Harris Reviews | Glassdoor

Harris Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
1,385 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.9
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Harris President & CEO Bill Brown
Bill Brown
548 Ratings

1,385 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Very nice benefits package - healthcare, vacation, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Merit increases are very small and promotions seem to be non-existent.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "A Company Sadly in Decline"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great Technology
    * Critically important products
    * Talented, friendly, and supportive co-workers

    Cons

    * Senior management does not appear to value employees in the least
    * Declining benefits. Nearly every benefit that differentiated Harris from other employees has been eliminated.
    * Employee morale. People endure and have made sarcasm and cynicism an art form.

    Advice to Management

    The easiest advice is to treat employees like they are important. We acknowledge that keeping the shareholders happy is important but that isn't possible without talented and happy employees.

    Despite the division, and the company as a whole, being very profitable, management has created an atmosphere of financial doom and gloom. This has been used to:

    * Deny profit sharing multiple fiscal years in a row
    * Delay the implementation of, or eliminate altogether, raises in multiple fiscal years
    * Eliminate perks like service anniversary dinners and the Holiday Party
    * Revamp the vacation policy, cashing out banked vacation hours but refusing to pay employees for those hours until they separate from the company
    * Require employees to attend things like lunch and learns on their own time.
    * Reduce the quality of health care offerings to match competing firms rather than having a benefit that differentiates the company

    All the cost cutting shows up nicely on a balance sheet but you can't see the extra effort that valued and happy employees put in. There are a couple of sayings that are applicable here:

    "An employee who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected."

    "Never Push Loyal Employees to the Point they no longer Care!"

    Management really needs to take those expressions to heart. Harris was an awesome place to work but that legacy is being stripped away, piece by piece.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Starting Postion"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Their review system is horrible and the pay raises are very low compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Your current practices does not support keeping experience people.


  4. "Business Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, use of latest tools and excellent training.

    Cons

    Heavy workload at times, numerous processes to manage concurrently


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fairness is questionable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great technology.
    2. Lots of great co-workers. Smart, personable, and fun to work with.
    3. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    1. It's virtually impossible to get a promotion - they must be approved by (minimally) 3+ levels of management.
    2. Internal job transfers shaft existing employees. 99% of transfers are lateral. Period. If you move to a new position that was posted at a higher wage grade and pay, you'll stay put at your old wage grade and pay, or get a minimal bump at best.
    3. Employee profit sharing is non-existent, however mandatory overtime occurs every year around September and goes through December, guaranteeing enough revenue for top management's $500K+ bonuses.
    4) Constant 2% raises. For the last umpteen years. Top brass seems to believe workers aren't smart enough to realize they are being artificially held back to insure higher profits for the shareholder's (and their own) benefit. The general consensus in the engineering community is that the only way to advance your career is to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly - don't show overt favoritism to new (read: cheaper) employees over existing staff that have given 10, 20, or even 30+ years of service to the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Could Improve"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Great culture for new grads, beautiful new building, interesting products

    Cons

    Low salaries, no annual bonus, minimal feedback, slow growth/stagnant trajectory

    Advice to Management

    Reward high performers and get rid of low performers. I often felt like our processes and low performing employees restricted us. Create a culture of removing inefficiencies and errors. Then FINANCIALLY reward those employees who perform.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Do more with less..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Work with some great people
    Some flexibility (work/life balance) depending on your manager
    What we do, can save lives!

    Cons

    Understaffed - difficult to back fill - but expected to work as if we're at full capacity
    Very little recognition and reward for accomplishments
    Little accountability for poor performers that can drag the company down

    Advice to Management

    Better appreciation of your high performing employees
    Better accountability of the poor performers
    Try to understand how decisions at the top affect your employees on a day to day basis

  8. "Harris"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Generally the people act professionally.

    Cons

    Management not always available to hear of issues that need addressing.


  9. "Nice place to work at - flex"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice team, good communication within the team

    Cons

    dont know yet - just started


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous Employee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Unlimited vacation and sick time, depending on approval at different levels.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Employees are disposable. Very poor raises and minimal opportunities to be promoted or move ahead, unless you're in with the current management,. Management changes often and is close to incompetent. Unlimited vacation and sick time is technically unlimited, but will certainly be used against you if you use it as intended.

    Advice to Management

    The culture in this company is changing quickly and for the worst. Everyone is just looking out for themselves and could not care less about the employees that work for them or the quality of their products. It used to be that there was a culture of team work and managers were encouraging and supportive of their employees' career development. It is now a culture of back stabbing run by a select few that only care about their own bonuses.


Showing 1,385 of 1,439 reviews
Reset Filters