Raytheon
3.3 of 5 1,351 reviews
www.raytheon.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

Raytheon Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 1,351 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

William H. Swanson

(632 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance"
    in 160 reviews
  • "Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off"
    in 125 reviews
Cons:
  • "In my experience didn't value work/ life balance"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing"
    in 38 reviews
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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Pay and Benefits and time off

    ConsMight work in a crappy location.

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    Raytheon Program Controls

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement is great and flexible.

    ConsLittle growth, salary increases were not competitive.

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    A stagnant, poorly managed organization

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsEnough work to survive a severe turn-down in the industry

    ConsThere is so much deadwood in management, that a small fire would burn the place to the ground.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the people who either never knew or forgot how to manage engineers and engineering projects.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leverage what you learn at Raytheon and move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementWake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad place to work for supply chain professionals

    Supply Chain (Current Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsDecent pay compared to industry average. Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees. A large network of professionals, I'm really just typing words to meet the minimum requirement now

    ConsAlmost everyone in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) organization is over-worked and stressed out. This is due not only to a high workload but mainly because of terrible processes, procedures and tools for SCM employees to do their jobs. There is a major disconnect between what SCM upper management thinks its employees can do (and have access to) vs. what they can really do. The other functions (engineering, finance, operations) have absolutely no respect for the SCM role or its employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Raytheon wants to become a successful prime contractor like Boeing, Lockheed, and Northrup, it needs to do a better job of managing its supply chain. Invest in better SCM tools, procedures and employee training/resources and create an atmosphere of respect for SCM employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical large company

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsStructured environment, somewhat stable in this environment

    ConsCompany contracts aren't growing much outside of missile systems, leaving little room for professional growth aside from people leaving, benefit cuts to non-management

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce your bidding rates. There are a lot of people that don't really serve a useful function (i.e. safety officer that can't help employees who work onsite and send out annoying weekly safety tips). Also, HR only does the bare bones - several employees in addition to myself tried to contact them on both phone and email with questions. No response.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Easy place to get stuck

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsGood benefits and depending on your skills there is the possibility for many opportunities

    ConsBecause it is a defense contractor many of the positions are dependent on contracts. Also they are now trying to outsource many jobs to reduce costs. I have also noticed that they are not very many opportunities for those new into their career,most of their positions require 10+ years experience. So if you do get into the company before then you are kind of stuck.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEnjoyed working with very smart people. Work was challenging and satisfying. Learned about many new technologies. Helping to save the lives of men and women in the military -- purposeful mission.

    ConsExtremely hierarchical and bureaucratic. Lacks innovative ideas in Communications function due to fear of taking risks. VP out of touch with employees who do the real work. Layoff benefits are horrendous unless you are a VP. You get one week per year. Can't sustain yourself while looking for a new job due to sequestration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Structures Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work hours, working with extremely smart people

    ConsPretty stressful, moral is not very good, higher management makes the big decisions and it's up to engineers to make it happen

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    Challenging work !

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Goleta, CA

    ProsGreat Place to work with good benefit and diversified culture

    Conspersonal growth not much in the company

    Advice to Senior Managementmotivate employees for growth in the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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