Raytheon Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 180 reviews)

  • Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees (in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • I was hoping to retire from Raytheon but upper management did not look at the ramifications of laying me off (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Sluggish Career Advancing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Riverdale, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Riverdale, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better than average benefits, never force overtime, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Bland working atmosphere, conformism, boring.

    Advice to Management

    care, respect, and self-knowledge


  2. Helpful (1)

    Managers Create a Culture of Do Nothing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. After 15 years of service, the company grants you 5 weeks of Paid Time Off. You can't get that anywhere.

    Cons

    Bad managers are hard to rid. Face it. Working for someone that you don't trust just doesn't work. A manager that is a bully is even worse. Even if 20 people have the same issue with the same person, it is hard to create a case to make a difference. HR has built of culture of do nothing. Employees that have approached HR to open a case create a lot of overhead and at the end, no change has occurred, no improvement in place and just a lot of awkwardness for the future. Employees have been taught that it's better to "do nothing" thereby creating a cycle of doom and gloom.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to their employees and not spend so much time trying to nickel and dime everything.


  3. Team Lead

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Fort Bliss, TX
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Fort Bliss, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good and not over-priced. They have a good company purchasing plan that can be used for everything from food to autos.

    Cons

    There was no established schedule other than knowing you were on days, swings, or mids. The schedule would change daily and you never really knew if you were working or not. The management at the first line level were clueless. There were no policies or procedures in place and the management would not enforce company rules.

    Advice to Management

    A complete change to Site lead and above management is needed. No information from Company leadership was shared at the first line supervisor level. Site managers would not back team leads on discipline issues.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Ok, not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Raytheon is a weird company. You'll meet some great people and, depending on what your job is, you'll gain a lot of experience fast because they dump the hard work on new employees. Interfacing with the big players across the defense industry is a great resume builder. They also have sites across the world so if you can get in you might be able to relocate (they will NOT pay to move you). 9/80 schedule is nice.

    Cons

    There are many. - Mind numbingly bureaucratic. Upper management told a room of people that Raytheon doesn't remove or alter bureaucratic policies, they just add new ones (in response to inefficiencies). - Outside of a cost of living raise, you will never see a raise of any significance. Managers are commended for keeping their employees' salaries down. - Every 3 to 5 months you will go through a "justify your job" exercise because they love lay-offs. You'll have to create lists and spreadsheets that describe, in detail, what you do and why they shouldn't fire you. Rather than raise revenue they cut costs. - Whatever they tell you about paying for education, know it's not true. Well, it depends on your job. Engineers will get a lot but anyone that is "indirect" won't even get $600 towards a community college accounting class. - "One Raytheon" is a myth and you'll actually negotiate terms and bad payment plans with other Raytheon sites you do business with. - Because they operate with a skeleton crew, if you take more than a few days off you'll be told to cut it short or work on your vaca. If it's a step in the right direction for your career, fine, take it but know they will try to get rid of you as soon as you become too expensive or an intern can do your job. Use the experience to move on after a few years, it's just a means to an end.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bureaucratic policies. You can't eliminate risk, only mitigate it. Employees are assets, stop treating them like nuisances.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Who cares about the old and in with the new; Raytheon Missile Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Its a large defense contractor. You can kick back and be a low performer, or go into hyper drive and walk on water. It may not matter depending on where your line management thinks you sit on the bell curve.

    Cons

    Mix of the last of the Hughes heritage culture, and the intentional bias on new hires as they did nothing concrete to fill the gap of the Baby Boomer Exodus. Culture and Values only go as far as whether we're shipping product or not. Of course they will deny this, and state the long list of Ethics programs they have, but when it comes to $$ they don't care what it takes. The performance evaluation system is broken. They used to have an equation with peer performance feedback, but they got rid of that years ago. Now its where your manager sees you to fit on the bell curve within his/her group. Missile Systems takes advantage of the fact that they're the only large engineering company in town, make no mistake about that. As far as advancement goes forget it. Raytheon is now focused on two things Radar and Computer Security. Most of the activity is in their facilitates in Texas. Go work there, but forget about a long term commitment to this company, they don't seem to care about that. Bye the way take the time to scrutinize the other posts. You'll find the positive ones are people that have interned and barely spent a couple of years. Also, Glass door doesn't do a good job breaking up reviews between business units of large companies. Not all business units are equal.

    Advice to Management

    You've a serious communications and accountability problem on your entire campus. But, it pretty obvious to the more experienced that you care little about retention, and maintain the tired old mentality of "we'll just back fill what you do with three college graduates from the U of A"


  7. Supply Chain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and fair pay.

    Cons

    Some supervisors do not know what their employees jobs are and play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to do the employees jobs before you rate them on the review process.


  8. The Disfunction of Power

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, lots of personal interaction, room to grow

    Cons

    There is a culture based on the Boston, MA side of the country, which clashes with the West Coast mindset in Goleta. There is a distinct "never wrong" management style and an arbitrary set of rules that are based on influence more than merit. There was always a fear based system where a person's job had to be justified annually. Yet, people on the verge of retirement having been there for 25 years or more were untouchable and did nothing all day.

    Advice to Management

    This is probably out of date information, but it should have been reviewed and changed to keep up with the times. People have regularly come to me to ask if "Was a There a Life After Raytheon?"


  9. Helpful (1)

    No tools support. Sink or swim mentality.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can move up quickly and a lot faster than at Boeing.

    Cons

    There is no dedicated tools team. You are on your own for learning the tools which are weak. Raytheon does not invest in finance tools nearly as much as Boeing which has a great tools team. You have to sink or swim here, mgmt. is pretty much a joke. Just status seekers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop status seeking and roll up your sleeves and help the finance people. Get a dedicated tools team.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Raytheon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Logistics in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can't beat the pay and benefits. 9/80 work schedule with a Christmas shutdown.

    Cons

    Horribly managed. No quantifiable promotion criteria. Engineering company being run by engineers. But most employees are not engineers and engineers are not very good with people. Only through rumors did employees find out the branch president was gradually moving jobs to another state where he is planning to retire. NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!!


  11. Finance Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Rotational Programs Pension Program for those that qualified Flexible work arrangements Decent benefits

    Cons

    Lack of innovation in the functions outside engineering Command and control bereaucracy limited career and advancement opportunities for majority of high performers

    Advice to Management

    provide stepping stones to younger employees and strengthen leadership in middle management



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