Mission: Solve Great Challenges
Congratulations to Production Supervisor Annjeanel Marshall, our January Team Member Spotlight winner! Annjeanel demonstrated a great passion for quality, working many early-morning hours to help the Raven Aerostar team meet key deadlines for our customers. Read more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ3X0 #RavenInd
Congratulations to Engineering Technician Rich Schmit, our December Team Member Spotlight winner! Rich played a key role in starting up automation capabilities for Raven Aerostar's newest production line in Madison, SD. Read more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ3Xc
Today, our purpose to Solve Great Challenges is bold and authentic; it keeps us grounded in markets that have meaning, provide profitable growth, and align with our values. We are focused on these Great Challenges:
Today, Raven is organized into three business units. We embrace an integrated approach, where all operations support each other, sharing knowledge and best practices.
Raven Applied Technology delivers impactful technology to growers and custom applicators around the world. Deeply committed to feeding a growing world population, Raven develops precision agriculture products that promote environmental stewardship, allowing farmers to grow more with less.
Raven Engineered Films provides high-quality flexible films and sheeting that solve demanding containment challenges in the field. With a focus on protecting Earth's resources and preserving asset value, Raven develops lighter, stronger film and sheeting solutions that integrate sustainable environmental design practices for long-range performance.
Raven Aerostar shapes the stratospheric platform market with the world's most advanced and reliable lighter-than-air technologies. Over the course of more than 60 years, our stratospheric design and development have made long-duration missions in the stratosphere possible.
For over 60 years, collaboration, creative thinking, and problem solving have been woven into all that we do. While Raven is organized into distinct business units, our team members work together as One Raven.
What makes Raven a great place to work? Our people, and the values we share. From the top down, Raven's leadership sets the tone for our culture — living our values each day. We believe in collaboration, accountability, and always striving to improve. Our team members work hard together, and they have fun together. As a service-oriented organization, we serve and support one another, and we serve the communities in which we operate. Above all, our team members care about one another — and we care about them.
Raven has always been a lean organization that wins by being nimble, making courageous decisions, doing the right things, and pitching in on whatever needs to be done. Our team members embrace and strive to uphold our values each day. These long-held principles have guided the company for decades, from the strategic development of our business to the daily actions of our team members.
It's our strategy to aggressively compete on four Dimensions of Competition: Quality, Service, Innovation, and Peak Performance. Deeply connected to our culture and values, Raven's four Dimensions of Competition are the foundation on which we separate our company from the competition. These are not initiatives that come and go; they are enduring values — and a testament to our commitment to continual improvement.
Our Dimensions are woven into every aspect of our businesses, and the results are easily seen in our day-to-day life at Raven.
We believe each team member should have the opportunity to perform to one’s full potential. Experience has shown us that when we do it allows us to better serve our customers, our communities, our fellow team members, and ourselves. As an employer, we believe it is our responsibility to help our team members find opportunities for continuous improvement and ongoing success.
Raven U is a one-stop shop to discover the available training and development opportunities available to Raven team members. Raven U offers numerous educational classes, programs, and activities that focus on leadership development, functional skills, compliance, volunteerism, and personal development of our mind, body, and purpose.
Beyond our own offerings, team members have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in training and development activities outside of Raven. Whether it is a sponsored leadership program or a financial training course, several team members are involved in non-Raven program and trainings.
Knowing time can be a barrier to accomplishing personal and professional development goals, Raven offers the gift of time to team members. Each year, team members receive 12 hours of paid Peak Time to use to assist with and encourage an exploration of techniques to improve one’s mind, body, and spirit. Team members use this time to explore Raven resources, engage in a stretch activity, or embrace a healthy lifestyle change.
Learn more about Career Development at Raven.
Our robust program offers business learning sessions, connects interns across the company, and pairs each intern with both a supervisor and a Raven mentor for guidance and support.
Over the course of the summer, our interns meet weekly to hear from a Raven leader on a range of topics designed to increase business acumen, deepen knowledge and understanding of Raven values, and prepare for upcoming job opportunities.
Raven interns do real work, collaborating with our full-time team members as well with as one another. From the very first day, our interns come together for onboarding, orientation, and tours of our facilities. We also host social events for our interns to get to know one another, strengthening their relationships. We have interns across the company, which means they're located across the U.S. and beyond. For our satellite team members, we use powerful online collaboration and presentation tools that enhance visibility and communication.
Raven interns are assigned both a supervisor and a mentor when they arrive. Throughout the internship, the intern's supervisor and mentor guide projects, immerse interns in the Raven culture, and provide meaningful feedback and guidance.
Wondering what an internship at Raven is really like? Visit our website to hear from a few of our interns about what they work on and what makes Raven internships unique.
I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)
Raven has three major divisions that are quite different from each other, I work in the Applied Technology Division, so I will speak to that division, but many of these points apply across the company.
There is healthy balance and understanding of the values of getting a product out the door as fast as possible, and quality engineering.
Continued education, growth, and development are promoted. There are many incentives, such as extra classes or leadership programs that are available. A large portion of our talent is cultivated and promoted from within the company.
Health and fitness are promoted from the top. Raven has excellent workout facilities along with fitness classes throughout the day for employees. It's even possible to run into the CEO working out on occasion over the lunch hour.
The facilities and "feng shui" of the HQ building are very nice.
It is not too difficult to move around, either to other divisions, or different aspects of what you are working on. For example one could move between hardware design, embedded firmware, RTOS, application level code, and web development.
Great location, next to the river, bike path, downtown area, and falls park.
I have no cons that are worth mentioning. The company is always changing, there have been poor managers in the past, but right now, in ATD, things seem to be going well.
Advice to Management
Thank you for putting in your best effort to make this a great company for the long haul.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Raven Industries (Round Rock, TX).
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.
Career Advancement Program
Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being