Raytheon Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Toxic Department & Center Managers, HR, & Work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work alongside with talented Engineers

    Cons

    You will work for toxic Department managers who can't design or don't have any experience producing engineering results that directly support product line program managers. You will be constantly demeaned by these dept. managers while HR condones. High employee turnover rate is no concern to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Department & Center managers are not being held accountable with their failure of low employee morale and turnover rate. Low morale directly tied to dept. & center managers disrespectful behavior towards engineers. Don't wait until all senior engineers are chased out leaving no one to support product lines in a timely manner until the problem is addressed.

  2. Relatively secure place for a job, lousy place for a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Boston, MA

    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

    People are generally nice. The company tries very hard to keep employees around even during the downturns in the defense and government markets.

    Cons

    Low salaries, little room for advancement, highly political. Incredibly risk adverse limiting anything that might resemble innovation. Process and bureaucracy are the focus of 90% of every effort, making even the most simple things complicated, time consuming and expensive. Engineering approaches and tooling are decades old. Software is treated as a second class discipline to other engineering disciplines, despite the preponderance of software in all Raytheon systems. This is the epitome of an old-school, stone-age company relying on outdated methodologies and political connections rather than evolving with the ever-changing and fast paced world of engineering. Employees are viewed and managed as cogs 0 treated as interchangeable metrics with little regard to their individual skills and expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the arrogance of 19th century management theory and step into the 21st century.

  3. Raytheon in my experience has been a place of stability.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    When I say stability, I mean normal work hours, job security, things you would want for a person with a family. There are many opportunities to be mentored by experienced subject matter experts.

    Cons

    The fact that it is a large company makes it hard to see change quickly. Lots of processes need to be followed through before things can get done.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest that each employee have fewer bosses to report to. The matrix organization seems inefficient with program management and functional managers to have to report to.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fun technical problems and good people, but management can be corrupt and clique-ish.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, work can be fun.
    Tucson is a good place to live with a low cost of living, nice climate, good university.

    Cons

    Management gets rewarded bonuses based on milestones reached. I came up with a paper showing that missile performance would be poor in certain areas. Their response was not to fix the problems, but rather throw me off the project, give me a poor performance review, then throw me out of the company (over a matter of months to build a paper trail).

    It's a good place to start a career, but it's very difficult to get any advancement unless you're part of the "in" crowd.

    They hire fewer people than they really need, so there can be compulsory overtime when things are busy. When things are slow, they quickly lay off a lot of people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate corruption or hiding bad news from the customer, even if it will impact bonuses received for making milestones.

  6. I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Good camaraderie benefits are good

    Cons

    Old boys club to some degree

    Advice to Management

    talent is more valuable than experience over the long haul

  7. A pleasant experience, with appealing benefits.

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

    I have been working at Raytheon

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

    Pros

    Abundant resources to get your work done.

    Cons

    Cultural disconnect: lacked a personal feel.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with employees on a personal level.

  8. Lots of on the job training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon

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

    Pros

    Learn vast amounts of processes

    Cons

    Typical cube farm for workers

  9. Helpful (1)

    Burned out

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool jobs that can be very fun at times.

    Cons

    Usually get pigeon-holed, and then the job can start getting repetitive and boring. Intentionally understaffed which tends to burn out employees by having a heavy workload. PTO rather than separate vacation and sick time.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many layers of management to get to the top that messages and perceptions have trouble flowing each way. I've seen management proclaim success for an easy transition to a new division wide tool while the same tool was universally hated by the engineers that were forced to use it.

  10. worked here for 5 yrs

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

    I have been working at Raytheon

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

    Pros

    Very solid company
    stable
    interesting customers
    state of the art
    cool

    Cons

    alot of work
    management is good ole boy
    hr and eng driven company
    boring

    Advice to Management

    take your top performers an advance

  11. Helpful (1)

    slow growth, compensation does not match industry growth

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, flexible schedule

    Cons

    low pay, too many old unmotivated people

    Advice to Management

    reward the hard workers, differentiate the benefits between the 10% and 100% workers.

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