Harris Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
428 Reviews
2.9
428 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. 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.

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    Not great, not bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of leading technologies are being developed there and benefits are competitive with the industry. Training opportunities are provided to employees.

    Cons

    The scale of product development is shrinking and the budget is tight controlled. It is very difficult to propose and then be allowed to work new ideas and concept as an employee.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best groups i have worked with

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    Former Employee - Senior Java Programmer  in  Gatineau, QC
    Former Employee - Senior Java Programmer in Gatineau, QC

    I worked at Harris as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team to work with.

    Cons

    Mostly French speaking staff. Need to get used to working in french.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great life balance between work and living.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Harris used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Space Coast engineering, low cost of living.

    Cons

    The company has no vision, or no willingness to invest in long-term growth. The matrix organization results in a disorganized feeling where most work is done in silos, oblivious to resources existing in other areas. This disorganization also results in no one being willing to step up and take reasonable risks (opportunities) that haven't been done before; no one ever seems know who can get things done. As with many companies these days HR is sabotaging the hiring process, losing good engineers to criteria that are not relevant to technical candidates. As an example, University of Phoenix BS with a 3.8 GPA is hired but a University of Central Florida BES with a 3.7 is declined an interview based *solely* on GPA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose Bill Brown before he sell the company off, overhaul HR and get back to real engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harris

    Pros

    Due to smaller company size your name gets around well

    Cons

    The company doesn't know how to treat software engineers.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Harris full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and a good crowd

    Cons

    Red tape. There is a good ol' boy network that's tough to break.

  11.  

    Harris tries to weather the ups and downs of military contracts by keeping a high percentage of contract employees.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Rochester, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Rochester, NY (US)

    I worked at Harris as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Harris is one of few remaining electronics manufacturers in US. Company is top notch in technology. The manufacturing lines are new, modern and efficient. LabVIEW is used extensively for testing at all stages of production. There are many years of practical experience making test systems. There are few, if any, larger installations where LabVIEW and TestStand are so widly used and relied upon. Testing is a religion and it is practiced very well here.

    Cons

    Contract employees are a fair portion of the workforce. There is a regular up and down of headcount due to the vagaries of production. There are many in town who want to work here. But because of the abundance, or over supply of engineers, they are very selective, and they do not pay very well. For those who manage to get a direct position, a good amount of effort is spent trying to become "indespensible". Thus many people are not open to share their expertise, the one thing that may save them from being in the next round of layoffs. And layoffs are regular.
        The technology is great, but because of time to market pressure, there are not many new designs. Most are repackaged or recombined pieces of prior products. Similarly for their test systems. Take parts of these old systems and make something ready for release by Tuesday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more to develop a larger non-military customer base, to keep the company on a even keel during times of sequestration, and other gaps in military spending.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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