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Raytheon Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
1,564 Reviews
3.4
1,564 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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.  

    Great job, excellent benefits package,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture outside of the bargaining unit is really great. One of a very few union shops in FL. Stay away from the union's overall mentality.

    Cons

    It is a bit difficult to jump on board with them, especially if you don't have a degree. They do have "internal" career paths, but you'd better start getting loud about it when you're interviewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communications open with shop floor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Intelligent, compassionate people, 9/80 is great

    Cons

    Can get lost in large company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Entitlement

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    The working level of people at Raytheon Missile Systems is great.

    Cons

    The leadership of Raytheon Missile Systems from the CEO through all 30+ vice presidents and assistant vice presidents operates out of a sense of entitlement. They are entitled to their extravagant parties, entitled to fly first class, entitled to free lunch and entitled to a bunch of people around them who never tell them they are doing anything wrong because if you do, there will be retaliation. They are bad business men who allow senior program managers and leaders to run amuck with New Business Investment funds, spending mostly on travel with no resulting new business and no consequence. They have way too many people and could be producing better profits or better growth for the company by slashing the head count and trimming the non-productive. Then they would not have that crowd around them telling them how brilliant they all are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new crew capable of managing a $10B company. Focus on shareholder ROI rather than being the friendliest company to the LGBT community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good training ground

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Good place to begin a career and excellent introduction to working for a large company with industry standard processes. Depending on your initial assignment, it can lead to solid career advancement. Benefits compare nominally with other aerospace companies of similar size. Excellent PTO benefits for young employees, good 401k, no retirement plan. As of 2014, no profit sharing program for IIS, although small monies are available if your peers submit you for awards.

    On balance, a good place for a fresh CS grad to start, but middling for other disciplines such as engineering, business. This location is heavily focused on SW development with systems engineering another large emphasis. Systems engineering is implemented similarly to Lockheed with a heavy emphasis on requirements development, following a process, powerpoint slide creation and little to no actual engineering.

    Many work groups and low level managers treat team members with respect and value their views and contributions. There is a strong commitment to diversity, which may work for or against potential employees.

    Cons

    Advancement depends on who you know, whether they like you (similar to most companies) and whether your current assignment happens to be on the critical path. Like most huge companies, you are viewed primarily as a unit of labor and visibility to management is limited due to a matrixed organizational structure.

    On some programs uncompensated overtime is mandated due to poor program bidding - be sure to inquire about this during your interview. Nationally the company provides significantly better advancement and compensation opportunities than in the Denver metro area. For those willing to move, this could be a good career option.

    For those seeking management, the company offers a decent career track. For those seeking a technical career, look elsewhere as you will be squandering your time here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have provided in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    OCI impact

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The week off at Christmas in addition to our leave was so nice as a single parent with young children and it really makes sense when so many businesses shutdown during that time of year.
    Flexible work reduced work week (32 hours)
    One of the few companies left that has a pension program!

    Cons

    Do not offer training and then take it away at the last minute to give to someone on overhead.

  7.  

    Stable with good work-life balance if you take advantage of it.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Stable job security
    Work-life balance
    Employees are friendly

    Cons

    underpaid jobs
    Use old technology
    All projects are underbid by design
    continuous loss of benifits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Stable but limited

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great benefits and set work schedule. Good for established engineers. Many locations around the world

    Cons

    Lower pay relative to other industries. Complex management structure. Many non qualified hires working in the company due to referrals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Decent pay, but you have to be connected to get ahead

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    The flex time and time off policies are good. The RISP program is a good substitute for the legacy pension programs. Raytheon offers tuition reimbursement and good work life balance.

    Cons

    There needs to be a overhaul of the employee performance appraisal process. Training is inadequate for a company of this size. Although there are several different divisions with offices all over the world, it can be very difficult to even make lateral moves within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to start preparing for the time in the not too distant future when a lot of the senior employees start to retire. There will be a gap in knowledge and experience about a lot of the legacy technologies and programs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Needs Improvement!

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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

    A variety of programs and interesting products developed for the Defense Industry. Satisfactory compensation and benefits. Many good coworkers.

    Cons

    Lot's of legacy programs with little new development. Little opportunity to create/participate in new development. Technical challenges are scarce. Difficult people is not dealt with soon enough or terminated. Union holds company hostage and limits efficiency improvements efforts. Company culture is old school but prevails. Leadership talks about change but the ones promoted to management are of the same school. Thus change is never realized. Under current ways career growth is not based on performance. Performance appraisal is 100% subjective. (I am section manager by the way). Raytheon as a company does not take risks and has always followed the market leaders (competitors) in every new initiative, from diversity, to leadership, six sigma, lean manufacturing, IT, Supply Chain, Recruiting... You name it. This is very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you owe growth to our investors, then you must lead the market. Not just in sales of one or two product lines but lead the market by evolving to the next generation of doing business. Be brave an try a new performance appraisal every other year until you get it right. Stop copying "six sigma" like programs that worked someplace else and develop your own "Six Sigma" initiative based on the specific needs and unique business structure of a defense contractor. Let individuals do what they do best and compensate/appraise them for that and only that. Leaders will arise as they hear the inner call to lead and not just in search a promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for. Leadership listens to you.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Strong technical company with a committment to the US Department of Defense. Exceptional place for engineers and technical personnel.

    Cons

    They will terminate you with no notice.

    No opinion of CEO

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