Raytheon Reviews

Updated 16 April, 2015
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Thomas A. Kennedy
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is excellent for such a large accounting organization (in 180 reviews)

  • Time-off: 9/80 schedule allows for 9 hour workdays and every other Friday off (in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • In my experience didn't value work/ life balance (in 38 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. Program Manager

    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Great knowledged based people. Interesting and challenging working environment. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Although lots of proposal work, contracts awards are being deferred and layoff continue.

  2. Good place for a new tech to start.

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    Current Employee - Senior Tech Support Engineer I
    Current Employee - Senior Tech Support Engineer I

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wide variety of tasks
    Different jobs cycle often, keeps it interesting
    Knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

    Disorganized management
    Billable hours often used up during design reviews, then creates headaches later when filling out time sheets.

    Advice to Management

    Not a lot of room to grow at this facility.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Systems Engineer

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    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Raytheon as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues, and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    there are limited career growth opportunities

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  5. Senior Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intersting projects, good technical people, stable

    Cons

    slow, expensive and too many processes

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive, act quick and do not get lost into process.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Good for building experience if you're just starting out or want a job where you can coast along.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Raytheon

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Note that while this is the Canadian subsidiary of Raytheon Company, it is run as a separate, mostly autonomous business and is very different than the rest of mother Raytheon...

    For most people, work-life balance is very good - working hours are very flexible and depending on whether you are a manager or not, you can bank 24-40 hours of overtime for future time off. 12 days of PTO per year and paid Christmas break are really nice. Workloads are generally reasonable, and benefits are pretty comprehensive including $500 health spending, as well as a $400 fitness reimbursement - although options are fairly restricted in its use.

    Formal training opportunities are fairly good, especially when you are new to the company, with the company picking up the tab for training related to your job. Also no problem with them flying you all over the US to other Raytheon sites and conferences for training and professional development. Watch out for the 100% clawback clause in educational reimbursements though, for a period of 1 year after completion of the course.

    Cons

    A big issue at this division of Raytheon is the labyrinthine office politics and 'old boy's club' mentality that comes in part from the senior leadership being ex-military. Overwhelmingly older, male demographics with a paternalistic attitude. A lot of favouritism and opportunity is slanted to individuals that cater to the status quo, and is not rooted in employee capability or performance as it should be.

    Many employees fly under the radar and deliver little real value to the company's operations. Have caught senior engineers sleeping at their desks on more than one occasion, and employees with poor work ethic are not held accountable for their performance or missing business-critical deliverables. Most younger employees or those with any sort of ambition don't stick around for long and as a result turnover is pretty high amongst the employees that actually add real value to the company.

    A lot of unnecessary overhead, back-office positions and bureaucracy make this division uncompetitive and overly reliant on sole-source or existing business. Seems like management is unwilling or unable to make the changes needed.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the efforts and capabilities of high-performing employees, and work to challenge and develop them. Hold under-performing employees to task on their performance. Make the changes necessary to enhance the competitiveness of the business.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Mediocre organization in all respects.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has been declining for years. Very little in the way of new projects, and the sales of Air Traffic Control radars has fallen off dramatically. Poor work environment, with high turnover, interdepartmental feuds, favouritism and politics, and inept, lethargic mangers. Lots of deadwood here, just waiting to retire. The future for this facility is very questionable, and would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone looking for challenging or interesting work.

    Cons

    Pay is reasonably good compared to the rest of the Canadian aerospace industry.

    Advice to Management

    Raytheon Corporate (U.S.) needs to take a hard look at the inefficiency and mismanagement of resources here.

  8. Great team environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, great perks, great environment, great projects to work on, great growth opportunities. Raytheon is a really interesting place to work and you will always feel like part of the Raytheon family

    Cons

    Not much to say about the cons of working at Raytheon. The only thing I would improve on is that management does not really give you a clear direction on certain projects.

    Advice to Management

    Once again, management sometimes assigns you projects with no clear direction and expects you to run with it. Sometimes direction is needed however not given

  9. Information Technology Analyst

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Analyst in Billerica, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology Analyst in Billerica, MA (US)

    I have been working at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, wonderful boss, great leaning experience, white collar workplace, big company and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Not challenging, no push, no meetings not as much follow up

    Advice to Management

    Push interns

  10. Very enjoyable atmosphere and the location was non-traditional but I loved it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can cross train in other positions and move up internally.

    Cons

    If you don't like shift work this is not for you. Work hours change constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Production Management is a must, there is a lot of talent in even the lowest of positions.

  11. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)

    I worked at Raytheon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work & task opportunities. Challenging technical and management assignments. Highly talented personnel. Good benefits. Strong business base.

    Cons

    Not enough mentoring from senior retiring employees to new incoming personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain legacy transfer from senior personnel to new incoming personnel.

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