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Raytheon Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  • No work life balance sometimes during quarter ends (in 72 reviews)

  • The upper management is unpredictable and the engineers short sighted (in 68 reviews)

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  1. "A company that spends too much time focusing on the future and not enough time executing on the present."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Raytheon makes defense products that help to keep the warfighter and our country safer. The salaries seem almost inline with the industry.

    Cons

    They do not seem to understand the total cost of an employee leaving the company and do nothing to keep them.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with the engineers that are trying to get the product out the door and give us some help instead of focusing all your attention on the sales.


  2. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    HR is a misnomer - it is not people friendly - but some are vicious. RUN.

    Advice to Management

    horrible HR management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Calibration Service Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Calibration Service Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime currently available, not mandatory. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    South side of Tucson isn't the best area to hang out, but there are other places to live.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "good work life balance, but impossible to get ahead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in McKinney, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, exempt positions often still qualify for overtime pay if you go over 40 hours a week, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Profit sharing bonuses are small (almost always ~3% seemingly regardless of actual performance). Same with yearly raises, they barely keep up with inflation. The management structure is complicated so it's unclear how to get ahead, everyone just finger points and says they have no control. Engineering groups are OK, but engineering pretty much runs the show, which leads to some stupidity in other areas (quality, producability, etc).

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to nominate people for awards, and bring up their names whenever possible. Visibility is everything for career development.


  6. "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very strict on compliancy and fulfilling contractual obligations but otherwise laid back environment. The culture is centered around research and education, thus the atmosphere is very motivating for those looking to develop personal skills both inside and out of work.

    Cons

    Long wait process to obtain security clearance(s), though at no fault to Raytheon.


  7. "Good Company"

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

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    This company cares about its people

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints about this company


  8. "Defense contract industry leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, pay, culture, multiple locations

    Cons

    Diminished health insurance plan, work/life balance can be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the people & how changes to benefits impact everyone


  9. "Fun place to live, awful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Location and salary. Get paid pretty well to live by the beach.

    Cons

    Easy to get pigeon holed. Section managers only care about making numbers and pleasing upper management... As a huge company, the individual is just another wheel in the cog.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to actually care about personal development and growth, align people to jobs their good at or will do well at, and maybe your employees will be happier and exceed expectations for work done.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

    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
    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.


  11. "Slow to Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Head in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Section Head in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good, small but annual increases; the programs are interesting and the people are smart and generally committed to work hard

    Cons

    Any significant changes take so along to implement the needs may be different by the time it happens; some of the management team are only there due to seniority and should be moved along

    Advice to Management

    Be more nimble



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