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Harris Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
609 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with exciting opportunities!

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In this company I met some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the industry. Projects were never boring and people are very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. For some that's great, but after a few years, it wore on me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for people getting burned out from traveling and overworking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Business Development Manager

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    Former Employee - Business Dev III in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Business Dev III in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Stability and good benefits. The base salary was fair but very little upside and not much of chance to influence your personal upside. Great educational benefits.

    Cons

    Old culture and most decisions are made from headquarters in Florida. Too much middle management and too many senior government hires that don't pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less chiefs and more Indians

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A diversified working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new skills and work with a great group of engineers and technicians

    Cons

    Management - Not looking out for the best interests of the employee. They are more stockholder driven. Profits over employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where do you hope to be in twenty years? If you continue to maintain your current path, and continue cutting benefits, cutting jobs, and not really growing upward. You will continue to loose employees to other companies.

    Sure you continue to hire New Grads. But once they see the real you, they will take their experience and go else where.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Overall Employer

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good People. Fast paced

    Cons

    Contracts come and go and so do people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people who bring in the contracts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good overall experience as an entry level job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Multiple business sectors for theoretical movement
    Comprehensive benefits - PTO, medical, 401K
    Internal customer for projects
    PMO actively interested in improving processes - including resource management

    Cons

    PMO practices documentation lacking
    High project to PM ratio
    Could not transfer to another state when husband transferred
    Does not support remote work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Changing Comany

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

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

    Pros

    Love the work, highly challenging. Great teams to work with. Actually pays over time. Every other Friday off. Has their only medical center with pharmacy.

    Cons

    Changing benefits (all medical coverage heading to CDHPs). Pay raises were delayed by 5 months (from aug. to dec.). All promotions were delayed by the same amount. Insurance going up but not getting anything for it. Turning everything to cubicle farms and reducing any form of privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to save up to buy other companies and fund the employees. Stop cutting back on benefits and state outright that you have no intention of EVER getting rid of the 9/80 schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, improvement needed in correctly evaluating and filling staffing needs for continued success.

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is still a a great place to work. Senior staff at the division levels have been in place long enough to know and appreciate great talent. Talent that goes above and beyond the company expectations.

    Cons

    Support staff was thinned out to the extent of over-taxing those left behind. Too many were laid off or retired without taking into account what that would do to the project support teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to survey results and take action to lessen the burden and stress added by short-staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company to work in with good colleagues and plenty of training opportunities.

    Cons

    As there have been some restructuring going on, some employees may feel confused about the new structure. However, communications have been made from management to provide more information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the various mode of communication to employees to reduce the confusion over restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    - stable job surrounded by good nice people
    - you know exactly what to expect with regards to pay increases and promotions
    - 9/80 schedule is AMAZING.

    Cons

    - all defense contract work (clearances, lots of processes and red tape)
    - they dont treat their talented engineers well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need less managment and more talented engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Harris Caprock Communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    There is a chance to work in many areas of satellite communications.

    Cons

    The company, Harris Caprock Communications and Harris in general, continually speaks of loyalty and integrity but fails to follow through. Their latest RIF allowed many people with 10 - 30 years to simply walk out the door due to programs ending with a minimal amount of effort in keeping them within Harris. These were people who had demonstrated their worth and loyalty to the company but were allowed to go while new people continued to show up. Good place to work but do not expect them to be as loyal to you as you are to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people who have proved themselves by their knowledge, capabilities, integrity, and loyalty are assets worth keeping. Harris HR should be actively working towards finding positions for people as programs end rather than leaving them alone to try and find further employment within the company. HR will state they provided help but I know of no person that actually found their job within Harris, although their were a few, that attributed it to HR. In closing, the amount of talent I witnessed leaving the company is mind boggling. It is, I believe, an example of a big company in a smallish town who looks at themselves as the only game in town and maybe they are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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