Harris Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
432 Reviews
2.9
432 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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    Good engineering, struggling management

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    Harris is still better place than most competitor companies

    Cons

    Engineering and management capabilities on steady decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit adapting practices of our larger competitors ... We used to be better than them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    government division provides good technical experience for engineers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of diversity in the technical work for all engineering. Technology and tools are current. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in most areas. If you're over 40 don't go to work here if you want to advance in your career. Morale is poor and getting worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company big into out sourcing. doesnt care about employees

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    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for overall. From a support staff standpoint you're rather stuck in your position.

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    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

    There are plenty of perks including a 9/80 schedule. Generous vacation policy and tuition reimbursement. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Disconnected management from the lower tiers of the company. The company has good values and seems to be headed in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the people who work for you. They truly are your greatest asset. Try to find a balance between the bottom line and the employees. Poor employee moral is a definite sign of the decline of any company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Average company, used to be family and employee oriented. Now, its just a typical corporation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Great engineers to work with and still has a small town feel.

    Cons

    Education reimbursement is good for graduate school, very poor for undergrad (2 classes/yr.) Healthcare coverage was top notch until 2014 when they got rid of the nice plans and gave us a generic group of choices. 401k matching is set to decrease soon. They will only pay what it takes to keep you at your desk so make your money up front. Make sure they pay you top dollar initially. You WILL NOT make any substantial monetary gains in the years following once you sign the papers. Being rated as a high contributor (small percentage of workers) for 2014 will net you a maximum raise of 2.3%. They also delayed this until late December from August in order to maintain more money in their account while the new CEO received a 38% salary raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please see above. It doesn't look good to your employees when it's obvious that you care about your own interests instead of theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very, very hard to move up the ladder.

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    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, off every other Friday
    3 weeks paid vacation per year
    Employer 6% match on 410K
    Relatively stable employment

    Cons

    Almost impossible to move up
    No evident career path for many positions
    Low pay compared to neighboring companies
    Using enterprise staffing approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take away the 9/80 schedule for GCSD.
    Advance your solid performing employees!
    People are leaving left and right due to low pay.
    The company is claiming they don't have enough money to pay employees more, yet the stock price is up, the company is buying back stock, and the executive-level bonuses and compensation and ridiculously high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Perks, Frightened Management

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    43 years and still loving it.

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

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

    Pros

    Colaboration rules. Nice, smart people, nurturing environment. Good benefits (so far).

    Cons

    New CEO doesn't seem to be able to connect with the government side of the corporation. Nasty changes may be right around the corner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Division management is super, I would follow them into battle. Corporate management seems only interested with stock price and multi million bonus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was fun when it started.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of the people you work with are truly a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle at times. Management has failed to grow and learn with the times.

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

    High stress environment; no pay increases

    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Harris full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable income, easy transition from military to private sector, full benefit and relocation packages, put the customer first above everything.

    Cons

    Wrong people in the wrong positions, 1970s mentality, uncertain stability, little to no salary increases, top down innovation, unrealistic employee and business expectations, no recognition for success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation starts at the bottom thru subject matter experts and customer requirements. Stop setting unrealistic growth goals and then not giving pay increases when the business doesn't meet the impossible goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Harris Response

    Aug 21, 2014President

    Occasionally Glassdoor posts to the wrong company. This employee did not work at Harris Communications Honduras

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