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Raytheon IT is terrible! A Revolving Door for Business Analysts and IT Project Managers.

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Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Billerica, MA
Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Billerica, MA

I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

Like in most government related industries, the work is less intense and can be pretty slow paced. This means you don't have to work as hard at the actual "work" itself, compared to financial and healthcare related industries,

Cons

Absolutly, without a doubt, the most terrible IT Management I have seen in 15 years of consulting... I have never seen such an nonfunctional department as the BAS group. The managers are never there... no one is ever reachable and there is no consequences for not returning emails, or not completing your work. Those that are considering Functional Consulting Roles here, stay away! Its a Revolving Door for Business Analysts and IT Project Managers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There seems to be some sort of Policy to not fire bad mangers... they just get rotated somewhere else. The problem is their attitudes... the middle managers dont work and hide in their offices, adn seem to just get away with it. That isnt going to change, regardless of the area you put them under.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's okay

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    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with are good. Hours are usually 9 hours M-Th, and 4 hours on Fridays.

    Cons

    The benefits they offer are getting worse and worse because they try to be more competitive. They got rid of their normal employee bonuses and will lay you off to save money. Fairly bureaucratic and lots of compensation issues. Little opportunity to move up the ladder too.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

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