HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
141 Reviews
3.0
141 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
94 Ratings

Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Work Hard Party Harder

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Employee in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of positives in this company to list down few :

    - Opportunity to work ( technical / Non Technical )
    - Fair Practice
    -Employee Friendly policy
    - Pay Package
    - Flexi timings
    - Open Minded management
    - Breathing space for individuals
    - Growth opportunity ( if you deserve)
    - Exciting place to be there.

    Cons

    - Work load is high ( but as the company is growing it will be there )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing great may be to develop more people managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Human resources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Great Products. Lovely people. ..................................

    Cons

    Couple of non sense folks around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    The company goes well. Automotive Infotainment department is not in a fast growing market.

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Stable for the job security. Don't worry about the sales for the products and also do not expect big grows to the sales.

    Cons

    Lower opportunity for promotion. Good work-life balance. Very stable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the current mode of the navigation market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    High pressure work, result oriented company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

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

    Pros

    Nice places and nice colleagues, not so much political

    Cons

    Resources shortage and you'll always being busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    New to the company so can't say much yet...but seems like an okay company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    -Extremely good discounts on Harman products.
    -Currently seems like a good work life balance place

    Cons

    Very little vacation. No employee stock purchase plan and no profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture among some other things

    Cons

    Growth among some other things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful experience with a lot of learning opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at HARMAN as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mentor assigned to the project was very helpful and I learned a lot from him.
    No Micro-management, tasks were set once a week and I use to work the whole week to achieve it.
    Wonderful team atmosphere.
    It's Palo Alto!

    Cons

    Salary was not competitive other than that pretty much everything was nice.
    Honestly, no other cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not Recommended!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Flexi timings, Travelling to US for some projetcs , Nice HR Policies

    Cons

    No personal Growth.. Not a good company to join as a fresher though the pay is good. No new tech , just integration work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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