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I have been working at Raven Industries full-timePros
Raven can be a fairly vibrant place to work. It depends, though. Raven has three divisions (currently, at least, because it used to be four), and they all operate basically like separate companies. I work for a remote site, so it's hard to speak to the culture at headquarters in Sioux Falls. All I can say is your experience will differ depending on where you find yourself.
It's worth mentioning that Raven has never skipped a merit increase while I've been here, even though our year-to-year performance is dropping, and belts are being tightened.
This could be considered a pro or con, but, even though work can be fast-paced at Raven, I think the people are pretty laid back and down-to-earth. Of course, there are always bad apples, but I think overall the people don't take themselves too terribly seriously, and I mean that as a compliment. Also, the work/life balance is good.Cons
First of all, the remote site where I work is being shuttered. So Raven is not doing well financially right now. Also, the vast majority of employees work at headquarters. This is probably common, but I would not highly recommend working at a remote site. All the glam and glory is at headquarters. You see on the inter-company video monitors how they are remodeling and moving into new spaces and hiring in Sioux Falls, while at your site, it's kind of an eyesore, there's little-to-no remodeling and upkeep, and for the past couple years, we have lost people and not replaced them.
Also, I don't think training and continuing education is too good at Raven. Now, it *seems* like it might be better at headquarters, but that's just a general impression. But from my end, not a lot of opportunities for growth and cross training. That is all up to you on your own time, in a way.
Also, I could be biased from my former employer, but I don't think the benefits are very good at Raven. In my case, they pay 78% of my health insurance premiums, and I have heard of other companies paying a lot more than that. Also, I'm not sure the health insurance options are top notch to begin with, but they're not bad, either. But coverage is not that good overall, considering vision and dental.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Raven Industries.Interview Details
I was contacted by Engineering Manager. First round was phone screen with programming questions and behavioral questions. I was called for on-site interview and had to do a presentation on top of technical. The interview lasted 4 hours Everyone seemed extremely friendly and professional.Interview Questions
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Quoth the Raven, "Reinforced plastic, electronics, flow control devices, and balloons!" Raven Industries' engineered films division does make reinforced plastic sheeting for various applications, including hot air balloons! Its electronic systems division offers electronic manufacturing services, as well as design support, material procurement and management, and eco-stress...
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