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Raytheon BBN Technologies Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, decent benefits, although they used to be better (in 15 reviews)

  • Work on challenging problems with smart people (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Upper management is old school and has a particular promotion path that everyone needs to abide to (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing team, great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "G&A"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Rome before the fall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, great work life balance, on site gym. Further you are away from main site politics the better this job.

    Cons

    Political backstabbing, smearing of colleagues, show adoption of new technology, reliance on nepotism to win contacts. If academia was a company this would be the result.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the business win incentive as it turns good engineers into salesmen. Integrate further with parent company. Lower cost to customer.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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. Helpful (3)

    "a unique environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "raytheon bbn technologies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Almost a 5-Star Rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved working at this company for the 6 years I was there. The company culture is an invigorating blend of intelligence and innovation.

    Cons

    I wouldn't have really had anything to put here, but the layoff process could not make me feel worse about their HR dept. I did not feel like this person was on my side at all, and more like she was working against me.
    This will be my last interaction with this company as I would not work there again for this reason, and it leaves me with a very bad taste in my mouth, and turned my otherwise 5-star review into a 2.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flex hours, cheap cafeteria, easy to take time off. Everyone has their own office. It's really relaxing and stress-free to work here.

    Cons

    Slow work pace. How good of project you have depends on your team. Distant management. Sometimes you feel like you're a bit isolated.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Dangerous Combination of Arrogance and Ignorance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Raytheon BBN Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An S&P 500 company, with comps and perks. You will retire peacefully when you are 25.

    It's also known to be the third campus. Indeed, long long time ago, there was famous luminaries worked in the company before. You can brag about them in parties.

    Cons

    Several reviewers have mentioned these points before but I don't mind to repeat them because the company has serious issues.

    1, If you are not writing contract, your life is similar to peasants in middle age. You worked a lot but your merit is constantly stolen.

    2, The review system is still based on stack-ranking. They always try to differentiate the best and the "best"er. The result is there is a constant outflow of good people. The management is very proud to say we always new young people. The truth is many decides to live after a few year or even few months.

    3, If you are unlucky, managers are very aggressive to push you and take up merits in the process. There are benefits of going to school but you were constantly discouraged from learning.

    4, There is no open-minded feedback system. I remember there was one "feedback session" with the then-CEO, we were asked to speak out questions which were pre-written. There was no conversations. Employees cannot add more in the process.

    Lastly, I don't think everyone is evil within the company. But if a company has system which breeds so many issues. It tell you quite a lot about the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be open-minded to feedback, nurture new people. Care about the process but not the product. May be BBN can be a good company again.


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