HARMAN Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
124 Reviews
2.9
124 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
88 Ratings

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 6 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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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Bridgend, Wales
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Bridgend, Wales

    I worked at HARMAN full-time for 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 for more than a 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.  

    Great company to work for.. But limited exposure

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for more than a 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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  5.  

    Summer Interns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good culture, highly diverse. People do enjoy working together is there is a caring culture. The company is also growing very fast, offering a lot of chances.

    Cons

    Sometimes in a year, job could become pretty tough and we need to work overtime. also there would be long travels frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst  in  Novi, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flex time
    Friendly co-workers
    We had some fun activities.

    Cons

    Under valued
    Lack of management
    Overworked and under appreciated for the extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.

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

    Fun, cool place

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work on projects that directly contributes to the success of the company. Casual environment, nice co-workers. Supervisor flexible with work schedule during school year.

    Cons

    Low pay for interns compared to industry standards.

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work time in any time

    Cons

    Crazy senior management in any division

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

    Awesomeness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    The Culture is awesome. Really awesome.

    Cons

    None. The work place is cool calm and collective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Avoid at all costs

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a review of the automotive group and does not include the professional audio and other divisions.
    If you are in any of the centre of competencies, the quality of work in development and test tends to be very high. They work with world class customers like BMW and Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and provide some good work packages.Technically it can be challenging and rewarding, but hold on, read the cons underneath. Dont just jump and apply there.

    Cons

    This place is nothing but wipro. All service industry minded people who are very cost conscious, but not conscious of anything else, like coding, testing or even common sense. The place is very very politically charged and the senior management is entirely from wipro, including HR and even finance! This makes the culture very toxic and extremely unproductive. These guys are good at making power point presentations and thats about it. No real work gets done at Harman Bangalore automotive division.

    The 10% of the organisation that is non wipro genuinely contributes or tries to contribute, but the majority always side lines them. In fact if you work, someone will find fault with you.

    In fact if you are not ex-wipro, you will find it very very difficult to survive there. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring in some professionals to run the Bangalore center. All your wipro guys have spoiled the place beyond imagination and it will take you quite some time to improve the culture of the place, if you start now.
    The quality of hires from wipro is extremely pathetic and is severely damaging and toxic to your company. Get rid of these people. They talk a lot, deliver nothing. Of course, they will have very "valid" reasons on why they cannot deliver or why germans have over engineered the products (read: cannot understand what the germans have written).

    If you have the courage and conviction to do, take some proper exit interviews of people who are leaving and you will know the truth. Of course, what you hear will be very disturbing. 90 day notice period is not the way to retain employees! Why dont you do some harder thinking, assuming you are capable of it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Novi, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novi, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cool products, interesting technology. Great opportunities if you are in the H1B visa program from India or China. Flexible work times (you can work any 12 hours of the day you want). Lots of overtime available (unpaid). Lots of free lunches because you will be expected work through your normal lunch.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Worst vacation policy in SE Michigan (you get your 4th week after 15 years of service). Constant fire fighting and new management team has no idea how to bring this under control. People are pretty disappointed in the current direction of the company and the company prospects. A few years ago, in a surprise move to most people, they laid off 50% of the audio group to send those jobs to India and China. Lots of customer dissatisfaction due to OEM yard holds. Management team works so many hours (including lots of weekend meetings) that they don't know how to appreciate your extra efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry, you have a difficult problem to solve. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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