Raytheon Reviews in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,488 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 175 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 130 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 44 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work, great people, good work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance (PTO, 9/80 workweek, flex time)
    Compensation
    People (in Texas) are awesome to work with

    Cons

    Corporate shoving "culture" down our throats
    Offices are old
    They like you to stay in one job for your entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify "go-getters" and give them a chance to move/grow.
    Inspire us to do more and better (better offices, rewards/perks/recognition)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It is what you make of it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Garland, TX

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

    Pros

    A sense of purpose. Does the thought of maintaining a sales forecast app get you going in the morning? Do you love the smell of buring shopping cart code? No? Me neither. The sense of purpose that comes with the job is one of the reasons I was attracted to defense work. There is a sense of camaraderie that I did not get from other organizations.

    Cons

    The tech is somewhat stale, but that has more to do with the customer than the company. Some of the technical feats pulled off in the past were nothing more than mind boggling, so the Company certainly has cutting-edge in its DNA. That being said, they do tend to treat every engineer as a widget to be shuffled around at will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to make the most of your talent and stop trying to pound square pegs into round holes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Rough for contractors.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, and good people.

    Cons

    Temps never get hired. I have been in charge of my test group for several years, with recommendations from the senior engineer, but I can't get hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull the lifers that don't work, and give some temps a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting problem space, terrible execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Chief Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    All the comforts of a big defense contractor. Loyalty, interesting work, opportunities to those that seek it

    Cons

    All the frustrations of a big defense contractor. Slow adopters, too much middle management, loyalty to their demise (they rarely fire - they just move you to the basement).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to speak up and identify what is wrong. Fire the wikipedia engineers and be willing to open source unclassified work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I have really enjoyed working a Raytheon in Garland Texas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sys Integration Technologist II in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Sys Integration Technologist II in Garland, TX

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In the past I was able to do multiple jobs: hardware development, system testing, software development, and Systems engineering.

    Cons

    The projects are paid for using government funding which sometimes comes and goes.

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

    Management needs improving.

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the health coverage is average. The time off is the best thing. Start out with 2 weeks off plus the week of Christmas and New Years of and after every 5 one more week is added.

    Cons

    To much politics and political games amongst management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company for which to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Specialist in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Specialist in McKinney, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work assignments with flexible hours if needed. The benefits package is well above average as is the salary. Loved my job while there and would go back if conditions allow.

    Cons

    Working for a defense contractor can be very up and down. Projects can be cancelled leaving one to searching for more internal work. There are too many managers at this company and they are overly protected during the down times leaving the actual workers high and dry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the workers are the backbone of this company. I went far and above my work assignments to complete everyone of them on time without so much as a pat on the back. A little of this goes a long ways!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average experience so far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Short commute from home and that's about it

    Cons

    Huge company, weird policies that makes simple things complicated and needs to go through all huddles unnecessarily. Been transferred to multiple projects once hired, had to move around cubes a lot, spent more time setting up new environment than being real productive. Has lot of lame mandatory training to take on your own time - meaning you don't get paid for it. Now regret accepting this offer since I have all benefits through my spouse's employer and hence don't see the point of staying as an employee here with a huge pay cut. Looking around and hope I can get the hell out of here. Benefits not great either..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not going to make a difference, so whats the point?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Out Source Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist II in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist II in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Raytheon (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management didn't look over your shoulder every minute of the day. I did my job and got home on time everyday.

    Cons

    I was hired in as a warehouse contractor. I was hoping to get my foot in the door since I was a recent college grad at the time. With out me knowing before I was hired Raytheon was in search the whole time to out source the warehouse part of the operation. I started grave yard shift with in two weeks they moved us to 2nd shift and did away with 3rd shift. I stayed there almost a year before they handed over the warehouse work to a 3rd party warehouse company that had a leaky roof and hired temp workers for minimum wadge. Sad a lot of american companies have come to this.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Garland, TX

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

    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

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