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Raytheon Applied Signal Technology Reviews

Updated August 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, Good benefits, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Little room to rise in the ranks, low pay


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging Interesting Work, but Lacking in Key Areas"

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    Former Employee - FPGA Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - FPGA Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Challenging, cutting edge work in FPGA design, signal intelligence, and communications exists at the company (however, not all the work you get is guaranteed to be challenging or cutting edge)
    - You can learn a lot here if signal processing or communications interests you
    - Managers are pretty down to earth, approachable and receptive to comments/criticisms.
    - Good work/life balance (pretty standard at a defense company)

    Cons

    - Office culture at the Sunnyvale site is extremely lacking. At times, it feels very cold to work there as most of the engineers who work there are pretty anti-social. This could be because most employees work a 9/80 schedule are just trying to put in their 9 hours and get out and that most employees are older (avg age is 40-50) and have families to go home to.
    - Morale at the company is also low due to loss of benefits caused by the Raytheon acquisition such as the abysmal health insurance.
    - Turnover among newer employees (0 - 5 years) is quite high, which also contributes to the low morale but is probably due to the paltry compensation and benefits
    - Promotions are not determined solely by experience or performance but also by time at the company. So, this can stifle stellar engineers and prevent them from getting the compensation that they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on investing in the employee benefits, the work environment, and making sure that the employees are taken care of and happy.
    - Focus on hiring employees and engineers that will make the office environment more sociable, and inviting

  3. "Mostly interesting work; Weak development practices"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Anaheim Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Anaheim Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great PTO, flexible schedule, 401k matching, shared window offices
    - Difficult and interesting networking problems being solved
    - Great work culture with respect for work/life balance
    - Decent Profit Sharing yearly bonus
    - High salaries for the amount of skill/work required

    Cons

    - Unstructured software development practices
    (Weak code reviews, version control organization, integration, unit testing, etc)
    - Yearly raises are low unless you're getting promoted or are a major player
    - Weak interviewing techniques don't find good candidates
    - Some people get stuck fixing bugs in very old software or getting paid to do minimum-wage level tasks while the company waits for work

    Advice to Management

    Improve your interviewing to match top tech companies. Enfore/organize a more structured and methodical/efficient development and testing culture.


  4. "Amazing technology and great market, execution issues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with amazing, cutting edge technologies
    Some of the best engineers in the business
    Good benefits and stability
    Autonomy in executing work, opportunities to shine

    Cons

    Engineering suffers from organizational issues
    Highly matrixed organization is too fragmented
    Support organizations need to focus on enabling business results
    Capital reinvestment is not well managed

    Advice to Management

    Focus on those that produce happy customers. Make them happy. Stay mission focused, and know and understand the missions. Don't change company into something you understand, instead seek to understand the company. Reinvest capital or risk starving the golden goose. Keep working on execution, success is possible!


  5. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time

    Pros

    Very talented engineers across multiple disciplines. Great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Often times there is too much work that needs to get done in a short amount of time. It can be very difficult.


  6. "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the locations have cafeterias.

    Cons

    With only a 42% recommendation rate, how can there be 100% approval of the CEO? If the company is bad (a 42% recommendation rate is bad) it's the fault of the CEO. Culture, policies, practices, ethics, etc. are set by the top. My own experience with Raytheon is that it's a brutal place to work, i.e., fear culture with an incompetent good-ol-boy network. When there is real work to be done, they hire good, competent people from the outside and then get rid of them as soon as the work is done.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. Someone (the board of directors? the government?) needs to clean house starting at the top with Tom Kennedy who has a history of bullying and harassing employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Applied Signal Technology Acquired by Raytheon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It was a great company from the 80s through 2010, before being acquired by Raytheon in Feb 2011. Employees (from engineers to non-engineers) had a great sense of pride in the company, and felt appreciation by most management.

    Cons

    Post acquisition, Raytheon turned the employees into a bunch of numbers, and "Big Company" policies and procedures began to take it's toll on the culture. Beginning sometime in 2012 it became a very hostile environment, leaving most employees feeling undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like valued human beings.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Smart people, hostile environment"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Raytheon AST has very rigorous standards for employment, and they generally only select software engineers that are extremely creative and innovative. The problems are massive in scope and daunting in complexity. Your work has a direct impact on the world, and I take a lot of pride from that fact.

    Compensation is above average for the area, or at least it feels that way.

    Cons

    Staffing is a constant concern. The attrition rate is abysmal, and engineering has been put on the line for more work than it can possibly handle. As a result, stress is high, and burnout is an inevitability.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the people necessary to make it possible to accomplish the task, or don't take on as much work.


  9. "work in MV at former AST"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Eng in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Eng in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work interesting, but sometime long hour

    Cons

    Management sometimes forgets about advancement of the subordinates.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Could be better of president read these reviews and took them to heart"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent for defense industry
    Technology is challenging
    Pride in long standing customer relationships and efforts
    Seem to be developing new business that means good long term job security

    Cons

    As others have mentioned- many non engineering departments really ruin the work experience and available budget with entitled attitudes and high pay for useless positions. Many people without even college degrees or degrees from no name institutions acting like the TSA causing a brain drain of smart people who could have enabled missions instead of just taking up space. I am not at the point of leaving yet but will if this doesn't improve and I plan to take my team with me.

    Advice to Management

    Todd- read these reviews and DO SOMETHING! The future of the company and the missions depend on it.


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