HARMAN technology

We have a comprehensive service offering contract coating, converting, warehousing and distribution as well as ongoing advances in new applications for silver halide technology.
https://www.harmantechnology.com

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Staff are always part of the bigger picture at specialist manufacturing company, HARMAN technology. The medium-size company produces analogue black and white photographic films, papers and accessories primarily sold under the ILFORD brand name. With 200 staff in its facility in Mobberley, Cheshire, the company manufactures raw materials through to shelf ready product all on the one site and supplies the world's largest range of analogue photographic products.

It is at the forefront of the revival in interest in analogue photography working closely with a wide range of distributors to engage with and increase the numbers of those taking up the past-time. Building on the much loved 140-year-old brand, the ILFORD product range is world renowned for its quality, consistency and breadth, often providing keen enthusiasts with the only remaining source of a specific film format or shape.

HARMAN believes each individual offers a unique perspective and that valuing differences while working toward its common goals leads to innovation and growth. The company likes to know what the firm looks like through the lens of its employees and actively responds to feedback which has led to the introduction of a range of initiatives including a new job evaluation and grade structure, a new reward and recognition scheme and a leadership development programme.

HARMAN's working conditions reflect the importance it places on work/life balance and each year it holds at least two major social events and encourage staff to get involved in charity through volunteer days or fundraising activities.

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Leadership

52% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

During the first national lockdown the Executive team called all 200 staff to check in on them and throughout the pandemic leaders have regularly held virtual coffee and chat sessions, socially distanced “fireside” chats when rules allowed and ensured they are visible for reassurance.

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73% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Last year without a Christmas event HARMAN made staff gift boxes with locally sourced products to support local businesses. Staff were challenged to decorate the gingerbread men in the box, send in Christmas jokes and regift their box to the local foodbank to support the local community.

Wellbeing

72% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

To help staff get through the pandemic HARMAN introduced a wellbeing week and organised charity and social and charity events. Employees also connected more with each other through sharing photos of their lockdown antics from DIY projects to questionable haircuts.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1902
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
52
Employee average age
74% : 26%
Male : Female employee ratio
22%
Employees earning £35k+
5%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

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Quote from the top...
"We are delighted to have been recognised by Best Companies as One to Watch and one of the 5 best manufacturing companies to work for. HARMAN is changing, we are on a journey to retain and celebrate our heritage whilst ensuring we inspire the next generation of photographers. We recognise that our skilled and talented colleagues play a pivotal role in this change, and we want to engage with them to ensure success for everyone. We are on a mission to make HARMAN a great place to work and our first survey results give us a great place to build from."

Greg Summers, Managing Director - Harman Technology

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