Harris
3.2 of 5 326 reviews
www.harris.com Melbourne, FL 5000+ Employees

Harris Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.2 326 reviews

                             

59% Approve of the CEO

Harris President & CEO Bill Brown

Bill Brown

(101 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company for young professional, but not so much for anyone else

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Columbia, MD

I worked at Harris full-time

ProsThis review is for Columbia, MD office.
- Knowledgeable engineering leads that are willing to help you learn and grow along the way. I've learned a few things while at this location that I see lacking at other companies.
- Team consists of knowledgeable and go-getter engineers.
- Great professionalism and respect among team members.
- Opportunities to work on a variety of projects.
- Occasional international travel.
- Occasional training opportunities travel.

Cons- Performance and compensation not necessary correlates. Salary is somewhat average to below average compared to other companies.
- High turnover ratio due to dissatisfaction with compensation/salary and lack of trust in management (not at the office, but at higher management from corporate).

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Look elsewhere if you want a long term career.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

Pros- Talented and friendly coworkers....even though most of them are not staying for long.
- Lots of different state of the art technology projects and opportunities to work on.
- Working culture is very different among different teams.
- Lots of opportunities for hopping to different teams (if your supervisors/managers are friendly)

Cons- 9/80 does NOT apply in most area
- Ridiculously low annual salary raise compare to similar job function in the market.
- Basically do nothing to retain talented employees.
- Cut back on many benefits and expect further cuts.

Advice to Senior Management- Some direct supervisors (non-managers) for level 1,2 in the lower management are clueless even in the standard of management 101. Too many layers of management in the lower-mid tier decreases job efficiency and satisfaction.
- Pay more attention to the market condition (not just the local market!) about retaining the talents in specific job function. In certain area, one good worker can be more efficient than 5 not so good ones.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It wasn't horrible

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Harris

ProsI got exposed to a lot of different technology that I would not have seen otherwise. If all you want to do is keep your head down and not be noticed, this is the place! I learned a lot about defense contracting here.

ConsCreativity not welcome. Easy to get pigeon-holed. Coming out of college and moving to this town was a rough transition for a single guy... I'm not super picky but the ratio of professional men to women is very tilted. Actually the reason I left was to move to another town so I could find a wife, ha!

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Systems Engineer III (Current Employee)
Palm Bay, FL

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

ProsNeat product line, great fellow employees, I like the area

ConsNot much room for advancement, poor average yearly salary raises, increasing level of healthcare costs pushed to employees, benefits going downhill

Advice to Senior ManagementHave you forgotten that your employees are your most significant asset? Perhaps your shareholders would like to come engineer the next solution for your customers.

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Lost perspective of the value of it employees

Engineer (Current Employee)

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

Prosin the earlier years the company leadership listened and attempted to implement the ideas of its employees.

ConsMore recently, concerned only about the bottom line.Way too much overhead with many managerial positions looming in the background waiting for that next big contract win.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your people, respect the attitudes and dont loose sight that it is the customer who pays the bills

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent engineers, nice people, great enviornment, but lacking in focus and overall communication.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

ProsAs the title states, great people, great technology and what you are doing saves lives and really makes a difference. The lower level supervisors and managers are wonderful and they really work with you to try to make the company better and your work experience better.

ConsThe upper level management is very much disconnected with lower level management and employees. The company often does things completely contrary to what they say they will do or are planning. Yearly raises are low at best and the only way to get ahead is to take on a lot of responsibility in order to try to get promoted. There is so much bureaucracy and processes that many things that should be trivial are complicated.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet in better touch with lower level management and employees. Focus more on quality instead of on meeting some schedule to make another sale. Learn to say 'no' to the next contract and expertly finish the ones you have.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If you can make it at Harris, you can make it anywhere.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Melbourne, FL

I worked at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMature company with stable processes and the ability to move laterally between different disciplines. There is plenty of technology with the ability to grow into new areas.

ConsHR is fair, but the system is designed to keep salaries as low as possible. They depend on being the sole employer in Melbourne. Management does not appreciate key people and is focused on bodies in seats not talent and productivity.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the talent you have and reward people for performance

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Enterprise staffing is not working

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Melbourne, FL

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

ProsGreat co-workers who make the most of what resources they have access to and the shifting schedule.

ConsRaises have been stagnant even with profits going up, advancement is limited, development jobs minimally staffed with shifting personnel. Poor discipline to the three tier pyramid of a full time project engineer, chief system engineer, and program manager. As a result schedule can be a mess. Often employees are asked to fill in for disciplines they have no experience in or qualified to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementStaff the programs and stop with the short cuts. Employees want to deliver a quality product but with minimal resources, lack of trained personnel in specific applications and hardware, the delivery is not where we want it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I have been an IPT for 3 years and managed many manufacturing builds

Manufacturing Engineer II (Current Employee)
Palm Bay, FL

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

Pros9/80 Hour work week
Close to beach
Good benefits
Great Culture

ConsLack of appealing locations
Career growth can be stagnate due to lack of management changes

Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify and present new opportunities to New GRADs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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So so place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harris full-time

ProsProducts make a difference in the lives of people.

ConsAlways jumping from one crisis to another with what seems like a lack of planning.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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