Harris Reviews

Updated June 29, 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 (8)

    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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. Helpful (6)

    There are worse places to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly stable work for engineers. The people are generally good to work with. Starting salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Very low pay raises.
    Slow to advance as an engineer.
    HR is stuck in the 70s and is managed at corporate level.
    Increasingly corporate...less family friendly each year.
    Increasing healthcare cost at a disproportionate ratio to raises.
    Little humanity in the workplace...ie 60 hr weeks for months on end to get a project done means you are slacking when you work 49 hrs...this is partially a cultural issue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut the top line to counter a decreasing bottom line. i.e. I have peronally seen HBX processes waste about 15k among a small team this week alone due to too many approvals to process travel arrangements.

    Fundamentally change how you treat employees. Your work your rewards is a joke. Several people at the top are making bad decisions over and over and forcing these on the employee base in their own self interests.

    Stop spending so much effort pulling in as much revenue as possible each qtr. It costs more in the end.

    I could keep going, but I am sure there is no point...


  3. Helpful (1)

    Growing Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Growing with more opportunities to move around
    -Good benefits
    -Good customer reputation

    Cons

    -Upper management (some) have their favorite employees, and if not one of them, might be a difficult climb up the ladder


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  5. EE 2

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Harris

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

    Pros

    The people I work with
    Pay is competitive
    Very flexible schedule
    The amount of time off you can build up
    The benefits offered
    The Managment

    Cons

    Compensation, some type of consistent profit sharing would be a big deal
    The opportunity for growth is very limited people stick around for 20 to 40 years

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  6. RF Design Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RF Design Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - RF Design Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment, there were a lot of smart, talented people there that you can learn from.

    Cons

    It depends on the group that you are in, it can be hard for career advancement even you does a great job in your position.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation and benefit would definitely work for keeping the talents.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent and interesting coworkers. A great place to find a mentor and learn a lot. They hire a lot of young folks.

    Cons

    The pay is below average. The benefits are average. It has some of the typical shortcomings that go with any defense contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Low pay makes the top people leave and the bottom people stay since they are less likely to have other opportunities. Sometimes layoffs can help a work force.


  8. Great people make it a great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Eagan, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People, culture, work/life balance, work environment

    Cons

    I honestly had no major issues during my time at Harris. Just like any other company, there are ups and downs, but nothing major enough to write down here.


  9. Wonderful place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Challenging and rewarding work.

    Cons

    I have no cons at all.


  10. .

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Stable company with Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Constantly have to deal with Tight budget


  11. Helpful (1)

    LMR group is floundering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, work schedule, company name and recognition.

    Cons

    Harris management does not understand the LMR business

    Advice to Management

    Either allow legacy TE MA-COM employees to run the LMR business or sell that unit. You are not winning new work because of the losing strategy of the management team who does not understand the business. All of your talent is leaving. Constant downsizing is destroying moral.



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