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Raytheon Reviews in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
1,435 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.  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I  in  Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Good people, really care about the customer not the typical blood sucking defense contractor, decent process, great technology,awesome work-life balance policies,

    Cons

    bonus are subpar compared with similar companies, compensation is not great, promotions are slow in the intermediate grades E3+

    Promotion from E3 to E4 will take years because they are mostly based on seniority rather than skills
    The E4 grade is the most an average engineer can aspire for.
    E5+ are really sharp engineers but getting past the E4 slow process will discourage most talented engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote best and brightness within a reasonable time frame before they leave. Reduce overhead so you can afford competitive engineering salaries...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Systems Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in McKinney, TX

    Pros

    Great company with great products and challenging technical work. Enjoyed working there as an electrical engineer.

    Cons

    Would have liked to seen more of a technical ladder. Management tended to be very program centric. Sometimes hard to move between programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well run organizations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    What you would expect from a Defense company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX

    Pros

    A focus on Diversity and Inclusion as well as work-life balance

    Cons

    Industry is difficult right now; lots of business consolidation and change. Not terribly progressive in their management or leadership practices, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live and demonstrate the value that performance = behaviors + results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy place to get stuck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Dallas, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Because 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.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, few advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer II  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer II in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Surrounded by very professional and talented people, very few managers micromanage, technical challenges daily. Pay and benefits are pretty much competitive (if on the lower side of industry averages) so this keeps a lot of employees from leaving the company.

    Cons

    Overall a good company to work for, but if you want to advance you will need to search and apply for new jobs in the company since very few managers help you out in this regard. In the last year the company has had multiple layoffs causing a very stressful workplace. It was especially discouraging that some good employees were chosen to be laid off over others that appear to be part of the "good ol' boy network".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is frequently weak and there are often too many middle managers. People are not a high priority when it comes to advancement or layoff decisions so job security is always a concern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experiences vary, generally good for younger crowd.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer II  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer II in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Products are state of the art and quality is very good. Young employees can advance and make good salaries while learning new tools and gaining experience, co-op students especially. Fortunate college grads can hire into a rotational role which affords greater breadth of experience, and often faster career growth.

    Cons

    The company does not invest in it's employees' career and knowledge growth. The focus is all on processes and very little on talent. Too much favoritism, nepotism and reverse racism in advancement opportunities. Work life balance is not good for most individuals and HR does a poor job handling Leave of Absences, including pregnancies. Company prefers rank and file to be young.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring talented individuals and placing competent persons into lower management roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large engineering-focused company with strong leadership but a lot of middle management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Flexible 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
    Great team and boss
    Current team is very flat organizationally so a lot of exposure to leadership
    Opportunities to work on exciting and challenging projects and assignments
    A big emphasis on learning, diversity, etc.
    Pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes too much bureaucracy to deal with so great ideas can get lost in the mix
    It takes a while for "change" to take place because the company is so large
    Very engineering-focused, which can sometimes be a challenge for non-engineering functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of people in middle management are too complacent in their jobs and just waiting for retirement - get rid of the dead weight and hire/promote qualified individuals to take their place. Don't discount younger employees because of their age. If someone shows the potential, ability and the skill-set to handle a role, give them that opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior leadership with vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in McKinney, TX

    Pros

    product portfolio, compensation, benefits, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Very large company with typical bureaucratic issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower you people. Less overt and more leadership.sigh

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Almost 20 years in North Texas.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Long-term employment in Engineering and Program Management is possible, but challenging because most assignments are intense and short-lived. Can't always count on where you will be in six months.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Political

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Pay is good, time off is great, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Very political environment, ethical issues ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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