Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
165 Reviews
2.8
165 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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Pros
  • Great benefits, good pay and vacation including health insurance (in 13 reviews)

  • The company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company (in 12 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caring for your employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In order for a company to grow the management must lead by example in caring and love.

    Cons

    It is wrong for a company to control your vacation time to their advanage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should always put others before yourself especially in emergencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    start off great, went down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    coworkers, pay, when i finally get to leave

    Cons

    the benefits went up, the managers and so called "union " are to busy fighting over who can take money away from me the worker faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start treating your workers better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Totally no management skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The ability to work independently and work in zones

    Cons

    Little communication with management and peers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clicky!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You 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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Is 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management is the cause of RIF

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician 08 in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician 08 in Goleta, CA

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, good insurance and 401k.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    ATK in Clearwater is Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    see the above. There are way too many managers at ATK

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely the biggest waste of six months spent in my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Clearfield, UT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Clearfield, UT

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers 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 ManagementAdvice

    Upper-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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lean Manufacturing and Micromanaging on steroids.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Extreme 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid ATK. Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There 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

    Cons

    first 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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