Raytheon BBN Technologies

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
58 Reviews
3.8
58 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Smart people that are fun to work with (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • General fear in the air regarding the aftermaths of being acquired by Raytheon (in 3 reviews)

  • support mechanisms to help with career advancement, and the minute your billability drops too low, they're more than willing to lay you off (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Smart people solving challenging problems

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    True meritocracy, where talent is rewarded and managers are held accountable
    Diverse and ever-changing work so you never get bored
    Smart people that are fun to work with
    Competitive salaries and benefits
    Well respected within the government research community

    Cons

    Raytheon purchase is slowly changing company culture and eroding employee confidence and loyalty
    Short-term focus on profits
    Different business units compete instead of working together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop Raytheon before they kill the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pleasant experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, and good work-life balance. People are self-driven and above average smart. Projects are typically short duration: on average 1.5 years per project, and 3-4 team members. So its a dynamic environment with constantly new projects/skills required, and its experimental to the most part.

    Cons

    The nature of DARPA business is small projects, short time span. This means over time you change a lot of projects, and you don't get to follow through on projects and make an impact- even though the quality of the work is top notch in most cases. Its just the project lifecycle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Interesting research projects, professional satisfaction, flexible hours, easy working environment.

    Cons

    Pace of the company is a bit slow, compensation is not great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Top of the class engineering, threatened by Raytheon bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work on medium-sized, interesting projects. Smart colleagues, easy information sharing. Easy going pace compatible for family-work balance. Competitive salary. Flexibility to pursue projects that are of interest to you if you can find a sponsor.

    Cons

    Diminishing job security as federal budgets fluctuate. Integration with Raytheon adding bureaucracy and diminishing some benefits. Deep geek culture appears to be fading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep BBN independent from Raytheon as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very smart people who are also great co-workers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Some schedules are too aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good culture is a very valuable asset not appearing on any balance sheet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunities to become competent across many technologies, the work is varied.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you can bring in work, they'll support you in carrying it out. A PhD with an agenda and good ideas can go far. If you don't like a project wait a year and something new will come. 40-hour weeks are common.

    Cons

    Promotions can be hard to come by, you could have a whole career and only be promoted twice. Billability is king.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Once 5 stars, rapidly going to 1 w/ purchase by raytheon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Good projects. Hard work and once was visionary. They buy you the equipment that you need. Senior people given a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Swiftly becoming Raytheon in a horrible place to commute to unless you take the 'T', and even then a long walk. Benefits are rapidly becoming, "go see a local witchdoctor". Rapidly becoming a place where people are constantly laid off and all the smart people are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight to keep BBN not Raytheon. Support your people working on cutting edge technologies. Go private and save the name while it is still worth something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A long career of technical challenges and stimulating work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    BBN is a very diverse environment technically. I've worked here for 20 years in three different departments on a wide array of technologies, both commercial- and defense-related, including vibration-based machinery diagnostics, load measurement instrumentation for deep water oil platforms, speech recognition systems, and cyber security. When I got bored with one area there was always something else for me to jump into. The best part of BBN is the people. BBN is made up of hard-working, smart technologists, many with advanced degrees. The culture is great too. It's collegial, everyone gets their own office, the hours are flexible, the pay is competitive, and we are incentivized to bring in business. You can work on what you want as long as you can find a client for it. While there is a lot of "sink or swim," BBN does make an effort to train younger staff how to develop business. Upper management is also making a concerted effort to stay on the cutting edge of technology and recognizes that to do so we need to continue to hire the best and brightest.

    Cons

    The defense budget cuts have hurt, but it seems like we've hit bottom and are in a recovery mode. We are a consulting firm so there is pressure on everyone Scientist and above to generate business. The good part of that is that you can work on what interests you as long as you can get a client to pay for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep our identify separate from Raytheon. Do a better job marketing BBN so that we can continue to attract great people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great for internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Collegial environment, lots of fun activities and events, good place to have interesting research. People here ,especially manager, are really working hard and leading the group well. Interns have their own cubes.

    Cons

    Some of the research groups are lack of funding and ultimately.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place for an intership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Collegial environment, and ideal place to do very interesting research. Publishing is encouraged, and research collaborations can be extended well past the internship. Oh, and PhD interns get their own offices!

    Cons

    Overt dependence on the defense research budget. With the recents cuts, some groups are suffering for the lack of funding. However, they recognize this and are expanding into non-defense areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue diversifying away from the US DoD funding sources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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