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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Some time to much travel is required which impacts work life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • New ideas are hard to get across to upper management (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Raytheon has great benefits, smart employees, and exciting work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of training programs
    -Full tuition payment for masters
    -Great internal support staff
    -Smart co-workers
    -Rewarding projects

    Cons

    -Old corporate culture
    -Still residual tension from late 90s acquisitions
    -Easy to get pigeon holed in a program

    Advice to Management

    Realise that young employees are not just showing up for a 9-5. We want to work for a company that values our experience at work. Make an effort to liven up the office and make communication more open.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Not too bad, but definitely areas to improve"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a good variety of projects to work on. You get to see a lot of cool projects and work with a lot of people. The base pay is pretty good, definitely not bad for a new college grad. The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    They kind of throw new people into the deep end. Didn't receive too much training early on and just got put directly on projects. Feel like I should be shadowing or working directly with someone who's been there for a while. While some parts of this were good (sink or swim, you learn how to do stuff quick), it is very intimidating for a new hire fresh out of college. Also, my management and "mentor/ambassador" have not really engaged me in any way. I'm always having to go find them rather than them coming by my work area and asking how I'm doing and if I'm having any trouble with anything.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to engage new hires more. Do not just drop them off at their cube when they first start and then talk to them once a month. I know management is probably busy with their own things, but find a 15-30min window once or twice a week to talk to the new hire, especially new college grads, and ask how their project is going. How are they adjusting to the office? Do they understand what they are working on? Is there anything they need help with? As a new college grad walking into the office for the first and being thrown into a project where they don't exactly teach the stuff in college and I have no idea what I'm doing, it is very tough and intimidating.

  3. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logostics Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Logostics Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Great benefits. Management is very good.

    Cons

    Medical plans are the high deductible.


  4. "Great internship experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Post Graduate Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Current Intern - Post Graduate Intern in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at Raytheon as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule and good benefits even as an intern

    Cons

    401k matching only 3% can go up to 4% after a few years,


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Dead end job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are a number not a person, so if you are looking to just wait out retirement or if you are completely incompetent you can float for years without really doing much at all.

    Cons

    No training other than required ethics classes about how to be politically correct. No career paths or minimal development. Advancement based on whether you brown nose manager no merit. No senior leadership anyone with skill left for better company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your engineers instead of new IT software and more levels of supply chain bearaucracy.


  6. "Engineer company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Day shift
    Flexibility work schedule
    Clean work environment

    Cons

    Low raises
    No growth for hourly workers

    Advice to Management

    Pay your hourly workers
    Create a growth plan for your hourly employees
    Better raises for your workers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poor knowledge by management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Workplace is close to home and has flex hours allowing employees to work any schedule they arrange with management.

    Cons

    Expect employees to work overtime, supposedly compensated, but when time comes to pay for it, tell you it is disallowed. Management makes decisions about disciplines they nothing about, and then rally to tell customer that the bad decision was made by the SME employee. Hire contractors who don't know how to do the job, take their advise, then direct employees to teach them how to do the job. Contractors are supposed to know how to do the job, hence contractor and not intern.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to hire an expert in some field, recommend that you listen to them, not the managers you put into a position who know about the actual work being done.

  8. "Employee Assessment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Training and Development Specialist in Madison, AL
    Current Employee - Principal Training and Development Specialist in Madison, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, all employees are treated with respect and are treated equal as well. Great company to grow with both personally and professionally with unlimited potential for advancement.

    Cons

    Since the majority of my time working with Raytheon has been in the contractor capacity, I would have to say that a “Con” would be the time it takes to terminate employees who are not team players, and because they are not, it only creates disruptions and hinders team building in the workplace.


  9. "Great Company, Poor Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall the company produces some of the most incredible products and missile defense systems and has great benefits.

    Cons

    Recently, beauracracy and poor leadership decisions are becoming the norm. In just one year, 3 section head and org changes took place just in the RMS organization. Other rapid executive leadership changes seem to be constant and continue keep employee morale low.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and trust your employees. Take the chip off of your shoulders and understand that in order for departments and organizations to be effective they need value-added processes and tasking needs to be accountable.


  10. "I loved my coworkers, but not the upper management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great, friendly departments.
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Upper management and HR often forget you're an actual person


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