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Raytheon Tucson Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. "Amazing Management"

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    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.


  2. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance, flexible schedule. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Rating and ranking performance evaluation can be inconsistent and cause competition.


  3. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity.
    Career/support focused.
    Mentoring opportunities.
    Decent Benefits.

    Cons

    Easy to get silo'd (big company)
    Frequently work more than expected without compensation.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Be Very Careful Where You Tread"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, only if you're under a good and honest management.

    Cons

    I received my 25 year recognition, 3 achievement awards and my layoff notice all in the same year. There's no company loyalty. Management positions tend to be filled by the good ole boy system rather than earned by experience or knowledge. Thus there's (and sometimes vindictive) morons are running the show. HR is not there to help the employees, it exists only to protect the company. They promote "see something, say something" is all for show, since doing so can get you tossed out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the company's biggest problem. Clean up your dirty staff, rather than the worker bees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A lot like the movie Office Space but with nicer people (most of the time)."

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and paid time off compared to most companies. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Boring, repetitive and unnecessarily complex work tasks. A lot of managers appear to be clueless as to the daily operations. Most of the people in my department dreaded coming into work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer 1"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best out of college jobs that you can get. An amazing learning atmosphere that will challenge you without leaving you out to dry.

    Cons

    It is a huge company so its easy to fade into the background if you let yourself. There is a real limbo in getting out of the Engineer 2 position.

    Advice to Management

    You would be able to keep more of your employees if you actually promoted from within and didn't force good engineers to move jobs just to advance at Raytheon.


  7. "Review of Working for Raytheon"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Their management is extremely knowledgeable in their specific discipline. Management is hired based on their knowledge, skills and abilities relative to their discipline.

    Cons

    Management is only hired based on their knowledge, skills and abilities specific to their discipline.


  8. "Chief Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talented people to work with. Really challenging new technology.

    Cons

    Subject to ups and downs of defense industry.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good job out of college"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Once you're in, you're in. It's really hard to get fired here.
    -9/80 schedule means you work 9 hour days but get every other Friday off
    -Big push for younger engineers and minorities
    -Really cool projects to get involved in if you seek them out

    Cons

    -Creepy old men. If you're a young, pretty, female at this company prepare to possibly cause some cases of whiplash. The best way to counteract that is to hang a picture of your boyfriend in your cube (most guys will get the hint).
    -Soooo many rules and regulations but that comes with the industry
    -EXIM sucks. all around sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire young, friendly people even if they're slightly less qualified than the awkward standard engineer. It really seems to bring up morale.


  10. "Great place, especially for senior level engineers."

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Lots of work to do and the company encourages mobility inside the company. Job security is high due to the constant disruptions happening around the world. Great people to work with and for. 9/80 work schedule with flex time available (i.e. 4/10s can be arranged). Find your niche and carve your own career here.

    Pay is great compared to private sector jobs.

    Cons

    Large company with government contracts and oversight brings with it much bureaucracy. It can take months to get small tasks done due to the number of people that must be involved. For example, I cannot order a $2 screw online. I must submit it to an ordering department and sometimes wait a few months to receive what I could have bought on my own in a day or two.

    Consistent but small raises. Not too bad if you come in at a high rate, but terrible for lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on your employees (training, equipment, bonuses, etc..). Raytheon is rolling in cash, but employees see very little of it.


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