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Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Marlborough, MA (US)
Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Marlborough, MA (US)

I have been working at Raytheon

Pros

Large company with flexibility to move around to other departments and/or other geographic locations. Intelligent employees who value diversity and a strong work ethic. Strong social programs offer activities for the 35-and-under crowd.

Cons

Sometimes you have to go and find your own work to do, especially when you're new and/or don't have much experience. Managers should help with this but they have other needs to address first. The job is what you make of it. Work load is inconsistent - some weeks are crazy busy but others can be a downright bore.

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You do a great job of valuing your employees with rewards, events, etc. Gen Y employees desire to take leadership and ownership of their projects, so they risk feeling inconsequential when assigned a bullet list of tasks.

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    30+ years of stable employment

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    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Not many people in my area get laid off. There is interesting technical work. I work with a pleasant group of people. I have the opportunity to interface directly with my government customer.

    Cons

    Typical politics, especially if you want to rise. Since Raytheon took over, I've seen a lot of program managers get pushed aside if they don't pass muster. There's definitely a ceiling beyond which you must have strong political skills to rise above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more broad-minded in considering internal applicants for open positions. Having worked for the company for as long as I have, my history precedes me to any interviews.

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    Good Company for Quality of Life

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

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule - can come in late, leave for appointments, swap time worked on weekends for regular workweek.

    Telecommuting - some people can work from home a couple of days a week, or more
    9/80 Fridays - work 9 hours/day Monday-Thursday, work 8 hours one Friday, get every other Friday off. This is like getting 3 day weekends ever other week. Combine with 1 day PTO for a four day weekend.

    Respect - Usually feels like people trust each other to get their work done and there is a certain feeling of independence and autonomy.

    Very good benefits - wide array of medical insurance options available from HMO to PPO to HSA, great medical and life insurance options as well. Match 100% of upto 4% salary going into 401k.

    Stability - there is a very good chance that once you get hired you will have a job for the rest of your life. If work runs out, they usually can keep you employed for several months while they find you something else to work on. Depending on where you are, you may have to move, however.

    Travel - depending on the project you work, you may have opportunities for international and national travel.

    Cons

    Compensation - seems a little bit low for Software Engineers compared to places like Google and Microsoft. Our bonuses are very small and we get no equity.

    Advancement - mostly seniority based since there are a lot of old-timers who have been with the company for a long time. Flat hierarchy reduces number of management or leadership type of positions.

    Incentives - monetary incentives to work harder and to be innovative are very weak and almost laughable. No stock options and only the upper levels of management get meaningful bonuses.

    Bureaucracy - lots of politics and brown nosing depending on which projects you work on. This is unavoidable in a very large company like Raytheon.

    Education - internal training focuses on process, government regulation, and ethics. Raytheon seems to be behind the curve on advancements in cutting edge technology. Change comes about slowly in a large defense company. Also, they don't have very good benefits for helping you get advanced degrees.

    Skills - many people suffer from loss of skills in the technical field. Some people get stuck working with proprietary programming languages that hinders their ability to get a job at another company. However, the brightest people usually get to work with the more difficult, and more marketable, programming languages. It is also easy to get stuck working on a multi-year, even decades long, project where your skill set can become out-dated.

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    Give better compensation for your better employees. Give equity and bigger bonuses to motivate people. Spend more money on research and development.

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