Harris Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Arrogant, short sighted Management

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, technical aspects are challenging yet rewarding.

    Cons

    No training, No chance for advancement. Overly risk adverse culture. Short sited.t

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your technical staff Treat people fairly.


  2. lots of talk, little action

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Secure paycheck, 401k match, 9/80 work week

    Cons

    Medical benefits are getting worse and choosing more. Little advancement opportunities. This year merit increase avg is 2.4%

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and retaining talent means investing in your employees


  3. Got to live to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non-management workers are excellent and some are world class in their areas of expertise. Mostly good benefits but some (401k, tuition assistance) declining,

    Cons

    Got to live to work as their is absolutely no work/life balance. Just all work, No paid overtime or comp time ever. Promotions considered lateral moves with no pay increase. Little to no paid training,

    Advice to Management

    Quit working your people into the ground. People working 100+ hours per week make major mistakes eventually.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Trying to act like the big boys

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, new technology center, good training opportunities, environmentally friendly and very community involved.

    Cons

    Very political, matrixed environment that creates redundant work across the board. Executive management is not in tune with front line business. Very reactive and stressful work environment and most people are only looking out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Its not all about the metrics and they need to learn how to deal with change management much better.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Harris isn't what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer IV in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer IV in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair and based on the region you live in.

    Cons

    DC job opportunities for new contracts frequently given to Melbourne based or Melbourne replants over local area residents.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale has tanked since Bill Brown took over. Employee benefits are sub-par although management likes to argue they are the same as what other large corporations are offering. Company currently lacks vision and just acquires other companies to try and increase market share in other business areas and localities. This is not sustainable long term and won't grow business when most of your programs are poorly run.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Was great, now mediocre

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Great People Poor Management starting at CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    Disappointing Direction

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    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.


  10. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    PTO and Sick leave are from the same bucket.


  11. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.



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