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Updated March 24, 2017
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  • Work-life balance, at times challenging (in 29 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. "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual, collaborative, wide range of projects, 4X10 summer shifts for Fridays off

    Cons

    Old-fashioned, bad vacation policy, expensive healthcare, Rochester location

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest, focus on real strategies, share profit


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Continued downward slide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great, knowledgeable people to work with, though experienced employees are slowly getting 'encouraged' to leave or retire. Stock prices at all time high...

    Cons

    ...but that rise in value is coming from deep cuts to the company. Another big round of layoffs, which when coupled with already low morale has the effect of increasing an already steady flow of resignations. Quality is being sacrificed for the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Take some pride in Harris's legacy, and care that the long-built reputation is being degraded by what is obvious corporate greed and not concern for the quality of what is produced.


  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Engineers, interesting technology, free do the job the way one sees fit.

    Cons

    Moral is lowest. No growth.
    When new employee is being recruited mgmt and HR will describe Harris as company with great advancement opportunities, but it is not.
    Mgmt ignores opinions unless they come from long term employees. Very narrow minded culture.

    Flexible time is not flexible really as mgmt will not allow time if you need time yourself.

    Strong earnings, however, the employee gets no incentive pay. Bonuses cut, other incentives too, rises are minimal.


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  5. "Harris"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Finance in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    paycheck was deposited every 2 weeks

    Cons

    poor leadership, poor communication, low office moral


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Eyes wide open"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Very good work life balance most of the time. Coworkers are great to work with and the environment WAS generally collaborative (but that has changed).

    Cons

    Pay is under market value. Management oblivious of logistics and sets unrealistic timelines. Communication is sporadic at best. If they want to get rid of you they will find a way.

    Advice to Management

    Employees see right through your lip service. Management by dictatorship generates the least amount of motivation and productivity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company went down the tubes since emphasis on diversity and hiring new grads,"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people and it's a below average pay check for experienced employees.

    Cons

    What was good benefits have been eliminated or reduced, Low morale among hard working experienced employees. Management used to listen to employees and bragged that Harris was ran by the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reinstate the excellent benefits you provided in the early nineties. Raise pay equal to your competitors for your hard working dedicated employees. Stop playing favorites to the suck-ups that are yes people. Don't be afraid to terminate your non producers. Quit treating new grads like children. Reward the experienced employees that havn's jumped ship yet.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Passionate Software Engineers Need Not Apply"

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    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

    - Opportunity to be part of cross-functional teams
    - Mostly friendly atmosphere
    - Because its' organizational nature, you can essentially obtain a "new job" without leaving the company; for example once a project or contract "ends" for a particular program that you're a part of, you can usually transfer to another

    Cons

    - In the end, they are still a defense contractor caring only about big pay days and cheap software with quick turnaround.
    - VERY resistant to change. Dated practices and software that looks like it's from the '90s.
    - Insist they care about innovation yet do things like try to break into the commercial market, without studying it, by building a product that works exactly like the product they are building it on...
    - Does not care about good software. Period.
    - Conservative, boring culture

    Advice to Management

    Your narrow minded, old school, cookie cutter ways are draining any remaining good talent from the company. Dumping money into new fancy buildings and Starbucks is NOT going to cut it.

    For those of you who manage programs, realize that your lack of cooperation with each other, the constant shady practices of flowing down requirements behind each others backs, can dismantle an entire team.

    Work together, the rest will follow.


  9. "Mothers need not apply"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an employee, you really feel that you are helping to keep first responders safe.

    Cons

    Within 2 months of having a child, I found out I would no longer be allowed to work from home as I had before, and then I was "laid off" (I always had excellent performance reviews). The new management put in place after the Excelis acquisition said that they did not understand how I, as a mother, could continue to travel (traveling was part of the job). Someone also told me they did not hire someone because she revealed she was pregnant during the hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    Bring employees from different departments together - they do not collaborate because they are each stressed about getting his/her own job done.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "People leaving left and right"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many, everything changed future is uncertain.

    Cons

    - Employee moral is VERY low. People leave in masses every day/week/month. Lost critical mass to continue very basic operation.
    - Salaries are not competitive, to make it worse, it is hard to attract candidates to Rochester (there is not much at all going on in a cold city.)
    - Bate and switch, they sell you Harris as a great advancement opportunity and you end up in a cubicle doing mundane tasks, not at all any advance in technology or your career.
    - Health insurance is a joke
    - Complete disorganization, narrow minds, mistake after mistake
    - High demand on the employee, no wonder it was known as the "White Collar Sweat Shop"
    - Increases in cost outpace raises, this year I make less than last
    - Flexible time is so for them not for you, sure it is flexible to work weekends, nights, etc but they put up a stink if you need time yourself. There is a time off/vacation request intraweb tool that prevents the so called "flexible" time. Requests have to be asked a month in advance for a day (who in the world can predict you will need a day off?) and more for a week and even more for the basic 2 wks of vacation.
    - Used to be a leading technology company, but became over confident, the competition us now at the heals and in cases are better in performance.
    - Solid and Healthy earnings, increasing every quarter, however, the employee gets none of it! Bonuses were cut, other incentives too, rises are an insult and are pushed away into the next year

    Advice to Management

    Frankly, cut it out!!
    You are making a big mistake! Stop the greed and stop being hard headed. Look around you all your people are leaving because they do not want to sink with you.
    Remember you have the product that you sell at the very high mark up because of the people that made it. They are gone and leaving and not looking back. Where do you think they are going? You already lost more than 100 + years of experience and about to be left with few people with no clue. Your competition will become very strong very soon! You are no longer the leaders in the industry WAKE UP.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vacation policy, 9/80 work schedule for many. Good work/life balance depending on your program and your assertiveness.

    Cons

    Benefits keep getting cut year after year. Management seems to flip flop on decisions. One year they want to diversity and expand, the next, they are selling off whole business segments to "focus on the core".

    Advice to Management

    Quit cutting benefits, you have already lost a lot of top talent. Also, don't forget about your other locations. The HTC is great, but other buildings don't have those perks.



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