HARMAN Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
131 Reviews
2.9
131 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance, Technical trainnigs rea missing (in 7 reviews)

  • Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cash Cow for the cynical CEO and his selected "yes" men!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bridgend, Wales
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bridgend, Wales

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In 2009/2010 I would have give Harman 4 or 5 stars.

    The company *was* good to work for before Sidney Harman died - plenty on training and encouragement, quality & performance of the products was paramount.

    Unfortunately this very quickly disappeared once the company's founder passed away, and the current CEO was give free reign.

    Cons

    Upper management - especially the uppermost management.

    The CEO's knee jerk reaction to a profits warning in late 2012 resulted in the majority of R&D talent of the organisation being stripped away to "save cost" and artificially increase profits.

    European Engineers and technicians with decades of experience were turfed out, with the master-plan of replacing them with inexperienced Chinese engineers

    This will enable a temporary increase in dividends for the shareholders over the next couple of years - this apparent turnaround is, of course, being spun as the genius of the CEO - NOT SO!

    My prediction is that the CEO will be surreptitiously selling off his shares over the next 18 months or so - capitalizing on the artificial inflation of the share price, before the removal of the organizations life blood starts to tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some, and stop blindly agreeing with CEO!

    I give the company 2, maybe 3 years before large sections get sold off - no doubt resulting in some sort of personal profit for the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Harman Soundcraft/Studer in Potters Bar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Potters Bar, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Potters Bar, England

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This all relates to working on the factory floor. The hours are pretty flexible and there is no real panic to get work done. You can (within reason) take your time and get the job done right. The atmosphere is friendly and you can have a laugh with your mates or keep yourself to yourself and get on with your work. There is little supervision.

    Cons

    I have never seen such a badly run Stores in my life. This is a legacy problem created by starting as a small independant company with one set of PN's, being taken over by a huge orginisation and changing PN's, absorbing another company (Studer) changing PN's again and finaly being forced to adopt a worldwide rationalisation of Stores and changing PN's again. Nothing is in the right place in a Stores that is huge in comparison to the size of the operation.

    The push to manufacture in China was another disaster. Parts are bought from China and shipped to the UK, they are then shipped to the chinese manufacturer who assembles the PCB's and ships them back to the UK. Often the PCB's are assembled into products that are then sold to China. Mistakes are made at every step and this combined with a huge and badly run Stores means there are massive delays as people hunt for parts or fix stock errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relocate the company and use the opportunity to kill off old products and rationalise stores. Get rid of the dead wood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Product Dev. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall good work life balance.
    My organization just went through a management restructure and I think it is for the best.
    Management is decent about flexing time (i.e., I traveled over the weekend, so here's a day or two you can take off without burning a PTO day).
    Feels start-uppy in some ways, but there are still remnants of the automotive industry of a bygone era.
    You will learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Very small organizational budget for training means it's infrequent. I find that shortsighted.

    Lots of growth in recent years (good) but the process infrastructure hasn't caught up (bad)

    Travel for supporting engineering activities seems to be sporadic and it could and should be used more to build better relationships with demanding OEM customers.

    Benefits leave something to be desired. No annual bonus program.

    Lots of people are just there to clock in their 40 hours. If some project or activity is going to extend beyond 5PM, you can count on being the only one there to support it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A prestigious and elegant company with a passion for reorganizing frequently

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International travel, great bunch of people, team spirit.

    Cons

    Just when you think you figured it out, they move the goalposts! (Lots of changes in management and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick the right team and organization and leave it in place long enough for it to take root.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not much to learn..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, employee discounts..
    Great relocation policy...

    Cons

    Nothing much to learn..
    Not a creative place..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior software engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One place you can learn and grow fast. So If you are the person welling to work hard and learn, please join.

    Cons

    There are a lot of project parallel , so you have to handle this multi-task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the engineer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects for the most parts.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the branding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward exceptional employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Improper management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Pune (India)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary. Great products. Large number of customers lined up.

    Cons

    Poor people management and work culture. No planning of work. Boss is boss. No space for independent opinions. But this also depends on which project you are working. I was unlucky to get all these things.

    Though Harman has got good products but they do not care for quality of work.

    In India mostly there are support kind of projects. Not a product culture for Indian employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve middle management such as Engineering Mangers for improving work culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good discounts for audio products. Dont need to be qualified from a good school for being a manager.

    Cons

    Adhoc management. your qualifications dont matter. An entry level engineer is made a manager. No knowledgeable colleagues left in the company to learn things from. High attrition rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cannot be advised here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for.. But limited exposure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Balanced work life , Decent compensation

    Cons

    Limited exposure, difficult to switch projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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