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Harris Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Sometimes requires long hours, which can be impactful to work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Upper management and decision makers out of touch (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Company review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex hours, within reason
    6% matching 401k
    Great new grad program
    Four weeks vacation starting
    Opportunity to grow and move up in the company

    Cons

    Missing bonuses for two years
    CEO not well liked


  2. "The Hidden Gem of A&D!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    -Purposeful products
    -Motivated management & great work environment
    -Transparency: constant senior management engagement provides great organizational steering
    -Investment in preparing and educating employees for positions of greater responsibility: hard work is rewarded

    Cons

    -Corporate policies can sometimes feel like a Zero Defect society & cause some unnecessary stress

    Advice to Management

    -Square up to some of these "complainers" & put them out to pasture. Lots of young, energetic, and intelligent current employees will gladly out perform those who need help finding the door.

  3. "Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Good teamwork and sense of belonging

    Cons

    lack of mentoring and training


  4. "Very good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good mentorship for new graduates. Good career growth. Lots of opportunity. 4 weeks vacation per year for all employees.

    Cons

    Long hours, but interesting work. Some very difficult customers as well. Will only pay for school if you are enrolled in a program. Will not pay for prerequisite coursework.


  5. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Large but a feeling of small, but in a good way
    Well respected
    Ethical
    Community
    Charity

    Cons

    I have no cons for this company.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Once great company that’s hemorrhaging talent to competitors to a crazy extent, low pay, and negligible benefits."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Governmental Program Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *”Unlimited” paid time off as long as you have a good rapport with your supervisor.
    * Biggest pro is a massive, increasing 401K match
    * COLA raises yearly
    * Interesting work

    Cons

    * Investor relations and stock price are all that matter to management. Employee morale is at an all-time low m, especially in particular segments.
    * Excessive, poorly handed reorgs that lead to duplicative roles and widespread confusion. A lot of people don’t even know who they report to, and uncertainty abounds.
    * Embarrassingly low, non-fair market value raises that are more COLAs than actual raises.
    * Very little room for growth.
    * Fundamentally, the business decisions at a strategic level do not make functional sense and lead to a lot of collateral damage in terms of employees getting laid off.
    * To reiterate, all that matters is the stock price, whose growth in no way correlates to a well-managed company. I know people with multiple bosses and minimal lines of communication. Unless their plan is to be acquired—and the industry is being increasingly consolidated—nothing that’s focused on during strategic growth planning makes sense.
    * Not necessarily a knock on Harris, but the need to make quarters and years can lead to hurried, subpar output.

    Advice to Management

    * Take the low level of employee morale seriously and stop trimming benefits to the bone lest you want to continue to lose talent to competitors.
    * Some of the reorgs have been plain ridiculous, with duplicative employees in certain segments and no hiring in others. Again, don’t just pretend you care about employees: show it, ideally through pay but also rewards so you at least have the illusion anyone cares about your work.
    *Do you want to be a hard defense firm, despite it not being its strong suit? Do you want to focus more on particular service branches, or do you intend on focusing mostly on one USG customer that has been screwing the company over. Finally, do you want to have to rehire new employees all the time? If not, stop giving one person the role of 3 people and then not compensating them for it.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Once Great Company Slowly Declining"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to some good engineers (those still there).

    6% 401k match

    Education reimbursement

    4 weeks vacation (if you have the courage to take it when being pressured by management & colleagues)

    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Human Resources admits they are hiring less qualified candidates as long as they check a diversity box

    Less qualified/unqualified employees promoted, again because of diversity

    Senior management commit to unachievable deadlines because they fear telling the truth to corporate management

    Raises typically 2%, and often delayed when financial outlook is bad

    No profit sharing or bonuses in recent years (2017)

    Poor communication between product/project management & engineering

    Middle management more concerned about being blamed than producing a good product, and does whatever they can to avoid being in the critical path

    Honest criticism is characterized as not being a team player

    HR characterizes loss of benefits as a "good thing" because it "keeps Harris competitive"

    Senior leaders are often electrical engineers who practiced 30 years ago, have no understanding of current technology, and have no idea how to drive product development

    Office politics are more important that producing a good product

    The company is hemorrhaging talent, and HR & management are unconcerned because costs are going down

    CEO thinks stock price is the best measure of a company, as opposed to quality products and satisfied customers

    Company does periodic surveys, then ignores the main issues bothering employees such as salary & lack of advancement

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the stock price, and start looking at employees, customers, and products

    Be honest with employees & customers

  8. "Currently Growing with lots of opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Clifton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for change and improvement, with a little work.

    Cons

    There is a culture of change with a counter culture layer which creates friction.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Engineering Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    helping our Military with with radios and other devices

    Cons

    medical benefits expensive and inadiquate

    Advice to Management

    no comment


  10. "Software Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harris has interesting projects, good team members, good benefits, good location, and good technology. Other pros are access to great facilities and proximity to the beach

    Cons

    Very few cons for Harris. No complaints about the management, facilities, work environment, or technology in use. Work load depends on project.


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