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Harris Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "CULTURE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Clifton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth with large program wins and expansion of defense budget

    Cons

    A lot of transitioning right now with current acquisition of Exelis

    Advice to Management

    Develop your new hires and talent in the organization


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work in the LMR world

    Cons

    Challenging management from Harris. Legacy management from TYCO top notch. Harris Management does not understand LMR or their own customer base.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Harris Management that do not understand LMR.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "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 (6)

    "Continued downward slide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "%10 Churn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harris offers good benefits and pay. The working conditions are decent; 4 foot high cubicles, adequate HVAC and lighting.

    Cons

    Harris wants to maintain a %10 churn rate.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (9)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Space & Intelligence Systems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Manager - Space & Intelligence Systems in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Material Manager - Space & Intelligence Systems in Palm Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can make it past your 1st year of employment. You will have a job for life.

    Cons

    The attitudes among long-time employees can be a little frustrating. Many feel entitled with little regard for Executive Management.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to Management


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