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Updated Jul 13, 2014
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Software Engineer
Dulles, VA

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.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Sterling, VA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in June 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by email to set up an interview with the department manager. The day of the interview, the manager was unavailable due to "circumstances beyond his control." Instead, I was interviewed by 2 other engineers and a lower-level manager. I was told I would be contacted one way or the other in about a week. Two weeks later, hearing nothing, I called the manager I interviewed with. He directed me to an HR rep, who routed me to another HR rep, who sent me an email 2 days later saying someone else already got the job.

Interview Question – From the manager: "My son is starting at CNU (where I went) this fall, can you recommend some things to do on the weekends?"   View Answer


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

Interviewed at Raytheon

Interview Details – Laid back, not too difficult.

Interview Question – There wasn't much difficulty; mostly behavioral questions   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Raytheon.

Interview Details – Meet with Raytheon at campus career fair. They came back a few weeks later to perform a screening. It wasn't for any specific position, just to put information in their database.

Interview was mostly behavioral. "Tell me about a time when you worked on a team and you all had different perspectives", "tell me when you faced a challenge that you felt was too much", those types of thnigs.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Garland, TX

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Raytheon.

Interview Details – Submitted resume at college job fair. Got an interview during their visit, followed by an on-site interview. It was a pretty straightforward process. The recruiter basically told me they wanted to hire me, and asked me what I needed to hear to accept their offer. In retrospect I should have tried to negotiate a higher salary (it was already generous), but I was just happy to get the job at that point.

Interview Question – Not really any technical questions that I can remember.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I was a college graduate happy to take the job, plus I was (at the time) not very confident to have negotiated anything.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Dallas, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon.

Interview Details – Contacted by a college recruiter and had a one-on-one interview with an Electrical Engineer who did not know exactly what I would be doing as a Software Engineer. Had some EE questions that I marginally answered. Was later flown to Dallas for a recruiting event with 20 or so other College Seniors for a long weekend. Had several mixers, tours, and interviewed with two different groups, one from IT and one from Software Engineering. Had a screening where we were fingerprinted and did the drug test.

Interview Question – Hardest questions for me at the time were about how I would handle various workplace issues. Since I had little experience with those types of situations, I had not even thought about how I might handle those kinds of things.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate salary, but did negotiate hiring bonus, relocation and start date. There were no issues in getting any of those things that I asked for.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Tewksbury, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Raytheon in March 2013.

Interview Details – I applied on the company website and a month later, received an invitation for an interview at the Tewksbury location. Plane tickets, hotel, and rental car were all provided for.

On the day of the interview, I arrived at 2:45 PM and met with a few other candidates in the main lobby. We were then led through the facility to a conference room, where someone spoke for thirty minutes, discussing his experience at Raytheon. Afterwards, the candidates were shown their interview schedules. My schedule had 4 interviews, each with 1 or 2 people from a different department, each 30 minutes long with a 10 minute break in between (food and refreshments were provided).

The interviewers would spend the first 5-10 minutes explaining their department and work. Afterwards, they would look through my resume and ask for more information about my projects and work experience. Hardly any technical questions were asked (I think I only got one), they mostly asked basic behavioral questions.

Despite being there for nearly 4 hours, the interviews weren't too bad. It felt like they just wanted to meet you and see which department you would fit in. In fact, during one of the breaks, the hiring manager gave a brief overview of benefits, as if they were trying to convince us to work at Raytheon. Overall a good experience and I got a response in two weeks.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Did not try to negotiate


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Dallas, TX

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Raytheon in October 2009.

Interview Details – Contacted by Raytheon recruiter to attend a hiring event where interviews were being held. The event included an informal time of meeting other people (Raytheon employees and other recruits). There were presentations and speeches given by senior employees talking about their experience with the company and their careers with Raytheon. Following this was the actual interview. I had two rounds of interviews each with two people. One person led the interview and the other person took notes. The questions asked during the interview are behavioral in nature so prepare your stories beforehand. Following the interviews we were brought onto a Raytheon facility and given a site-tour.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you were under pressure to complete a project with tight deadlines. How did you handle it? What was the outcome?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Raytheon in November 2012.

Interview Details – Called for an onsite interview after submitting my application. The interview consisted mostly of softer technical questions, such as the difference between function overloading/overriding, and code reading. Not really hard, just be prepared for OO programming questions. The interviewers weren't notified that I had an interview until an hour prior to my interview. No tour or anything, just a 1 hour interview. Not the most friendly interview in the world.

Interview Question – Explain polymorphism, inheritance, etc...   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Did not like the company culture at all. Out of every onsite interview I had, this was the least friendly. Had better offers.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Tallahassee, FL

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Raytheon in October 2012.

Interview Details – A head hunter came to my university interviewing all day. Who was chosen to interview was mostly due to first come first serve basis with a bit of preference toward class.

Interview Questions

  • Describe a time when you used leadership to accomplish something that didn't work out.   Answer Question
  • What is something you are/were very proud of?   Answer Question

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