Harris Reviews

Updated March 27, 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

    1 person found this helpful

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Harris Corporation

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer II in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Harris is a family friendly company with a stable business environment and plenty of opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    Empowering employees is given lip service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth. Strong internal rotational program. Many choices for internal training.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the week to get all the work done. You are free to work as many salaried hours as needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Still some improvements to be made in the work life balance arena. Don't lose touch with rank and file.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Plenty of interesting programs to work on, great coworkers, and the 9/80 schedule is great. General work environment isn't bad, but used to be a lot better.

    Cons

    My first five years were great, but for the last few years things have been going down hill fast. Pay increases have really dropped off the last five years and other benefits have been cut greatly the last couple of years. Current management seems to have lost interest in the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Excellent company diminished by executive management

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Great people who do important work for the defense of the nation and on many mission critical federal programs. Pay is average as are benefits. For non-managers, 9/80 work schedule at some divisions.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and dictatorial upper management. People are no longer important to upper management - they do not realize that the brain power and talent of the staff is the fundamental product that we sell. Benefits have declined and raises were delayed this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people. Keep people on the bench between assignments. Have a longer term outlook than the next quarter and measure success in other terms than stock price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Not much work for Inters

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Got paid well for no doing much work. Some of the managers did not want interns in their teams.

    Cons

    Did not learn much from my internship

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Worked in operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for growth. Management is receptive to placing you in the right position. I grew a lot from the roles that I held.

    Cons

    Management vision of Operations was not clear. Management was more focused on "fire-fighting". Mentorship was not always available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering being more open to ideas and less into the politics of the situation. I strongly discourage the "good 'ole boys club" mentality to make the organization excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Great potential but losing the "secret sauce" under corporate mantra

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Great learning experience for initial job

    Cons

    Corporate mantra is choking creativity, flexibility, and customer focus

  11. 7 people found this helpful

    MSEE with background in the design and development of RF/Microwave circuitry and RF Systems.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Harris is a company with a great peer to peer working environment. From the technician to chief systems engineers (and all levels in between) the atmosphere and level of support is great.
    Good 401k match (6%) and 9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between engineering management/higher level management to the working class engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your engineers. Compensate your engineering staff appropriately. Based on personal experience ≈50% are very actively looking for other career solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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