Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 60

Raytheon Co.

Waltham, Mass. [New England]

Why you want to work there

This Waltham, Mass.-based defense contractor doesn't leave diversity to chance. Its IT Diversity Team was chartered to help build an inclusive culture that recognizes uniqueness, empowers each employee, values all contributions and contributors, and leverages its diverse workforce to maximize the company's competitive advantage. A Communication and Change Leadership Team connects the global IT community, and a Learning Leadership Team leverages expertise, best practices and resources across businesses and corporate organizations. Company leaders encourage the adoption of new technologies in cybersecurity, virtual worlds, service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, IPv6 and Six Sigma, among others. Tech track Professional growth for top technical talent is nurtured in the "IT Fellows" track, in which cross-business and cross-functional teams foster new ideas while sharing technical knowledge, staying current and getting to work with other star performers. Formal recognition programs include the annual Excellence in IT Awards as well as achievement and spot awards. Peer recognition programs like IT Honors and the Partnership awards allow IT employees to commend colleagues for outstanding conduct. An Excellence in Engineering Technology Award culminates with a dinner at the Smithsonian in Washington with the CEO. Outstanding performers often are selected to work with emerging technologies. Other perks include external educational opportunities, like leadership training at MIT, Babson University and other schools.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 36

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 65,025

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 2,396

IT employee turnover in 2010: 7%

IT promotions in 2010: 15%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $906

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 29%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 26%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 21%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 14%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 23%