HARMAN Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2014
Updated 18 October, 2014
131 Reviews
2.9
131 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
90 Ratings

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 7 reviews)

  • Cost cutting is painful and counter-productive as everything has been outsourced (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Product Dev. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Overall good work life balance.
    My organization just went through a management restructure and I think it is for the best.
    Management is decent about flexing time (i.e., I traveled over the weekend, so here's a day or two you can take off without burning a PTO day).
    Feels start-uppy in some ways, but there are still remnants of the automotive industry of a bygone era.
    You will learn a lot if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Very small organizational budget for training means it's infrequent. I find that shortsighted.

    Lots of growth in recent years (good) but the process infrastructure hasn't caught up (bad)

    Travel for supporting engineering activities seems to be sporadic and it could and should be used more to build better relationships with demanding OEM customers.

    Benefits leave something to be desired. No annual bonus program.

    Lots of people are just there to clock in their 40 hours. If some project or activity is going to extend beyond 5PM, you can count on being the only one there to support it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A prestigious and elegant company with a passion for reorganizing frequently

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

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    International travel, great bunch of people, team spirit.

    Cons

    Just when you think you figured it out, they move the goalposts! (Lots of changes in management and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick the right team and organization and leave it in place long enough for it to take root.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not much to learn..

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, employee discounts..
    Great relocation policy...

    Cons

    Nothing much to learn..
    Not a creative place..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects for the most parts.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with the branding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward exceptional employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    One place you can learn and grow fast. So If you are the person welling to work hard and learn, please join.

    Cons

    There are a lot of project parallel , so you have to handle this multi-task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the engineer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Improper management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Pune (India)

    I worked at HARMAN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary. Great products. Large number of customers lined up.

    Cons

    Poor people management and work culture. No planning of work. Boss is boss. No space for independent opinions. But this also depends on which project you are working. I was unlucky to get all these things.

    Though Harman has got good products but they do not care for quality of work.

    In India mostly there are support kind of projects. Not a product culture for Indian employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve middle management such as Engineering Mangers for improving work culture.

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

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

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

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

    Pros

    Good discounts for audio products. Dont need to be qualified from a good school for being a manager.

    Cons

    Adhoc management. your qualifications dont matter. An entry level engineer is made a manager. No knowledgeable colleagues left in the company to learn things from. High attrition rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cannot be advised here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for.. But limited exposure

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Balanced work life , Decent compensation

    Cons

    Limited exposure, difficult to switch projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Interns

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

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

    Pros

    Very good culture, highly diverse. People do enjoy working together is there is a caring culture. The company is also growing very fast, offering a lot of chances.

    Cons

    Sometimes in a year, job could become pretty tough and we need to work overtime. also there would be long travels frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Bad place to 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 an year)

    Pros

    The are not many good reasons to work here.if you stay in the company for to long there may be chances of growth

    Cons

    No work life balance. Employees are expected to work during weekends. Hike is not as per one's effort or performance. Senior management is really poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees well. Give them good raises. It is not a very good idea to make your employees work every weekend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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