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Updated May 23, 2017
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  • No work life balance sometimes during quarter ends (in 73 reviews)

  • The upper management is unpredictable and the engineers short sighted (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Current"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Barstow, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Barstow, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    I can not find or have seen any at this time.


  2. "Challenge your Engineering Skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - General Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Great technology, really smart people, fabulous facilities, care about their customers and employees

    Cons

    Uncertainty of defense market and dynamics of the international sales opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on customer needs and developing the next generation of leaders...


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Individual gain trumps supporting core values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great employees, great benefits, and many opportunities to work your way around the company to learn more in various different areas. Flexible with time in attempts to help with work/life balance

    Cons

    There are so many that my sentences might not even make sense, so bear with me.

    Leadership/management seems to be more about individual gain at the expense of great workers versus supporting and espousing the company values, for which it seems only lip service is paid. Great employees with stellar backgrounds are easily lost in the mix, if not subliminally forced into resignation, simply because only those willing to suck up and do what is best for that leader, rather than what is best for the company.

    There seems to be a great problem with power struggles at all levels. It can be hard for most employees to navigate the "he said, she said" aspect of the company, and lacking in that knowledge in decision-making will land you on a hidden black list that will make it nearly impossible to get hired into another internal role. Many managers operate purely on their emotions and make it very clear to employees that if you are not serving only what they want, you might as well get out, which greatly hampers your ability to take advantage of the multitude of career opportunities they tout. Also, if you are not willing to just about give up your free time in support of any effort, that is used against you, as you are seen as not being as dedicated. This, however, is only applicable to those employees who are not protected by nepotism or some other reason.

    This company is also incredibly wasteful, highly unethical, and extremely inconsistent in its' application of rules/policies. Complete tyrant managers and senior leaders seem to be protected, which makes most employees more apt to take their crap rather than report them, despite what their "initiatives" try to push. The company then takes limited sample "anonymous" employee surveys that no one actually thinks is anonymous, and therefore only get "overwhelmingly great responses", which only further the "this is how we always do it" attitude. There are complete imbeciles given promotions, many into leadership, without any proven abilities and management tries to brainwash you into thinking these people are valuable when their actual work says otherwise. Oh, and if that work is not done right, they make sure the underlings fix it, or else their performance reviews will reflect that.They always love to make a great scapegoat out of lower level employees.

    The Performance development process is a complete sham, as they have already selected their stars long before rankings and ratings are done, and everyone who has gone thought it before knows that. Most employees just play the game and fill it out, but no one expects to get anything but a "meets". Unless you are on their extremely obscure "high potential" list, you are always going to be on the outside. I know multiple "high potential" employees that I would not trust with pouring water into a glass without messing it up.

    It also seems like our customer is starting to catch wind of the BS, which has resulted in alot more surveillance and second looks at items that was not the case previously. This has just led to increased time to get anything done, and more stress and pressure passed down the the worker bees.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the good old boys club and the spread of that mentality and start doing what is right. Ignoring unethical behavior, including discrimination, sexism, and intimidation, can only last so long. Even the greatest empires eventually fall, and this place will too. Some of your greatest employees are growing more disconnected to your values because they are not being demonstrated in leadership.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Tragically Disorganized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There aren't many if any. I worked for the Raytheon Cyber Products Division. Originally have the name Raytheon was beneficial for getting customers to accept calls but because of the joint venture with Websense, they are now calling the shots.

    Cons

    The list could be endless
    * Horrible Management; tolerated managers who would steal deals of their direct reports while upper management turned a blind eye. Even with third party HR organizations being brought in to handle unethical situations the upper management ignored it all causing many people to quit
    * Horrible comp plans and often try to not compensate the sales account managers on their deals.
    * Unrealistic high expectations with no rewards.

    Advice to Management

    The management of this company clearly does not care about their employees or the effects of high turnover. Management should change their insanely hypocritical views, and treat their teams with respect and HONESTY


  6. "Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart & passionate teams within a large company. Great individual resources and interesting real-world problems. Programs are well organized with competent leads and good training.

    Cons

    VERY LARGE company. Can get lost in the mix. Although Program Teams are competent and work very well together, there is an incredible disconnect from Employee departments and sections. In almost 3 years I saw my department manager 3 times and my section manager twice/year. This made performance reviews challenging and not personal.

    Advice to Management

    Modify thinking and reviews to the individual. Was told I was "competing with other engineers" by my manager even though I was in a different facility on a completely different program doing vastly different work (Apples & Oranges). Try to create an atmosphere of working together towards a common goal instead of working against each other to look better.


  7. "Program Integration and Controls"

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

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

    Pros

    Talented workforce, good pay and benefits, ability to rotate assignments every 1-3 years

    Cons

    Stingy PTO, workaholic atmosphere leads to poor work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff, a few good people seem to get the lion's share of the work


  8. "qa engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, a lot to learn, etc...

    Cons

    they worry too much about employees being there on time , instead of the actual work

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about the actual work than the hours


  9. "Raytheon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and Benefits. Flexible working hours. Friendly environment. Provided workout facilities free of charge.

    Cons

    No help in finding employment within the company when current contract ends.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people. Flexible.

    Cons

    Very corporate driven place of work.


  11. "Systems Engineer II"

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

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

    Pros

    Environment is great and people are hard working and friendly. Lot of great opportunities to learn about other employees' work.

    Cons

    Need to improve the work provided to new hires. First couple months are used to get the new hire set up so it's a lot of busy work with simple tasks.


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