Harris Reviews

Updated 31 August, 2014
Updated 31 August, 2014
416 Reviews

3.0
416 Reviews
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Harris President & CEO Bill Brown
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just a Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Big company with lots of potential. Middle of the road for salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Employees are under valued and treated like crap. Employee's pay the price to appease shareholders and customers. Upper management uses draconian management techniques.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just crap.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Working with the latest technology in the Broadcast industry and help developing them.

    Cons

    Very little pay raises. we're always citing there is no money but yet they are hiring new talent. Managment is all about self-preservation. nobody is there to develop their own talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering and management needs a change and new blood. same group of guys have been there putting out the same stuff. The culture there is a draconian one and voicing your own opinion puts you out.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Strong in growth, innovative and friendly

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Burnaby, BC

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

    Pros

    Harris is a strong and fast-growing company . The working environment is friendly and flexible. Pays well to the standards. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is really not much to complain about at this moment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Since there is shortage of full time employees, so it provides Job security.

    Cons

    Not much chance of career advancement. Or perform technical architecture planning and testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    government division provides good technical experience for engineers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Palm Bay, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Palm Bay, FL (US)

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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience! Good place to learn and plenty of growth opportunities.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Growing company with the opportunity to be bigger and better in the future.

    Cons

    Benefits are being cut at an alarming rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employees is necessary to retain talent.

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very, very hard to move up the ladder.

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    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Network Control Specialist III in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Perks, Frightened Management

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Herndon, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Herndon, VA (US)

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was fun when it started.

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    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Program Financial Analyst in Melbourne, FL (US)

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 8 years

    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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