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Raytheon Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,545 Reviews
3.4
1,545 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 180 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 133 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Stable but limited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great benefits and set work schedule. Good for established engineers. Many locations around the world

    Cons

    Lower pay relative to other industries. Complex management structure. Many non qualified hires working in the company due to referrals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Stable with good work-life balance if you take advantage of it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Stable job security
    Work-life balance
    Employees are friendly

    Cons

    underpaid jobs
    Use old technology
    All projects are underbid by design
    continuous loss of benifits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent pay, but you have to be connected to get ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flex time and time off policies are good. The RISP program is a good substitute for the legacy pension programs. Raytheon offers tuition reimbursement and good work life balance.

    Cons

    There needs to be a overhaul of the employee performance appraisal process. Training is inadequate for a company of this size. Although there are several different divisions with offices all over the world, it can be very difficult to even make lateral moves within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to start preparing for the time in the not too distant future when a lot of the senior employees start to retire. There will be a gap in knowledge and experience about a lot of the legacy technologies and programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Needs Improvement!

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A variety of programs and interesting products developed for the Defense Industry. Satisfactory compensation and benefits. Many good coworkers.

    Cons

    Lot's of legacy programs with little new development. Little opportunity to create/participate in new development. Technical challenges are scarce. Difficult people is not dealt with soon enough or terminated. Union holds company hostage and limits efficiency improvements efforts. Company culture is old school but prevails. Leadership talks about change but the ones promoted to management are of the same school. Thus change is never realized. Under current ways career growth is not based on performance. Performance appraisal is 100% subjective. (I am section manager by the way). Raytheon as a company does not take risks and has always followed the market leaders (competitors) in every new initiative, from diversity, to leadership, six sigma, lean manufacturing, IT, Supply Chain, Recruiting... You name it. This is very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you owe growth to our investors, then you must lead the market. Not just in sales of one or two product lines but lead the market by evolving to the next generation of doing business. Be brave an try a new performance appraisal every other year until you get it right. Stop copying "six sigma" like programs that worked someplace else and develop your own "Six Sigma" initiative based on the specific needs and unique business structure of a defense contractor. Let individuals do what they do best and compensate/appraise them for that and only that. Leaders will arise as they hear the inner call to lead and not just in search a promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Raytheon IDS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IPT Lesd in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - IPT Lesd in Portsmouth, RI

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

    Pros

    You get to work on systems and products that no one in the world designs or builds. Top technical talent abounds. Great working conditions, flexible work schedule with the 9/80. Personal career growth if you work hard AND know the right people.

    Cons

    A great deal of cronyism in handing out promotions. Its not the most capable that get promoted, its the most connected. Company seems to hire ex admirals and captains that do not have a business background. They are hired for their connections in Washington, DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ability to attract and retain talented people is cornerstone of a good company. The company needs to interview ALL qualified candidates for internal open positions. Back up your rhetoric on career growth with ethical actions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good work/life and some benefits, mediocre everything else

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, pay is average, encourage work/life balance and offer plenty of paid time off. Room for growth is okay and they will reimburse $10k/year for grad school.

    Cons

    Little in the way of incentives to perform. At best as a young employee, you can get a small award for being a top 0.001% employee out of the 40k plus who work here. Not until you are a senior employee can you expect any real incentives, and even then you'll need to be management. You are guaranteed a bonus, but the amount depends on the business goals set by the business and whether or not they reach them (which honestly an employee has little control over). AT MOST THIS BONUS IS 3%. Essentially a double paycheck some time in the middle of the year. It's not really a great place to grow your career as a young employee. I could see this being a good place to retire when older, that's about it.

    And of course, no matter what, the CEO will get his ludicrous bonus having nothing to do with the performance of the company. Management also cut out things like coffee, water, and lunches at meetings so they could save a few bucks.

    When you get promoted, your raise will be absolute garbage compared to what you could get at similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More incentives to perform well would do wonders for the morale around the office. Also don't cut out things that make your employees happy so you can have your ridiculous bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    solid company stifles innovation by process and poor mid-level management

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable environment focusing on interesting applications that keep the people of the United States safe.
    Flexible schedule for balancing work and home.

    Cons

    Leadership is overly conservative and reactive to business opportunities.
    Office environment is dated and increasingly crowded, noisy and inefficient.
    Enployees are not recognized for contributions but rather how they are perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off average employees that do not perform and reward quality and innovation.
    Invest is promising business opportunities; manage budgets.
    Remove the current generation of ineffective, procees focused mid-level management.
    Modernize the office environment; provide private office space for senior technical staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too political. Promotions depend on who you know

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The salaries are somewhat competitive within a location. The work is interesting. Benefits, in theory are good.

    Cons

    Your work life balance, compensation and benefits depend heavily on what department you are in and who your supervisor is. No two departments, Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain, etc are treated the same, even within the same plant. Salaried employees are supposed to have "flex-time", but some managers allow you to use it and some don't. There are no windows, and you spend all day in a dreary environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing managers personal feelings dictate who gets promoted instead of using qualifications and abilities. For example, stop allowing supervisors and managers to promote their friends instead of the most qualified.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Things are not the same as they used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    interesting work, good hard working people

    Cons

    spreadsheet management, no support more line management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors need to provide more support of employees. Support to upper management. More mentoring and better technical leadership.

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

    Not too shabby.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Tough to get promotion, Tucson sucks.

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