Raytheon Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
1,448 Reviews
3.3
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedule provides excellent work-life balance (in 166 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 126 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience with Raytheon.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Great management and HR. Great Pay. Great benefits

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to further career

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor culture for outgoing individuals, excellent opportunities for growth

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I  in  Tucson, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Tucson, AZ (US)

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers tend to have tons of experience and know how with their work. I am very young (started here right out of my undergraduate degree) and have generally felt I've been surrounded by very intelligent people. The people you're surrounded with are generally very helpful, when they choose to be, and are good individuals. It's been heavily emphasized from the get-go that I need to get an advanced degree to move up. If you get plugged in with the right group of people, i can easily see this place being a wonderful place to work. The atmosphere is pretty cut throat, and is inspiring if you have the drive to succeed. If you have a lot of independent drive, you will build a network that will help you reach success. You need to be willing to put yourself out there (and risk falling flat on your face) to grow, which is challenging but is good. Need to consistently seek out opportunities. I generally feel in control of what I get to work on. Taking time off work is almost NEVER a problem as long as you flex your hours, use PTO, and complete work on time - a flexible schedule is absolutely wonderful, not to mention every other Friday off! Benefits are great too.

    Cons

    The people are generally nice and helpful, but most of all keep to themselves with their work and socially. Relationships at work aren't ever really built up and business is the primary driver (which can be good and bad, but I think a little more balance would be good). The culture is what would be expected at any engineering company - a lot of the people are very very reserved when engaging at meetings or communicating with each other which makes understanding what to do very difficult. Unless directed so by someone higher than them, more often than not people would come off as reluctant to help. Middle management is pretty awful at guiding new hires in their jobs, they just expect you to sink or swim. There is a massive gap in knowledge between new hires and most of the existing employees, with a culture that seemingly suppresses any attempt to eliminate this great divide. Also, the structure for performance reviews is awful and is set up to fail unless you devote a significant amount of time 'bragging' to your superior about your accomplishments; you'd think such a large, successful corporation would have a more defined performance evaluation cycle in place that would lead people to success. Often times I can see people getting in a rut if they don't actively communicate work to their functional supervisors, and easily getting complacent with what they do. The program I am on is rife with politics which aggravates the hell out of me, but I've heard it's not as bad as other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There NEEDS to be a culture change in sharing knowledge. The divide that exists in knowledge between the head sheds to lower engineers is palpable and is established - hardly any individuals are taking it up as their duty to change this. Middle managers need to spend more time helping those below them as well as performance evaluations need to be more thorough - there needs to be a defined criteria of characteristics individuals shall meet that define the different levels of engineers. Currently, the evaluation system in place is exploited by nepotism, and unless you have a good supervisor, you won't get fairly recognized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family Focused

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is one of those places where you are treated like more than just an employee. The company model has incorporated an understanding that there is more to their employees than their job title. It's very family focused, which helps with the work/life balance a lot, and you can make some great long term friends here as well.

    Cons

    The cons with making friends in the work place is that it takes a horrific event for this place to let go of people or even have accountability for the expectations of their "friend" employees. For that reason, there is a LOT of dead weight and slackers who have very cushy positions, offices, and roles where not much is required of them, yet they're getting seriously paid, and they're untouchable it seems. Too much of that can be demoralizing for newbies and cause the company to lose a lot of new talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry your weight and hold your team responsible for carrying theirs. If you want a cushy six figure job, at least stay under the radar by not making someone else's job hard by offloading your work or being a road block.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Accounting organization, but tons of red tape if you want to move up

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The accounting organization is second to none in terms of knowledge and being proactive to stay ahead of issue, rule changes, etc. They do recognize good, hard workers with achievement awards. Business segments get every other Friday off if they work 9 hours/day, Corporate gets 1/2 day Friday's in the summer if they work 9 hours/day. Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization.

    Cons

    HR red tape is awful. Promotions within your current role are nearly impossible, have to hope a higher level job opens up and that you are qualified for it. US Government budget troubles have hurt the company in terms of things like employee recognition events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a better effort to award your star workers. Be more proactive in promoting from within. Do things that will make star performers want to stay and not look for something more attractive outside the company. Bonus structure for non-senior managers and above is weak.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern Systems Engineer

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Woburn, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Woburn, MA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot opportunities to get cool projects, get trained and figure out what you can do at the company.

    Cons

    Very corporate culture, not a lot of other interns and you may left alone for a lot of the work. If you prove yourself, you'll get better attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More intern events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It project manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Strong leadership

    Exciting projects

    Good benefits

    Career devlopment

    Cons

    Bureaucratic

    Slow to move

    Subject to gov't budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

  8.  

    Great Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Steady place, interesting work and fun

    Cons

    Small yearly raises, hard to get promoted

  9.  

    Great company to work for with flexible hours, but care way too much about their metrics.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II  in  Fullerton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Fullerton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, 9/80 work weeks, Never gave trouble with taking vacation days, facilities are well taken care of, decent Job security -- they'll find new work for you or move you around when projects end others begin. If you know what you are doing, you'll be protected pretty well. Great benefits (health, dental, vision). Some projects have coffee and snacks. Friendly people, overall a great company to work for, all things considered. Would recommend working for this company.

    Cons

    Typical government contractor -- they care a way too much about metrics (lines of code, defect counts, etc) to the point where it actually slows down developers. Some people are really set in their ways, and some projects are extremely fearful of change and using new products/tools. When they do lay off, they tend to lay off developers before managers, so some projects end up being top heavy with more managers than developers sometimes. Managers give the impression that they care more about schedule than quality, or following industry best practices. Compensation seems low compared to commercial sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should try harder to shield developers from doing zero-value-added tasks like estimating and measuring lines of code, or doing other metrics, when someone non-technical could be doing it. Especially when managers are constantly trying to push their developers on schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have really enjoyed working a Raytheon in Garland Texas.

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    Former Employee - Senior Sys Integration Technologist II  in  Garland, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Sys Integration Technologist II in Garland, TX (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In the past I was able to do multiple jobs: hardware development, system testing, software development, and Systems engineering.

    Cons

    The projects are paid for using government funding which sometimes comes and goes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The company is big corporation and its challenging to Experience the product that has evolve in the 90 years design .

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Goleta, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Goleta, CA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Learn the culture of people and respect to get along, It has long term benefits for advance career and retirement.

    Cons

    The company has a lot of activity support understanding media to promote the new challenge it is a very will composed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is will chosen have a very respected .The action of people training and promotion is not recognize.The pay is good there is some individual not helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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