Alliant Techsystems
3.0 of 5 125 reviews
www.atk.com Minneapolis, MN 5000+ Employees

Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.0 125 reviews

                             

58% Approve of the CEO

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

Mark W. DeYoung

(36 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Was awesome when I started; then corporate showed up

Mission Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)

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

ProsSpace Systems is interesting work, always changing and the worker bees were great

ConsSmaller locations get no viability from corporate. Seems like corporate has no heart at all.

Advice to Senior ManagementCan happen, but not a sure thing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good pay and benefits, difficult to move up.

Supervisor (Former Employee)
Roanoke, VA

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

ProsGood management pay and raises. Had a productive relationship with the labor union on site. Solid effort toward profit enhancement led to monetary gains for all members of management.

ConsDifficult to move up in management unless related to or friends with members of upper management. Friends and family will move up quickly; most others will not. Morale killer.

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Good company with average benefits.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsExtremely safety conscious. Try to do the best by their employees. Slow to hire, slow to fire.

ConsReally struggling implementing a lean culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds to figure out what truely adds value to the organization. Eliminate road blocks / systems that require effort to maintain and ultimately does not provide any benfits. Work with employees to show what a successful day should look and feel like.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OK

Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Corona, CA

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

ProsThey make some great products and can be challenging.

ConsThey buy out companies and turn them over. Our location was shut down. They are a little too big now to care about their employees on a personal level. Has become very corporate and political.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the little people who keep the company alive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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ATK is results focused, not people oriented

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Independence, MO

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

ProsATK is action oriented, results focused, and there are opportunities for hard-charging go-getters. At multiple locations ATK has very good Operations leaders (some of the best I've ever seen).

ConsATK has ittle to no career development or training. Leadership is ruthless when it comes to slashing costs / people, there is rampant cronyism. Because of the excessive levels of leadership and business group and division levels, ATK is highly political and the leaders spend more time searching for relevance than adding value. In fact, their constant quest for relevance creates huge amounts of non-value added work for the many levels below them.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time carving out dead wood in leadership, rather than focusing on the lowest-paid employees. Eliminate at least 4 levels of leadership. This will result in huge gains (tangible and intangible) for 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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Use to be a technology driven enterprise

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

ProsOk benefits. Still hires interns.

ConsCompany focus went from making high tech spacecrafts to producing cheap Chinese manufactured sporting goods.
Limited carrer opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to the board: vote out the CEO and his cronies, refocus on product development and technology.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work for a while

Lead (Current Employee)
Independence, MO

I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood medical insurance and benefits

ConsCompany is down sizing and forgetting about the employee

Advice to Senior ManagementPut workers where they belong

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company when I first started, but too much instability now.

Human Resources (Former Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

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

ProsBenefits are decent, pay is okay.

ConsNot many career advancing opportunities. Too much bureaucracy.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees, they often have a lot of good information to give. Don't micromanage.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay, but some of the business lines are in trouble financially

Lead Design and Analysis Engineer (Former Employee)
Brigham City, UT

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

ProsGreat pay. I made more money here than anywhere else I ever worked. Benefits are good. Work was interesting and exciting until Obama cancelled the manned space program and the shuttle retired

ConsLayoffs are part of the business due to high dependence on government projects. The Promontory plant, sometimes listed as being in Brigham City, is a long commute from any housing. The nearest town (600 people) is 23 miles a way. Roads are good and fast, but patrolled by police

Advice to Senior ManagementStop fooling yourself and your employees. Be realistic about opportunities in the space program

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

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Very interesting technically, but too much politics

Design Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

ProsThe work is interesting from a technical point of view. The work force is excellent. Lots of PhDs running around that you can learn a lot from.

ConsThe company is severely over-managed. It seems like there is one VP and a couple directors for every worker bee. The space systems has been in trouble since Obama took office and turned NASA upside down. ATK lost much of it's space business. All this results in a very political and depressing atmosphere.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire most of the upper management.

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

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