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"Raytheon is a long term career type company."

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Raytheon provides an even environment under which to develop a strong career in the defense industry. By this, I mean the hours are very regular and the work is constructive in building technical abilities and long standing skills. Projects are often rewarding with a strong mix of technical fields. There are many opportunities to work with various technical disciplines to give you a very strong overall picture of the final products in development.

Cons

Because of the natural pace of the defense industry, Raytheon has a significant amount of politics and bueracracy at the higher levels. As with all companies, it must be dealt with and managed appropriately. However, due to the higher levels of employee retention, old politics tend to play a larger role than in other companies.

Advice to Management

Be aware that the legacy employees who are nearing retirement have not welcome the change to the new pace of the defense industry. As such, a lot of weight has added which burdens certain tasks. Thus, it is very difficult to maintain strong momentum even with the best people.

Other Employee Reviews for Raytheon

  1. "Corporate lives in vacuum to maintain plausible deniability."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good money and some high tech work when you can find it.

    Cons

    Raytheon Management is so interested about company awards, CMMI, etc. but completely uninterested in making the company actually better. There is a lot of back-stabbers and kiss-asses which really does get one promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your ass and make the company as good as you adverstise it is. The important thing is the external customer---not how many awards you give yourself.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "RMS is a good place to work at for a few years if you are an engineer and have to live in Tucson."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the work and projects are very interesting engineering solutions. A person can learn a lot from others that are interested in sharing their knowledge. There are some friendly and helpful people. There is a good work/life balance (very few project demand overtime, but it is available if a person wants it) and the compensation/benefits seem to be on the same level for other defense companies.

    Cons

    One is that it is a missile defense company, so note that you will most likely work on projects that deal with the government, need to deal with classified information, and deal with the idea of working on something that will harm or kill others. Also since there are no other major engineering employers in Tucson, there seems to be a problem with the employment pool. The problems include lack of motivation for people in other parts of the country to relocate here and a bottleneck of good talent where it's difficult to move up the ranks with so many senior people camped out in the same position for years and years and years. The work environment is not that friendly in general and is competitive. It also seems like raises and promotions are more due from a "popularity contest" model than from a straight "work completed" model. And since it is a big company, you do have a number of people that "coast" where you could say the "20/80 rule applies (where it seems like 20% of the people seem to do 80% of the work).

    Advice to Management

    To promote better career management to all employees. To promote a more friendlier and knowledge sharing atmosphere. To really promote cross learning (or rotational programs) to allow employees that want to be more diversifies to do such. To really backup and support what upper management says they will do rather than just have "talking points" or "words on a powerpoint". To better promote a mentoring program to help retain new/young engineers.

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