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Raytheon Reviews

Updated 19 October 2017
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  • No work life balance sometimes during quarter ends (in 75 reviews)

  • The upper management is unpredictable and the engineers short sighted (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Team lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Harlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people and good career progression.

    Cons

    Due to the type of work, sometimes viewed harshly


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not female friendly"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The US reputation within cyber, and supposed UK opportunities.

    Cons

    Ignore the job ad mentioning a 'google' environment, it doesnt exist. Just the worst mix of open plan with red walls.
    2017 and still on lotus notes, with shocking IT service; they expect you to use your home/public wifi in your own time to update their kit.
    No career progression, No training.
    Have been a number of sexist, racist and violent incidents with the workplace, with inconsistent HR.

    Advice to Management

    0. Ethics - have a zero tolerance to workplace sexual harrassment, racism and violence. Just because they are in valuable positions shouldnt excuse high risk behaviour.
    1. Leadership - have a plan and strategy beyond reactive to anything a customer may ask for (jack of all etc)
    2. Communication - Millennials arent bits of meat (a term actually used by management), we actually want to know whats going on.
    3. Career development - if you want to body shop us all over the country, you should also invest in some kind of (real) training.
    4. Modern workplace - Raytheon may have new offices but the attitude is still stuck in the 1960s. Learn how other orgs manage flexi time, job share, disability and diversity.
    5. Actually learn lessons from all the messages left on this site, in staff meetings and from customer feedback. Pull head from sand.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Software Configuration Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harlow, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harlow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging technical environment with responsibility for safety critical products. Interaction with all areas of product development, manufacturing, release and support.

    Cons

    Poor middle management appreciation of the nature of the work applying constant pressure to take short-cuts to release products before fully tested and validated.

    Advice to Management

    Take note of the experience and track record of staff that take pride in their work and put the safety of the public using or at risk from products before their own work conditions and salaries.


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  5. "It's just ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As it is a small company you can get involved with lots of different projects and there are opportunities for international travel

    Cons

    There are no opportunities to move up within the function unless you have military experience


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New building, nice food, nice people

    Cons

    slow growth, low salary, rely on US


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and pension. Work life balance

    Cons

    Defence contractor, large and therefore not a nimble or quick to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Over cumbersome process and procedure culture, gets in the way of innovation


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid"

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    Current Employee - NONE in Glenrothes, Scotland
    Current Employee - NONE in Glenrothes, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    Good basic salary, interesting technology

    Cons

    very badly organised, weak leaders, blame culture. Under resourced, poor training

    Advice to Management

    Please listen more to employees, end the bully culture. Get rid of the barriers to success, including leaders who lack core skills themselves


  9. "No trust, blame culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon full-time

    Pros

    The teams work well together and there are structured processes to help programmes succeed

    Cons

    The blame culture is too extreme. People feel unsettled

    Advice to Management

    Work out how the processes can support staff rather than punish them


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior management undermining people's responsibilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location, great amenities, nice people at the working level

    Cons

    really poor management, constantly undermining people's ability to deliver, do not support the teams who are doing the work, really high turn over of staff all citing management as their reason for leaving, poor processes, the management lack any vision, technology and systems are really poor

    Advice to Management

    trust your teams, stop micro-managing, listen to what is being said, stop undermining your people and support them when they need it. You have a high turn over for a reason, sort out and remove the manager leading the programmes team because he is way beyond his capability. Peters principal in action.


  11. "Review from the finance department"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harlow, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harlow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Raytheon have great contractual working hours. (Finish early on Fridays!). Since working here, I have been pushed to take on new opportunities and experiences constantly to improve on my skills and knowledge. Personal development reviews are firmly placed with regular refresh on how I am doing to achieve them. It is clear that there is support available to help achieve them, not only from my team but from wider functions and departments are also willing to assist. (Eg training and mentors are provided)
    In terms of working hard - The functional team have recognised the effort and can sometimes receive rewards, so working hard isn't taken for granted at Raytheon.

    Cons

    Although Raytheon have good contractual hours, most of the time, the work load require you to do a lot more unpaid overtime. - quicker processes are required (eg, IT and softwares issues needs to improve and resolved to increase efficiency)


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