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Raytheon Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
1,538 Reviews
3.4
1,538 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 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Not a lot of room to grow at this facility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues, and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    there are limited career growth opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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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 (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
  6. 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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    • Senior Management
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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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Great team environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    great company, They had great benefits, high medical issues and they took care of it all. great pay and good people

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    Former Employee - Senior Wan Engineer in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Senior Wan Engineer in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits with opportunity to grow

    Cons

    training could have been better but overall a great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers take care of their people and some do not. We had a couple great managers and a couple that were a little lazy. over all it was a great experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall good place to work

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Raytheon has good benefits and a 9/80 work schedule which is great.

    Cons

    Some employees don't pull there on weight and the supervisor does not correct it. There friends with the employy which makes it hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should hire from within more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Furlough Review

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Chula Vista, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Chula Vista, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong benefits
    Stable schedule
    Difficult to get fired

    Cons

    Difficult to fire an employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more decision making authority in front-line leadership.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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