Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
148 Reviews
2.8
148 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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47 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Strong performance results, weak future planning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Able to purchase ammunition at a low cost

    Cons

    The company changes directions so often, every year in May expect a RIF.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good products, terrible management seems to be the theme

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ

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

    Pros

    They pay well, their products are good. At the lower levels, they have some really good and talented people at every site.

    Cons

    Management from the top to the bottom is terrible. Constant changes, decisions made based on little or no data, and a good 'ol boys club of who gets advanced. Customers constantly tell me they hate working with ATK but the products are good. It's a make-the-numbers-first company, so know that if you go there. And the numbers weren't looking that good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some accountability for your poor performance. You aren't doing the employees any favors, and if the job market was better more would be leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    POOR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people; poor management

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen; you don't have a monopoly on the good ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

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

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

    Pros

    Good engineers and technology - innovative projects

    Cons

    emphasis on delivery over quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management not being truthful to the government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Manufacturing engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Work 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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wouldn't Go Back

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Direct 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.

    Cons

    Daunting 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Started out as a decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great be providing support to our warfighters.

    Cons

    Not so great to be working for company that has such little regard for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, bad environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Awful 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Neat place to work, but poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with firearms.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    U.S. Government needs to boot ATK and put Remington back in there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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