HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 12 August 2014
Updated 12 August 2014
140 Reviews

3.0
140 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 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.  

    Working in Sound Design

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment all year round

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Tshirts!

  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pros

    Harman has a legacy of outstanding audio from famous brands such as JBL and Harman Kardon. It's especially strong in automotive and concert sound.

    Cons

    Cost-cutting may have weakened the quality of the company's products and has definitely led to layoffs and outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have outstanding people working for you. Let them do their best work, and send the work to outside contractors less.

  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Avoid at all costs - miserable people led by blind CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get discounted electronics (refurbished sometimes).

    Cons

    Cost cutting of US work force for India. They have let go of all the good engineers and scramble when projects the engineers were working on suddenly go into crisis. Poor executive management that needs pinches pennies on individual contributors but fly half way around the world for a "meeting" . Poor company wide organization. Executives lead through fear - if you don't play ball or drink the Kool-aid then don't bother coming to work. CEO makes blind decisions and has blatantly lied in the press twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let CEO go asap and clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Farcical

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Northridge, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA (US)

    Pros

    There are still some of the finest technical folks in the world on the payroll. If you're a VP at any other corporation, it'll be easy to get a job here. Just say, "Oh, your problems aren't so hard. All you need to do is...[Insert imaginary silver bullet here]". They'll pay you a lot of money. It's easy to vacation in your office.

    Cons

    No one in top management knows anything about the audio industry. Company is an ATM and entertainment provider for the CEO and his co-conspirators. Revenue generation by sales at any price and margin management by cost cutting isn't a recipe for success. Age discrimination rampant. Relentless focus on emerging market growth is a disaster waiting to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take short positions against your own company, if you haven't already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    too much management change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good medical, and decent severance package

    Cons

    Management changes direction to frequently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Brand reputations being ruined by cost-cutting and cheap labor. Engineers are managers, not engineers.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work hours reasonable.

    Cons

    Worked as an engineer at Harman for over 12 years. Went from designing great products in the 90's and early 2000's to overseeing the design of crap product by employees in low-wage countries. The current management ('08 to present) is doing everything & everything to show short term success & profitability at the expense of competency and quality. It won't be long until the formerly prestigious brands mean nothing to people (frankly the cats already out of the bag as the general consuming public is very informed these days). If you want to work as an underpaid engineer only to manage incompetent engineers overseas this jobs for you.

    Workplace attitude was terrible. Mostly because they laid off hundreds of employees and left a skeleton crew and acted like nothing was happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing is clueless on technology. Engineers should have input on the 5-year product roadmap. As engineers, no matter how much we tried to innovate, no one listened. Research was fruitless. Products were only spec'd in response to product innovation from competitors.

    It's a big company, and profitability rules all, but they need to look long-term. But they're not. The company is too big. It's all about the next 'quarter', and trying to convince investors that they're profitable. Senior management will pay themselves hefty salaries and then move on to their next venture... leaving Harman in the dust.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor support, poor quality and poor everything

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Is an International company, well known company in the entertainment and automotive industry

    Cons

    This company did a recent start up abroad, in Mexico, but being part of it was being part of a big problem, there is a huge lack of control within overall process, there is huge scrap, and quality is a really big concern, since they need to re-work a lot of the electronic cards produced there, being in an area related to finance department it is a mess, they always wonder to get materials from suppliers without being formal in the payments and of course at the end the company needs to beg the suppliers to get it. Sometimes you end up putting from your pocket or you end up facing very angry people for not having what they need. Another complicate and messy area is the warehouse, not control at all and they, sometimes end up packing everything back to trailers because there is no control of nothing,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review who in charge of the whole company in there, tackle quality problems, which means just loses to the company and train and rest the employees, and get a good financial planner, responsible as well there is the need to get a formal purchasing department, everybody does there whatever they want and spend money in wrongful requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Proud to work for world's leading audio company

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    Current Employee - ECommerce & Online Marketing Head  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - ECommerce & Online Marketing Head in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work, excellent work environment, superb work culture,

    Cons

    Stability (not specific to all locations) is a downside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People make an organization, its not the other way round.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place . Bad boss.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great products and technology. Dedicated people. Global operations - lots of moves; many opportunities. Company focused on great customer experience. For audiophiles the place to be!

    Cons

    Moved production out of US to china and mexico. Ruthless management that cared little about employees. Lot of pressure to meet the numbers. People getting burned out - if you are in company polictis and played well you did good..

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    "Where Sound Matters," But People Don't

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

    Pros

    Multinational company with a good reputation for quality products

    Cons

    The focus seems to have shifted from quality to cost saving, as the company had moved more and more of the operations to China, India and Eastern European countries like Hungary. The company does not care at all about its employees, having laird off longtime workers who helped to develop and sell its technologies and products. Executives tend to favor bullies, as many Harman managers and execs manage with bullying, abrasive tactics. Management is focused on getting the most done for the least amount of money, sending jobs overseas, which has affected the quality of the products. For salaried employees, there is no work/life balance, as you are expected to do whatever is necessary to meet deadlines that often change at the last minute based on Corporate's whim. Office politics run wild, and there is no room for advancement for many, especially women and certain minorities. This is not a good place for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employees who make your products possible. It used to matter that your products were made in the U.S. It still should. Overhaul your HR department, and bring in some people who can show some concern for people. Take some sensitivity courses or offer training so all staff know how to deal with each other as men/women and different ethnicities. Stop encouraging bullying and rewarding overly aggressive management styles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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