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Harris Project Manager Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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  • Work-life balance, at times challenging (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management set ridiculous unarchievable financial goals not to give bonus even though it was just tiny amount not enough to buy an iPhone (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Focus on wall street and not employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology and environment for exchanging ideas and developing new technology.

    Cons

    Harris has been systemically reducing health benefits to employees to reduce cost.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employee needs and they'll take care of delivering great products.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Engineers, interesting technology, free do the job the way one sees fit.

    Cons

    Moral is lowest. No growth.
    When new employee is being recruited mgmt and HR will describe Harris as company with great advancement opportunities, but it is not.
    Mgmt ignores opinions unless they come from long term employees. Very narrow minded culture.

    Flexible time is not flexible really as mgmt will not allow time if you need time yourself.

    Strong earnings, however, the employee gets no incentive pay. Bonuses cut, other incentives too, rises are minimal.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "STAY AWAY"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week is the only thing good about Harris, but other companies offer it.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE health insurance....company could offer much better, but they're greedy. Pay raises are a joke. You're lucky to get 2% which doesn't even keep up with the cost of living - which we've not had a cost of living increase in over 20 years. Pay checks are going backwards due to the rising health care costs. Morale is at the worst it has ever been in over 25 years. Employees know that management doesn't care about them at all! Loyal employees who have worked hard are discriminated against so that young ones in their teens or minorities can climb the ladder. Had banked 400 hours of vacation on the books and POOF - they took it with hardly any notice at all. Now we have to play "Mother May I" to take a day off. Just ridiculous. They are shooting themselves in the foot treating employees this way because many are looking to bail. CEO Bill Brown has made this company a very undesirable place to work. It's a real shame because in this county, Harris used to be the place everyone wanted to work. No Longer.

    Advice to Management

    Do everyone a favor and boot Bill Brown. This company has lost it's focus on programs and in treating their employees with respect. Not everything is about adding more millions to your pocket. The increase in out of pocket expenses for health care doesn't affect someone making what you make, but for the majority, it's devastating.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Location, Location, Location"

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    Former Employee - Division IT Project Manager in Bradford, MA
    Former Employee - Division IT Project Manager in Bradford, MA

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

    Pros

    Depending on the division, the work is interesting and challenging. The company recently doubled in size through the acquisition of Excelis.

    Cons

    Harris may have grown too big for its own good. Unless you are located at a key site, you have very little chance of being recognized. Management at the main sites are too busy looking out for themselves in the new organization to be worried about staff at smaller locations.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Legacy Exelis people - Run!! Don't walk!!!"

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    Former Employee - Project & Business Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Project & Business Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was part of the "absorption" process after Harris purchased Exelis. THE only positive was Exelis.....HARRIS is a ruthless company.....

    Cons

    Harris policies......they are letting people go for such flimsy reasons to shore up bottom line numbers. They are checking peoples emails, etc to find any small reason to mark an "noncompliance" complaint and you're gone!! Even if you have no priors and a perfect record. It's horrible.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to say to them


  6. Helpful (7)

    "TRENDING DOWN"

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    Current Employee - Current Project Manager in Senoia, GA
    Current Employee - Current Project Manager in Senoia, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Currently the company is under going a transition and there are no positives. I would look for other option for empolyement

    Cons

    The company does not care about employees. The new training plan states its 90% who you know and 10% what you know so don't ask for training.

    Career promotion is none existent unless you know so one.
    Salary is not competitive and will never be. max salary increase is 3%. This is what upper management briefs when asked.

    Dividend growth and stock by backs are the rule
    Healthcare benefits are continuing to plunge. They went from great benefits and low salary to small benefits and poor salary

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your human resources, win more contracts IDIQ is not a victory its a start. start increasing salaries and improving benefits you are losing people. oh and get rid of HBX unless you are really going to use it. you continue to tell me to cut inefficiency yet you still do it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "LMR group is floundering"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, work schedule, company name and recognition.

    Cons

    Harris management does not understand the LMR business

    Advice to Management

    Either allow legacy TE MA-COM employees to run the LMR business or sell that unit. You are not winning new work because of the losing strategy of the management team who does not understand the business. All of your talent is leaving. Constant downsizing is destroying moral.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good overall experience as an entry level job"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multiple business sectors for theoretical movement
    Comprehensive benefits - PTO, medical, 401K
    Internal customer for projects
    PMO actively interested in improving processes - including resource management

    Cons

    PMO practices documentation lacking
    High project to PM ratio
    Could not transfer to another state when husband transferred
    Does not support remote work


  9. "Excellent Global IT Service Provider"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and excellent opportunities worldwide if you want to move or pursue other ventures.

    Cons

    Due to the current environment in the defense industry our education benefits have gone to the way-side - Hope the come back soon!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to start out but don't stay"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They still manage to win interesting and challenging work and there are people there who genuinely care for the people who work for them.

    Cons

    If you are not in management you have no career path. It has been this way forever but seems to be worse now that everyone is scrambling to best everyone else. Jobs and careers used to be managed but now it is a free for all. Thank God for the employees desire to please the customer. 30 years ago management was looking out for the company and the employees, the new CEO is looking out for the stock holders and will do whatever it takes to line his and the stockholders pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Better wake up. This used to be a one horse town but not anymore. When people can move jobs and not have to move they will change for other than salary reasons. Also this is called the age of information where twitter can take down a government. You have a serious rumor control problem.