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"Challenging times ahead - good company for younger employees"

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Current Employee - Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA
Current Employee - Financial Analyst in El Segundo, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Good benefits although they are shrinking just like all the other larger defense cos. Career advancement: If you are young and ambitious, there are good programs to develop you and you will be assigned a mentor.

Cons

Experience not valued as much as youth, part of the cost cutting strategy is to get rid of older employees in some states and moving functions out to lower cost, less regulated states. Everything being equal and with both employees starting in the company at the same time, the younger employee is set up for success whereas the older employee is not given the same opportunity for training, support and advancement.

Advice to Management

A good mix of young and experienced people is a good thing! Retain some legacy people to maintain stability. Make both groups feel appreciated.

Other Employee Reviews for Raytheon

  1. "Slow and Steady"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Raytheon is a large, diverse company with many different opportunities. It can weather the ups & downs of defense market by shifting focus to international or civilian business, etc. If you are interested in doing different things, you can usually find something within the company.
    It's hard to generalize with such a large workforce, but for the most part people care about their job, and try to do their best.
    The company offers industry standard pay and benefits - not the best, but not bad either.

    Cons

    Being a defense contractor, most programs are not dealing with cutting edge technologies. The company is very process driven, which stifles creativity somewhat, but allows for more consistent results.
    Corporate culture is slow to change and react to markets.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in R&D and business development


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Dilbert is a way of life – sadly."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work at different Raytheon facilities.

    A newly built site fitness facility for current and retired Raytheon Tucson employees.

    Many social groups to appease numerous groups and philosophies.

    Most salaries at Missile Systems in Tucson are significantly higher than the local average, but the medical benefits aren't the best in town (but not terribly bad).

    The 401k offered by the company is okay – but the company contribution is not as good as it used to be for newer employees to the company.

    Company offers a lot of discounts for travel, local events, and some entertainment venues for current employees.

    Dress code is typically business casual - clean jeans / khakis and a dress shirt / polo will be acceptable for daily work. Friday's you can expect to see a lot of people wearing bright colored Hawaiian shirts and jeans. The business suit may occasionally be required for some government / executive face to face interactions.

    Cons

    Extremely top-heavy in management, to the point where most directors (not vice presidents) have at least four to five layers of management beneath them before engagement of a engineer / worker begins.

    Work is directly tied to government contracts, which as of late have significantly reduced, leading to the realization that there may be mass layoffs. Recent building closures to reduce office space only exacerbate such fears.

    Benefits seem to decrease every five years (i.e. medical, 401K, educational) as a result of appeasing shareholders at the expense of the workers.

    Hard to get rid of the bad apples or non-performers (at all levels in the ranks), unless they commit a violation so egregious that warrants termination (such as watching pornography on the Internet at work, fighting, or stealing). Minor infractions are typically ignored, unless it impacted a product delivery schedule.

    New hires are typically stuck into serving a mandatory two – three year “tour of duty” working the production programs. This frustrates many newly hired engineers, as they don’t get the autonomy to influence or enhance an existing product design – which leads to high turnover of new hires before their fifth year of employment.

    There’s not a real R&D effort at Raytheon as the company is extremely risk averse to venturing into new technological efforts without a government contract. Expect rehashing of, and modifications to existing concepts to count as an R&D effort.

    Promotion and merit advancement process is ill-defined, and the company keeps "enhancing" the process yearly. Every other year RMS attempts to make the promotion process less convoluted, but ultimately achieves in making the process even more ambiguous. Ultimately it boils down to who you know - not what you know.

    People have to be aware of cloak and dagger tactics used by organizations on other organizations in a game of one-upmanship - the talk of being one company, one philosophy, is just that - talk.

    The work schedule is not as flexible as it used to be. An alternate work schedule now typically is only granted on a temporary basis (typically not longer than 60 days) rather than a permanent basis to assist the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the old clandestine guard who resist change, new ideas, and engage in subterfuge to further their own career. It's late - but start looking at dual technology concepts for what the company develops - need to start looking outside of military / government defense where the purse strings are tightening.

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