Raytheon

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Amazing place to gain experience with large budgets, leadership, electronics, software, RF, and system design.

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Principal Engineer
Current Employee - Principal Engineer

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

Pros

You are able to gain leadership experience managing teams, working with large budgets, and building advanced technology products very quickly: a true meritocracy. Self-starters who are able to get their own funding through government agencies and customer contracts get to have the experience of running their own small (and in some cases large) business. Lots of research and development opportunities where one can be surrounded by PhDs and the best RF and Radar engineers in the world are usually plentiful. Publishing is available, bonuses are given for outstanding work, bonuses given for each patent filed. Engineers here that move up will be some of the most well-compensated across any field. The executive and management population is aging rapidly and quickly retiring, creating great opportunities for advancement in the next several years.

Cons

As with any big company there is bureaucracy that slows down innovation at times. There sometimes seem to be endless processes. If you are unable to obtain high level clearances, your career success will be limited. A lot of the really interesting work is classified and cannot be published or even spoken about to uncleared people. You usually obtain projects to work on through your contacts and people network within he company; this can become politicized and is rough on newer employees. Defense industry funding is highly subject to the whims of congress. No stock options or large bonuses are given until an employee becomes relatively highly ranked, at the executive level.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure to keep the younger engineers interested in doing great technical work.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company that is undervalued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is a well run company with an honorable mission. Things are well organized. Processes are well defined and you know what to expect. There are not many surprises. By far, Raytheon is the most ethical company I have ever worked at. Employees are encouraged to do the right thing and there appears to be little tolerance for those who don't. The company hangs its hat on integrity and excellence. Generally speaking, the leadership is good. They invest in training and developing their employees. Some complain they don't, but they do. There is regular communcation at the corporate and business level about what it going on in the industry and in the company. When I worked there, I heard a lot of complaints about diversity. It is much more diverse than where I am now with a global conglomerate. The 9/80 work week is a huge plus and makes up for longer hours on the other days. Career paths are well defined and training is available to everyone. They do an employee survey and actually take action. There are some wicked smart people who work there and it was an honor to work with them.

    Cons

    Because of the long lead time on projects, you could be in the same job for a while and"get stuck". So, you have to really manage your career and communicate desires to manager. Moving between businesses can be challenging if you don't have a network, but it can be done. Sometimes leaders are promoted into roles they are not ready for and management is too slow to address. There is great work on cool technology, however the skills and knowledge is undervalued by other industries. If you don't plan to stay long, know that you'll have to overcome that perception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address leadership issues sooner rather than later to avoid disengagement. Keep recruiting the best and brightest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to start a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in Ashburn, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in Ashburn, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Seem to have great benefits depite the changing climate.

    Cons

    Bound by pressures from the government due to type of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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