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Updated October 15, 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. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Poor pay and poor work life balance"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Increasingly Infexible"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Base Salary
    Fair 401k
    Decent health care planes

    Cons

    Harris is becoming less and less flexible with their employees as time goes on. The vacation policy is advertised as "unlimited", but it's not. Vacation was previously discretionary, but now you're restricted to 160 hours for all employees regardless of years worked (the "unlimited" part comes from allowing employees to go over 160 with your manager's manager's approval, which nobody even tries due to the negative connotations associated with it). All vacation needs a weeks notice and manager approval, so don't expect to be able to use vacation to leave early on a Friday or for unanticipated events that require you to leave early.

    Cubical hell is another big problem here. It's not infrequent to go days at a time without human interaction. Since most of the work is government contracted, you're also usually working in a room with no windows or a cell phone (they are not permitted in the rooms) so communication to the outside world is limited. The internet policing is very strict, so don't plan on listening to music as you work (pandora, spotify, youtube, and sirius are all blocked). The rooms are often drab and depressing. Working from home for just a couple hours a week is also not permitted (even in cases where it is possible and even makes sense, like with overtime).

    Most of the software engineers here do not have a software engineering background (typically electrical engineers), so they're not used to modern software engineering practices such as test driven design and automated testing (formal unit testing is rare). The software development processes used are archaic.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on your employees. Morale is important. Being able to enjoy your job is important. Trust that they will do the task asked of them in the time allotted and don't treat them like cattle.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Do more with less..."

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    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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Anonymous Employee"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    They invest in research and development.

    Cons

    Too top heavy in senior management. Expensive health care for services provided.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "A company run by business development and program management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are recognized for their achievements. Good 401k plan but poor medical and dental plan. Engineers' week activities were great.

    Cons

    Engineers are disposable in the company even though the company claims that it is an engineer company. Every year they will find excuses not to give bonus even though it was typically 0.5% of the salary, not even enough for buying a mobile phone nowadays. Executives only worry about financial performance and their own bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep young talents, need to
    Improve financial incentives. Engineers are the most important assets to the company, not the stock share price.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "A financial goal oriented but not engineering company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO if approved by management. Local middle level management are good

    Cons

    Upper management set ridiculous unarchievable financial goals not to give bonus even though it was just tiny amount not enough to buy an iPhone. No stability in local leadership and continuous reorganization and facility closures that causes low morale among employees. Junior and mid level employees are severely underpaid . Young talents are quitting for better job outlooks and much better benefits. Everyone is afraid of being laid off when quarterly financial results are announced.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat junior and mid-level young talents nicely or the company will eventually become a senior retirement center.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Pass Through"

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

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

    Pros

    The company is extremely professional and full of crack engineers. The technology is interesting and middle management does a great job of letting you work on the projects of your choice.

    If you work to adapt to the fast pace, professionalism and high performance standards you will become an excellent engineer

    Cons

    Middle management is fine and wants to build products and does what it can to take care of its employees.

    Raises are less than 2% a year.

    Junior engineers get promoted to engineer after 7 years

    Engineers can expect a promotion to senior engineer in 15 years.

    People are running for the door en mass.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to improve raises and promotions.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Billing Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Analyst
    Current Employee - Billing Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay is decent

    Cons

    Billing department is not where you want to end up
    Management doesn't want people to grow outside of billing
    Promotions are few and far between


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