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  • long hours; difficult work life balance when strategic initiatives on the line; pay among peers may differ (in 69 reviews)

  • Need more communication with upper management (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "AME & Chief Engineer Mine Neutral Sys. Spares/Field Returns"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide Variety of Programs and Assignments, from New Design to Field Returns from the Navy. Opportunities to make a difference in Design & Manufacturing. Colaboration with Design very important to Reliability Issues. Wrote Technical Paper and Presented it to Raytheon Conference in Tuscon, Arizona in 2009.

    Cons

    None Really at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  2. "Good enough."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work 40 hours, good vacation time, and every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Some of the work is tedious and repetitive. Lots of process/documentation.


  3. "Raytheon IDS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IPT Lesd in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - IPT Lesd in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on systems and products that no one in the world designs or builds. Top technical talent abounds. Great working conditions, flexible work schedule with the 9/80. Personal career growth if you work hard AND know the right people.

    Cons

    A great deal of cronyism in handing out promotions. Its not the most capable that get promoted, its the most connected. Company seems to hire ex admirals and captains that do not have a business background. They are hired for their connections in Washington, DC.

    Advice to Management

    The ability to attract and retain talented people is cornerstone of a good company. The company needs to interview ALL qualified candidates for internal open positions. Back up your rhetoric on career growth with ethical actions.


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  5. "Rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Great benefits and perks.. Salary is comparable to other companies. Most people there are goal oriented.

    Cons

    A lot of work but very rewarding. Not a lot of negative things to say about working here. Job stability is good but not great.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer I"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good and the flexible work hours are helpful to most people. There is a core group of good people still left here but if the job market ever opens up again they likely will leave.

    Cons

    The performance review process is ridiculous. This identical review process failed in numerous other major companies and they dropped it. The management is staffed with people who were barely adequate engineers and they have carried this trait into their management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending all of your time trying fit into the Raytheon management template and try learning some real management skills.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Marking time until I could find a better job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Portsmouth, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits have been good (but are getting worse)
    There are good opportunities to work with others and outside your comfort zone
    There are many opportunities for travel
    Program capture is the most visible/rewarded job

    Cons

    Very little credit for technical expertise, or opportunity for professional development unless it is a critical technology area for the business (e.g., radar)
    Nobody is going to look out for your career. Your managers are competing with you for better assignments
    Creativity in general is going to frustrate you, not reward you. Do not work outside the box. Covering your bosses ass is the way to get rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Total lack of vision - everything is about bending over to pick up the nickel someone dropped. Pick a direction, come up with some killer products and allow your technical people to have objective standards for advancement. Stop the union job shop attitude (we'll do anything for anyone who will pay us cost plus).


  8. "ok"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Portsmouth, RI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management salary. Otherwise you are becoming a paper pusher. If you have an advanced degree, look elsewhere as your skills will be under utilised.

    Cons

    you need to be a very good politician to succeed. Hard work isnt that appreciated. Best to become friend with your manager.


  9. "Great Career Company in Aerospace Defense Industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Salary and Annual Increases
    Internal Training
    Diverse Location Opportunities
    Interesting Work
    Fairly Good Management (some better then others)

    Cons

    Too Much Process
    Work/Life Balance not always possible with tight budgets and deadline
    Not always picking up leading edge technology
    Programmers tend to do less programming with promotion (industry-wide)

    Advice to Management

    Corporate Management seem very distance and impersonal to regular employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They don't care about staff! Management unskilled."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Art Director in Portsmouth, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was okay. Some very nice people work there. Nice lunch area. Location was nice.

    Cons

    If you are not an Engineer, don't work there. Double standards, poor management, revolving door. They could care less about you. Work Life Balance is a Joke.

    Advice to Management

    Show respect and appreciation for work effort. One day notice for being laid off is harsh. CARE!


  11. "Raytheon cares about our customers and delivers solutions second to none."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Portsmouth, RI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and I work with some of the most intelligent people on the planet. Raytheon genuinely cares about its customers and delivers technical solutions second to none.

    Cons

    We tend to not win our share of work when in direct competiton with NG or LM. We are a boy scout in the corporate community. We cannot compromise that but we need to become a boy scout with a killer instinct. We also need to be more predetory in our pursuit of our competitons domains.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the base of our core business. Get more aggressive in the Civil Security business both domestically and abroad. Seek out opprtunities to take away work from our competitiors. The rice bowl is shrinking and therefore we must fight to maintain and grow in a declining market.



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