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Raytheon Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,538 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Back-Stabbing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good, even though they're continually being cut back as companies race to the bottom. That's the only reason I stayed for so long, even though for years I dreaded getting out of bed on weekday mornings.

    Cons

    The environment encourages managers to devote themselves to political turf battles, in which employees are mere pawns. No promotion from within, either; when an opening exists they always bring in someone from outside who knows nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's pointless to offer any advice to upper management. They have no need to listen to anyone, as they know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The ABSOLUTE worst experience of my long and productive 50 year career!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Uhh..they DO pay you..but not enough for the horrid treatment. Sure, get recruited straight out of school, lots of perks...if you can't find anything else. IMHO, do NOT plan on staying more than 2 years...use it as a start, but have a move-on plan, or I guarantee you will regret it.

    Cons

    Management..stupid arrogant mindless management following a quagmire of rules they barely understand and rarely agree with, and that seem to change every hour. Leadership...well, there IS no leadership...only mindless management robots administering management that they do not fully understand and are completely unable to communicate to the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go find maybe one leader?? Not likely, but the upper managers are golden parachute rich, and get personal expenses paid (I have seen the records).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place If You are Going to Stay There a While

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Very good to employees, great benefits, good work-life balance

    Although it is a huge company, it feels very local and does a great job making employees feel appreciated

    Cons

    Very structured and promotions are gained mostly through seniority. Not the most inventive workplace

    Human Resources far too rigid in the compensation and promotion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you are going to be in the defense industry, you might as well chose onRaytheon is one of the five prime contractors.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Mature, processes and traditional culture.

    Cons

    Not small, dynamic and nimble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees prepare for the inevitable downturns in the defence industry. Sequestration has been a challege.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Engineering Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Personnel at Raytheon are some of the leading engineering people in the defense business. The innovation and product development is leading the way.

    Cons

    Processes sometimes affect agility and response time. These process have been developed over many years of defense work but need to be updated. Hard to move up in the company, many long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More agility, be more entrepreneurial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    solid company stifles innovation by process and poor mid-level management

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    • 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

    Stable environment focusing on interesting applications that keep the people of the United States safe.
    Flexible schedule for balancing work and home.

    Cons

    Leadership is overly conservative and reactive to business opportunities.
    Office environment is dated and increasingly crowded, noisy and inefficient.
    Enployees are not recognized for contributions but rather how they are perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off average employees that do not perform and reward quality and innovation.
    Invest is promising business opportunities; manage budgets.
    Remove the current generation of ineffective, procees focused mid-level management.
    Modernize the office environment; provide private office space for senior technical staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Too political. Promotions depend on who you know

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The salaries are somewhat competitive within a location. The work is interesting. Benefits, in theory are good.

    Cons

    Your work life balance, compensation and benefits depend heavily on what department you are in and who your supervisor is. No two departments, Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain, etc are treated the same, even within the same plant. Salaried employees are supposed to have "flex-time", but some managers allow you to use it and some don't. There are no windows, and you spend all day in a dreary environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing managers personal feelings dictate who gets promoted instead of using qualifications and abilities. For example, stop allowing supervisors and managers to promote their friends instead of the most qualified.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Things are not the same as they used to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    interesting work, good hard working people

    Cons

    spreadsheet management, no support more line management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors need to provide more support of employees. Support to upper management. More mentoring and better technical leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunities for Leadership at the value added task by improving the horizontal flow thru removing virtical obstruction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people performing the value added task are a wealth of information.

    Cons

    Successful leaders from the outside are not truly welcomed; status quo prevails which leads to unsustainable change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be so afraid to accept a business model that offers you a non value added to value added ration of 1 to 30 respectfully. Yes, there is more cooks than bottle waskers a reapplication of the excess resources would improve the safety, efficiency, quality and ethical behaviors from the bottom upward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging and Reputable but Bureaucratic and Slow Moving

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, intelligent co-workers, some are brilliant engineers. The opportunity for learning is there once you get accepted by the old school crowd and learn to navigate the maze of information resources. Salaries tend to be above average, 4 weeks of vacation at year 5.

    Cons

    Policies and procedures to the extreme for everything. Staff meetings are on employees own time. Promotions are few and far between, usually require working in a program for 10+ years, or a move to another department. Layers upon layers upon layers of management - WAY too mid-management heavy - too much dead wood in mid-management levels, some have no business managing anyone, while capable engineering leaders stagnate. Although salaries are above average, benefits are poor for a $24B revenue company; no sick time (PTO) which can be stressful, employees show up sneezing and coughing in the winter so they don't lose their PTO. Deductibles, co-insurance and monthly costs are high and keep rising - whatever you do, don't get sick. Customer comes first, stockholders second, employees third. Yes, you are just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is suffering. Take a hard look at the org charts and middle management and make some sensible leadership changes that benefit staff and drive company success, not old school deadwood. Dump the ridiculous PD system and walk the talk when it comes to employee growth. Structure jobs with realistic requirements - not every engineering job requires a Masters Degree and Six Sigma Samurai credentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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