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Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
631 Reviews
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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.

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    • 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 a 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

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    • 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

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    • 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  

    Excellent company diminished by executive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Great people who do important work for the defense of the nation and on many mission critical federal programs. Pay is average as are benefits. For non-managers, 9/80 work schedule at some divisions.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and dictatorial upper management. People are no longer important to upper management - they do not realize that the brain power and talent of the staff is the fundamental product that we sell. Benefits have declined and raises were delayed this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people. Keep people on the bench between assignments. Have a longer term outlook than the next quarter and measure success in other terms than stock price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    Good group who wanted to do well

    Cons

    Business was shutting down in Canada so times were not food

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company; Great People

    • 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

    Pros

    The employees are great and they work together very well in a respectful manner. There is never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Presently, there is no long term vision for the future of the division. Also, the smaller divisions feel isolated from the Corporate atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate HR's relationship with the employees to improve working conditions and talent retention.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Harris a good company with some faulty acquisitions.

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    The acquisition of Exelis augments it core capability and core business -- right on the sweet spot -- military radios and air-traffic control equipment. Also, this large -- almost equal size -- acquisition provides executive and middle management strengths much needed for the Corporation to achieve the next step of its growth.

    Cons

    Some "really unsuccessful" acquisitions in non-core areas such as in IT and Healthcare is bogging the corporation down, with no upside in view. The units such as Harris IT (ex-Orkand, etc.), CaoRock Government (Arrowhead) and Harris Healthcare (CareFX) are ill managed with original small company executives in leadership, with small company mentality. In these units there the "old boy" buddy systems still exists and nobody with management talent to fix it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The sooner Harris divests with Harris IT, CaoRock Government, and Harris Healthcare -- the better! Cut your losses! If you want stock prices in the 90s do it now!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worked in operations

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

    I worked at Harris

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for growth. Management is receptive to placing you in the right position. I grew a lot from the roles that I held.

    Cons

    Management vision of Operations was not clear. Management was more focused on "fire-fighting". Mentorship was not always available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering being more open to ideas and less into the politics of the situation. I strongly discourage the "good 'ole boys club" mentality to make the organization excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great potential but losing the "secret sauce" under corporate mantra

    • 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

    Pros

    Great learning experience for initial job

    Cons

    Corporate mantra is choking creativity, flexibility, and customer focus

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