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Updated April 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris as a contractor

    Pros

    Good People, Good Facility, at my level can adjust Hours

    Cons

    Very cost conscious, Groups some what isolated

    Advice to Management

    Be more Aware of what is going on across departments


  2. "Great company exciting products"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, good work environment, all professional people!

    Cons

    Little exposure to upper management


  3. "Harris Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is new and different - when they win the contracts

    Cons

    Work based on govt contract wins. Not dependable


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  5. "Senior System Engineer supporting New Business"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Tech company supporting a wide variety of Government and Commercial Customers.
    Major subcontractor in Defense Industry.
    Willing to move individual around in the company location as well as to different locations.

    Cons

    Reluctant to hire individuals to replace engineers that plan on retiring in a few years leaving larger than normal work loads for the remaining individuals.
    Lacks the ability to recognize outstanding performance.
    Minimal raises

    Advice to Management

    Stop reducing benefits as a means to save money.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer at Harris"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering Manager"

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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


  8. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  10. "Current Harris Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, current time off policy is very generous.

    Cons

    Management does not drive accountability into the organization. Bad apples allowed to sit for years and poison the culture, doing damage to the company reputation and revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about lawsuits and remove poor performers.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid this place"

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

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers. Some of the best coworkers I have ever worked with in a job. Hours in Engineering are good and flexible. Factory hours are not flexible.

    Cons

    Leadership is a hot mess. They have no idea what their employees value. We take surveys and their responses to the surveys are laughable. Our concerns are compensation and benefits... their response... you can wear shorts to work now. Out of touch or don't care. Company has been all about the bottom dollar and is not concerned about the employees. The Good ol'boy club... you will be cap'd on how far you can go. They are notorious for putting people in high level positions that have at least 20 years in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Start to get it together. People are leaving in troves because they have no faith in you or that you care about the employees. That's great you care about the shareholders but you need to start investing in your employees. That's why lots of great talent has left and will continue to leave.


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