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Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Crucial to communicate a work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • It's my belief upper management dropped the ball when it comes to a certain government project they lost (in 47 reviews)

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  1. "Too much red tape"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rome, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rome, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Discretionary" PTO. First 4 weeks approved by manager, 5th week approved by Boss's boss. Any additional time off must be approved by the VP of Human Resources (who is actually going to ask a VP for time off....)

    10 federal Holidays.

    2 weeks sick time (in addition to your PTO which is nice).

    Work environment depends entirely on your manager. My boss is amazing to work for....a guy hired the same time as me (we interned together on the same project) hates his job and makes about 20k less even though he is equally skilled.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Working on a commercial product it is near impossible to get the company to reinvest funds to hire additional labor, purchase additional libraries, or visit trade shows that fit our business but not Harris "core" business.

    Recently took away local admin privileges, which limits the productivity of software engineers who need to constantly install/uninstall programs for testing and development.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro managing. Trust your local business area managers to help grow the business...you did hire them...


  2. "Not what it used to be"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Location, weather and cost of living are definitely a big plus.

    Cons

    Huge turnover, unstable management team, lack of appreciation for dedicated employees, management team driving technical direction.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent and let the experts make the technical decisions.


  3. "Retired"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work but doesn't pay well

    Cons

    gets kind of boring at times


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  5. "Overall good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, great managers that give you the opportunity to showcase your skills and talents. The ability to work from home, depending on your project assignment.

    Cons

    At times it could seem like you're just another number. Corporate, as of lately, seems to care less and less about the employees.


  6. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for the employees.

    Cons

    Amount of compensation for good work.


  7. "Harris"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and generous PTO policy

    Cons

    Large company, clunky review process


  8. "Systems Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience to learn technical skills

    Cons

    Imbalance of work. Sometimes overloaded, sometimes have nothing.


  9. "Great company, great people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Procurement in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part, the people are great. Everyone in my direct department is wonderful to work with. Work is continuously challenging, we are always busy. My management is very flexible and always willing to work with me especially when it comes to time off. "Unlimited" sick and vacation time. Competitive pay. Management seems to be very receptive to my career goals.

    Cons

    Some of the people in other departments think a little highly of themselves. From what I have heard bonuses have been lacking in the last year or two after the acquisition of Exelis. I've also heard it is not easy to receive a promotion, but I cannot speak to that on a personal level. Not many are very fond of the CEO.


  10. "Not the culture I wanted"

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

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

    Pros

    The company will be around and is doing well, no worries about it failing.
    Lots of different opportunities.
    Corporate support employees see more stability.

    Cons

    Most employment is contract work for government,, DoD, etc.
    There is a lot of change on company structure, seemed like every 3-4 months there was an upper level or organizational change.
    Too much change and travel requirements for me. If you don't live in the NOVA/DC area, expect a lot of travel.
    Tons of time spent on answering RFPs, jockeying for your next contract, etc.
    The company expects high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    None really. It probably works for former military that are used to traveling and jumping on a plane without notice. It was not good for me. If you want a more traditional, rigid company, Harris might work for you. If you want more flexibility, comfortable atmosphere, and growth opportunities, look elsewhere.


  11. "Itt to Exelis to Harris"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented and friendly staff with some forward thinking processes, at least in the software engineering department in Fort Wayne.

    Cons

    This is a very large company and pretty much none of the corporate wide policies make sense, e.g. Travel and IT policies. Difficult to say how Harris will be but the management for Exelis was just there to squeeze the last drop of "this quarter profitability" out of the company while running it into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    pursue more long term relationships including spending on R&D rather than how to make your quarterly bonus



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