Harris Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
415 Reviews

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Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule has definitely kept me from leaving the company despite several other offers (in 30 reviews)

  • The project I've been on for 3 years has a great work life balance (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The newest slogan is "do more with less" so the work-life balance is skewing (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper Management likes to out source your job once they see that your work is complete (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rigid, old-school company that mainly just sells radios and antennas; wants to be a big player but can't figure it out.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good for the area. It is a matrixed organization, so it's hard to get fired; people tend to fail upward.

    Cons

    It is a matrixed organization, so the person who writes your review has no clue what you do. Little flexibility for employees, at least officially. Acts as if employees are a necessary evil. Many of the leadership are 30-year employees with no non-Harris experience. Needs new blood. Tells share holders "best year ever" then tells employees "challenging year ahead, so no raises", year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like grown ups. Allow flex time to alter start and end times as needed or work more one day and less on another. Many other more successful companies do this and it improves morale and loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule and 401K

    Cons

    New management keeps taking from the employees. Raises are very low and being delayed while the leadership keeps getting theirs. Morale is at an all time low a lot of good people are leaving or being forced out. New president keeps hiring his former co-workers from UTC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit making all the cuts so that you keep getting major bonuses and raises while the people making you the money are taking the hit.

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

    Harris is struggling

    • 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 for 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer IV

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Harris tends to be stable. Engineering managers make good efforts to find a project for you and to keep you employed. The people you work with tend to be some great people. 9/80 program allows one friday off every other week. Career advancement is typically based as much on time at the level as it is any other factor.

    Cons

    Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side. 10 hour days are the norm. Management does not care about the employee. Many of the buildings are old and prone to molds and mildews which cause people to get sick. Cut backs and saving strategies have been agressive to the point that nearly everyone is looking leave. Even to the point that if you want a decent pen you have to buy it yourself. If it does not change then Harris will likely go out of business before long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people, rather than the investor and everyone will be happy. Look at a 5 year plan, or a 10 year plan rather than just the current quarter. Stop trying to position the company to be sold.

    Surveys about why morale is so low that cause employees action items that we have to put on our anual evaluations do not make employees happy. They do not improve morale at all, quite the opposite. Its not us, its you that have the problem.

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

    Harris is changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Let you create your own career. Great investment in resources to stay ahead of the competitior. Challenging problems. Most people are committed to delivering top notch solutions.

    Cons

    Has become a company of mixed messages. New CEO treats Harris like it's a manufacturning company and really doesnt seem to get what we do and how we do business. They are pushing out giving our pay for performance merit increase a couple of quarters even though the division had a stellar year, because they are "concerned" about sequestration and what the next year COULD be, but Mr CEO will most likely get his on time because he had a stellar year with respect to getting the stock price up. So he gets his based on performance but ours are based on the future. It is clear his goal is "get the stock price up" no matter what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you you want to transform Harris into a high performing commerical company then you need to look to high performing commercial companies and give salaries, benefits and perks like those companies. You are creating a disengaged workforce and it is becoming epidemic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Wanted - Leaders for PSPC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Workers are very hard working and loyal to one another. Compensation is fair. Benefits are good. There are a lot of good people doing heroic work to keep the division from demise.

    Cons

    PSPC leadership is lacking a strategy and true leaders. They are more focused on the company and their orders and revenue objectives, than the customers. They are displacing the employee knowledge-base within the company with outsiders from other companies and consulting firms thinking that will be a fix. They are being micromanaged all the way up to the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to turn the ship. Micromanagement is not the answer. Develop trust by showing/giving trust would be a start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company big into out sourcing. doesnt care about employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    good work life balance.
    Good team mates

    Cons

    no company values.
    horrible management
    Employees are treated as dirt

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

    This use to be the place to work in Melbourne - Palm Bay

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

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

    Pros

    The job challenges and the people you work with. Beyond that not much any more.

    Cons

    Since the new CEO came here. this has really become an employee hostile environment. Benefits are being cut to the working class while upper management continue to reap rewards. Health plan was one of the best, now it isn't even average. Raises are virtually nonexistent for those of us in the trenches while management (i.e. CEO) gets 38%. The pretty new building will cause a drastic drop in production because of the call center type environment they are shoving us into. The CEO is very unhappy with the GCS 9/80 schedule with the constant threat of killing it. In my close to 20 years with the company I've never seen moral so low. Everything the CEO is doing is to pump up the stock price and nothing for talent retention or attraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something need to change this downward spiral the company is in. Our biggest problem now is retaining talent. Harris is no long the only horse in the race. Too many opportunities are coming to this area with the influx of Aerospace companies. Sure we are winning contracts, but when it comes to being able to execute them Harris is going to be hurting down the road.

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

    It was pretty good, but quality of life is in rapid decline.

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There is a fair amount of variety in work you can do within the company, and a lot of it you can only do in a few select companies. Once you start working at Harris, you can be pretty sure (at least in Software) that your job is secure.

    Cons

    For the last 5-6 years there has been a steady stream of employee facing negative changes without a single positive change. Raises have not kept up with inflation at all and are usually around 1%. Each year they tell us that we did great this year, but they think next year is going to be tough. Eventually that has to be seen as a lie. IT policies keep getting more and more strict which makes it tough to actually do your job. Cost cutting measures have gotten bad enough that when maintenance shuts off the hot water to do a repair, people's first thought is that they just decided we didn't need hot water anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider that engineers (and software engineers in particular) are not the same as someone working on an manufacturing assembly line. Experience is a very important thing. When someone with years of experience working on a program leaves Harris, you can't just replace them with a new grad. It takes years to get them up to the same level. You need to actually encourage people to stay at the company instead of incentivizing us to leave.

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

    Good place to start out but don't stay

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

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

    Pros

    They still manage to win interesting and challenging work and there are people there who genuinely care for the people who work for them.

    Cons

    If you are not in management you have no career path. It has been this way forever but seems to be worse now that everyone is scrambling to best everyone else. Jobs and careers used to be managed but now it is a free for all. Thank God for the employees desire to please the customer. 30 years ago management was looking out for the company and the employees, the new CEO is looking out for the stock holders and will do whatever it takes to line his and the stockholders pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wake up. This used to be a one horse town but not anymore. When people can move jobs and not have to move they will change for other than salary reasons. Also this is called the age of information where twitter can take down a government. You have a serious rumor control problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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