Harris Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
453 Reviews
2.7
453 Reviews
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Harris President & CEO Bill Brown
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 43 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 18 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging and interesting company.

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Regional Sales in London, England

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Just keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    an absolute shambles of a company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Current Employee - Engineer in Aberdeen, Scotland

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

    Pros

    none whatsoever unless you enjoy being treated like dirt & happy to have 0-2% annual salary increase (this year the 0-2% has been delayed for 6 months, WHY?)

    Cons

    they want not only your working time, they want your freetime also & do not pay for using your freetime, they expect to control your life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want to be world leaders in the industry & be the best of the best? you really need to get rid of micromanagement & give more to the workers . A great portfolio but delivering substandard service , these large companies you have missold to are bigger than you & Karma will be an awful comeback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor vision from leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Sterling, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Sterling, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good people

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of formal training, bad communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a strategic vision and promote from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Companies this size have huge overheads

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications
    Former Employee - Telecommunications

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

    Pros

    Well known in IT service world

    Cons

    Large overhead, too much management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less chiefs more indians

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Harris Corp. review

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    Former Employee - Billing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Billing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Rewarded by promotion for effective contributions

    Cons

    90% of the company is engineering

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nothing spectacular

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    good benefits
    average pay
    good if you just want a stable every day 9-5 job that puts food on the table .

    Cons

    somewhat somewhat pigeon holed into one thing.
    not much room for career development.
    employee morale low,pretty boring place to work,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work before Bill Brown became CEO.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent work-life balance. Although not advertised, Harris provides a fairly flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Poor company moral. Small or non-existent raises, even for great performers. Benefits are dwindling away. Most employees are being forced from offices into downsized cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the employees instead of the stockholders. Corporate management is driving away Harris' biggest asset. Most of the best engineers I've had the privilege to work with have moved on to other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Its all about the Stock Price.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are the best part of this job.
    9/80 at Government Communication Systems is nice but not sure how long it will last.
    Starting 3 weeks vacation is a plus.

    Cons

    General -
    - Benefits are quickly declining. Each year health care coverage is lowered while the cost of health care goes up.
    - Profit Sharing has been reduced from a max of 6% to a max of 3%.
    - Pay Raises have been been minimal (<2%) over that last 5 years, and delayed 6 months in 2014. This does not look like it will change in the near future.
    - Education assistance has been reduced to 2 classes a year.
    - Management will regulatory assign work above your pay grade and your reward for being successful is additional work above your pay grade.
    - Little to no training.

    Supply Chain -
    - This is an engineering company, Supply Chain and other support functions are not respected within the Company.
    - Work load is very high and customers are difficult.
    - Promotions and advancement are very rare. No career growth opportunities within the Supply Chain organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going Downhill Fast

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Harris has a lot of brilliant engineers and a wide range of technologies to work on. The 9/80 workweek is wonderful.

    Cons

    Harris is being destroyed by a new CEO who has no regard for professional employees. His background in manufacturing is leading to the destruction of the morale. Experienced engineers with invaluable skills are getting pushed out in favor of young people who naturally cost less. This CEO brought in his own HR man who has an adversarial attitude toward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People 55 and older are literally being issued a warning for "not ranking well" against their younger peers, when the intelligent and responsible thing to do is have a plan to make use of employees as they approach retirement age.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in and get out...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer I in Malabar, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer I in Malabar, FL (US)

    I have been working at Harris full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good resume builder and there are some great people who you can learn a lot from; but everyone with tells you the same thing, it's a good place to start and then move on. (Seriously, it's a running joke there.) The work isn't that fulfilling, management is behind the times, and the company only strives to stay in business.

    Cons

    They're 15 years behind current manufacturing ideas, probably because the average age of their workforce is in their mid forties and any young people usually leave within 2-3 years. Management encourages a "leave, come back in a few years and then we'll give you a raise" culture. If you are looking for, youthful, cutting edge, high achieving work environment do not work here.

    Doesn't Recommend

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