Raytheon

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Downsizing company offers few opportunities for advancement

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in State College, PA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in State College, PA

I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

The facilities are well maintained, and management fixes work environment concerns quickly when informed, such as inadequate lighting. Safety complaints are dealt with immediately, and ethics is placed as a top priority.

The company is a large corporation that has many locations and makes it easy to transfer between those locations. Employees looking for an away assignment to get experience in a new area are often accommodated easily. Section managers and team leaders, are nice and are as responsive as possible to employee concerns.

Raytheon has the most schedule flexibility of any company I've ever worked for. Employees may work a standard 8-hour day, work 9 hours with every other Friday off, or take random days off using vacation time or by working into the evening some other day. One person works 10 hour days and takes most Fridays off.

Raytheon pays a bonus, which is a percentage of salary every year based upon the company's performance. Pay is competitive. I work at Raytheon because the pay is good, not because I love my job or because I see a future in moving up the chain.

Raytheon has, by far, the most talented engineers I have ever met at any company. While management prevents that talent from reaching its full potential (see cons), you won't find yourself explaining basic math or programming concepts to people who work for Raytheon. "Weak" team members who drag down productivity are nonexistent.

Cons

When I started at Raytheon, there were over 700 employees working in six buildings at this campus. Several years later, there are now fewer than 300 people left working in a single building, with round after round of layoffs. Layoffs occur frequently and 20-year employees have been suddenly told to leave on the same day without prior notification. Over a year passed when not a single person was hired.

With few exceptions, Raytheon continues to gradually cut employee benefits. The company used to provide on-site cafeteria service (discontinued), a free gym (which later had the price increase and is now closed), and increased the price of health insurance, among other things. They even had a post office at one point (which is now closed). Achievement awards, which used to be given out in recognition of good performance, are now nonexistent.

Raytheon does not pay overtime for under 48 hours of work. Some programs take advantage of this policy by mandating 47 hours of work for 40 hours' pay. Management repeatedly underestimates the amount of time it will take to accomplish tasks at Raytheon, which repeatedly leads to overtime situations and poor quality products as a result.

Working inside a secure environment is stressful and can cause paranoia about things like forgetting to take a cell phone out of a pocket. Raytheon has the strictest security procedures that I have seen in the industry. Listening to music while programming is effectively prohibited, for example, despite it being allowed at comparable businesses.

Unfortunately, there are few opportunities for advancement at Raytheon. Many employees receive "exceeds expectations" performance ratings year after year, and management does not promote them to higher positions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is nothing more important to an employer in software than its employees. The cost of replacing a good employee with knowledge of a program and a security clearance can approach a quarter million dollars. But managers make the same mistakes over and over and create unrealistic schedules that are destined to fail, and employees quit after management thinks that unpaid overtime will resurrect the project.

Raytheon has the smartest and most talented engineers that I, at least, have ever worked with. There are few slackers at Raytheon. Customers agree that Raytheon's solutions are technically brilliant.

Raytheon repeatedly makes the mistake of overmanaging its employees with excessive paperwork and by allowing managers who have less knowledge of technical matters to dictate solutions that are suboptimal.

More trust in employees' ability to get the work done would make productivity and quality skyrocket.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Saftey of a big company with the downside of getting lost in the shuffle

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with intelligent, dedicated, forward-looking co-workers. Lots of programs available to work on if your current one ends. Opportunity to work on cutting-edge technology.

    Cons

    Easy to get overlooked unless you work a lot of overtime or have the favor of supervisors. Not good at managing remote work locations. Management not always eager to hear bad news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the 21st century. Lots of companies succeed with employees at multiple locations.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Raytheon Fullerton

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great - many have spent their entire career at Hughes Aircraft / Raytheon so the knowledge base is fantastic. Nice setting for the location - close to stores and restaurants.

    Cons

    Contracts were not coming through as expected - so layoffs were happening up to 4 times a year over the last two years. Atmosphere very tense. Unfortunately, job opportunities are scarce - and given the current atmosphere, it's not very fun to work there any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more up front about what's going on; allow people to transfer when they want to.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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