Raytheon Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Toxic Department & Center Managers, HR, & Work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work alongside with talented Engineers

    Cons

    You will work for toxic Department managers who can't design or don't have any experience producing engineering results that directly support product line program managers. You will be constantly demeaned by these dept. managers while HR condones. High employee turnover rate is no concern to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Department & Center managers are not being held accountable with their failure of low employee morale and turnover rate. Low morale directly tied to dept. & center managers disrespectful behavior towards engineers. Don't wait until all senior engineers are chased out leaving no one to support product lines in a timely manner until the problem is addressed.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun technical problems and good people, but management can be corrupt and clique-ish.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon

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

    Pros

    Good pay, work can be fun.
    Tucson is a good place to live with a low cost of living, nice climate, good university.

    Cons

    Management gets rewarded bonuses based on milestones reached. I came up with a paper showing that missile performance would be poor in certain areas. Their response was not to fix the problems, but rather throw me off the project, give me a poor performance review, then throw me out of the company (over a matter of months to build a paper trail).

    It's a good place to start a career, but it's very difficult to get any advancement unless you're part of the "in" crowd.

    They hire fewer people than they really need, so there can be compulsory overtime when things are busy. When things are slow, they quickly lay off a lot of people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate corruption or hiding bad news from the customer, even if it will impact bonuses received for making milestones.

  3. Helpful (1)

    slow growth, compensation does not match industry growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, flexible schedule

    Cons

    low pay, too many old unmotivated people

    Advice to Management

    reward the hard workers, differentiate the benefits between the 10% and 100% workers.

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  5. A career move as a 2-3 year pit stop but not an ideal place to stay indefinitely. Unless you're an engineer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation is better than typically expected; there are a lot of bright people in the Engineering functions. Products and technology are very impressive. Work-life balance is extraordinary.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and slow-paced. Can take months or years to get things done and there are policies for everything. Processes are miles apart from those used at commercial companies, which can pigeonhole you in the defense industry. All the usual headaches of working for a large company with some additional headaches associated with having the Department of Defense as the firm's primary patron.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Individual results may vary...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in McKinney, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Raytheon is a pretty standard defense company. Decent pay if you already have experience from another company and they will pay for school.

    Cons

    My experience with the company has been pretty bad thus far. During my interview I was told that I would have the opportunity to shadow Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that were near retirement to help retain that knowledge. I felt like it was a great opportunity to expand my own knowledge base and to take the next step in my career…boy was I wrong. I started and ended up sitting in a cube with no direction, other than mandatory training, for several weeks. I never had the opportunity to work with any of the SMEs and for eight months I was bounced from one charge number to the next. Come to find out, there were no real plans for me, other than to poach me from a competitor. On two different occasions my manager asked me to apply to other positions within the company. I finally found work, on my own, and have since transferred departments.

    Things have gotten better in the new department, I am told that I am one of their highest performers, and will be up for promotion soon. The bad part here is the raises and promotions. Raises have been 2-3% for a while from what I’m told and the promotion comes with another 2ish% on top of the normal raise. That’s not very much in my opinion for amount of responsibility that comes with the next position.

    Advice to Management

    As others have said, stop with all the social media stuff and focus on the people.

  7. Beware of the Raytheon culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Some people are very nice, while the inner circle is non-communicative to their subordinates.

    Cons

    Little promotion/advancement opportunities except for the few.

    Advice to Management

    Mid level management need to work at getting to know their employees.

  8. It started out great, but ended up like I was working for a completely different company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler I in Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Assembler I in Forest, MS

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good and the work schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    The equipment is very old and breaks down a lot causing some product failures. Also the management is only worried about the bottom line not making sure the workers have the best equipment because of cost.

    Advice to Management

    Buy better equipment instead of upgrading for upper management such as new office equipment and office space and hiring more management.

  9. You are a commodity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Raytheon

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

    Pros

    Some very interesting, cutting edge work. Some nice benefits like zero interest loans from your 401k. Generally a casual work environment.

    Cons

    Focus is on maximizing upper management payouts. They preach one thing and then do another such as mandatory ethics training you are expected to do on your own time or fraudulently charge to the customer. Expect management to lie to you and retaliate if you point it out.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk or shut up. And the next time you preach diversity, have a non-white male in a blue suit do it. That might lend some credibility to the statement.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Raytheon, they will spend millions on promoting their brand, but will do very little to retain their talent

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

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Well known company, been around for many years.

    Cons

    The union is probably average age of 56 years old, many are in poor health, productivity is very low, and a real shame to see what they charge customers. We fail to remain competitive because of high cost of doing business with the union.

    Advice to Management

    I have seen several team mates leave for better paying jobs, they are giving between a 0-2% raise this year, while the share holders are making money hand over fist. Lose the Union, it is one of the greatest wastes of money, takes far too long to get anything accomplished.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Lousy Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work for, good work if you are a recent hire. Work with advanced systems and good software development process.

    Cons

    Lousy managers, hold grudge with former employees. Watch "The Apprentice" to get an idea of what management is like. Managers come from engineers who could not handle the technical challenges. Valid for Massachusetts sites only.

    Advice to Management

    Promote good people instead of frustrated engineers.

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