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Harris Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
575 Reviews
2.6
575 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 43 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 18 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Experience...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bangalore

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Timing delivery
    competitive price
    Nice Customer Support
    Good Design
    Website is nice

    Cons

    There should be more variety .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more variety.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Changing culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    High grade and advanced technology.

    Cons

    Culture doesn't provide a reason to work here over anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Long Term Employee working up through the engnieering ranks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL (US)

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse technology and systems development. Very engineering focused. High percentage of R&D investment. Projects typically last 2-5 years providing employees with a range of opportunities to keep technical skills sharp.

    Cons

    Radically changing culture minimizing employee value and growth prospects. Low and lowering employee morale driven by a mixture of changes ranging from significant increase of benefit costs, gradual reduction of 9/80 work structure, substandard raises, nonexistant pay for performance. C-office wealth at employee expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom line focus is ok for the short term but we are in year 3+. Need top line growth. Leadership team starting at CEO is supposed to have M&A expertise, but has not used capability. Decent management of market expectations as evidence of stock performance. To much focus on cost control at employee expense and not enough focus on growing the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement and professional growth. Supervisors care about employees and treat them with respect. Very stable place to work. Nature of the work is both interesting and helps society out in a way that leads to a high level of job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Constantly being asked to juggle more and more things at once can sometimes be overwhelming. 24/7 operations means having to work on weekends and holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    a company with lots of changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)

    I worked at Harris full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    working with broadcasters in a very innovative environment . working with a dedicated team, who were eger to do there best for the company and their clients.

    Cons

    poor salary, and benefits however this was section of the business was not one of the main business areas for Harris and this lead to the broadcast business area being second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salary and benefits to be in touch with roles and responsibilities & current day cost of living and

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Needs Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Harris provides an overall decent benefits package with roles that keep employees challenged for the most part.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to promote within. Work/life balance is terrible and makes for extremely stressful days. Pay scales are very inconsistent from person to person and role to role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help develop career path plans for your high performing employees and make them not want to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Can be a good place to work and a great location.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to move around the company and divisions for different opportunities and projects, 9/80 work schedule, mostly good people to work with, stable company to work for in my division, job security. Much needed change is coming. Had great benefits. Enjoy the shut down during the holidays.

    Cons

    Much needed change is coming, but we're afraid the new executives don't have a lot of government experience and will mess up the government side of the company. Hopefully they'll succeed with on-boarding commercial/international contracts to expand the company since we haven't been very successful in that area in the past. They're cutting costs which has been needed in some areas, but we're afraid they won't know when to stop. Because of these cuts the rumor on the street is they're setting us up for sale. They're looking for process improvements but they also need to get rid of the dead weight employees from the old regime that impede processes and improvements. We're seeing folks jump over to Northrup since they have moved to town. Not sure if the grass is any greener there. Morale is down. The rest of us are waiting to have 9/80 taken away as it was taken from Sr. Mgmt. recently. This would be a step back in time vs allowing more flexibility and telecommuting like a lot of the more innovative companies are doing for their employees. Benefits have been cut and more are expected. Will not have a reason to stay long-term as hard working experienced employees get less and less for their loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The lower the people are in the organisational chart the better they are, high level management leave much to be desired

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    generally the people you work with day to day are good honest people who all have the customer in mind and want to do as good a job as they possibly can

    Cons

    Decisions made by upper management make day to day tasks and doing your job much harder than it needs to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow decision to be made by those who will be impacted directly by them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a great company, benefits and employee worth have degraded overtime

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technologies and customer missions to be a part of. Lots of cutting edge things to work on. Decent 401k matching (while it lasts).

    Cons

    They have slowly chipped away at the benefits giving less and less each year. They show great profit as a company but then do poorly to compensate their workforce during annual salary increases. Mix that with increased benefits cost an a lot of folks are taking pay decreases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop chipping away at the core benefits that really matter to employee happiness at a company. The lean attitude is great but the company shouldn't be applying the lean mindset to employee compensation. It leads to a disenchanted and under appreciated workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    50 % Good 50% Wrong

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service
    Current Employee - Field Service

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -The offshore allowance are good

    Cons

    -Hardly any room to grow
    -Very difficult to get promoted.
    -Salary increase is poor.
    -Poor Technical training
    -No international transfer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should work on improving benefits ,training & promotions

    Approves of CEO

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