Raytheon Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
1,496 Reviews
3.3
1,496 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 177 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging and Reputable but Bureaucratic and Slow Moving

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, intelligent co-workers, some are brilliant engineers. The opportunity for learning is there once you get accepted by the old school crowd and learn to navigate the maze of information resources. Salaries tend to be above average, 4 weeks of vacation at year 5.

    Cons

    Policies and procedures to the extreme for everything. Staff meetings are on employees own time. Promotions are few and far between, usually require working in a program for 10+ years, or a move to another department. Layers upon layers upon layers of management - WAY too mid-management heavy - too much dead wood in mid-management levels, some have no business managing anyone, while capable engineering leaders stagnate. Although salaries are above average, benefits are poor for a $24B revenue company; no sick time (PTO) which can be stressful, employees show up sneezing and coughing in the winter so they don't lose their PTO. Deductibles, co-insurance and monthly costs are high and keep rising - whatever you do, don't get sick. Customer comes first, stockholders second, employees third. Yes, you are just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is suffering. Take a hard look at the org charts and middle management and make some sensible leadership changes that benefit staff and drive company success, not old school deadwood. Dump the ridiculous PD system and walk the talk when it comes to employee growth. Structure jobs with realistic requirements - not every engineering job requires a Masters Degree and Six Sigma Samurai credentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Advancement / challenges / technical / rewarding

    Cons

    company relocated to another state

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  3.  

    It was a job, typical of most large companies, especially aerospace.

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly decent benefits and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    No job security; highly bureaucratic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less focus on non-work related matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    OK place to work if you want to coast through your career and get paid well

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, easy to get away with doing nothing

    Cons

    If you want something that you are passionate about and actually care about what you're doing, this is not for you. A lot of the time, you can do nothing and no one cares because you're one of 12,000 employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worked at AFWA which was fun, working for Raytheon, meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, NE
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, NE

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great at the base.

    Cons

    Pager and the company's tendency to not want to give raises to top performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Rough for contractors.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, and good people.

    Cons

    Temps never get hired. I have been in charge of my test group for several years, with recommendations from the senior engineer, but I can't get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull the lifers that don't work, and give some temps a chance.

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

    Summer ops intern at IDS RTN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst Intern
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst Intern

    I worked at Raytheon as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility is given to interns. RTN organizes a number of intern events where you meet senior members of the company as well as other interns. Tons of opportunities to network and learn about the company.

    Cons

    You could be placed on a team with no need for an intern and be left with little to no work for the entire summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really take a good look at which departments could use an intern and which don't. There is no need to staff an intern on a team where there is no work for the intern to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SED in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - SED in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Raytheon as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people enjoyed working with colleauge

    Cons

    poor career tracking no empasis on training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company. Good Benefits. Good People.

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

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    The benefits at Raytheon are good. Most people who work for Raytheon are good people. The possess strong support of the military and those in the military.

    Cons

    Raytheon use to be an employer of choice. However in present years the company treats their employees more like numbers. They have lost their human factor. If you plan on retiring there you won't. They lay off people with tenure before you have a chance to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RESPECT your employees and stop treating them like numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, wonderful people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Culture, you really want to come to work, very focused on doing the right thing, extremely high ethical climate. Thought of very well within the Government Contracting arena.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization causing some concern within programs, senior leadership somewhat out of touch with employees, pay is within industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better! Consider letting people know what is going on sooner. Reward those who are performing well versus those who you know well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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