Raytheon
3.3 of 5 1,346 reviews
www.raytheon.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.3 1,346 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

William H. Swanson

(628 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance"
    in 160 reviews
  • "Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off"
    in 125 reviews
Cons:
  • "In my experience didn't value work/ life balance"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing"
    in 38 reviews
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    Great turn around under Swanson.

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsLots of opportunities for those willing to embrace change.

    ConsLacks cohesive underlying culture or branding. Long term efforts to support STEM education are starting to make headways, but overall, still lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeems 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Greatly focused on people, intergrity, commitment, excellence, and community!

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fort Wayne, IN

    ProsNetworking with Employee Resourse Groups.

    ConsVery competitive. May take a while to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMatrix Systems needs improving.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    EHS Manager (Current Employee)
    Chula Vista, CA

    ProsI think that they are very supportive

    ConsI did not have any or no cons

    Advice to Senior Managementthey need to train a bit better in the beginning

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    McKinney, TX

    ProsGreat company with great products and challenging technical work. Enjoyed working there as an electrical engineer.

    ConsWould have liked to seen more of a technical ladder. Management tended to be very program centric. Sometimes hard to move between programs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell run organizations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager III Programs (Current Employee)
    Andover, MA

    ProsRaytheon has excellent benefits, high pay, promotes diversity and work-life balance. Raytheon has internal job postings. Every open position needs to be posted for at least 5 days.

    ConsRaytheon has evolved from an engineering company to a process company. Creativity is not appreciated. You must follow the process. The performance management system is very flawed. Merit raises are based on rankings and the rankings are done by high level managers without knowledge of the employees actual performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to being an engineering company. Promote creativity and research. Come up with new solutions rather than trying to export old solutions globally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Raytheon is the best place to work.

    Pro-e Designer (Former Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsThe work you do at Ratheon is part of a team effort and make you successful in your mission.

    ConsContract work does not last long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a follow on work for contract employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Pay and Benefits and time off

    ConsMight work in a crappy location.

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    Interesting and rewarding work with dynamic individuals.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRaytheon has a very entrepreneurial spirit so there is not much micromanaging going on. The company has excellent tools in order to get the job done and dynamic team members who are extremely helpful. Some opportunities existed for remote work/flexible schedule, which was a huge plus.

    ConsMost new hires were a bit overwhelmed with the amount of applications/systems/processes to learn their first few weeks. Being such a large, established company, a bit of bureaucracy exists as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Leverage what you learn at Raytheon and move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn your trade in the defense business. Good starting salaries and great early career advancement, especially if you are an engineer. Local work teams and projects are usually good and supportive. If you luck out with a good manager/leader your can have a rewarding early to early-mid career experience

    ConsVery low glass ceiling. In most engineering disciplines, the employee will find it very difficult to get past mid-level management. The significant money comes at salary grade E07 where quality bonuses kick in. These bonus levels are purposefully kept down so as not to water down the bonus pool. The company is happy to work employees at 1, 2, or even 3 levels above their pay grade. Increased responsibilities are usually given without a promotion with the vague promise that one may come if the employee succeeds at this level. This also insures promotions are 1 to 2 years behind work levels performed.

    If you are lucky enough to have a good leader and work with good teams, your can be supported well on a local level. Do not mistake this for the company caring about you. They do not. Raytheon has become just another mega-corporation that mouths the words that people matter, but in reality do not mean it.

    Starting at Raytheon can be very good for your career, just don't stay too long (maybe 10 years at most). You will be respected as an expert in your field for having worked at Raytheon, and command a premium salary elsewhere. Who knows, maybe you can come back to Raytheon later in your career and actually obtain the salary and grade level you deserve coming from the outside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and get connected. If you want to present yourself as an employer of choice that values its people first, then be that. If you are are really just looking after the shareholders, then quit pretending; no one believes you anyway. Also, you are losing a mass number of your experienced leaders through retirement. Your policy to restrict and limit natural progression has created a huge gap between skilled new to mid-level employees, and the seasoned leadership (and I'm not talking about your VPs and up). Raytheon's incredible run of successes hasn't been driven by the executives, despite what they tell themselves. Soon you could experience some real backsliding due the leadership gap you have created.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement is great and flexible.

    ConsLittle growth, salary increases were not competitive.

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