Harris Reviews

Updated September 1, 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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to gain a broad experience base if you take advantage of it. Software domains range from embedded, command and control, imagery processing, information systems. Great low mid-low level management team, overworked but helpful when you can get to them.

    Cons

    Typical large company process. Increasing medical cost.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Harris, Melbourne

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Success is in large part tied to what product line you work. Some PLs have professionals who develop synergy and share successes as well as failures. Others are good-ol-boy centric and incompetence blooms.

    Cons

    There are the chosen ones who may or may not be competent but are adored and promoted with impunity. Definitely not a pay-for-performance organization. The saying, "Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan" could not be more true at Harris.

    Advice to Management

    The matrix organization is antiquated; modernize. HBX in your functional organizations is a joke. The essence of "HBX" has been alive and thriving inside successful program teams... You're just so out of touch from where the real work happens that you cannot recognize it. Where the real work is being done... They're laughing at you... seriously.


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  5. Generally positive

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're top talent, you'll be rewarded. Able to negotiate raises and positions if you're in a department with an EM that is actually interested in the position.

    Cons

    If you're not top talent, you'll get shafted. Average raises are poor and benefits continue to decline. If your EM does not care about the people in the department it's hard to move up.


  6. 4/5

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and as long as you are engaged, work is good. The benefits are excellent and HR is really helpful.

    Cons

    Some in management need upgrading. There are quite a few old school types who make it difficult. Some of the processes seem antiquated and out of touch with modern times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the experience and advice of the gen xers you have, and adapt to modern management styles.


  7. Good Company in a Difficult Market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good pay and benefits. Very ethical company.

    Cons

    Mainly government contractor, so programs are operating in a difficult environment. They've lost a lot of programs by being underbid and not influencing the right politicians in Washington.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to be an ethical company selling to what has become a corrupt government market. Glass door probably won't print this because everyone in the know, knows what I'm saying is true.


  8. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Good variety of jobs. Travel. Good oversight and management. Lots of opportunity for growth. Admins are wonderful. Able to work from home sometimes.

    Cons

    No extra pay for travel. No compensation for overtime. Sometimes have to travel to volatile countries. Lots of movement within company.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are very flexible with schedules. Bonuses would be a good incentive for extra work or time worked. Compensation for travel over a certain amount of time.


  9. Software Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Harris (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership style allows employees to make decisions and offer advice; leadership listens to employee input.

    Cons

    No cons in particular; I worked there as an intern, and there weren't any full-time positions available when the internship was finished.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the leader-leader model continues; allow employee input to be offered and accepted.


  10. enrty level at Harris

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours and plenty of room for over time. Consistent schedule and a no nonsense atmosphere when it comes to your work

    Cons

    Not alot of time for training and education.multiple projects have to be worked on at one time.A large amount of work expected from you in a short time period.

    Advice to Management

    More training is always a good idea when it comes to any job. Going over one program one time is not enough.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High tech, cutting edge stuff. Not afraid to allow a non-college grad to get their hands dirty with cutting edge tech. They also allow you to switch jobs pretty effortlessly. You can go from burger-flipper to maitre d' in next to no time. A lot of internal courses are offered.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty stingy. Constantly looking for ways to cut your pay. Make sure you negotiate for a figure you'll be happy with in ten years time, cuz you'll more than likely be earning the same thing in ten years.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the salary.



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