Harris Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
450 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 42 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 17 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Harris has gone from Wonderful to Awful!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
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    Was good but now not so much

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    • 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lack of vision. Going downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the same Harris

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    • 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Update to my previous review: Company more focused on dollars

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Great place for new grads to acquire knowledge and find out what they like to work on. Great place for mid level engineers to acquire leadership skills.

    Cons

    Too focused on dollars. Trying to safe as many pennies at the expense of employees. Not assigning enough people to programs and then expecting those assigned to work stupid hours to make deadlines. No enough focus on quality and customer. High level engineers will be expected to work many extra hours. Management does not acknowledge extra efforts. Cutting back benefits. Talented people leaving the company. Lower pay than other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sounds like you are getting ready to sell the division. Otherwise, get your act together. You are loosing all the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work...

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

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

    Pros

    -9/80 work schedule
    -401K match
    -Depending on the program the work can be very interesting.
    -Not much else

    Cons

    The current CEO and his hand picked staff are destroying the company from within. The only thing that executive management seems to focus on is reducing cost, and the stock price. At the present time there is a complete lack of leadership and direction from executive management. Employee morale is very low due to very small merritt increases, CIGNA health care, and the stress of working for a company without a vision. It is almost impossible to advance unless you are considered a management candidate, engineers are not valued based on their technical skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees because the success of the company depends on them. Understand that with the proper leadership and motivation your employees will return more to the shareholders in profit and share value than if they are treated like disposable assets. Harris employees want our company and customers to be successful, we have always done what it takes to make our products and services be considered the best in the business. Please provide some leadership and allow us to continue to succeed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Harris is struggling

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    • 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

    Some of the brightest electrical engineers you will ever meet work at Harris. Lots of expertise to learn from.

    Cons

    The company is struggling in the down economy. Layoffs in PSPC for last 4 years in a row. Revenue constantly missing targets and leadership cuts costs into the bone to keep financials looking good. Result is too few people left to keep up with the break-neck pace of projects. Stress is very high, morale is very low. Not a good place to work right now. BUT, with new leadership/ownership, it could be a great place. Keep a watch on them for changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Harris either needs to invest heavily into PSPC to make it a winning product line in the marketplace; or, they need to sell to someone who truly wants to be in the LMR business, understands it, and will invest to turn the business around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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