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Raytheon Overview

Waltham, MA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (RTN)
Aerospace & Defense
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other ... Read more

Mission: We are a global team serving our customers and stakeholders around the world. We have an extraordinary sense of purpose to help create a better world for next generations. Every day we strive to do our best work, and we're proud to share the results of our

Raytheon – Why Work For Us?

Raytheon: Aspiring to be the most admired defense and aerospace systems company through our world-class people and technology

Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services.

The Raytheon culture is centered on a global commitment to our four brand values: People, Integrity, Customer Commitment, Product & Service Excellence and Mission Assurance. Together, these values define our driving force. Key behaviors exhibited at all levels throughout the organization are what make it possible to achieve our goals:


Our Mission Assurance promise of performance confidently ensures reliability for mission success in everything Raytheon delivers.


Raytheon earns and maintains the trust our customers, has enormous respect for the military, and values our international allies and friends as important partners in defense and security.


Our advanced knowledge and capabilities enable us to identify, synthesize and deliver solutions that meet our customers' most urgent mission needs.


We realize the value of technical talent and are working to build a pipeline of opportunity by supporting educational efforts centered on math and science.


Raytheon Six Sigma™ is applied to each project and each employee experience as a disciplined approach to continuous learning about process improvement and customer value.

Corporate Responsibility

Good stewardship is a part of everything we do, everyone we interact with and everything we stand for. This includes sound corporate governance, strong ethics, engineering excellence, employee safety, environmental consciousness, community support and responsible growth.

Wherever you are in your career – just starting out or a seasoned professional – your benefits represent an important part of your overall compensation.

Raytheon is proud to offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package to you, your spouse or same-sex domestic partner, and your eligible children. In addition to protecting you and your family's health and well-being, we offer important income and work/life benefits to meet your needs.

Our website provides a general overview of the health care, income protection, investment/retirement and work/life benefits as well as some of the extras available to eligible Raytheon employees worldwide. We encourage you to become familiar with what our benefits have to offer.

Once you do, we're confident you'll understand why you can expect great things from Raytheon.

Note: Benefits may vary by business unit and location. Pay and benefits for employees represented by a bargaining unit will be in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. Employees assigned to contracts subject to the Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act will continue to be administered in accordance with those laws.

Diversity is more than just a competitive advantage at Raytheon. It's also a competitive imperative and an integral part of our business model, particularly as we continue to grow internationally. We must fully leverage the uniqueness of our people our diversity to continue to deliver superior solutions that meet the challenges of a global marketplace.

It is our experience that diversity of talent and thought drive innovation. Our most creative teams are those that tap into dissimilar perspectives and ideas. We believe in an inclusive culture where people eagerly embrace each other change and know how to capture the strength of our differences. By creating a welcoming, respectful and supportive workplace that engages all employees, Raytheon strives is able to ensure that:

  • the company retains, attracts and develops world-class people.
  • people are treated with dignity and respect, and difference is valued as a company core competency.
  • employees have the opportunity to reach their full potential and make their maximum contribution.
  • we enjoy world-class partnerships with our customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders.

In short, Raytheon provides an atmosphere where everyone feels valued and empowered to perform at a peak level, regardless of the many ways people are different, whether it be age, race, gender, sexual orientation, family history or physical ability. Our recognized Non-Discrimination Policy is as follows:

It is the policy of the Company to recruit, hire, train and promote for all job classifications without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era or other eligible veteran status, and to base all such employment decisions upon the individual's qualifications and ability to perform the work assigned.

 Student and Recent Graduates

 Prepare to eliminate impossible from your vocabulary.

 Stand out and change the world.

At Raytheon, you’ll be part of a diverse global team that’s working together to solve some of the most demanding challenges on the planet. You’ll play an integral role in creating sophisticated systems and platforms that will help redefine defense and government electronics, space exploration, information technology and more. You’ll also have every opportunity to grow to your full potential, with the advantages of world-class career development programs and outstanding real-life rewards.

Make your stand. Join us now.


 Production & Maintenance

 Raytheon's reputation for superior manufacturability rests on the performance of Production Maintenance.    Our teams work in virtually every business area to ensure precision machining, fabrication integrity and operational efficiency.

Production Maintenance careers require some previous experience fabricating, assembling, diagnosing and/or troubleshooting production, prototype and commercial items. Depending on their role, our Specialists should also be adept in several of these key functions:

  • work with electrical, electronic, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, experimental, developmental and electromechanical systems and devices
  • interpret engineering, military and manufacturing specifications
  • inspect, test and repair electronic, pneumatic, electromechanical and/or mechanical production items
  • operate standard, commercial and specialized test equipment to ensure compliance and conformance to specs and quality control methods
  • plan, setup, and perform functional, operational, environmental and specialized testing under all conditions
  • transport electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical test equipment, parts and materials in accordance with established procedures
  • determine functional adequacy and efficiency of machines and tooling to fabricate parts to defined specifications
  • provide shop floor assistance in maintaining machine operational efficiencies and uploading/downloading of machine programs and engineering interface



 As a global enterprise, Raytheon’s professional functions touch all areas of the company and all corners of   the world. Each of our businesses has its own professional staff at each of its locations, while a corporate team is in place at our headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Career paths at Raytheon are as diverse as the people who travel them. Professional opportunities will characteristically include positions in these talent areas:

  • Business Development 
  • Communications 
  • Contracts 
  • Cyber and Information Security 
  • Engineering 
  • Finance 
  • Human Resources 
  • Information Technology 
  • Legal 
  • Security 
  • Supply Chain


 Transitioning Military

 The Raytheon culture has enormous respect for military service. Our customers are the men and women  defending our nation. A number of our employees also serve in the Reserves, National Guard or are military veterans themselves.

As a premier supplier of technologies to the U.S. military and our allies, Raytheon values the strategic and tactical talents that only veterans can offer. Working with us provides an opportunity to bring your battlefield skills to the private sector for a successful transition into the civilian workforce. Opportunities can exist in many disciplines throughout our company, including:



  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Field
  • Hardware
  • Mechanical
  • Optical
  • Quality Assurance
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Test
  • Business Development
  • Communications
  • Contracts
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal
  • Logistics
  • Program Management
  • Supply Chain

We are especially proud of our Operation Phoenix Program, which provides opportunities for transitioning military personnel who were severely wounded, injured and/or ill during combat operations in the global war on terror (on or after September 11, 2001). Specific criteria consistent with military, government and VA definitions must be met. Raytheon also gives consideration to Wounded Warrior spouses and caregivers who have needed to take on the role of primary wage-earner for the immediate family.

Raytheon is committed to our employees and our communities. We take a strategic approach to community outreach by focusing on three key areas: math and science education, armed services support and our local communities, which includes employee volunteering, charitable giving and contributions.

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    I worked at Raytheon for over 4 years and had a great experience. The company provided many learning and growth opportunities. I was promoted twice during my tenure with the company, and my responsibility increased significantly. I felt like my management supported me and provided me with the career mentorship that I was seeking. I felt empowered and respected during my time there.


    It can be difficult to work at such a large defense contractor company because of all the process and red tape. Things can move slowly, you have to be patient and pick your battles. That being said, if you learn how to work within the system, you can make a significant impact here!

    Advice to Management

    Not all section managers (middle managers) are clued in with the senior leadership's goals. I met with many senior leaders and executives who supported diversity and employee resource groups. However, often times middle management was against employees putting their own volunteer time towards these efforts and looked down on it. This gap was a huge problem and really needs to be fixed!!

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Raytheon.


    Round table interview with manager and a few employees. Was professional but also very friendly and relaxed. Good group of people to discuss the business and the technical aspects of their positions and what the job may entail. They asked questions mainly about how I have used system modeling procedures through my current job. Some questions also asked about tools and applications that were used, which I was not accustomed to using. I made sure they were aware that I have had experience with similar tools and thought no issues would arise due to the tools being new to me.

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Raytheon Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • America's Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities (#7),, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
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