Raytheon Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Disappointing Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer III Facilities in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer III Facilities in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established defense contractor with many excellent opportunities in their technical fields of endeavor. Not at all employee oriented in their approach.

    Cons

    The company has incredible opportunities for people but a dysfunctional leadership in place that ignores the integrity of its most important asset, the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and make this the employer you say you are.

  2. Sr. Electrical Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None that i can think of.

    Cons

    This is a horrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Instill a culture where people aren't always trying to blame others for outcomes.

  3. None

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    Former Employee - Engineering Fellow in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Fellow in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay no other good words

    Cons

    Hours and mgmt doesn't care

    Advice to Management

    Get new

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Configuration Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Configuration Management in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people who work and help CM. They see the problem!

    Cons

    Configuration Management is a after thought at best. Engineering (the fox) is in charge of all CM activities save documentation. If you are doing the work successfully of an E05. NO Promotion instead an E05/E06 is brought in to do the job, you get to train them, and you are relegated to administration or encouraged to quit the company.

    UNDER NO Conditions accept employment an "Administrative Title" - A01, A02, A03...) you will never be promotted

    Advice to Management

    Dump your C-Level and lower Configuration Managers as they are stuck in the past, bring in CM people who have worked in the trenches and come up through the ranks!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Entry level associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health care and benefits

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else, stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    It's not 1950

  7. Pros/Cons working for Raytheon

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good balance of family/work time

    Cons

    Poor opportunity for developing your career unless you want the company to determine it for you without any input.

    Haven't been promoted in 10 years mostly due to lack of assignments with visibility while those hired 10 years ago are now at my pay grade. Very little consideration for existing veteran employees moving up other than a chosen few. Company hires outside for expertise rather than giving opportunites within to advance it's personal.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay better attention to your own employees who's done well throughout their career, but are ignored for development growth with lack of assignments providing good visibility.

  8. Great place for those who have no direction and or motivation to do work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RVS Operations in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - RVS Operations in Goleta, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some management that understands how an organization is suppose to perform but few and far between.

    Cons

    Not a place to start or extend a career it is where careers go to die. Lack of vision and commitment which shows why the organization needed the government to survive which is one of the reasons why they are still around till this day. Companies that manufacturer similar product such as FLIR are far superior and makes one wonder how and why they provide such product.

    Advice to Management

    Get people that know their job and that will invest to do what is right prior to an Osha incident let alone a situation that will shut the antiquated systems down. Do not put people in positions that do not have the knowledge whether they are married to program managers or has been their for over 20 yrs.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Any Supply Chain Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides a lot of work/life balance, no complaints there at all. Barely ever work more than 40-45 hours per week and the company provides 3 weeks vacation to start and everyone gets Dec 24th to Jan 1st off in addition to regular vacation. Pay is also very good. Opportunities to advance do exist but in this regard it seems that it matters more who you know than how well you actually perform. However, the company is very accepting of diversity and I don't think it is just window dressing.

    Cons

    This review is for anyone who wants to work in supply chain only. I cannot speak to any other functional role and those roles are probably very different. Every thing a person does in supply chain here or at any other defense contractor is 100% regulated by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (F.A.R.), an insanely lengthly (maybe 1,000 pages?) regulation that gives you rules, policies and procedures to follow for every single procurement you do, like nothing I could ever have possibly imagined before starting to work here. The government audits the purchasing organizations constantly and the company has gone so overboard on these audits and is highly paranoid. The result of this behavior is that everyone in supply chain works in fear and there is an uncanny amount of bureaucracy and red tape everywhere. The internal compliance department is the final say for every major supply chain decision. No one outside of the internal compliance group wants to make a decision and own it. If you are a buyer you literally have to justify a purchase of even the tiniest micro-procurement. The inefficiencies that result of these regulations are unbelievable. The work environment is ultra risk averse and extraordinarily slow. Creativity is highly discouraged and managers seem to find ways to say no rather than think of reasons to say yes. Years of supply chain in the defense industry in my opinion would be a career killer unless you plan on staying in the defense industry forever, just because of how different the mentality is from normal, commercial businesses. It really is a terrible work environment and under no circumstance could I recommend this company or any defense company to anyone who has real career goals or ambitions. Don't waste your time. Don't get sucked in by the slightly better pay. 10 years from now you will be much better off at another company and probably enjoy your job a lot more. Money isn't everything.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest problem is that even if management wanted to change, they can't. The F.A.R. is something that the government imposes on all of its contractors and the company has no say whatsoever if it wants to follow its rules or not. The government is the customer. The only customer, because even if companies want to do foreign programs, they have to get the governments permission. Its just the nature of the industry unfortunately. It takes an extremely specific person to actually enjoy this type of work.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Entitlement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The working level of people at Raytheon Missile Systems is great.

    Cons

    The leadership of Raytheon Missile Systems from the CEO through all 30+ vice presidents and assistant vice presidents operates out of a sense of entitlement. They are entitled to their extravagant parties, entitled to fly first class, entitled to free lunch and entitled to a bunch of people around them who never tell them they are doing anything wrong because if you do, there will be retaliation. They are bad business men who allow senior program managers and leaders to run amuck with New Business Investment funds, spending mostly on travel with no resulting new business and no consequence. They have way too many people and could be producing better profits or better growth for the company by slashing the head count and trimming the non-productive. Then they would not have that crowd around them telling them how brilliant they all are.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new crew capable of managing a $10B company. Focus on shareholder ROI rather than being the friendliest company to the LGBT community.

  11. Helpful (4)

    The ABSOLUTE worst experience of my long and productive 50 year career!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Uhh..they DO pay you..but not enough for the horrid treatment. Sure, get recruited straight out of school, lots of perks...if you can't find anything else. IMHO, do NOT plan on staying more than 2 years...use it as a start, but have a move-on plan, or I guarantee you will regret it.

    Cons

    Management..stupid arrogant mindless management following a quagmire of rules they barely understand and rarely agree with, and that seem to change every hour. Leadership...well, there IS no leadership...only mindless management robots administering management that they do not fully understand and are completely unable to communicate to the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Go find maybe one leader?? Not likely, but the upper managers are golden parachute rich, and get personal expenses paid (I have seen the records).

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