Harris Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
415 Reviews

3.0
415 Reviews
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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  

    Broke

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Harris for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to improve many things.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency in direction.

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

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good but the 9/80 and profit sharing are key factors to staying with the company

    Cons

    For a communications company it lacks good communication within the divisions of the corporation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industry leading products, no vision, moderate/poor growth prospects.

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    Former Employee - Level V  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Level V in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good products, high quality. Good work/life balance. Future vision is all around improvements in internal operating efficiency, not a man on the staff can tell you a vision for the future though. But they can tell you their cash flow improvements in 2018 and beyond.

    Cons

    Closely held and healthy division management. No hope for a new executive or high level employee to advance. A "dead man's shoes" advancement pace that is slow based on the mid-50's age and excellent fitness level of Sr management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start smoking; or grow the business by entering new markets rather than buying your own stock back. Create some opportunities for middle management to grow their careers.

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

    Interesting project - Nice people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Network Control Tech  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Network Control Tech in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with. Good benefits and pay. Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off).

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Small pay raises. Somewhat of a good ole' boys/girls club and playing favorites, i.e. "You have family working for us? You get more opportunities even though you're not as qualified."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more attention to your subordinates and recognize a job well done. Play favorites based on performance, not "inner circle".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Diverse products allows for opportunities to explore

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

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

    Pros

    Harris has many programs running concurrently. This offers opportunities to work with a diversity of customers and groups within Harris. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and most creative engineers I have ever meet.

    Cons

    Harris operates like a consolidation of small companies. Each program executes like a small company. As with any organization there are a few groups that are very difficult to work with. If you get into one of these groups work with your supervisor to transfer to another program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical knowledge base is declining rapidly; shrinking programs, layoffs

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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

    The computers are reasonably fast and able to handle complex analysis. The benefit package is okay despite the employee portion increasing. The CEO removed many of the old management and replaced them with those he could trust.

    Cons

    Hundreds of layoffs and requests for early retirement from the over 50 crowd has caused a significant gap in the technical knowledge base. Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge. Soon only the updated campus and generic low level employees will be left. This is either evidence of upper management blunders or the beginning of a campus sell-off where only the upper management and stockholders will make out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are still high level managers left from the old regime that should be replaced by those whose word can be trusted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience out of college. Salary low compared to other companies.

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Really great place to gain technical knowledge. Great mentoring environment. Since it is a medium size company, you get lots of cross-functional exposure.

    Cons

    Pay is lower and they are slow to promote. Plus side is that your next company will pay handsomely for your acquired knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please come up with Business Development strategies that will win you business/contracts. Start with experienced BD professionals and senior engineers instead of New Grads in BD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, solid employment

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time off. Flexible with job scheduling. Management works well with employees.

    Cons

    Gov't processes and too many levels/titles to navigate through

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for, specially for new grads

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Stable company, easy to move around to other programs, easy to ask to work on things that interest you, lots of technologies to use, great work environment, good ethics, people will help you define your career, 9/80 work week with every other Friday off,

    Cons

    Lots of politics at higher levels, low performers get shuffled around and never fired meaning you may get stuck working with, focus on minimizing expenses hurts training and expansion, lack of communication with/from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not doing enough to retain people and you are loosing your best. Will hurt performance in future projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too much focus on financials, not enough on customers

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people, want to focus on the market. Excellent technology and know how.

    Cons

    Insufficient staffing. Too much focus on making the financials. Lots of financial reporting and beaurocracy that are internally focused and not adding value to the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on pleasing the customers

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