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Raytheon Applied Signal Technology Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated August 26, 2017
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  1. 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


  2. 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.

  3. "Executive Director Strategic Development"

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    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent comp and benefit package
    Career mobility
    Focus on national security and protection of our military

    Cons

    Not for someone who does like big company environment and policies and procedures that go with that

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote individual employee growth/mobility


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't come work here unless you're a has-been"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Raytheon brought a great President and senior HR leader who are trying to improve the workforce. Engineering projects are really interesting. Engineering management is well respected in the community.

    Cons

    Lots of gossipy old biddies with no future in HR, Security, & Executive Assistant positions who have been there since the 80s and need to be cut to allow the business to modernize. They are barriers to growing the company and equal unnecessary overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weight so you can grow. Hate to say I'm looking at competitors for future employment because of this reality TV show drama that prevents do gooders from accomplishing important work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Killed golden goose"

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with many resources.

    Cons

    Acts like a big company with many people trying to prove the need for their extra role.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Too many chiefs & constantly changing Indians"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upgrades have been made to conference rooms and other areas, 9/80 schedule if you're lucky, decent benefits, some excellent driven managers

    Cons

    Negative work culture, too many chiefs (many of whom perform minimal work) while the 'Indians' have to run the show, few events promoting comradery compared to pre-acquisition days

    Advice to Management

    Quit blaming the high attrition rate on millennials (as I do not fall into that demographic). Do something about the dead weight managers at the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best company to work at but not the worse either."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I didn't work here too long. Maybe a year and a half. People were for the most part normal engineers. Most great people. Not too stressed which is a little of a con also. If you are not stressed than you are not pushing yourself.

    The best part is the flexibility. I could take long lunches if I needed to or leave early.

    Cons

    Worked on different small projects. Didn't feel like I was going anywhere. If you are young and ambitious this is probably not the place for you. If you are on cruise and just want to work enough then this might be the place for you.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unemployment is preferable to employment at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (with the right manager).

    Cons

    Poor decision making by upper management.
    Unreasonable workload.
    Lack of resources.
    (Loss of) Benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and let someone with the proper experience and attitude attempt to fix the problems you've created with your lack of insight. You've lost the ability to act as a small company once you allowed yourselves to be bought by Raytheon and things will only continue to get worse for Raytheon AST as long as you will not be able to accept this truth and adapt to the current reality.


  9. "Wonderful company to work at!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training advancement, great atmosphere, great people.

    Cons

    Company acquired approx. 3 yrs ago. Tough integration.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work until big red took over."

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and you can learn alot if you get a clearance. Its a gov sub contractor so 90/80 woot

    Cons

    Lots of gov red tape, most if not all systems have to work on an intranet not hooked to the internet. Tech stack is old stuff, can't bring in new stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Give some thought to new technologies and not be stuck in the stone age, but I guess you'll need to convince the old cronies for more money to do it.


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