Raytheon Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
1,450 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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    Senior Systems Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Intersting projects, good technical people, stable

    Cons

    slow, expensive and too many processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Systems Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues, and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    there are limited career growth opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Tewksbury, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Tewksbury, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    great advancement opportunities. Management values work-life balance.

    Cons

    could improve on yearly performance review process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Management needs improving.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Garland, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the health coverage is average. The time off is the best thing. Start out with 2 weeks off plus the week of Christmas and New Years of and after every 5 one more week is added.

    Cons

    To much politics and political games amongst management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very nice to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Managers are nice and they will try to retain you

    Cons

    Some of the buildings are very old and they stink

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update buildings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I  in  Garland, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Garland, TX (US)

    I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, really care about the customer not the typical blood sucking defense contractor, decent process, great technology,awesome work-life balance policies,

    Cons

    bonus are subpar compared with similar companies, compensation is not great, promotions are slow in the intermediate grades E3+

    Promotion from E3 to E4 will take years because they are mostly based on seniority rather than skills
    The E4 grade is the most an average engineer can aspire for.
    E5+ are really sharp engineers but getting past the E4 slow process will discourage most talented engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote best and brightness within a reasonable time frame before they leave. Reduce overhead so you can afford competitive engineering salaries...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and working schedule.

    Cons

    Personal growth was not great and too many people trying to get ahead.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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