Harris Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
411 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule has definitely kept me from leaving the company despite several other offers (in 30 reviews)

  • The project I've been on for 3 years has a great work life balance (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The newest slogan is "do more with less" so the work-life balance is skewing (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper Management likes to out source your job once they see that your work is complete (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Harris is struggling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the brightest electrical engineers you will ever meet work at Harris. Lots of expertise to learn from.

    Cons

    The company is struggling in the down economy. Layoffs in PSPC for last 4 years in a row. Revenue constantly missing targets and leadership cuts costs into the bone to keep financials looking good. Result is too few people left to keep up with the break-neck pace of projects. Stress is very high, morale is very low. Not a good place to work right now. BUT, with new leadership/ownership, it could be a great place. Keep a watch on them for changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Harris either needs to invest heavily into PSPC to make it a winning product line in the marketplace; or, they need to sell to someone who truly wants to be in the LMR business, understands it, and will invest to turn the business around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Wanted - Leaders for PSPC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Workers are very hard working and loyal to one another. Compensation is fair. Benefits are good. There are a lot of good people doing heroic work to keep the division from demise.

    Cons

    PSPC leadership is lacking a strategy and true leaders. They are more focused on the company and their orders and revenue objectives, than the customers. They are displacing the employee knowledge-base within the company with outsiders from other companies and consulting firms thinking that will be a fix. They are being micromanaged all the way up to the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to turn the ship. Micromanagement is not the answer. Develop trust by showing/giving trust would be a start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Technical knowledge base is declining rapidly; shrinking programs, layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The computers are reasonably fast and able to handle complex analysis. The benefit package is okay despite the employee portion increasing. The CEO removed many of the old management and replaced them with those he could trust.

    Cons

    Hundreds of layoffs and requests for early retirement from the over 50 crowd has caused a significant gap in the technical knowledge base. Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge. Soon only the updated campus and generic low level employees will be left. This is either evidence of upper management blunders or the beginning of a campus sell-off where only the upper management and stockholders will make out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are still high level managers left from the old regime that should be replaced by those whose word can be trusted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Engineer IV

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

    I have been working at Harris for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Harris tends to be stable. Engineering managers make good efforts to find a project for you and to keep you employed. The people you work with tend to be some great people. 9/80 program allows one friday off every other week. Career advancement is typically based as much on time at the level as it is any other factor.

    Cons

    Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side. 10 hour days are the norm. Management does not care about the employee. Many of the buildings are old and prone to molds and mildews which cause people to get sick. Cut backs and saving strategies have been agressive to the point that nearly everyone is looking leave. Even to the point that if you want a decent pen you have to buy it yourself. If it does not change then Harris will likely go out of business before long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people, rather than the investor and everyone will be happy. Look at a 5 year plan, or a 10 year plan rather than just the current quarter. Stop trying to position the company to be sold.

    Surveys about why morale is so low that cause employees action items that we have to put on our anual evaluations do not make employees happy. They do not improve morale at all, quite the opposite. Its not us, its you that have the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rigid, old-school company that mainly just sells radios and antennas; wants to be a big player but can't figure it out.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good for the area. It is a matrixed organization, so it's hard to get fired; people tend to fail upward.

    Cons

    It is a matrixed organization, so the person who writes your review has no clue what you do. Little flexibility for employees, at least officially. Acts as if employees are a necessary evil. Many of the leadership are 30-year employees with no non-Harris experience. Needs new blood. Tells share holders "best year ever" then tells employees "challenging year ahead, so no raises", year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like grown ups. Allow flex time to alter start and end times as needed or work more one day and less on another. Many other more successful companies do this and it improves morale and loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience! Good place to learn and plenty of growth opportunities.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Growing company with the opportunity to be bigger and better in the future.

    Cons

    Benefits are being cut at an alarming rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employees is necessary to retain talent.

  8.  

    Long term family friendly company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Benefits, Family,Opportunities, Training, and Flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation, Loss of some benefits.

  9.  

    Company big into out sourcing. doesnt care about employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    good work life balance.
    Good team mates

    Cons

    no company values.
    horrible management
    Employees are treated as dirt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule and 401K

    Cons

    New management keeps taking from the employees. Raises are very low and being delayed while the leadership keeps getting theirs. Morale is at an all time low a lot of good people are leaving or being forced out. New president keeps hiring his former co-workers from UTC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit making all the cuts so that you keep getting major bonuses and raises while the people making you the money are taking the hit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Perks, Frightened Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary is strong, benefits are generally good (but can vary tremendously depending on the group you're in), work/life balance is good, and you can find pockets of interesting work.

    Cons

    Tremendous bureaucratic red tape to getting anything done, especially if it's a new idea or venture, no matter how small. Management is often promoted due to longevity, not skill, so you can end-up with some sincerely bad managers in high positions that create toxic environments and nobody does anything about it. Management is so afraid of litigation in HR matters that bad employees are allowed to stay much longer than they should be, also giving them time for toxic environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people into management based upon managerial skill, not longevity. Understand that management is a skill in and of itself, and train new managers accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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