Raytheon Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 180 reviews)

  • Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees (in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • I was hoping to retire from Raytheon but upper management did not look at the ramifications of laying me off (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Lower base salary in high cost of living areas


  2. Excellent company

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, professional environment and smart people

    Cons

    No major shortcomings particularly in comparison to other government contracting companies. Raytheon is a cut above most in this space. PTO for new hires could be better.


  3. Helpful (5)

    10 years at Raytheon

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    Former Employee - Documentation in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Documentation in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Every other Friday off (9/80 schedule). Annual raises based on performance (better performers get higher % raise). When you are on a contract, work is steady and almost guaranteed throughout contract period of performance. If you are in the correct business unit, you get annual profit sharing, but certain business units are phasing this out. Not sure if that will go company-wide. Most positions require security clearance.

    Cons

    Most of the programs you work on focus on creating things that kill people -- it is the defense industry after all. Benefit package keeps getting lowered (I was the last group to get 3 weeks starting vacation and a pension -- 2004). However, always satisfied with the health care options, Going through major cost-cutting right now. Not sure if this is because of sequestration, or just because they want to push up corporate profits. They are probably pushing up corporate profits by blaming sequestration. Suspect workload is going up a lot more than pay or perks -- fewer people, same amount of work. This is government contracting, so if your position is a line item on a contract, you are gone when the contract is gone unless you can land on another contract. Over the years this got less and less likely just amping up the stress at contract end. Tuition reimbursement only approved if it applies to your immediate position -- they won't pay for you to grow in other ways. Most positions require security clearance. They value telecommuters but you are out of sight, out of mind and the technology isn't there to make remote communication easy.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like you are trying to squeeze your people because you can, but this will bite you eventually. Don't be THAT company. Each business unit is like an island -- each island has a different culture and (it seems) a different set of rules. I was in 3 different business units, and it was like 3 totally different companies. The intranet is NOT the information panacea you think it is, Hard to find internal information. Teach your ethics people to actually research a claim -- not just he said/she said. it amkes the overall ethics program seem like a joke.


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  5. As with everything, it depends on where you work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are policies in place that are mutually beneficial to employees and employer. The benefits and salary are competitive with the market. Employees truly believe that "Customer success is our mission" and I do as well.

    Cons

    Challenges include some of the many managers, very top-heavy. Many changes--however, not unlike other A&D companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and results-oriented. Shorten the hiring process. Thin the management herd.


  6. A Cleared Engineering Company

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Big, after previous acquisitions and reorganizations, is working earnestly to be come "one company", though turf war among the divisions still exists.

    Cons

    At least in my division (formerly Technical Services), jobs are really based on existing contracts. If your primary billable contract ends - so does your position. In all actuality, a "body shop". No future in IT - almost all was outsourced - very rare to find an IT person wearing a Raytheon Badge.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good company, getting worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, with interesting and challenging work on a daily basis; received annual compensation increases and an end-of-the-year shutdown

    Cons

    If you are not part of the Senior management clique, forget any advancement or job security - layoffs and promotion decisions made based on favoritism. Leadership also in denial about current federal budget declines

    Advice to Management

    Consider retirement


  8. Human Resources

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Long-standing aerospace & defenses government contractor. Comparatively speaking, strong emphasis on ethical behaviors backed up by continual training in this regard. Pride in serving the mission to secure our country. Great benefits for this industry.

    Cons

    Fits and starts with enterprise initiatives so new methodologies and practices are not able to take hold because results are unrealistically required immediately. Growth and promotional opportunities based more on who you know and the influence of your advocates rather than by merit. Professes strategic view and customer support but thinking is more tactical in nature. Diversity of thought is not encouraged or accepted and accountability at the senior/executive level to drive success is not apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to consider ideas from a variety of sources and resources with an open mind even if they are contrary. Root out those at all levels whose actions and behaviors are non-productive and disruptive to the success of the organization. Work harder to develop talent and reward initiative. Really have an open door where employees can reach out for the help they need without retribution. Welcome input from those in the younger generations who will infuse strategy with innovative ideas to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Be more willing to admit when an approach is not working and to find ways to better pivot to address and provide solutions for the changing economic, geo-political, etc. environment.


  9. worked in Human Resources Department

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, flexibility, ability to work in different groups

    Cons

    Poor leadership, many leaders are just waiting to retire, not innovative,

    Advice to Management

    Be a servant leader instead of just speaking about it, be genuine, get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team.


  10. A thoroughly fulfilling experience.

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on ethical behavior, diversity, inclusion. Opportunities to move between business units enabling diverse experiences.

    Cons

    Currently transitioning the business emphasis toward new technologies through acquisition of small leading edge companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eyes on the future, but be careful not to turn your back on the customers that are providing your current operational base...even as their significance in the future will be less prominent.


  11. Excellent engineering environment with broad, diverse talents and extensive expertise and knowledge.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment to learn, grow and contribute. One is only limited by one's own talents and initiative. Good to great compensation and benefits with opportunities in various business elements.

    Cons

    Too dependent upon government civil and defense contracts with limited non-defense opportunities but is very strong in aerospace and aviation. Business elements tend to be overly stovepiped and therefore do not effectively take full advantage of other Division's talents and/or solution sets.

    Advice to Management

    Greater attention and action should be directed at horizontal integration of scarce, talented people resources across business division domains to leverage internal experience and knowledge plus technical acumen for unique, agile solutions to various customer challenges.



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