Raytheon Reviews in Tewksbury, MA

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,488 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 175 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 130 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    great advancement opportunities. Management values work-life balance.

    Cons

    could improve on yearly performance review process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experienced professionals used not valued to support old boys network at IDS

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, flexibility. Reasonable talent development programs for college hires.

    Cons

    While Raytheon Corp and other divisions may actually "live" the promoted values and behaviors, the culture at IDS does not. The old boys network reigns supreme. On the surface it appears that they are following the mantra but scratch a bit and you find the 25 year men don't want things to change. The DO like to hire experienced professionals that they dangle carrots in front of to keep them working hard while they sit on their butts and do nothing.

    If you are innovative in your approach to problem solving at all, do not work here! They like to respond to issue with the same old tired solutions and if you promote a new way of dealing with issues you will quickly find yourself on the bottom of the heap for making a good old boy look bad. Some may call this corporate politics but honestly its just too many lifers are deeply invested in keeping the status quo until they retire.

    While corporate has an annual diversity summit where they discuss culture and diversity of thought, nobody at IDS really gets it and corporate does nothing to change it at IDS. Neither Swanson or Kennedy care as long as they get their salary and bonus. Behind closed doors they like to blame the unions but at the end of they day it's the 25 year middle aged white guys running the place and that's how they like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to get rid of the old boys network. Hold them accountable. Allow innovation to flourish instead of squashing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow moving, technically challenging work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    -Work-life balance
    -Ability to move regionally
    -Good first job out of college

    Cons

    -Promotions can be tough to come by due to rigid review system
    -Easy to get insulated/pigeonholed in a domain
    -Very slow moving because of heavy process.
    -Strict software guidelines which can stifle creativity.

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

    Raytheon has provided opportunity for career advancement through a constant rotation of learning roles within Finance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager II in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager II in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Career growth and flexible schedule options along with international opportunities.

    Cons

    Incentives for individuals not in senior management are low compared to industry. All non senior managers are allocated the same % of pay regardless of performance based on total salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People... not so great politics !

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Company has some great people and fantastic learning opportunities. The company has some very strong and talented individuals that can be great to work with. There is a lot to learn at this company in many areas. Their course portfolio and commitment to continuing development is fantastic. Very good work life balance. Outstanding benefits and more than fair compensation and benefits.
    The company business space and products can be quite inspiring. Developing products to help our warfighters, lends itself to a cultural sense of pride in the work that Raytheon does and it's openly discussed as such.
    I would recommend this company to a friend depending on what they are looking for from an employer.

    Cons

    Very politically charged environment. Promotions and advancement seem to be based more on ones political gamesmanship and ability to schmooze within the right circles. An absolute popularity contest. There seems to be numerous lists of people better than the unwashed masses ;-) "Leadership Development Program," "Ninjas," "Presidents Culture Initiative," [insert flavor of the month here]. While these things aren't bad in and of themselves they do betray a cultural sense of exclusivity that is unattainable to most, including many top performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the actual work getting done and where it comes from. Spend less time admiring powerpoints and find out who is doing the heavy lifting. You will be rewarded with increased efficiency and better margins.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Headed in Wrong Direction with IT Centralization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Architect in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Mostly US citizen workforce, no offshore

    Cons

    Weak senor management, managers should leave their office and get out on the floor more often, meritocracy, low technical and process maturity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more experienced sr. IT management who have actual hands on IT experience in their history.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Evolution not kind to older employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    The old conservative environment is changing for the better for younger newer employees.

    Cons

    The consequence for older employees is that you have become marginalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have upper management assignments better reflect the perspectives that you garner from the general employee population, i.e. do what you say, and say what you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting if you're willing to relocate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Experience, exposure, employees, benefits travel

    Cons

    Too many managers spoil the rest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider eliminating middle management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start your career, but growth is quickly limited

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

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

    Pros

    Raytheon offers good job security, benefits, flexibility, and entry level opportunities. There are also interesting opportunities for international travel and assignments.

    Cons

    People tend to get stuck doing in the same role for many years and it is very difficult to change roles and get new experiences, which causes a lack of motivation. Bureaucracy makes it difficult to get even menial tasks done. The HR cycle and performance review process doesn't make any sense and your engineering "level' does not at all correspond to your actual role in the company (entry level engineers do the same tasks as senior and principal engineers). Training and development courses are almost non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for training and career development would help keep younger talent in the company. Leadership should try to be more aware of what happens at all levels of the company and not just the top.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for training and to learn about engineering in a large organization.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Lots of training available and encouraged

    Cons

    Very slow and subject to government budgets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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