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Harris Reviews

Updated January 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Coworkers, 9/80 work schedule, department training program" (in 116 reviews)

  • "Harris truly supports work-life balance and offers flexibility to make that happen" (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • "work-life balance can be somewhat rough sometimes but otherwise worth it" (in 35 reviews)

  • "Communication among upper management and lower management require improvement" (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Harris is a great place for mechanical engineers!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Thermal Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Thermal Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Environment, Workload, Benefits, Pay

    Cons

    Sometimes there may be a lull in the work load which then transitions into a full on sprint.

    Advice to Management

    Great job so far, could use another computer though! Also some programs to help with student loans as well.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Adminstrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Harris (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was respectful and encouraged growth. Work was challenging. Co-workers very supportive. Very safety conscious.

    Cons

    None - ideal work environment

    Harris Response

    Nov 1, 2018 – Staffing Operations Analyst

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We like our work environment too! Our EH&S team works diligently to ensure all employees receive appropriate safety training. Harris also... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Harris has taken a downturn"

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    Current Employee - Senior GIS Specialist in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Senior GIS Specialist in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, unlimited vacation, climate in Florida

    Cons

    Poor middle and upper management, old equipment, no resources given to improve effieciency of programs, no profit-sharing in 4 years


  4. "If you're comfortable, great! Otherwise, don't bother"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're at a comfortable point in your career, this place is great. The work load will be balanced, your pay will be in the right range, etc. Great for mid-senior + engineers.

    4 weeks' vacation

    Infinite sick time

    Smart coworkers, some great teams here

    Pretty decent work-life balance, very rarely have "crunch" time

    (Usually) cost-of-living average increase, better if you get a good review

    Flexible schedules /hours (most of the time)

    Cons

    They don't fire bad employees fast enough, or at all. This applies to all salaried positions.

    If you're a junior engineer, you will not get timely promotions unless you're in a large very-well-funded group. It doesn't matter if you get perfect reviews and demonstrate you can do that job, either your manager won't give it to you or HR will reject it.

    No bonuses unless you're management

    They tell you it's infinite vacation, but it's not. Four weeks is good, but it isn't infinite.

    Almost no ability to telecommute. Some managers may let you, but otherwise, they tend to not allow it.

    Very out-of-date tech stack, regardless of department.

    Negotiate your start wage well; there's a very low chance you get promoted in under 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    You want to retain younger engineers? Promote them and pay better. Our team lost several this way.

    Allow telecommute for non-secret work.

    Give us bonuses.

    Fire nonproductive and distruptive employees quicker.


  5. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary
    Great opportunities to advance within company
    Great work environment
    Great work/life balance
    Great management team

    Cons

    Too safety conscious and can get in the way of production
    Infrastructure of company can feel confining at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Great Work, so-so pay and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, great people, interesting work, variety of work, 9/80 work schedule.

    Cons

    Benefits have eroded over time, pay raises don't keep pace with the market

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reward good employees that are loyal so that they don't have to go outside find increased pay.

    Harris Response

    Jan 4, 2019 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you are enjoying your time with us and we agree, our people and culture are awesome! We have a wide variety of programs for... More


  7. "My opinion"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accessible , decent pay and fun work.

    Cons

    Bad vibes and Management can do better.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional and encouraging and realistic as well as have empathy and be fair to others.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work, good people but poor management at the time."

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    Former Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, and 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Poor management should be required to take emotional intelligence courses.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to what your middle managers are doung and how their relationships or lack there of are effecting the mental health of employees.

    Harris Response

    Jan 4, 2019 – Talent Management Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We agree that our Herndon facility is a fantastic location to work! The 9/80 schedules for our employees are also a huge perk. We are disappointed to... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not a good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice living near the beach. Work/life balance is good, but it depends largely on your project.

    Cons

    The way they do pay increases is not competitive with industry. We have awesome pay scales, but the reality is that most software engineers don't even meet midpoint of these ranges. Training is non existent for those who want to grow technically. I wish someone had told me this before I started here. Friends that I graduated with, that went to other companies, actually had technical growth with current industry technologies. Here there is zero, which really sets you back and makes it easier for them to retain you if you stay because you are no longer competitive in industry.

    Advice to Management

    The matrix organization is ancient, time to make a change. Engineering Management needs to actually get involved with the technical growth of their engineers. The current engineering management is clueless about current technologies and are not supporting employee growth. Maybe some sort of technical training for them might be a great start.


  10. "Good career choice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to new technologies, 4/10 work days, good benefits

    Cons

    No room for growth in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more cross-training between departments