Raytheon Reviews in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,447 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    I have really enjoyed working a Raytheon in Garland Texas.

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    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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs improving.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for 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
  3.  

    Very good company for which to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Specialist  in  McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Specialist in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Average experience so far

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for less than a 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
  6.  

    Out Source Department

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist II  in  McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist II in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Raytheon for less than a 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.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for 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
  8.  

    Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in McKinney, TX

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

    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
  9.  

    What you would expect from a Defense company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  10.  

    Easy place to get stuck

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, few advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer II  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer II in Dallas, TX

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

    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

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