Raytheon - Raytheon is a good place to work at. | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Raytheon
There are newer employer reviews for Raytheon

See Most Recent

"Raytheon is a good place to work at."

StarStarStarStarStar
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

The people, working with the military. Raytheon supports their employees education and advancements.

Cons

When the military budget gets cut, jobs get cut. Top heavy in management.

Advice to Management

Listen and hear what your employees have to say about the programs and projects.

Other Employee Reviews for Raytheon

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good benefits and interesting work, but sometimes a bit too "old school"."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1) Benefits and Work/Life Balance. Solid benefits package (though it's been reduced in recent years) and generally good flexibility when it comes to work hours. Among the key niceties, they have a "9/80" schedule available where you can work 9.0 hours each day and take every-other Friday off. They also offer tuition reimbursement for advanced degrees, and there are opportunities on certain projects to get paid for your overtime -- even as a salaried employee. Nobody will make you feel bad for taking time off, even during busy times of the year.

    2) The Work. This is a large company that develops a wide array of interesting products for military customers. They handle product development as well as a lot of their own manufacturing, so at many work sites you can simply walk down the hall and see how whatever you're creating fits into the larger picture of a massive defense system.

    Cons

    I don't mean to stress the cons, but these are the things that are "less than ideal".

    1) Performance incentives straight out of communist Russia. Yearly bonuses for anyone below executive level are silly small (2-4%) and aren't based on individual performance, but overall business unit and company performance. Also, don't expect anything but a single-digit percentage raise...that's even if you consistently perform well, get a great performance rating, and get promoted. Then crack open the annual report and see some execs making multimillions that are getting better percentages from year-to-year. Average raises for engineers are 3% or 4%, with max around 8%. This is especially troubling for younger employees that need quicker growth to pay off student loans and start families. I've seen many bright engineers that start after college leave after 3-5 years and get 20%-30% raises to go to commercial companies (or even other defense contractors). As a result, much of the young top talent leaves quickly for greener pastures. That, and the fact that it's difficult to innovate due to points 2 and 3, below.

    2) Aging workforce. They sure do know their stuff, but a lot of employees are grumpy old defense personalities from the tail end of the cold war era. They're also 90% men and they will make up the majority of your co-workers. I've heard estimates that as many as 50% of the company's engineers are aged 50 or older. Therefore, if you're 35 or younger, prepare to constantly feel like you're working with your dad...or grand-dad. Holy cynicism, batman. Expect change to happen very slowly.

    3) Bureaucracy. The federal government imposes a seriously stifling wet blanket of rules and regulations on defense contractors. Pretty much everything is hugely confusing and difficult to navigate (think of doing your own taxes to the twenty-fifth power). There's redundancy in the government's own product line, and the sea of acronyms, paperwork, and process can make you feel small, inefficient, and like it's impossible to understand anything or get anything done. What you do get done will get done slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to retain young talent (yes, this will be more difficult in coming years as the defense budget wanes). This includes creating an environment that better fosters creativity and gives larger raises to high performers who are low on the totem pole.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Raytheon does the bare minimum to compensate and encourage employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, flex time, interesting work, intelligent co workers, technical challenges, suite at baseball stadium, free parking, good location

    Cons

    merit raises are nothing more than cost of living increases, facilities are poorly maintained, several engineering fellows are inept, lack of recognition, very political, lots of red tape, clueless and impersonal management, expect work without charge numbers

    Advice to Management

    Make an extra effort to make sure engineers at the "bottom" who are building the systems you boast about are properly recognized, compensated, and rewarded for their efforts.

There are newer employer reviews for Raytheon
There are newer employer reviews for Raytheon

See Most Recent

Work at Raytheon? Share Your Experiences

Raytheon
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or