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"Not as great as it used to be, but still a nice place to work"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Engineers at Harris are great people- I've only worked with one person I didn't like, and that person left the company soon afterward. You're given the opportunity to move around and most engineering managers are open and easy to talk to. They're building a lot of new infrastructure, both physical and in their business, that I think will serve them well for the years to come.

Cons

Being a government contractor, they have some unavoidable pitfalls. Requirements are passed down from government brass and Harris's engineers don't have a whole lot of opportunity to challenge them. Also, though Harris is trying to diversify into more commercial markets, most of Harris's business is tied to the US government and it's ups and downs.

Advice to Management

The recent decline of the benefits packages are wearing on employees. Harris has always claimed to have some of the best benefits in the business, but that isn't so true anymore.

Other Employee Reviews for Harris

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Hopeful work experience slides downward"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with some of the most intelligent,talented employees within the different disciplines. Employees are friendly and courteous.

    Cons

    Middle management is so removed from the day-to-day activities it takes to complete projects that they border on being useless, and in some cases, incompetent. This happens at the expense of smart, dedicated, hard-working employees consistently performing above the level of their direct managers. Upper management watches.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management: Stop focusing on the wrong metrics and start actually managing! For example, there are departments that have been reduced to just a few strong individuals, whereas before there were about a dozen or so employees. Workload and timelines remain the same. Employees are working from 50 to 60 to 70 hours per week and management strolls through the department noticing who is and who isn't present at 8:30am. Really?? Interesting to note, management is not there at 9:00 pm and on weekends. Dear Management: prepare to lose some serious talent and corporate memory the longer it takes you to make changes.


  2. "Decent salary if you can deal with the nature of contracting."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in O'Fallon, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in O'Fallon, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Established company, most people see it on the resume and don't ask who Harris is.

    Cons

    When taking over contracts, they will reduce your pay.
    Turnover is high.
    Paid holidays are few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Please, stop underbidding contracts. You've already run off most of the employees here by cutting salaries, and the damage is still being done.

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