Raytheon Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Thomas A. Kennedy
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 180 reviews)

  • Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees (in 133 reviews)

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

  • I was hoping to retire from Raytheon but upper management did not look at the ramifications of laying me off (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Great work, frustrating bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work on advanced technology. Over time is usually compensated for salaried employees who work on contracted programs.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and slow moving. Promotions are very slow, and have more to do with time spent in a particular position than with performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop normalizing the compensation of high performing employees by that of average employees. A meritocracy needs to replace the current bureaucracy if top talent is to be retained.


  2. Ok for older folks

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    Current Employee - IC Designer in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - IC Designer in Goleta, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, 401K+. I would say that on average you work a 40 he week. Once you are home, you don't need to work

    Cons

    Most people are older. Not much newer faces. The work life is pretty slow. Sometimes projects are scarce. I would recommend this for people looking for a more laid back lifestyle.


  3. ENgineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working 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

    Projects are interesting and challenging. It used to be that hard work would produce compensation and some level of recogonition but that doesn't really happen any more.

    Cons

    Management is "clickish" and immature. Respect and dignity are both disapointing. There are lots of metrix regarding respect but in reality, it's not enforced.

    Advice to Management

    Talk the talk and walk the walk. Step away from being popular, doing what's eassy or cool and do your job.


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  5. Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Flexible Work Life Balance (9-80 work schedule) No one bothers you as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to advance quickly - large corporate culture doesn't incentivize hard workers The flair of the aerospace culture which existed in the Hughes days are long gone at this company. The company culture is nearly gone - no enthusiasm or excitement

    Advice to Management

    promote and recognize employees - remove large corporate HR policies or large numbers of mid level engineers will leave


  6. Slow to embrace new ideas

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aurora, CO

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

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

    Pros

    I've made a lot of really good friends here and honestly enjoy every day at work. Depending on your program you can have a really great work/life balance. Down side is you may very well be on a program with terrible balance and mandatory over time. It's a government contractor. You're not going to run out of work any time soon.

    Cons

    It's so hard to get noticed and/or promoted. There are unofficial-official rules about how long you need to stay at a particular level before you're promoted. It's more based on seniority than skill.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your younger employees. Your salaries are not competitive and you give zero incentive for people to stay long term.


  7. Principle Software Engineer II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

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

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

    Pros

    High quality people, interesting domain.

    Cons

    Over the years, the company strategy to being competitive has resulted in decreasing quality of product. This has been a significant handicap, and the company is still trying to get cheaper. We find ourselves repeatedly handicapped. We all know it, but we tend to throw up our hands and say well that's what we have to do now.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better line, take control of your destiny.


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    Integrated Defense Systems

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    The engineering community is filled with very smart, engaging individuals. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and most are willing to share what they know. The benefits are going to be comparable to what is available with other companies in the area. Make sure to negotiate a fair salary because if you end up undervalued you won't recover unless you leave the company.

    Cons

    Raytheon tries to adopt the best practices of industry and make them more Raytheon-like. This often results in additional work for the sake of work in order to make the claim that we've adopted some practice. Raytheon also does a better job rewarding people who leave the company then come back versus those who are loyal and geniunely interested in making sure Raytheon is the Top Tier Defense Contractor.


  9. 4 years at Raytheon

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon has a lot of interesting technology and strives to be a leaded in defense. They have a very grounded mission. There are a lot of opportunities at Raytheon.

    Cons

    Transitioning to/from a company like Raytheon can be quite a challenge. They have a lot of niche practices that don't translate at other companies; especially other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing employees and enabling them to deliver results while choosing their own career path. It is important that people are constantly challenged to deliver results, not complete tasks.


  10. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Good variety of work. There are lots of different challenging assignments available if you want to go look for them.

    Cons

    The typical big company constraints can slow things down in advancing a project. Limited ability to take the ball and run with it,.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve communication across groups and to make it simpler to move progress on projects from one area to the next without getting bogged down.


  11. Manufacturing engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced Challenging work Team-oriented Good parking Clean rest rooms

    Cons

    High stress Long hours Minimal recognition Management reactive not proactive Performance rankings is an old school idea that should be sent to the grave,

    Advice to Management

    Develop positive attitude rather than negative attitude towards employee performance. Rate employees versions the



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