Raytheon Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Solutions leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Integrator in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Integrator in Herndon, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid holidays and PTO with competitive benefits vested in day one. Strong training programs and defined career tracks.

    Cons

    Orientation for new employees needs work and only 3% match on 401k. Timekeeping system not very user friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees' suggestions


  2. Great Company to Move Around In!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost/Schedule Control Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Cost/Schedule Control Analyst in Burlington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of upward mobility - Many locations nationwide with option to relocate - Competitive Salaries - Flexible work schedules with work-from-home and "9/80" (9 hour days M-Th, every other Friday off) options.

    Cons

    - Upper management can seem detached at times, which is probably natural for a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale can swing greatly from group to group. Things like bonuses and paid overtime can vary greatly from manager to manager. These things could be more consistent.


  3. It's Raytheon...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Located in MA, Raytheon is a good company for an engineer to work for. Decent pay and great training

    Cons

    Located in MA, Raytheon is a good company for an engineer to work for. Pay isnt the best

    Advice to Management

    Located in MA, Raytheon is a good company for an engineer to work for. not really any advice to management.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Integrated Defense Systems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    The engineering community is filled with very smart, engaging individuals. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and most are willing to share what they know. The benefits are going to be comparable to what is available with other companies in the area. Make sure to negotiate a fair salary because if you end up undervalued you won't recover unless you leave the company.

    Cons

    Raytheon tries to adopt the best practices of industry and make them more Raytheon-like. This often results in additional work for the sake of work in order to make the claim that we've adopted some practice. Raytheon also does a better job rewarding people who leave the company then come back versus those who are loyal and geniunely interested in making sure Raytheon is the Top Tier Defense Contractor.


  6. Helpful (1)

    It's an ok job

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Point Mugu NAWC, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Point Mugu NAWC, CA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Good benefits. They don't over work you. It is a relatively relaxed atmosphere. You can move up the company if you work hard

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems like those with less technical experience are the ones that end up in the highest positions. It doesn't make sense


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing Engineer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a large company with many opportunities. It has many different departments that allow you to move around within sectors. It also has many locations around the country.

    Cons

    It is a large company so it isn't as personal. You are assigned one job and there are a bunch of other people in your department with the exact same job as you.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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

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

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

    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.


  9. Great Work Balance / A Lot Of Company Politics Involved

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - 9/80 schedule and bery flexible hours - Good pay vs work - Great people / culture

    Cons

    - Company politics and such will get in the way of promotions and raises - Sometimes understaffed programs

    Advice to Management

    - Improve performance evaluations - Take management roles seriously


  10. Helpful (2)

    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

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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"


  11. 4 years at Raytheon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon has a lot of interesting technology and strives to be a leaded in defense. They have a very grounded mission. There are a lot of opportunities at Raytheon.

    Cons

    Transitioning to/from a company like Raytheon can be quite a challenge. They have a lot of niche practices that don't translate at other companies; especially other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growing employees and enabling them to deliver results while choosing their own career path. It is important that people are constantly challenged to deliver results, not complete tasks.



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