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Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The company that moves"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, team spirit, peer communication

    Cons

    Could care less about employees in other states

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying companies if your gonna close the doors to move to Rochester, NY


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer at Harris"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, health plan options good.

    Cons

    Managers write estimates for you and expect you to meet their estimate. This can make you work long days and weekends to meet their estimate. They aren't understanding when you don't meet their "estimate". Team isn't willing to work with you to come up to speed in new area. Culture in company is bad. It's like walking around a library. Nobody talks or laughs. People seem unhappy at work.

    Advice to Management

    Estimates aren't exact. Be more lenient. People that are new to the company will take time to get used to new type of project.


  3. "Getting worse by the day"

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

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

    Pros

    With the current work load, it does't look like job reductions are in the near future.

    Cons

    #1. Outsourcing payroll and corporate red tape have resulted in a number of hourly employees not getting paid for work already done. Ridiculous!
    #2. If you need to file a claim for time off due to an illness, you are directed to a website where you are on your own.
    #3. The health insurance coverage choices for a company this size are shameful.

    Advice to Management

    The persistent practice of deducting pay from hourly employees who have already done the work, or paying them late, has got to stop. If the Company and the Union can't stop this from happening, the next logical step is to report this to the National Labor Relations Board and the Wage and Hour Compliance division of the Dept. of Labor. Don't go down that slippery slope. Government contracts won't go to companies who can't pay their help on time.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "NARCISSISTIC CFO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Program in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Program in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited leave which helped when you needed to get away from the foolishness that goes on

    Cons

    CFO is mean, has no value in the people that supports him. He is over-bearing and down right arrogant.
    No room for professional growth or outlook for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CFO so you can meantain good talent.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Pay attention: There's a reason why a company has many bad reviews."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, pretty much what you find at other companies. They place a lot of value on their community outreach, so you can find a lot of volunteering opportunities. Their new building at Palm Bay is amazing, but proceed with care because that's probably not where you'll end up working, most of the other buildings are very very very old. Melbourne is quiet and there's not much to do, but it is about an hour away from Orlando and other Space Coast attractions.

    Cons

    The recruitment process was actually great, very interesting people, they took me to their new fancy building and were great at following up throughout the entire process. However once I started, I quickly realized that it was all a smoke curtain, there were internal changes, so the person that I was supposed to report to changed, and my current boss has no leadership skills, and no interest in developing the team or making any impactful work, that person is here for the paycheck. I work in the oldest building ever, with furniture and technology from the 90's!!!...and no plans to upgrade anytime soon. Your onboarding -if you are lucky- will be a half-day session where they'll go on and on about how to fill a timecard, give you your badge, maybe some team members will send a 'welcome mail' and then you are on your own. No clear goals, no follow up, no structure, a lot of bureaucracy. This is a company where most employees have been here literally all their lives (30-40 years), a lot of older people who love their status quo, they are not that welcoming nor willing to share information or collaborate with new employees. Some few teams are all new because of the high turnover, which also speaks volumes about the culture (new people don't last very long). They'll tell you this is a 'global' company but there is nothing global about it, and you shouldn't expect diversity or any flexible working practices. It is an old-school organization and apparently they do everything to stay that way. Needless to say I don't expect to stay very long with them.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest upfront during the recruitment process, in the long run it is more damaging to your brand as an employer to bring highly talented individuals to an environment where change, new ideas and outsiders are not welcomed. Work with your "leaders", most managers and supervisors have no leadership skills, they get to those positions because of tenure, most of them are 'doers', and would probably be great at executing, not necessarily at leading and developing others.
    Recognize that a) this is 2017 (not 1977), b) you have a significant population ready for retirement, if you continue to ignore the need for new talent and knowledge transfer, you'll soon find yourselves with a serious knowledge gap and a bad employer reputation and c) these days practices like flexibility, wellness, diversity or flexible benefits, are becoming the norm (not a differentiator), and you guys are not even there yet!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Harris Corp - An Unhappy and Unproductive Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people with a lot of focused expertise.

    Cons

    Employees not held accountable for their actions and inactions. Constant contradictions in tasking's. HUGE lack of communication amongst all. No formal training for the given tasking's. Constant last minute emergencies due to laziness causing unnecessary stress. The very MINIMUM in benefits for it's employees. Huge rate of turnover due to unhappy employees.

    Advice to Management

    Train the employees at every job they are tasked to perform. Hold employees accountable for their actions and inactions. Create Standard Operating Procedures. Instill proactive job procedures to avoid unnecessary emergency reactions.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Ran Harris CapRock into the ground and then sold it off"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None that I saw.

    Cons

    Harris allowed the president of the Harris CapRock division to live in Phoenix and only visit Houston once in a while. Harris pissed off CapRock's core clients, thus significantly reducing revenue; to its shareholders they blamed the downturn in the oil and gas industry for the drop in revenue. Harris trusted Schumberger (telecoms division) employees over CapRock employees; that was a drastic mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Harris CEO should have been fired.

    Harris ran CapRock into the ground in four years years and sold it off earlier in 2016. I would never work for Harris. I remember senior Harris staff coming to Houston saying the $810 million revenue made in 2011 by CapRock will be $1 billion in 2012. Harris never accomplished that goal because of their Melbourne executive staff, imported management staff from Melbourne to Houston, work policies, distrust of employees, and almost monthly layoffs.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid this place"

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

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers. Some of the best coworkers I have ever worked with in a job. Hours in Engineering are good and flexible. Factory hours are not flexible.

    Cons

    Leadership is a hot mess. They have no idea what their employees value. We take surveys and their responses to the surveys are laughable. Our concerns are compensation and benefits... their response... you can wear shorts to work now. Out of touch or don't care. Company has been all about the bottom dollar and is not concerned about the employees. The Good ol'boy club... you will be cap'd on how far you can go. They are notorious for putting people in high level positions that have at least 20 years in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Start to get it together. People are leaving in troves because they have no faith in you or that you care about the employees. That's great you care about the shareholders but you need to start investing in your employees. That's why lots of great talent has left and will continue to leave.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not getting any better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facilities. The business (or at least the segment) is investing in game changer technology that will open many doors for new business.

    Cons

    It's become blatantly apparent that corporate would rather balance the high attrition with increased hiring (mostly new grad unexperienced), rather than attempting to incentivize high performers to stay at the company. Bonuses and profit sharing are gone. Even high-profile awards now come with $0. It's a joke.
    Engineers know that if they switch to the commercial sector, their salary will increase and they will get meaningful profit sharing (e.g. 20%).

    Advice to Management

    You can't simply use attrition rate as a metric for how well you're compensating and incentivizing your employees. How much productivity/efficiency are you losing due to low morale? I can tell you first hand, it's a LOT.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Electrical Engineer 4"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid 401k match - dollar for dollar up to 6%. Interesting work opportunities.

    Cons

    Terrible salary. Expensive benefits. Current CEO's emails are a constant reduction in benefits and what small perks we have. NOT the Harris of old. Has been in decline since the current CEO became company dictator.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing your technical resources like you did in the past. Management is not your bread and butter - engineering is. Why do you think so many valuable employees have left?


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