Raytheon Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,496 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 177 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company, awesome projects to work on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Unethical and Low Expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Defense contractor extraordinaire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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  5.  

    Supply Chain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company that provides solid technology and solutions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (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
  7.  

    Company Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great turn around under Swanson.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad place to work for supply chain professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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