full skill-set for it.

    Advice to Management

    Go home.


  8. "awful organization culture"

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

    Pros

    they pay well, the spend money on new tech, the can spend millions on projects and than cancel. you can come to work and do nothing and still get paid

    Cons

    management are like politics they care only about themselves

    Advice to Management

    promote your employees and stop seeking outside


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