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Updated April 20, 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. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good job out of college"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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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  5. "Great employer with good benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    There are multiple programs to work here so you can also move around to find right fit. They value hardworking so you will be compensated for it. There are many opportunities to grow by taking training. They help with further education.

    Cons

    Sometimes raises can be low than what employee s expected. Also managers don't communicate effectively what you need to do to promote or get higher raises. Also benefits tend to get smaller every year. Also a lot of policies to follow which is standard for defense industry.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give fair value to current employees so you don't have to hire from outside all the time.


  6. "principle systems engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good facilities, fair treatment

    Cons

    government contract work can be limiting


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stable Employment, but Lack of Work/Life Balance & having One Size Fits All Approach will hurt in long run"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great brand name and recognition
    - Great pay if you negotiate high going in. They need people to move to Tucson so use it to your advantage and ask for a signing bonus!
    - Achievement awards given by management to individual contributors for meeting professional milestones.
    - Profit Sharing at most divisions targeted at 3%. A rare benefit in the defense industry.
    - No carveout for salaried exempt overtime - you get paid all of it if approved by your manager
    - Above average benefits compared to other industries
    - Work can be interesting if you are in the right group on the right program at the right time
    - Up to 3 weeks paid parental leave
    - Almost impossible to get fired here unless you are extremely grossly incompetent or commit an ethics/security violation

    Cons

    - High turnover rate. Many people last only up to 2 years at the company; location makes it hard to attract and find talent, so there is a shortage of qualified individuals to execute on programs.
    - No transparency to the rank and stack system, or "ratings and rankings". Even with a good rating you may get passed on a raise for the year because your salary is too high compared to your peers despite having good performance.
    - Promotions come very slowly - people get passed on promotions even having consecutive "exceed expections" ratings multiple years in a row because of a lack of salary penetration in pay grade.
    - Lack of work/life balance and risk adverse. Managers refuse to make decisions because they don't want to be blamed for the consequences of the decision (which by the way there are consequences to every decision, there is no "perfect" decision), then they only take action a month before contract deadlines when a decision must be made, so then they force everyone to work OT to catch up and execute on the decision that should have been made months ago.
    - Good ol' boy system. It doesn't matter what you know, but who you know in order to get best assignments and opportunities.
    - Knowledge silos and general lack of communication and sharing. This creates a culture of people not listening to each other and reinventing the wheel even if the information is not classified or proprietary.
    - Lot of deadwood and leachers just pulling a paycheck
    - At orientation, they tell you to do an R6Sigma project within first year; then front line management gives no direction to new employees on project ideas. If the project is not completed in 8 months, management will antagonize you and act like it's all your fault. It will be held against you if you don't complete your project in the first 8 months, even if you complete it later down the line.
    - Vacation and Sick time lumped into PTO and not very generous
    - Health Benefits declining; No more PPO; all HDHP. Premiums rising every year. Plus there's a lot of fine print to the health and dental plans that limit coverage on most commonplace treatments.
    - 401K match is average (3%) but you need to stay over 10 years to get a high matching contribution. It's based on your age at the time you hired in (or rehired) so they screw over the young people and there's no incentive for them to stay in the long run.
    - Horrible travel policy. Almost impossible to fly business class internationally even for long flights and all meals must be charged to corporate card; per diem is not advanced to travelers.
    - Most front line managers & section heads lack basic managerial skills. They are unable to think for themselves and rely heavily on polices and procedures over common sense.
    - They are hiring like crazy but don't know how to best utilize the strengths of the new employees they hired. They can't even find them an empty desk to sit at!

    Advice to Management

    While management is doing a great job bringing in profits for the company, they need to stop taking a "one size fits all" approach. Stop being so process driven to the point that front line managers and individual contributors stop using their common sense. It's stifling innovation and causing your brightest people to leave (even if you try to offer them more money), leaving the employees that are not able to think for themselves without defined processes. These are the deadwood people and leachers that are eating away more profit than necessary. Also, management needs to appear more genuine; oftentimes they seem too scripted in their responses.


  8. "Great opportunity for growth"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work, many opportunities to learn and grow and great working schedule that allows having every other Friday off.

    Cons

    This company has a very fast paced environment because it is so large. With it being so lathe come complex systems to work with.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stress and Burn"

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and 9/80 work schedule. Interesting projects to work on. Profit sharing program and 401k. Good comprehensive benefits (health, dental, vision).

    Cons

    High stress until you burn out. Rarely enjoyed a 9/80 work schedule due to work load. Beware of ramping up hiring prior to a contract award then massive layoffs if not awarded


  10. "Excellent"

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

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Great work / life balance

    Cons

    Health care could be better - but what do you expect.


  11. "Decent but not great"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Systems Engineer II in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Old school culture and approach to doing business.



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