Harris Reviews

Updated July 6, 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 a struggle at times (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Great People Poor Management starting at CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great smart people to work with. Works is enjoyable enough

    Cons

    Poor management starting at CEO. Bill Brown is about slashing employee benefits to increase stock price


  2. Helpful (4)

    Was great, now mediocre

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonably stable, but that may change

    Cons

    Medical benefits are approaching dark age quality. New cuts are coming in January to benefits across the board. Pay is ok, but not great - avg raise is 2.5%, does not keep up with increased cost of benefits. Most programs are not well managed with profit taking precedence over quality. But hey the majority of our customers are government, so quality is not too important.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting costs without considering the long term consequences. While you view 9/80 as not conducive to business, a patently false statement with no merit, we view as an excellent benefit.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Disappointing Direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a variety of fun, challenging programs to work on. There is always an opportunity to learn something new and work with many different technologies. Working with an inter-disciplinary team to realize a product vision is incredibly enjoyable.

    Cons

    In recent years upper level management has treated employees as commodities. Benefits are cut year after year, salaries are not keeping up with inflation, and promotion opportunities are limited for engineers who want to stay on a technical career path.

    Advice to Management

    People are important, and your engineers are what keep the company going. Start showing them some appreciation or they will find somewhere else that will.


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  5. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    PTO and Sick leave are from the same bucket.


  6. Helpful (6)

    RF Industry really !!!

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Harris has multiple locations and remote offices to work from. The engineers are brilliant but out of touch with reality. Relaxed environment to work in. If you really want to be an RF engineer, there's a lot you can learn from the Harris Engineers. I honestly don't have much nicer things to say about Harris.

    Cons

    As always the Management is the biggest issues in the company. They are bunch of dropouts from community colleges. Somehow the Company is a billion dollar company and has a lot of money to throw away. So come on in and have a party, if that's what you like to do. There's absolutely zero innovation or engineering that takes place within Harris. Forget outsourcing, they don't even maintain their legacy products. They have a bad reputation with their customers for a good reason. There are no guidelines, no career paths. For being a government contractor I'm appalled at the amount of rules they break. They think money can solve the problem and not engineers. They will throw money at a problem and make it go away or at least try to. No appreciation of their employees. Get ready to get yanked off a project in a blink of an eye. Pathetic health insurance plans. No increase in salary over time. It's not a plain even field, its a hierarchal system, within engineers, managers. If you believe in magic, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Spend 2 weeks in the lab, instead of flying to vegas on every opportunity you get.


  7. Poor management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Flexible work week, decent building

    Cons

    Ineffective management, lack of work


  8. Helpful (4)

    Boring as heck and low pay

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Rochester, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits at the time. Paid overtime.

    Cons

    Terrible office environment. Pay was horrible, the job was entirely mismatched to my experience level. Never felt as anything more than a number with no useful career advancement opportunities. Slow moving, boring work. Surrounded by smart but uninspiring people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good people, not so great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some smart, talented, and dedicated people work there. In the government part, good processes and organization. Most managers are flexible about work schedules and handling personal commitments. Many remote/telework positions are available.

    Cons

    Outside the government part, poor or missing business processes. Some parts of the company feel like a start-up - but with all the negatives and none of the positives. Communication from management to employees is slow or missing. Even the good managers are handcuffed by the unnecessary bureaucracy, lack of autonomy, and poor communication from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees more. Support more training and external career development opportunities for all employees. Increase and improve communication to employees - valuable communication, not just platitudes and brief (and useless) monthly memos.


  10. Helpful (3)

    OK but declining

    Former Employee - Federal Government Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Federal Government Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at Harris (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great equipment and team work.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. Needs leadership. Too short term quarterly profit minded to create sustainability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    software w

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in West Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Harris (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some great people who work there

    Cons

    Benefits, matrix management, salary, and lack of funding for training



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