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Harris Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
635 Reviews
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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 rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Get a clue

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

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    It is a paying job
    9/80 work week
    paid overtime
    fairly short commute to work

    Cons

    pathetic insurance
    pathetic raises while company does very well.
    CEO says one thing and does the exact opposite

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    MSEE with background in the design and development of RF/Microwave circuitry and RF Systems.

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Harris is a company with a great peer to peer working environment. From the technician to chief systems engineers (and all levels in between) the atmosphere and level of support is great.
    Good 401k match (6%) and 9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between engineering management/higher level management to the working class engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your engineers. Compensate your engineering staff appropriately. Based on personal experience ≈50% are very actively looking for other career solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not much work for Inters

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Got paid well for no doing much work. Some of the managers did not want interns in their teams.

    Cons

    Did not learn much from my internship

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer the company it was.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work was excellent and challenging. Good communication among rank-and-file, cared about duties and mission. Pay and benefits was good until new CEO stepped in.

    Cons

    CEO created an environment where upper management was more political and bureaucratic and less caring about regular employees. Upper-level supervisors now "kiss" up and "sing-and-dance" to get promotions, treat rank-and-file like cattle. Benefits are now close to worthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More like a question: Why is this company trying to pinch every penny while the stock price continues to go up, a new luxury glass building was constructed in Palm Bay, another company in VA was just bought out, and the CEO received a 38% pay increase?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential but losing the "secret sauce" under corporate mantra

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Great learning experience for initial job

    Cons

    Corporate mantra is choking creativity, flexibility, and customer focus

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked in operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for growth. Management is receptive to placing you in the right position. I grew a lot from the roles that I held.

    Cons

    Management vision of Operations was not clear. Management was more focused on "fire-fighting". Mentorship was not always available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering being more open to ideas and less into the politics of the situation. I strongly discourage the "good 'ole boys club" mentality to make the organization excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harris CapRock / Harris

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    It was a good company until about a year ago when they basically ran everyone out of dodge. No joke, they let no less than 25 GREAT employees leave because of poor leadership and lack of direction. Prior to this it was a GREAT team to work for.

    Cons

    Leadership on all levels are atrocious. There is no loyalty to ANYTHING other than the stock holders and Wall Street. Senior leadership in Harris Caprock literally sold out employees by finding ways to get people to quit without affecting the Harris bottom line and they were bonused for this. HR was unbelievable to the point of actually being laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice the integrity and HBX that you preach because right now it's all just smoke and mirrors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive career with the standard issues at any big company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of things to do, and you can transfer around to work on multiple products in differing roles. reasonably stable job environment. fair career progression and growth

    Cons

    salary compression, easy to get lost within organizations and forgotten about, benefits and compensation are decreasing significantly. overall value of the employee is decreasing to the company as evidence by several changes from 2010 to 2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on maintaining the value of the working employee. the top talent in the company is in a massive flux due to poor compensation over the last five years. eroding benifits are ruining what was a great company to work for. your core business is solving incredibly hard technical problems, as such you should be concentrating on retaining your best technical talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Good group who wanted to do well

    Cons

    Business was shutting down in Canada so times were not food

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience learning to navigate an extremely large company.

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package that I have not seen in the healthcare industry

    Cons

    It is a healthcare company behaving and approaching customers like a government business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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