Raytheon Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. 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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    • 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
  2. Classic hierarchical workplace that moves very slow because of the corporate environment + government contracting.

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

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

    Pros

    - Pretty solid benefits
    - Great work/life balance (San Diego location)
    - No micro-management
    - Flexible hours
    - Employee organizations/clubs

    Cons

    - Not very innovative in terms of workflow/processes
    - Strict government regulations
    - Office culture wasn't very fun/exciting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the junior and younger employees and their career development.
    Compensate employees when they put the effort to obtain certifications and/or master's degrees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good colleagues, but San Diego site is currently shrinking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly and hard-working colleagues.

    Cons

    The San Diego site is shrinking. Going from 2 buildings to 1 building. There has been a series of layoffs the last year. Current morale at the site is very low.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Raytheon is a solid employer that does care about people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Promotion potential is reasonable
    People are part of the company's core values and they backed it up in my experience.

    Cons

    Tracking and administrative overhead inhibits productivity rates

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Career Development Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Unlimited career potential; good mentoring programs; embraces diversity

    Cons

    Defense Programs impacted by sequestration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, vacation time, etc. We worked a 9/80 schedule which made every other weekend a three day weekend. Holidays were "saved" for the Xmas season, allowing extended Xmas vacation.

    Cons

    At Raytheon we had functional managers who typically did not assign work. The result was that our manager often had no direct knowledge of our work. Further, when managing others, those who performed poorly would often not name you as a manager, thereby attempting to obtain a better review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. The People Make the Place!!! Compensation is Ehhh...

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

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

    Pros

    The people that you interact with daily make the environment awesome. If you are working on the design side of things and have a great team your ideas may be implemented. The people make the place. Most of the interesting programs are in the northeast area.

    Cons

    We are currently merging the working environment so it is becoming more and more difficult to do get things done. Every defensive contractor has the issue with documentation and red tape but its becoming more and more of a hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward high performers financially more frequently. Individuals are asked/tasked to work above your salary grade for an extended amount of time without the recognition given. It seems like you have to be doing salary grades higher than yours for a year in order to get a promotion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Continuosly Learning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Planning in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Ethical, Fair, Diversity, War Fighter, Work life Balance

    Cons

    Processes,Tools, unflexible, Silos, useless metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to Lean the processes

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A very good company to work for, but very difficult to advance career

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and great work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to advance career in such a large company, annual raises are small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to bring in more programs and opportunities to employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Run away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. 9/80 Schedule. Low stress. Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Boring work. Lots of red tape. Management only cares about gathering stupid metrics that even they agree is stupid.

    Raytheon Six Sigma... ugh. Huge waste of time that we make the government pay for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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