Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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3.0 136 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung

Mark W. DeYoung

(40 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company(in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good pay and vacation including health insurance(in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to move up in management unless related to or friends with members of upper management(in 15 reviews)

  • High overhead, poor management in an extremely competitive low growth industry(in 6 reviews)

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    Marketing Director (Former Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsYou get to work with ex-military and ex-police, it can be very inspiring
    You get an inside view of how to work with the DoD
    If you are passionate about hunting and the right to bear arms, this is the place to work!
    Process improvement is very prevalent, and they invest in training, consultants and anything else needed to be an efficient, well run company

    ConsIt is still a good old boys club
    Lay-off are a norm
    They are not shy to promote people but also to get rid of them if they do not perform right away
    If you are not into hunting or guns, you will be in your own island

    Advice to Senior ManagementIs seems no one knows what the other division/group/category is really doing, may be try to foster more communication so all levels feel they know what is going on?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Management is the cause of RIF

    Engineering Technician 08 (Former Employee) Goleta, CA

    ProsGreat pay, good insurance and 401k.

    ConsToo much focus on lean manufacturing; pushing the meaning of family or employee family out. There is no more camaraderie between staff, no more happy BBQ's, no more happy holiday events just everyone out for themselves. It is now a survival game. Too make matters worse, ATK's promise to hire and keep VETRANS employed is now our the door. I, being a war vet of 10 years, worked at ATK for 7 years in Goleta, CA was laid off with 16 others in March 2014, without warning. Now, I am lost, with out words of respect nor compassion for this so called a veteran support company. As EDD said, SHAME ON ATK!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo ahead and close Goleta, CA find out just how much we as family mean to each other!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ATK in Clearwater is Sinking Ship

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsPay if you negotiate it good. Otherwise, it can be below industry average. People are nice in general as long as you do not point that something can be improved because it automatically means it was designed wrong. As long as you do not go against the grain they will be nice to you.

    ConsIn January, 2013 15 employees were laid off.

    In September, 2013 19 salaried employees were laid off.

    In March, 2014 11 salaried employees were laid off.

    ATK in Clearwater lost a big program because of not meeting deadlines, lying to, and hiding faulty design from the only customer they have. Right now, almost half the employees are on overhead charge number which means they are waiting to get laid off. Everyone who is hard working and contributor already left or is looking for job somewhere else and wants to jump out of the sinking ship. ATK in Clearwater used to have good reputation, but now its reputation is the lowest ever. Managers blame each other with no idea how to secure new contracts. The so called most experienced engineers here are just trying to collect as much as possible before retirement working at the slowest possible pace. Too much frustration around here while poor management and corrupted engineers try to hide faulty design from the only one customer they have. Too many dinosaur engineers very angry and hostile to coworkers. Run away from this place. Actually, you do not have to because they will not be hiring for decades to come.

    Advice to Senior Managementsee the above. There are way too many managers at ATK

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Absolutely the biggest waste of six months spent in my career

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Clearfield, UT

    ProsGreat peers to work with, but watch your back with a few of them

    ConsManagers were so disconnected and unconcerned with your activity until they had new ideas that were never communicated in the original scope. Old manager hired me and then left weeks later; new manager came in and treated me worse than any manager and let me go two weeks before Christmas. What company does that?!

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper-level management needs to develop a better company culture that follows what their code of conduct says they follow. Also need to not worry about losing the "rotten eggs in the basket" that are there collecting for retirement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once a Great Place to Work, Now Getting Worse by the Day.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-There are still some great people working here: talented, hard working, smart. Many have left, but there are still some great ones trying to hold it all together.

    -The amount of Paid Time Off (PTO) is still pretty good, especially if you've been with the company at least 5 years (but they have been chipping away at this and with the workload, it's really hard to TAKE the time you have; "losing" vacation is a common problem)

    Cons-Management has lost all appreciation for the workforce and has no understanding of what motivates (or de-motivates) the people getting things done

    -Completely under-resourced for the work going on

    -Morale among employees is incredibly low (between the schedules that eliminate the hope of work-life balance, and the insults and berating from management)

    -Benefits have been chipped away bit by bit over the years

    -Career growth and opportunities have diminished to nothing

    -No training

    -Increasing layers of middle managers who do not perform value-added work and often lack the skills to even step in and take on sporadic tasks to balance work loads.

    -Forced bell-curve ranking system

    -If you are lucky enough to get a raise (which most people weren't last year), it will be tiny

    Advice to Senior Management-Shed the arrogance and the layers of middle managers who don't actually perform work.

    -If you're going to preach "lean" and "efficient" ask yourself how efficient it is to constantly have the people who are actually doing work stopping to prepare for and attend meetings that are only for the benefit of informing management--not for accomplishing tasks.

    -Understand that insults and reprimands from task masters in management completely undermine productivity--respecting and valuing employees and the wealth of knowledge many of them can bring to a team is going to deliver far better results.

    -Lose the ranking system

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lean Manufacturing and Micromanaging on steroids.

    Electrical Technician (Former Employee) Independence, MO

    ProsPay, benefits, and they pay for tools and uniforms.

    ConsExtreme micro managing, long hours, harassment, no training program, no communication from management to the workers, no communication amongst employees, morale low, war going on of union coming in, human resources using lies to lure people in, zero training when brought in, no engineer on evening shift.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Avoid ATK. Run away

    Engineer (Current Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsThere are no pros for this company except the pay you negotiate it right before taking the job. For Christmas, you get a full week off. Lay offs will be a norm for this place for at least several next years

    Consfirst week in September, 2013 they laid off 19 salaried employees in Clearwater. So, now they are down to ~150 employees from 190 just four years ago. More lay offs coming soon. The management has no vision and do not know what to do next. They won programs by under bidding, and now they have no clue how to finish them within budget.

    Advice to Senior Managementreplace almost entire upper management, stop protecting and awarding employees who do not contribute much but they are your friends

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not sure who's running whom with this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Independence, MO

    ProsInteresting environment, ever changing, good challenges on a day-to-day basis. Competitive market makes you want to bring your A-game daily. Company expects this and needs it in order to stay successful in a challenging environment. Even with my poor experience, there are a few superstars in this company. I was fortunate enough to have a few interactions with those people.

    ConsMost of ATK's facilities are contracted facilities. Hard to tell who is running the show, the company, or the incumbents that ATK kept around when they took over the company. The fatal thinking here is that these incumbents are invaluable. While that may have been the case in the past, sticking with tired, narrow minded workers that think the corporation is run by idiots is no way to stay ahead of the competitive curve. It's shown in their results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRun the company as you know it should be run, and take that all the way down to your individual facilites. No one is so important that they cannot be replaced. From the CEO all the way down to the guy on the line. One vision, one direction, all working towards that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    RUN

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you are white, male and military this is the place for you

    ConsOTHERWISE RUN like hell this place is full of old white men

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Worst Ever

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThe experience I gained there from working with mechanisms is very applicable to mechanical engineering. For the most part the co-workers are really nice and helpful as management doesn't have a clue as to what direction they are heading from one quarter to the next.

    ConsThe management changes on a constant basis to try to fill the positions vacated by people that are either asked to leave or leave on their own behalf. The average tenure of an engineer in the department I worked in is less than 5 years due to the decisions that management has made on restructuring the company. There is no formal training program for engineers and when mistakes are made as a lack of training, they are spoken to with little respect. I believe this (department) has a short future and will be sold off soon due to the high attrition rate, poor choice of leadership and constant change of direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a plan and stick with it! Hire managers with experience not because of the good ol' boy system. It takes more than free turkeys and coffee mugs to make employees happy. I had a friend interview with this company and they say that there is no way that they would take the job based on the attitude and feedback of the phone interview which was impersonal, unprofessional and arrogant at best. Seniority should be based on experience in a position not who is available to fill the seat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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