HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
154 Reviews
3.1
154 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
99 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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    • 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 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.  

    was nice at start, learn new stuff, but management lost interest and didnt support software department

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    salary, experience, people and compensation

    Cons

    Management is bad, very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should care more about the employees, should review their status to know if are happy with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Improving company with plenty opportunity to grow,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Novi, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Novi, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    A growing company with a renaissance feel here. It used to be a half deentn company before. But, the management and VPs are hiring people from everywhere to imprve efficiency and morale.

    Lot of learning opportunity and growth here. Coming from a very big company, I see that this is were I want to be..

    Extremely flexible hours, international travel (frequently), suportive managers, not much micromanaging. they are letting us figure things out without too much interference

    Cons

    Some bad managers but that is it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Solution Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Pune (India)

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Good enviroment, experienced old people

    Cons

    Less People, more backdated opinion, attitude of some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Very good and flexible work enviroment

    Cons

    Moved manufacturing out of the US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Director

    • 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

    Pros

    Very profitable and good OEM products.

    Cons

    Not able to keep mid level manager and key resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great Work-life Balance

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    1. No restrictions on min working hour
    2. Flexible WFH policy
    3. Not much work pressure

    Cons

    1. Lesser growth opportunities
    2. No extra-curricular/ fun activities
    3. Management.. Phewww..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the policy to retain old employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Harman India: Flexible work culture, but better management needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Nobody cares how many hours you spend at work as long as you get the work done
    Competitive compensation
    Good products to work on

    Cons

    Growth depends on how good you are in pandering to your bosses
    Management is young and shortsighted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced people at the top
    Ensure your employees are taken care off. Hire more people instead of pressurizing existing employees, and constantly fire fighting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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