Raytheon Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Senior Principal Systems Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, varied and sometimes exciting engineering work
    Good salary and benefits
    9/80 and flexible working day

    Cons

    Middle management can be good but generally appalling, political and siloed
    Rigid and very time-consuming processes blunt progress and can seriously reduce initiative
    Over emphasis on electronic communication and organizational systems
    Cramped working conditions, high stress

    Advice to Management

    Employ professional engineering managers with interpersonal skills
    Create greater transparency and communication between upper and lower organizational levels
    Rediscover the engineering dynamism and flexibility that created great products in the past

  2. Great Company No Advancement Opportunities in My Field

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of employees that are always willing to help each other out! Would stay here forever if compensation was more fair.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, small to no yearly raises. Management has their favorites and tailors the raises to help their select few favorites. Prior experience will get you in the door but means NOTHING after that.

    Advice to Management

    Level the playing field in regards to compensation. When you have Officers that make $18-20 and have little to no knowledge of their job requirements, then you have other officers making $13-14 and have several years of military or law enforcement experience and worked on site for years, there is a serious problem!!

  3. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An opportunity to work on some high tech stuff. Flexible work schedule, every other Friday off.

    Cons

    You at have to keep your work a secret.

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  5. Toxic Department & Center Managers, HR, & Work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work alongside with talented Engineers

    Cons

    You will work for toxic Department managers who can't design or don't have any experience producing engineering results that directly support product line program managers. You will be constantly demeaned by these dept. managers while HR condones. High employee turnover rate is no concern to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Department & Center managers are not being held accountable with their failure of low employee morale and turnover rate. Low morale directly tied to dept. & center managers disrespectful behavior towards engineers. Don't wait until all senior engineers are chased out leaving no one to support product lines in a timely manner until the problem is addressed.

  6. Structural Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some, as long as there is plenty of work. But not enough to outweigh the cons. Get it while you can and keep your options open to move on.

    Cons

    Many. They will ride you hard and hang you out to dry. Expect them not to keep their promises during the hiring process and they will think that they own you after you are hired. Some of the upper management is good to work with but do not expect it to last long. Management is shaken up quite often and sooner or later you will end up in a snake pit. And good luck in that one horse town. The sun and dryness will ruin your skin. Upper management will treat the lower level employees very poorly when the government contracts get thin. Beware.

    Advice to Management

    Take some responsibility and quit placing all the blame of inadequate management on the lower level employees. Take a course in work/life balance and get a life.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Fun technical problems and good people, but management can be corrupt and clique-ish.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, work can be fun.
    Tucson is a good place to live with a low cost of living, nice climate, good university.

    Cons

    Management gets rewarded bonuses based on milestones reached. I came up with a paper showing that missile performance would be poor in certain areas. Their response was not to fix the problems, but rather throw me off the project, give me a poor performance review, then throw me out of the company (over a matter of months to build a paper trail).

    It's a good place to start a career, but it's very difficult to get any advancement unless you're part of the "in" crowd.

    They hire fewer people than they really need, so there can be compulsory overtime when things are busy. When things are slow, they quickly lay off a lot of people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate corruption or hiding bad news from the customer, even if it will impact bonuses received for making milestones.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Burned out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool jobs that can be very fun at times.

    Cons

    Usually get pigeon-holed, and then the job can start getting repetitive and boring. Intentionally understaffed which tends to burn out employees by having a heavy workload. PTO rather than separate vacation and sick time.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many layers of management to get to the top that messages and perceptions have trouble flowing each way. I've seen management proclaim success for an easy transition to a new division wide tool while the same tool was universally hated by the engineers that were forced to use it.

  9. Disappointing Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer III Facilities in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer III Facilities in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established defense contractor with many excellent opportunities in their technical fields of endeavor. Not at all employee oriented in their approach.

    Cons

    The company has incredible opportunities for people but a dysfunctional leadership in place that ignores the integrity of its most important asset, the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and make this the employer you say you are.

  10. Professional and motivated engineering company - large and sometimes process-bound

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

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, training and promotion opportunities Raytheon is so large, there are ample opportunities for lateral moves world-wide

    Cons

    Not very agile or flexible - slow and impersonal hiring process

  11. Helpful (1)

    A lot of things could be better

    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Work-life balance is great.
    -Pay is great, good benefits
    -Technically challenging and rigorous
    -The people are friendly

    Cons

    -Too many meetings, trainings, processes that crowd out time for actual engineering work
    -Being a matrix organization, you have several people to report status to
    -The company is very risk-averse so it is very reluctant to adopt new technologies

    Advice to Management

    -Communicate with the programs better on your staffing needs. Staffing tug of wars could be avoided with better communication
    -Stop putting people in charge that have no technical background in the products they are trying to produce.

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