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Harris Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
578 Reviews
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Harris President & CEO Bill Brown
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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.  

    Various technical roles

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

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

    Pros

    Full breadth of tasks. No pigeon-holing. Involvement is at the discretion of the employee.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor. Customers are an after thought and only a means to obtain revenue.
    Used to be a great company. Now in a downward spiral.

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

    Downward Spiral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Great People and 401(k) Plan. Work-Life Balance is commendable, especially with flexible work schedule. Tuition reimbursement is a plus as well.

    Cons

    Cronyism Management with no Strategic Plan for growing the business. Too much cost/schedule tracking and zero innovation. Pay for performance is touted but not followed. Annual 2% pay raise budget does not keep pace with inflation or market average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some new blood in senior management that is familiar with developing products in a commercial market environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Products serve an honorable mission. High tech work. Fast paced environment. An amazing amount of work gets done for given budgets and schedules.

    Cons

    Total compensation has been going down (including benefits). Layoffs are frequent. Company has a culture of low appreciation for employees. Theay are viewed as a simple cost. This has been driving out the best talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to invest more in products (up 9%) than you do in dividends (up 12% again) and stock buy back (another $100 Million).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, few bad apples.

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work with some very smart people from a lot of different backgrounds. Great C E O

    Cons

    It is not a very fun office. It seems as if everyone looks out for themselves. There is not an open door policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good benefits, some people are great but seem to also suffer from some "unfireable" people doing poor work.

    Cons

    Leadership is poor, no training plans, compensation is below average. Lack of leadership vision is the main area of concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a CEO who is not from a product manufacturing background if you want to sell consulting services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Nothing spectacular

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

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    good benefits
    average pay
    good if you just want a stable every day 9-5 job that puts food on the table .

    Cons

    somewhat somewhat pigeon holed into one thing.
    not much room for career development.
    employee morale low,pretty boring place to work,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going Downhill Fast

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

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

    Pros

    Harris has a lot of brilliant engineers and a wide range of technologies to work on. The 9/80 workweek is wonderful.

    Cons

    Harris is being destroyed by a new CEO who has no regard for professional employees. His background in manufacturing is leading to the destruction of the morale. Experienced engineers with invaluable skills are getting pushed out in favor of young people who naturally cost less. This CEO brought in his own HR man who has an adversarial attitude toward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People 55 and older are literally being issued a warning for "not ranking well" against their younger peers, when the intelligent and responsible thing to do is have a plan to make use of employees as they approach retirement age.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    B.Brown / Obama - same page!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    What's left of the company - would say benefits, but Obamacare is swiftly destroying what once was one of the best attributes of the company. Used to be opportunities to grow and camaraderie among the troops.

    Cons

    It feels as though Bill Brown is leveraging all resources and positioning for a merger with his former buddies he has not yet been able to bring over to Harris. Morale is bottoming out, the only ones happy are new grads that are just entering the workforce and paid 2x of those with years of experience..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our customers are beginning to feel the changes implemented with Bill Brown; soon Harris mgmt will understand how their bottom dollar greed is affecting our customers’ trust, causing them to resume their search for trustworthiness elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    CNDSP Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learned how to lie and make excuses while sleeping on nights.

    Cons

    Micro-management, favoritism, HR is completely disconnected from the workforce. The company has no idea what is going on at the grass roots level. Their HR cares more about liability then their own employees. THEY WILL PROTECT THE CONTRACT, nothing else matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone and sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So sad to see a once great company being destroyed from the inside.

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be the type of contracts and people; now what is left of any positives are being overshadowed by so many negatives.

    Cons

    Entrenched management who claim to have the best interest of the customer prove otherwise. They continually cut corners, redirect program money to failing programs, fail to adequately fulfill customer requirements while hiding behind 'gained efficiencies', and have no tolerance for employees who speak up when something is wrong. This has become systemic and continues to drive great talent away. Stifling initiative and suppressing morale is going to sink this ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on the dimes because it's costing you dollars. Also take a real hard look at entrenched management in key program positions, they are a major soft spot and will be a major catalyst for the demise of your flagship program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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