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Raytheon Tewksbury Reviews

Updated November 10, 2016
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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. "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Raytheon in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Intern - Raytheon in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great open working environment.
    Put responsibility on intern
    Learning experience
    Valuable use of time
    Good food in cafeteria
    Very friendly working staff
    Will keep you busy with challenging tasks
    Stretches your understanding in technical and leadership fields

    Cons

    Getting all of the necessary paperwork to complete duties takes a long time. Get started on it early and you should be fine. Some of it depends on Bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    All I would really say is that the only complaint I have regards the amount of time it takes to get clearances. If students started on that immediately upon acceptance of the internship vs. when they actually got there, it would be much more efficacious.


  2. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    I will say that Raytheon might not be for everyone. Raytheon is very large, 60K employees plus. So don't consider coming here and thinking it will be like a small tech startup with free lunches, beer, games, etc. There is also a good amount of process and of course it is Defense/DoD, so add a bit more process, rules and regulations.
    Raytheon has many employees that have been here for 30, 40+ years! That says a lot. They have 401K match, benefits are good, but they also have a retirement program that is similar to a 401K, so you'll end up getting a 401K match plus a little more for retirement. If you are thinking about money, retirement and job security, as well as a solid job this could be the place. Also, a MAJOR pro is the 9/80 work shift for many. You work your 80 hours in 9 days and every other Friday is OFF. Great work/life balance!
    There are many opportunities to advance and/or move within the company, move to other locations (states) as well as possibly move to other countries within Raytheon.

    Cons

    We need to do better at attracting younger people and keeping them. Maybe adding a game room where people can go and just unwind from time to time.
    There is a lot of process, but that can't change as we are dealing with Radars, Missiles, etc., with foreign countries, weapons, etc.
    Pay is a bit low, so if you are looking to make a boatload quickly, this is not the place. If you are looking to make a good living, have a good work-life balance and in it for the long run, then this is a great place.

    Advice to Management

    Bring pay up a bit to be able to compete. Add a game room to the facilities, put in a Ping-Pong table, a couple couches, maybe a foosball table or pool table too. Just where people can go to chill.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "College grad oppertunity, seasoned professionals stay away"

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

    Pros

    Get to work on some very high level and profile projects. Lots of opportunities for graduating college students cause lets face it they can hire you for peanuts. Company is in charge of a number of different projects and programs so a lot going on. Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Company treats engineering staff like fast food workers, and just throws bodies at a program. HR doesn't seem to know when to turn off hiring as you will constantly see new faces showing up in your department with everyone looking at them like we didn't ask for anyone new. At that point they will they lay off a ton of workers because there are too many bodies versus the amount of work. Their review process is a joke as it is setup that you cannot refute anything that is said in it, which is what they want because as long as they want you, you will get reviews saying how everything you are doing is fine or great. The second you get a bad review, which will come out of no where, start looking for a new job because you have been pre-marked for the next round of layoffs. As has been said in other reviews there is very much a clique among departments and managers and you better be in it if you want to stay, because that determines more then if you do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Isn't much advice management would listen to considering the advice would be to gut their whole current management style, change how reviews are done, and put your employees first rather than throwing bodies at a problem to soak up the money on a contract.


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  5. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Technologist in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good company! Very fair, cares about employees.

    Cons

    Hard to advance.


  6. "Great Company to Retire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with time and slow pace(sometimes a good thing)

    Cons

    Slow pace and excessive process to get anything done


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good, not the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart engineers. Very dedicated nice people. Very complex interesting work. Culture rewards hard work up to a mid level engineer.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on process to overcome the loss of senior contributors during last 5 years. Inability or unwillingness to see all engineers as different with unique skill sets and therefore ability to contribute. There are some very unique skills needed in the Defense industry. Those people should be able to be singled out for added bonus or salary. However the company HR seems to think one engineer with a degree is equal ability to another with same years experience.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot simply execute a process and achieve the best results for the customer.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Electrical Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Electrical Engineer in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Raytheon has a good work life balance. The benefits are great. If you are looking for a solid career job as an engineer, Raytheon is a great company

    Cons

    Not many. They are a global leader in the defense industry, but not number one.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job at Raytheon. There isn't much I would change. There is always the day to day gripes, but what company doesn't have that?


  9. Helpful (3)

    "10 Years, Mostly Positive, Uncertain Company Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The first 8 years there would probably get 4-5 stars, but the last 2 years could be rated only 3 stars (see cons).

    -Interesting technical work (and lots of it to do, in a good way!)
    -Lots of very talented people to work with
    -Ability to move within the company to gain experience in different domains
    -Reasonably flexible hours, 9/80 schedule
    -Educational assistance
    -Impressively stable employment for such a volatile industry, layoffs are *very* infrequent and small.

    Cons

    All years:
    -Very slow to accept and use new software technologies and tools (but getting better)
    -Slow promotions, even for top rated employees, unless you are one of the chosen few to be fast-tracked. Then your promotions come really quickly. Very unbalanced in that regard.
    -Your section/department managers can be at a completely different facility doing completely different work than you. They end up not knowing anything about your performance firsthand. I saw my section manager twice a year, at mid and end of year review times.

    Last couple years:
    -Company seemed to be on the downturn in the last two years. Any perk or benefit that they could justify cutting or reducing, they did (including reducing/cutting yearly raises for many). They literally begged employees to find anything that could possibly save a buck. This reduced morale and confidence in the company's future.
    -Company lost many experienced and talented engineers through voluntary attrition due to the above. Salaries/benefits for people in this category started to lag way behind (by as much as 30-50%!) those outside the company/industry. It could be more of a defense industry-wide phenomenon than just at Raytheon.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are far too busy with normal engineering work to be more directly involved with the employees they are supposed to be managing/reviewing. Personnel management has taken a back seat in recent years.
    Reward your existing high-performing employees more evenly to stop the attrition.
    Company/defense industry is losing the ability to compete with the Boston area commercial sector.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    If you want good benefits, pay, flexibility in your work schedule, and secure job

    Cons

    Some engineering positions market design, analysis, and innovation but the reality for them is that the individual is supposed to support the production floor; which results in the position being a clerical position

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your employees skills. If individuals want to explore other opportunities within the company, don't make it detrimental to them. Provide experienced individuals or individuals who have worked there for a time with exciting work befitting their experience. New hires need to learn the basics and the processes, with which they can build upon and gain those exciting work opportunities.


  11. "Overall positive"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people and good technology

    Cons

    The pay could be better


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