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Current Employee - Systems Engineer II
Current Employee - Systems Engineer II

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

Pros

-flexible hours
-decent work-life balance (usually)
-interesting defense/national security related programs/projects
-managers are up for helping you find new projects or technical skills to work on if you get bored with your current work

Cons

-your job can lack stability if the company loses out on contracts
-lots of process and red tape for everything
-difficult to earn promotions (heavily based on metrics)

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    Nice while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company was filled with creative and energetic people. Company has great benefit packages

    Cons

    Management is only interested in increase their profit margin at the expense of its employees. Layoffs take place quite often and usually it it’s the people over the age of 50 that are dismissed. Great place to work if you’re young and don’t plan on making it a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock in the experienced employees that you have. You are losing a lot of talent that should be retained..

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Leverage what you learn at Raytheon and move on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great place to learn your trade in the defense business. Good starting salaries and great early career advancement, especially if you are an engineer. Local work teams and projects are usually good and supportive. If you luck out with a good manager/leader your can have a rewarding early to early-mid career experience

    Cons

    Very low glass ceiling. In most engineering disciplines, the employee will find it very difficult to get past mid-level management. The significant money comes at salary grade E07 where quality bonuses kick in. These bonus levels are purposefully kept down so as not to water down the bonus pool. The company is happy to work employees at 1, 2, or even 3 levels above their pay grade. Increased responsibilities are usually given without a promotion with the vague promise that one may come if the employee succeeds at this level. This also insures promotions are 1 to 2 years behind work levels performed.

    If you are lucky enough to have a good leader and work with good teams, your can be supported well on a local level. Do not mistake this for the company caring about you. They do not. Raytheon has become just another mega-corporation that mouths the words that people matter, but in reality do not mean it.

    Starting at Raytheon can be very good for your career, just don't stay too long (maybe 10 years at most). You will be respected as an expert in your field for having worked at Raytheon, and command a premium salary elsewhere. Who knows, maybe you can come back to Raytheon later in your career and actually obtain the salary and grade level you deserve coming from the outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and get connected. If you want to present yourself as an employer of choice that values its people first, then be that. If you are are really just looking after the shareholders, then quit pretending; no one believes you anyway. Also, you are losing a mass number of your experienced leaders through retirement. Your policy to restrict and limit natural progression has created a huge gap between skilled new to mid-level employees, and the seasoned leadership (and I'm not talking about your VPs and up). Raytheon's incredible run of successes hasn't been driven by the executives, despite what they tell themselves. Soon you could experience some real backsliding due the leadership gap you have created.

    Recommends
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