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Updated October 16, 2017
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  • Work-life balance, at times challenging (in 30 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. Featured Review

    "Great company to have a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to grow and pursue opportunities in functions all across the company, given great responsibility, unlimited vacation & off-fridays

    Cons

    Busy is slow sometimes as a government contractor

    Harris Response

    Oct 6, 2017 – Team Leader

    Thank you for all you have done for Harris Corporation. We agree that our paid time off policy is excellent and hope you take advantage of the many opportunities to grow in different disciplines... More


  2. Helpful (31)

    "A Company Sadly in Decline"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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 (5)

    "Harris Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting programs to work on

    Cons

    Seem to hold employee needs and concerns in low regard.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Moral and see productivity inflate


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good Entry Level Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good place to learn and grow as an entry level professional
    - 90% of the engineers I have dealt with from Harris have been more than willing to go out of their way to help you learn
    - Always new projects that you can transfer to

    Cons

    - Middle management is constantly added. In the 3 years I've been with Harris I've seen 5 levels of management added above me.
    - What should be a simple email turns into a meeting most of the time
    - Benefits are in constant danger of being cut
    - "Unlimited" vacation is really just "You can take 4 weeks of vacation and then we'll harass you if you try to take more"

    Advice to Management

    Don't continue to add middle managers, show some love to the engineers that continue to make Harris profitable.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Ok company to start at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Mostly casual dress code, 9/80 schedule, vacation policy, 401k matching, good mentorship for younger engineers

    Cons

    Harris is a good company to start at, but it doesn't seem like they reward loyalty to the company. Pay raises are small, and the recent handling of Hurricane Irma showed that Harris cares more about making money than the well-being of their employees.

    Harris Response

    Sep 28, 2017 – Team Leader

    We appreciate the work you have done at Harris Corporation. Employees like you have the option of following various career tracks according to their goals and interests, and we place a premium on... More


  6. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Get to make a real difference in technology that helps out American servicemen and women. The team environment is really nice, everyone is willing to help.

    Cons

    Not the most up to date workplace. You also run into a lot of red tape dealing with the Government.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more team orientated projects and have clearer objective of goals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, Stable business, get to work on advanced technologies, good future prospects, flexibility to remotely work where possible

    Cons

    Workload, compensation, aggressive revenue chasing, Mgmt micro managing in many areas and lack of empowerment

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Not all that it's cracked up to be"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    It's a large company that most people are familiar with. Their PTO policy is one of the most progressive within the defense industry and viewed favorably by almost all employees and new candidates coming in the door.

    Cons

    Medical and 401K plan was poor at the time of my employment. They overworked you and put a tremendous amount of pressure on their employees. The biggest con was the lack of work / life balance....it didn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    If employees had more work life balance, you wouldn't have retention issues.


  9. "Good Company To Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work; challenging and engaging; flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Medical insurance is being scaled back every single year. The company's stated goal is to do away with it entirely in favor of some kind of flexible spending account.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good medical coverage.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Poor pay and poor work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the non-managerial employees are great.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Poor work/life balance. Management doesn't listen to concerns or issues until the exit interview.


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