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Updated October 17, 2017
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  • No work life balance sometimes during quarter ends (in 75 reviews)

  • The upper management is unpredictable and the engineers short sighted (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Creative minded individuals should avoid this place at all costs."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work right out of college, get your knocks in, and then move on elsewhere.

    Cons

    Politically oriented work environment. Information hiding, which exists for self-preservation, is the standard norm. Performance is expected to, and often does, come at the expense of co-workers. This place exhibits a very poor team-oriented environment. Creative solutions are strongly discouraged. Organizational changes occur constantly, keeping most employees off-balance with regard to job security. Lay-offs occur frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is really beyond repair. Bill Swanson has inherited a seriously dysfunctional company, and is clearly unable to lead the work-force towards any coherent goals. His management effectiveness is mediocre, at best.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Talk to a current employee you trust before taking a job at this Raytheon location..."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Solid benefits package, pride in supporting our Nation's military. Raytheon has a good reputation in the Defense industry as an employer. Some benefits of working for larger Raytheon business units trickle down to smaller locations such as Indianapolis. Work life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Highly political environment, top heavy management structure means little chance for advancement. Job descriptions provided during hiring process are grossly exaggerated in terms of responsibility and challenge offered. I was lied to about crucial career decisions and opportunities several times during my time at RTSC Indy. Leadership there will tell you anything to get you on board, but once you are there it is a different story - must be the bait and switch capital of the corporation. I kept expecting to bump into The Smoking Man at any moment and have him remind me to "trust no one..."

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on performance, not their ability to BS. Give those that want a challenge...a challenge.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Pass on this company"

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    Former Employee - Audit in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Audit in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive starting salary and an abundant amount of paid time off

    Cons

    Discrimination based on race, gender, body size and sexual orientation are rampant throughout the company. If you are not a white, straight male who is fairly thin, you will not get promoted even if you are a great employee who excels in all the challenges and opportunities presented to you. Also, the employees who are low performers that know how to talk a good game get promoted over the high performers who know how to do the work well. Promotions are not given based on achievments and merit but solely based on office politics and appearances.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the discrimination and promote high performers.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "If at all cost, avoid Raytheon Missile Systems if you are looking for career growth, opportunity, and market pay."

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    Current Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 Work week - Flex Time

    Cons

    Negotiate the best possible salary when you first start working here otherwise your career is limited as the company doesn't allow individuals to easily move to another position the may be qualified for because of the existing paygrade. Company doesn't seem to want to promote from within - - - they hire new hires off the street and pay them substantially more money and managers flat out tell you to quit a year and then come back if you are wanting more money.

    Advice to Management

    Just took over and hasn't been very vocal on plans.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Get experience and/or expertise here and then move on to a real company with upward mobility and rewards."

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    Current Employee - Manager II in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Manager II in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employment here is best used as a stepping stone to better employment elsewhere. Work is bid at extremely low prices, opening the door for young (cheap) and eager (long hours) employees. You could get a position here which you may not be able to obtain at another firm allowing you to learn a great deal in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement opportunities. Poor salary's. Compartmentalized organization. Distant management. Compensation is top heavy. RTSC is the only Raytheon Company that does not engage in profit sharing or other means of recognizing the workforce while Management receives extremely large bonus's.

    Advice to Management

    Engage. Compensate all levels of the workforce. Promote from within. Walk your talk.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "The place to work if you like to get paid to be a warm body."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like a low workload, this is the place for you.
    The people seem very nice.
    This is a great place to get started working and learn basic coding skills.
    Popcorn on wednesdays.

    Cons

    There is no interesting work, especially if you are new to the division. All work here is maintenance work, no new development.
    I have not done any design work or coding really at all in the 6 months I have been here. Thus far I have fixed bugs and written documentation. When I've tried to change this situation, I have been told by my management that I have to stay doing nothing (sorry "writing" documentation) because now they have money and need to spend the money. I am not a special case here, this happens to most ALL new employees coming in.
    Software engineering is 15-20 years behind the commercial industry. I'm talking basic techniques and tools here.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring technical writers and systems engineers to do your documentation.
    Plan your staffing! You have too many people sitting around doing nothing!
    Stop hiring so many new employees straight out of college and assimilate what you have.
    You don't have enough business to support hiring all these people continuously. You will decrease how much you spend if you don't have so many people sitting around waiting for assignment. This means you won't go over budget so much and your customers will be happier with you.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Profits using the Bully system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits,compensation, networking, customer interface and training

    Cons

    Raytheon does not promote from within. Politics is more important than job performance

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - treat your employees with respect or you will be left with new hires with no experience

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Raytheon Polar Services Company"

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    Current Employee - Science Support in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Science Support in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opportunities for travel are the biggest benefit, with tickets to South America and New Zealand included in the deployment package. IT is becoming more and more difficult, however, to arrange personal travel around your redeployment date without having to pay additional fees and costs.

    Cons

    Poor communication, no respect for contract workers, few opportunities for training or growth, long work hours with little compensation, poor feedback on job performance, little to no value on morale. There is a basic disrespect from upper level management that is felt throughout the company. The company has also been hiring more and more ex-military personnel as their upper level leaders. The majority of the workers are not from a militery background and do not respond well to being treated as if they are part of a strict hierarchical workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to have a better understanding of what people actually do and what work conditions are like.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Death by a thousand useless processes. The most inefficient company of all time."

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    Current Employee - IPT Lead in Bucks, OH
    Current Employee - IPT Lead in Bucks, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work with a lot of stupid Managers who don't know what they are doing. So you can chill out all day.

    Cons

    Dum people, 95% process, 5% actual doing work. Lots of people who have meetings all day everyday and accomplish nothing. This goes on for years and knowone seems to care.

    I didn't believe it until I got a job there. They have more useless people then any company I have ever seen, who sit around and do nothing, and get paid $$$ for it. All you can do is laugh about it, cause when you tell upper management about it, nothing changes. Its just this companies corp. climate.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, the wool has been pulled over your eyes and you are blind to whats going on. You could be doing most of your projects for %66 percent less


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Raytheon: Not the employer of choice"

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    Current Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is great and vacation time generous.

    Cons

    Lack of in-house engineering training. They help finance an advanced degree but they don't develope one's actual engineening skills on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Fully utilize the human resources at your disposal and quit hiring people when there is no work to be done!!!


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