Harris Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 44 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 23 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    This is a great company to work for that is growing and will soon have many more opportunities for career advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, good benefits (much better than many other companies), engaging work (management moves employees around to help them continue to learn and grow), excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    There really aren't any major cons to working here. The only complaints going around are related to salary growth, which is still in line, if not higher, than industry averages.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a great job at helping employees advance in their careers. Keep focus on those with great potential and keep doing what you already do to help them succeed.

  2. Great, friendly environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, friendly environment. Upon finish one project, EM find another project to work on it.

    Cons

    Sometime too much process and documentation involved.

    Advice to Management

    streamline processes in order to be more productive. Be proactive from beginning.

  3. field technicain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Place to work. Supportive group.

    Cons

    24x7 on-call but not terrible at all.

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  5. Software Engineer 2

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Provides excellent job security. It takes a lot for the company to fire an employee. There are numerous projects to work on and plenty of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    The extra rules because they are a government contractor. Bonuses are minuscule even when the company is doing really well. There are a lot of programs that require overtime and if the program is over budget then OT is not paid. It's a very old school environment for development. They don't favor agile due to programs implementing it incorrectly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more.

  6. Positive experience with Harris.

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Control Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Control Technician in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work with.

    Cons

    Little help with internal staffing

    Advice to Management

    The company/HR should try harder to retain workforce. I work on the NMCI project and applied to various positions within Harris for position which I know I could preform and never even got an inquiry, sad situation.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Good work, good benefits, but both seem to be declining in competitiveness in exchange for higher profit margins.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Every other friday off is great!

    Good benefits. Quality (but increasingly pricey) health insurance, retirement matching.

    Company is expanding with the purchase of Exelis.

    Cons

    Benefits and salary seem to be in a decline.

    The employees seem to be less and less valued yet expected to do more each day.

    Advice to Management

    Shareholders are important, no argument there.

    But employees are too, especially the talented engineers who can move across the street to Northrop Grumman. Good people are moving on because they feel undervalued and that there is absolutely no incentive to stay long term.

    Retiree benefits have been completely eliminated within the last 2 years. And health insurance costs have skyrocketed.

  8. Nice Company

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    Former Employee - Integration and Test Engineer in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Integration and Test Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at Harris

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance and interesting work

    Cons

    None that I can think of- wish they had indicated a offer to go perm earlier in the contract cycle

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Lots of opportunities, some good, some bad

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at Harris

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, paid overtime, good structure for software engineers, good opportunities

    Cons

    Some times too much overtime, but it is always paid

  10. Good Company with Great People!!!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    9/80 Work schedule gives you every other Friday off. 401k Matching is 6%. The people are great and create a very fun and family friendly environment. The work is a lot of fun and meaningful.

    Cons

    Too often we suffer from staffing shortages and overall the company is not focused on Software Development. Still a lot of red tape when trying to introduce new technology of a new way of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay and benefits so we can recruit better. The staffing shortages can have a real impact on the culture, especially in the software development community.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Overall good company with some work/life balance issues

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Able to work on a wide range of technologies while working with a lot of great people. I've been able to work on programs for ground systems all the way to the next satellite constellation that will monitor air traffic.

    Cons

    Tired of getting moved from one "top" program to the next. They leave no breathing room between programs and will work people into the ground. Some programs are managed well, management rewards hard work and you feel part of a team. Other programs (too many unfortunately) aren't managed well, there is a strong feeling of customer and management vs engineering. It becomes depressing working so hard for folks that don't appreciate it as well as seeing your fellow co-workers just as depressed.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to start really looking at how hard they are working folks. They move their top performers from one "tough" job to the next, burning them out. Lately it seems more and more people talk about being over worked, under paid and under appreciated.

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