Raytheon Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
1,502 Reviews
3.4
1,502 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 179 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 132 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.  

    My experince was very good. A very good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Program Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Material Program Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good with promoting within.

    Cons

    People are very skillful and good to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sr. Multi-disciplined Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Senior Multi Disciplined Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Multi Disciplined Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great starting salary and wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible ceiling for any promotion or position change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to keep your people happier and care about their career path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Strong company & Culture. Could consider change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work-life balance, challenging and fulfilling work, good benefits, rotations available, multiple locations, easy to rotate. Great co workers, great managers, great culture, ethics.

    Cons

    Performance Incentives lacking. If you are a low performer or high performer annual increase is similar. Culture is still stuck into the culture of putting in your time. Slow to promote younger talent. "True Bonus" structure only available for Director Levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider moving younger employees into Senior Manager roles for a different perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at Raytheon

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    A flexible work environment working with some of the smartest people in the world. Lots of challenging projects and a broad set of skills utilized and learned regularly. Working on important projects that make a difference for America is rewarding.

    Cons

    The plate is always full and sometimes over flowing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training. Add more DevOps skill sets. Add ability for engineers to get their company email on their personal phones.

  6.  

    Good people, lots of overhead

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    I worked with great people, the benefits were great, liked the PTO policy, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    So much overhead that comes with a large company. Annual reviews don't feel like they accomplish a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline annual reviews, and don't be beholden to a certain quantity of each ranking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place If You are Going to Stay There a While

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Very good to employees, great benefits, good work-life balance

    Although it is a huge company, it feels very local and does a great job making employees feel appreciated

    Cons

    Very structured and promotions are gained mostly through seniority. Not the most inventive workplace

    Human Resources far too rigid in the compensation and promotion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    If you are going to be in the defense industry, you might as well chose onRaytheon is one of the five prime contractors.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Mature, processes and traditional culture.

    Cons

    Not small, dynamic and nimble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees prepare for the inevitable downturns in the defence industry. Sequestration has been a challege.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Raytheon was flexible and I was able to move to a group that better suited my skill set

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great flex time, ability to work around doctors appointments and such. The company really cared about retention and made sure you were where you wanted to be.

    Cons

    Some groups better than others. In my first group, some old tymers were reluctant to train newbies, however in my second group, they almost required it. Very by the book so upward mobility really depends on time spent there rather than merit (in some departments). Can be a boys club for females, but also depends on groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really assess whether someone is good for management, rather than if they have been there a long time. Good managers make all the difference!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Engineering Company

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

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

    Pros

    Personnel at Raytheon are some of the leading engineering people in the defense business. The innovation and product development is leading the way.

    Cons

    Processes sometimes affect agility and response time. These process have been developed over many years of defense work but need to be updated. Hard to move up in the company, many long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More agility, be more entrepreneurial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance (rarely worked more than 40 hrs/week), 9/80 schedule for every other Friday off, good starting pay and benefits, nice yearly bonus, pretty stable industry

    Cons

    The raises each year are pretty minimal (although at least we got raises every I guess), there is lots of red tape and bureaucracy to get work done - it's a government contractor after all. Every once in a while we'd lose a big contract that we anticipated winning and there would be a big round of layoffs which kills morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep winning those contracts to keep your employees' jobs safe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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