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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
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Pros
  • Flexible schedules creating a good work/life balance (in 13 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 9 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance in this company, they expect employees to work minimum 12 hours a day and most of the days it gets exceeds by 12 hours (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Corporate Communications Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun workplace, everyone is extremely approachable including the CEO, innovative and fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Wasn't consistently given projects to work on

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  5. Great solid company with steady growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities at multiple US and global locations

    Cons

    Being such a global company it requires meetings with people in all time zones, which can be challenging at times

  6. Good company but long working hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn in a diversified working environment

    Cons

    Work life balance not present

    Advice to Management

    Reduce extended working hours

  7. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart and cooperative colleagues, very cutting edge innovations, working on products that have a very wide reception. Conditions and remuneration are also pretty good.

    Cons

    The intracompany communication is not very good , you have to rely on your personal network. The stress level is pretty high, often you have to meet "impossible " timelines with insufficient resources.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciation is a key for motivation, and is only real if done by deeds, not only words. Give the guys more transparency about what is going on, don't let them wait too long on final decisions.

  8. a big company, can learn a lot from talent engineers

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    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in China, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Acoustic Engineer in China, NY (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    a great company, have space to promotion

    Cons

    People don't communicate a lot across functions.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Unsustainable. Organized chaos

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    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Populated with MOTIVATED people, who want to do a good job. Good pay (until you calculate the hourly rate). No comp time, despite 60+ hour weeks.

    Cons

    Like so many other reviewers, ZERO work-life balance (12+ hours days not uncommon), heavy and continuous workload. Harman is too successful (too many programs and not nearly enough staff to support ) and HR has not kept up with demand. Outsourcing is a problem, since the other employees are 12 hours opposite US schedule. Co-workers are frustrated and burned out.

    Advice to Management

    Staff to succeed. Accelerate the reorganization. Talk to employees before finalizing the (rumored reduced ) work space area in the new building

  10. A good company with great people and interesting products

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits package including 401K match. Quality of employees.

    Cons

    Politics get in the way of progress. Short-term results overshadow long-term strategy.

  11. Test engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you can move within the company and advance if you understand you job.good working environment and management is friendly.work life balance is good. friendly environment

    Cons

    Part of the management is very nasty to deal with and takes their own problems on the employees. In advanced technology, lagging behind competition

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of biased managers who have little spies among the employees and managers who don't exactly understand how to manage a division.

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