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Raytheon Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
1,570 Reviews
3.4
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 180 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 133 reviews)


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

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 44 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Pros and cons from a Finance organization perspective.

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

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Some jobs have good work life balance (although people are getting more stretched year over year)
    - Cross functional teams are enjoyable to work in
    - Job stability

    Cons

    - Management is out of touch and micromanages throughout the businesses and within the functional matrix
    - Difficult to find meaningful and challenging finance positions (a lot of positions are centered around report generation and consolidation of data)
    - Sandbagging is encouraged over accuracy
    - Have often heard the phrase "people are lucky to have a job" - this has led to a lot of high potentials leaving the company for better positions because they were unable to progress without "putting in their time"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep you high potential employees moving in their careers; considering adding more weight to that potential versus relaying so heavily on experience alone.
    - Communicate more often and provide your direct reports with more autonomy. I went through several reorganizations where management failed to communicate to people for months on end and the business was extremely unproductive as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed review

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

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Senior management is biased toward engineers. They often micromanage and make decisions on programs where they lack the experience, education and training rather than rely on their SMEs. HR is a joke and it is practically impossible getting someone terminated who is not performing (especially if they are in a protected class).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your SMEs. Consider other fields for recognition besides engineering and HR. Stop the favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great products that support the warfighter but ethics and respect need to apply to employees at all levels

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

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Supports the warfighter. Shuts down for a week at Christmas.

    Cons

    Bogged down with over the top processes. Far too much time spent on respect and ethics training which is often times ignored by "leaders". Says they don't have "quotas" but based on the makeup of your particular location you are given a list each year stating you need to hire X number of women, X number of POC's (persons of color), etc. Whether you are qualified or not seems to be secondary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You encourage employees to report ethics violations but people feel intimidated and think that if they contact the Ethics Department that there will be repercussions. There should be an annual process whereby employees can review their supervisors or locations can review/rate the leaders at their particular location. Too many people supervised by managers that are not on-site or even in the same city/state. Hard to develop a good working rapport.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong employee focused organization positioned well, in a competitive industry, for long-term success and employee opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity in various fields and locations. Generally a progressive atmosphere that allows for diverse thought and growth. Opportunities to develop as long as employee is disciplined.

    Cons

    Large, multi-national organization that sometimes finds itself a little disconnected from other branches of the organization. Effective collaboration and communication sometimes suffers, which is common for organizations of this size and complexity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Interesting work and helping our troops

    Cons

    Downsizing recently due to efficiencies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best place for software engineering intern

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, employees and work environment.

    Cons

    Secretive (but they have to be).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A high technical company focused on highly important mission of providing the tools to defend the USA & Allies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    I enjoyed the excellent Variety of work team environments and challenging technical projects. Perks included flexibility in work schedule, training availability for growth, benefits similar to others in the defense industry. Leadership was working on improving employee visibility into the variety of work opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Processes sometimes limited innovation. Higher management at times put people into leadership positions without the support necessary to become a leader that people would follow. Therefore there were pockets of trouble - people leaving & have poor morale based on the leader supervisor instead of mismatched job skills. The matrix management system caused a lot of confusion at times if the product leader and functional leader of an employee did not negotiate well with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice Respect for every individual. Train & mentor leaders before putting them into positions of leadership. Continue to improve employee visibility into the variety of work opportunities within the company that will help match employee to the type of work they will enjoy and do well at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Some improvement over the years...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    I was lucky to work in a very good team of professionals. Group Leadership was decent and fair, and they looked out for the group, to filter us from some of the political BS.

    Cons

    Growth is only for the select few. There still exist pockets of the "good ole boys" club. Raytheon strives to push diversity within it's divisions, but there still exist pockets of the "good ole boys" club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide growth opportunities to those who work hard to earn it, and not based advancement on personal favorites for whatever reason.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Makes new products work with older technology

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Pay median to industry (Defense).

    Cons

    Difficult to get new ideas promoted from within unless you are the chosen one.
    Management can require people to work over major holiday and not be present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop limiting new ideas, only focus on items that are important for that 12 months cycle. Could have a technology disruption that you don't fund or look at.
    Management has "at all cost" attitude which does not promot work life balance.

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Raytheon has good benefits and a 9/80 work schedule which is great.

    Cons

    Some employees don't pull there on weight and the supervisor does not correct it. There friends with the employy which makes it hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should hire from within more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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