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Raytheon not a good place for technical people or hard workers.

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Current Employee - Senior Software II  in  Largo, FL
Current Employee - Senior Software II in Largo, FL

I have been working at Raytheon

Pros

flexible work schedule
Ability to switch projects at a moments notice, when the business is there.

Cons

20 managers to every 1 worker.

Non value added people steal ideas all the time to pass as their own.

It takes 10 times the budget to do a task because you have to feed management and there processes / gates that saturates budgets.

Technical work or doing the right thing is never a priority. The only thing that is emphasized is management schedules, and forecasts.

It’s amazing that this company stays competitive with all of the overhead and non value added people that are shoved on to programs to increase profit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Restructure to become more lean at the top and middle, and penetrate markets that are outside of the Raytheon comfort zone. Don't be afraid to take on the technical sustainment work. That's what keeps the customer married to the company over the long term, and promotes follow on business.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Major Salary and Benefits Improvements needed for Fullerton, CA location

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fullerton, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    -Flexible in taking PTO whenever you like
    -There are a lot of young engineers to form a nice social group
    -Close to home

    Cons

    -Ladder and ranking system to determine promotions and merit raises. Promotions and merit raises are determined in the previous year (ex: For 2010 year, ranking is determined Nov/Dec 2010) before performance reviews/summaries are written and conducted during (ex: For 2010, Feb 2011) for the previous year. Instead of making everyone's salaries the same, award the top performing employees better raises.
    -Promotions seem to be based on years of service and seniority as opposed to rewarding those that worked hard that year.
    -Raises kick in during May of the following year. This is way too late. Performance discussions need to be held earlier in the year and raises applied earlier in the year. Should not be later than February or March at the lastest in my opinion.
    -Expand educational assistance to allow engineers to obtain MBA degrees. They are the only top 4 aerospace defense contractor to restrict employees to obtain MBA degrees.
    -Poor transition to new programs when the current program is phasing out. I was on overhead for about a month before I was contacted to work on a new program. Section managers need to take more responsibility in finding new jobs in other programs and placing proper talent sooner.
    -No sick days. What company doesn't have sick days nowadays. It is unfortunate that people have to take PTO when they are sick or come in the office sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Determine and improve a new method for evaluating promotions and merit raises.
    -Expand educational assistance for MBA degrees.
    -Advise section managers to do a better job of looking after their employees and build the networking bridge for engineers to transition to other projects.
    -Add sick days on top of the vacation allotted to account for some days when people are under the weather and not forced to use PTO.
    -Need to look into holding performance discussions way earlier in the year so that raises kick in by February or March.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great benefits for everyone. Coffee day once a month with a professional coffee cart, pie day, and other moral boosters are what I remember most...

    Cons

    the payscale was a bit lower than other companies, and the ability to get a payraise or promotion was a lot slower than it should have been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employee feedback, and make sure that team leads are better vetted into the positions that they take.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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