Raytheon Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
1,488 Reviews
3.3
1,488 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 175 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 130 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 44 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    training, opportunities learning hours flexibility

    Cons

    big company may be hard to be promoted

  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physics Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Physics Engineer in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    flex schedule. Good team to work with.

    Cons

    advancement opportunities. some internal battling within management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, great people, good work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance (PTO, 9/80 workweek, flex time)
    Compensation
    People (in Texas) are awesome to work with

    Cons

    Corporate shoving "culture" down our throats
    Offices are old
    They like you to stay in one job for your entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify "go-getters" and give them a chance to move/grow.
    Inspire us to do more and better (better offices, rewards/perks/recognition)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company, Great People, Heavy Process Orientation, Consensus Oriented

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Account Manager in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Control Account Manager in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    The People are great, the benefits are excellent and the work environment is engaging.

    Cons

    Government work requires a lot of controls to ensure the company maintains its contract status. This mandates an environment heavily weighed down by process and consensus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with each employ to tailor a career path best suited for them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment In General

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    In general the company has good culture with focus on diversity. Most of the people are professional are friendly. Work-life balance is promoted by the management.

    Cons

    Have a lot of processes in place since it is a government contractor. Sometimes process changes make it more time consuming to accomplish a task.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience is good

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    The company is great and my department is like family.

    Cons

    Upper management should be more intuitive on processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more apparent and get involved in your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My experience at Raytheon has been rewarding, I appreciate the opportunity to grow.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, strong benefits, diverse employee base.

    Cons

    Defense budget cuts = layoffs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Enjoyed my time with them everyday.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Compensation, work/life balance, culture, and co-workers

    Cons

    contract work, upward progression lacks, management has the impression that I should be happy where I am.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Goleta, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, 5 weeks PTO

    Cons

    Poor management communication, uncertain future of company remaining in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, really listen...to all employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 12 people found this helpful  

    Poor culture for outgoing individuals, excellent opportunities for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Coworkers tend to have tons of experience and know how with their work. I am very young (started here right out of my undergraduate degree) and have generally felt I've been surrounded by very intelligent people. The people you're surrounded with are generally very helpful, when they choose to be, and are good individuals. It's been heavily emphasized from the get-go that I need to get an advanced degree to move up. If you get plugged in with the right group of people, i can easily see this place being a wonderful place to work. The atmosphere is pretty cut throat, and is inspiring if you have the drive to succeed. If you have a lot of independent drive, you will build a network that will help you reach success. You need to be willing to put yourself out there (and risk falling flat on your face) to grow, which is challenging but is good. Need to consistently seek out opportunities. I generally feel in control of what I get to work on. Taking time off work is almost NEVER a problem as long as you flex your hours, use PTO, and complete work on time - a flexible schedule is absolutely wonderful, not to mention every other Friday off! Benefits are great too.

    Cons

    The people are generally nice and helpful, but most of all keep to themselves with their work and socially. Relationships at work aren't ever really built up and business is the primary driver (which can be good and bad, but I think a little more balance would be good). The culture is what would be expected at any engineering company - a lot of the people are very very reserved when engaging at meetings or communicating with each other which makes understanding what to do very difficult. Unless directed so by someone higher than them, more often than not people would come off as reluctant to help. Middle management is pretty awful at guiding new hires in their jobs, they just expect you to sink or swim. There is a massive gap in knowledge between new hires and most of the existing employees, with a culture that seemingly suppresses any attempt to eliminate this great divide. Also, the structure for performance reviews is awful and is set up to fail unless you devote a significant amount of time 'bragging' to your superior about your accomplishments; you'd think such a large, successful corporation would have a more defined performance evaluation cycle in place that would lead people to success. Often times I can see people getting in a rut if they don't actively communicate work to their functional supervisors, and easily getting complacent with what they do. The program I am on is rife with politics which aggravates the hell out of me, but I've heard it's not as bad as other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There NEEDS to be a culture change in sharing knowledge. The divide that exists in knowledge between the head sheds to lower engineers is palpable and is established - hardly any individuals are taking it up as their duty to change this. Middle managers need to spend more time helping those below them as well as performance evaluations need to be more thorough - there needs to be a defined criteria of characteristics individuals shall meet that define the different levels of engineers. Currently, the evaluation system in place is exploited by nepotism, and unless you have a good supervisor, you won't get fairly recognized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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