Raytheon BBN Technologies

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
66 Reviews
3.4
66 Reviews
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17 Ratings

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.  

    Great for technical employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Disorganized, unwillingness to change, lack of business minded individuals, limited growth for G&A employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take ownership of Raytheon acquisition and help ease the process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many management changes and issues.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies

    Pros

    If you're lucky to have a good manager/supervisor, you can work on some really interesting projects and feel like you're contributing to something important.

    Cons

    Management often doesn't have a very good sense of how best to use their employees. I got tired of sitting on a back burner, being told that they didn't know what to do with me. I had no opportunity for personal or career growth. Due to the constant changes within the company, people just kept getting shuffled around, just to make ends meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some serious training on how to improve management skills, and to try to maintain some better consistency within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company, used to be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

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

    Pros

    good people to work with, interesting projects

    Cons

    raytheon is taking over, projects are becoming less interesting, management has no direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    In decline

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

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies

    Pros

    Great technologists and knowledgeable experts in everything computer related.

    Cons

    Hidebound management living off of a proud past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow downward spiral since purchase from parent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Impressive history and achievements. You'll be able to work on a broad variety of projects with talented staff. The culture is unique, and the president knows you by your first name. There's an emphasis on education with a great tuition reimbursement program - take advantage of it. Good 401K match. Headquarters has a gym, cafeteria, parking.

    Cons

    Most will have limited upward mobility. There seems to be a general lack of business acumen. If you're junior and you need a lot of hand holding, seek employment elsewhere. This is a sink or swim environment. The biggest negative is the parent company's continued forced influence: health insurance costs have risen; a barrage of never ending mandated training requirements; bureaucratic tape with any exception to a plethora of rules; the unique culture is eroding.

  7.  

    Over, all a good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies

    Pros

    work/life balance
    flexible scheduling
    learn new technology

    Cons

    no clear direction from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your employees informed

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Use to be great, now in sharp decline

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation relative to similar positions at other companies. Multiple bonus plans. Flexible hours. Everyone gets their own office. Work is very interesting.

    Cons

    Benefits are in sharp decline since Raytheon has started asserting dominance. Persistent fear of being laid off because of lack of work. No plan, strategy, or vision to grow business beyond government based contract R&D to offset losses resulting from DoD budget cuts and sequestration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business model of depending on a limitless stream of money from the government for R&D doesn't work anymore. Find a new business before Raytheon dismantles the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent for personal growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a self starter and ambitious this is a great place to work. The talent is top notch. The projects and topic areas you'll work on will change frequently.

    Cons

    There is wild variation in the experiences of junior staff across the business units of the company. Middle management will influence your experience at BBN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    how about a salary review? keep it real.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people solving challenging problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Pleasant experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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