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Updated February 2, 2017
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  1. "lousy company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been here for over 8 years, thankfully they have sold our part of the business to Speedcast. Hopefully Speedcast will be better & have a better management & definitely get rid of the bullying HR in Aberdeen & have HR people that care about ALL levels of personnel.

    Cons

    HR & higher management are a disgrace to humanity

    Advice to Management

    you were losers at Harris- hopefully Speedcast lose you all


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all costs unless your planning a professional career suicide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Erm.....basic benefits of pension and healthcare insurance arguably not worth it.
    Great if you like lying! At least 3 massive changes not just to company name in my time.

    Cons

    NB: 1* too many but unable to post accurate rating, without any stars!
    I worked for Harris for 6 years most of which was based outside of Harris offices.
    Absolutely no training available for any career progression (unless you can count an SQL Book dumped on my desk and no tools or resources to self teach myself as training).
    No morale amongst staff, unable to get pc's or virtual machine access to do the job yet staff get in trouble for not reaching targets which are impossible and part annual performance reviews. No salary increases for 5 years.
    Lack of training meant I had to be relocated to a different team in a Harris office only to be at risk of redundancy within a couple of months.
    Ridiculous levels of micromanaging, having to complete a weekly timesheet.
    HR/Payroll are as much of joke as management making blinding mistakes that affected my tax records for years.
    No flexibility on working hours or working from home.
    Management are systematically good at not listening to staff with technical know-how and in some cases inappropriate comments & behaviour was rife.
    Sales teams make promises to clients that applications are completely incapable of achieving and support staff are left to pick up the pieces with encouragement from management to lie to clients.
    Completely driven by sales figures even when the figures are blatantly exaggerated.
    Worst communication in a comms company I've ever come across.
    Harris is motto is: Clients never used the system the way it's designed to be used.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff..... Actually scrap that and all the existing management and start again with management whom have the right skill set including leadership and some technical clue.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A Test of your Staying Power"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    Pros

    very Limited at that time

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there were many and all of considerable concern.

    Advice to Management

    Start again,


  4. "a company with lots of changes"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with broadcasters in a very innovative environment . working with a dedicated team, who were eger to do there best for the company and their clients.

    Cons

    poor salary, and benefits however this was section of the business was not one of the main business areas for Harris and this lead to the broadcast business area being second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    salary and benefits to be in touch with roles and responsibilities & current day cost of living and


  5. "The lower the people are in the organisational chart the better they are, high level management leave much to be desired"

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    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    generally the people you work with day to day are good honest people who all have the customer in mind and want to do as good a job as they possibly can

    Cons

    Decisions made by upper management make day to day tasks and doing your job much harder than it needs to be

    Advice to Management

    Allow decision to be made by those who will be impacted directly by them


  6. Helpful (3)

    "If Carlsberg made bad companies then this one would probably be the worst company in the world."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Since the merger a few years ago there have been no pros to working for this company, oh no sorry the tea and coffee is still free, for now.
    The only reason the overall rating is 1 is because it can't be 0.

    Cons

    CEO who makes bad choices, management under her that seem too weak to make any decisions.
    HR that should be ashamed of themselves for the way employees are treated.
    Poor benefits that are getting taken away or diluted all the time.
    Delayed salary increases that aren't worth getting when/if they do come around.
    Managers and Engineers (and those words are used loosely) in Melbourne Florida that seems oblivious to what impact their poor work has on other area's of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Your role seems to have been to take 2 good companies in Caprock and GCS and turn them into one big mess. Please leave, your job is complete.
    And please take HR with you. An Engineering/Telecoms company shouldn't be run by HR.
    You are either blissfully unaware of what a poor job you are making (in which case your blind) or you don't care.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "AVOID like the plague!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent bunch of guys work there but they all want out. Daily chit chat revolves around job hunting or moaning about incompetent managers.

    Cons

    This place is a joke of a company and I wouldn't be surprised if it went under. There are managers that struggle to string a sentence together advancing through their careers whilst the engineers and technicians mark time. The problem with this company is mismanagement of the equipment and stores. This is a massive hindrance to productivity but nothing gets done about it. The management are spineless and the HR are extremely incompetent.

    No pay rises, no bonuses, no training, no progression. Just a cup cake every now and again if a contract is won. If you received a cup cake for every contract lost you would look like Dawn French. Just google search jobs at Harris and you will see the same jobs constantly advertised, nobody wants them!!! Morale is extremely low.

    Working here will set your career back ten fold, unless your a brown noser or bad manager.

    Advice to Management

    Go on a management course and learn how to be a manager. Failing that use your bonus and get a spine transplant then make a decision or two.

  8. "Challenging and interesting company."

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology driven, growing company with large portfolio.

    Cons

    The internal structure of the company may be experienced as a little heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep it up.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Unprofessionalism at its peak"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is paid on time and frequently is of the correct amount.

    Cons

    Would you believe it? The Top Management has a shrink who advises them on how to manage the masses of ordinary headless chickens aka non-managers. Management has no connection with the real world! They eat their young, any budding young guy showing some aspirations or highlighting the truth is sacked. Experienced managers are relegated to make room for the brown nosing bunch.
    The CEO along with his blue eyed team of CCOs, CTOs, COOs are the most arrogant and disjointed group you will ever meet. They miss no oppurtunity of showing whos in charge! Its always about his vision and how he plans to take over the world.
    The EMEA MD takes offence if someone talks straight to him or exposes the issues of the high level management. Account Manager who was chums with the CEO is now VP Sales in EMEA. Has no management experience apart from having the word manager at the end of his previous job title "account manager". He still spends time cracking un-appropriate jokes and openly scheming with his trustful few against the other departments.
    Biggest mistake of my professional career, joining Craprock.

    Advice to Management

    The people in the top management would not survive a month in another organization, such is the level of their unprofessionalism and lack of skills.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A lot of work required especially Post-Merger"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Growing business, possibility of new openings. Global presence. Leader in market.

    Cons

    Micro-management is evident and so is a lot of Legacy related politics. No pro-active approach from decision makers.

    Advice to Management

    make a fresh start and do away with legacy culture, especially try and bring a more formal, process driven corporate environment. People should not be treated as numbers and ther true value should be recongnized. Every person has something different to offer.


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