Raytheon BBN Technologies Reviews

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  • Great people, and good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • BBN is a legendary research company and it's fun to work alongside such smart people (in 8 reviews)

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  • One of the senior management officials once told me that, in order to be successful at BBN, you need to possess "functional A (in 4 reviews)

  • The defense budget cuts have hurt, but it seems like we've hit bottom and are in a recovery mode (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Be prepared to be a programmer, no matter what your specialty is

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    Former Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The biggest "pro" is knowledgable co-workers who are willing to help if you just ask. The nature of the work can be challenging, so there are always opportunities to learn. The work is engaging if you already have a solid computer programming background (Matlab is a MUST for this workplace). Perks include flexible hours and an individual office.

    Cons

    It's easy to get overwhelmed when you are put onto multiple projects. Expect to spend extra time outside of work learning things outside your area of expertise (this may be a pro for some people). When the economy is bad, the company's bottom line suffers because it handles a lot of government contracts. That obviously has an impact on the quantity of projects and hiring practices. Upward movement seems pretty stagnant. It seems like people get to a position they like (or are extremely good at) and end up staying there as long as possible-- sometimes by choice, sometimes because they've been pigeon-holed.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Corporate Welfare at its worst

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great maternity benefits All Christian staff Good pay for not a lot of work Good Benefits

    Cons

    Most of what is classified is the fact that the work is a waste of taxpayer money Arrogant and Dishonest leadership If you don't have a PHD you might as well be dead Treat the parent company as if they are the enemy

    Advice to Management

    Assimilate with the Borg, resistance is futile


  3. Helpful (5)

    Great if you bring in work, or know someone who does!

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexibility - Pay is fair. - Benefits are good. - Growth is great if you bring in work (or know someone who does). Not so great if you don't. - Values scholarly work, but values money more.

    Cons

    - Will discreetly layoff employees - Good ole boy network - Very cliquish environment. Either you are in, or you are out. - Won't tell you that your job is in jeopardy. - Managers practice unfair or deceitful acts to eliminate employees who are lightly billable, or who are perceived unfavorably. - People who bring in work basically control the destiny (or fate) of those who don't.

    Advice to Management

    Quit living in an alternate reality, and kidding yourself. BBN is just like every other beltway bandit.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Well, it was a cool place to be.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people: Innovative, creative, vibrant. Lots of ways to connect with fellow employees both formally and informally. Easy place to create a network and see where it may lead.

    Cons

    Stagnant approach to business. Management is stuck in the rut of what worked 20 years ago must work now. On the employee side, too many are happy with what they used to do. Add to that the fact that 'Cambridge is the Center of the Universe' to those who work at the Center of the Universe.

    Advice to Management

    You better get past the 'There is BBN and then there is Raytheon' mentality real soon. You are now part of a huge conglomerate. Period.



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