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Big Company, Strange People

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Raytheon

Pros

Leading edge, state of the art technology. Flexible working environment. In El Segundo so near the beach and near lots of amenities. Basketball at lunch time. Liberal use of computers (everyone has internet at their desk except those in classified areas). Free Sparkletts water. There's almost always a free lunch in some conference room (leftovers from noon time meetings). Lots of programs so lots of different stuff to work on (except now). Beautiful landscaped main facility, clean. The restrooms and grounds are in really good shape for example. Most people at Raytheon work a 9/80 work schedule.

Cons

I don't want to write this as a dislike, more of a slightly disturbing observation. Like the Doors song "People are Strange", There is some sort of weird culture at Raytheon El Segundo in that people avoid eye contact in the hall ways. Everyone seems to be in a guarded insular stance. You rarely hear people laughing. I don't know if it is Raytheon, or Southern California, or commuting, or the 2011 economy but most Raytheon employees are not cheerful, they're almost morose or depressed. Nobody ever talks about their home life. You never hear of after work or weekend outings. People really keep to themselves. We realize the work we do is important and a lot of it is extremely classified but the mood is way too serious in casual interaction. I don't get it.
Benefits: Starting in 2010 Raytheon 401(k) only provides a 3% company match (4% after 5 years). Boeing for example provides 6% and Northrop provides 4%. The PPO is very costly, like $5500 per year for a family. The worst thing of all (this sounds trivial but it isn't), Raytheon uses Lotus Notes instead of Outlook. LN absolutely sucks (there's even a website out there called "I hate lotus notes").
Due to mergers, there are still several "Raytheons" each with its own culture and management chains. For example, Raytheon El Segundo managers don't talk to Raytheon Fullerton managers. This is not good if you are interested in switching locations for example. It's like there are two different companies.
Finally, because Raytheon is in El Segundo, family housing is either extremely expensive or very far away. You can't have everything: quality, close by, affordable. Pick two. If it is affordable it and close it is "the hood". If it is affordable and high quality it is far away. If it is close and high quality, then it is expensive. The 405 freeway is almost an invisible line between the expensive, South Bay housing and the rough neighborhoods east of the 405. Many people commute in 50 miles on vanpools from Ventura County, the Inland Empire, and Orange County but as mentioned above, Raytheon is really cool on working hours so people come in early or late to beat traffic.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of Lotus Notes and the non user friendly time card system.
Unify the company (one Raytheon) so that employees from El Segundo can seamlessly flow between Fullerton and El Segundo for example. Get the departments and sections at each facility familiar with each other.

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    Slow and steady

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    I would say the pay was reasonable and the work atmosphere is pretty casual. I have made a lot of friends here and at the least the non-management employees are really eager to help you out.

    Cons

    It is a big company where the top guys fly themselves on private corporate jets and rarely interact with the lowly engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the patronizing company memos and useless company whatever-o-grams. Do more for employee advancement and training. Trying to give the impression that you care, doesn't really mean you care.

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    Bad management makes it hard for Generation Y.

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

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Good benefits, pay, and 401k contribution.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation and creativity. The work environment is very plain. Culture in the company is all about collecting a paycheck. The company acts like they care about trust, respect, and diversity but these don't seem to be enforced where it matters. Managers aren't evaluated from upper management or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be checks and balances for department managers. Its hard working under a manager that lacks communication or knowledge of the industry. The company has a horrible retention rate for the younger generation for obvious reasons. The average age at the company is well above 40. So, there are plenty of people fearful of change. This means that if you are interested in driving innovation and creativity...prepare for hurdles. Even if you try and notify human resources of the issues they just try to do damage control instead of really looking into the issues. Its a hard environment to work in for someone that cares about more than just a paycheck. It will eventually bring you down.

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