"[We're] in the business of making the electronic guts of a range of weaponry."
– Thomas Phillips, Chief Executive (Boston Globe, May 25, 1989)

IBM 3090, DEC, HP
Electronics Large shop


Raytheon Company is a diversified company active in electronics, aviation, appliances, industry services, and publishing. There are three Boston-area divisions. The Missile Systems Division designs and manufactures ground-, air-, and ship-launched missile systems including the Patriot missile. Headquarters is in Bedford, Massachusetts. The Equipment Division's activities include air traffic control, satellite, and radar and ship systems. Division headquarters is in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The Submarine Signal Division, based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, provides sonar systems for ships and submarines.

Raytheon was founded in 1922. The company has 76,000 employees worldwide, with 34,500 in eastern Massachusetts. Corporate headquarters is in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1988, 55.3 percent of the company's sales were to the federal government. Raytheon is publicly-held. Revenue in 1988 was $8.2 billion.



Hardware includes IBM 3090s, DEC VAX, and HP 1000 systems. Operating systems include VM, MVS/XA, UNIX, and ULTRIX. Programming languages used include COBOL, Ada, C, FORTRAN, and PASCAL. Additional software used includes IMS/DB/DC, TELON, DFP/XA, ORACLE, ROSCOE, and ProMod.

There are 1,700 computer professionals at Raytheon. They work in scientific engineering applications for electronics systems and internal business applications. Job titles in the scientific engineering area include Member of Technical Staff, Software Design and Development Engineer, Senior Software Design and Development Engineer, and Principal Engineer. There is a dual career path for individual technical contributors and technical management. Job titles in Information Processing Systems (ISP) include Associate Programmer, Programmer, Senior Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Senior Programmer Analyst, Division Business Systems Specialist.

One division recently installed a paperless factory automation system throughout its plants. Another recent project was the development of real-time software for space-based signal processing systems.


Computer professionals work in Bedford, Tewksbury, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Wayland, Massachusetts and in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Smoking is permitted only in specified areas. The need for travel varies. The need for overtime is generally minimal. Raytheon is proud of its technical innovation, the quality of its manufacturing processes, and its commitment to the highest ethical behavior. They feel they offer computer professionals interesting projects, excellent educational opportunities, competitive pay, and outstanding promotional opportunities.

Raytheon observes 11 holidays. They offer 2 weeks of vacation to start, 3 weeks after 5 years, and 4 weeks after 15 years. The company offers medical insurance, disability, dental insurance, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a pension plan, and a stock ownership plan. The company contributes to the 401(k) accounts of employees who participate in the plan. The company offers employee rebates on Raytheon appliances and matches employee college contributions.


Raytheon looks for candidates who can work independently and who understand systems integration. Candidates must be able to communicate well and be able to develop and implement new ideas. A degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Business is preferred. The average computer professional has 17 years of experience and a Bachelor's degree.

Raytheon does hire entry-level computer professionals, preferring those with a Bachelor's degree in a related area. New employees are found through college recruiting, employee referrals, open houses, ads, and employment agencies. Raytheon hires 250 computer professionals in a typical year.


Letters are preferred.

Employment Manager

Raytheon Company

Missile Systems Division

Hartwell Road

Bedford, Massachusetts 01730

Equipment Division, Hager Facility

1001 Boston Post Road

Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

Submarine Signal Division

Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

Copyright 1991. Vandamere Press. Covin’s New England Computer Job Guide