Raytheon Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,450 Reviews

3.3
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
William H. Swanson
681 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Slow moving, technically challenging work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Work-life balance
    -Ability to move regionally
    -Good first job out of college

    Cons

    -Promotions can be tough to come by due to rigid review system
    -Easy to get insulated/pigeonholed in a domain
    -Very slow moving because of heavy process.
    -Strict software guidelines which can stifle creativity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Reston, VA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn. It's a challenging environment that tests you every day and prepares you for your next career move. The company works on exciting programs. The salaries are very good. Felt proud to work there.

    Cons

    It's a tough culture, very cut-throat. Toxic. Competitive. There are a lot of good, smart people there. After a while, I couldn't take it anymore. I enjoyed the work but decided I needed to work in a less rigid, less bureaucratic, less toxic culture that would allow me to enjoy my life more rather than being constantly worried about my status at work. I would think twice before going there. Too many mind games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership starts at the top and sets the tone for the company culture. Focus on employee morale and treating employees like human beings. Treat them with respect. Assume they have noble intent. Focus on the importance of the work rather than the price of the stock. Employees are there for the right reasons and want to make a contribution. Don't beat them down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Raytheon has it's ups and downs, but sometimes the direction within the company isn't good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance most of the time. The compensation and benefits are good for Raytheon. There are a lot of good people at Raytheon.

    Cons

    There is never a training budget for employees except for common-sense required trainings. The new alingment between the business units has been a challenge for the employees the last few years. Management structures and direction is constantly changing, but never gets better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employees know whats going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Different kind of aerospace company, change is hard to come by.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, clean working environment.

    Cons

    VACATION, and Sick time are all tied into one pool of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a bit more visible to the common worker.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great industry leader with a lot of potential.

    Cons

    Could grow to more than what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the eyes on the prize - don't get distracted by competition or other external entities.

  7.  

    Raytheon has changed, not as people friendly as it once was

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits. 401k plan

    Cons

    Big company, a lot of personalities, middle management plays favorites and is to big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut out some of the "middle people" and stay focused on the real workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for some

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Technologist  in  Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Technologist in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Depending on position, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for if you want an average career with above average pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I  in  Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here is that there is absolutely no way to measure productivity. If you're a slacker, it's hard for them to tell but if they ever do find out, you won't be fired, you'll just be moved to a different program. Compensation is great though even with the discontinuing of profit sharing.

    Cons

    If you actually care about doing a good job, and producing a quality product, you will get stuck fixing all of the lesser capable engineer's work. The reward for good work is that you get to do other people's work and there's no accountability. There is not much career potential unless you know the right people. Promotions rarely ever happen above a Level 3 or Level 4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who don't do their jobs. Stop cutting benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    This is a place that welcomes the status quo

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Raytheon can offer stability and the benefits are above average; although nothing extraordinary. Some people are here for the opportunity to build weapons of mass destruction. They start you with 10 days off (or PTO, paid time off, which includes your sick time and any personal time) in year one and then that jumps to 15 days the following year. They have a paid shutdown between Christmas and New Years Day. Once you're in though, you can stay here for years and years; you may end up doing the same stuff day after day, year after year but some people like that.

    Cons

    Woeful middle management and poor communication from leadership - they communicate but share nothing of real substance. Work life balance really depends which team you work with; example - some groups work a 9/80 shift meaning they are supposed to get every other Friday off yet this rarely happens as they are always trying to meet irresponsible deadlines. Promotions are challenging as the most an employee will receive is a 5% salary increase, regardless of how well their reviews have been and with the realization they can get more $$ from somewhere else. HR is not visible to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the Big Brother crap; its annoying and insulting to your employees - must we be told to hold the handrails on the stairs ? Seriously; how do you expect human beings to work in your suburban sweat mills ? Move out of the old suburban buildings and build a state of the art campus in Mass. Texas, and elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Jekyll and Hyde. IDS is very business like. RMS is not.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Excellent pay, retirement and benefits.

    Cons

    Everyone is stovepiped with little chance to improve their position without leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead and manage vice sit back and let stupid stuff happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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