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Harris Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
576 Reviews
2.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating, ovedrburdeneed, not enjoyable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia

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

    Pros

    Being thrown in at the deep end means you have to learn quickly. Good people tend to band together so you get a lot of support from your peers.

    Cons

    Terrible amount of micromanagement resulting in very low morale of staff. Management are living in an ivory tower where they are separated both geographically and morally, more interested in making themselves look good to promote their personal corporate agendas. No career path and debatable practices. Generally not a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional management should be replaced. Corporate HQ need to look at the regional management for replacement and touch base with the employees as opposed to looking at spreadsheets, soon there will be nobody left as most people are looking for other work, spreadsheets will look fine though. The attitude of 'if they're looking for other work we don't want them, we'll find someone better', can't apply to employees of 8yrs, you need to wake up. Local office currently employing at 15-20k below market rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Harris CapRock's - Move into the Old RAWSAT / ULTRA TELEPORT facility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Perth, Western Australia

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

    Pros

    We are no longer next to the Portable toilet company on one side, that used to spray the insides of the portable toilets all over our cars!

    And we are away from the very noisy cabinet makers which were on the other side!!

    Cons

    One of the key members of staff (Senior Field Tech.) that has been asked to stay with the teleport has already rejected the offer - as he does not want to work for Harris CapRock.

    The other key member of staff Ultra Teleports Business Development Director, accepted a position at RigNet (Australia).



    Much longer drive to work, near the Airport, very poor Teleport and office (porta cabins effectively!) facilities, highly industrial area mainly for transport companies, so no food or shops nearby!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start thinking about and listening to the employees in the regional areas, instead of thinking just what's best for the HQ in the USA!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harris CapRock acquires Ultra Teleports, Perth for $2M USD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia

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

    Pros

    Will allow us to move out of the Bayswater warehouse from where we have been based for the last 5 years (next to the portable toilet company on one side and the cabinet makers on the other side!!).

    Cons

    Existing Ultra Teleport customer contracts will need to be moved over to Harris CapRock and Harris CapRock’s competitors who are currently using the Ultra teleport, will probably have to move their hubs and equipment out of the teleport in the next few months! 

    One of the key members of staff that has been asked to stay with the teleport has already rejected the offer - as he does not want to work for Harris CapRock, another is believed to be considering alternative options.

    Newsat (Harris CapRock’s current teleport partner) will now have a real competitor in the Perth, Teleport space, which they could loose future business to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be open, honest and communicate ‘ethically’ with current Harris CapRock Staff, Ultra Teleport Staff, along with Ultra Teleport customers and partners, and Newsat, to avoid creating turmoil and further uncertainty in the Australia market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Changing culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    High grade and advanced technology.

    Cons

    Culture doesn't provide a reason to work here over anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long Term Employee working up through the engnieering ranks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palm Bay, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Diverse technology and systems development. Very engineering focused. High percentage of R&D investment. Projects typically last 2-5 years providing employees with a range of opportunities to keep technical skills sharp.

    Cons

    Radically changing culture minimizing employee value and growth prospects. Low and lowering employee morale driven by a mixture of changes ranging from significant increase of benefit costs, gradual reduction of 9/80 work structure, substandard raises, nonexistant pay for performance. C-office wealth at employee expense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom line focus is ok for the short term but we are in year 3+. Need top line growth. Leadership team starting at CEO is supposed to have M&A expertise, but has not used capability. Decent management of market expectations as evidence of stock performance. To much focus on cost control at employee expense and not enough focus on growing the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I worked at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement and professional growth. Supervisors care about employees and treat them with respect. Very stable place to work. Nature of the work is both interesting and helps society out in a way that leads to a high level of job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Constantly being asked to juggle more and more things at once can sometimes be overwhelming. 24/7 operations means having to work on weekends and holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    a company with lots of changes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Guildford, England (UK)

    I worked at Harris full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Needs Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris full-time

    Pros

    Harris provides an overall decent benefits package with roles that keep employees challenged for the most part.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to promote within. Work/life balance is terrible and makes for extremely stressful days. Pay scales are very inconsistent from person to person and role to role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help develop career path plans for your high performing employees and make them not want to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Can be a good place to work and a great location.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ability to move around the company and divisions for different opportunities and projects, 9/80 work schedule, mostly good people to work with, stable company to work for in my division, job security. Much needed change is coming. Had great benefits. Enjoy the shut down during the holidays.

    Cons

    Much needed change is coming, but we're afraid the new executives don't have a lot of government experience and will mess up the government side of the company. Hopefully they'll succeed with on-boarding commercial/international contracts to expand the company since we haven't been very successful in that area in the past. They're cutting costs which has been needed in some areas, but we're afraid they won't know when to stop. Because of these cuts the rumor on the street is they're setting us up for sale. They're looking for process improvements but they also need to get rid of the dead weight employees from the old regime that impede processes and improvements. We're seeing folks jump over to Northrup since they have moved to town. Not sure if the grass is any greener there. Morale is down. The rest of us are waiting to have 9/80 taken away as it was taken from Sr. Mgmt. recently. This would be a step back in time vs allowing more flexibility and telecommuting like a lot of the more innovative companies are doing for their employees. Benefits have been cut and more are expected. Will not have a reason to stay long-term as hard working experienced employees get less and less for their loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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