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Raytheon Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
1,529 Reviews
3.4
1,529 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 179 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunities for Leadership at the value added task by improving the horizontal flow thru removing virtical obstruction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people performing the value added task are a wealth of information.

    Cons

    Successful leaders from the outside are not truly welcomed; status quo prevails which leads to unsustainable change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be so afraid to accept a business model that offers you a non value added to value added ration of 1 to 30 respectfully. Yes, there is more cooks than bottle waskers a reapplication of the excess resources would improve the safety, efficiency, quality and ethical behaviors from the bottom upward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much bureaucracy and hoops

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    They only expect you to work the bare minimum

    Cons

    Horrible people, horrible salaries, government always threatening to cut programs

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience but still the company culture is stuck in 1950’s mentality.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn how to work with advance technology, and team with smart individuals.

    Cons

    There is a layer of management that is the glorified bean counters. They are stuck in their ways as old as 1950 and make very poor discussions because of it. If you’re not part of the “Click” be prepared to get less than what you deserve and watch those who are excel in their careers even if they are poor performers. In this company perception is Key and hard work is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from newer successful companies on how to treat your employees. Try to think outside of the box and be less narrow minded. Leave your personal bias feelings at home and recognize hard work when it’s due.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tenure based culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good talent recruitment. 9/80 work schedule in some places.

    Cons

    Poor middle management and talent retention. Demographic time bomb in the making. There are very few mid-career employees. Retention is extremely poor amongst younger employees, who are given few opportunities to advance. You need to be at the company 20-30 yrs or you are a non-person. HR also seems to perpetuate this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Messages, initiatives and communication from the top rarely reach the bottom. The middle management layer of the company is the weakest. Listen to the employee surveys.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Slow going government contractor

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer I in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer I in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a good just out of college company. Let them pay for your graduate school and get out.

    Cons

    Very slow work pace with inflexible management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and start recognizing employees, or you will lose all your young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics over Process

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great pay rate, schedule flexibility

    Cons

    poor directorate leadership, staffing, promotion and reviews are based on politics not professional skill. People are afraid of speaking up for fear of being blacklisted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive leadership needs to dig a few levels lower to uncover poor leaders running the show

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    lack of policy standards and values

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Chesapeake, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, good pay.

    Cons

    Lack of policy standards, no evaluations done on employees in my work center. So no matter how little a person works and someone has to do the work for two people. Upper management has been told about this problem in the work center but does little or nothing about it. Great personnel get overlooked in my work center who desire to work elsewhere in the company so instead of hiring someone internally to do the job, it goes external. Promotions are very limited in my work center. The good ol' boy system is alive and well in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee evaluations, internal promotions. Policies are for everyone in the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time to lose the union

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, opportunities to move to other locations

    Cons

    The seniority of the union and attitudes of the employees makes for a miserable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the production floor and actually see what is happening in the factory. Stop having meeting after meeting to decide what to do to increase productivity or sales, or reduce costs. Put on your big boy or big girl pants and hit the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting problem space, terrible execution

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    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    All the comforts of a big defense contractor. Loyalty, interesting work, opportunities to those that seek it

    Cons

    All the frustrations of a big defense contractor. Slow adopters, too much middle management, loyalty to their demise (they rarely fire - they just move you to the basement).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to speak up and identify what is wrong. Fire the wikipedia engineers and be willing to open source unclassified work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very busy as long as have contracts

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager I in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager I in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, great benefits, employees want to work

    Cons

    When between government contracts, layoffs ensue. Very long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart for your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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