Harris Associates Reviews

Updated April 24, 2014
Updated April 24, 2014
6 Reviews

4.2
6 Reviews
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Robert M. Levy, CFA & Kristi L. Rowsell, CPA
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  1.  

    Best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have no complaints with the values and benefits of the company. The company treats their employees with over the top benefits, competitive pay and free good food. People are smart, humble, and approachable also which is a big plus.

    Cons

    No complaints really. We're well taken care of and the company is growing.

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    Harris Associates isn't a bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Harris Associates as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Team building activities, relaxed environment, food everyday (it is food, just not great food), low expectations from others, overall a nice financial institution to work at

    Cons

    Not much room for growth or taking on more responsibility, leadership would rather bring on temporary work than give opportunities to current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/Life balance needs to be more on the life side than it is now.

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  3.  

    Extremely solid company, culture, and future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Harris Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is simply the best company I have ever worked for. Culture is friendly and non-corporate, your colleagues will pull their weight (mostly), and performance is world-class. Compensation is appropriate for the expectations, which are high.

    Cons

    There are always politics, and always changes one might look suspiciously upon. It's easy to think things are sliding at a company where so much is right, and also easy to think things are improving at a company where the status quo is utter chaos. All things being relative, then, Harris is probably like any other place that can afford the best and brightest: demanding and very hesitant to breaking what works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for internal promotion/growth. You run a very lean shop, but that sometimes forces people out when they can't grow in a more traditional corporate sense.

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  5.  

    Best place I've ever worked

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    Former Employee - Technology  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Harris Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Harris is a great place to work. Civilized environment, good people, amazing benefits, and a strong reputation. Almost everybody is competent and professional.

    Cons

    Hours can be long sometimes, at least in terms of the on-call requirements. If you are in technology, you'll be exposed to lots of project management and change control, but not a lot of cutting edge work. They are cautious because they are in finance, so you'll get very good experience in keeping things running properly but not a lot of innovation outside of any lab work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology knows what they are doing, and they do a good job. Please listen to them. You are luckier than you know to have the people you have working for you, so don't alienate them and lower standards.

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  6.  

    Overall a positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Investments  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investments in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Harris Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, free food in the kitchen. Generally a calm work environment.

    Cons

    Office is ugly and could use an update. Some of the divisional management is inept. Also, the annual review process is a joke.

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    Keep it up - things are relatively good.

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    Great place to work for investment professionals, decent place for operations people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Harris Associates

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefit package. Great work and life balance. Low stress level. Very stable company. Strong job security.

    Cons

    For operations only - Lack of accountability, mundane and repetitive work, behind on technology, no performance base bonus, hard to be motivated or motivate others, too political, lack of professionalism, condescending attitude, lack of interaction with the senior partners, lack of leadership, lack of shared vision. Unfair treatment - not punishing low performers and minimal ability to reward high performers. Lack of fluency within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operations and compliance at Harris is suffering from very mundane repetitive work. There are many tasks performed manually due to the lack of recent technology. Employees in operations do not professionally grow from the responsibilities assigned to them, and often need to seek externally to do so. Also, very limited ability or intention of the senior management to punish low performers and reward high performers makes it very hard to be motivated. Once high performers realize that they will be treated almost same whether performing bear minimum required or produce high results, they become bear minimum performers. People who serve as advocate for portfolio managers have strong condescending attitude towards operations people, which is very unprofessional and hurts the morale of the group. Employees are not sure that senior partners really understand how their employees feel at work since the issues don't seem to be communicated to them.

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