Harris Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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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 a struggle at times (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    A Test of your Staying Power

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    very Limited at that time

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there were many and all of considerable concern.

    Advice to Management

    Start again,


  2. Helpful (3)

    disastrous

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    very few, the engineers that are still here are still trying to get out, the amount of top class engineers that have already left in the last few years has left the company on a downward spiral

    Cons

    be prepared to get new technology dumped on you & no training how the topology works ,just get on with it, HSE is also way behind from the previous level of 3+years ago. Also as stated by others a HR dept that thinks THEY run the show (and are allowed to by an area VP) wonder why?

    Advice to Management

    None, local management not at fault, its the muppets above them that are the problem as they are useless , but they do draw pretty graphs for directors!


  3. a company with lots of changes

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)

    I worked at Harris full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    working with broadcasters in a very innovative environment . working with a dedicated team, who were eger to do there best for the company and their clients.

    Cons

    poor salary, and benefits however this was section of the business was not one of the main business areas for Harris and this lead to the broadcast business area being second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    salary and benefits to be in touch with roles and responsibilities & current day cost of living and


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  5. The lower the people are in the organisational chart the better they are, high level management leave much to be desired

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    generally the people you work with day to day are good honest people who all have the customer in mind and want to do as good a job as they possibly can

    Cons

    Decisions made by upper management make day to day tasks and doing your job much harder than it needs to be

    Advice to Management

    Allow decision to be made by those who will be impacted directly by them


  6. Helpful (3)

    Terrible management

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

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Okay benefits, relaxed office atmosphere at certain sites

    Cons

    Huge changes every few months, people are constantly being laid off, management don't seem to know what direction they want the company to go to. They're bringing in new technologies that the staff isn't trained to deal with and the company internal systems aren't capable of handling, they're taking on contracts after contracts that they can't handle properly; the company processes aren't equipped to deal with them and there's not enough staff to do the work, leading into increased customer dissatisfaction, overworked staff and shoddy service.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a clear strategy, communicate it down the line and then stick with it. Making progress with new products and new work areas is necessary, but you need to make sure you have the staff and the skills to do it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    If Carlsberg made bad companies then this one would probably be the worst company in the world.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Harris full-time

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

    Pros

    Since the merger a few years ago there have been no pros to working for this company, oh no sorry the tea and coffee is still free, for now.
    The only reason the overall rating is 1 is because it can't be 0.

    Cons

    CEO who makes bad choices, management under her that seem too weak to make any decisions.
    HR that should be ashamed of themselves for the way employees are treated.
    Poor benefits that are getting taken away or diluted all the time.
    Delayed salary increases that aren't worth getting when/if they do come around.
    Managers and Engineers (and those words are used loosely) in Melbourne Florida that seems oblivious to what impact their poor work has on other area's of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Your role seems to have been to take 2 good companies in Caprock and GCS and turn them into one big mess. Please leave, your job is complete.
    And please take HR with you. An Engineering/Telecoms company shouldn't be run by HR.
    You are either blissfully unaware of what a poor job you are making (in which case your blind) or you don't care.


  8. Helpful (4)

    AVOID like the plague!!!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Decent bunch of guys work there but they all want out. Daily chit chat revolves around job hunting or moaning about incompetent managers.

    Cons

    This place is a joke of a company and I wouldn't be surprised if it went under. There are managers that struggle to string a sentence together advancing through their careers whilst the engineers and technicians mark time. The problem with this company is mismanagement of the equipment and stores. This is a massive hindrance to productivity but nothing gets done about it. The management are spineless and the HR are extremely incompetent.

    No pay rises, no bonuses, no training, no progression. Just a cup cake every now and again if a contract is won. If you received a cup cake for every contract lost you would look like Dawn French. Just google search jobs at Harris and you will see the same jobs constantly advertised, nobody wants them!!! Morale is extremely low.

    Working here will set your career back ten fold, unless your a brown noser or bad manager.

    Advice to Management

    Go on a management course and learn how to be a manager. Failing that use your bonus and get a spine transplant then make a decision or two.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No Career Progression

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

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

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

    Pros

    Best of people (engineers) who USED to work to learn the tricks of the trade, potential to have the best technologies at disposal

    Cons

    I think maybe one of the very few Engineering companies to give more power to the HR (who by the way do not have a clue) than Engineers and Engineering Managers; no training, no career progression, no pay review despite increasing workload (due to rampant layoffs and attrition) and poor and extremely low morale; talks of 'turn a corner' has been going for last couple of years atleast despite hardly any improvement if at all.

    Advice to Management

    To make a success out of your mantra "Keep the customers happy" I would suggest they keep the employees happy and that will go a long way to keep the customers happy


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mis managed, no processes, sales/profit driven, a stockholders nightmare waiting to happen.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Many dedicated employees, generally lower level staff, who are willing to work all hours necessary to successfully complete mishandled, mismanaged projects. Small pockets of talent can be seen everywhere.

    Cons

    Since the merger over 2 years ago we are still faced with high profile senior managers that are trying to continue running the company as a back ally mom/pop business. Only trying to feather their own nests and not thinking about anything long term.
    There are no processes in place, HSE has been brushed to one side. Employee training and advancement is non existent.
    This company is an accident waiting to happen.
    If clients and customers had any idea of what is truely then they would take their business and money elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    The parent company Harris needs to step in and get rid of legacy Caprock and GCS management, replacing them with people that will bring the company forward.
    No processes, no accountability, no record keeping = not meeting legal requirements to be a public company.


  11. Challenging and interesting company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Technology driven, growing company with large portfolio.

    Cons

    The internal structure of the company may be experienced as a little heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep it up.



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