Harris

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Harris Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
588 Reviews
2.6
588 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much for too little

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    There are no Pros with this job.

    Cons

    Work looad, no help, little pay. Management doesn't talk to eachother. Conflicting information given to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to eachother and your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is no one company that will make all employees happy all of the time.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Employees are given free range to perform their jobs within reason.

    Cons

    Senior management micro-manages mid-level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to perform their job.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Harris IT Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Outstanding engineers and support staff. Laser focused on problem management and building tools in order to meet company obligations to customers.

    Cons

    Leadership decisions related to bidding on new contracts could use improvement. They seem to get out-bid because they take each contract at face value, as opposed to recognizing the opportunities to up-sell once a contract has been awarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company, large enough to move around within multiple divisions, laid back atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule. Casual and good people.

    Cons

    Poor management and top heavy. old buildings with mildewed and mold problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Group leaders need formal training and their own offices. Promote big thinkers not big egos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Look elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are above average - unlimited sick leave, 401K match, health plan. Severance pay and preparation for being laid off at the end of the contract. I was on a contract that ended. The company had special training that prepared us for the possibility that we may be laid off. They also tried to find jobs for all of us within the company. They were successful in some cases. For the rest of us, they offered a severance package that was above average for government contract work.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth or development (on a government contract). Poor mid-level management. Compensation and reviews were not based on performance. Management just wanted to get the work done. It did not matter who got it done or what they could do. Performance reviews and development plans are great tools, if they are used properly. However in the 3 years I worked for the company, performance reviews were done in a perfunctory manner. There was no opportunity to grow or acquire new skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate the talent in your government contracting business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Laying off the old to hire the new...

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    They used to be a good plact to work.

    Cons

    They aren't anymore.
    New upper management is profit oriented at the expense of employees.
    Middle managers have become arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what kept the company in business for over a century. Look at what has been lost since you have been in charge.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Okay benefits, relaxed office atmosphere at certain sites

    Cons

    Huge changes every few months, people are constantly being laid off, management don't seem to know what direction they want the company to go to. They're bringing in new technologies that the staff isn't trained to deal with and the company internal systems aren't capable of handling, they're taking on contracts after contracts that they can't handle properly; the company processes aren't equipped to deal with them and there's not enough staff to do the work, leading into increased customer dissatisfaction, overworked staff and shoddy service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a clear strategy, communicate it down the line and then stick with it. Making progress with new products and new work areas is necessary, but you need to make sure you have the staff and the skills to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great starting point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    -Starting Salary
    -New Grad program
    -Location is near the beach
    -Great work life balance
    -Overtime pay

    Cons

    -Management is too focused on stock price and not employee satisfaction
    -Lackluster salary increases
    -Limited upward mobility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Harris is a great company to work for! They invest in the long term career potential of each employee. The organization is made up of a good mix of early to late-career employees. Being able to leverage the experience of someone in the industry for 20+ has been invaluable.
    Harris has extremely challenging engineering projects, requiring constant growth. The 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), paid overtime, sick leave time, and 3 weeks paid vacation are great benefits. The work-life balance & culture of Harris are great if you're interested in having a family and life outside work.

    Cons

    Compensation is slightly behind industry norm, but other benefits make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make compensation more competitive and you'll be far more successful securing the best employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Harris IT Services, Inc.

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Chesapeake, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Work-life balance dependent on the organization assigned.

    Cons

    Remote work face of supporting organizations do not have an appreciation of the customer facing workforce organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a large company mentality in order to compete with the successful large companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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