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Financial Analyst I Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Raytheon.
Interview Details – Got called into a mixer to meet managers and other candidates, than got called to a private interview a week later. It was very easy going. Not to technical, but needed to prove the competency level of the job. Lasted 1 hour. Discuss about experience relevant to the job and show enthusiasm and you should be good.
Interview Question – Give examples of when you had to speak publically. Answer Question
Senior Test Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Raytheon.
Interview Details – The hiring manager called me to set up a interview about two to three weeks after I applied for the position. The interview was conducted with three other candidates and we one at a time met with four different employees within the department. Each employee had a different job title so I was asked many different questions and it wasn't all technical. Most of the questions were about my past experience and education, other questions were about my strengths and weaknesses.
Interview Question – The most challenging question for me was when they asked where I saw myself 5 years from now. For me this was difficult for me because I had just graduated and didn't really know what I really wanted. Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer I Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in June 2012.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted via phone after applied. Then direct in-person interview with only a 3 people. They rate all candidates from 1-5 for 5 questions. It took a couple weeks for them to get all the paperwork and drug test
Interview Question – Can you code in Ada? Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in June 2014.
Interview Details – I was first contacted by HR on June 5th and interviewed on June 11. I received a Letter of Intent on June 20, an offer on July 3 and was supposed to start on July 14, but a last minute glitch would have delayed that a week. A rather long process.
It could have been even longer as I pushed for a response from Raytheon after I received another job offer. Also, the day before I was supposed to start work their nurse contacted me and wanted a physician report before she would clear me for work. I had broken my wrist eight months earlier and hurt my knee in the fall, so the nurse wanted to confirm I could walk and type! Raytheon's medical group had taken a week to process my medical form, so by the time I could arrange to meet with a doctor and have Raytheon process the doctor's response it might have added a week delay to my start date.
When you accept an offer from Raytheon, you're given many different forms to fill out. You're also directed to more than 16 internal documents to read that describes work policies. One document listed another document that you were to bring with you on the first day, but didn't provide a link to the document. However, I found it in their online document library. I carefully read this document but could not agree to signing it. Here's the clause in their "Employee Agreement - Proprietary Information, Inventions and Other Intellectual Property" document that concerned me:
"2.10 Employee hereby grants Raytheon the right to use, reproduce and to authorize others to use and reproduce his/her name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information and the like as Raytheon may deem appropriate."
There doesn't appear to be a time limit as to when they can use your name and other information. Also, they don't have to ask your permission or inform you when they use that information. I assume they're requiring this because they want to use your personal/professional information to market any ideas/patents/copyrights you develop as an employee. I'm a nobody, but I'm a somebody and I don't want my name and other information used without my consent or knowledge.
The other issue/concern I had related to the medical information they require before you start. They require completion of a 4-page medical form that asks about your visual, hearing and speech abilities, physical impairments, blood pressure, chest problems, allergies, chemical intolerances, occupational injuries, immune system deficiencies, medications and vaccines. They want the dates you had illnesses such as Measles, Mumps, Small Pox, Typhoid, BCG, tuberculosis skin test, etc. The last time I supplied that much information was for an insurance application.
They take the answers on this form seriously, and as I mentioned earlier, a broken wrist 8 months earlier concerned them. If I needed to use a cane or was old and had bad knees, I'm not sure I would have qualified for the job. If they're willing to hire people who are not able-bodied, they must be defining disabilities pretty narrowly.
I had been looking forward to working with the people I met during my interview. But Raytheon's paperwork and policies raised red flags. I feel it has a lot to say about how Raytheon treats it's people.
Interview Question – They did ask me examples where I lead teams and it wasn't something that was mentioned in the job description. So it was unexpected, but a good thing. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Unwilling to sign a document that stated: "Employee hereby grants Raytheon the right to use, reproduce and to authorize others to use and reproduce his/her name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information and the like as Raytheon may deem appropriate." Also, Raytheon required me to get doctor's ok that I could type and walk given that I had fell 8 months prior and broke my wrist and hurt my knee. I can type - I had produced and publicly published code during that time and had no problem walking during the interview, but I would have had to pay a doctor to confirm it and not get paid while I waited for the Raytheon nurse to review the doctors notes. It took a week for the initial review of my medical record, so I'm assuming that would be another week without pay.
I liked the people I met and was looking forward to the work and working with them. But I would have been a Raytheon employee and subject to their policies and the way they treat people.
Quality Assurance Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Raytheon in March 2011.
Interview Details – First an application is filled out on line, you also upload a copy of your resume. You then do a job search to see what is available. When you find a job you like you submit your application to the job.It can take sometime for you to get a call to set up an interview. It is required that a minimum number of interviews be conducted be for someone is selected. After being selected it can take about a week to get a letter of offer.
Interview Question – What made you decide you wanted to work here? Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer II Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Raytheon in January 2012.
Interview Details – You will submit to 500 jobs to get 1 interview. Then it is a one-on-one with engineers or managers for departments you may not even be interviewing for. Standard for defense contractors.
Interview Question – What are your strengths and weaknesses. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Basic - same for all defense contractors
Very Easy Interview
Systems Engineer II Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in August 2011.
Interview Details – The particular position for which I was hired happened to run out of a hiring budget before I was contacted, so my one and only interview was over the phone. I spoke to the hiring manager for approximately thirty minutes, but the majority of the time was spent listening to him explain the requirements of the job. There were one or two questions about my ability to work on a team.
Interview Question – Are you willing to work rotating 12 hours shifts with built in overtime? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. The salary was acceptable for the area, and minimal relocation was provided.
Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I interviewed at Raytheon in January 2010.
Interview Details – it was short, they seemed interested, but they did not engage me. I felt like they did not have knowledge that relates to the position. After a couple of weeks, I received an email and it was with very little relocation for the distance of the move. They did not offer a teleworking position, even thought the job could be preformed remotely.
Interview Question – How would you eat a pie? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – location
Senior Financial Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in November 2010.
Interview Details – Talent acquisition group called me and set up an appointment to come into the office for an interview. I interviewed one at a time with the hiring manager and two colleagues. The interview process took a couple of hours. Talent acquisitions group sent me an offer packet.
Interview Question – How would you handle being given two tasks both with high priority? Answer Question
Mechanical Engineer I Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Raytheon in March 2014.
Interview Details – HR department was really responsive to emails and questions. The company paid for all travel expenses during the interview process and interviewers were very friendly while keeping me on my toes at the same time. Interviews were draining however, lasting more than an hour each with three back-to-back-to-back in very small offices with no windows.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? Answer Question
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