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Raytheon Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.3 1,376 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

William H. Swanson

(646 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance(in 166 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off(in 126 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance(in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing(in 40 reviews)

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    Systems Engineer II (Current Employee)

    Pros-flexible hours
    -decent work-life balance (usually)
    -interesting defense/national security related programs/projects
    -managers are up for helping you find new projects or technical skills to work on if you get bored with your current work

    Cons-your job can lack stability if the company loses out on contracts
    -lots of process and red tape for everything
    -difficult to earn promotions (heavily based on metrics)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's okay

    Accountant (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people you work with are good. Hours are usually 9 hours M-Th, and 4 hours on Fridays.

    ConsThe benefits they offer are getting worse and worse because they try to be more competitive. They got rid of their normal employee bonuses and will lay you off to save money. Fairly bureaucratic and lots of compensation issues. Little opportunity to move up the ladder too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leverage what you learn at Raytheon and move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn your trade in the defense business. Good starting salaries and great early career advancement, especially if you are an engineer. Local work teams and projects are usually good and supportive. If you luck out with a good manager/leader your can have a rewarding early to early-mid career experience

    ConsVery low glass ceiling. In most engineering disciplines, the employee will find it very difficult to get past mid-level management. The significant money comes at salary grade E07 where quality bonuses kick in. These bonus levels are purposefully kept down so as not to water down the bonus pool. The company is happy to work employees at 1, 2, or even 3 levels above their pay grade. Increased responsibilities are usually given without a promotion with the vague promise that one may come if the employee succeeds at this level. This also insures promotions are 1 to 2 years behind work levels performed.

    If you are lucky enough to have a good leader and work with good teams, your can be supported well on a local level. Do not mistake this for the company caring about you. They do not. Raytheon has become just another mega-corporation that mouths the words that people matter, but in reality do not mean it.

    Starting at Raytheon can be very good for your career, just don't stay too long (maybe 10 years at most). You will be respected as an expert in your field for having worked at Raytheon, and command a premium salary elsewhere. Who knows, maybe you can come back to Raytheon later in your career and actually obtain the salary and grade level you deserve coming from the outside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and get connected. If you want to present yourself as an employer of choice that values its people first, then be that. If you are are really just looking after the shareholders, then quit pretending; no one believes you anyway. Also, you are losing a mass number of your experienced leaders through retirement. Your policy to restrict and limit natural progression has created a huge gap between skilled new to mid-level employees, and the seasoned leadership (and I'm not talking about your VPs and up). Raytheon's incredible run of successes hasn't been driven by the executives, despite what they tell themselves. Soon you could experience some real backsliding due the leadership gap you have created.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not Your Traditional Corporation

    Engineer (Current Employee) Andover, MA

    ProsThe best reason to work at Raytheon is its benefits and networking opportunities. It'll also give some experience on the defense industry. The systems, matrix organizations, and processes will give you solid background for implementing accountability structures in places devoid of organization.

    ConsYou have to be conscious from the start that this is a large company with a variety of selfish and competitive cultures. If you are new to the company, support and mentoring are varied dependent on department. Although there are modern management structures that seem to promote the development and advancement of each employee. It is easy to get stuck. The perception of great performance is more value than meaningful contributions. Be warned of managers solely out to advance themselves. Be prepared to stand up for yourself against old-fashioned bullying, camouflaged betrayal and selfish competitive attitudes especially in northeast manufacturing areas. Traditional advancement is not effective in a company this large one must apply to jobs in lateral opportunities to advance. It is true; you are just a number.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFeed and support your new employees. Listen to them regularly. Care about the culture and environment you are promoting. Yes it is easy to say results based performance is what is rewarded, but take a step back. How much of those results are sustainable, clearly advancing the business in a meaningful and effective way, and how much is it just making you look good (perception).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Decent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOK benefits. Flexible work schedule. Can save extra hours work in a two-week period and then use those extra hours as time off in the future

    ConsHuge discrepancies in pay range. Dis-organized matrix environment in certain depts. Lots of politics and favoritism. Many mid and low level managers don't have much technical backgrounds (more on the administrative side) which makes it hard for them providing meaningful support or guidance to the engineers doing the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more mid to low level with some decent technical backgrounds.

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    What you would expect from a Defense company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) McKinney, TX

    ProsA focus on Diversity and Inclusion as well as work-life balance

    ConsIndustry is difficult right now; lots of business consolidation and change. Not terribly progressive in their management or leadership practices, but getting better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive and demonstrate the value that performance = behaviors + results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Raytheon Program Controls

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement is great and flexible.

    ConsLittle growth, salary increases were not competitive.

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    Great People... not so great politics !

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Tewksbury, MA

    ProsCompany has some great people and fantastic learning opportunities. The company has some very strong and talented individuals that can be great to work with. There is a lot to learn at this company in many areas. Their course portfolio and commitment to continuing development is fantastic. Very good work life balance. Outstanding benefits and more than fair compensation and benefits.
    The company business space and products can be quite inspiring. Developing products to help our warfighters, lends itself to a cultural sense of pride in the work that Raytheon does and it's openly discussed as such.
    I would recommend this company to a friend depending on what they are looking for from an employer.

    ConsVery politically charged environment. Promotions and advancement seem to be based more on ones political gamesmanship and ability to schmooze within the right circles. An absolute popularity contest. There seems to be numerous lists of people better than the unwashed masses ;-) "Leadership Development Program," "Ninjas," "Presidents Culture Initiative," [insert flavor of the month here]. While these things aren't bad in and of themselves they do betray a cultural sense of exclusivity that is unattainable to most, including many top performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the actual work getting done and where it comes from. Spend less time admiring powerpoints and find out who is doing the heavy lifting. You will be rewarded with increased efficiency and better margins.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical large company

    Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsStructured environment, somewhat stable in this environment

    ConsCompany contracts aren't growing much outside of missile systems, leaving little room for professional growth aside from people leaving, benefit cuts to non-management

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce your bidding rates. There are a lot of people that don't really serve a useful function (i.e. safety officer that can't help employees who work onsite and send out annoying weekly safety tips). Also, HR only does the bare bones - several employees in addition to myself tried to contact them on both phone and email with questions. No response.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Former communications employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEnjoyed working with very smart people. Work was challenging and satisfying. Learned about many new technologies. Helping to save the lives of men and women in the military -- purposeful mission.

    ConsExtremely hierarchical and bureaucratic. Lacks innovative ideas in Communications function due to fear of taking risks. VP out of touch with employees who do the real work. Layoff benefits are horrendous unless you are a VP. You get one week per year. Can't sustain yourself while looking for a new job due to sequestration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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