Raytheon Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
1,496 Reviews
3.3
1,496 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 177 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 132 reviews)


Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing (in 44 reviews)

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Employee 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.  

    If you are going to be in the defense industry, you might as well chose onRaytheon is one of the five prime contractors.

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Mature, processes and traditional culture.

    Cons

    Not small, dynamic and nimble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees prepare for the inevitable downturns in the defence industry. Sequestration has been a challege.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Raytheon was flexible and I was able to move to a group that better suited my skill set

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Marlborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Marlborough, MA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great flex time, ability to work around doctors appointments and such. The company really cared about retention and made sure you were where you wanted to be.

    Cons

    Some groups better than others. In my first group, some old tymers were reluctant to train newbies, however in my second group, they almost required it. Very by the book so upward mobility really depends on time spent there rather than merit (in some departments). Can be a boys club for females, but also depends on groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really assess whether someone is good for management, rather than if they have been there a long time. Good managers make all the difference!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Engineering Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aurora, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aurora, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Personnel at Raytheon are some of the leading engineering people in the defense business. The innovation and product development is leading the way.

    Cons

    Processes sometimes affect agility and response time. These process have been developed over many years of defense work but need to be updated. Hard to move up in the company, many long term employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More agility, be more entrepreneurial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty solid company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer I in Tewksbury, MA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance (rarely worked more than 40 hrs/week), 9/80 schedule for every other Friday off, good starting pay and benefits, nice yearly bonus, pretty stable industry

    Cons

    The raises each year are pretty minimal (although at least we got raises every I guess), there is lots of red tape and bureaucracy to get work done - it's a government contractor after all. Every once in a while we'd lose a big contract that we anticipated winning and there would be a big round of layoffs which kills morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep winning those contracts to keep your employees' jobs safe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physics Engineer in Norfolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Physics Engineer in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flex schedule. Good team to work with.

    Cons

    advancement opportunities. some internal battling within management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raytheon as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    training, opportunities learning hours flexibility

    Cons

    big company may be hard to be promoted

  9.  

    Great Company, Great People, Heavy Process Orientation, Consensus Oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Account Manager in Aurora, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Control Account Manager in Aurora, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    The People are great, the benefits are excellent and the work environment is engaging.

    Cons

    Government work requires a lot of controls to ensure the company maintains its contract status. This mandates an environment heavily weighed down by process and consensus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with each employ to tailor a career path best suited for them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, great people, good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Electrical Engineer in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance (PTO, 9/80 workweek, flex time)
    Compensation
    People (in Texas) are awesome to work with

    Cons

    Corporate shoving "culture" down our throats
    Offices are old
    They like you to stay in one job for your entire career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify "go-getters" and give them a chance to move/grow.
    Inspire us to do more and better (better offices, rewards/perks/recognition)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Large organisation but you work hard

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Part of a very large organisation
    Good focus on culture and ethics
    Good processes and controls so you can learn a fair amount

    Cons

    Can be very busy and challenging at times - a lot of firefighting
    Smaller subsidiaries still have the same processes and bureaucracy of a much large organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing key staff and ensure all staff have the time to develop and look at opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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