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Harris Associates Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Robert M. Levy, CFA & Kristi L. Rowsell, CPA
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  1. "Fantastic workplace!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great people, friendly atmosphere, and the benefits can't be beat

    Cons

    None to mention about this firm


  2. "10/10 Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay/benefits are well above status quo. You are compensated fairly for good work. Tight-knit family culture. Work-life balance is respected.

    Cons

    Mostly due to a flat hierarchy and number of employees, promotional structure is lacking throughout the firm and can be ambiguous.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating your employees right and continue to be communicative of decisions made internally.

  3. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Associates full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are over the top. Will not be easily matched by another company. Beautiful work space. Technology is good, mobile laptop workforce. Employees stay because the pay and benefits are so good.

    Cons

    Culture is changing dramatically. New executive hire does not give any positive feedback to the employees and seeks to make drastic changes to what once was a family type atmosphere. Negative feedback is given regularly, people are suddenly discarded.

    Advice to Management

    Take a critical look at how executives manage down in addition to up. People leave bad bosses.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Best company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have no complaints with the values and benefits of the company. The company treats their employees with over the top benefits, competitive pay and free good food. People are smart, humble, and approachable also which is a big plus.

    Cons

    No complaints really. We're well taken care of and the company is growing.


  5. "Harris Associates isn't a bad place to work."

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    Current Contractor - Desktop Support in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Desktop Support in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Associates as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Team building activities, relaxed environment, food everyday (it is food, just not great food), low expectations from others, overall a nice financial institution to work at

    Cons

    Not much room for growth or taking on more responsibility, leadership would rather bring on temporary work than give opportunities to current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work/Life balance needs to be more on the life side than it is now.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely solid company, culture, and future"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is simply the best company I have ever worked for. Culture is friendly and non-corporate, your colleagues will pull their weight (mostly), and performance is world-class. Compensation is appropriate for the expectations, which are high.

    Cons

    There are always politics, and always changes one might look suspiciously upon. It's easy to think things are sliding at a company where so much is right, and also easy to think things are improving at a company where the status quo is utter chaos. All things being relative, then, Harris is probably like any other place that can afford the best and brightest: demanding and very hesitant to breaking what works.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for internal promotion/growth. You run a very lean shop, but that sometimes forces people out when they can't grow in a more traditional corporate sense.


  7. "Best place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technology in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harris is a great place to work. Civilized environment, good people, amazing benefits, and a strong reputation. Almost everybody is competent and professional.

    Cons

    Hours can be long sometimes, at least in terms of the on-call requirements. If you are in technology, you'll be exposed to lots of project management and change control, but not a lot of cutting edge work. They are cautious because they are in finance, so you'll get very good experience in keeping things running properly but not a lot of innovation outside of any lab work.

    Advice to Management

    Technology knows what they are doing, and they do a good job. Please listen to them. You are luckier than you know to have the people you have working for you, so don't alienate them and lower standards.

  8. "Overall a positive experience."

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    Former Employee - Investments in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investments in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, free food in the kitchen. Generally a calm work environment.

    Cons

    Office is ugly and could use an update. Some of the divisional management is inept. Also, the annual review process is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - things are relatively good.