Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
160 Reviews
2.9
160 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
Mark W. DeYoung
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, intelligent people, large infrastructure in aerospace products. Work life balance is reasonable, benefits are industry average (some better, some worse). Their 401k offering is above par, good health benefits and employee discounts.

    Cons

    PTO is combined vacation/sick, which isn't great, but average. Wide variety of maturity across sites, leads to some lack of process definition and teaming. Work atmosphere was a bit haphazard at times, with nebulous goals & way too much focus on metrics that didn't really mean anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees need support, and don't just expect they have everything handled. Look at providing more process maturity & consistency across sites, organization & divisions. Stop managing from above with useless metrics and start understanding what's going on in the business. Get rid of the "yes men/women" and the buzzword bingo toting managers. Cultivate real talent and push the penny pinchers & micro-managers aside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The job is fine, management is iffy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV

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

    Pros

    You work with explosives, flexible start times, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    To much interoffice politics! (but this is likely everywhere in today's employment)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People who actually work their whole shift should receive a positive rating. Those who only work half their shift should receive a poor rating.

    Address problems with the person or persons who have the problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Started out great but now Lake City is falling apart.

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    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are decent, they start you with over three weeks vacation in the first year. We used to get bonuses based on realistic goals.

    Cons

    They change your schedule multiple times a year. Management is now a holy terror. Mandatory overtime is now just part of your regular schedule so you can forget about family time. They continue to try and outsource our jobs. Management has set goals so high that they are unattainable given the equipment that we have and the lack of support groups (maintenance, electricians, engineering, skilled trades) Our best skilled trades have left to go elsewhere for better work environment and opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees right. Settle on a contract with the IAM so Lake City can get back to churning out world class ammo made in the heartland instead of outsourcing our jobs and trying to micromanage us into oblivion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Thoughts on ATK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst

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

    Pros

    Pays well, need more business

    Cons

    Benefits seem to get worse every year. Pension keeps getting cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worked for ATK in the following business groups: Composites and Launch Systems.

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    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work for the most part. Worked on the cutting edge of some processes and technologies.

    Cons

    Frustrated when working with the government (defense) and ATK project managers working on government projects. They are slow to respond to requests for changes.
    Ignore issues and problems associated with products and manufacturing processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Top down overweening management that provides little more than bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work. Nice location. Minimal whip cracking.

    Cons

    Management's self importance. Leadership is largely parasitic, at it's best when it does nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 80% of yourselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Good, the bad, and the wasteful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    They provide good pay and solid benefits package for salary & wage. Work has been steady and dependable for many years. They also have assistance for continuing education, which unfortunately many employees do not utilize. The company does not push this very hard though.

    Cons

    Biggest complaints are lack of clear communication and utilization of resources. Due to significant diversification, company missions are generalized with very little top down communication. This may change with coming spin off. Very often mid level managers to local directors won't share info because they themselves have none passed to them, that's a problem. Also, while a technical division, they believe engineers do it all, from engineering, to IT, to administration. If you do not have engineer in your education title somewhere, don't bother. If you do, many doors are open. From a company standpoint this seems wasteful as many quality individuals leave because of this lack of opportunity despite actual expertise in an area, and many people getting approved educations must leave when complete to find placement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better informed and share that info in a relevant manner. Recognize potential and proper skill application, not only titles. Things would perform better if 90% of quality talent was not in perpetual exodus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good projects and opportunities, but future is unknown

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT

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

    Pros

    Excellent co workers, tools, opportunities for learning. Pretty good compensation package, but all salaries in Utah are low compared to other states.

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't really know what their direct reports do on a daily basis. Lots of uncertainty coming with the Orbital merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are nervous and worried about the future. Stop the excuse of "we can't say anything" and share some facts about what the next year might look like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stable company with good products, but little to no employee development or advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I worked in the corporate office when it was in Eden Prairie. Very reliable, consistent work.

    Cons

    No employee development or advancement. A person above would have to retire before someone below was promoted. No training opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Department level managers should spend more time helping their people create professional development plans that align with department goals. This would help make the EADT review tool more useful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineers that do the work are treated as second-class citizens

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good amount of PTO grandfathered if Swales employee before ATK purchase.

    Cons

    Engineers that do the work are treated as second-class citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same as most comments about upper management...remember who does the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

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