Raytheon Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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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. Senior Software Engineer 2

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Really smart people. Management tries really hard to help employees with their careers.

    Cons

    Government contacts are shrinking, so there is less contacts for work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  2. Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Flexible Work Life Balance (9-80 work schedule) No one bothers you as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to advance quickly - large corporate culture doesn't incentivize hard workers The flair of the aerospace culture which existed in the Hughes days are long gone at this company. The company culture is nearly gone - no enthusiasm or excitement

    Advice to Management

    promote and recognize employees - remove large corporate HR policies or large numbers of mid level engineers will leave


  3. Helpful (2)

    Who cares about the old and in with the new; Raytheon Missile Systems

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a large defense contractor. You can kick back and be a low performer, or go into hyper drive and walk on water. It may not matter depending on where your line management thinks you sit on the bell curve.

    Cons

    Mix of the last of the Hughes heritage culture, and the intentional bias on new hires as they did nothing concrete to fill the gap of the Baby Boomer Exodus. Culture and Values only go as far as whether we're shipping product or not. Of course they will deny this, and state the long list of Ethics programs they have, but when it comes to $$ they don't care what it takes. The performance evaluation system is broken. They used to have an equation with peer performance feedback, but they got rid of that years ago. Now its where your manager sees you to fit on the bell curve within his/her group. Missile Systems takes advantage of the fact that they're the only large engineering company in town, make no mistake about that. As far as advancement goes forget it. Raytheon is now focused on two things Radar and Computer Security. Most of the activity is in their facilitates in Texas. Go work there, but forget about a long term commitment to this company, they don't seem to care about that. Bye the way take the time to scrutinize the other posts. You'll find the positive ones are people that have interned and barely spent a couple of years. Also, Glass door doesn't do a good job breaking up reviews between business units of large companies. Not all business units are equal.

    Advice to Management

    You've a serious communications and accountability problem on your entire campus. But, it pretty obvious to the more experienced that you care little about retention, and maintain the tired old mentality of "we'll just back fill what you do with three college graduates from the U of A"


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  5. Principal SW Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company. A lot of opportunity to grow. People are very nice.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics in the company... typical for big companies I am sure.


  6. Sr. Financial Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great cooberative environment for staff.

    Cons

    Limited upside potential due to aerospace consolidation.


  7. Systems Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    relax, 9/80 friday, easy work, friendly coworkers, 401k 4% match, yearly bonus ( not a lot)

    Cons

    hard to get promoted, boring sometimes, just like every aerospace company

    Advice to Management

    retire when the number is good


  8. Helpful (1)

    No tools support. Sink or swim mentality.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You can move up quickly and a lot faster than at Boeing.

    Cons

    There is no dedicated tools team. You are on your own for learning the tools which are weak. Raytheon does not invest in finance tools nearly as much as Boeing which has a great tools team. You have to sink or swim here, mgmt. is pretty much a joke. Just status seekers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop status seeking and roll up your sleeves and help the finance people. Get a dedicated tools team.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Contracts Administrator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Administrator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts Administrator in El Segundo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon is a huge company with a lot of experience in aerospace. This is a great place to get your feet wet in the industry. Having this company on your resume will definitely help you out when it comes to getting hired some where else. Sometimes you can even get lucky and work with a great team.

    Cons

    Like at every company, you're replaceable. There is no morale at this company, you're just a cog in their machine. There are some business portals that are pretty dated and then there are some newly developed programs that are used that have no value added, which leads to people not using them or completely avoiding them all together. No space for young employees to move up in the ranks, it's a first come first serve type business. There is a long waiting list to actually move up.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training opportunities for new or inexperienced employees. There are a lot of people at the company that have just moved up in the ranks because of the amount of time they've been there and not because they are performing above standards and know their side of the business. Appreciate your employees and please get rid of the ratings, exceeds, meets and needs improvement. Everyone at the company knows that even if you perform at a rating of Exceeds, it can only be given to a certain number of people in a department which then means only a few people will receive a below average raise no matter what. Managers are well aware that even if all of their employee are exceeding expectations, they can't give that score to everyone because there aren't enough funds to distribute. Corporate always thanks employees for helping exceed the company's AOP, all of that extra money seems like it goes into the pockets of the head honchos while the people doing the real work don't get recognized or compensated.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior Mechanical Engineer I

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer I in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer I in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work on a wide variety of products and disciplines. Values leadership and self-motivation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and work place politics. Technical performance and experience isn't consistently rewarded.


  11. Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work & task opportunities. Challenging technical and management assignments. Highly talented personnel. Good benefits. Strong business base.

    Cons

    Not enough mentoring from senior retiring employees to new incoming personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain legacy transfer from senior personnel to new incoming personnel.



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