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Raytheon Reviews

Updated July 21, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Very people oriented environment.

    Cons

    Their rating and ranking system is among the worst in the Industry. Really only Intel is worse.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the rating and ranking system. I know of one employee that was given greatly exceeds by the project he worked on but still was given needs improvement by functional. That is truly bizarre.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you are part of the click"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ISSO in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - ISSO in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Too much middle management, training budget, culture, Unfair Promotion practices. Promotions happen with cousins, nephews and best friends or relatives of management. The senior or more qualified individuals often get overlooked. If you are not part of these clicks then forget about any upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved in promotional aspects and career growth opportunities

  3. "Procurement Specialist II"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really work with their employees to ensure work/life balance is great and provides flexibility.

    Cons

    No complaints about working at Raytheon


  4. "Talent Acquisition"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company, excellent benefits, great flexibility

    Cons

    investments, more employee to leader interaction

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees more


  5. Helpful (4)

    "A mixed bag"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Fellow in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to have a stable career working on interesting projects. Raytheon seems to do a good job of riding out the various "storms" that hit the general market and even the defense sector. For some of what it does, Raytheon is the best in the world so you can have the opportunity to work on technology that simply isn't available anywhere else.

    Cons

    The company has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare that doesn't invest in its employees. Training only consists of useless "required" training and you're expected to do it on your own time. Policies have replaced employee decision authority and common sense.

    Career success seems very binary at the company -- either you really "make it" or you're part of the regular pool that gets 2-3% every year. The company doesn't seem to have a strategy to retain its top talent. They don't seem to recognize that the market is hot and you have to pay people to keep them. HR tries to substitute BS incentives for actual compensation - people see through that and move on.

    Finally, there's the dreaded Raytheon laptop. Good luck getting any work done on the company asset that's provided for this purpose because of all the spyware they install on the machines to monitor their employees.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to hire someone who actually understands strategy. Raytheon seems to only manage the problems right under its nose, rather than thinking ahead and being proactive. Programs are often left to go "red" and the same set of heroes shows up to save the day... why is this acceptable?


  6. "Stable engineering company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electricl Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Electricl Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job is relatively stable, industry standard benefits. 9/80 schedule, flexible hours (there might be exceptions depending on the project you are working on). For the most part is a good environment for the employees. Company does provide introductory training classes after work hours.

    Cons

    Too many re-org at the management level. Every time they change section or department managers, they know you less and less. There's very little knowledge transfer. Everything is project dependent. You learn something when there is a charge number provided for the activity. Otherwise you have to learn it on your own. no more than 3% year end bonus.


  7. "Keep looking unless under 30yo"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paternity leave and flex time.

    Cons

    No communication within work groups. Very isolated. Hives. Unrealistic schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Create a sense of team. Communicate.

  8. "Amazing Management"

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

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

    Pros

    I've worked for another defense contractor for around 7 years and I can confirm that Raytheon Missile Systems has superior management and culture, if not the best the industry; atleast in the navigation/state estimation group. In particular, management is competent, long-term forward thinking and encouraging. The most incredible thing about Raytheon is that learning is heavily encouraged and __funded__. The are a lot of opportunities for growth in many different areas. Apart from having your own high-tech business or tenured research in academia, Raytheon is THE place to be to improve yourself and change the world.

    Cons

    Some political decisions and red-tape still happen but they are to a much lesser degree than the other defense contractor I worked for.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing great! Raytheon has been an amazing place to work! I would encourage to make a concentrated attempt to get rid of as much red-tape as possible in all aspects of the business. R6S is a good step forward but it does not do the job because after employees receive their specialist training there is no incentive to improve efficiency.


  9. "Engineer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    This is the best company as an Engineer

    Cons

    Engineers are good but there are others that make the company work


  10. "Senior Principal Electrical Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects but need to be in the right departments,
    Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Raytheon doesn't take care of their employees. Too political. Not a fun place to work, like it used to be.


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