Harris
3.2 of 5 368 reviews
www.harris.com Melbourne, FL 5000+ Employees

Harris Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.2 368 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

Harris President & CEO Bill Brown

Bill Brown

(129 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "9/80 work week allows for every other Friday off"
    in 26 reviews
  • "The project I've been on for 3 years has a great work life balance"
    in 19 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 10 reviews
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    12 people found this helpful  

    Company Going Through Great Change and Cost Cutting Despite Market Leadership and Awesome Revenue

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsWhen I was brought on board at Harris after 9/11, the atmosphere was super optimistic among engineers, managers, and even factory workers. The company was growing quickly and people felt very appreciated and part of a team. Everyone felt empowered to pitch in at any capacity necessary to get a sell, make a customer happy, and create outstanding products. Contributions were evaluated on the basis of merit and many times great ideas were proposed and implemented through the efforts of factory workers and even janitorial staff. At the same time, engineers and other professionals did not hesitate to empty trash cans, clean lab space, etc., if needed for a customer visit. Employees regularly worked significantly more than 40 hours per week and were extremely excited about doing so. Harris was largely a vertically integrated company where skills were put to use at the most effect place. The atmosphere was electrifying.

    ConsAll of that started changing about 4 years ago. Despite continued growth in revenues, employees started being told that times were extremely tough and that the company had to take extraordinary measures to survive. Every 3 to 6 months, employees began losing benefits and salary. Layoffs have become a yearly occurrence and, as a result, delivery schedule and quality of products have suffered tremendously. For example,

    * The average engineering compensation has been decreased more than 10% over the past 4 years - not including adjustment for inflation.

    * Tuition reimbursement has been reimbursed to less than 1/3 of what it was.

    * The vacation days between Christmas and New Years have been eliminated.

    * Medical premiums have doubled and deductibles have quadrupled.

    In addition, over the past 6 months or so, Harris has been bidding on contracts with such limited staff and turn-around time that costs for significant (> $10M) contracts are being bid at firm fixed prices without more than cursory analysis.

    The funny thing is that senior management has acknowledged all of these things and has told employees that these kinds of measures will continue. For example, there will be no raises for employees in 2014.

    The general feeling among employees is that the company is for sale and that senior management is trying to pump the stock price before dumping the company on an unsuspecting buyer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management has been very honest with employees regarding their perception of the results of their policies. I cannot imagine that upper management could read this review and disagree. But, why? My advise is to reverse the steps taken above. After all, Harris has very few serious competitors in its markets and revenues do not necessitate such actions. -- Otherwise, sell the company ASAP before the brand equity is destroyed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Business Slowing Down

    Engineering Manager Senior (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSmall company mind-set. Everyone looks out for each other. Management genuinely cares about employees. Unfortunately business is on a downward trend.

    ConsNew IT related business pipeline has slowed to a trickle (radio systems business is doing fine). We don't know how to win business against the big companies (LMIT, GDIT, HP, etc.). Future is bleak, IT business portion of company is quickly shrinking. We need to hire experienced consultants or managers to turn this ship around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMajor investment in new-business initiatives is needed or just sell the IT Services division. We do not have the right, experienced folks pursuing new business from the capture managers on down to the proposal writers.

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

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    Dynamic Environment, Static Management

    Manufacturing Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Lynchburg, VA

    ProsBest part of working here is the ability to decide the projects you work on. There's a lot of opportunity for rewarding work.

    ConsThe management for a modern manufacturing company appears stuck in the 1970's mindset. There's a lot that can be done if the culture changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpowerment is only a part of a greater culture of change and change management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    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 company but changing to commodity provider model with low benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people at worker level. Strong base of technical experts.

    ConsNew management is all about reducing benefits and cutting costs and squeezing more from employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the talent leaving the company and do something about it. The new management team is all ex UTC employees and there is rampant cronyism; they get all the senior management jobs while the people who deserve promotions get pushed back or demoted because there are too many senior positions already.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Finally excited to see Senior Management taking on the good ole boy network at Harris

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palm Bay, FL

    ProsExciting, challenging assignments
    Technology
    Potential to solve complex problems for oru country

    ConsToo much dead weight
    Limited pay for performance
    Too many layers

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Managment needs to clean house and let us middle aged Engineers take over. Momentum is starting but long way to go. (/80 is nice but not if it hurts our success and ability to grow and win new business. Bill Gattle "gets it"...we can do it in Space services. We can and wil change the game for Harris...RF is strong also

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

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    Horrible place to work!

    Proposal Manager (Former Employee)
    Lynchburg, VA

    ProsNo "Pros" to speak of.

    ConsRetaliative, threatening, and unfair work place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house!

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

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    Used to be the best place around...

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Melbourne, FL

    ProsGood job security. Stable. Average pay.

    ConsRecent benefits cut drops desirability when considering other similar companies. It takes too long to get things done and raises have been practically non-existent for the last 3-4 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the employees back what was taken away and allow people to move around when they are bored.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the company it used to be; exquisite military solutions being commoditized into fire alarms

    GCS Engineer (Former Employee)
    Melbourne, FL

    ProsExtremely talented and dedicated engineers that value precision and end customer. Challenging work. Melbourne is a quiet town with good cost of living and now new opportunities with Northrop expanding. 9/80 schedule is great.

    ConsBenefits are quickly eroding: health coverage well behind industry now, 9/80 removed in some areas (likely more soon), 401K likely going down, vacation to be limited, and median raises st 1.6% for over a half decade. Speak up and plan for a pink slip. Corporate management appears dead-set on treating engineers like unskilled assembly line workers, and soon that's the caliber of engineer they will have left. Rewards for innovation have become a 'marginal novelty' joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKey talent is leaving. Measure it, accept it, or just plain ignore it. While you celebrate the record-high stock prices, you can be assured (just as the employees pride themselves in assured communications) that the talent who executes and grows the business will have its eyes looking outside for opportunities providing the rewards Harris is removing.

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

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    They focus on profit, not their people.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Melbourne, FL

    ProsFair salary and benefits. Fair bonuses. Good co workers. Plans to improve the poor working conditions in some buildings. Good community relations. Fair training.

    ConsLeadership is lacking. Low annual cost of living increases. Too much focus on the bottom line. Don't care about the people who do the work. Lack of patience with new people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the annual re-orgs. Promote for performance, not politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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