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Updated November 17, 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. "Good review"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician C in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunity growth for me was great

    Cons

    lower wages in comparable markets

    Advice to Management

    bring in new technologies to propel business forward


  2. 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

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away"

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

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

    Pros

    None. Only cutting benefits as fast as they can.

    Cons

    Really poor mgt. they don't care about you util you are going to leave. Then will do the min to keep you

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like you want them to stay. Or you will keep having high turnover.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Good Luck w/ Upwards Mobility"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job offers decent benefits working in an industry where the product matters and can help save lives.

    Cons

    Promotions are few and far between. Expect new hires a year from now (or five years...) to be making more than you are. Managers typically are not equipped to solve department problems, and depending on your location within the company, layoffs are a real possibility.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they deserve to be paid and don't expect them to solve their own interpersonal problems if they come to you for assistance.


  5. Helpful (18)

    "Great company ruined by poor leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    6 percent match, Great fun hard working peers, belief in the product you support saves lives. That’s really about it.

    Cons

    Senior leadership up to the and including the CEO is horrible. They continue to tear down moral by constantly by devastating our benefits. People are leaving left and right and they are in denial that there is an issue. They give out surveys and they promptly ignore all of the top issues. Now they have an active PR campaign on Glassdoor because they are taking such a hit with honest reviews. People used to want to work here now people can’t wait to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Go away Bill Brown you ruined a great company.


  6. "Great defense experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Rochester, NY
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a great mentor system, and they provide housing to their interns. They give you the chance to push and test your boundaries and learn on the spot from others.

    Cons

    Experience can vary depending on the team you get assigned to. They tend to connect interns with their team very close to their start date.


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Fairness is questionable"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Great technology.
    2. Lots of great co-workers. Smart, personable, and fun to work with.
    3. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    1. It's virtually impossible to get a promotion - they must be approved by (minimally) 3+ levels of management.
    2. Internal job transfers shaft existing employees. 99% of transfers are lateral. Period. If you move to a new position that was posted at a higher wage grade and pay, you'll stay put at your old wage grade and pay, or get a minimal bump at best.
    3. Employee profit sharing is non-existent, however mandatory overtime occurs every year around September and goes through December, guaranteeing enough revenue for top management's $500K+ bonuses.
    4) Constant 2% raises. For the last umpteen years. Top brass seems to believe workers aren't smart enough to realize they are being artificially held back to insure higher profits for the shareholder's (and their own) benefit. The general consensus in the engineering community is that the only way to advance your career is to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly - don't show overt favoritism to new (read: cheaper) employees over existing staff that have given 10, 20, or even 30+ years of service to the company.

  8. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    40 hour work week most of the time. Somewhat interesting things to work on. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Dilapidated old Kodak facilities with poor heating and air conditioning, worn out carpets and furniture from the 80s.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the facilities. We have people sitting at desks that appear to be WWII surplus.


  9. "Business Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects, use of latest tools and excellent training.

    Cons

    Heavy workload at times, numerous processes to manage concurrently


  10. Helpful (9)

    "The times, they are a-changin' for the worse."

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still on occasion has a small business feel. You can move if you know the right people, lower and middle managers are generally good.

    Cons

    The business is swiftly headed towards a chronyistic, soulless entity, a top-heavy monster crowded with golden parachutes for do-nothing people with made up titles and responsibilities. They cut programs and opportunities that kept employees happy, set impossible objectives to kill the profit sharing program, and bring in at least one new upper manager a quarter. Kodak 2: Electric Boogaloo.


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