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Good job, but not for the ambitious

Senior Systems Engineer I (E03) (Current Employee) Woburn, MA

Pros* Very high compensation per unit of effort ratio, mainly because the denominator is very small.
* Because Raytheon is a government contractor, full time employees work exactly 40 hours a week. If you are asked to work more, you will get paid overtime (at 1x pay).
* Very flexible work hours. Some people regularly go to work at noon.
* If you want a pretty high paying job, but you don't want to work too hard, you are not very ambitious, or you are not the brightest person in the world, then this is a great job. You will get paid well and you cannot get fired unless you commit a crime, perform sexual harassment, look at porno at work, commit security violations, etc.

Cons* Very dependent on the defense cycle. After 9/11, the defense industry was booming. Lots of hiring, lots of money for interesting work. With all the budget issues lately (2010-2011), the first place to get cut is in defense R&D and in new projects. It makes sense: the government will pay for bullets and body armor for soldiers in Iraq, but they won't research new radar systems.
* Raytheon mainly does systems testing and integration. A lot of smart people get frustrated because the difficult, innovative work isn't respected. The genius who finds solutions to everything might not get compensated as well as the dummy that leads the test. If you like the research side, go work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory instead (although the pay will be about 25% less than Raytheon).
* Diminishing returns on compensation. Moving up in the company is mainly a function of age, not skill. Many talented engineers that start at Raytheon leave after 3-5 years because the raises are promotions are big and fast, but hits diminishing returns quickly. Those that choose to stay longer tend to be known as "lifers" because they are very unlikely to ever leave the company.
* Non-transferable skills. Programming is done on ancient language (military follows the rule of "if it ain't broke, don't if it"). All the processes and knowledge is very contained to the defense industry. Another big reason why people who stay more than 3-5 years become "lifers".
* Security clearance can be a pain, especially for people not born in the U.S. or people with immediate foreign relatives.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake employees feel better. I can understand why the company is run the way it is run. The government pays by "man hours" for many of Raytheon's contracts. And Raytheon runs up hours very well, the smart engineers would say it is because they hire a bunch of dummies who can barely get work done. At least try to make it seem like the smart guys are appreciated, even if there is no financial reason to do so.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    The job is what you make it.

    Senior Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon


    Pros: Work life balance is supported by all - pay is… Cons: You need to be the driver of your own destiny… Advice to Senior Management: Create the culture where results = rewards and establish trust… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Raytheon


    Pros: Freedom of hours to actually perform at work. More hours worked… Cons: Stress level and completion times. Very little influence on decisions with… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to suggestions from employees. Hire someone with actual field experience instead… More
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