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Raytheon Boston Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • No work life balance sometimes during quarter ends (in 74 reviews)

  • The upper management is unpredictable and the engineers short sighted (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Andover, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of great people, exposure to VP's and higher ups, PTO as an intern, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    Not a lot of intern events (other internships offer sporting events, happy hours, etc)


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, slow bureaucracy"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity for advancement if you work hard
    - Management listens to input
    - Cool technology
    - Work on important programs
    - Make a large impact while still young/new at the company

    Cons

    - Incredibly slow to change
    - Extensive bureaucracy - key decisions made at the VP level. This leads to many employees shirking responsibility beyond day to day strategy development
    - Work is often repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Bring in voices from people outside the company, and don't allow people to drink their own bathwater- recognize what needs to be changed in the company. Sometimes the truth about the firm's competitive advantages aren't recognized - the company isn't as far ahead of its competition in radar technology as people like to say. The firm needs to act in a hungry and lean fashion.

  3. "Estimating & Pricing Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Burlington, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gained great exposure to upper management and lot of opportunity to do more than was asked. Provided with the opportunity to travel and given a corporate credit card to do so. Ultimately, offered a full time position.

    Cons

    The company computer I used was very old and ran very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring the individuals you are willing to spend time training and educating on company principals.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place if you hate your Family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EHS Leader in North Andover, MA
    Former Employee - EHS Leader in North Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    great colleagues
    Protecting the Nation and warfighter abroad

    Cons

    Everything is top priority...
    pervasive military / command and control management style
    they will suck the life out of you
    no work life balance
    centralized decision making'

    Advice to Management

    you wont attract top talent with this style of leadership
    brining in the 2 "Bob's" for organizational re-alignment great way to loose employees.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "College grad oppertunity, seasoned professionals stay away"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on some very high level and profile projects. Lots of opportunities for graduating college students cause lets face it they can hire you for peanuts. Company is in charge of a number of different projects and programs so a lot going on. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Company treats engineering staff like fast food workers, and just throws bodies at a program. HR doesn't seem to know when to turn off hiring as you will constantly see new faces showing up in your department with everyone looking at them like we didn't ask for anyone new. At that point they will they lay off a ton of workers because there are too many bodies versus the amount of work. Their review process is a joke as it is setup that you cannot refute anything that is said in it, which is what they want because as long as they want you, you will get reviews saying how everything you are doing is fine or great. The second you get a bad review, which will come out of no where, start looking for a new job because you have been pre-marked for the next round of layoffs. As has been said in other reviews there is very much a clique among departments and managers and you better be in it if you want to stay, because that determines more then if you do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Isn't much advice management would listen to considering the advice would be to gut their whole current management style, change how reviews are done, and put your employees first rather than throwing bodies at a problem to soak up the money on a contract.


  6. "Average Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people and interesting work

    Cons

    Low salary and little opportunity for negotiation

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation


  7. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good company! Very fair, cares about employees.

    Cons

    Hard to advance.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Like Swimming in Maple Syrup"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When the projects get going, they really go. It can be stressful because time management is really awful on projects but at least it's fast paced.

    Cons

    Often times the resources you need to work on a project have to come from other parts of the company who didn't want to give up that project in the first place. That can lead to people causing your project to intentionally fail for political reasons despite not even knowing you. It's also a shame because you'll never see them face to face or interact with them outside of email or phone calls. The union is a huge burden on someone who wants to get work done efficiently also, they will drag their feet and honestly nothing can be done about it. No one really wants to spend the time training new people coming in so they stick you in a cubicle, give you a thick book, and leave you there like an office plant.

    Advice to Management

    It's a new generation, I can easily quit and get a job working from home 2-3 days a week while providing real value to the company for projects I care about. It's about treating people like they are human, Raytheon is definitely a company that treats an office like a farm. The employee needs to be sitting in front of a monitor not moving for 40 hours a week otherwise how could any work be done? They are totally behind on how software is written, collaboration tools, and just because you can't see someone doesn't mean they aren't working. Give employees some freedom, if the work is getting done what's the trouble? I was denied the ability to work from home and had to drive to work in blizzard conditions (risking my life and occasionally damaging my vehicle) because when I asked to work from home pre-storm he said, "Yea, but are you reaaaally working for 9 hours a day when you stay at home?" Priorities are completely backwards and they are very close minded.


  9. "Security"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, great employees, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, schedule can be difficult


  10. "Great company could be even better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, great people, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Reports on work done are not mandatory.

    Advice to Management

    Require and pay for detailed reports for any technical work done so that after people leave, the ones remaining or new hires who take over their work, will not have to go back to square one.
    The company invested in the work and part of what they should get for it is a detailed memo or report on how the work was done.


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