Raytheon Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
1,447 Reviews
3.3
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
William H. Swanson
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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.  

    Supply Chain

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great management, plenty of opportunities, and rewards people who go above and beyond the expectations.

    Cons

    A lot of processes and procedures that must be followed. Some may seem non value added.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company that provides solid technology and solutions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are excellent to work with
    Mature systems and business processes
    Effective shared services and resources
    The business is well run

    Cons

    Leadership needs an infusion of new ideas
    Over reliance on process in place of independent judgement often slows down ability to respond to the customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge yourself to seek solutions that may come from outside of Raytheon and your own experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Leadership is active and working tirelessly to ensure continued business and customer satisfaction. Most people are great to work with foster a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Functional Management in some business units are removed from their base, which make promotions slow or non-existent unless you can get another group to pull you over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push functional managers to be more engaged with their base, both inside and outside of day to day work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great turn around under Swanson.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for those willing to embrace change.

    Cons

    Lacks cohesive underlying culture or branding. Long term efforts to support STEM education are starting to make headways, but overall, still lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like there are lots of disjoint efforts to imitate companies that have strong culture/branding in the eyes of media/the public. However, these disjoint efforts are coming across like desparate attempts at imitation. Need some real top down leadership to correct this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Raytheon is the best place to work.

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    Former Employee - Pro-e Designer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Pro-e Designer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The work you do at Ratheon is part of a team effort and make you successful in your mission.

    Cons

    Contract work does not last long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a follow on work for contract employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bureaucracy to end all bureaucracies - not the place if you're innovative or entrepreneurial

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, but not the best
    Decent benefits
    Ability to have a flexible work schedule, that is, if your boss is accommodating
    Was MUCH better 5 years ago than today.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for experienced hires to advance
    Lousy management in some divisions
    Poor work-life balance
    Poor severance & COBRA handling, it WILL cost you time and money when you leave
    Once you work for this defense contractor, you will find it hard to work elsewhere as Raytheon saps your mind, body, and initiative.
    Very, very frustrating to try and accomplish anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people, even the ones you fire. You may not see it, but there is a huge swell of discontent in the ranks, and there is no desire in certain operating divisions to minimize the pain of laid-off workers. From the delays in processing severance documents (first severance check promised 2 weeks after firing, the division took 3+ weeks to process the paperwork) to the horrid handling of COBRA administration (Ceridian is horrid - it has not credited payment for nearly 2 weeks, it claims to take 30-60 days to "reinstate coverage", and it has delayed processing of credit card payments - today's surprise is a message that you have terminated services with Ceridian, but there is no indication how to reinstate. I expect it to take 60-75 days for the REQUIRED continuous COBRA benefits to be provided. Let's be clear: YOU are responsible for COBRA, and all costs incurred) you are giving a final kick in the pants to folks you terminate.

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

    Bad place to work for supply chain professionals

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay compared to industry average. Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees. A large network of professionals, I'm really just typing words to meet the minimum requirement now

    Cons

    Almost everyone in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) organization is over-worked and stressed out. This is due not only to a high workload but mainly because of terrible processes, procedures and tools for SCM employees to do their jobs. There is a major disconnect between what SCM upper management thinks its employees can do (and have access to) vs. what they can really do. The other functions (engineering, finance, operations) have absolutely no respect for the SCM role or its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Raytheon wants to become a successful prime contractor like Boeing, Lockheed, and Northrup, it needs to do a better job of managing its supply chain. Invest in better SCM tools, procedures and employee training/resources and create an atmosphere of respect for SCM employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Eng II  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Eng II in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    There are very talented and nice people working there. However, there are pretty bad people there, too. Salary and benefit are pretty good, pension plan (for employees that have been there for a while) is very good.

    Cons

    They promote young good talkers too fast. Some of these young engineers don't have good solid skills, just know the buzz words and know how to take credit for other people's work. Some of the managers are no-technical, so they don't know how to judge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have good technical people to lead and to manage. That way they don't just think good talkers are the future of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great engineering company

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    Current Employee - Financial Manager II  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Manager II in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, good stable environment

    Cons

    Large company, lots of processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO in place, looking forward to see new management shape the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company, terrible local IT leadership

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    Current Employee - IT Technical Contributor  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Contributor in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, exposure to a wide variety of technology and experiences, breadth of opportunities, company mission, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Local IT leadership is hell bent on cost reduction and ignores everything else, technical competency is viewed as a commodity, proliferation of incapable management, ingrained culture of "no bad news" and opaqueness, promotion of ignorance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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