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Raytheon Solipsys Reviews

Updated September 5, 2017
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  1. "Changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fulton, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fulton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Unique product offerings. Skilled people. Chance / expectation to contribute.

    Cons

    Acquired by Raytheon. More Raytheon, less Solipsys and a loss of some of the unique cultural elements that made it one of the best local places to work.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere ..."

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Raytheon Solipsys full-time

    Pros

    * Location is nice and accessible
    * Interesting work and challenging at times when just starting and learning software
    * Low-level management works with you the best they can

    Cons

    * Work/Life balance is not bad, however there will be mandatory overtime
    * No room for advancement
    * Training is very lacking and there is a steep learning curve

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Well, if you can't get anything else..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fulton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Nice location
    - Really nice people to work with
    - Lower-level management is pretty decent despite their limitations
    - The work will be interesting and challenging for about a year or two since you will need to learn their product line.

    Cons

    - Once you learn the product line, the honeymoon will be over. Since upper management will not put adequate effort into product development and most of your job will consist of maintaining legacy software and augmenting it with only features needed to get the next contract.
    - Raytheon bought the company several years ago, seemingly with the intention of bleeding out their product line rather than nurturing new development and keeping the atmosphere of innovation alive. Therefore, resources allocated for new capabilities and software refactoring for the current software suite (developed in the late 90's) is small. Only devastating bug fixes are worked and annoyances to the customer are ignored. For you this will mean frustration with upper management and low job satisfaction.
    - They have slowly been reducing benefits to save money.
    - Someone here mentioned a great work-life balance. While if possible they allow you to work at home and are considerate of needing time off for illness, etc., they will often make you come in on the weekend for weeks at a time with no extra compensation. Usually this is based on either poor planning by our ingenious project managers, some contractual obligation or another imagined need for software to be completed often in an environment where requirements are in flux.
    - You have little room for advancement. The small company environment, stunted growth and projects with little-to-no collaborative development throw a blanket of malaise on top of any aspirations you might have to become a real technical lead. Technical directors really just bean counters and Raytheon Solipsys these days is pretty much always a sub-contractor, so actual experience in technical leadership is hard to acquire. The only option is general management and, well, there are only a few of those positions which are already taken.
    - While there are some pretty smart people to learn from there, most of the innovators of the company have left because of reasons stated above.

    Advice to Management

    - Gosh, not sure what you can do now that you have reached this point. Maybe look for another company to run. Should there be an "I" in that word?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I had amazing coworkers is really the only thing I can say.

    Cons

    * Constant use of mandatory overtime for salaried employees.
    * Management views engineers as totally replaceable cogs, and they say as much.
    * Little to no room for advancement.
    * General unwillingness to implement new technologies
    * General unwillingness to work down technical debt


  5. "Very few opportunities for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, Pay, Location, and 401k

    Cons

    Culture is changing as Raytheon policies continue to creep in. Less of a communal atmosphere than in the past


  6. "Best place I've worked thus far"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Fulton, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Fulton, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management is really flexible with work / life balance, salary is decent, 9 / 80 schedule (we get every other Friday off), ability to occasionally travel (if your job requires it) to some pretty cool places, mostly awesome co-workers, nice area to work (you get your own cube with a door), 401k 4% match, decent health care (HSA will match you up to $1,500 a year), work is challenging.

    Cons

    Had to endure some lay-offs recently, which is hard on everyone. Some times you have to put in long hours, but like any job there are up times and down times. Some upper level management can be hard to deal with, but you will always have that anywhere you go (from my experience). Training for new employees is still something to be desired (there is a steep learning curve).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, continue to show that you recognize your employees' hard work on an individual level.


  7. "Systems engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Tuition reimbursement
    Diverse environment

    Cons

    Lay offs occur
    Upper management could care less

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small division of a larger strong corporation. Solid development process. Well organized.

    Cons

    Recent layoffs, spring 2016. Difficult learning curve.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Full-time, entry-level Systems Engineer experience"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very open work environment. As an engineer, if you take initiative, you are afforded a high degree of freedom and flexibility, both with respect to the job schedule and job description. Although it is a part of the larger Raytheon company, Raytheon Solipsys has its own personality and it is a relatively small location, so it is a friendly environment where people know each other often just by their first name.

    Cons

    If you do not take initiative, there is little-to-no formal employee training and the learning curve is steep. The company culture does not lend itself to much interaction on teams unless you foster the culture yourself in your own local bubble, and compensation is low compared to industry averages.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your technical people well and research the local salary market. Show them you value aptitude, enthusiasm, self-improvement, and teamwork as opposed to seniority. Understand the need for process, and the need for management to be decisive and to provide leadership and communication of the bigger picture to lower technical staff.


  10. "Assimilation in progress."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon Solipsys full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and meaningful work, fun and intelligent co-workers, flexible work schedule, nice work environment, not a bad commute from many local employees.

    Cons

    Company migrating away from Solipsys (small company: focus on customer and employee satisfaction) and assimilating into Raytheon (big company 'values', 'process', 'politics', 'red tape', focus on shareholder satisfaction over all else).

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep in mind the dedication and skills of the people that helped make the company what it was prior to being sold.


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