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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    One of the largest defensive contractors.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Fullerton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Raytheon exposes you to the defense industry and multiple aspects of the U.S. military. You definitely feel like you are contributing to the safety of the nation.

    Cons

    All programs that employees work for are contract based. If the program doesn't win a contract, employees are left to find work in other areas.

    Advice to Management

    Share what management has in store for the upcoming months. Employees are in the blind and should anticipate if there is no work in the next year.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for with flexible hours, but care way too much about their metrics.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, 9/80 work weeks, Never gave trouble with taking vacation days, facilities are well taken care of, decent Job security -- they'll find new work for you or move you around when projects end others begin. If you know what you are doing, you'll be protected pretty well. Great benefits (health, dental, vision). Some projects have coffee and snacks. Friendly people, overall a great company to work for, all things considered. Would recommend working for this company.

    Cons

    Typical government contractor -- they care a way too much about metrics (lines of code, defect counts, etc) to the point where it actually slows down developers. Some people are really set in their ways, and some projects are extremely fearful of change and using new products/tools. When they do lay off, they tend to lay off developers before managers, so some projects end up being top heavy with more managers than developers sometimes. Managers give the impression that they care more about schedule than quality, or following industry best practices. Compensation seems low compared to commercial sector.

    Advice to Management

    Should try harder to shield developers from doing zero-value-added tasks like estimating and measuring lines of code, or doing other metrics, when someone non-technical could be doing it. Especially when managers are constantly trying to push their developers on schedule.


  3. Helpful (1)

    So much better than my time at ngc

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Friendly coworkers. Relevant programming languages, java, c sharp Upper management is friendly and approachable Profit sharing, woot!

    Cons

    R6sigma is excessive Business casual = bleh Super structured raises Female engineer friendly, I have not had much issue or hassle

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract younger engineers encourage a more casual environment. Nobody enjoys wearing button ups and slacks.


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  5. Great learning environment & supportive of telecommuting.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, location & atmosphere. Very flexible with schedule & work life balance. Supports telecommuting among employees. Many career opportunities within various disciplines.

    Cons

    Layoff risks depending on defense contracts & gov't budgets


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great work, but ruined by entrenched bureaucrats

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer III in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse projects. Every assignment was a little different. Fullerton office mechanical staff got to wear many hats. Lots of opportunities for travel to customers and suppliers, especially for Foreign Sales projects. Great work-life balance. Very flexible with hours. Pretty good cafeteria food too.

    Cons

    Horrible, dated document control practices enforced by entrenched bureaucrats as a means to keep their jobs. Lots of office politics. Senior faculty who did not report to anyone and often refused to cooperate with project teams

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead wood on a regular and individual basis, don't be afraid to fire someone for bringing the team down. Train enough people to do a job so that there are no single points of failure who become unfirable.


  7. Systems Engineer

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule even with the 980 schedule. Mediocre benefits. 10k a year for tuition reimbursement. Year end government shutdown. It's a great place to work if you are older and have a family, since you put in your hours and leave at the same time everyday.

    Cons

    Not a place I would recommend if you are still very early in your career. Lots of red tape. No clear vision. No transparency. Leadership is pretty weak. Not a whole lot of direction from management. Lots of silos. Weak incentives and bonuses equate to low motivation to do well. Slow and weak organizational culture. Difficult to move up, as you get stuck doing one thing. Pretty easy to fall between the organizational cracks. Projects aren't that exciting and technology is archaic. Mentorship program is pretty weak. No leadership development program. No real loyalty from employees.


  8. Strong Company, Family Culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Multi Disciplined Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Multi Disciplined Engineer II in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Fullerton site is a very family oriented site, given the size. Co-workers treat each other with respect for the most part, management is better than typical defense contractors. Recognition is there, although not easy to get.

    Cons

    Process from corporate and other businesses conflict. There has not been enough focus on lean development. Growth does not always need to be multi-million dollar contracts; sometimes taking the smaller projects will lead to bigger ventures.

    Advice to Management

    Do not force the culture to evolve. Invest in innovation at the site. Take on smaller, less profitable contracts to get your foot in the door with new customers.


  9. Terrific

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, great staff of personnel to work with and they strive for excellence. Travel and experience unparalleled.

    Cons

    Though this is a great job with terrific benefits, there is always the cloud hanging over your head about losing your job. Much of the work is contract based so you always have job insecurity looming.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for the management, some are absolutely great and some you wonder how they got and kept their jobs.


  10. Stable but no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As stable as it gets, great people to work with, great work/life balance

    Cons

    No growth potential; low compensation

    Advice to Management

    Reward the high performers instead of operating with the notion that seniority counts for more than performance/potential


  11. Raytheon Fullerton

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great - many have spent their entire career at Hughes Aircraft / Raytheon so the knowledge base is fantastic. Nice setting for the location - close to stores and restaurants.

    Cons

    Contracts were not coming through as expected - so layoffs were happening up to 4 times a year over the last two years. Atmosphere very tense. Unfortunately, job opportunities are scarce - and given the current atmosphere, it's not very fun to work there any more.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more up front about what's going on; allow people to transfer when they want to.



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