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"Good place, especially for early career."

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Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
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Approves of CEO

Pros

-9/80 Schedule
-Flexible work hours/ timing
-Low cost of living in Tucson
-Annual pay increase has been 2-5% in last couple years

Cons

----- Assigned work is a gamble.
    Being successful here is 50% talent, and 50% luck (of getting good work assigned for you to do)

    Some people get a good, high profile task on a well organized and run program, with plenty of funding... These people get recognition, praise, awards, cash bonuses, high ratings during annual review, which leads to their promotions into higher salary grades.

    Some people, however, get stuck on an underfunded, disorganized program which is badly managed with unrealistic expectations. Obviously, such a program does not produce good results (regardless of the engineer's skills or abilities) and it looks bad on the engineer part. This translates to no awards, no praise, bad annual reviews, and this eventually leads to being passed up for promotions.

(I've been on both sides of this fence, and have seen same happen to co-workers and friends)

    A person can work one year on a crappy program, and stall his career. The next year they can do the exact same quality of work on a good program, and get a huge boost to their career. The problem is that tasks are handed out to people by management, and its usually just a case of "right place at the right time".... if you are getting off a program and there is another program that needs a person...you'll be that person. To some degree, managers have control over who gets assigned to what program, but for the most part, they just fill openings with people as they become available, so I can't really blame management for this.

------ Politics
    There are some politics here. Managers and supervisors have an "in-crowd" of people, who seem to get more "perks" these can range from getting the first chance to sign up for a limited capacity of an interesting course/training (to help further their career), to others being asked to go to industry and trade conferences, and sometimes, getting first pick at some real interesting new task becoming available.

------ Middle and Upper Management
    They seem to be a group of friends who just rotate around in same jobs, with different titles every time there is a re-org. These people all have a history of working together a long time ago at some same company, and even their families are friends with each other...its likely that if you are not a part of this circle, it would be hard to get in.

----- Atmosphere and People
    Being a defense contractor, you can expect most of the people here to be pretty politically conservative. If you are not...it may be wise to keep your views to yourself. Even though everyone is 'educated' there are even a few 'rednecks' who are just ignorant and borderline racist.

Advice to Management

Advice to management....who cares...
People who have interesting tasks and working in a well functioning program don't really care what the management does....their career is growing at a steady rate, keeping them happy and that's really what matters in the end.

Other Employee Reviews for Raytheon

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A combination of the good and the bad."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon is a very well regarded within the defense industry.

    A good choice of benefits is available for employees to enroll (e.g., health, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending account, and 401k).

    The facilities are very nice and modern.

    The office is fairly small so you will get to know almost everyone.

    Management recognizes successful employees with merit bonuses.

    Opportunities to transfer to other locations.

    Focus on continuous process improvement with employees' input.

    Cons

    Vacation time and sick time are in the same pool. Not much vacation time can be banked.

    Roth 401k is not available.

    More employees are needed to spread out the workload, but an excessive focus on profits prevents additional hiring. Lots of unpaid overtime is required. It is very difficult to take time off because of the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees to improve the work/life balance.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life Balance was a great aspect. Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    It is not the work that gets you recognized it is the brown nosers.

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