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Raven Industries Overview

Sioux Falls, SD
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (RAVN)
Industrial Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) is dedicated to providing innovative, high-value products and solutions that solve great challenges throughout the world. Raven is a leader in precision agriculture, high-performance specialty films, and lighter-than-air technologies. Since ... Read more

Mission: Solve Great Challenges

Company Updates

  • 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: #RavenInd

    Team Member Spotlight: January 2019 - Raven Industries

    Congratulations to Annjeanel Marshall for being named January's Team Member Spotlight winner! Annjeanel was awarded for excellence in the category of Quality.

  • 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:

    Team Member Spotlight: December 2018 - Raven Industries

    Congratulations to Rich Schmit for being named December's Team Member Spotlight winner! Rich was awarded for excellence in the category of Innovation.

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Raven Industries – Why Work For Us?

Raven was founded in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1956 as a designer and manufacturer of high-altitude research balloons for the American space program to help solve the great challenges related to space exploration. From that single product line, we grew into a successful and highly diversified technology company.

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:

  • Feeding a growing population by improving agricultural efficiency around the world
  • Protecting our natural resources
  • Saving and improving lives through advanced situational awareness
  • Connecting the world

Raven Businesses

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

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

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

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.

Each day, Raven team members answer the call to Solve Great Challenges. Raven is powered by the people who boldly mix drive, courage, integrity, and innovation into the focused ability to solve great challenges.

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.

  • Engineering staff who invent, design, and customize our advanced products and solutions
  • Sales and technical support staff who partner with our customers and work with them in the field to ensure their success
  • Manufacturing team members who build our products from the ground-up, focusing on quality every step of the way
  • Professional and administrative staff who manage the organization and support daily operations at all levels

While our values have endured for decades, Raven's history of success is the direct result of our extremely talented and hard-working team members.

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 Values

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.

  • Integrity: Honest, reliable, and steadfast
  • Authenticity: Genuine and trustworthy
  • Courage: Willing to stand up for what is right
  • Service: Proactively meeting the needs of others
  • Humility: Embraces ongoing improvement and empowers others to succeed
  • Drive: Bold and thoughtful action with a clear sense of purpose

Dimensions of Competition

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.

  • Quality: Exceptional quality is built into each product at Raven. Our focus on quality connects us to our customers, ensuring growth and retention.
  • Innovation: Thoughtful innovation fuels long-term organic growth within each division at Raven. As we collaborate on new ideas, our company, team members, and customers and propelled forward.
  • Service: Outstanding service is essential to our success. At Raven, we create a competitive advantage by understanding, anticipating, and delivering on the needs of those around us.
  • Peak Performance: Peak Performance is our commitment to prepare ourselves as individuals as well as a corporation to be our best.

Our Dimensions are woven into every aspect of our businesses, and the results are easily seen in our day-to-day life at Raven.

Raven places a high priority on the continual professional and personal development of its team members.

Reaching Your Full Potential

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 University

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.

  • Opportunities Outside of Raven

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.

  • Peak Time

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.

Raven is committed to providing a quality internship program that gives you a chance to apply your skills, develop your talent, and contribute to meaningful projects. Across our company, Raven interns do real work that impacts our business — in fields like engineering, IT, operations, marketing, sales, business development, finance, and human resources.

Real World Experience

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.

  • Business Learning Sessions

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.

  • Connecting Interns Across the Company

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.

  • Supervisor & Mentor Support

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.

An Inside Look

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.

Raven Industries Reviews

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Raven Industries President and CEO Daniel A. Rykhus
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sioux Falls, SD
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

    Great Culture
    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.

    Other Pros
    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.

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Raven Industries Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Round Rock, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    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.

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Raven Industries Awards & Accolades

  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2010
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2011
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2012
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2008
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Pledges & Certifications

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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