Raytheon Reviews

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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. IIS vs SAS

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in McKinney, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    I moved from SAS division to IIS division within Raytheon which I shouldnt have done. SAS - Worked with really interesting work. Very laid back atmosphere. Great management. Learned a lot since the program I worked on required SW engineers to help with everything from requirements to testing. IIS - Plenty of opportunities to move around since they needed a lot of people in all departments.

    Cons

    SAS - Not a lot of opportunities to move up and gain more responsibilities. Technology and SW methodologies used to develop systems was very outdated and could end up pigeon holing your career. IIS - Much more strict. Micromanaged everything.

    Advice to Management

    SAS - give more opportunities to move up such as be a team lead or technical leader. Instead of just holding the same people for 20 years in the same spots. Doing this runs off new recruits. IIS - Stop micromanaging.


  2. Systems Engineering Jobs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Senior Systems Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Former Freelancer - Senior Systems Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International History of Excellence in Military Contracts

    Cons

    Going through some major changes in Jobs for senior engineers

    Advice to Management

    Many employees have a range of capabilities which can benefit Raytheon if job flexibility were advertised and announced across the organization weekly.


  3. Financial analyst

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pretty good compensation. Great work environment and good people. Seems to have good upper management

    Cons

    Hard to standout in such a large company. Can get stuck in the same department for a while without moving up.

    Advice to Management

    Increase your incentives for young talent to stay with the company and move up internally. Besides that everything seems good


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  5. Great place to start a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), world-class technology and tools. Management is becoming more progressive and most of the older dysfunctional management methodologies are being eradicated. Strong international sales have stabilized the company and layoffs are rare in recent years. Commitment to diversity is real and there are great opportunities for motivated women and minorities.

    Cons

    Pay and career progress seem to plateau after 5 years or so unless you are a superstar performer. Most new-grads seem to leave for better opportunities after 3-5 years. Facilities are pretty abysmal except for a few newer buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the trend to encourage empowerment and small cross-functional teams to become the standard across programs.


  6. Senior MPM Specalist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company and great people to work with

    Cons

    Advance Opportunities are there but could take a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Challenging employees more and improve the communication within programs.


  7. Overall positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and good technology

    Cons

    The pay could be better


  8. Decent pay and a good workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security. Once you're in, you're in for the long-haul most likely. Some projects take multiple years. As such, there isn't a lot of turnover. Also, the pay is decent, though not the best as compared to top-tier tech companies. However, benefits package is very comprehensive. Even as an intern, I had a 401(k) match program and a relocation bonus from and back to my college town. Another nice thing is the option to work 9/80. You get every second Friday off. It makes the week prior pretty long when you do have to work a 44 hour work week, including that Friday. But it's nice to have a three day weekend every other weekend.

    Cons

    Not the youngest place to work. The mean age is probably about 40, and there's a good number of people in their 50s+. They're doing a lot of hiring right now to get the younger generation in, however. So change is happening.

    Advice to Management

    At least with interns, make sure there is a simple task we can get to work on quickly after arriving. I wasn't sure what was going on for three to four weeks after arriving (a lot of it is still over my head, but that's okay). Once I got a simple task, I felt so much better and so much more useful.


  9. Principle Planner

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Planner in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Principal Planner in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work Environment, Benefits, People, Projects

    Cons

    Politics, Advancement, Future Growth, Senior Management

    Advice to Management

    Return to core engineering principles and business. Stop shooting for the stars and strive towards small component integration.


  10. Great environment to work in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Co-op in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Co-op in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to use advanced software and tools with awesome support from coworkers who understand your disposition. Very high-paced work setting with an all-around progressive mentality.

    Cons

    At times, the communication was distant and it often felt like I was left alone to fend for myself, given my little workplace experience early into my internship.


  11. Good Compnay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Field reps tend to get forgotten during promotion time



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