Raytheon

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Fantastic place to work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

I have been working at Raytheon

Pros

Really a great place to work. People are respectful, hardworking and dedicated. They pay attention to what their employees say.

Cons

Everyone works very hard so it is sometimes hard to achieve work and life balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break employee opinion survey down to more fidelity and/or increase the use of 360 feedback.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No technical knowledge gain thus waste time as they stereotype high-ranked ex-military officers that politically won.

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Nice benefits packages with flexibility in selections.
    When starting the salaries are competitive but few changes later.
    Clear English used with between coworkers.

    Cons

    - Morals and ethics is biggest problem as upper level project management is like working with "Enron" supervision. The brass (i.e., supervision) wants the cash.
    - As contracts end they lay-off the technical brains and experts but keep their ex-military officers who “in the past” won the contracts. They rarely still have have friends in the government after the length of waterfall contract contracts to win them more.
    - As proposals are prepared many extra management positions are added to the proposal for no solid reason.
    - Many supervisors simply were never trained to communicate with their staffing to have everyone work as a “team” and listen to other ideas and suggestion from all levels. The “feet-on-the-desk” managers are difficult to communicate with as all issue/decision conclusions go their way or no way.
    - Advancement/promotions for those without brass military experience are rare. The “Stereotyping Company” is Raytheon’s nickname. Many lower level ex-military personnel rarely receive promotions also.
    - Commonly, if a lower level employee has a great new design or methodology the supervision or management will take the idea and lay them off the fellow. They want to make sure no “one is better then me”.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One year ago RTN claimed the target was to go 50% commercial contracts. But with still many of the management staffing having only DoD experience how will this be accomplished. Why not give up hire more open world employees. True, many military folks know how to "use" high tech device but they can't technically design them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very Political Old Boy Network Defense Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great benefits package, good salaries (good, not great), profit sharing, yearly bonuses, flexible work time, stock matching, 401K package has lots of investment options, parking garage is free & plentiful, corporate culture is relatively easy to understand, 3 weeks initial PTO - goes to 4 weeks after 5 years with the company, & 5 weeks after 15 years.

    Cons

    Promotions are at a complete standstill in certain areas & departments, geographical splits of departments means favoritism of home offices, inability to predict future work beyond six month window leads to large work shortages, fears of layoffs, targeted firings, targeted layoffs, good old boy network of senior program managers, sexist behavior towards women managers & leadership, cronyism is evident amongst departments, hero-shithead rollercoaster means you never know how your year is going to turn out, performance reviews focus on wrong objectives, section heads/line management pay too much attention to program managers & not engineers, security clearances take forever to get, secret, top secret, etc., line management hold grudges & engage in multi-year vendettas during annual performance reviews, rankings, & salary raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting HR abuse your employees, stop letting management drive off all the young talent by placing their careers in stasis, ultimately leading to people leaving in droves for greener pastures, stop the brain drain by insisting that junior engineers work on projects with senior engineers to be mentored in skill sets necessary for the next generation, stop bringing back retirees as consultants, stop allowing project managers to save money by utilizing senior engineers only, move people around to break up political networks, stop the favoritism evident in promotions, stop pushing the bar so high that people can't get promoted, foster a culture of increased design, design skills, cross-disciplinary skills, get rid of the stringent entry requirements for some programs involving rotating assignments, business degrees for engineers, or continuing education. Stop getting rid of all of your administrative assistants, they perform valuable functions for the engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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