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Raven Industries President and CEO Daniel A. Rykhus
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good Ole Boy system - Disfunctional organization"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Manager in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest most talented engineers I have been around.

    Cons

    Worst leadership I have ever been associated with, protectionism within the leadership team.
    Performance does not matter at Raven, when push comes to shove the "core inner circle" will be there until the end.
    Employees do not trust the executive leadership team.
    Company does not uphold their own values statement.
    Treats their customer base poorly.
    Knowingly ships bad product to customers to meet budget numbers.
    Company says they want change but then don't follow through, scared of change.
    Not compassionate, say they are employee friendly but actions don't show it.
    HR exists more as a legal department to protect the company from employees, not there as a resource for the employees.
    Not Veteran friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves... nothing to advise, they won't listen anyways.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Neat Technology, Poor Performance."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top notch Team Members, neat technology opportunities.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and business transformation over the last few years. Culture transition has not met expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Re-capture Team Member trust that has been lost over these last few years. Recent leadership re-alignment may not have gone high enough.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "A sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, felt challenged every day. Pay was decent, so were benefits. Was a great place to work until the corporate kings and clods mentality took over.

    Cons

    The upper management is downright reckless. Built themselves a palace. Then closed plants laid off many hundreds of people. Went from stable to a revolving door within a year.

    Advice to Management

    Clip some golden parachutes and clean out the palace.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Deteriorated, broken company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Raven has better benefits in the Sioux Falls area, where they are headquartered, as compared to other companies in town.

    Cons

    Leadership is severely lacking - from CEO to lower management. They say one thing and do another. Massive failures are buried under false propaganda of "success".

    Friends of management can be promoted from technician to director whereas smart, effective directors and executives can be demoted to irrelevance. Watch your back everyday.

    Layoffs happen every few months because management constantly makes costly mistakes. Newly acquired businesses are shut down. They appear to hide all of that to avoid negative publicity and publish big pages in local newspaper when they do somewhat okay in sales. Lot of fakeness surrounds this broken company.

    Quality does not appear important in this company. Most products are already behind competition. They can't play catchup because intelligent people are leaving fast.

    They produce so much plastic! For years they have been throwing plastic in the landfill. Now they have recycling system that helps, but just think - all this plastic they make is generally thrown away or put in/on the land. Your 10th generation will find it when they dig their yard to plant vegetables.

    Choose this company only if you have no other place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Management is incorrigible. The board must come to its senses and relieve entire top management and majority of directors over the next 2 years. Bring an experienced CEO who is in touch with reality and has guts to accept mistakes.

    Simplify your products. Get away from the plastic business. Sell off the balloon division and begin investing some of your core technology in renewable energy, data science and tools that expand farming rather than just helping the existing farms. Think outside the box. You guys have so little innovative thinking, management!

    Be truthful. Have the guts to admit your numerous mistakes. Apologize to the people you so ruthlessly layed off due to your failures.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Better than unemployment?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to coast out till retirement. Casual, easy, never really felt challenged. Some good travel opportunities. Products are. ..interesting. some nice coworkers.

    Cons

    This is a company not solving great challenges. CEO and chain of managment downward are superficial to their employees. Strategy seems severely flawed particularly for the company RAVEN is (Take a look at last year's stock performance). Leadership focused on profits while laying people off during the holidays. IMHO , doesn't have technical capabilities to go places.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great co workers and friendships made, company willing to spend money, ability to get training and equipment, great place to get experience and move on

    Cons

    Company doesnt reward loyalty or hard work, little room for advancement, politics involved in all decisions, management rhetoric not followed by themselves


  7. Helpful (3)

    "too political"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Raven Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits some new management trying
     to make things better

    Cons

    knowing how to do your job, doing a great job and always being on your job including overtime means nothing with this company, just depends on who's pocket you are in, company will do well until they get competition then all the waste will drive them down will not be able to compete

    Advice to Management

    Need to do something about lower management they do not know the job that their operators are supposed to be doing expect techs to take care of everything including training

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Production in Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Production in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are about to retire, this is the company for you.There is not a lot opportunity due to the fact of it being a company that is already matured. Company values experience, over skills.

    Cons

    Company doesn't follow it's open door policy. Command hierarchy, makes it difficult to advance in career. Very "Political" company, since they tend not to live up to their promises.

    Advice to Management

    management anonymous review.


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