HARMAN Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
133 Reviews
2.9
133 Reviews
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HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal
Dinesh C. Paliwal
92 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  

    Shocking Govt like work culture!!! Incompetence with arrogance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I worked at HARMAN

    Pros

    Brands, Products history, Compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Dictatorial work culture with management having a factory culture mindset. Respect for the employees is absolutely lacking and people are in for a shock when you join for the Brand name but find high misuse of power in the top management with sycophancy and crude treatment of employees. Negative bureaucracy. Technology awareness is bleak at the top and so is the ability to do business in the market. Innovation is impossible at this center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees. Empowerment in the centers can be misused to the core. Though a big global org, it is a small start up in the country. Management arrogance will lose the talent necessary for a budding center. Technology team is certainly questionable for not having technical depth.

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

    Good technical workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I have been working at HARMAN

    Pros

    Long history of audio expertise

    Cons

    New and small office in bangalore, where depending on the group opportunities differ greatly

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Dev. Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • 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
  8.  

    Senior software engineer

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Join only if desperately lookin for a change.

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    • 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
  11.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Warranty Analyst in Novi, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Flex time
    Friendly co-workers
    We had some fun activities.

    Cons

    Under valued
    Lack of management
    Overworked and under appreciated for the extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on management skills and develop better systems for planning careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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