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Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    OK but declining

    Former Employee - Federal Government Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Federal Government Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at Harris (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great equipment and team work.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. Needs leadership. Too short term quarterly profit minded to create sustainability.


  2. Helpful (1)

    software w

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people who work there

    Cons

    Benefits, matrix management, salary, and lack of funding for training


  3. Helpful (4)

    Look for something better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

    I worked at Harris (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was close to home.

    Cons

    Management short sighted. Inefficient job tasks creating reports that no one looks at. Deplorable work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach! Teamwork, work/life balance! Your most important asset is your employees! If they are happy and treated fairly than the stock holders will be rich and happy.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    OK Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great engineers to work with
    2. Interesting problems to solve, though becomes repetitive after a while
    3. Some internal development opportunities for the elite

    Cons

    1. Too much middle management and people wanting to become middle mgmt.
    2. Politics get more apparent the further up you go

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce overhead and duplicity within middle mgmt.
    Need to decide on a business structure instead of flip flopping back and forth every year (matrix, project, functional, etc.)


  6. Helpful (3)

    Tactical, Not Strategic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Caring management at lower levels
    - Benefits include work-from-home, summer hours (4x10 weeks in Jul, Aug)

    Cons

    - Outsourcing to offshore companies
    - Focus on quarterly performance to detriment of long-term
    - Poor annual salary adjustments
    - Work/Life balance suffers to get promotions
    - Management turnover leaves little communication on direction

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy, communicate it to the workforce, and reward workers for being heroes.


  7. Helpful (9)

    Going Downhill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great group to work with for a very long time. I gained valuable experience for 10+ years that has translated to a great potential in the job market

    Cons

    It was a great group to work with for a very long time, but starting three years ago the business has lost its goal other than make the numbers look good at any cost. Employees are leaving faster than they are hired and it is showing.

    Advice to Management

    Cash in and leave before your completely ruin a once great company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lead Assembler

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Harris is up to date on equipment employees need to preform there work its also very exciting work.

    Cons

    Harris is a very demanding company but pays poorly for the amount of work expected.

    Advice to Management

    involve them self more with the employees who are actually building the products second hand news from a supervisor who a lot of the times gets it information from other employees who are to busy telling on the coworkers and not preforming the job Harris is paying them for this seems to be the problem at Harris. Harris tend to listen to people who are not building the product.


  9. stable company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at Harris

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    quite stable and easy life

    Cons

    quite stable and easy life too

    Advice to Management

    shock each position regularly


  10. Helpful (1)

    Filled with needless stress and bureaucracy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Focused on winning at all cost.

    Cons

    Too focused on ruthless cost reduction.

    Advice to Management

    Employee's lives and incentives matter! Who was the management guy who claimed that project awards and incentives were just another benefit and that they could be cut to improve the bottom line. He ought to be fired!


  11. Helpful (7)

    Focus is now on the stockholders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company for embedded systems development. I've been able to work on general purpose processors, DSP, FPGA and PC applications. Able to interact with factory teams and hardware engineers.

    Cons

    - Absolutely no communication with management and no reasonable strategy for getting things done. Information flows upward. Assignments flow downward. Every decision is gut feel and a lot of the time, that gut feel is baseless because engineers "don't see the big picture." Well, we're never told what the big picture is. "We're better off not knowing."
    - The organization is far too matrixed. Managers see no difference between employees and test equipment. We're chips in a poker game. We can be won and lost at a moments notice. Forget trying to see any project through to the end.
    - Too many cliques and "in groups" while others bounce around and never get a chance to master anything. If you like to wine and dine on the company dime and have others do your work for you, apply immediately.
    - If you have a masters degree or above, look elsewhere. If you are intelligent, you will do more than your fair share of testing and no one will appreciate you because no one will be able to understand your reasoning. If you are one of the few they do appreciate, you will not get a chance to sleep at night because they will have you putting out every fire under the sun.
    - If there is something you want to work on, make sure you don't tell them that and then maybe you have a chance at working on it. They also love bait-and-switch. My job offer was for one position and on day one, they gave me a different position. How can you trust a company like that?
    - Many long term employees are leaving and this year (2015) has been exceptional in that respect. Look at how many Rochester jobs are for Harris Corporation and look at how long they've been trying to fill those positions. During my first two years, there were lines of people outside the security office getting everything in order to start working here. Now, I see interviewing and aside from new hires, very few people actually take the job. We have so many open positions and are so short staffed but so many people keep leaving. Harris lost track of what makes people want to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Stockholders aren't everything. At the end of the day, we still have customers and they want products that work. We've opened Pandora's box now that we seem to be okay with missing every single deadline and releasing with incomplete products. Open your eyes. You have a business to run here.



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