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Shipper/Picker (Former Employee) says

"Management and employees were not professional. Management was not reliable. Communication was very bad between employee's and management. It was very dreadful to work there."

Employe (Former Employee) says

"Equipe magnifique mais mauvais management Cons: pas de management"

Account Executive (Former Employee) says

"As with so many finance companies in the mid 2000s economy, Harmonic Research fell victim to adverse market conditions and was forced to close its doors. While it was staffed with brilliant and highly experienced people, the economic slump of 2007-2008 was particularly difficult for boutique firms. Cons: Limited benefits, limited paid time off."

Mechatronics Applications Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Mind numbingly boring. Open office floor plan so everyone sees what you are doing. Tons of incompetence and passive aggression. I had 4 bosses. All of whom were incompetent."

Project Manager (Current Employee) says

"High demand environment with very low end tools and applications. IT resources are very minimal."

Staff Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Beyond the terrible management in this company, from the CEO (PH) on down, the day to day life is pretty miserable as well. Senior management is only concerned with creating shares of stock to give to themselves, while at the same time, taking away RSUs for the employees. Poor business decisions, purchased companies that fail and close, and yet bring nothing to the Harmonic table was very common. Cons: worst management teams ever, always worried about your job being eliminated, terrible 401(k)"

Staff Systems Engineer (Current Employee) says

"Employees are treating as tools at this company. With repeated requests for training, very little is ever provided and then you're punished for not training yourself, which is very difficult when the only time we'd see new equipment is when it was at the customer site. The management is a joke, they're more afraid of losing their jobs than they are in making the right decisions. Also, managers are put into their positions only because they threaten to leave with their knowledge or skills, not because they can actually manage or are friends with senior leaders. With 10+ years at Harmonic I can say that only some senior level managers are OK but that's where it ends. The CEO knows only how to destroy the few things the company does correctly and then creates stock shares to give to himself and the board, further diluting the already lousy stock price. This company is the personal piggy bank of the board. Period. There are lots of excellent employees, even with the ones that already left for better places, which is the only redeeming value of working here. Excellent engineers are everywhere but are all held back with the lackluster performance of the executive leadership. They even had to sell/trade off a huge part of the company in order to secure a large sale to Comcast because they can't stand on their own merit, Comcast knew and took advantage of it, I would have too. I hope they survive, for the sake of the majority of people but the leadership needs to go away first. Cons: Terrible leadership"

Sr. Business Analyst (Current Employee) says


Sales (Former Employee) says

"Company run with good intent but poorly defined strategy and poorly implemented. Management interaction was ineffective. Wish them well on their path to growth."

Developer (Current Employee) says

"The work has become less and less challenging as company focus turns to short-term quarterly gains instead of long-term planning. The lack of employee training on company products and development processes is also a setback."

Analista Sr. de Crédito & Cobranza (Current Employee) says

"Buen sueldo y prestaciones adicionales a las de ley"

Executive Assistant (Former Employee) says

"With a young family, they offered no flexibility and had no understanding of moms needing to be home with sick Children. New management based out of France made things difficult."

Reverse Logistics Planner (Former Employee) says

"Worked for Harmonic for 8 years, however reported to 7 different bosses within that time. Very hard to advance when your boss changes every year. Was told of advancements many times but when the time came the boss would leave the company. They seem to bring in new people that have no knowledge of process and pay them twice as much as the people with the knowledge and time put in. Cons: Advancement non-existent"

Canadian Sales Director (Current Employee) says

"Market leader with some very talented resources and great products. I would recommend this company. They recently went through a bit of rough patch in North America in 2015 but are on the path to recover."

Senior Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) says

"There were many intelligent engineers in the company."

Manger, Systems Engineering Americas & Japan (Current Employee) says

"it's an ok company; you'd learn video headend solutions, architecture, the company's products, networking etc."

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Harmonic was a great place to work but the industry landscape has changed. and Harmonic id not keep up. Management is not visionary and instead reactive. Engineering is moving abroad."

SR. SPM Commission Analyst (Former Employee) says

"* Good workplace culture"

Field/Systems Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Management is very understanding but not all. People are relax and helpful, easy to get along with. Organization is well established and rules are well followed."

Test Engineer (Former Employee) says

"I worked as a software engineer until the company sold my division to another company. Liked the people. The company re aligned there strategic goals. Cons: getting sold"

Former Employee - Senior Engineer says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Management (especially at the C-Level) is completely disconnected with the industry and the rest of the company. Too many VPs with no reports. Also, too many silo groups causing massive infighting among each site. Sites such as Renne, San Jose, Caesarea, Hong Kong, and Kiev are fighting each other for funding and dominance. Each site is exceptionally protective of the flow of information and refuses to share with one another. Also, management tend to protect people who are incompetent. These inept people have a tendency of driving out key contributors and people with knowledge. Layoffs depends if the VP likes you or not. If you drink the Kool-aid and not speak up, then you are safe. If you try to contribute or question their decisions, then you are a threat. Executives are also raiding the company dry. Customers requests are completely ignored and they are losing opportunities as a result."

Former Employee - Sales Engineer says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year Cons: Company has no long or mid term view, everyone working there does not know if will be employed the next quarter. Very strange atmosphere. Very disconnected areas, lack of synergy between areas. Resources are wasted, between marketing, pre-sales, sales and engineering."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Harmonic full-time for more than 10 years Cons: No help from management. Lack of direction Horrible HR Pocketing CEO Micromanager CEO and VP and Directors. (None or handful manager) Too much politics. No trust in employee No proper training Jobs are going overseas Corporate is shrinking"

Former Employee - Software Engineer says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year Cons: Terrible management, clueless, fighting for their jobs it seems, political battles among the VPs. Too many useless VPs actually. Keeping their jobs as a stepping stone for their next job."

Former Employee - Product Management says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Unhealthy work environment, toxic. Old timers are unpleasant, arrogant, sometimes abusive and old school management style. Culture is old fashion. Micro management, no respect for others and everyone in management is trying to do what pleases them. Engineering management is a joke, very old school culture."

Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year Cons: Layoffs, executive management is terrible, R&D management have no focus and bring in incompetent management that have never worked in the video industry. Lacks knowledge, innovation, drive to completion, knowledge is offshore (HK) and outsourced to consultants in Kiev. There is no team work across the different geographical locations. QA department is a joke with lack of experience and test methodologies and the team is so isolated and separated from each other. Moral is down and no one seems focused on deliverables. There is no career growth here. No balance of work/life. Pay is low in the same sector."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Layoffs have begun. Cheap mangement. Lack of focus on products and"

Former Employee - Expendable says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Management is lost, Board of Directors are lost. No clear focus on direction"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year Cons: Poor benefits. Chaotic environment. Very inexperienced and micromanaging executive management. Please DO NOT join this company. You will regret."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Harmonic full-time for more than a year Cons: Anyone looking for a institutionalized and/or dog eat dog work environment then this place is for you. Management is out of touch with reality and decisions are largely based on maintaining the status quo or simply out of pride and incompetence. If anyone has doubts, please look at the company financials for the past several years. The numbers speak for volumes as to whether the management team is truly steering the ship in the right direction."

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