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Raytheon Reviews in Largo, FL

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Raytheon Chairman and CEO 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.  

    Engineering

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Excellent place to grow and enhance your skills, senior engineers willing to mentor, ability to work different projects, company is very team oriented.

    Cons

    Depending on the site, no work/life balance, no clear plan to bring in new business, very focused on DOD contracts, heavily loaded with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great technology company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Great engineering staff in place.

    Cons

    Became driven by market, and did not invest in future capabilities.
    Job became frustrating and personnel became dis-enfranchised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your engineering roots, invest in future products and capabilities, and practice what is preached (ethics and values).

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

    It was a nice place to work.

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Good benefits, some nice people to work for and helpful. All the jobs (areas) are really easy and the instructions on how to build something are very simple to follow. The Engineers are very good at helping out when there is a problem.

    Cons

    Management love gossip - from the floor supervisors to the department managers. Hourly people will make up stories about other employees and go spread rumors. The Union there (UAW) really stick by their own people and create problems for non-union people. It's a cut-throat place to work - you need a suit of armor to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just do their job and don't listen to the B.S. on the floor with the employees. Just get the job done and correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Big Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Architect  in  Largo, FL
    Current Employee - IT Architect in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Telecommuting, 9/80 alternate schedule,
    Lots of opportunity.
    Internal functional groups and external program facing groups tend to be very separate but there are opportunities in both.

    Cons

    In a downturn for the last few years, cutting employees regularly.
    Very hard to get promotions...but easy to get increases in responsibility.
    Functional groups are very distributed, so your manager is likely to be in a different state, making you balance between supporting local priorities or your management priorities.
    IT is highly outsourced.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good place to work as long as you can tolerate the big company environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Salary structure is very competitive. You can make things happen despite red tape.

    Cons

    Big company with big company politics and approval processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide goals and allow the many competent people to do their job. There are multiple levels of approval each justifying their existence thereby setting up redundant and less specific contributions of management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work was an interesting, often challenging, collaborative effort with friends.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Management frequently recognizes good and hard work with praise and giftcards.
    Management does not interfere with employee's planned time off, even when it is inconvenient for the project.
    Management always treats the employee with respect.
    Management encourages employees to ask for help early if it was needed.
    Co-workers eagerly share knowledge, finding time to lend expertise.
    Raytheon encourages its worker to work the 9/80 schedule, giving the employee every other Friday off.
    Raytheon closes the week between Christmas and New Years day, adding up to days off with pay without using Paid Time Off.
    Raytheon has great benefits

    Cons

    Raytheon should provide training for estimating "Lines of Code" for software bids. When the estimation is performed poorly, the company can be faced with an impossible schedule or failure to get the contract due to over-estimated effort.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, a very good company and a great experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Largo, FL

    Pros

    The people are technically excellent and are easy to work with. The pay and benefits are competitive and there is usually interesting and challenging work to do. 9/80 (every other Friday off) schedule and flexible work hours support the “Work Life Balance” that they promote.

    Cons

    While Raytheon is a great company, their Florida staff is Top Heavy, leaving little room for career advancement. They have been reducing their overall staff for several years now, while still bringing in new grads. They have not won any new business in quite some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt more streamlined processes over current expensive ones (CMMI).

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, Professional Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II  in  Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Benefits outstanding. Co-workers were very bright, competent, intelligent people. Work schedules generally were fair. Managers generally communicated well with employees.

    Cons

    I lot of the work was legacy sustaining work. Old Technology. Resistance to try new things, technologies. Opportunity for advancement very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better decision making regarding new ventures. It would seem our business "hunters" were never reprimanded for their inability to win new work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Raytheon not a good place for technical people or hard workers.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Software II  in  Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software II in Largo, FL

    Pros

    flexible work schedule
    Ability to switch projects at a moments notice, when the business is there.

    Cons

    20 managers to every 1 worker.

    Non value added people steal ideas all the time to pass as their own.

    It takes 10 times the budget to do a task because you have to feed management and there processes / gates that saturates budgets.

    Technical work or doing the right thing is never a priority. The only thing that is emphasized is management schedules, and forecasts.

    It’s amazing that this company stays competitive with all of the overhead and non value added people that are shoved on to programs to increase profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure to become more lean at the top and middle, and penetrate markets that are outside of the Raytheon comfort zone. Don't be afraid to take on the technical sustainment work. That's what keeps the customer married to the company over the long term, and promotes follow on business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Raytheon is a decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer  in  Largo, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Largo, FL

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Wide variety of jobs for mobile professional
    Good network for information sharing
    Well-defined processes

    Cons

    Primarily US defense work; expect budget cuts and fewer contracts
    Training is hit or miss, depending on overhead budget situation
    Management tends to be overly optimistic; doesn't share bad news

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify so not so dependent on defense work
    Invest in training for all
    Give both the good and the bad news

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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