Harris Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
559 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its all about the Stock Price.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are the best part of this job.
    9/80 at Government Communication Systems is nice but not sure how long it will last.
    Starting 3 weeks vacation is a plus.

    Cons

    General -
    - Benefits are quickly declining. Each year health care coverage is lowered while the cost of health care goes up.
    - Profit Sharing has been reduced from a max of 6% to a max of 3%.
    - Pay Raises have been been minimal (<2%) over that last 5 years, and delayed 6 months in 2014. This does not look like it will change in the near future.
    - Education assistance has been reduced to 2 classes a year.
    - Management will regulatory assign work above your pay grade and your reward for being successful is additional work above your pay grade.
    - Little to no training.

    Supply Chain -
    - This is an engineering company, Supply Chain and other support functions are not respected within the Company.
    - Work load is very high and customers are difficult.
    - Promotions and advancement are very rare. No career growth opportunities within the Supply Chain organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work before Bill Brown became CEO.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent work-life balance. Although not advertised, Harris provides a fairly flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Poor company moral. Small or non-existent raises, even for great performers. Benefits are dwindling away. Most employees are being forced from offices into downsized cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the employees instead of the stockholders. Corporate management is driving away Harris' biggest asset. Most of the best engineers I've had the privilege to work with have moved on to other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going Downhill Fast

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

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

    Pros

    Harris has a lot of brilliant engineers and a wide range of technologies to work on. The 9/80 workweek is wonderful.

    Cons

    Harris is being destroyed by a new CEO who has no regard for professional employees. His background in manufacturing is leading to the destruction of the morale. Experienced engineers with invaluable skills are getting pushed out in favor of young people who naturally cost less. This CEO brought in his own HR man who has an adversarial attitude toward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People 55 and older are literally being issued a warning for "not ranking well" against their younger peers, when the intelligent and responsible thing to do is have a plan to make use of employees as they approach retirement age.

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

    Get in and get out...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer I in Malabar, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer I in Malabar, FL

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good resume builder and there are some great people who you can learn a lot from; but everyone with tells you the same thing, it's a good place to start and then move on. (Seriously, it's a running joke there.) The work isn't that fulfilling, management is behind the times, and the company only strives to stay in business.

    Cons

    They're 15 years behind current manufacturing ideas, probably because the average age of their workforce is in their mid forties and any young people usually leave within 2-3 years. Management encourages a "leave, come back in a few years and then we'll give you a raise" culture. If you are looking for, youthful, cutting edge, high achieving work environment do not work here.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent executive leadership: at least a couple of the company's units are underperforming due to poor management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    There are a few success stories out there that seem to help keep the company afloat.

    Cons

    Double standard with respect to holding executives accountable for their own incompetence and poor decision making vs. setting employees up for failure and punishing them. Executives make snap judgments and develop dispositions based on limited facts and overly discount the valuable inputs of experienced employees in the field. A litany of issues have existed for years: weak talent, poor recruitment, product quality problems, over zealous cost cutting, no professional training programs, no strategic marketing plans are but a few of the challenges this company has failed to address.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing for the share price and your golden parachutes you are focused on. If your customers are not satisfied, if your employees are demoralized, your stock price will not hold. Hold executives to the same standards of performance as the employees. Eliminate teflon executives who keep their jobs or get ahead on the backs of employees they abuse or dismiss. The company needs to understand its markets, its customers, and be open to understanding the broader trends in the Information Technology and Communications space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Harris has gone from Wonderful to Awful!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Comm Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Comm Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    I have been working for Harris since 2/2008 and love the friendly atmosphere, company is located in a kid friendly area; great schools, parks, beaches, and low cost of leaving.

    Cons

    I moved to Central Florida in 2008 and took a position that paid 40% less than I made in the Northeast. For the first 3, or 4 years I had no regrets; working for Harris was great! Once the new CEO took over, Harris went from being a terrific company to an awful company. Employees are treated as if the work is done by the narcissist CEO and his cronies. Loyalty to company is slowly dwindling, compensations and promotions are almost non-existent (FY14) was the first increase of salary in many years and it was only a result of an awful review the CEO received by first ever survey.
    The effort on the part of CEO is in place to sell this once great company. The writing is on the wall. The emphasis to save money and place the cash on the books, the high stock price with no support what so ever, no travel approval for the work force only for upper management, and finally, no training budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the dark and don’t assume that this CEO is looking out for the well being of the company and its employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Was good but now not so much

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

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

    Pros

    good to cut your teeth and cross train. After that it's hard to move up.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. If they like you where you are then they won't move you. Also the pay raises are minimal and delayed sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit cutting talent to improve the bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not the same Harris

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

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

    Pros

    Good talent with design engineers, friendly people.

    Cons

    Harris GCS needs new ideas to succeed. In other words, GCS needs to get rid of the "old guard" and get new ideas infused into the business. Leadership keeps promoting and reorganizing the same VP's and Directors (same monkeys different tree). The current GCS leadership does not perform. They provide no value to the company and until a major change happens with the top leadership, GCS will not grow. Also, the workplace is changing. A new building is great, but to place engineers into a small cubical the size of a desk with low walls is not conducive of design environment. They only want us to bring 3 boxes from our old office into the new building when we move into it. The 3 boxes include items from inside the desk, items on top of the desk and books. Basically, do more with less. Do more with less resources (less reference books at your desk), do more with more distraction being in a very compact cubicle and high density office environment. Also, with the advent of having a new CEO (less than 2 yrs ago), he is only interested in making money, regardless of how he has to do it. He only looks at his own wallet and does not care about the local workforce who have been with Harris many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Harris GCS leadership: If the VP's and Director's do not perform, get rid of them. Do not promote them. Need new ideas, change the "old guard".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lack of vision. Going downhill

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging works, great for those who want to learn (thanks to the high turnover rate and the fact that someone has to pick up the leftover work)

    Cons

    Great engineers are leaving the company so fast that that it makes the work more 'challenging'.
    Company focus on cost cutting and pleasing the shareholders at the expense of employees satisfaction (which is already close to non-existent due to the amazingly low salary raise, slow career growth and failure to keep talented engineers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know what you are doing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Current state

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Harris has survived the economic downturn and gov sequestration. Division leadership continues to strive for a win-win mutually beneficial relationship with the employees

    Cons

    New business is on a downhill slide. Current CEO is focused on cost cutting initiatives that in some areas is handcuffing the ability to get the work done. CEO has replaced top staff with his staff from former company and holding employee at bay, just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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