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Great People but Direction is the Question

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Raytheon has some of the best people I ever worked with. The intelligence and creativity is unmatched. The perks and salaries paid are very competitive. The work culture is supportive. You do have to find your career path there and it is recommended that you find a mentor that can give you advice and push you to get your goals.

Cons

Limited resources due to outsourcing slowed reaching yearly goals. It was always a battle with limited budgets to get things done. Working with bright and enthusiastic vendor teams was not enough sometimes. Management seems to think technology can be developed by anyone off the street and get the same quality. Creativity to modify COTS tools to solve requirements where they were not originally designed to do that type of work gets old and frustrating really fast. The errors and problems from this approach can sometimes waste more money than it saves. Management needs to listen to good technical people for solutions instead of worrying about process so much. As for growing your career, getting training and education to grow your skill set has become limited and unavailable. Once you leave Raytheon, this lack of current world training really sets you back.

Advice to Management

Upper Raytheon Management does promote an inclusive work culture and a vision where they bring products to support our armed forces and civilian commercial customers. However, in the last 5-10 years, that management has turned to outsourcing and bottom line thinking which for a vital segment of our nation's security. Good people was let go for inexperienced vendors who tried in vain to fill the gap. We talk about keeping out high technology resources here at home. It is time that management support the good people who work hard and sacrifice for our nation instead of worrying so much about the shareholder. Quality of the products suffers when expertise is not kept on board. Something has to be said about subject matter experts being retained in house which gives you a competitive advantage in our competitive aerospace business.

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    Whoever said indecision is the death of innovation worked at Raytheon

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 401K and benefits packages are decent in the current economy. Depending on the program that you support you might get to work on some pretty cool systems.

    Cons

    Benefits in general are mediocre. Promotions and pay increases are very hard to come by unless you "in the club" of your respective management. They tout a work/life balance but truly only offer it to their select group of employees, leaving the rest to pickup all the slack. If you are not in the select group and you take your 9/80 day off, expect to hear from your anger about how you are not meeting expectations or being a team player. Though Raytheon touts itself as a Veteran friendly employer, THEY ARE MOST CERTAINLY NOT. They will permit you to establish work social groups based on ethnicity, race or orientation but NOT for your status as a Veteran. They like to have veterans in house so they can boost their demographics for hiring, but their management treats the veterans as if they are damaged goods. Management has the mentality of middle schoolers and if you raise an issue to upper management or even HR, it just gets swept under the rug and you are retaliated against.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to prop,one a work/life balance, then practice it. You need to cut the fat out of management. If you have a manager who is no longer managing anyone and has no real defined job, then get rid of them! That way you can hire better people and give back to the employees who work hard for you.

  2. Second job after graduating from school, was a good place to gain job experience.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was decent and was given challenging assignments and projects to work on. Learned many new programs and how the defense contract world works.

    Cons

    Due to smaller defense budgets, contracts were not coming through - layoffs were a result. The work environment was very poor. Every week more people were laid off.

    Advice to Management

    More generous severance packages.

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