Raytheon Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
1,450 Reviews

3.3
1,450 Reviews
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Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson
William H. Swanson
681 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    An outdated company that does not recognise achievement or career development.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Harlow, England
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Harlow, England

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

    Pros

    Good salary.
    Lots of fun projects.

    Cons

    The company's personal development review process is completely subjective and in no way designed to forward or help your career, it serves one purpose, to allow the company to prevent personal development. This scheme is linked to salary increase.
    The company has a very poor expenses system designed to prevent you claiming back your money and they make you take off personal mileage for business trips from your home, against advice from HMRC.
    All of the company's buildings and offices are old and outdated expect only a small desk and an old worn out chair well away from a window.
    New grads are treated like cheap labour, up until this year the 'development program' did not really exist.
    Too many levels of management, it makes it very hard to achieve anything, there standard office PC and laptops still use WindowsXP - lol.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some management layers, you have over 80 IT staff that serve internal IT, What do they do? Most appear to sit around all day surfing the internet. Maybe why your staff are still embarrassing themselves on customer sites using XP based laptops.
    Allow people who are eager and good at there job to progress in there career. Sometimes this may mean taking a risk or two... Shock, horror.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OK place to work .

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    Former Employee - Performance Test Lead  in  Uxbridge, England
    Former Employee - Performance Test Lead in Uxbridge, England

    I worked at Raytheon for less than a year

    Pros

    OK place to work. Took us for Christmas lunch.

    Cons

    Worked on a big government project - Management recruited external company to find areas to improve within team. External person was quite rude and very bossy. The whole team was not happy about this. ( a lot of micromanagement too).

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    The people are great -- genuinely friendly and team-oriented. I don't normally keep in touch as friends with the people I have worked with, after the job ends, but this time I have. The work is challenging as well.

    Cons

    The systems and processes are underdeveloped for a company of its size. The IT organisation has not been forward-looking, with the result that non-technical employees are far behind in the technologies that they can use. In other areas, there is too much duplicate work. For example, being able to make an online entry or request while still having to fill out forms and run around and have them signed. Very old fashioned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Training analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Analyst  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Training Analyst in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Short working hours, and a mixture of friendly people. Opportunity to work across a number of sites

    Cons

    Bad culture, tight management structure, poor locations, minimal Uk presence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company looks great on paper. Don't be fooled!

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance fairly good, political (which works good in some ways). Worldwide locations - potential travel and re-location opportunities, Stable environment (dependant on US defence budget.) Good people from all ages who have worked for the company and good opportunity to make lifelong friends. Regular updates on the company, top notch communication on company's financial position, schedule and other updates from leadership. They have improved a lot on this, fine if you want to be in a basic paid job bringing home some extra money if you're the lower earner of the household

    Cons

    Management and supervision have zero technical knowledge, no financial incentives to work hard or exceed, very few promotions from academically capable and well liked individuals (these goes to the wrong people every time) management and leadership out of touch, too much time wasted on pointless behavioural boosting courses, and meetings about meetings, no actions executed quickly enough to be innovative, there are no young people and very little done to train to bring them in, or retain skilled staff eager and keen to do well for the company, managers/supervision who damage morale aren't dealt with properly and keep their jobs managing people for as long as they want, HR are way too business biased as opposed to operating in the interests of the employee and fairness, Ethics and quality only carried out when it suits, skills and knowledge not fully utilized from key staff members, too many people in the wrong job roles, benefits and percs reduced as profits increase year on year, benchmarking only used to justify lack of employee rewarding but promote and advertise themselves as 'innovative' and 'global leading' in the same sentance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, properly train staff in classroom environments and get young enthusiastic employee's into recognizable college and Uni courses and fully support them via studying time, and engineering/project management time. Retain staff, reward staff, cut some of the red tape, get down with the workers, listen, and please just get rid of people who continually prop up as being troublesome and unprofessional, especially when they're in management positions managing people. Boost morale by any of these means, and allow the lowest of earners a chance to travel overseas and work for experience and perhaps to inspire them to want to do more for the company when they see the size of it. I've found that people who work their way up within a company are very valuable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation (if negotiated cleverly), bad management (for big projects)

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Uxbridge, England
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Uxbridge, England

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Good working hours as per contract (but always end up working much more that what is stated in contract)

    Cons

    Management needs improvement, no overtime payment, unrealistic work hour expectation (weekends/late hours), work overload + will not take additional people due to budget constraints - so a single person ends up doing the work of 2 - 3 people. Micro-management, Micro-management, Micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic deadlines/commitments, do not underquote and make employees work more hours without pay....

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The UK company has lost its way

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    Former Employee - Radar Engineering  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Radar Engineering in London, England

    I worked at Raytheon

    Pros

    Strong engineering heritage, good engineering practices and discipline

    Cons

    US seem to have lost faith in UK subsidiary. Senior management spend too much time focussing on pleasing the US, not concentrating on the UK customers. Very poor communication of strategy. Tendency for senior managers to shift blame downwards for their lack of competence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the Customer, get a proper strategy, agree long term targets for P/L with the US then avoid micromanaging and short termism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Management needs improving.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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

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