Harris
3.2 of 5 329 reviews
www.harris.com Melbourne, FL 5000+ Employees

Harris Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.2 329 reviews

                             

59% Approve of the CEO

Harris President & CEO Bill Brown

Bill Brown

(102 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Horrible company; Management is the worst I've ever encountered with a company! No direction; Fend for yourself.

Field Engineering Specialist (Former Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO

I worked at Harris full-time for less than a year

ProsNONE...... Don't work for this company!

ConsChallenging environment because you have to do your managements job half the time!

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is a joke!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Harris - Decent for new grads, not good for mid career

PFA (Former Employee)

I worked at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere is good job stability here.

ConsNon-competitive salary, especially for those in mid career. Raises are less than 2% annually for the majority of employees. A once competitive benefits package is a shell of what it once was. The office culture was draining.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Corruption in Lynchburg Division - Not the "real" Harris

Systems Engineer III (Current Employee)
Lynchburg, VA

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

ProsThe negatives so outweigh the cons that they are not even recognizable.

Cons-No opportunity for growth or career development:
-Exploitation of salaried employees (working well in excess of 40 hours / week)
-No bonuses
-Extremely High turnover rate
-Cost cutting from bottom up
-Upper Management
-No merit increases
-Inability to retain talent leading to constant turnover
-During my period of employment (5 years)
-Favoritism
-Unfair performance evaluations
-Minimal Training for new and experienced employees
-Blatantly untrained managers (basically professionals who do not perform in their area of expertise, for example Engineers or Program Managers, are put in management positions as the "booby prize"). They are disgruntled, unhappy, untrained, and do not engage or empower their teams. Since when do managers no know anything about the division they are managing and have no formal management experience?
-No valuation of employee excellence or potential
-Top heavy pay scale (absentee managers receiving exhorbitant salaries while employees receive low pay and no annual increases, raises are rare, promotions almost non-existant)
-No growth
-HR useless and management worthless
-Preferential treatment given to women involved in affairs with upper management
-Intimidation by management over job security
-No job market in Lynchburg and management knows it and feels confident that despite unethical practices the employees have no choice but to stay and comply with mistreatment
-Discrimination towards women and older employees...

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at departments with high turnover rates and realize the costs of losing experienced employees and constantly bringing in new employees who learn by the "sink or swim" method (long learning curve) with no formal orientation and training, then after 2-3 years (sometimes short periods of time) walking out the door with all of the Harris experience and "hands-on" experience; and taking that experience to competition.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Top Heavy With Managers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Harris full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNone anymore. Used to think benefits were better than most but now that much of the cost is passed on to the employees with Obamacare as teh blame can't say they're good anymore. Other than that and getting a paycheck there is nothing good about this company.

ConsThey have lost the mission, they have lost their way, they have lost everything that was ever good about them. They treat their employees worse than many would treat a dog they would abuse. Sad to see the changes over the years. Pay is horrible and all they want to do is replace the current talent with young college grads so they can pay them less. If you are an older person and enjoy respect this isn't the place for you. Question is can this company be saved. I'm thinking its doubtful. I used to love coming to work when I was there but things changed for the worse over the years. In reading many of the reviews the people are correct too many managers and directors and not enough employees though the employees are the ones doing the work. It is cliquey and many don't fit into those cliques. Not that many would want to based on the activities and behavior of some of the leaders of the cliques.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and pay attention. You are losing good talent by forcing people out or laying off the good ones because they won't conform.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Think Twice ...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lynchburg, VA

I worked at Harris full-time

ProsThe only positive thing about working for this company is that the benefit package is OK, although the benefits have been reducing from year to year

ConsManagement, Ethics, Workload, Processes, Resources, Direction, etc

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate Management needs to understand the challenges of working with an incompetent Management Team at the PSPC Business unit in Lynchburg, Va.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Harris Can't integrate Companies they purchase. They merged three companies into one and went from being the best to be

Director of InternationalContractors (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLarge Company, Multiple Opportunities, Good salaries Great people at the working level. Good place to work a couple of years and move on.

ConsLarge Company No vision on How to integrate the companies they purchase and keep them profitable. The older you are and the larger your salary the closer you are to the gate. Sorry Human Resources personnel and policies. No respect for the customers. The seem to have learned all they know from the government contracts.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou purchased the companies because they were profitable and then you eliminate the people that got them there. Poor decision making at the higher levels is hard to overcome by the people that really know how to make a profit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Employer fails to provide raises or offer incentives to employees, but expects exceptional job performance.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

ProsSupporting our military and public safety customers is very rewarding.

ConsPoor benefits, a record of low wage increases over several years, layoffs in past 2 years followed by large staffing increase a few months later, and moving staff from one project to another demonstrates managements lack of regard for the individual.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time to make significant management changes from managers up to the VP level to correct the lack of leadership and fix a cancer in the culture that management accepts as normal

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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New hiring practices - only looking for underpaid engineers desperate for a job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosmost people are nice there

ConsVery low salaries, OK benefits

Advice to Senior Managementpay your employees what they are worth

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not a good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harris

ProsA lot of talented coworkers

Constoo much politics, bad management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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NO work-life balance, and only getting worse

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palm Bay, FL

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

ProsBenefits overall are good; however, it depends on the division you where you work. It is not consistent across all divisions. Talented pool of people; however, the "good" ones are leaving.

ConsThe current CEO is running the company and more importantly the people into the ground. At one time this was a family oriented and customer-focused company which cared about the employees. Now the philosophy appears to be work them to death and then recycle for new blood. New ideas are no longer welcomed. Everyday is centered around putting out fires, and getting the latest report to management that they want. No consistency. Morale is the worst I have seen in the last 10 years. Very top-heavy again.

Advice to Senior ManagementSTOP over-promising on contracts and then expect the employees to fix your mistakes. Also, when a customer wants more, you expect them to pay for it. However, management wants more and more from it's employees but does not want to pay for it (i.e. overtime, raises, incentives) or does not want to provide additional resources. The amount of management reporting required now borders on ridiculous. Just because at 3 a.m. you took 30 seconds to come up with an idea of a new report you would like to see does not mean it will take someone 30 seconds to complete the report. Use people's time efficiently, not to just satisfy your whim. Bill Brown.... ever see "Undercover Bosses"? Might be a good idea for you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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