Raytheon Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 180 reviews)

  • Allows 9/80 schedule for some employees (in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • I was hoping to retire from Raytheon but upper management did not look at the ramifications of laying me off (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Great place to start a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), world-class technology and tools. Management is becoming more progressive and most of the older dysfunctional management methodologies are being eradicated. Strong international sales have stabilized the company and layoffs are rare in recent years. Commitment to diversity is real and there are great opportunities for motivated women and minorities.

    Cons

    Pay and career progress seem to plateau after 5 years or so unless you are a superstar performer. Most new-grads seem to leave for better opportunities after 3-5 years. Facilities are pretty abysmal except for a few newer buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the trend to encourage empowerment and small cross-functional teams to become the standard across programs.


  2. Decent pay and a good workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Job security. Once you're in, you're in for the long-haul most likely. Some projects take multiple years. As such, there isn't a lot of turnover. Also, the pay is decent, though not the best as compared to top-tier tech companies. However, benefits package is very comprehensive. Even as an intern, I had a 401(k) match program and a relocation bonus from and back to my college town. Another nice thing is the option to work 9/80. You get every second Friday off. It makes the week prior pretty long when you do have to work a 44 hour work week, including that Friday. But it's nice to have a three day weekend every other weekend.

    Cons

    Not the youngest place to work. The mean age is probably about 40, and there's a good number of people in their 50s+. They're doing a lot of hiring right now to get the younger generation in, however. So change is happening.

    Advice to Management

    At least with interns, make sure there is a simple task we can get to work on quickly after arriving. I wasn't sure what was going on for three to four weeks after arriving (a lot of it is still over my head, but that's okay). Once I got a simple task, I felt so much better and so much more useful.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Solid place to work;Stodgy culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pays well - The benefits are very good - Stable organizational structure - Large company, so it's easy to move around to new areas - Profit sharing is good

    Cons

    - Stodgy culture - Due to the nature of the business there is an underlying culture of paranoia and security concerns - Also, the culture isn't exactly fun. In fact, if you are having fun at work, you can be seen as goofing off. Everything is taken very seriously even when not necessary - Lots of former military folks also contribute to the culture - Very conservative when it comes to picking technology. It's a big ship and they do not move quickly. They still use Lotus Notes as email client, for instance - Wholly dependent on government funding and contracts which can lead to some job insecurity

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up the culture a little bit. It's a not a particularly "fun" place to work.


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  5. Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Sahuarita, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Financial Analyst in Sahuarita, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, company 401K match, investment plan and learning about the defense industry. Ability to switch between organizations, programs and functions. The best places to be are in functional roles away from programs because you actually have time to think and apply solutions to help out analysts on the programs. It is beneficial to switch back and forth to have a fresh perspective. Many process improvement initiatives.

    Cons

    Finance is too lean. A significant amount of personnel are leaving the organization to supply chain, contracts or leaving the company - not only isolated to sub-par performers. The staffing levels could be more tolerable with investment in better reporting solutions that can be used across all programs. This would reduce the amount of time to reach root cause. There are many projects to improve processes, however, each group is in a vacuum without someone responsible to oversee the commonalities between the initiatives. This results in most teams spinning their wheels prohibiting closure or claiming closure without solving the original problem.

    Advice to Management

    You can only run so lean without sponsoring true process improvements that allow analysts to efficiently support programs while having a life outside of work. There is concern about what is being missed by running so lean and the knowledge gaps. Also, be serious about developing employees. Succession planning is stated that it occurs, however, there is little evidence it happens. The organizational structure needs to be addressed to be consistent across the enterprise, not just a particular business unit. Job grades are very disparate between business units.


  6. Logistics

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and job is rewarding

    Cons

    Hated the charge system. If I had few time I could not help a fellow co-worker if I did not have a charge number for the task.


  7. Stable job - low growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Cost and Schedule Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Cost and Schedule Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and stable job

    Cons

    Limited career path, extremely inefficient, weak leadership - if you aren't a leadership development member do not expect to advance


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great work, frustrating bureaucracy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting work on advanced technology. Over time is usually compensated for salaried employees who work on contracted programs.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and slow moving. Promotions are very slow, and have more to do with time spent in a particular position than with performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop normalizing the compensation of high performing employees by that of average employees. A meritocracy needs to replace the current bureaucracy if top talent is to be retained.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Large Corporation Benefits/Drawbacks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Planner in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Planner in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Raytheon has excellent pay and benefits and makes every attempt to bring the best and brightest minds to the table. As a very large company, there are many opportunities for lateral movement (leading to terrific business knowledge and understanding) and upward mobility.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, process often gets in the way of progress, and with various governments being the main customers, that adds an additional, even thicker layer of process and regulation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing "flavor of the week/month/year" initiatives to improve morale and start setting a better example from the top down in terms of treating employees fairly, with trust and respect and as valued resources.


  10. Helpful (1)

    ENgineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are interesting and challenging. It used to be that hard work would produce compensation and some level of recogonition but that doesn't really happen any more.

    Cons

    Management is "clickish" and immature. Respect and dignity are both disapointing. There are lots of metrix regarding respect but in reality, it's not enforced.

    Advice to Management

    Talk the talk and walk the walk. Step away from being popular, doing what's eassy or cool and do your job.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing Engineer Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a large company with many opportunities. It has many different departments that allow you to move around within sectors. It also has many locations around the country.

    Cons

    It is a large company so it isn't as personal. You are assigned one job and there are a bunch of other people in your department with the exact same job as you.



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