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Harris Reviews

Updated 22 January 2015
Updated 22 January 2015
607 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off) (in 44 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be good when not on long travel assignments (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has forgotten that programs are won based on a competitive technical edge (in 23 reviews)

  • Work life balance is rarely balanced and never to the "life" side (in 11 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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with exciting opportunities!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Norfolk, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    In this company I met some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the industry. Projects were never boring and people are very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. For some that's great, but after a few years, it wore on me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for people getting burned out from traveling and overworking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing Comany

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Love the work, highly challenging. Great teams to work with. Actually pays over time. Every other Friday off. Has their only medical center with pharmacy.

    Cons

    Changing benefits (all medical coverage heading to CDHPs). Pay raises were delayed by 5 months (from aug. to dec.). All promotions were delayed by the same amount. Insurance going up but not getting anything for it. Turning everything to cubicle farms and reducing any form of privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to save up to buy other companies and fund the employees. Stop cutting back on benefits and state outright that you have no intention of EVER getting rid of the 9/80 schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, improvement needed in correctly evaluating and filling staffing needs for continued success.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    This is still a a great place to work. Senior staff at the division levels have been in place long enough to know and appreciate great talent. Talent that goes above and beyond the company expectations.

    Cons

    Support staff was thinned out to the extent of over-taxing those left behind. Too many were laid off or retired without taking into account what that would do to the project support teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to survey results and take action to lessen the burden and stress added by short-staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good overall experience as an entry level job

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

    I worked at Harris full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Multiple business sectors for theoretical movement
    Comprehensive benefits - PTO, medical, 401K
    Internal customer for projects
    PMO actively interested in improving processes - including resource management

    Cons

    PMO practices documentation lacking
    High project to PM ratio
    Could not transfer to another state when husband transferred
    Does not support remote work

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

    Great Experience

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work in with good colleagues and plenty of training opportunities.

    Cons

    As there have been some restructuring going on, some employees may feel confused about the new structure. However, communications have been made from management to provide more information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the various mode of communication to employees to reduce the confusion over restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Harris Caprock Communications

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

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    There is a chance to work in many areas of satellite communications.

    Cons

    The company, Harris Caprock Communications and Harris in general, continually speaks of loyalty and integrity but fails to follow through. Their latest RIF allowed many people with 10 - 30 years to simply walk out the door due to programs ending with a minimal amount of effort in keeping them within Harris. These were people who had demonstrated their worth and loyalty to the company but were allowed to go while new people continued to show up. Good place to work but do not expect them to be as loyal to you as you are to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people who have proved themselves by their knowledge, capabilities, integrity, and loyalty are assets worth keeping. Harris HR should be actively working towards finding positions for people as programs end rather than leaving them alone to try and find further employment within the company. HR will state they provided help but I know of no person that actually found their job within Harris, although their were a few, that attributed it to HR. In closing, the amount of talent I witnessed leaving the company is mind boggling. It is, I believe, an example of a big company in a smallish town who looks at themselves as the only game in town and maybe they are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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