Raven Industries

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Raven Industries Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
20 Reviews
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Raven Industries President and CEO Daniel A. Rykhus
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  1.  

    Deteriorated, broken company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Raven has better benefits in the Sioux Falls area, where they are headquartered, as compared to other companies in town.

    Cons

    Leadership is severely lacking - from CEO to lower management. They say one thing and do another. Massive failures are buried under false propaganda of "success".

    Friends of management can be promoted from technician to director whereas smart, effective directors and executives can be demoted to irrelevance. Watch your back everyday.

    Layoffs happen every few months because management constantly makes costly mistakes. Newly acquired businesses are shut down. They appear to hide all of that to avoid negative publicity and publish big pages in local newspaper when they do somewhat okay in sales. Lot of fakeness surrounds this broken company.

    Quality does not appear important in this company. Most products are already behind competition. They can't play catchup because intelligent people are leaving fast.

    They produce so much plastic! For years they have been throwing plastic in the landfill. Now they have recycling system that helps, but just think - all this plastic they make is generally thrown away or put in/on the land. Your 10th generation will find it when they dig their yard to plant vegetables.

    Choose this company only if you have no other place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is incorrigible. The board must come to its senses and relieve entire top management and majority of directors over the next 2 years. Bring an experienced CEO who is in touch with reality and has guts to accept mistakes.

    Simplify your products. Get away from the plastic business. Sell off the balloon division and begin investing some of your core technology in renewable energy, data science and tools that expand farming rather than just helping the existing farms. Think outside the box. You guys have so little innovative thinking, management!

    Be truthful. Have the guts to admit your numerous mistakes. Apologize to the people you so ruthlessly layed off due to your failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Better than unemployment?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raven Industries

    Pros

    Great place to coast out till retirement. Casual, easy, never really felt challenged. Some good travel opportunities. Products are. ..interesting. some nice coworkers.

    Cons

    This is a company not solving great challenges. CEO and chain of managment downward are superficial to their employees. Strategy seems severely flawed particularly for the company RAVEN is (Take a look at last year's stock performance). Leadership focused on profits while laying people off during the holidays. IMHO , doesn't have technical capabilities to go places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great co workers and friendships made, company willing to spend money, ability to get training and equipment, great place to get experience and move on

    Cons

    Company doesnt reward loyalty or hard work, little room for advancement, politics involved in all decisions, management rhetoric not followed by themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    too political

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits some new management trying
     to make things better

    Cons

    knowing how to do your job, doing a great job and always being on your job including overtime means nothing with this company, just depends on who's pocket you are in, company will do well until they get competition then all the waste will drive them down will not be able to compete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do something about lower management they do not know the job that their operators are supposed to be doing expect techs to take care of everything including training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Production in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Raven Industries

    Pros

    If you are about to retire, this is the company for you.There is not a lot opportunity due to the fact of it being a company that is already matured. Company values experience, over skills.

    Cons

    Company doesn't follow it's open door policy. Command hierarchy, makes it difficult to advance in career. Very "Political" company, since they tend not to live up to their promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management anonymous review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not transparent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Raven Industries

    Pros

    Starting pay is good. Work isn't terribly hard most times. There is a "hurry up and wait" attitude most of the time.

    Cons

    Leadership and upper management is not very clear with the goals or individuals or even the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with your employees. Don't just hold quarterly meetings to show sales numbers and stock info.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Typical benefits package that is somewhat less expensive than average for the area.

    Cons

    Senior management is unprepared and unqualified for their positions. Lower level management is self serving and clique-y. Back stabbing and bad mouthing are standard procedure. Lay offs are common but done in such a way that it is never brought to the attention of the media. If you are over 40, watch out - there's a good chance you will be one that gets tapped for a lay off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanagement Causes Great Challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time

    Pros

    Raven makes great products with a great purpose and we are headquartered in a great community. These products are made in diversified industries which in theory should help maintain stability for employees across the organization.

    Cons

    Executive management is VERY short sighted and completely reactive. Leaders should be looking out farther than the next quarterly report. This desire to "hit the number" has most employees at EVERY level looking over their shoulder instead of focusing on producing. During tough times, I would expect a company with a good balance sheet showing no debt and plenty of cash to focus on their products, customers, and employees instead of how many people to fire to help the earnings report in the next quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging the short term chaos, manage the long term opportunities. Invest in growth opportunities now that will pay dividends when the market returns, its that old saying "buy low and sell high". You have an excellent rainy day fund, now is the time to invest in the companies future, not erode your teams confidence.
    If you need to reduce costs, be open and up front with your employees. Offer early retirement, attractive severance packages to those willing to accept them. After this, then you cut only were necessary for a 2-3 year outlook, not 3-6 months. What you have done with multiple layoffs in 2014 at all levels throughout the company has destroyed morale and productivity. I fear it is a matter of time until the culture of this great company is destroyed by infighting as everyone tries to save their job at the expense of the greater company good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If you want growth or anything other than a paycheck, stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Worker in Earth City, MO
    Former Employee - Line Worker in Earth City, MO

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    "Steady pay". A place to help you pay some of your bills if you're in need a pay check, in which we all are.

    Cons

    Notorious for lay offs. No room for growth. The security of your job is determined by management's ability to secure contracts in an era of business where people are outsourcing their work over seas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm honestly not sure if this company needs the departments that they currently have "management" in. There are two and three person departments that can be consolidated under one manager, but they will ignore that and will lay off an entire shift of individuals on the manufacturing floor instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The job is easy but most co workers are hard to get along with in EFD.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator I in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Operator I in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is great and the benefits are pretty decent the work is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Political atmosphere
    Long time employees are hostile to new employees for fear of being surpassed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New employees do not feel that what they have to say or suggest is heard. The company could save literally a few million dollars if they got took new ideas seriously and worked hard to determine if they are good options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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