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Updated July 20, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Exciting, fast paced start-up developing cutting edge technology"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Never a dull moment
    - Developing new technology with a highly efficient team
    - Fun work culture where everyone is contributing to the success of the program
    - Fast paced environment where progress can be measured daily instead of quarterly
    - Not bogged down by bureaucracy
    - Each employee has a great deal of responsibility to contribute to the team

    Cons

    - It's a start-up , so it is expected that you will be providing value to the organization. If you aren't, you won't fit in here.
    - Each individual has a greater degree of responsibility than a typical large organization, this can either be empowering or debilitating depending on your mindset.

    Advice to Management

    Do not relax the hiring requirements because of timing implications. Mediocracy should not be accepted.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing culture, great products and smart people"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm with Rivian for more than a year, amazing Experience !
    - Silicon valley culture.
    - Exciting product lineup.
    - Filled with smart people.
    - Offers good employee benefits including 401k.
    - Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Location was earlier at San Mateo, but now moved to San Jose.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Much talk less progress with a lot of good people"

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    Current Employee - Structure DRE in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Structure DRE in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are nice.
    Didn't have politics before which has started recently.
    Good product with a future.

    Cons

    Too much talks and requirement writing.
    Some executives want one vehicle to do everything with have no knowledge what it costs to do so.
    Plans change everyday. Some of the changes hurt Rivian hard. People know but they don't say for job security.
    Quick hire quick fire is pretty common.

    Advice to Management

    You are heading to tough time. Plan on surviving.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Team, Great Culture, Great Product"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Plymouth, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible team built around talented and dedicated people

    Energy-filled environment with no politics

    Killer product with robust technology

    Leadership team with vision supported by engineers with resolve

    Cons

    Fast-paced development can be intense for some people not accustomed to a go-fast mentality

    Implementation of new technology is not always straightforward

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push the limits - a game changing vehicle can only be the product of innovation in all areas of vehicle design and engineering.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Energy Storage in Irvine CA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people & highly motivated
    Collaborative multidisciplinary team
    Super cool products with cutting edge technology,
    No politics, great leadership, great office atmosphere

    Cons

    Fast paced, innovation driven, result oriented - not for everyone


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - High Voltage Battery Technician in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - High Voltage Battery Technician in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated, agile, experienced team, work is fast paced and there is opportunity for Rock Stars. And yes, there are Rock Star salaries.

    Cons

    There can be a feeling of chaos at times however the main purposes are usually clear and you just have to accept it. Schedules are changed and you may be asked to deliver goods to meet the schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open and reward those who sacrifice for meeting company initiatives.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time

    Pros

    Environment: The company believes in and fosters teamwork, and strives to be uplifting in the way it treats people. Curiosity is encouraged, and the opportunities to stretch are openly available. There is constant effort on big picture focus.

    Work: With the automotive industry on the brink of a series of major disruptions, the company is actively engaged in developing technology and business solutions that address not only today's automotive needs, but anticipates also the needs of a future with massive potential. Rivian is engaged in business, engineering, manufacturing, data science, and R&D activity in areas including autonomous driving, large-scale rechargeable batteries, Mobility as a Service.

    People: The company sets a very high bar when it comes to asking skilled and knowledgeable people to join its ranks. In addition, they must have the additional qualities of treating people with respect, being progress-oriented, having active listening skills, thinking big, allowing first principles and values to drive actions. Of course, hiring mistakes are occasionally made, but the company appears to react very quickly when they do occur.

    Cons

    Mid and lower-level goals are constantly shifting to accommodate the dynamic natures of a start-up companies and major industries undergoing significant changes, which can lead to a lack of rigidity of assignment definitions and their deadlines.

    The company has an unlimited vacation policy.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "IT Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and a fun environment

    Cons

    Chaotic, not for people who want a "turn key" job


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rivian full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture seems to be good at first, but not followed internally

    Cons

    Lots of politics and bottlenecks with work...I would not recommend if the person does not have least 8-10 years experience.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Place"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livonia, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rivian full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Team, Great Culture and Work.

    Cons

    Can't think of any so far.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the good work.


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