Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 48

Raytheon Co.

Waltham, Mass. [New England]

Why you want to work there

IT workers at this Waltham, Mass.-based defense contractor feel a special connection to the warfighters on the front lines, knowing that the systems, products and services they provide must always perform. Employees also support many external initiatives, including Raytheon's MathMovesU program (to help keep middle school students interested in math and science), the Raytheon-developed U.S. STEM Education Model (the first-ever simulation tool for science, technology, engineering and math education), the Team America Rocketry Challenge and the Raytheon-designed Sum of all Thrills exhibit at Walt Disney World (an interactive, math-based exhibit to help instill children with a passion for math, science, technology). New this year: The company created RSpace -- a internal social networking environment to foster interaction across the company. This social media software integrates profiles, bookmarks, communities, activities and blogs into a single user interface. In 2009, the company implemented a program called the Partnership09 awards to provide a simple way for IT professionals to be recognized in the areas of partnership, respect, bureaucracy busting, front-line leadership and diversity. Nominees receive a personalized note from the CIO and, depending on their contribution, a gift card. At the end of the year, the IT leadership reviews all entries, and one nominee in each category is recognized at an annual awards dinner. This is in addition to the prestigious Excellence in IT awards. Top trainer: In 2009, Raytheon IT professionals completed more than 85,000 hours of training. Top technical courses included SAP and ERP systems, lean thinking applied to IT, IT-business processes, program management and IT security.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 28

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 67,600

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 2,657

IT employee turnover in 2009: 4%

IT promotions in 2009: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 3

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $770

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 28%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 29%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 20%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 14%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 22%