Raytheon
3.3 of 5 1,259 reviews
www.raytheon.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.3 1,259 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

William H. Swanson

(584 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The company allows for a relatively flexible work schedule, and has great work/life balance"
    in 155 reviews
  • "Great Benefits, 9/80 Schedule (Every other Friday off)"
    in 121 reviews
Cons:
  • "In my experience didn't value work/ life balance"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Upper management often doesn't recognize how it is different from manufacturing"
    in 36 reviews
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Good Pay, Good company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Raytheon as a contractor

ProsGood pay
Working with many smart, talented people
Good location
Library

ConsIsolating for me as a contractor

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Great company with solid management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Colorado Springs, CO (US)

I have been working at Raytheon full-time

ProsRaytheon is a great company to work for. The management and HR that I work with are top notch and they have a very competitive compensation package.

ConsAs with any larger company, monthly training requirements can get tedious.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work.

Communications Manager (Former Employee)
McKinney, TX (US)

I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery employee-focused company. Numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth. Had the chance to work with very talented people.

ConsEmployee head-count is at the mercy of federal defense spending. I wish more opportunities were available so that I could rejoin the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep employee morale at top-of-mind. I'm sure job security is a major issue given all of the lay-offs and division collapses that have occurred over the past few years.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Just a job, body shop

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood benefits, and perks. 401k match from the start! Put your 40 hours in and you get 3% yearly bump

ConsYou are only good for that current effort you are working. Slim chance you be able to find another Raytheon effort after your current contract expires.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow your current employees!

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Great People...Corporate doesn't always see that

Senior Systems Engineer II (E04) (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsChallenging Problems, Steady, Good Contracts, Growth

ConsSome programs are very top heavy, You have to change programs to move up...some engineers have good breadth of experience, but it is rarely noticed

Layoffs...fact of life in defence right now

Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond those metrics in your rankings...definitely look beyong the performance reviews. There are some engineers and scientists that perform well outside of the pigeon holes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning environment & supportive of telecommuting.

Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Fullerton, CA (US)

I worked at Raytheon full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat pay, location & atmosphere. Very flexible with schedule & work life balance. Supports telecommuting among employees. Many career opportunities within various disciplines.

ConsLayoff risks depending on defense contracts & gov't budgets

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Raytheon full-time

ProsExcelent benifits, great opertunites to move around within the company

ConsWorking on a government contract does have its downsides, such as if the govenment goes with another contractor then you are pretty much SoL as far sustaining employement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Raytheon

Prosit was a great experience working there. great people. all hard working. there was a great family atmosphere there.

Consworking for a govt agency just wasnt for me. the work was good but we were selling the same things to the same people for over 17 yrs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stable company, great benefits, work comes in spurts

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsI need to echo what others wrote about the noble mission of Raytheon. You really do have a sense of pride providing systems that will help America's military. Raytheon prides itself on building quality products - sometimes it accomplishes that goal, sometimes it misses the mark a bit. But the quality of the engineers is top notch. Benefits are great, company is solid, work is interesting, technology is cool. Not always "bleeding edge" because it takes time to build something for the government, but cool nonetheless.

ConsWork comes in spurts. Either is it SUPER busy and oh-my-gosh-we-have-to-bust-our-necks-and-get-this-work-done-yesterday! Or you can be literally sitting around waiting for something to do, wondering if there is going to be a layoff or furlough. It's the nature of Raytheon's contract work. What is most frustrating is that you could have work to do and the time to do it, but you can't work on it until the contract starts, but by then you are in crunch time. Also, front line management are treated like dogs. I would never choose to be a section manager, even if there was something available, which there usually isn't because you have to wait for someone to retire or die before something opens up. Beside the managers fight all the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the turf wars and collaborate, already. Treat lower level management like people, not cattle. Promote a culture that is attractive to young workers building a career.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunity for learning

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Raytheon for more than 5 years

ProsWorld-class group of coworkers and leaders. Company values are clear and carried throughout the organization.

ConsFast-paced, competitive environment, which may not be suitable for everyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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