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Updated February 19, 2017
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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. Helpful (143)

    "Great employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Engineering in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Manager, Systems Engineering in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Raytheon for over 4 years and had a great experience. The company provided many learning and growth opportunities. I was promoted twice during my tenure with the company, and my responsibility increased significantly. I felt like my management supported me and provided me with the career mentorship that I was seeking. I felt empowered and respected during my time there.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to work at such a large defense contractor company because of all the process and red tape. Things can move slowly, you have to be patient and pick your battles. That being said, if you learn how to work within the system, you can make a significant impact here!

    Advice to Management

    Not all section managers (middle managers) are clued in with the senior leadership's goals. I met with many senior leaders and executives who supported diversity and employee resource groups. However, often times middle management was against employees putting their own volunteer time towards these efforts and looked down on it. This gap was a huge problem and really needs to be fixed!!


  2. "Raytheon IDS - Andover Manufacturing Engineer - Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    I have been at Raytheon for about two years. Mechanical design engineer, short stint as a process engineer and now manufacturing engineering.

    -Flexible schedule, 9/80 schedule allows 9 hours days with every friday off. Depending on the manager they also allow you to flex your time if you happen to be sick or have a matter outside of work and depending on the role you can work remotely.
    -The pay is okay, they give automatic salary grade increase to anybody with a Masters which I believe drives away talent, however, depending on the major Raytheon reimburses Masters degrees.
    -Unlike other govt contractors, depending on the program they offer straight paid OT.
    -Travel can be involved if you want.
    -Can be really busy

    Cons

    -Can be extremely cliche
    -Your salary and position increase is based on you being judged against the other engineers on your level so pucker up and hope you have a manager that stands up for you.
    -TOO process oriented, which involves a significant amount of time and effort and unnecessary paperwork. Need to increase flexibility.If it wasn't for international business this would be a serious problem winning contracts.
    -I don't like the health care, high deductibles and higher out of pockets limits. Hope you are healthy.
    -Management likes for things to be pretty, instead of functional, there is a balance and they don't have it quite down.
    -Not a whole lot of design,and if there is it is run mostly by standards, processes, guidelines, and more paperwork.
    -Can be slow enough to wonder why you have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Find an alternative to performance results instead of judging one employee against the other.
    Stop being so process oriented, you cannot apply Six Sigma against everything.
    Stop making things pretty and make them functional.


  3. "Great company, benefits, training, coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Very stable company with tremendous opportunities for motivated individuals.

    Cons

    Experience is only as good as your boss, and unfortunately there are a good number of terrible ones.

    Advice to Management

    Aggressively hold mid-level managers to account. Ensure they are capable of being leaders of people, not just numbers and bureaucracy.


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  5. "Senior Test and Support Team Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    17 Years experience working with Raytheon. Starting as a test engineer and finishing as the lead for the TEST and Support Team Pacific.

    Cons

    Leadership that didn't always keep subordinates informed of job changes and what changes were coming down the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Always inform your subordinates of any and all changes that might effect them.


  6. "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Flexible Schedule, Advancement

    Cons

    Long Hours and can be stressfull

    Advice to Management

    Hire more from within and not so much from the outside.


  7. "Satisfied 4 Now"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, responsiveness and involvement of near org chart management are very good. Tuition assistance and other benefits including PTO are as good as any big employer around. There are no dim bulbs on this tree.

    Cons

    The typical cons of working in a gov contract environment. "Now what boss?"

    Advice to Management

    Be more demonstrative on the subject of existing employees needing assistance finding positions elsewhere on other programs or different business units.


  8. "What you would expect from a defense company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting Edge/Innovated technologies, Profit Sharing, depending on program: free coffee.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted/recognition on black programs, Mandated Training on personal time, Weak raise percentages, Tons of "processes/going through the motions" when trying to work and delivery quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your E3/E4 engineering staff with important tasks, that's the only way they will grow to become leaders in the company. Have Senior Engineering (E6/E44+) staff mentor more, the age gap is real and when they all retire, who is going to lead the way?


  9. "System Engineer Entry Level Interview"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay good, Awesome company and great Environment

    Cons

    I don't think I found any

    Advice to Management

    Keep Up the good work


  10. "Great but could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Multi Disciplined Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Multi Disciplined Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Training
    Schedule (can come and go as long as you get your job done)

    Cons

    Good starting salary but hard to move up
    Hard to find challenging jobs


  11. "Good Company with great staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow engineers are willing to help.

    Cons

    Communication between management and staff is off. Everybody needs to in the same game plan.

    Advice to Management

    Dot your Is'and cross your Ts', then excercise plans.



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