Raytheon Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,442 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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674 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance (in 166 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 126 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Don't look behind the curtain.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Raytheon has great benefits, awesome cafeteria, extensive fitness center and beautiful buildings. The employees are generally nice if you find the right clique, otherwise, not so much. Because they are a military contractor, there is an almost overwhelming emphasis on ethical behavior, as if those of us already with ethics need this continually pounded into our brains. As with any professional engineering organization, there is a reasonable level of work hour flexibility.

    Cons

    If you have any rough edges, you will most certainly NOT fit into this company. They WILL round off any of that over time. They also use people, and when they're done with you, it's layoff time. Projects come and go, and so do vast numbers of people.
    There is no chance to move around the company because of entrenched special interests and the 'need to know'. In the defense industry, because of the classified nature of things, this is called the Silo Effect.
    When people feel threatened by any attempt to learn from them, you're completely shut out from any further knowledge acquisition. Many long-term employees are so damn busy, they have no time, nor inclination, to share their special unwritten undocumented knowledge, especially if they feel threatened in any way by your ability to understand their 'special knowledge'.
    Working in the top secret/classified environment is so chaotic and dynamic that most people in the same group have cubes no where near each other (many times on different floors!), making collaborative work virtually impossible. And they wonder why projects are perpetually and disastrously late. If you work in a secret/classified area, no cellphones, etc. at your desk and limited outside internet access.
    Project Managers are required to do actual detailed engineering in addition to their managerial tasks, thus causing poor results for both.
    Documentation is touted as being exceedingly important. However, the reality is that it's disjoint, difficult to find, of exceedingly poor quality, and almost never kept up-to-date. And don't bother using their intranet 'search' to find any corporate documentation of any value because they subscribe to the 'search everything' philosophy regardless of where it's stored, how long it's been on the servers, or its relevance to real employees. Press releases are considered just as important to the search engine as human resource policies, making the search results utterly useless.
    The company tries to get people 'involved' with things (blogs, discussion forums, etc.) that have absolutely nothing to do with the work at hand. This is a gigantic waste of time and resources. Do not fall for this because your work will suffer while you gain nothing from these interactions with other employees.
    There are special 'innovators' who present what they believe to be state-of-the-art managerial innovations that turn out to be processes and organizational structures that smaller companies have been using FOR DECADES! And they're so very proud of themselves for 'discovering' them. I had to open a few windows to let the massive bloviation out.
    This is another company that continues to drink the Six Sigma cool aid. This failed management tool has been debunked for more than two decades, and yet they're still riding that broken horse into the sunset. There are literally hundreds of Six Sigma Masters (or some such ego-driven moniker) who tout their ability to "drive innovation" throughout the company. My experience with these people was that they had their collective heads so far up their rears, that they truly thought they were seeing daylight! Astonishing how deluded they were concerning their actual ability to accomplish real work. But the company continues to push this useless and overblown management tool, tying promotions to the employees' continual movement up the Six Sigma ladder.
    Astonishingly microscopic cubicles.
    Too much noise to effectively concentrate on my work. Most people use their 'outside voice' for indoor personal conversations. This is a direct failure of managers to create an atmosphere of respect for fellow employees. These conversations should be moved to designated meeting rooms so the rest of us can concentrate on the difficult and detailed work at hand.
    There are two different groups of IT staff, normal and classified. Both of them treat their 'customers' like crap because they're outsourced! Many companies are doing this to the great detriment of their actual employees because the outsourced people have no connection to the company and it's employees whom they serve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop marketing the company to the employees. They're already there! They don't need to be continually convinced about how 'wonderful' it is to work there. There is no work-life balance. Either do the work or be shown the door. I saw that all too often.
    Give managers appropriate management tools and the time to use them. Give managers enough people to do the work so that managers don't have to back-fill tasks themselves that their underlings should have been doing all along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall pompous attitudes and stressful, disparaging atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Some great, congenial co-workers.

    Great health insurance.

    Some good managers.

    Cons

    Terrible department management. They say new employees have a six-month learning curve, but they get angry at you after a few weeks if you ask questions.

    Some very pompous attitudes. Rewards based not on performance, but how much brown-nosing you can accomplish.

    Diminishing benefits.

    Very high-stress environment. This is causing health problems for many employees, but managers don't like when you have to take time off to go to the doctor's office.

    Women paid less than men in the same positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote people into management positions just because they've been there for a certain period of time. Promote based on a combination of experience and ability to manage, handle stress, and social aptitude.

    Pay attention to why your department has a very high turnover rate. It's not them, it's you. Recognize the holes in your leadership philosophy and amend them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Endless red tape

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in State College, PA

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay was decent.
    There was a cafeteria (gone now).
    There was a gym (gone now)

    Cons

    If you want to spend your day trapped in a cage with no contact to the outside world, consider getting a job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IIS is a mess.
    Be more transparent with employees. Everyone knows when layoffs are looming. Not addressing it fosters a culture of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Signing your life away for little pay

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Forest, MS
    Current Employee - Technician in Forest, MS

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are someone who cant find a job any where else and you have a passive aggressive mentality that keeps you from standing up for yourself. IF YOU STILL WISH TO WORK HERE AFTER READING THIS I AM SORRY FOR YOU.

    Cons

    where to start......how about everything low pay almost minimum wage, bad leadership, not focused on personal well fare of employees, supervisors pick sides, people legitimitely hate working here and will remind you constantly, low morale, people fall asleep at the job, management is quick to fire you, and did I mention the low pay. All you will ever hear is get your 40 hours but if you add travel back and forth its really close to 50 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who actually now how to lead and supervise, stop picking sides, stick to the company equal oppertunity policies, give employees the chance to be promoted, stop lying about getting days off, work harder at the beginning of the month rather than rush at the end and raise the amount that you pay your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Business Apps Leadership terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart individual contributors
    Lots of problems to solve
    Nice facilities

    Cons

    Sexist culture
    No technical advancement for females per director
    Political
    Does not value technical merits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace it leadership with folks who have experiance building technical solutions. The current lot are political middle managers who waste our tax dollars

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Buyer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros for this company.

    Cons

    No advancement
    Low pay
    Management moves up but the employees that are doing the working get alot of promises but that's all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Raytheon IT is terrible! A Revolving Door for Business Analysts and IT Project Managers.

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Billerica, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Like in most government related industries, the work is less intense and can be pretty slow paced. This means you don't have to work as hard at the actual "work" itself, compared to financial and healthcare related industries,

    Cons

    Absolutly, without a doubt, the most terrible IT Management I have seen in 15 years of consulting... I have never seen such an nonfunctional department as the BAS group. The managers are never there... no one is ever reachable and there is no consequences for not returning emails, or not completing your work. Those that are considering Functional Consulting Roles here, stay away! Its a Revolving Door for Business Analysts and IT Project Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seems to be some sort of Policy to not fire bad mangers... they just get rotated somewhere else. The problem is their attitudes... the middle managers dont work and hide in their offices, adn seem to just get away with it. That isnt going to change, regardless of the area you put them under.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company doesn't care about employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II  in  Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck and your job is not outsourced overseas

    Cons

    People here are not top notch and do not respond well to change.
    Company doesn't care about the employees
    Contracts are short and you have no idea where you are going next - not secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to quit cutting benefits and get real about when to close the plant. It doesn't matter how bad the weather is - employees are still expected to come into work. Upper management doesn't get affected since they can work remotely which is not an option for most employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It could be better for assemblers.

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    Current Employee - Electronic Assembler
    Current Employee - Electronic Assembler

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

    Pros

    It is a job. The Pto is the best vacation around.

    Cons

    The pay is not good for the assemblers. There is a yearly raise based off a system that is not proficient. If you are going for a salary position, then you will be treated better. Assemblers rarely get the chance to move up ranks. The company rather hire outside the company rather than inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the assemblers did not get the products out, the company will not prosper. Assen
    Milers should get treated with respect and dignity. I

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Large Defense Contractor

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD

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

    Pros

    Large company, lots of places to move around.

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what they are doing. Upper management doesnt know who anyone is. Lots of grand plans, no plan for execution. You are a cog in the machine. There is no loyalty to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting out benefits. Stop telling us how its great to get less for the same work. Know the names of employees you manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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