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Harris Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
409 Reviews

3.0
409 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Went from great to okay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Rochester, NY

    Pros

    I worked at Harris PSPC. The pay, medical and retirement benefits were all top notch. So straightforward were they that I was still paid commissions 3 months after quitting.

    Cons

    Absolutely no unified direction. Even when the president says he wants something done too many mid to upper level managers can say no or not cooperate. In addition, and I know this is a common complaint in large organizations, the seemingly endless administrative duties that continue to be added to daily responsibilities stifled any entrepreneurial spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to go win business. You have the troops to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable in a climate of instability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

    Pros

    Fantastically innovative environment, developing cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Managers who are empire builders instead of team leaders and innovators. All too often standing in the way of employee growth, development and movement within the organization to retain their control. Many times advancing individuals into management roles that have no clear aptitude, vision for forward progress, general management savvy, effective communication or people skills. Just because you are an intelligent engineer does make you effective business management material.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than keeping a myopic view of company needs in relation to the career development of employees, you could save a tremendous amount of investment and excellent employee turnover by just rewarding and retaining your best and brightest, with promotion compensation and recognition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    9-80 weekdays and good organizational structure

    Cons

    Salary, good old boy club, mostly military

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for young engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL

    Pros

    Work-life balance (9/80 work schedule), lots of young people, all employees are all very nice and welcoming

    Cons

    Lot of process to get anything done, lack of diversity in employees (a result of only being able to hire US citizens)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Rochester, NY

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. Freedom to work on projects as you see fit. Opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Support is sometimes needed and not there. Status as an employee is based more on pieces of paper then on skill set.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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

    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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Harris is changing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Let you create your own career. Great investment in resources to stay ahead of the competitior. Challenging problems. Most people are committed to delivering top notch solutions.

    Cons

    Has become a company of mixed messages. New CEO treats Harris like it's a manufacturning company and really doesnt seem to get what we do and how we do business. They are pushing out giving our pay for performance merit increase a couple of quarters even though the division had a stellar year, because they are "concerned" about sequestration and what the next year COULD be, but Mr CEO will most likely get his on time because he had a stellar year with respect to getting the stock price up. So he gets his based on performance but ours are based on the future. It is clear his goal is "get the stock price up" no matter what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you you want to transform Harris into a high performing commerical company then you need to look to high performing commercial companies and give salaries, benefits and perks like those companies. You are creating a disengaged workforce and it is becoming epidemic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    It was pretty good, but quality of life is in rapid decline.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL

    Pros

    There is a fair amount of variety in work you can do within the company, and a lot of it you can only do in a few select companies. Once you start working at Harris, you can be pretty sure (at least in Software) that your job is secure.

    Cons

    For the last 5-6 years there has been a steady stream of employee facing negative changes without a single positive change. Raises have not kept up with inflation at all and are usually around 1%. Each year they tell us that we did great this year, but they think next year is going to be tough. Eventually that has to be seen as a lie. IT policies keep getting more and more strict which makes it tough to actually do your job. Cost cutting measures have gotten bad enough that when maintenance shuts off the hot water to do a repair, people's first thought is that they just decided we didn't need hot water anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider that engineers (and software engineers in particular) are not the same as someone working on an manufacturing assembly line. Experience is a very important thing. When someone with years of experience working on a program leaves Harris, you can't just replace them with a new grad. It takes years to get them up to the same level. You need to actually encourage people to stay at the company instead of incentivizing us to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    This use to be the place to work in Melbourne - Palm Bay

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL

    Pros

    The job challenges and the people you work with. Beyond that not much any more.

    Cons

    Since the new CEO came here. this has really become an employee hostile environment. Benefits are being cut to the working class while upper management continue to reap rewards. Health plan was one of the best, now it isn't even average. Raises are virtually nonexistent for those of us in the trenches while management (i.e. CEO) gets 38%. The pretty new building will cause a drastic drop in production because of the call center type environment they are shoving us into. The CEO is very unhappy with the GCS 9/80 schedule with the constant threat of killing it. In my close to 20 years with the company I've never seen moral so low. Everything the CEO is doing is to pump up the stock price and nothing for talent retention or attraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something need to change this downward spiral the company is in. Our biggest problem now is retaining talent. Harris is no long the only horse in the race. Too many opportunities are coming to this area with the influx of Aerospace companies. Sure we are winning contracts, but when it comes to being able to execute them Harris is going to be hurting down the road.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

    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

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