Harris Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
438 Reviews
2.8
438 Reviews
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Harris President & CEO Bill Brown
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167 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very nice people and challenging work - 9/80 work schredule (in 42 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 15 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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    • 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 for 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Closed minded and arrogant, clueless

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Disorganized, shortsighted, no clear direction, profit over employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Harris used to be a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Space Coast engineering, low cost of living.

    Cons

    The company has no vision, or no willingness to invest in long-term growth. The matrix organization results in a disorganized feeling where most work is done in silos, oblivious to resources existing in other areas. This disorganization also results in no one being willing to step up and take reasonable risks (opportunities) that haven't been done before; no one ever seems know who can get things done. As with many companies these days HR is sabotaging the hiring process, losing good engineers to criteria that are not relevant to technical candidates. As an example, University of Phoenix BS with a 3.8 GPA is hired but a University of Central Florida BES with a 3.7 is declined an interview based *solely* on GPA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose Bill Brown before he sell the company off, overhaul HR and get back to real engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission, but not great leadership.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    The work is interesting.
    Most employees work hard and want to do the right thing.
    Providing critical communications brings satisfaction.

    Cons

    No inspired leadership--care only about dollars.
    Leadership has poor view of customers--care only about dollars.
    Lots of broken operational processes that never seem to be fixed.
    Advancement only for a hand-picked few.

  6.  

    Harris GCSD

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C  in  Palm Bay, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Palm Bay, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay for the area, excellent vacation and sick time, reasonable benefits. 9/80 work schedule is always a plus.

    Cons

    Personnel planning seems a bit lacking, people with just get dumped onto a task with little experience or insight and speed has become a factor. Constant push to do things quicker and cheaper, which I understand but there is a limit until you compromise the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your employees strengths are and assign them accordingly if appropriate spots are available, a mechanic doesn't make the best electrician.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK company. Don't recommend to friends in it's current state.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work. Fun place if you have the right team to work with. Great place for new grads to get that initial experience.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis writing reviews for the HR lawyers every year. Top heavy in middle management with constant rotation hiding them from corporate every year. VP's reporting to VP's reporting to VP's. (no kidding!) No continuity with customers as a result. Seems to have lost it's way since Howard Lance departed. (unfortunately) The company is dying a slow death. Management is a bunch of bean counters now that wouldn't know a good invention if it slapped them across the head. No vision or foresight. New ideas are only solicited from a "select few".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring your buddies and get people in middle management that actually care about long term company growth instead of short term profits. Arrogant directors scrambling for the next open VP slot could care less about the work or employees. Quit confusing employees with no company direction except for the latest buzz words from your MBA class. Your stock price is propped up by the Federal Reserve printing money. Not real growth or vision here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Learn alot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Harris has an awesome work environment

    Cons

    The works are very challenging, but I learned a lot.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyed the people, not the environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op  in  Rochester, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op in Rochester, NY (US)

    I worked at Harris as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people at Harris are great. My team was really friendly, and I actually still keep in touch with them.
    The work is pretty cool too. I enjoyed working on a radio and they follow pretty standard software practices.
    The pay was excellent considering I was an intern.

    Cons

    The environment just was not for me. Opening my lunch box to show I was not concealing anything got old real quick. There were also a lot of rules for what you could and could not do (I understand this is necessary to ensure security, but can really make the office very boring).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Due to smaller company size your name gets around well

    Cons

    The company doesn't know how to treat software engineers.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and a good crowd

    Cons

    Red tape. There is a good ol' boy network that's tough to break.

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