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Raytheon BBN Technologies Boston Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  • The business market is tough, but current senior management doesn't appear to have any bright ideas to get us out of it (in 6 reviews)

  • Some rough times integrating with parent company, but they will get through it (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience as a contract employee"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Annotator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Bilingual Annotator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work; flexible hours; great manager who gave employees the freedom to work independently

    Cons

    Very low pay (I was a contract employee through Randstad).

    Advice to Management

    None - I had a great experience with management.


  2. "Amazing team, great company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting problems, super friendly approachable colleagues, outdoor cafeteria, beautiful neighborhood to enjoy on a break, parental leave (3 months)

    Cons

    Clunky internal tools, recent cuts to benefits

  3. "Good place to start out"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive colleagues.
    Reminiscent of academic setting.
    Interesting work solving real problems.
    Excellent location (Cambridge, MA).
    Good work-life balance.
    On-site gym and cafeteria.
    Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Security can be a pain to deal with.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "G&A"

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    Current Employee - G&A in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - G&A in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really smart, good people and interesting work that matters. Great work life balance, decent benefits, although they used to be better.

    Cons

    RTN has had a negative impact--more bureaucratic bs than ever before, more process, and rules that slow people down and annoy them, but it's still a way better place to work than most.

    Advice to Management

    Resist the borg!


  5. "A great place to learn, not so great to stay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work on challenging problems with smart people. Collegial and ethical work environment.

    Cons

    Poor opportunities for advancement. The only way to get respect is to write winning proposals, and the deck is heavily stacked against you because BBN does nothing to discourage two departments bidding the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable for managing well, not just winning business.


  6. "Staff Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing research and projects. Some people are really intelligent. Medium size company. Good to start career with.

    Cons

    Lot of upper management and mentors leaving.
     Mostly dependant on defense related projects and single client. Things are changing though.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to employees and I know it's hard, but try to maintain the top level gurus and scientists .


  7. "BBN Technologies"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced technology company with a great history. Now under the Raytheon umbrella. Interesting benefits.

    Cons

    It seemed to me that high-level decisions were being made by Raytheon, not in-house. Like other defense contractors, can be tricky to work for non-citizens.

    Advice to Management

    I hope BBN can keep its own culture and company going, and not get swallowed up by Raytheon.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "a unique environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on a variety of technologies; chances to move between projects and groups to learn about new fields; top-notch people; good work/life balance

    Cons

    Projects are driven by the needs of the customer (for the most part, the US Department of Defense) so the focus is often quite specific and not as "academic" as other labs; because a lot of the work is for the DoD (and some of it is classified) it can be hard to publish or collaborate with people outside the company due to export restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    The acquisition of BBN by Raytheon may destroy BBN. The people who came to work at BBN chose to come to BBN instead of a company like Raytheon because they liked the small company, everyone-knows-everyone, low-bureacracy, no-nonsense, get-it-done environment. The more BBN becomes like Raytheon, the less reason there is for anyone to go to BBN; if you want to work for a company like Raytheon, you might as well go work for Raytheon.


  9. "Networking and Communications Intern Review"

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    Current Intern - Networking and Communications in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Networking and Communications in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment
    - Great benefits
    - Great people

    Cons

    - Very introverted at times


  10. "raytheon bbn technologies"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    an opportunity to work with some of the best minds

    Cons

    business can fluctuate a lot based on contractual ups and downs

    Advice to Management

    be more informative to employees


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