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Good company, good senior management, good people, dumb middle management

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Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Dallas, TX

I have been working at Raytheon

Pros

Good for work-life balance
internal culture of respect for individuals
proactive treatment of minorities and women
good benefits, competitive pay

Cons

Too big to manage as "one-company",
mid-level management values short-term gain over common sense and long term growth
Riged expensive processes that inhibit innovation, creativity and common sense
Clueless corporate marketing

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Selectively eliminate layers of middle management and empower employees
Hire mid-level managers from the commercial sector (vs defense & aerospace)
Value soft skills more - especially ability to build and motivate effecctive teams
Recognize engineers are not interchangable in a job category

Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    there are pros and cons

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    When given something challenging, it is a good place to work
    Most people I worked with, we had a good comraderie
    Benefits were good

    Cons

    Training was available only when there was money in the budget for it.
    Also, upper management will not allow you to take a course, if they don't think you need it, but it would benefit you on climbing the ladder.
    Too much anamousity between SW and Systems.
    Need to go after commercial contracts while waiting for that big defense contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not place people in the does not meets category just to meet the HR quota, if you want to destroy morale that is one of the best ways to do it.
    Also, be upfront with the employees when a RIF is coming and don't say you can't answer the question when you know darn well a RIF will take place the next day, get some backbone.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Interesting Work But Corporate Red Tape and Security Can Be A Drag

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Raytheon has some very interesting projects to work on if you can wait a year or so for security clearances to start coming in. The work can be highly technical and there are opportunities to publish or patent ideas, which the company rewards monetarily.

    Cons

    The downside is that because the projects are classified, groups within the company are isolated and the opportunities for expanding your network are limited. Promotions seem to occur automatically every other year until you become an E3 or E4 then it becomes competitive with other people in your group and even if you are filling the role of an E5 or E6, you will not be promoted unless there are fewer people at that level in your section and you are outperforming them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When workers are getting high performance reviews and are filling the roles of higher positions, they need to be promoted even if this is true of several people in the same section. Otherwise employees will quickly become discontent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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