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Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 44 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 23 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Get a clue

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    It is a paying job
    9/80 work week
    paid overtime
    fairly short commute to work

    Cons

    pathetic insurance
    pathetic raises while company does very well.
    CEO says one thing and does the exact opposite

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer the company it was.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work was excellent and challenging. Good communication among rank-and-file, cared about duties and mission. Pay and benefits was good until new CEO stepped in.

    Cons

    CEO created an environment where upper management was more political and bureaucratic and less caring about regular employees. Upper-level supervisors now "kiss" up and "sing-and-dance" to get promotions, treat rank-and-file like cattle. Benefits are now close to worthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More like a question: Why is this company trying to pinch every penny while the stock price continues to go up, a new luxury glass building was constructed in Palm Bay, another company in VA was just bought out, and the CEO received a 38% pay increase?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harris CapRock / Harris

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    It was a good company until about a year ago when they basically ran everyone out of dodge. No joke, they let no less than 25 GREAT employees leave because of poor leadership and lack of direction. Prior to this it was a GREAT team to work for.

    Cons

    Leadership on all levels are atrocious. There is no loyalty to ANYTHING other than the stock holders and Wall Street. Senior leadership in Harris Caprock literally sold out employees by finding ways to get people to quit without affecting the Harris bottom line and they were bonused for this. HR was unbelievable to the point of actually being laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice the integrity and HBX that you preach because right now it's all just smoke and mirrors!

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

    Downward spiral

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    Great teams and interesting work. For the most part you have the ability to chose what you'd like to work on.

    Cons

    The corporate management team has made some pretty steep cutbacks. Healthcare, profit sharing and raises used to be good but quickly went downhill when Bill Brown took office. Most of the great talent has left or are planning on leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management policies are promoting mediocrity. More attention needs to be paid to Harris's talent than the stock-holders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place then Bill Brown took over

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, casual work environment, lots of opportunities for horizontal moves as it's a very diverse company for its size

    Cons

    Stuck in the 60's mentality with its management-only career path .. HR still thinks they're the only game in town
    Bill Brown seems to care nothing about the employees and keeps making one penny-wise pound-foolish decision after another at their expense
    Mediocre pay and benefits at best
    All the competent employees are leaving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Bill Brown
    Get a new calendar (hint: it's not 1962 anymore)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a Good Company For Developing Software Skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get salary increases twice a year as a new grad for the first 3 years (Still lower than industry for software) . 9/80. Before the new CEO they were able to hire really good engineers.

    Cons

    Software Engineering Managers have little technical skills to develop or train the staff (during an interview ask them basic technical questions). Because of this they put no resources in training their staff. So, if you want technical growth this is not the place to be. You don’t get to work a job that interests you they just place you on jobs that are open. Benefits are getting worse every year. Top level management does not communicate their vision very well to staff. Lots of disgruntled employees. Bottom line, if you have decent skills as a software engineer keep looking or be prepared to let any learned skills go stale at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you have to put money into all of your employees and not just upper management. Funding training for functional level management and not for your engineering team will only lead to more middle level managers. Also realize that your software development course and java class are not really training. We learn those in school. Engineering Managers really need to learn technical skills and train their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    While the company may make money YOU will not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    having an income is better than not having an income, oh and by the way the coffee is free.

    Cons

    I can only testify for having Worked for the Integrated Network Services Division of the company. After it being bought out by Harris corporation, generally speaking close to 80% of the workforce is prior military, while the operations of this division at times fails its customers, the Fundamental Flaw is the Direction the division is heading. Its takes 10X more money to generate new customers as opposed to just retaining its current ones. in the 2 years i worked at the company i worked somewhere around 7,500 hours. The pay was horrible, when they got around to paying you, the hours were worse, the expectations were high, if you didn't choose to work overtime you under performed at your job in the leadership's eyes. on top of that the corporate structure is made up as such you to only really move laterally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you lose the Kennar, LA operations group you will finally disassemble what was once a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Find a new home

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    no pros except being prepared will help and leaving is easy.

    Cons

    None caring management - heartless
    Company really doesn't care about community or following a strategic growth plan, only cutting costs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they are smart and know what they are doing, well at least until it happens to them. Watch your backs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Manager 4

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Not sure what the Pros are right now, Employees are leaving so fast I cant keep count. Harris is experiencing a case of work over load, partial due to so many employees leaving

    Cons

    Everyone’s focus is revenue, no matter what position you where hired for. Senior management will do anything to make the corporate dictated revenue goals. Product quality, customer relationships take a back seat to revenue
    The new health care program sucks and put a huge financial risk on the employee, plus it cost me $1000 more per year in 2014 and now it has gone up another $1000. $2000 in two years, really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the product quality, customer satisfaction and retaining employees. Stop the attrition and retain the employees that you still have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Short term mentality

    • 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

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area.
    My coworkers are great people and very competent.
    Local management is very flexible about work schedules, vacation, etc

    Cons

    Upper management is focused on short term financial results at the expense of the long term health of the company. Nothing matters but the next quarterly report.
    There is no empowerment at the local level. Time is wasted and huge sums of money sqaundered because of indecisive upper management with no discernable real plan other than to do anything to temporarily improve the current quarter's financial results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a long term plan for the product portfolio and execute that plan. Empower mid management to execute their portions of the plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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