Harris Reviews

Updated August 2, 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 (10)

    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. System Analyst

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Harris

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    normal corporate training requirements are lame but I guess its need for most people


  3. Benefits Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the benefits are pretty good. At least a part of Harris still has a 9/80 schedule, the 401k is nice, and vacation and holiday days off are good.

    Cons

    No gym, or other facilities for employees to take advantage of. Health care benefits have dropped off in the last couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, the benefits are pretty standard, with the schedule and time off being the better benefits. Add some more benefits that make the environment more fun.


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  5. systems engineer

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    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


  6. 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.


  7. Future is bright

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  8. 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.


  9. Changing Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. Growing Company With Potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Disenchanted long time employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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.



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