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Harris Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 378 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Harris President & CEO Bill Brown

Bill Brown

(134 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule has definitely kept me from leaving the company despite several other offers(in 29 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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    3 people found this helpful  

    Average company, used to be family and employee oriented. Now, its just a typical corporation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Melbourne, FL

    ProsGreat engineers to work with and still has a small town feel.

    ConsEducation reimbursement is good for graduate school, very poor for undergrad (2 classes/yr.) Healthcare coverage was top notch until 2014 when they got rid of the nice plans and gave us a generic group of choices. 401k matching is set to decrease soon. They will only pay what it takes to keep you at your desk so make your money up front. Make sure they pay you top dollar initially. You WILL NOT make any substantial monetary gains in the years following once you sign the papers. Being rated as a high contributor (small percentage of workers) for 2014 will net you a maximum raise of 2.3%. They also delayed this until late December from August in order to maintain more money in their account while the new CEO received a 38% salary raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease see above. It doesn't look good to your employees when it's obvious that you care about your own interests instead of theirs.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Industry leading products, no vision, moderate/poor growth prospects.

    Level V (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsGood products, high quality. Good work/life balance. Future vision is all around improvements in internal operating efficiency, not a man on the staff can tell you a vision for the future though. But they can tell you their cash flow improvements in 2018 and beyond.

    ConsClosely held and healthy division management. No hope for a new executive or high level employee to advance. A "dead man's shoes" advancement pace that is slow based on the mid-50's age and excellent fitness level of Sr management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart smoking; or grow the business by entering new markets rather than buying your own stock back. Create some opportunities for middle management to grow their careers.

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

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    Broke

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to improve many things.

    ConsLack of consistency in direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience out of college. Salary low compared to other companies.

    Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) Palm Bay, FL

    ProsReally great place to gain technical knowledge. Great mentoring environment. Since it is a medium size company, you get lots of cross-functional exposure.

    ConsPay is lower and they are slow to promote. Plus side is that your next company will pay handsomely for your acquired knowledge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease come up with Business Development strategies that will win you business/contracts. Start with experienced BD professionals and senior engineers instead of New Grads in BD.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much focus on financials, not enough on customers

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent people, want to focus on the market. Excellent technology and know how.

    ConsInsufficient staffing. Too much focus on making the financials. Lots of financial reporting and beaurocracy that are internally focused and not adding value to the customer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on pleasing the customers

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Only cares about top leadership and compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Falls Church, VA

    ProsOffice hours flexible, good benefits

    ConsPresident is taking company in a whole (wrong) direction. This company is definitely not about the people. Never receive bonuses, raises are typically 1-2%. HR sits in their collective offices laughing about employees, and their issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending all your money on upper management, and laying off good workers for cheap replacements; otherwise your company will go nowhere.

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

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    Good people, outdated processes and management style - in need of a culture change!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsThere are many excellent employees working here, passionate about meeting customer needs.

    ConsThe management and processes are very outdated - old boys club at the top with limited new perspectives, focus on development or modernizing. The company is in desperate need for a culture change, and the current CEO and leadership don't seem to be interested in providing it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn modern management techniques, promote new and younger minds - get diversity in perspectives at the top vs. the same people who have managed within the company for over 30 years.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Average

    Contracts Manager (Current Employee) Melbourne, FL

    ProsFairly decent salary. One of the better employers if Brevard County is your home.

    ConsLack of employee growth and development. 'Chosen' employees given opportunities even if they don't have the experience or aptitude. Manages need training on Mid-Year Authoria reviews and how to get an employee to the next level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak up the good old boy network at GCS. Most managers are 'in' the network.

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

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    Solid work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work for flexible schedules and the following:

    Exposure to lots of technology.
    RF experience opportunity
    Testing experience
    Server and Sans experience

    ConsLack of promotion
    Lack of formal training

    They seem to have a fetish for B.S. Degrees, and moving up is bottle necked by the "Who you know" system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more analyzing of who has great skills. There seems to be a big push on hiring college students with B.S. degrees and no experience VS. rewarding those who have been there for years and knows what they are doing.

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    Great products, slow moving, difficult to grow career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHarris doesn't lay off very often and they work hard at allowing people to move around to different programs.

    ConsHorrible at selecting people for high potential. Barrier for entry into management is too high. They continue to promote the same leaders who have accomplished nothing year after year.

    Additionally, attrition is the highest it's every been because the company doesn't pay their employees well. They continue to bring in new low level employees who are a drain on the experienced employees that have to hold their hands all day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRather than shunning people away for being proactive about their career, look to being a mentor rather than a road block.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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