Working at Raven Industries | Glassdoor

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

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

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 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


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.

At Raven, we aspire to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. This purpose drives the work and passion of our team members, and it unites our businesses. For over 60 years, we’ve collaborated together, learned together, grown together, and served together. Discover a career with Raven, and help us solve the world’s next great challenge.

At Raven, we are proactively investing in education because we believe the need is great, and we believe we have excellent opportunities for students who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) employment fields in particular. However, this commitment goes beyond job opportunities. We support education in our communities and schools through charitable giving, as well as by participating in STEM events, providing meaningful internships, and hosting job shadow opportunities.


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.


Engineering Career Day is an interactive educational program that is centered around the fields of Engineering for high school students at all levels. Students participate in a one-day session designed to gain exposure to business leaders, hear from Raven team members, and explore real-life applications of the various disciplines of Engineering.

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer/Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

We also welcome students with varying interests in technical experience and/or an undecided career path.


Manufacturing Career Day is an interactive educational program that is centered around the fields of Manufacturing for high school students at all levels. Students participate in a one-day session designed to gain exposure to business leaders, hear from Raven team members, and explore real-life applications of the various disciplines of Manufacturing.

Manufacturing Career Day is tailored for students who are good with their hands and enjoy solving problems. Candidates may have an interest in manufacturing operations or one of the following job types:

  • Operator
  • Assembler
  • Production Technician
  • Production Supervisor
  • Welder

Raven Industries Reviews

Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Raven Industries President and CEO Daniel A. Rykhus
Daniel A. Rykhus
24 Ratings
  • Featured Review

    "Great company, great benefits"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time


    Great team members, sense of family after working there for so many years


    Small company, narrower path to advancement

    Advice to Management

    Keep challenging your team members, keep up the good work.

See All 44 Reviews

Raven Industries Photos

Raven Industries photo of: Raven Office
Raven Industries photo of: Raven Team Members Collaborating
Raven Industries photo of: Raven Engineered Films Manufacturing
Raven Industries photo of: Raven Headquarters Rooftop Deck
Raven Industries photo of: Raven Headquarters
Raven Industries photo of: Raven Headquarters
See All PhotosSee All

Raven Industries Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Raven Industries.


    Simple process. Applied through email to a hiring manager, had an interview with them, later met with a member of the development team at a career fair for a simple and friendly technical interview, then got a job offer shortly after. All happened within the span of a month.

    Interview Questions

    • Just asked simple things about experience with languages, team work, and experience with Linux. Also asked about important or notable projects so far in school.   1 Answer
See All 10 Interviews

Raven Industries Awards & Accolades

  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2012
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2011
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2010
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2008
See More

Work at Raven Industries? Share Your Experiences

Raven Industries
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
Click to Rate