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3.7Rating Details
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth4
Work Environment1

From USA — 02/05/2010

Pay: The pay here is really competitive. Make sure to get your salary initially adjusted because annual raises are usually in the 3% range. If you are promoted you typically get about 7-10%. They also have performance sharing which is usually approximately 3% of your annual pay. In addition they have various incentive awards that you can get. However these are usually only doled out to brown nosers and people who make slide shows and present to the customer (i.e. not the people who do the actual work).

Respect: The average age of an engineer at Raytheon is in their early 50's. They tend to be extremely conservative. If you don't fit these criteria you aren't going to fit in very well. They love pushing their political beliefs onto you at meetings (very unprofessional), in emails (on the company email account), or in stickers and posters found hanging in their office or the wall. They also have a company PAC which they encourage you to donate to. If you are to the left of Barry Goldwater you will find yourself constantly the target of verbal attacks.

Benefits: The benefits at Raytheon are outstanding. They provide a generous amount of tuition reimbursement. Enough to take 2-3 classes a year without paying out of pocket (assuming a private university). They have advanced scholarship programs where they will actually pay you to go to school (along with covering the tuition in total). They have a great relocation package. They will put you up in an extended stay hotel for a few months while you look for an apartment or house. They will pay the renters fees and also will pay to have someone show you the town. They assist with closing costs and selling your house. They also have discounted gym memberships etc... Very competitive.

Job Security: You cannot get fired from Raytheon. There is just no way. When you are a subpar worker, they just transfer you to a new group/project. There are lifers here who have done literally nothing their whole career. When you are in the defense industry not much is really expected out of you. The company gets paid by the amount of people they have working on a program. So even if there is no work, you will still just sit there because they are getting paid handsomely for you to do so. If you aren't there, no pay.

Work/Life Balance: Raytheon is great for work life balance. They have the 9/80 schedule (work 9 hours a day, 8 hours one Friday, and then get off the next Friday). Its awesome to get every other Friday off. If you do work overtime, which is rare, they have to pay you because you are a government contractor. So while your buddies are working 50-60 hours a week and not getting paid for it, you can sit back and rake in the dough.

Career Potential/Growth: If you come in as an entry level engineer you should be promoted within two years of joining the company. Then on average you are promoted again sometime in the next three years. After that the promotions tend to happen at a slower pace. If you don't get into one of the leadership tracks, you'll pretty much tread water for most of your career. The "leaders" in Raytheon tend to be the least technically proficient but the best at delivering slide show presentations. Then you've achieved a "milestone". You can usually get promoted faster if you leave the company for a few years and then come back. Usually you'll be promoted up a few grades and get much larger pay raises then if you had stayed on. It's not really a fair system, but its how it is.

Location: Raytheon is all over the world. Some locations have better job prospects than others. Since each location is assigned work from a particular contract, if the contract is lost, so is your job. In this case you can move around if you can find work within the company elsewhere.

Co-worker Competence: There are some truly brilliant engineers (10%). There are some functional engineers (40%). Then there are some really lazy and bad engineers (50%). I think this is due to the fact that there is an extreme amount of nepotism in hiring decisions (good luck getting in if you don't have family already on the inside) and because they refuse to fire people. Additionally, since they get paid by the head, there is no incentive to weed out the weak engineers.

Work Environment: The work environment is not the best. As stated previously the workers here tend to skew much older than average (50+) and tend to like to push their beliefs down your throat at every opportunity. If you are not more militant than Clausewitz you probably won't like it here. The people here love war, it makes them money. The ironic thing is that most of the engineers have never served in the military. Its annoying when some nerd talks about wiping this country or that off the map. Maybe they would be less glib if they had actually served.

Overall its a mixed bag. I would say that the money, work/life, benefits, and location are all well above average. I would say that respect, competence, and environment are below average.
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