Harris Reviews

Updated July 31, 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 a struggle at times (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    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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    • Senior Management
    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. systems engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Harris

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Harris has competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    Melbourne Florida based company which gives priority to employees in Florida


  3. Future is bright

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Growing company - very exciting to be a part of it.

    Cons

    Growing pains that come with rapid growth


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good company, but experience is not appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palm Bay, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Great missions, great co-workers, good pay in comparison to market, 6% matching on 401K.

    Cons

    Do not appreciate experience. HR and the support functions (HR, Finance, Contracts) run the company. Engineering and innovation is put to the wayside - costs $$ and does not increase stock price. No bench. When job ends, managers are expected to get people placed or lay them off.

    Advice to Management

    The people are the product. By letting the brain trust go, there will be nothing to sell.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Change is....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Clifton, NJ

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Flexible with time off, meaningful work, lower level management is good and they understand since they are in the same boat.

    Cons

    Having just been taken over by Harris there are a lot of unknowns. Benefits are in the air, PTO vs Sick time is undefined. Work life balance, or it should be called work, work, overtime balance. Medical benefits have gotten very expensive and it feels like all payments are out of pocket.

    Advice to Management

    Fix our benefits.. please.


  7. Changing Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very exciting work, good pay, very smart co-workers. Rewarding work - helping make the world safer.

    Cons

    Change promotions from "ability" to "potential". No longer what you do, but who you know. Youth movement - tend to promote younger people.

    Advice to Management

    Value long-term employees more.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Disenchanted long time employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Initially a great company to work for. Rewarding career; career long employee as a highly rated engineer assigned to challenging and rewarding programs. Opportunity to excel are available to those who chose to dedicate themselves to program success (which is also a CON - see comments below).

    Cons

    Company continues to become more of a system integrator as opposed to design of products. Engineering employees consistently work uncompensated overtime for extended periods.

    Advice to Management

    Look back to the company history to see what made Harris a great place to work. If I had rated Harris in 1995, everything would have been 5 stars.


  9. Growing Company With Potential

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

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

    Pros

    Harris is well organized with a well thought out strategic plan. Its recent acquisition of Exelis bodes well for it and it is integrating the acquisition very well.

    Cons

    Still a challenge to compete with top tier defense companies but moving up in that ability. Optimistic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leveraging all employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    In transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Victor, NY
    Current Employee - Director in Victor, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Bigger than before and seemingly plans for improvement are in the works

    Cons

    wow, they have their priorities all messed up!

    Advice to Management

    Consider the employees - please!


  11. Harris isn't what it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer IV in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Integration & Test Engineer IV in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Harris part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair and based on the region you live in.

    Cons

    DC job opportunities for new contracts frequently given to Melbourne based or Melbourne replants over local area residents.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale has tanked since Bill Brown took over. Employee benefits are sub-par although management likes to argue they are the same as what other large corporations are offering. Company currently lacks vision and just acquires other companies to try and increase market share in other business areas and localities. This is not sustainable long term and won't grow business when most of your programs are poorly run.



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