Raytheon Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 180 reviews)

  • Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees (in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • I was hoping to retire from Raytheon but upper management did not look at the ramifications of laying me off (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Lowell, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs


  2. Helpful (1)

    Test B

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test B in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Test B in Andover, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. I had a great time there. Really great benefits. And a diverse culture. Lots of training.

    Cons

    Need to know sometimes gets in the way of understanding a complete system. But most of that knowledge I found on line.


  3. Sr executive assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can spend career changing jobs

    Cons

    Unfair hiring, beuracracy, stopped pension


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great for learning

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon is a great place to start your career, and a great place to end it. The company has a lot of opportunity to get your hands on different technologies and move around within the company. Very flexible schedule, great benefits, and very laid back culture. Some of the smartest people around.

    Cons

    Like with most big companies, it has some politics and bureaucracy. Management is hit or miss; either really strong or really week. The company does have a little bit of a "not invented here" attitude.


  6. wafer fab operator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wafer Fab Operator/Master Operator/Technician in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Wafer Fab Operator/Master Operator/Technician in Andover, MA

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is proactive in hiring all ethnic groups and ages; good benefits Raytheon strives for a team approach to solve problems.

    Cons

    Match for 401K is only 3% Work schedules cannot be modified for any period of time if you are a union worker

    Advice to Management

    Union and non union personnel are treated very differently. Some personnel in the engineering function really do not add any value to the organization.


  7. Project Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Woburn, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great and smart people. Good programs. Lots of project work, which I enjoyed. Good tools. I've considered going back. I enjoyed my job.

    Cons

    My biggest issue was that I wasn't in an area that was growing and it was going to be hard to get any growth. I had a child and wanted to make more money, so I left the company based on an opening at a company where I had some friend recommendations.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have current exposure to management, so I don't think it's right to post a comment years later.


  8. Great Company to Move Around In!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost/Schedule Control Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Cost/Schedule Control Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of upward mobility - Many locations nationwide with option to relocate - Competitive Salaries - Flexible work schedules with work-from-home and "9/80" (9 hour days M-Th, every other Friday off) options.

    Cons

    - Upper management can seem detached at times, which is probably natural for a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale can swing greatly from group to group. Things like bonuses and paid overtime can vary greatly from manager to manager. These things could be more consistent.


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    Integrated Defense Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The engineering community is filled with very smart, engaging individuals. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and most are willing to share what they know. The benefits are going to be comparable to what is available with other companies in the area. Make sure to negotiate a fair salary because if you end up undervalued you won't recover unless you leave the company.

    Cons

    Raytheon tries to adopt the best practices of industry and make them more Raytheon-like. This often results in additional work for the sake of work in order to make the claim that we've adopted some practice. Raytheon also does a better job rewarding people who leave the company then come back versus those who are loyal and geniunely interested in making sure Raytheon is the Top Tier Defense Contractor.


  10. Company Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to change jobs and grow professionally. Top talent typically leaves after 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better leadership development programs for mid level employees, not just for kids out of school that have been recently hired.


  11. Assistant

    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Raytheon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Manager was flexible with work/family balance

    Cons

    Downsizing after several turnover in positions



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