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Harmonic Reviews

Updated January 11, 2017
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Harmonic President, CEO, and Director Patrick J. Harshman
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  1. "Harmonic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harmonic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Market leader, great people to work with

    Cons

    Lacks innovation, weak management team


  2. "Harmonic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Altos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong teaming, few silos, excellent product line, product leadership in video business

    Cons

    Poor growth last several years. Industry (broadcasters, cable TV companies, satellite companies) undergoing a lot of stress from cord-cutters, rise of over-the-top video delivery, technology shift in customer industries.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out better growth strategy.


  3. "Great engineers, fun place to work, best work cat ever!"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Software Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, lots of time off (BTA), smart people, free food and drink, big cubes, cat is very friendly, lots of parties and BBQs

    Cons

    Lots of "IT" you must do yourself including system administrations.


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  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to make an impact, meet with leaders at the senior and executive level, this is the place to be. Very open and inclusive environment where c-level leaders welcome input from everyone.

    Cons

    People wear a lot of hats which makes them very busy. But never too busy to help out when needed. Culture is split between newer people who want to change and more experienced employees who want things to stay the same and see no need to change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the overall strategy in mind at all times!


  6. "Great Management"

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    Former Employee - Finance Professional in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Professional in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at. Decent benefits (medicals, ESPP, RSUs, vacation, discounted lunchs), Good management and nice communication during quarterly townhalls.

    Cons

    Better communication to Wall Street needed. I don't think Wall street understands their products. Stock price is flat

    Advice to Management

    Continue the quarterly communication meetings to employees, and keep the discounted lunches. Try to communicate more frequently to the street.


  7. "Sales Executive"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology Leaders, Track-record of Limited Success, willing to supersede their success to get to the next level. Sound senior executive leadership. Good company values.

    Cons

    Needs better focus. Diverse portfolio puts resource demand high and move competition for resources slightly beyond the right balance.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the right senior relationships at your suppliers to get beyond mid-level managment to being a stratgic partner that turns $10 million into $100 million and $50 million into $200 million.


  8. "Friendly environment"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Clerk in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, company events, great HR staff

    Cons

    Like other companies, the chance to excel takes a lot of effort and time

    Advice to Management

    Compensate interns a bit more, provide programs for them


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. People were very friendly and the cafeteria was awesome and inexpensive. Policies for full timers seemed to be great however I was a contractor and wasn't under the same plan. Compensation was great as a contractor and I believe full timers were paid well also. Was a good experience while it lasted.

    Cons

    Would have been nice to have more communication with my boss. I can only assume I did a good job however the project ended early but I got everything and more done I was suppose to.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with contractors and communicate. Don't dangle a carrot of FT employment if you're only going to keep them for a short term project.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harmonic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good salary and benefits. Just introduced flexible time off to give a better work/life balance. New building with excellent working environment.

    Cons

    Struggling to take the next step and grow from current size.Upto recently the managemnet team were not very transparent with goals but that changed mid 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core business - stick to a direction and deliver. Dont get side tracked by short term objectives that defocus from the bigger picture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A nice stable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment with decent normal amenities.
    Fully family friendly with flexibility.
    Reasonably decent cafeteria for lunch.

    Cons

    Needs better communication inside company.
    Could use better education and training budget and allocation.


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