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"Long time engineer at a stable company."

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Marlborough, MA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Marlborough, MA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Big company, can work on very large systems.
Stable work for the competent. Managers try hard to avoid laying people off.
Opportunities to travel, shift to different things.
Depending on project, can be very leading edge technically.
Very ethical. People friendly. Diversity stressed.

Cons

Defense work mostly, great for those who like high tech but basically marketing limited to government customers.
No frills, don't look for company parties, free coffee, etc.
No public transportation.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing.

Other Employee Reviews for Raytheon

  1. Helpful (2)

    "It was a nice place to work."

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Largo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, some nice people to work for and helpful. All the jobs (areas) are really easy and the instructions on how to build something are very simple to follow. The Engineers are very good at helping out when there is a problem.

    Cons

    Management love gossip - from the floor supervisors to the department managers. Hourly people will make up stories about other employees and go spread rumors. The Union there (UAW) really stick by their own people and create problems for non-union people. It's a cut-throat place to work - you need a suit of armor to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Just do their job and don't listen to the B.S. on the floor with the employees. Just get the job done and correctly.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Too Corporate"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, especially compared with the low cost of living in Tucson. Good benefits. Lots of technical course offerings (off-the-clock).

    Cons

    The hierarchy is extremely vertical: at any given time, you'll have 6-10 different bosses, all of whom have vastly different goals. The "rank and rate" system (the same as Microsoft's dreaded "stack ranking") determines merit raises and promotions entirely based on the opinion of the "functional" leaders who aren't involved in the work that you actually do. The travel policy is abusive; there's too much forced travel and you can't charge or flex travel hours, so you'll get stuck working 60+ hours every week without even being able to record anything past 40 on your timecard. There's also no charge number for most mandatory meetings and some of the mandatory training. Most young engineers get stuck doing paperwork (like writing requirements or documenting nonconformances) until they cease to have any useful technical skills. As you move up in the company, you'll get stuck constantly providing different cost/schedule statuses to each of your bosses, to the point where you have almost no time to get any actual work done.

    Advice to Management

    You're going to have problem retaining employees as the economy improves, since other options are looking better each day. Try treating employees as humans instead of numbers. Level out the hierarchies, since no one should ever have more than 2 bosses. End the abusive travel policies. Let smart engineers work on interesting challenges.

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