HARMAN

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HARMAN Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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2.7 115 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal

Dinesh C. Paliwal

(82 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWell 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.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementStamford 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soulless Bloodsucking Corporation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI am not stuck here forever

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Male dominated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prossuccessful company constant change and growth

    Consno advancement, no mentoring, young male environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Harman International

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsExciting projects at the automotive division. Chances to work on different areas of a latest software platform.

    ConsSchedules and deadlines are very aggressive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sydney Harman is rolling over in his grave

    (Former Employee) Stamford, CT (US)

    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 Senior ManagementRead this review.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away - a completely dysfunctional mess and getting worse

    Director (Current Employee) Stamford, CT (US)

    ProsGood benefits, some great people

    ConsIncompetent upper management who have no knowledge of the audio space and who are doing everything they can to devalue the brands. And new management hires are following this pattern.
    Mean and negative management who use bullying tactics and routinely engage in unprofessional behavior.
    Employees are depressed and anxious.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to the Board: replace the CEO

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good environment and friendly people

    ConsNothing much on the cons

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Innovative company

    Marketing Communications Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsInnovation is a driving strategy, talented people, competitive salary & global footprint

    ConsStart-up/entrepreneurial culture sometimes leads to sudden changes in business direction

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Engineer (Current Employee) Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    Prosgood, great, dandy, fantastic nice.

    Consgood, great, dandy, fantastic nice.

    Advice to Senior Managementgoodjob

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to learn about CE

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHarman does a very god job of hiring talent and retaining it.

    ConsThe current culture is one of cost saving and job cutting at the expense of what Harman did the best; making things that sound great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring outside the CE industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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