Raytheon Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Burned out

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Professional and motivated engineering company - large and sometimes process-bound

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 ManagementAdvice

    -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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  5. Great Benefits

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

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great benefits. Provided a lot of tuition reimbursement and training. 9/80 schedules are pretty standard there and they will usually let you flex your time. Also, depending on the city you live in, local businesses will give you discounts as an employee of this company.

    Cons

    This is a very big company which means there is a lot of bureaucracy. Simple tasks such as getting your computer repaired could take DAYS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!.

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

    Three "G"s before you are Retired Out

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    Former Employee - Non-Engineering Staff in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Non-Engineering Staff in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    OK place to start an engineering career. Looks good on the resume.
    Steady paycheck and decent salary.
    9/80 work week is wonderful.

    Cons

    Benefits declining rapidly with employees paying increased cost for what is left.
    OK for recent engineering grads or vets (revolving door well greased). Other disciplines need not apply.
    Defense industry is a specialty field. Moving to the larger commercial environment is challenging.
    Three "G's: Get in; Gain experience; Get out.
    Planning a long career at Raytheon requires an emergency fund for when they hire two replacement grads and you are "retired out" to the street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice for management - since they only pay it lip service.
    Tear down the inspirational HR wall posters. They are propaganda and just irritate the troops.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Its big company style business. You can get lost in the shuffle or carve out your niche.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Yearly raises and profit sharing both average 3%. Inclusive and respectful environment.

    Cons

    Can be lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many management positions go external.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Good Company with Serious Problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, large company with opportunity to move around, better opportunity than elsewhere in town, wonderful smart employees in difficult technical fields, you can stay here career long if you want

    Cons

    No concern for work-life balance, doesn't value the information capital in people with long careers, no knowledge management policy, doesn't value truth in speech, values the short term over the long term, speaks the innovation speak but doesn't follow through with actual R&D funding, funding for projects is difficult and bureaucratic and seemingly not tied to performance, doesn't really want to know if employees are happy . . . would rather wring them out and them prop them up with money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start really trying to change the culture and move into the 21st century. Cut down the bureaucracy and focus on the people stupid and no HR/champion/more executives is not the answer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Focus is on profits lately, not employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Stable, Lots of work to do, Technically Challenging environment

    Cons

    Lots of work to do, but with less people to do it...., no money for training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retention, otherwise, no one will be left to do the work that is already piling up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good work/life balance, highly ethical

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II (E04) in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II (E04) in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    One of the pro's to working at Raytheon is the very friendly and highly ethical environment you get to work in. They place a sincere emphasis on ethics year round as well as excellent annual training. Every single manager I've had has displayed a genuine interest in helping their people advance and improve themselves.

    Cons

    There is too much emphasis on leadership roles to the extent that it's nearly impossible to advance without taking such a role on. The sad fact is that not everyone is really cut out for such a role. This has the unfortunate effect of driving some otherwise excellent individual contributors to seek out roles they neither enjoy nor perform well in; and in other cases failing to recognize the excellent contributions of those who prefer to stay as individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no doubt that developing excellent leaders is essential to the health of the organization, but this should not be the sole focus and singular path for advancement. Please consider opening up more opportunities for advancement for those who contribute technically.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Software Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunities, job security, and room to move around in the company.

    Cons

    Since this is a governement contracting company, be ready for beauracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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