Harris

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Harris Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
578 Reviews
2.6
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Update to my previous review: Company more focused on dollars

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Great place for new grads to acquire knowledge and find out what they like to work on. Great place for mid level engineers to acquire leadership skills.

    Cons

    Too focused on dollars. Trying to safe as many pennies at the expense of employees. Not assigning enough people to programs and then expecting those assigned to work stupid hours to make deadlines. No enough focus on quality and customer. High level engineers will be expected to work many extra hours. Management does not acknowledge extra efforts. Cutting back benefits. Talented people leaving the company. Lower pay than other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sounds like you are getting ready to sell the division. Otherwise, get your act together. You are loosing all the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    OK company. Don't recommend to friends in it's current state.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Diversity of work. Fun place if you have the right team to work with. Great place for new grads to get that initial experience.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis writing reviews for the HR lawyers every year. Top heavy in middle management with constant rotation hiding them from corporate every year. VP's reporting to VP's reporting to VP's. (no kidding!) No continuity with customers as a result. Seems to have lost it's way since Howard Lance departed. (unfortunately) The company is dying a slow death. Management is a bunch of bean counters now that wouldn't know a good invention if it slapped them across the head. No vision or foresight. New ideas are only solicited from a "select few".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring your buddies and get people in middle management that actually care about long term company growth instead of short term profits. Arrogant directors scrambling for the next open VP slot could care less about the work or employees. Quit confusing employees with no company direction except for the latest buzz words from your MBA class. Your stock price is propped up by the Federal Reserve printing money. Not real growth or vision here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, but not great leadership.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    The work is interesting.
    Most employees work hard and want to do the right thing.
    Providing critical communications brings satisfaction.

    Cons

    No inspired leadership--care only about dollars.
    Leadership has poor view of customers--care only about dollars.
    Lots of broken operational processes that never seem to be fixed.
    Advancement only for a hand-picked few.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Harris GCSD

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay for the area, excellent vacation and sick time, reasonable benefits. 9/80 work schedule is always a plus.

    Cons

    Personnel planning seems a bit lacking, people with just get dumped onto a task with little experience or insight and speed has become a factor. Constant push to do things quicker and cheaper, which I understand but there is a limit until you compromise the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what your employees strengths are and assign them accordingly if appropriate spots are available, a mechanic doesn't make the best electrician.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed the people, not the environment

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Co-op in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Harris are great. My team was really friendly, and I actually still keep in touch with them.
    The work is pretty cool too. I enjoyed working on a radio and they follow pretty standard software practices.
    The pay was excellent considering I was an intern.

    Cons

    The environment just was not for me. Opening my lunch box to show I was not concealing anything got old real quick. There were also a lot of rules for what you could and could not do (I understand this is necessary to ensure security, but can really make the office very boring).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Due to smaller company size your name gets around well

    Cons

    The company doesn't know how to treat software engineers.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and a good crowd

    Cons

    Red tape. There is a good ol' boy network that's tough to break.

  9.  

    Many changes

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

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

    Pros

    Great People. Nice Location.

    Cons

    Poor direction and leadership. The company has not won any substantial new business opportunities in over 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to rethink strategic outlook because the current one isn't working

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Learn alot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Harris has an awesome work environment

    Cons

    The works are very challenging, but I learned a lot.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A lot of changes (for the worst) If you need a reference go back to 2011/2012 holiday season, better before worse after

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at Harris full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to have excellent customer service and support - keywords to focus on is "used to"

    Easy to find someone with experience and knowledge to ask an excellent detailed question and get an excellent detailed accurate answer.

    Some of the products were cutting edge. Lead the way and a lot of forward thinking. "used to" now it's just catch up and stay afloat ...

    Had a brilant engineer, several of them, enjoyed their company and expertise. One by one, saw they all pushed out the door ...

    Cons

    Bait and switch products. Products would be released to the customers at large. When problems are found with the product, the knee jerk reaction is to quickly blame the customer's engagement and configuration. However taking a competing vendor's product, the issues aren't observed. Hard to convience product managers that (yet another) a bug has been discovered in the firmware. Hurculean efforts are needed to make things right with the customer. Towards the end it was very difficult to travel on business with the games played on policies, only to arrive at a customers site knowing you won't have any backing, like being tossed to the wolves with upper management strapping a raw steak around your neck, saying "off you go ..."

    Spent more time on the internal website with the ethics training, only to see it not practiced. Leadership by example does not exist. Spend a boat load of resources sending managers to week long exercies, yet pay raises are lacking. Things were different prior to 2011/2012 ... Harris had bought the company from Tyco and let it be for a year before they stepped in and screwed it up.

    Re-org of the week ... Don't like your immediate supervisor, wait a week, it'll change more so than the local weather

    I could go on here, but with prior posts the jist of the idea is out there. No need to read between any lines. There is a problem and continues to get worse. Benchmark would be around 2011-2012 holiday season when things went to hell in a hand basket. - - - If it's not obvious, look at the customer base that is migrating away towards other vendors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the Harris prior to 2012. Around Christmas time of 2011 to 2012 is when it became very obvious things were going into the toilet. Quit the bait and switch crap, customers don't like it. Fix the products that are broken, and don't perform your Q/A by "field testing" the hardware on customers infrastructure. It looks bad when firmware is loaded into products every other day in the field to case a bug that was missed in the Q/A process. Shows that knowledge and understanding is lacking.

    Leadership by example. Practice what you are forcing down the throats of those left to log into the time consuming ethics training videos. Shoveled enough sh!t, put the garden tools away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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