Raytheon

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Excellent company to work for depending on the program that you work for

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Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA

I worked at Raytheon

Pros

The retirement plan is one of the best that I have seen. The medical benefits were some of the most affordable in major DOD contractors

Cons

Depending on the program you work for positions can be very political and clique. The hiring standards can be loose so sometimes you find yourself surrounded by idiots.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take notice of mid-managements patterns and tactics. Raytheon has lost some very good strong employees over issues from middle managers.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Unfeeling, depressing place to work, but it pays well with good benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Variety of work assignments
    Potential to travel (if you like that)
    Variety of locations that Raytheon has a presence (if you want to transfer within Raytheon)
    Pay is competitive
    Benefits are extremely hard to beat

    Cons

    Ugly building. No emphasis placed on comfort, acoustics or aesthetics of work environment
    Outdated technologies (programming languages, tools)
    Incompetent front-line management. Very self-absorbed and focused on protecting their own image, too technical-minded, not focused on employee retention, too many employees to supervise does not allow them to focus on individual employees
    Culture of FEAR and threats to motivate people
    Rewards only go to people involved in growth opportunities
    As a new engineer, you have virtually NO control over which project you are placed on. Based on luck you may get layed off due to a project ending or being cancelled. You MUST bust your butt on every task you are assigned
    Culture of working lots of overtime in Software Engineering. Almost like a competition. Makes you feel guilty for taking time off to maintain a decent work/life balance. Supervisors don't care
    Processes are paid lip service, but projects really work very independently and don't use common tools or processes all that much
    Extreme fear of risk-taking and super-strong focus on EVM kills most of the creativity and entrepreneurial thinking that anyone comes into the building with
    Lots of stove-piping and fighting between functions
    Estimates are arbitrarily hacked down to fit customer's "bogey" budget
    Culture of working overtime means limited availability of SMEs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some courses on how to motivate employees via methods other than fear (e.g. read the book _Shine_)
    Focus on developing and retaining your high potential employees, especially new and young employees
    Rotate employees
    Don't allow people to get fat and comfortable in their cush positions - rotate, rotate, rotate
    Foster colloboration and teamwork between functions
    Stop confusing estimates with targets and stop making your employees cut their budgets without any relief or help
    Focus on developing backfills

    Doesn't Recommend
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Good play to work with good benefits. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Weak Business Development
    100% Top-Down, One-size-fits-all Mgmt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and maintain a professional technical staff, please don't put senior technical folks or newly hired-ex military in those positions.

    No opinion of CEO
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