Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 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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    Worked for ATK in Plymouth, but upper management located in West Virginia - obviously a bad situation for all!

    Design Engineer (Current Employee) Plymouth, MN

    ProsThe fellow engineers and analysts are good at what they do and are good people. The building is well maintained and the free coffee/tea is welcome. The benefits are par for a small defense company.

    ConsPOOR MANAGEMENT! Example: if you run out of work to do, the section lead wants you (engineer) to run around and ask for work - this is not the case in most companies. In most defense or aero companies the section lead finds the work for the engineer. The company is mostly defense, which means that the work flow varies as a roller coaster. Be prepared for layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be closer to those they mange, either move the operation to Rocket Center West Virginia, or move management to Plymouth - this is a necessity. Also, section leads (middle and lower management) should take more of an interest in their charges - they need to understand that management should manage - it is not realistic to expect employees to run around looking for work from other employees.

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

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    Great people; poor management

    Engineering (Former Employee) Northridge, CA

    ProsFor the most part, the employees are skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated. The salary growth for younger personnel is good as they are valued and well treated. Although the benefits are relatively good, lately they have been reduced every year and employee contributions have grown.

    ConsThe Woodland Hills/Northridge facility is not managed well. Older employees tend to be ignored and their contributions are under-recognized or not acknowledged at all. Often hiring is done from the outside with key positions filled by less skilled and capable personnel than some already employed. The facility is run by “personalities” and promotions tend to be made based on the perception of political loyalty instead of competence and capability. Although the leadership solicits diverse approaches and opinions they have proven to be uninterested. If provided and contrary to management’s preferred approach, the employee is likely to be labeled “not a “team player” and marginalized. Although there are documented processes and procedures, many are poorly written, provided for guidance only, and rarely followed. Within the Engineering organization, process audits are too top-level to be of any real value.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen; you don't have a monopoly on the good ideas.

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

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    Mixed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood engineers and technology - innovative projects

    Consemphasis on delivery over quality

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management not being truthful to the government

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

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    Manufacturing engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork with a cool product and support our troops. Coworkers are fun to work with. They also offer good benefits and work with you on flextime

    ConsToo much upper management and politics. No career opportunities. Overworked, well understaffed for the projects ATK has signed up for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wouldn't Go Back

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Greenbelt, MD

    ProsDirect supervisor was a good boss to work for. He cared about employee concerns, but would hold people accountable for poor work. Co-workers were willing to help and offer advice as needed. Education reimbursement program was well put together compared to other employers.

    ConsDaunting lack of training for new employees. Learning curve was steep considering most methods and practices were proprietary and couldn't really have been learned elsewhere. General disconnect between top level management and rank and file engineers created an "us against them" mentality between regular employees and leadership. Unclear career advancement path, it seemed a lot of people were stagnating in their career and waiting to go elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Started out as a decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat be providing support to our warfighters.

    ConsNot so great to be working for company that has such little regard for its employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange

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

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    Good pay, bad environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay is very good depending on what area you work in and is better than most other companies I've seen.

    ConsAwful environment and the threat of layoff is constant. Coworkers will constantly smile in your face, talk bad about you behind your back and do whatever they can to work against you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think upper management needs to be more interested in what the people actually doing the work has to say. They don't care about what the workers have to say and it is very obvious.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Neat place to work, but poorly managed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Independence, MO

    ProsYou get to work with firearms.

    ConsToo many to list. Avoid this place like the black plague, because most prospective employers do when you try to look for work elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementU.S. Government needs to boot ATK and put Remington back in there.

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

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    Great products, horrible culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mesa, AZ

    ProsThe product line and customer base are top notch (military munitions and global militaries.

    ConsThe culture and work environment is miserable. There is no room for innovation or original thought, no matter how much sense a new idea may make. The emperor in this organization still thinks he is wearing beautiful clothes.

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

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    worked there for 13 years and have had no real good reason to stay other than the pay.

    Senior Supervisor (Current Employee) Independence, MO

    Prosright now there is no good reason to work there they are cutting back in every department

    Conssame as above they are in the down turn of the busines cycle

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

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