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Harris & Associates (CA) Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and support from director.
    HR department very helpful with any questions I had.
    Everyone knows your name, you aren't just a number.

    Cons

    Revolving Door environment, through layoffs or people leaving on their own.
    Civil 3D training was postponed twice, did not receive training.


  2. "No Employee Loyalty"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits good, & some great people work here

    Cons

    Don't expect any loyalty from the C and V-level staff. Turnover rate is above 25% per year. No company culture to speak of. CEO is obsessed with Gallup poll employee satisfaction surveys. When scores dipped one year, her response was to "scold" employees in two separate 2 hour meetings. Yes, it was our fault that we weren't happy enough.

    Advice to Management

    The high turnover rate and lack of employee loyalty will be the downfall of Harris. Scolding employees over the results of "anonymous" employee satisfaction surveys only shows how completely out of touch you are.

  3. "Construction inspector"

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    Former Employee - Construction Inspection in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Construction Inspection in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay but could not creat continous employment. Worked in City of Moraga paving at various ocations.

    Cons

    It is hard to work continuously in the construction industry as there are too many ups and downs.

    Advice to Management

    Be pro active think ahead and project work so you can have employees working wthout a break.


  4. "OK, has great potential"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people there. There are also many people focussed on pursuing work and not supporting current projects.

    Cons

    They have very high overhead and focus more on marketing and less on engineering than seems like a good balance.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Bother Getting Comfortable"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair Salary, helpful support staff (ie: Secretaries, Admin. Asst.)

    Cons

    Everyone was afraid of "being the next to go". The middle management would micro manage those under them - the pressure to perform over shadowed the core company values.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your employees to do great, don't discourage them to fail. Offer sincere support and advice, be human - some top level Project Managers, Construction Managers and VPs have been washed out for minor errors. Not to mention the Engineers and Marketing revolving door.


  6. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Decent benefits
    A few good key staff

    Cons

    Reactive management
    Hires and Fires on a dime
    Management does not follow core company values
    Management changes frequently
    Sub par training opportunities
    Lack of support staff
    Frequent staff turnover


  7. Helpful (1)

    "support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harris & Associates (CA) (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are helpful and friendly. Salaries are decent and the main office is nice.

    Cons

    Management reorganizes company frequently, causing guidelines to change too often to know what you should be doing. Was a great company until about 2011, now any opinion that is not positive is held against you. Very top heavy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Harris & Associates (CA) part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are reasonable, many nice people working there

    Cons

    Low employee morale and high stress atmosphere


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Needs some serious change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harris & Associates (CA) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects. Good and well-rounded staff with varied experience.

    Cons

    Understaffed given the workload with deadlines difficult to meet without long hours. Poor planning and staff project management. No work/home balance. Quick to fire people for slight issues (didn't finish quickly or over budget? going through a divorce? Parent died? Make Trouble mastering a concept? Wanting to go part time? All grounds for being fired) Very slow to hire new employees. Management regularly throws its employees under the bus. Management creates an atmosphere that pits employees against each other, while the employees (who see this happening) try their best not to go postal. Management’s belief is that you should be happy you have a job at Harris & Associates, because, as they have said to all they hire, who else will hire you. Almost all management tries to micromanage, even ruining budgets by doing the work themselves (because they believe they can do it better than anyone else). If you do get hired, make sure everything agreed upon in the interview is in the offer letter, promises made verbally or in an email won't be granted and will likely be met with an offer to be let go or bullied to be quiet. My recommendation: Run, this is not a happy company to work for. If you must work here, have an exit strategy planned before your first day.

    Advice to Management

    All management from department managers up to the C.O.O. should all be sent to management training classes. Figure out a way to improve morale long term, not just have Christmas parties that no one wants to go to. Allow staff to use their PTO without making them feel guilty for leaving. Don't bother giving people more stock, instead, give all your employees 2% raise. Employees don't feel wanted when they haven't seen a pay raise in several years, especially given the profits the firm is making. Harris & Associates is just an inch away from a major harassment lawsuit by a number of the staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Harris & Associates was my second family, what a great company, I miss them!"

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    Former Employee - Fleet/Field Office Coordinator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Fleet/Field Office Coordinator in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They all treated you as family, you can talk to the president or dance with him at a company party, everyone is like that.

    Cons

    With the economy we had to forfeit our 401k


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