HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
160 Reviews
3.1
160 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 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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    • 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.  

    Good company with perfect work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    work life balance, employee friendly policy

    Cons

    management needs to improve and foresee things much well in advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you can function in "organized" chaos, this is the company for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Great company! Good start for new college graduates.

    Cons

    Lack of processes and continuity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop processes and operate as an operational organization instead of a holding company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great international experience, diverse workforce and possible career development opportunities.

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

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    I think the pro would be harman international provide great international initiatives and business strategies. It enables the employee to have open-minded mindset in terms how to implement global strategies in world landscape.

    Cons

    I think the cons would be harman is fast growing in term of business structure and multiple projects, the management can be unorganized and chaotic, also, less attention to employees' belonging towards the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention on optimization of business process and provide a more life-balance expectation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company overall, however when they acquired Yurbuds their finance and operations team was laid off within 9 months

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    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Associate in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting company, awesome consumer electronics manufacture

    Cons

    No talent retention after acquisition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning place

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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

    amazing team , good learning opportunity, good salary.

    Cons

    Very less personal time, Expect weekend work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give importance to work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs vision

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool products, smart people in the engineering and marketing levels. Great employee discounts on consumer products. Can be a good place for some career development if you don't stay too long.

    Cons

    No vision in executive leadership. Harman professes to be a technology leader that wants to attract and retain the best, but it's just lip service. Harman is a technology integrator with a stodgy east coast structure: no employee stock purchase plan, no bonus unless you are very high level, paltry stock grants and onerous vesting schedules. Compensation is based on class system, not merit: all the perks depend on you having "VP" in your title. Harman will implode unless the BoD wakes up and gets a CEO that has a vision for something more than making himself and his buddies wealthy while moving everything to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You ask everyone to "act like an owner" but you give them no reason to. Give them a bonus structure, provide an ESPP, up the stock grants. Get a vision for this company before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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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