Raytheon Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,446 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance (in 166 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 126 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon as an intern

    Pros

    Depending on the group you work for you may have the option of a 9/80 work week. You work 10 hours Mon-Thurs, 8 hours every other Friday and every other Friday off. The work can be stimulating at times, I was lucky enough to test and trouble shoot systems sent back from the feild

    Cons

    There were weeks when I have nothing to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep people busy especially if they are only going to be there for a few months

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Planner & Control Specialist II  in  Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Material Planner & Control Specialist II in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, decent PTO and benefits.

    Cons

    Very much a boys club environment.

  3.  

    Slow and Steady

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Marlborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Raytheon is a large, diverse company with many different opportunities. It can weather the ups & downs of defense market by shifting focus to international or civilian business, etc. If you are interested in doing different things, you can usually find something within the company.
    It's hard to generalize with such a large workforce, but for the most part people care about their job, and try to do their best.
    The company offers industry standard pay and benefits - not the best, but not bad either.

    Cons

    Being a defense contractor, most programs are not dealing with cutting edge technologies. The company is very process driven, which stifles creativity somewhat, but allows for more consistent results.
    Corporate culture is slow to change and react to markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in R&D and business development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great but slow-pace environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Diversity initiatives are great; join an ERG! (Enterprise Resource Group)

    Cons

    Slow-paced environment, not many sponsors to support career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Work/Life Balance...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A place that does value the "work/life balance". Some departments have the option of a "9/80" two week work week. 9 days with 80 hours of work and every other Friday off. They value safety first so working from home during a snowstorm is never an issue.

    Cons

    Supervisors can be micromanagers but it depends upon the department. Sometimes the focus on the "bottom line" can be a bit much where managers and supervisors forget that to keep an employee a promotion might be necessary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive growth experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leadership Development  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Leadership Development in Boston, MA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    amazing focus and investment on leadership development programs, geographic flexibility, strong network, interesting projects

    Cons

    The defense industry is set to be a struggling industry; and there can be a lack of flexibility in the program - as participants have to fill existing needs. No other cons really.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Formal environment, generally older employees and older technology.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flex time, 40 hr work week, supportive management.

    Cons

    Dilbert-like cubicle environment, working with old tech is useless experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay drastically and try to foster a more creative and fun environment to attract and retain software talent. Right now many employees think of Raytheon as an employer of last resort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, great product.

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    Current Employee - Team Lead  in  Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You work with some of the best people in their fields .

    Cons

    Company is too closely tied to the whims of the US government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was better off when it was diversified, prior to the sell off of its commercial assets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really depends where you work

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    Current Employee - Senior Counsel  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Counsel in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Some super talented and dedicated employees, interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Senior management infighting, lack of company vision for new directions. Definite sense that senior management is getting what they can while they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding and promoting empty suits and yes men is demoralizing to the vast majority of employees. The good of the company should come before individual egos. Deadwood throughout the ranks needs to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineering Planner

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    Current Employee - Engineering Planner  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Planner in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company allows for a relatively flexible work schedule, and has great work/life balance. They have a system called the 9/80 schedule where you can choose to work 80 hours over the course of 9 days and take every other Friday off (given there's no urgent work that needs to be completed).

    Cons

    - There isn't a much of a training guideline for new hires, and management seems to expect the employees to figure it out.
    - The HR department is quite slow in processing anything, and also relatively inflexible in negotiations (part of it due to being a large company).
    - Politics also play a big part in in the company, and functions in quite an old-fashioned manner (having unwritten rules of what is qualified as a promotion).
    - Culture isn't particularly friendly or unfriendly, very much just a place to work and go home to family, don't expect to make a lot of buddies from work who all grab beer together afterwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time recruiting and developing recent college graduates, as it would bring in more energy, creativity, and a gradual change in the overall work environment (to become more vivacious).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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