HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
154 Reviews
3.1
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hardware Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Design Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Getting to work on Infotainment systems, which is the most versatile systems in the vehicle.
    2. Challenging work and potential to move if you are ever recognized for your work value. Which can be difficult depending on if you have the right boss (one with a backbone) and if it is the right phase of the moon for Harman.

    Cons

    1. Quality is not controlled and/or communicated properly.
    2. Software and hardware do not work collaboratively.
    3. When there is a problem, people there throw it over to wall to the next person.
    4. New technology/ideas are not really welcome or appreciation
    5. No management appreciation or recognition.
    6. No bonus offered to employees even though the CEO is one of the highest paid
    7. No appreciation for products. The CEO only shows his face when absolutely necessary, even when there is a product/contract rolling out that is well over $1 billion in revenue...come on be a leader!
    8. No employee value, even when you step outside of your job in a daily basis that is still not enough for any type of recognition. At least with the boss I had.
    9. Not staying ahead of the customer and competition, Harman is 2 to 3 steps behind. Just playing catch up when a product is in the quoting phases.
    10. One of the most stressful jobs you will most likely have. Along with pay that is not comparable to other companies in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring and or training needs to happen to get a grip on what is going on.
    CEO expects to draw talented people in thinking management people are the key. Hate to break it to you, but with how things are setup currently you are drawing talent away from you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesomeness

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

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    The Culture is awesome. Really awesome.

    Cons

    None. The work place is cool calm and collective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad place, Bad boss, No Hike

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

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

    Pros

    1 in 8 months you get some good work to do that's all good there is rest of 7 months you are only doing Bug Fixing

    Cons

    Harman Pro one of the three business unit of Harman has no money neither for your salary nor for infrastructure which you need for your work.
    Giving a laptop to an employee is like giving you 30% bonus for them what they don't understand that this is a basic requirement. Pro BU's director is from Services company and so is every other team lead. They all still think they are in a services company. They call themselves Product company and then follow Service company culture.
    Work life balance is also not so good.
    Just to give you an idea hike here never goes above 10% for seniors and 15% for fresher. This too only if you are very good at buttering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire HPro BU's director and his chamchas for a start.
    Recruit some good guys with actual leadership skill .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great during Sidney Harman era. Now penny pinching cheap.

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

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    Well known brands, experience looks good on resume. Interesting, challenging work.
    Pride in working for company.
    Previously had "Disney-like" culture driven by Sidney Harman's personal vision that the employee was the key to the company success.

    Cons

    In application for position, biggest concern of company was relocation expenses. Reinforced in every conversation. Entire hiring decision was based on expected pay out of expenses and not best qualified candidate. Sr. Hiring Manager and Randstad outsource HR recruiter appeared pressured if too much/anything was spent on relocation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stamford headquarters is top heavy with unneeded executives.
     Restructure at top in order to hire more middle, day to day management employees who make direct contributions. Sidney Harman's mantra should be re-adapted and reinforced.
    Respond to employees and candidates when contacting HR managers and representatives.
    Company realized after 5 years that Wipro outsource model was deficient.
    Off to a promising start with new consumer contact center back in USA at Northridge CA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No work life balance, NO Resource planning, over commitment, incompetent leads and managers, leads with bossy attitude

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary package only during joining
    After that hike will be given only if you are close to manager and say yes to everything he says [ even if he says put that glass over there]

    Cons

    1. No Career path defined, only if you bring this issue they will think of that.
    2. some people [although don't know anything] think tha they know every aspect of automotive domain in this world.
    3. Leads and managers have very bossy attitude and would blame you for everything.
    4. Company does not provide tools, and resources to everyone..you need to beg, borrow and steal..

    I really do not have words to describe the work-culture in Harman, people specially managers do not have any professional ethics...only thing they know is "Make it Happen"...how and in what way they don''t know...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Learn to be equal to everyone.
    2. Provide opportunity to everyone so that they can prove their potential.
    3. Have some transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Great guys, Dedicated Employees

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

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance, Good Salary

    Cons

    Transparency is missing. Higher management have no communication with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should be transparent enough and open for any type for suggestions. Senior management needs to have more involvement with the employess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good brand name-not so good for work

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

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

    Pros

    Good starting package for lateral joinees.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers, technical leads. Ruthless CEO and engineering head. People in higher level are more busy in hiring people from their states or the people talking the same language. There are more managers than engineers. No proper planning in project deliveries. People who are personally close to country engineering head get all the benefits, higher positions in the company. Most of the current projects running in India are failures. Most of the lateral joiners are from service companies and play dirty, cheap politics. Most of the work is integration of already existing solutions to some other project. No work life balance. Your work won't get recognized unless you are a boaster and you are good with your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some capable managers, need good technical architects. Don't hire freshers from IITs and NITs by paying huge packages since they won't stay longer than a year. Give chance to students from local colleges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Soulless Bloodsucking Corporation

    • 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

    I am not stuck here forever

    Cons

    The CEO is a sociopath. He says "stay paranoid" in almost every corporate newsletter her sends out and uses fear tactics to motivate employees. I feel like I live inside of a Dilbert cartoon - it truly is that ridiculous. If you are smart and talented please stay away from this company, they will chew you up and spit you out. Harman will not be around in the long term because they only care about short term growth - everything is smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You already sold your soul to Satan if you are anything above a Director level - Directors are yes men. Either grow a backbone or get another job. Stop this insane corruption.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 13 people found this helpful  

    Sydney Harman is rolling over in his grave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT (US)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time

    Pros

    - Below C-level management, there are very talented, underutilized, and dedicated people.
    - Exciting innovation coming from Infotainment and Professional divisions.

    Cons

    * Horrible work/life balance. Say goodbye to family and friends. You bust your hump to help the company reach its quarterly earnings, only to have the CEO/Chairman tell you to work harder. Inspirational words from one of the highest and most overpaid CEOs in the world! No appreciation and/or morale boost from upper management.

    * It's all about the company bottom line. Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced. The infrastructure is very thin with limited resources, which makes for a difficult work environment. It won't be long before employees are asked to use both sides of the toilet paper. CEO wants to take everything to China or India, except for the Stamford office, because he'll need to be close to his $8.5M condo in NYC. Harman employees would prefer that the CEO cut his salary instead of cutting jobs.

    * CEO/Chairman is great at cost-cutting, but terrible at motivating and being a great leader to his employees. The company intranet is filled with business articles that revolve around the CEO's self promotion. Despite the cost cutting, the company is very good at spending millions on worthless initiatives, which include obtaining outdated and irrelevant "brand ambassadors" with little or no return/value. The Branding/Marketing teams have no accountability, nor does the Shenzhen Business Unit when it comes to putting out questionable products that don't work on a global scale.

    * Harman is also extremely top-heavy when it comes to the growing number of VPs and Directors. The CEO loves to tell the media that he's all about listening from the bottom up, but he has yet to prove this statement. Stop cutting jobs and get rid of unnecessary titles and senior-level positions in Stamford and elsewhere. There is probably a VP in charge of overseeing corporate trashcans. You can instantly become a VP at Harman if you're a member of the same country club or spa as the CEO. Most of the C-level management in Stamford know nothing about CE, retail, or branding/marketing audio products. This may explain why many of Harman's brands have rotted and/or died. Either way, you are in good hands if you came from money or if your parents paid $200,000+ for your degree(s).

    * Products developed in Shenzhen sound terrible and have QC issues. The company brags about the success of particular products, but doesn't talk about the warehouse(s) filled with junked, non-functional products. The Lifestyle engineering team in Shenzhen refuses to work or collaborate with any other teams inside or outside the division. They believe they know everything about audio, design, and engineering, when in fact, their products are not very good. The company is quick to highlight the Lifestyle Division's success stories with portables, but they are failing miserably in the soundbar, headphone, luxury, and loudspeaker categories. Arrogance is the norm in Shenzhen's product development process which may explain why many of their products come up short.

    * One of the most political corporations out there. Rather than promote collaboration and innovation, the company likes to pit employees against each other. The company also tolerates and encourages negative and demeaning leadership/management styles, especially from the Shenzhen office. As other reviews point out, it's all about bullying and showing you who's in charge. You are nothing if you're not a direct report to the VP/GM of SBU as he encourages and allows his direct reports in that office to manage and lead by fear, power, and intimidation. The team in Shenzhen expect you to bow down to their holiness. It's them versus you and it's a culture you won't find elsewhere. It's the most arrogant office in the corporation. Perhaps they were picked on at school and this is their way of seeking payback or revenge. This type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated or allowed at any other company. This may explain the high employee turnover at that office. This also goes to prove that if you're not cutthroat, you may not survive at Harman.

    * The company wants to imply that it's ahead of the curve and technology like Google and Apple, but at least those companies move their employees around every couple of years and encourage mentoring and career growth. Harman would rather hire inexperienced personnel from outside the company rather than promote within. The company has a very difficult time recognizing potential, experience and talent inside its own walls.

    * It is widely known that Harman is one of the worst companies to work with when it comes to manufacturing. Harman churns and burns suppliers more than any other company in the industry. It's that bully "our way or the highway" mentality that makes people not want to work with Harman. Instead of building solid partnerships, this is the type of culture the CEO/Chairman has created and supported.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read this review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work in

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

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

    Pros

    *Great place to learn
    *Good salary
    *Good people to work with

    Cons

    *Middle level management is missing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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