HARMAN

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Be prepared to only see your family on Holidays

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Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician in Franklin, KY (US)
Former Employee - Analysis and Repair Electronic Technician in Franklin, KY (US)

I worked at HARMAN

Pros

The company offers good hourly wages; good benefits package; and a clean work environment. The site has a decent cafeteria.

Cons

Unfortunately they believe in ten hours a day and seven days a week. I lasted almost six months and then realized I wanted to be a person not just a worker.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A products quality will always go down when the people working are not given sufficient time off. Less mandatory overtime!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    After many years of solid growth, new management is trading brand equity for low cost expansion worldwide.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Still has some of the best engineers in the world of audio at the helm and when given the opportunity can deliver stunning expereinces in the home, car, and portable audio marketplace. A company that was driven by a passion for music and the emotional impact that it has on life, was able to overcome many of the roadblocks and deliver for the consumer.

    Cons

    The was a time where this company was looked upon as the leader in the space. Today that has become more of a talking point than a reality as it continues to stuggle to deliver cutting edge consumer products, enter into ultra low cost commercial products, and finding ways to capitalize on auto companies outside of the normal big players. Many of those that built this company are now gone and leadership is focused on markets other than the US. At a time when they could become a top tier supplier at home and regain the respect of consumer and clients, they have ignored the opportunity in the US. With a CEO that ranks as some of the highest paid (a complete 180 from the past) he has failed to leverage stock price back to solid levels, continues to play the role of rockstar CEO while misleading the media sloth, and continues to slash costs leaving departments so thin that the errors of their efforts become magnified in light of what was once a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it right, stop with the marketing BS and look at the image you are delivering to the marketplace. Reduce the number of errors, defective products, and improve speed to market without the need for software updates, reworks, or delay. Connect the dots and finally deliver solutions that wow the consumer and combine audio, communication, and real innovation. wake up form the dream state you are in, align products with real use cases, real consumer systems, and get back to your roots.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company now run by bean counters who forgot Harman's core competency: great sound!

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

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Harman has a wonderful history, some great brands, and has developed some great audio products in the past. The opportunity to produce great sounding audio products that people hear everywhere in the world is unmatched by working any other audio company in the world.

    Cons

    In recent years, corporate management in Stanford has become large and bloated, made up of mostly people from outside the audio industry who understand little about audio technology and the audio business. To make the non-corporate underlings more accountable they've put into place hierarchical layers of bureaucracy in all processes. As a result, decisions take forever to be made, often without valuable input from the people who know best. The slow decision process and compensation scheme means product managers are often unwilling to take risk: not exactly an environment to nurture innovation and new technology. Compensation is based on meeting unflexible targets set 1 year in advance (not long-term goals), so managers make decisions to maximize their bonuses, not always what's best for the medium-long-term health of the company and the consumer. A good example is arbitrarily moving factories/engineering to Mexico/China without adequate preparation. In the short-term, it saves money on paper, but at what cost? Time will tell whether the leaders realize what Harman's core competency is (good sounding products) and get behind it, before they destroy it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a medium-long term strategy around Harman's core competency (best-in-class audio and acoustics) and put into place processes, infrastructure and talented people who ensure that Harman continues to make best-in-class products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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