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Raytheon Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
1,573 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 180 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 133 reviews)


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

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

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    Contracts Manager

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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    very dynamic environment, great team collaboration. Products and programs are state of the art. Overall great experience. Leadership has a vision and they foster an environment where one can learn how to adapt in a fast pace environment.

    Cons

    communication at times with members of the organization is difficult. Old school mentality when it comes to culture, but that's expected for a defense company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fostering collaboration across the enterprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company with poor leadership, lots of politics and poor consideration of work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Healthy backlog. Stable.

    Cons

    Lousy leadership, convoluted processes, poor morale, lots of backstabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with employees. Wake up your leadership. Simplify your processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for beginning and retiring career, not so much meet in the middle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Not too bad health benefits. Great for beginning career and retiring career.

    Cons

    Some politics and red tapes throughout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper and lateral management were less helpful and more of being obstacles.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture and career development opportunities

    Cons

    Slow moving, could increase base salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Back-Stabbing

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good, even though they're continually being cut back as companies race to the bottom. That's the only reason I stayed for so long, even though for years I dreaded getting out of bed on weekday mornings.

    Cons

    The environment encourages managers to devote themselves to political turf battles, in which employees are mere pawns. No promotion from within, either; when an opening exists they always bring in someone from outside who knows nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's pointless to offer any advice to upper management. They have no need to listen to anyone, as they know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    My experince was very good. A very good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Material Program Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Material Program Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good with promoting within.

    Cons

    People are very skillful and good to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, awesome projects to work on

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    Current Employee - Contracts in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart People, Always Helpful, Great location

    Cons

    Some of the policies seem redundant, Hard to get promoted within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unethical and Low Expectations

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

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

    Pros

    The individual contributors are mostly great to work with like any standard company. The benefits are average.

    Cons

    Salary - They will totally low ball you and say they have no cost of living built into there salary ranges. This isn't true. Every company has some sort of compensation for different regions.

    Work - The expectations are low. This is not good IMHO due to the types of contracts being worked on - people's lives are at stake! The process approaches are stuck in the 80's.

    Management - Needs a overhaul! My manager says very inappropriate things and attempts to divide the teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some weeding and don't put people who shouldn't be in leadership positions in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Defense contractor extraordinaire

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I (E03) in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I (E03) in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    -Very flexible work schedule; not only 9x80 availability, but rolling mod time allows 3 week bank of time above/below 40h for any personal needs
    -Having SAP or TS = guaranteed job security
    -Compensation is fairly high for actual deliverables

    Cons

    -Matrix organization poster child. You will never meet all the people on your 'team'. Ever. Toss all the 'soft skills' interview questions out the window, there is zero teamwork at a defense contractor, especially this one
    -Incredibly (and questionably) top heavy; I currently have 1 supervisor and 3 managers, only 2 of whom even know I exist
    -95% of the engineers are EEs, which is good on some levels but can also be challenging, especially when trying to bring in outside/new problem approaches
    -Very business-cultured engineering company; pictures of executives all over the hallways and webpages with everybody doing whatever they can to become the next E88 or PM. Zero mentoring or assistance for others unless it is directly beneficial to one's own self-interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company runs nothing like an ~63k-employee company should....soooooo many redundant processes, buried information, moving inertia/red tape, etc. The hobbled-together patchwork fixes to alleviate these issues has made the problem worse, it's about time to scrap many processes and rebuild from the ground up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Supply Chain

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (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

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