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  1. "A company in transition & searching for its identity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to prove yourself in challenging work environment with a lot of transition. If you're looking for a company trying to synergize two companies into one and have the personality to drive change and make improvements this is the place for you.

    Cons

    No bonuses for rank and file workers. This is reserved for upper management. Turnover is high at this company and the manufacturing business is largely commoditized meaning manufacturing is outsourced and the competition is fierce, thus, the company is not making a lot of profit which may limit job opportunities. In fact, we are often posting losses each quarter which means the business needs to stay lean and it's not exactly a growing work environment. There have been a number of layoffs and plant closures since I began working there the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to set up teams at the grassroots level to solve problems. They know the systems better than any outside consultants and can provide direct feedback on how to improve the systems. Not only would you save a boatload of money each month but you'd also empower the work force and provide workers with the opportunity to expand their existing roles. Nearly everyone wants to learn and be challenged.


  2. "Would like something concrete"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast Paced environment to work in

    Cons

    No role definition, Intern title but full time responsibility, poor compensation

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Mixed Feelings"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits - generous vacation policy
    Interesting assignments
    Nice update work environment
    Great people to work with
    This place fosters a great team environment

    Cons

    Low Salaries
    Incompetent Sr. Management
    Still a strong presence of the stiff Harris culture
    A lot of turnover at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Be more available for your direct reports
    Listen to your direct reports
    Provide more oversight to the employee review process


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A big company still trying to learn what it's like to be a business"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your field, the pay can be quite good. They are also still hiring some niche people in the recession. In RTP, this is basically just IT folks though.

    Cons

    Really, a study in how not to do things. Every thing that they do wrong there has been studied in business schools for years, yet they refuse to pay attention. Pay attention to financial reports of the current and past companies and you should notice some shocking transactions that signal what the officers are really all about.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real managers, not promoting technical folks and hard workers. Management and leadership are learned skills, not some gift for hard work.


  5. "Great people at the staff through VP level in most functions - C-level executives have questionable morals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard working people focused on driving the business.

    Cons

    C-level leadership had very questionable morals and made decisions based on politics, not based on what made the most business sense.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board of directors - remove all former Stratex C-level executives.


  6. "Intern experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Rochester, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid well, laid back work atmosphere. I got to work with cutting edge technologies and other employees were friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    I did not get a whole lot of responsibilities as a intern, I spent a lot of my time doing nothing.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know


  7. "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Software in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Software in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are fine here

    Cons

    Communication and management are adequate

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, and take responsibility

  8. "Software eng"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Stratex full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Nice tech to work with. With Carriers upgrading the networks this tech is in demand. Overall good company

    Cons

    Limited opportunities. Very competitive field with few companies in this space. Technology is good but limited opportunities.


  9. "not too good of an experience"

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    Current Employee - Applications/Systems Engineer I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications/Systems Engineer I in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Stratex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    location, technology, small environment, some basic organization and goal setting

    Cons

    compensation - low - lack of security on the facilities

    Advice to Management

    Establish quarterly goals for each division


  10. "Senior SQA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris Stratex (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for with awesome colleagues!

    Cons

    Company long term finances not promising.


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