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Raytheon Reviews in Forest, MS

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
1,440 Reviews

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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.  

    Excellent Job!!!

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Forest, MS

    Pros

    Good pay, steady income, regular raises, work is challenging and changes almost everyday.

    Cons

    No CONS to speak of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Signing your life away for little pay

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Technician in Forest, MS

    Pros

    If you are someone who cant find a job any where else and you have a passive aggressive mentality that keeps you from standing up for yourself. IF YOU STILL WISH TO WORK HERE AFTER READING THIS I AM SORRY FOR YOU.

    Cons

    where to start......how about everything low pay almost minimum wage, bad leadership, not focused on personal well fare of employees, supervisors pick sides, people legitimitely hate working here and will remind you constantly, low morale, people fall asleep at the job, management is quick to fire you, and did I mention the low pay. All you will ever hear is get your 40 hours but if you add travel back and forth its really close to 50 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who actually now how to lead and supervise, stop picking sides, stick to the company equal oppertunity policies, give employees the chance to be promoted, stop lying about getting days off, work harder at the beginning of the month rather than rush at the end and raise the amount that you pay your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forest, MS

    Pros

    The pay is decent, and the company manufactures units and systems that support our military fighters.

    Cons

    The following review is based on my experience at the Raytheon site in Forest, MS - I have heard, that other sites within the company are better. Benefits (personal time, flex-time) and work-life balance for salaried employees are much better at other companies. Site leadership in Forest MS is poor. Diversity is verbalized, but not practiced - employees must conform to think and act the way the leadership has determined they should; out of the box thinking, and diverse opinions and backgrounds are ignored and even suppressed. Some managers are hostile toward subordinates. Leadership driven process discipline and process improvement is poor. Personal growth is good to learn to deal with adverse work environments and poor leadership. Professional growth is reserved for "insiders." Turnover at the site is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul leadership at the site in Forest, MS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    For The Young Only

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    Current Employee - Senior Manf Engineer  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Manf Engineer in Forest, MS

    Pros

    9/80 Work Schedule (Every other Friday off)

    Cons

    The "Forced Rating System" is used not allowing actual deserved performance ratings by supervisors (i.e. most great performers told they are doing fair only or unacceptable).
    there is forced employment reductions of employees over 50 years of age (their form of the movie "Logan;s Run"). Most managers are managers only with no experience about what their staff does (non-technical).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A new CEO with "christian faith" must make major changes to culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Got promoted to a manager job nobody wanted and had to quit

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Forest, MS
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Forest, MS

    Pros

    The benefits, salary, vacation, security clearance.
    The relocation package offered to employees to get them to the door, I think 35k was a pretty decent amount.

    Cons

    Constantly being bullied, not cool. I wish work was easier but it was pretty dull. Constant curve balls, and change of direction that if you didn't duck or ran with the current you can get swallowed real easy.

    The team I managed was mediocre at best. Engineers were young and didn't have the smarts.

    Everyone's attitude is to do whatever benefits themselves. The company and products come third, fourth, or fifth. Recruiting was hard, almost impossible to hire people to come to Forest given the low wages, vacation, and benefits offered.

    Hard to climb the ladder in a manufacturing facility. There is very little design work, therefore if you want to work on projects where you do the same things over and over this might be the place. If you want a dynamic place with different projects etc. look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat employees, you need training on how to inspire people in such a dull environment. Hard to have fun at work given how people get treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Clueless management, serious ethical problems, and horrible manufacturing quality!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Forest, MS

    Pros

    You do get a check, benefits, and you really don't need experience or a degree to work here. In fact, no degree and being completely clueless is absolute management material! You can go straight to the top, all you need to do is yell as loud as you can, complain, and pick the less efficient ideas. I know it is hard but trust me it will get you on the fast track to join the senior leadership team!

    Cons

    I'll go straight to the point. It is a horrible work environment and I don't wish it to my worst enemy.

    In the airborne side, you can be managed by 5 guys, I am not kidding, five different persons who can be your direct manager! Each pulling you in their own direction. Stopping frequently to micromanage your work, pulling you over to five different one hour meetings every day, and then complaining about why the work isn't done! It is somewhat ridiculous. The beauty of it is that they know absolutely nothing about radars and RF systems! If you have an opportunity ask them during your phone interview about how a radio, RF System, or an antenna works. They have no clue. However, that's what they manage! Not to mention they are actually antique radars, they need to hire you because the equipment is so old that when a slight wind blows the equipment just falls apart! So they hire engineers and technicians, not to do any engineering but to be mechanics, to remove and replace components, to fix up the old test equipment. If you can't figure out what's wrong within one hour? Then you are tagged as someone incompetent! What? it is going to take a week to fix it? You are a lazy incompetent person. If you need parts, cables, or tools to repair it, there is no money so good luck!

    However, if you are an UFC fan or mixed martial arts enthusiast you can go to the Battlefield area where you can watch two guys go at it in a fist fight over an incorrect assembly instruction document. I mean people are fans and passionate, not kidding a fight can break out any minute, like the two folks that went at it back in June. Here, when they really mean to fight for their rights, they do mean it! It's a bloody work so if you plan to work here you better train and practice some sort of martial arts.

    If you dare to come to work for the Multiplatform/Electronic Warfare area be advised. This is really old antique equipment that came from Goleta, CA, and I thought airborne equipment was old, was I fooled! The test equipment never works, and they won't buy new equipment as that would be spending precious manager's bonus money. Instead, following the same recipe that the airborne guys do, they will hire engineers and technicians to fix the lame test equipment. I haven't seen equipment that will continue to break over and over again, forming a vicious management panic, world ending cycle. The equipment can be over 30 years old! However, some managers have the guts, because it really takes guts, to ask why does the test equipment need repairs. Of course no money to repair it, and most of the parts are obsolete, so this would be a total nightmare, avoid this business area like the plague!

    Management, as a general rule in Forest, MS, regardless of the area, abide by the Forest Principle.

    Basically, the last guy who touched the equipment broke it and is fully responsible for all problems. He must be labeled as an idiot and must be disciplined! (Disciplined is the code word for getting yelled at and chewed at!) They don't care if you just press the Power On button and it didn't turn on! Hell an old incadecent light bulb can go bad and they expect you that without breaking the glass, and letting the gas escape that you fix the Tungsten filament. I mean why not buy a $1.00 light bulb? That would be a dollar less in manager's bonus money a dollar is a dollar.

    About the people in the plant, there are quite a few characters in the plant, particularly folks in leadership positions who think they are some sort of Forest God, and no matter how stupid it seems, if God tells you to jump off the cliff you better jump off the cliff!

    The Sr. guy at the plant recently told everyone during an all-hands meeting, we are understaffed, we continue to loose people, as no one wants to stay in this middle of no-where town, therefore, all of us must put in overtime, and work weekends to compensate for being way under staffed. The sad part of it, is that given the low wages that are paid to a lot of folks they don't mind the overtime for the extra cash. They don't value their time, and basically don't even have cash to take a vacation! They get paid the bare minimums to pay their mortgages, bills, and maybe there will be some beer money left.

    However, you are always expected to meet deadlines, schedules, and do it under budget! Therefore, you better know how to design a time machine, or a time stopping device as without them, there would be no way you would meet the managers schedule and comply with decisions and regulations. Oh yeah, about that, we have been told to not follow standards here in Forest! So if you see a device clearly having problems, and you are not willing to say that the device is okay and good to go, when it clearly is not, this is not the job for you. This is what we call in Forest taking one for the team and being a team player. I mean according to management here, the device can always get damaged during shipping but never during production! Or if you refer back to the Forest Principle, the person who received it, or shipped it is the responsible party! Yes this plant has one of the highest quality standards ever!

    I mean other than work what is there to do in Forest? Absolutely, Nothing! There's no airport so you can't leave. So come to work, stay at work, forget about working to live, here we only live to work as once you are in, then Raytheon will own your mind, your body, and your soul.

     Stay away! Work elsewhere! You have been warned!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In all seriousness I know they are my colleagues but, we must get rid of the managers that are incompetent enough to call anyone else incompetent. Having a technical degree or multiple degrees doesn't make you a good manager. Managers with a short fuse need to go. Managers with no degrees also need to go. Those with poor interpersonal skills must go as well. No individual wants to be managed by someone who is not prepared or capable to do the job. These managers lack leadership and inspiration skills, why would people come to work here and stay? If your background is not in electronics and they cannot directly oversee, direct, and address technical issues.

    So many delays, so many schedule slips, all programs going deeper into the red. I mean seriously, do you think the employees are at fault? Start at the top! El Segundo if you ever read this come in do an assessment and get rid of some of these folks before it's too late. It's a shame, just a real shame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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