Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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  1. Seek employment else where

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fabrication Tech in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Fabrication Tech in Beltsville, MD

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paychecks are on time and most work areas are climate controlled.

    Cons

    The company has seen 4 lay off's in the past year. They don't offer any formal training so if you don't come into the job and are able to pick it up immediately they will most likely get rid of you. They are only concerned with how cheap they can run the operation and the upper management is out of touch with how the processes actually work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and they will drive your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Production in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Production in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    Good hardworking employees, decent wages

    Cons

    No respect for employees. Not appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good money, some good people. 9/80 work schedule means every other weekend is a 3-day weekend.

    Cons

    Information is coveted by individuals and not shared unless it is demanded. Projects are not well managed, which leads to a lot of "by your pants" planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an atmosphere of collaboration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. it was ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    the hours were great and that was the best part i guess. It was monday through Friday and it was first shift.

    Cons

    management some of the management were not good with people and or they did not have the proper experience. one manager in particular ran off numerous employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no thanks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good pay does not make a job good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keyser, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keyser, WV

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. On-site gym and cafeteria, co-workers nice, working hours good, pay is good for the industry.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, very little support from upper management to provide programs with adequate people to get work completed. Unions push management around. Upper management will relentlessly push sales requirements with no avenue to reach the goals. Women are a minority and rarely part of the good ol boys network. Favoritism runs rampant. Bonus can range from insulting to surprising. Procurement system is incredibly broken and no one with authority will fix it. No real value added professional training. Attitude seemed to be common on plant that upper management is a joke lacking honesty and empathy. They seemed to think that everyone should be happy to have a job that pays pretty good and that is it. The plant no longer has the support it once had with Senator Byrd and has continued to decline in amount of opportunity and contracts since Byrd died.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horses and treat the people that make your products successful and make you money with more respect. Fix the procurement system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Review of Corp. HR - Orbital ATK merger

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedule - 9/80 (Although, that will not continue after the close of Orbital ATK merger)
    - Competitive benefits

    Cons

    - Low morale across the company due to merger with Orbital Sciences
    - Non-existent talent recruitment
    - Lack of trust in Corporate HR
    - Inconsistent performance management process - rarely enforced, and its use varies across deparments. I was told by HR staff to "make up" goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mergers contribute to a challenging work environment. - employees are concerned with keeping their job and adapting to change. However, HR did little to communicate the transition process or make themselves available to employees with questions. In fact, some employees still do not know whether or not they have a job with the new company. HR is completely desensitized and demonstrates a disregard for employee morale.

    This promotes a poor work environment. I advise management to reconsider its outreach strategy. Otherwise, retention will be very low and Orbital ATK risks losing talented staff.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Incompetent Management, Brilliant Engineers, Everyone Terrified.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY

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

    Pros

    -amazing technology, able to develop products that launch
    -machine shop, test facilities and design engineering capabilities all on site

    Cons

    -corporate management is consistently a joke
    -top down hierarchical culture
    -inability to appropriately plan match people's skills to projects
    -severe underbidding on multiple projects hurts valued customers
    -people screaming at each other is allowed - lack of professionalism is rampant from top down
    -everything is a secret - communication is terrible
    -nobody ever explain the "whys" or has a vision of the future
    -no strategic direction, site management is a puppet to the larger organization
    -human resources is a joke - they do not care or monitor that people are unhappy
    -morale is terrible, high degree of nepotism
    -everyone is scared of losing their job, people are just waiting to be fired to collect their severance
    -questionable "bonding" with the PMs on the government side - when your gov't customer gets a DUI after they've been out with you and the company then I think there is a severe cultural problem propagated and encouraged by the site head because they are too scared to actually enforce ethics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is one of the few times where I actually think that a high priced consultant is necessary. Hire McKinsey and clean house of the terrible middle management.
    -Sorely lacking good leadership- develop a leadership development program
    -Offer optional buyouts that are greater than severance. If you did the calcs then you would save a lot more money on overhead.
    -Actually develop your engineers' skill sets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Space Systems has interesting projects to work on.

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    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average,
    Lean Initiatives used to run the business
    Great people to work with overall.

    Cons

    Merger with Orbital led to several layoffs
    Promotions slow and raises low to average.
    Management is running the facility too Lean.
    Not enough Technicians & Inspectors, necessitating a lot of overtime, leading to tired, burnt out staff.
    Training overall is below average which means lots of mistakes, rework, repair and scrap.
    Equipment is dated overall and not enough to do the jobs efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the Talk
    Cut the catered all hands meetings in the parking lot and put the money towards sufficient staff, training, state of the art tools and equipment to do their jobs

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

    Technically challenging, career & responsibility advancement awful

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    For technical careers, there can be some good challenges which keep a person motivated. Benefits were good particularly the health care. Typically, the 'tools' used for a job function were very good.

    Cons

    Promotions are practically non-existent. Chaos with constant re-organizations of management and business groups make it difficult to establish a relationship with a supervisor. Some severe micro-managing inhibits individual development as well as the company excelling beyond its current technical capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing. Delegate and allow individuals to be accountable. Recognize and reward expertise.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Strong performance results, weak future planning

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    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

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ATK Space systems, tall windowless building located at 16707 Via Del Campo Court, San Diego, CA?
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