Harris Computer Employee Reviews about "business units"

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  • "Great programs in place to enhance the work/life balance(in 19 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, perks & holidays(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Because Harris is such a big company with many different business units company processes can be long-winded(in 16 reviews)

  • "poor work-life balance, low salary, employees overloaded(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company for those looking to grow

      Jul 4, 2019 - Team Lead in Calgary, AB
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      Pros

      Good work/life balance Nice Benefits Nice work culture (Calglary Cognera Office)

      Cons

      Financial compensation is lacking relative to other companies and industries. Can sometime cause the company to lose valuable employees. Somewhat rigid/red tape corporate hierarchy Can be a disconnect between local business units and corporate.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid vertical enterprise software business with big company benefits but small company feel

      Jun 26, 2020 - Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
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      Pros

      One thing to keep in mind is that Harris is a collection of independent business units, and there is the possibility of a high degree of variability between experiences depending on the business unit one is working in. That said -Great total compensation -Great work-life balance -Flexible work options -Good quality people (from both a technical and interpersonal perspective)

      Cons

      -The company is run in a fairly 'by the numbers way', which can lead to too much focus on short term metrics and a degree of aversiveness to uncertainty. The latter itself is not a problem per se, except to the degree that it can make it difficult to try new things because one needs to convince people of the likelihood of a successful outcome ahead of time, which may stifle new ideas. - I get the impression that many of the business units are viewed as legacy cash cows whose existing customer base and revenue generation are prioritized over taking on newer initiatives (the company has a modus operandi of acquiring companies aggressively which can lead to a lack of incentive to innovate internally, but I suspect this varies by business unit).

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company

      Jan 18, 2019 - Vice President in Montreal, QC
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      Pros

      - Business units have a lot of flexibility - Harris management isn't disconnected. They're there to help us and are interested in what we do (in addition to our financial numbers) - Everyone is held accountable - Success is shared - Jeff Bender puts more focus on growth in addition to EBITDA, which will help with the creation of organic long term value - Good training opportunities - Good summits held to meet other business units, share our knowledge and find synergies - Good salary and insurance plan - Good work-life balance

      Cons

      Not much negative to say. It's feasible but more difficult to implement a SaaS oriented pricing model (even if it sometimes has the highest EVA) as this has an impact on the shorter term revenue and year-end numbers.

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      Harris Computer Response

      Director, Talent and Development

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your experience at Harris. Your feedback is helpful in ensuring we are on the right track. You make a good point with SaaS, some business units have been successful in making a business plan to accommodate, keep the innovative ideas coming!

    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Fairly Intense, Hard work is rewarded

      May 14, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Never boring, lots of interesting work. Harris business units (BU's) have great support from their HR department and their CIT department. Excellent stock and RRSP benefits.

      Cons

      Not for everyone. Intense, customer driven work.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to start to gain experience but low pay.

      Aug 9, 2018 - Accounts Receivable Clerk in Ottawa, ON
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      Pros

      Benefits are quite good Vacation: 3 weeks after 1 year and 4 weeks after 3 full years working in their calendar year. 5 Personal days, bereavement days available upon manager's discretion Work from home sometimes. (ask for laptop to make it easier to work from home) Yearly corporate day (get together with all corporate staff with activities and party). CFO (new guy who started in late 2016 seems good)

      Cons

      Salary caps (a/r & a/p clerks $35k-40k). This is low compared to a lot of other companies. Can be quite noisy in certain places of the office especially in the a/r & a/p section where you are up to 32 people working in cubicles in the same area. Some people don't respect others and are always loud. Possibility to move up but limited space depending on which department you work in. Some business units are poorly managed. They would rather hire cheaply than give a good employee a salary increase. (tried twice and got max pay in my position only the 1st time after working more than 4 years here) CEO (not very friendly)

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Smaller business units with a strong corporate backbone

      Sep 26, 2017 - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON
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      Pros

      Lots of opportunity for growth or horizontal movement across the Business Units. Strong processes that help drive financial stability at the company. Mostly good people, with a pretty relaxed culture allowing a lot of work/life flexibility.

      Cons

      Some people complain about work/life balance. I think there are two conflicting ideas that they are pushing on some Business Units, one being to be innovative and grow the company organically, which seems at odds with the other, to be 100% billable (or close enough).

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Results-driven Organization

      Apr 11, 2016 - Executive Vice President 
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      Pros

      Great org for those seeking autonomy and accountability. There is every opportunity here to make a big difference. It has the feel of working in a small-medium sized business with the benefits of belonging to a larger company. Your good ideas are often translated into tangible results. It is fast-paced, fair, and challenging. Business units are run like small, autonomous companies with access to help and mentorship across the larger organization.

      Cons

      Continual improvement and discipline are key to success at Harris, so there is no coasting or hiding here. Results are expected and you will be held accountable.

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      Harris Computer Response

      Director, Talent and Development

      Accountability/Responsibility/Ownership is one of our core values. Great to see that you have experienced that in our culture. We also agree with the focus on drive for results. At Harris we work hard (but we also play hard). Thank you for the feedback!

    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Endless Options for Career Progression

      Jun 6, 2017 - Product Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A well established company with enormous growth potential, Harris has a wide range of business units to ensure that an upward career path is available to successful employees.

      Cons

      With such a large network of business units, be prepared to do a bit of homework to learn the acronyms and product references when you first join the fold.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      EBITA over everything else

      Jan 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Flexible work environment Good health benefits

      Cons

      The way the company is structured the Business Units (BU's) have no HR reps designated per BU. The HR rep floats between a dozen or so BU's along with all of the acquisitions meetings. This definitely impacts the BU's that do not have good culture and good leaders. Not only that, poor morale was abundant in the BU I was a part of, just a very sad toxic place. The EVP's for the BU's are quite competitive with each other, which leads them wanting to have the best ratio's and EBITA numbers. Nothing wrong with that but that drives a certain behavior that can lead to the wrong decisions that negatively impact customers and staff.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      An OK place to work at best

      Feb 13, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Overall their benefits are good.

      Cons

      The pay is way below national standards. If someone starts making "standard" salaries, they usually have a RIF and pull someone cheaper in that they can brainwash. And this is often someone younger as well. Harris seldom writes software from the ground up. Harris usually buys troubled companies that they can buy cheap and "fix." They feel their business model is such that they can fix anything. They think a lot of their cookie-cutter approach. It doesn't always work, though, and they refuse to admit it. The Harris model is to buy companies and never sell. This model also means that they run some business units entirely into the ground to get rid of them.

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      Harris Computer Response

      Head of Organizational Development and Learning

      Harris has invested a great deal of time and consultancy in ensuring our compensation is competitive. At times our business realities do require making changes to our staffing levels but this is never an easy decision. We hope you have found a great organization and role that fits your needs.

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