Raytheon Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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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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  1. Great experience at Raytheon

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II

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

    Pros

    Strong reputation with the customer and in the community. The company has a strong corporate presence and does a good job at branding itself, especially recently. The salaries are very competitive. The company does a great job at providing opportunities for learning, especially for younger employees and even more especially for young employees with a Master's degree. The Raytheon Leadership development program, for example, is a two program for new hires or younger employees with between 3-5 years experience who show leadership potential. The rotators in the program get to move to up to three different Raytheon sites all around the country (all paid for) and leadership training that could lead to an accelerated path to management (and more pay) and better opportunities in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes process is a good thing and sometimes process is a bad thing. More than 50% of Raytheon's work is with DoD, so there is a lot of red tape. The workforce at Raytheon is predominantly older, but also wiser and trusted. There's a lot of experience to learn from, but it also can make change difficult. Raytheon could work toward more automation in its processes, but that could be true for a lot of other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Woburn, MA

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

    Pros

    -A mature company with highly developed processes
    -Complex defense products that make a difference

    Cons

    -Teams don't always follow processes
    -Lots of good ideas and intiatives; Need to walk-not just talk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice integrity; Each layer of management should actively engage three layers down into the organization to see whats real; Need to work on better selecting your high potentials

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Overall a good company. Does great things for National Security and the Warfighter. Might have grown large too quickly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you are willing and able to relocated nationally or even internationally. Good tuition reimbursement programs. Find a good respected mentor and you'll go far.

    Cons

    From day one I sensed an issue with their internal communications, their On-Boarding process was embarrassing and that was a theme my entire time there. They will stress Values and Accountability, but may not execute them as advertised 100% of them time... that was the hardest thing to accept. That and the culture presence itself as very

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach as far as Values and accountability. If you can't always act with transparency, that is fine...then just don't keep shouting it from the rooftops that it is a key Value, it smacks of hypocrisy. I reported to a VP, who mostly listened to those who agreed with him all the time, in turn, middle management only listed to their own YES men. It eventually clouds the system with misinformation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Good camaraderie benefits are good

    Cons

    Old boys club to some degree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talent is more valuable than experience over the long haul

  6. A pleasant experience, with appealing benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Abundant resources to get your work done.

    Cons

    Cultural disconnect: lacked a personal feel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with employees on a personal level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Lots of on the job training

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Learn vast amounts of processes

    Cons

    Typical cube farm for workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. worked here for 5 yrs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Very solid company
    stable
    interesting customers
    state of the art
    cool

    Cons

    alot of work
    management is good ole boy
    hr and eng driven company
    boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take your top performers an advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Burned out

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Cool jobs that can be very fun at times.

    Cons

    Usually get pigeon-holed, and then the job can start getting repetitive and boring. Intentionally understaffed which tends to burn out employees by having a heavy workload. PTO rather than separate vacation and sick time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many layers of management to get to the top that messages and perceptions have trouble flowing each way. I've seen management proclaim success for an easy transition to a new division wide tool while the same tool was universally hated by the engineers that were forced to use it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Professional and motivated engineering company - large and sometimes process-bound

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good salary, training and promotion opportunities Raytheon is so large, there are ample opportunities for lateral moves world-wide

    Cons

    Not very agile or flexible - slow and impersonal hiring process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Slow. Reactive, not proactive. Difficult to change mentality. Difficult personalities everywhere you look.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Pay. Steady consistant employment

    Cons

    Management in general is clueless. Lack of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Value their opinion. No hidden agendas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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