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Harris Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.2 383 reviews

52% Approve of the CEO

Harris President & CEO Bill Brown

Bill Brown

(137 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    43 years and still loving it.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Palm Bay, FL (US)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable in a climate of instability

    Quality Engineer (Current Employee) Palm Bay, FL (US)

    ProsFantastically innovative environment, developing cutting edge tech.

    ConsManagers who are empire builders instead of team leaders and innovators. All too often standing in the way of employee growth, development and movement within the organization to retain their control. Many times advancing individuals into management roles that have no clear aptitude, vision for forward progress, general management savvy, effective communication or people skills. Just because you are an intelligent engineer does make you effective business management material.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRather than keeping a myopic view of company needs in relation to the career development of employees, you could save a tremendous amount of investment and excellent employee turnover by just rewarding and retaining your best and brightest, with promotion compensation and recognition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting project - Nice people to work with.

    Network Control Tech (Former Employee) Melbourne, FL (US)

    ProsFriendly people to work with. Good benefits and pay. Good work/life balance - 9/80 work week (every other Friday off).

    ConsNot a lot of opportunity for advancement. Small pay raises. Somewhat of a good ole' boys/girls club and playing favorites, i.e. "You have family working for us? You get more opportunities even though you're not as qualified."

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay a little more attention to your subordinates and recognize a job well done. Play favorites based on performance, not "inner circle".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Market Research Analyst (Current Employee) Falls Church, VA (US)

    ProsBenefits are pretty good but the 9/80 and profit sharing are key factors to staying with the company

    ConsFor a communications company it lacks good communication within the divisions of the corporation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Diverse products allows for opportunities to explore

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Palm Bay, FL (US)

    ProsHarris has many programs running concurrently. This offers opportunities to work with a diversity of customers and groups within Harris. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and most creative engineers I have ever meet.

    ConsHarris operates like a consolidation of small companies. Each program executes like a small company. As with any organization there are a few groups that are very difficult to work with. If you get into one of these groups work with your supervisor to transfer to another program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average company, used to be family and employee oriented. Now, its just a typical corporation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Melbourne, FL (US)

    ProsGreat engineers to work with and still has a small town feel.

    ConsEducation reimbursement is good for graduate school, very poor for undergrad (2 classes/yr.) Healthcare coverage was top notch until 2014 when they got rid of the nice plans and gave us a generic group of choices. 401k matching is set to decrease soon. They will only pay what it takes to keep you at your desk so make your money up front. Make sure they pay you top dollar initially. You WILL NOT make any substantial monetary gains in the years following once you sign the papers. Being rated as a high contributor (small percentage of workers) for 2014 will net you a maximum raise of 2.3%. They also delayed this until late December from August in order to maintain more money in their account while the new CEO received a 38% salary raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease see above. It doesn't look good to your employees when it's obvious that you care about your own interests instead of theirs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for, specially for new grads

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Melbourne, FL (US)

    ProsStable company, easy to move around to other programs, easy to ask to work on things that interest you, lots of technologies to use, great work environment, good ethics, people will help you define your career, 9/80 work week with every other Friday off,

    ConsLots of politics at higher levels, low performers get shuffled around and never fired meaning you may get stuck working with, focus on minimizing expenses hurts training and expansion, lack of communication with/from management

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot doing enough to retain people and you are loosing your best. Will hurt performance in future projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, solid employment

    Product Specialist (Former Employee) Denver, CO (US)

    ProsGood benefits and vacation time off. Flexible with job scheduling. Management works well with employees.

    ConsGov't processes and too many levels/titles to navigate through

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Becoming less attractive.

    Database Administrator (Current Employee) Palm Bay, FL (US)

    ProsCurrently 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.

    ConsRecent 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 Senior ManagementAs 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Went from great to okay

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Rochester, NY (US)

    ProsI worked at Harris PSPC. The pay, medical and retirement benefits were all top notch. So straightforward were they that I was still paid commissions 3 months after quitting.

    ConsAbsolutely no unified direction. Even when the president says he wants something done too many mid to upper level managers can say no or not cooperate. In addition, and I know this is a common complaint in large organizations, the seemingly endless administrative duties that continue to be added to daily responsibilities stifled any entrepreneurial spirit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage to go win business. You have the troops to do it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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