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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
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    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)


    Raytheon could be a good place for someone right out of college or the military to gain experience, as a stepping stone to something better. Have an exit plan before you walk in the door. Don't be afraid to execute it.


    My program was stagnant and struggling for funds, due in large part to management incompetence. When the program was slated for possible cancellation, it became backstabbing from all sides and all directions. Management should have put a stop to this, instead they were the ringleaders. Beware the politics in this company - it can be brutal. Program management often feels like they "own you," especially if you play a key role. There is an "unwritten rule" that you aren't allowed to apply for another job within the company without your program management's approval. I've seen management do some very nasty things to keep people on program or in-country. If you break the unwritten rule, your management may try to sabotage you so that you won't have any opportunities inside or outside of the company. A friend I worked with in the company once said to me, "I was on a this awful, dead-end program in Saudi for 7 years, and I wanted off that program as soon as I got on it." I asked him, "So, why didn't you just leave?" He never explained why, but the look on his face said "You don't want to know, and I don't want to talk about it." The above may not be everyone's experience, but it was mine, and I would advise anyone to consider it before seeking employment with this company.

    Advice to Management

    In the Age of the Internet, your unwritten rules will become written, and your unseen conduct will be exposed for all to see. On a practical note, this company desperately needs a Jack Welch type to fire half of the management and reduce the layers of hierarchy to a reasonable number.

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