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Not a nice place to work
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Manchester, Greater Manchester9 December 2018
Competitiveness, back biting, dragging you off into a room for a bashing, pulling you from projects, patronizing language, ostracizing, know-it-all boffins, jumping through hoops endlessly, insulting comments, high pressure, lack of trust.
Cons
Bullying
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Heavily bureaucratic as most large defence companies are
Worker (Current Employee) –  UK18 October 2017
Raytheon UK is an element of an international group, headquartered in the States. Often 'new' initiatives are old ones rebranded or have been being used for years in other companies. The work can be quite pressured and to get on you have to fit into the culture. Management is upwards. The hardest parts can be the many, many levels that must be taken through reviews and who then deny responsibility if things don't go rigidly to plan!

Quite secure, especially if you have the qualifications that are deemed to be required for a job level.
Pros
New building, car parks, reasonable commute, not London
Cons
Bureaucracy, bureacracy and bureacracy
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Avoid like the plague
Management (Former Employee) –  Glenrothes, Fife29 December 2016
Possibly the worst place I have ever worked! In stark contrast to the values communicated internally, the culture is one of blame, demeaning and disrespect.

Ironically the HR function endeavours to provide great training but it cannot be put into action due to the backward thinking, self-protecting organisational silos that exist. This matrix organisation is so broken, there is no positive tension to glue the matrix and organisation together.

There is a general lack of trust, encouragement and career development opportunities.

Working environment is unsuitable, it is most likely you will be placed in a cube farm with no windows. You will see no daylight for 6 months of the year.

Canteen is excellent!
Pros
Great canteenand benefits
Cons
People are set in their ways, management is 1970's
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The worst company I have ever worked for
Programme Manager (Former Employee) –  Glenrothes7 March 2016
I have always had a successful career but when joining Raytheon at Glenrothes I found quickly that the management were just bullies, the processes were non existent and the role was not as advertised. If you want to join as a project manager and be blamed for things completely outside you control, sit and produce 150 page powerpoints on a daily basis and have very demeaning managers who don't trust anyone to do anything then this might be the job for you. The resource turnaround is unreal. Within the 6 months I worked there I saw at least 10 people come and leave after a few weeks in the role and also others bullied to force to resign. You have been warned.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Career suicide
Scheduler (Former Employee) –  Broughton, Flintshire26 September 2017
If you're a PM professional that works to recognised PM methodologies, avoid Broughton at all costs. There's one guy who makes his own PM methods and processes up as he goes along whom the business and senior management seem to hold in high regard. He will not offer any training, mentoring or support into how he manages his 23,000 line item plan/schedule and will call your professional integrity into doubt. In my experience, you will be set up to fail and PM team will do nothing to support you
Pros
None
Cons
Unethical and discriminatory behaviour
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A good place to end your career
Principal Engineer (Former Employee) –  Glenrothes4 December 2014
Full of plenty of very nice, capable people, however, the culture strives for mediocrity due to an overarching emphasis on not spending any money. Many areas are run by a small number of enthusiastic individuals with the remainder providing the barriers to change. The main aspect of the culture is an acceptance of fire-fighting in all areas of the business.
Very little in the way of career development, you won't get any serious training & you will have to wait for someone to get hit by a bus or try to enhance their own career by leaving before you will see promotion.
It's a real shame, a lot could be done in this company if they changed their thinking. Recent top management changes have done little to help & initial hope amongst employees that it may bring about definite changes in attitude have been quashed by the usual round of yearly redundancies.
Having said all this, if you want a long term job (assuming you can avoid the periodic redundancies) that you can go to retirement on, this may be a good place to be.
If you're a person who strives for the ideal & looks for improvements then this would be a very frustrating place to work, you'll be tearing your hair out in no time.
Pros
Has a good canteen, loads of nice people
Cons
Fire-fighting culture; penny pinching management
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Lovely people but unproductive & frustrating
Senior Engineer (Current Employee) –  Glenrothes10 April 2012
Very frustrating to work in this company when previously employed in commercial sector. Ability to change is poor, new initiatives appear often but are left to die a slow lingering death (to the extent that everybody knows to show initial enthusiasm and after that they can then happily let it die). Management are capable but fail to create a drive & commitment from (very capable) employees that is seen in the best employers.
Little to no professional training, all is 'in-house' & of poor quality, nothing apart from 6sigma program would be of use in advancing a career.
Very little room for advancement, the glass ceiling is a common complaint - you'll have to wait for someone to retire to make a positive move unless you are a superb people stratagist. Otherwise you will be left to a Sysiphus like existence, doomed to repeat the same day at work time after time.
If you live near to the workplace & have no ambitions then this is the place for you.
Pros
nice people & good work, life balance as pace is so slow.
Cons
no career path & no professional training
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Dis-organised and confused company.
Engineering Manager (Former Employee) –  UK14 July 2015
Poor culture all round, difficult to implement new ideas and strategy, senior management talk about high level strategies yet fail to put framework in place to implement.

Note: Make sure you have very clear terms of reference before accepting a role in this organisation.
Pros
Good remuneration.
Cons
It, Office environment, lack of management direction, culture of fear and blame.
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Excessive work loads to very tight schedules
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  UK16 August 2017
Unrealistic work loads to very tight schedules
and unrealistic goals ?
communication internally poor as too many managers jockeying for results.
However enjoyed my time at Raytheon and would work for them again if the chance came my way
Pros
Its a Job
Cons
Long Hours and poor internal communication
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Innovative design work, with excellent support.
PRINCIPAL ANALOGUE DESIGN ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Harlow, ENG19 March 2015
Travel by road, with plenty of parking. The first tasks were to check e-mail messages, particularly those received out of hours from the USA. Relate these to technical solutions being pursued.

New methods of design, with excellent team management.

Support from co-workers was excellent, leading to good out of hours social activities.

Travel to work being limited to road, and finding it difficult for some managers, who were not technical, to understand the significance of some technical challenges.

The design freedom and support given to those design engineers solving challenging technical problems, and that effort being recognised.
Pros
Excellent pension and cateen.
Cons
400 plus miles between the two major sites.
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Productive with enthusiasm
Training Design and Development Manager (Former Employee) –  Havant (Nr Portsmouth)14 August 2012
A typical day would involve breifings to the team on work required to ensure the 'big picture' would be seen and better understood.
I learned many new aspects of the training environment at a high level which included, bid development, commercial development, managing multiple projects and marketing strategies.
My co-workers were always helpful; whenever asked about difficult areas of the business or helping me with areas of the business I did not understand, they always took time out to ensure I was fully conversant with each element!
The hardest part of the job was the long hours of research coupled with the disappointment at times of not getting the contract we worked so hard to bid for!
The most enjoyable part of the job was the comraderie between all of us and the willingness to get things done properly and professionally.
Pros
managing my own time and that of my analysts
Cons
long hours; especially with 2 hours travelling each day
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Avoid
Programme Manager (Current Employee) –  Uk18 November 2017
Loads of dinosaurs here that will never embrace new blood, ideas or change. Takes years to deliver a modification to the customer 2011-2017 and then they celebrate mod closure amongst staff after delivering 5 years late. Totally unprofessional and I’ve no idea how they’re still in business!!! AVOID
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Older more mature organization
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Glenrothes, Fife9 April 2017
Good experienced workforce and at times challenging organization. Good program management organization but can be slow to get things done. Work is mostly legacy platforms with minimal change in most areas.
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Not a nice place to work
Just a number (Current Employee) –  Glenrothes12 September 2016
Poor organisation yoy get a start date and nothing is set up for you supervisors and lead hands running about with no clue management look down there nose at you if walk past them understaffed in thw wrong areas to many people sitting at desks thinking they know whats going on and they dont a company thats only instrested in profits with no intrest in workers and dire comunication skills company wide
Pros
None
Cons
Management lead hands and supervisors are terrible at there jobs
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relaxed workplace
Operator (Current Employee) –  SCT7 August 2013
i enjoy the atmosphere in raytheon, everyone is friendly and helpful
Pros
good salary
Cons
long hours
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Good Company
Equipment Engineer (Current Employee) –  Glenrothes, Fife26 February 2017
Good company, Great staff. 37 hour working week over 4 days.
good training opportunities. Not so many career advancement opportunities. More than one business unit.
Pros
Good hours
Cons
Uncertain Future
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Genuine company, work hard, play hard
Corporation - Programme Manager (Former Employee) –  South West29 August 2017
Great place to work, team shared issues and pleasure points. The communications and training are exceptional for this day and age, as is the overall package and feeling of worth. I'm sorry I moved on and wish I'd stayed.
Pros
Feel good factors abound
Cons
Sometimes overloaded or knee jerk reaction driven decisions
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Secure but poor salary
Production Operative (Current Employee) –  Glenrothes, Fife14 January 2017
A secure job but wage after 11 years service isn't that much above minimum wage! Management is poor and not interested in listening to operators.
Pros
None
Cons
None
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brilliant
Catering Assistant (Former Employee) –  Kirkcaldy17 January 2017
really good to work for fun place and kind staff brilliant company gave you a good work life as I got weekends off people were responsible people
Pros
free lunches
Cons
nothing
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Relaxed, helpful workplace
Work Experience (Former Employee) –  Gloucester, Gloucestershire9 August 2017
I only did a 2 day work experience there. I learnt a couple of internet security techniques using metasploitable and pcmq. I did need to sign some security documents before I could go there.
Pros
Free drinks
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