Harris Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
424 Reviews
2.9
424 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule has definitely kept me from leaving the company despite several other offers (in 30 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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Harris used to be a great place to work

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Space Coast engineering, low cost of living.

    Cons

    The company has no vision, or no willingness to invest in long-term growth. The matrix organization results in a disorganized feeling where most work is done in silos, oblivious to resources existing in other areas. This disorganization also results in no one being willing to step up and take reasonable risks (opportunities) that haven't been done before; no one ever seems know who can get things done. As with many companies these days HR is sabotaging the hiring process, losing good engineers to criteria that are not relevant to technical candidates. As an example, University of Phoenix BS with a 3.8 GPA is hired but a University of Central Florida BES with a 3.7 is declined an interview based *solely* on GPA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose Bill Brown before he sell the company off, overhaul HR and get back to real engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Due to smaller company size your name gets around well

    Cons

    The company doesn't know how to treat software engineers.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and a good crowd

    Cons

    Red tape. There is a good ol' boy network that's tough to break.

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  5.  

    Harris tries to weather the ups and downs of military contracts by keeping a high percentage of contract employees.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Harris is one of few remaining electronics manufacturers in US. Company is top notch in technology. The manufacturing lines are new, modern and efficient. LabVIEW is used extensively for testing at all stages of production. There are many years of practical experience making test systems. There are few, if any, larger installations where LabVIEW and TestStand are so widly used and relied upon. Testing is a religion and it is practiced very well here.

    Cons

    Contract employees are a fair portion of the workforce. There is a regular up and down of headcount due to the vagaries of production. There are many in town who want to work here. But because of the abundance, or over supply of engineers, they are very selective, and they do not pay very well. For those who manage to get a direct position, a good amount of effort is spent trying to become "indespensible". Thus many people are not open to share their expertise, the one thing that may save them from being in the next round of layoffs. And layoffs are regular.
        The technology is great, but because of time to market pressure, there are not many new designs. Most are repackaged or recombined pieces of prior products. Similarly for their test systems. Take parts of these old systems and make something ready for release by Tuesday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more to develop a larger non-military customer base, to keep the company on a even keel during times of sequestration, and other gaps in military spending.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    OK company. Don't recommend to friends in it's current state.

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work. Fun place if you have the right team to work with. Great place for new grads to get that initial experience.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis writing reviews for the HR lawyers every year. Top heavy in middle management with constant rotation hiding them from corporate every year. VP's reporting to VP's reporting to VP's. (no kidding!) No continuity with customers as a result. Seems to have lost it's way since Howard Lance departed. (unfortunately) The company is dying a slow death. Management is a bunch of bean counters now that wouldn't know a good invention if it slapped them across the head. No vision or foresight. New ideas are only solicited from a "select few".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring your buddies and get people in middle management that actually care about long term company growth instead of short term profits. Arrogant directors scrambling for the next open VP slot could care less about the work or employees. Quit confusing employees with no company direction except for the latest buzz words from your MBA class. Your stock price is propped up by the Federal Reserve printing money. Not real growth or vision here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyed the people, not the environment

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people at Harris are great. My team was really friendly, and I actually still keep in touch with them.
    The work is pretty cool too. I enjoyed working on a radio and they follow pretty standard software practices.
    The pay was excellent considering I was an intern.

    Cons

    The environment just was not for me. Opening my lunch box to show I was not concealing anything got old real quick. There were also a lot of rules for what you could and could not do (I understand this is necessary to ensure security, but can really make the office very boring).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great for college new hires!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    I've worked at two divisions within the company in Melbourne, FL. Good people and teams. Managers really listen and try to place you on projects you're most interested in. You just have to be vocal and persistent.

    Cons

    Raises after the new grad program are low around 2%. Pretty competitive to get high performance ratings since you're surrounded by talented and intelligent people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks and work-life balance as well as opportunities for leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience! Good place to learn and plenty of growth opportunities.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Growing company with the opportunity to be bigger and better in the future.

    Cons

    Benefits are being cut at an alarming rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employees is necessary to retain talent.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Perks, Frightened Management

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Salary is strong, benefits are generally good (but can vary tremendously depending on the group you're in), work/life balance is good, and you can find pockets of interesting work.

    Cons

    Tremendous bureaucratic red tape to getting anything done, especially if it's a new idea or venture, no matter how small. Management is often promoted due to longevity, not skill, so you can end-up with some sincerely bad managers in high positions that create toxic environments and nobody does anything about it. Management is so afraid of litigation in HR matters that bad employees are allowed to stay much longer than they should be, also giving them time for toxic environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people into management based upon managerial skill, not longevity. Understand that management is a skill in and of itself, and train new managers accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Long term family friendly company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Benefits, Family,Opportunities, Training, and Flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation, Loss of some benefits.

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