Raytheon
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Raytheon Reviews in Tucson, AZ

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.4 135 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

William H. Swanson

(61 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Raytheon has been, for the most part, a good place to work.

Electrical Engineer I (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

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

ProsPretty good benefit package and flexible work schedule are two of the positives. Training opportunities exist but vary by department.

ConsTransitioning from an hourly to a salaried position is a difficult process. It is easier to hire in as a salaried employee than to do an internal transfer.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place

Supply Chain Planner (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits, time off, off Fridays. Balance of work

ConsReduction in contracts, layoffs, reduced pay raises

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Excellent place to work!

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Raytheon full-time for less than a year

ProsThe sense of working for a company that is making a difference was fantastic. The people and groups were very pleasant to work with.

ConsThe time needed on site is difficult with small children.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good job, great benefits

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat Benefits, 9/80 Schedule (Every other Friday off)

ConsVery Political, Lots of Process, Slow Progress, Small Raises & Profit Sharing, Risk Adverse

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Dilbert is a way of life – sadly.

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

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

ProsOpportunities to work at different Raytheon facilities.

A newly built site fitness facility for current and retired Raytheon Tucson employees.

Many social groups to appease numerous groups and philosophies.

Most salaries at Missile Systems in Tucson are significantly higher than the local average, but the medical benefits aren't the best in town (but not terribly bad).

The 401k offered by the company is okay – but the company contribution is not as good as it used to be for newer employees to the company.

Company offers a lot of discounts for travel, local events, and some entertainment venues for current employees.

Dress code is typically business casual - clean jeans / khakis and a dress shirt / polo will be acceptable for daily work. Friday's you can expect to see a lot of people wearing bright colored Hawaiian shirts and jeans. The business suit may occasionally be required for some government / executive face to face interactions.

ConsExtremely top-heavy in management, to the point where most directors (not vice presidents) have at least four to five layers of management beneath them before engagement of a engineer / worker begins.

Work is directly tied to government contracts, which as of late have significantly reduced, leading to the realization that there may be mass layoffs. Recent building closures to reduce office space only exacerbate such fears.

Benefits seem to decrease every five years (i.e. medical, 401K, educational) as a result of appeasing shareholders at the expense of the workers.

Hard to get rid of the bad apples or non-performers (at all levels in the ranks), unless they commit a violation so egregious that warrants termination (such as watching pornography on the Internet at work, fighting, or stealing). Minor infractions are typically ignored, unless it impacted a product delivery schedule.

New hires are typically stuck into serving a mandatory two – three year “tour of duty” working the production programs. This frustrates many newly hired engineers, as they don’t get the autonomy to influence or enhance an existing product design – which leads to high turnover of new hires before their fifth year of employment.

There’s not a real R&D effort at Raytheon as the company is extremely risk averse to venturing into new technological efforts without a government contract. Expect rehashing of, and modifications to existing concepts to count as an R&D effort.

Promotion and merit advancement process is ill-defined, and the company keeps "enhancing" the process yearly. Every other year RMS attempts to make the promotion process less convoluted, but ultimately achieves in making the process even more ambiguous. Ultimately it boils down to who you know - not what you know.

People have to be aware of cloak and dagger tactics used by organizations on other organizations in a game of one-upmanship - the talk of being one company, one philosophy, is just that - talk.

The work schedule is not as flexible as it used to be. An alternate work schedule now typically is only granted on a temporary basis (typically not longer than 60 days) rather than a permanent basis to assist the employee.

Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out the old clandestine guard who resist change, new ideas, and engage in subterfuge to further their own career. It's late - but start looking at dual technology concepts for what the company develops - need to start looking outside of military / government defense where the purse strings are tightening.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company. Great perks/benefits.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor

Pros9/80 work week (Every other Friday off)
Important cause: working for our soldiers delivering the best quality products
Great benefits
People are very nice and acknowledge your hard work

ConsA little bit bureaucratic
Feeling that most people working here are conservative or hard right-wing
A LOT of former military employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent Company

RELDP (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

ProsPay, flex time, never work more than 40 hours, challenging, surrounded by smart people.

ConsLarge company can make it challenging to make quick changes to the way business is done.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be resistant to change from new technology.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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WOW THREE DAY WEEKEND

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

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

Pros-flexible 9-80 schedule. Christmas to new year closure. a lot of good little benefits, rec center, education reimbursement.

-there are some hardcore headcases, but you generally won't butt heads with them. unless you also strive to be one.

-the average employee is generally friendly and laidback. throw a rock and you'll hit a jovial, knowledgeable, pudgy conservative dad in a Hawaiian shirt counting days to retirement.

-if you are really ambitious and don't care about your personal life there is some room for you. if you want to coast and never work over 40 a week, there is room for you. if you are somewhere in between, its a bit dicier.

There are many many many programs and departments, each of which is a fiefdom in itself. The higher profile "great for your career" type projects tend to be the draining ones with angrier people.

Cons-advancement and training for young engineers. basically hope you are put in a good program where you can learn. there are no serious programs in place if you aren't marked as a high performer early on.

-No real career paths. Just a bunch of pep talks and a powerpoint and few half-assed meetings. Basically latch onto a midlevel manager and get directed around.

-training is terrible, a series of webmodules.

-Upper Management has in recent years distanced themselves even further from the common employee

Advice to Senior Managementshould i pack up my bags for Huntsville, while you dismantle Tucson?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I have learned a TON. I work in one of the manufacturing factories and I love that environment.

Quality Engineer I (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Raytheon full-time for less than a year

ProsRaytheon has compensated the reduction of US government sales with increased foreign business. Raytheon is a huge company with many opportunities for career development. Leadership fast track programs are available.

ConsThe defense industry can be volatile as of late.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for.

Manufacturing Engineer II (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

ProsRaytheon offer the United Health insurance that include co-payment.

ConsRaytheon did not offer the sick pay leave.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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