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Harris Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
407 Reviews

3.0
407 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 work schedule has definitely kept me from leaving the company despite several other offers (in 30 reviews)

  • The project I've been on for 3 years has a great work life balance (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • The newest slogan is "do more with less" so the work-life balance is skewing (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper Management likes to out source your job once they see that your work is complete (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for overall. From a support staff standpoint you're rather stuck in your position.

    • 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)

    Pros

    There are plenty of perks including a 9/80 schedule. Generous vacation policy and tuition reimbursement. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Disconnected management from the lower tiers of the company. The company has good values and seems to be headed in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the people who work for you. They truly are your greatest asset. Try to find a balance between the bottom line and the employees. Poor employee moral is a definite sign of the decline of any company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very, very hard to move up the ladder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III in Melbourne, FL (US)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, off every other Friday
    3 weeks paid vacation per year
    Employer 6% match on 410K
    Relatively stable employment

    Cons

    Almost impossible to move up
    No evident career path for many positions
    Low pay compared to neighboring companies
    Using enterprise staffing approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take away the 9/80 schedule for GCSD.
    Advance your solid performing employees!
    People are leaving left and right due to low pay.
    The company is claiming they don't have enough money to pay employees more, yet the stock price is up, the company is buying back stock, and the executive-level bonuses and compensation and ridiculously high.

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

    Was fun when it started.

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

    Pros

    A lot of the people you work with are truly a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle at times. Management has failed to grow and learn with the times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Perks, Frightened Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Herndon, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA (US)

    Pros

    Salary is strong, benefits are generally good (but can vary tremendously depending on the group you're in), work/life balance is good, and you can find pockets of interesting work.

    Cons

    Tremendous bureaucratic red tape to getting anything done, especially if it's a new idea or venture, no matter how small. Management is often promoted due to longevity, not skill, so you can end-up with some sincerely bad managers in high positions that create toxic environments and nobody does anything about it. Management is so afraid of litigation in HR matters that bad employees are allowed to stay much longer than they should be, also giving them time for toxic environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people into management based upon managerial skill, not longevity. Understand that management is a skill in and of itself, and train new managers accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    government division provides good technical experience for engineers

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of diversity in the technical work for all engineering. Technology and tools are current. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in most areas. If you're over 40 don't go to work here if you want to advance in your career. Morale is poor and getting worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    WAS a good company

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    9-80 Schedule
    Colleagues
    Work-life balance
    Holidays
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Senior Management
    Management
    Good Ole Boy mentality
    Layoffs

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Becoming less attractive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Palm Bay, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Palm Bay, FL (US)

    Pros

    Currently offer a 9/80 schedule for those other than corporate. Profit-sharing plan. Some interesting technology to work with. Prior CEO set Harris up down a path of commercial business, and that plan is working out well.

    Cons

    Recent employee poll targeted compensation as a lacking area for employees - management didn't address in any way. 9/80 schedule was company-wide and was recently taken from all corporate employees, and managers and above elsewhere. Step 2 will very likely be taking it away across the company. Harris the company is being taken care of, the employees that get the work done less so. Some management personnel who were against all the cuts have 'left to pursue other opportunities'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As Harris takes away more and more benefits, be aware that we are In a time when many companies are implementing new and creative ways to attract and keep good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    43 years and still loving it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Pros

    Colaboration rules. Nice, smart people, nurturing environment. Good benefits (so far).

    Cons

    New CEO doesn't seem to be able to connect with the government side of the corporation. Nasty changes may be right around the corner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Division management is super, I would follow them into battle. Corporate management seems only interested with stock price and multi million bonus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Vision & People - Lack of Opportunity to Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA (US)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is perfect (telecommuting encouraged, 9/80 schedules for select employees, overall flexibility). Talented co-workers & team collaboration/atmosphere big, LOTS of ideas for the future. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to advance to the next level of your career. Recent hiring freezes, lay offs due to programs ending, & halt on merit increases are NOT OK. Difficult to get a significant pay increase, even when lower management acknowledges the need. Far too much time spent on internal meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the president(s); actually caring instead of pretending to care. We can tell its fake.

    The HR team needs solutions to issues, "we don't know" is an incredibly frustrating answer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    9-80 weekdays and good organizational structure

    Cons

    Salary, good old boy club, mostly military

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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