Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
148 Reviews
2.8
148 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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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.  

    Process Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Interesting Work
    - Good Pay
    - Obtained real world experience as a process engineer by diagnosing a machine issue that caused a rejected part to be accepted

    Cons

    - Not a lot of work laid out for me
    - Didn't get to use a lot of engineering knowledge
    - The project assigned to me was never fully assigned and explained
    - Out dated work areas (Old desks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the capabilities and strengths of your employees. Allow more work to occur between Product Development and Manufacturing so that they don't "butt heads" as much as they do now.

  2.  

    Great people. Too political.

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Work environment was the best ever.

    Cons

    Many of the managers ignored the superior performers and rewarded the "dead wood"!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable and ask them to think outside the box for additional projects that may save people's jobs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Beltsville

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Interesting product line, high quality

    Cons

    Feast or famine as far as work goes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An improved planning as to build and product support, Just in Time manufacturing is nice but costly in time when their is an issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    ATK is a good company to work for, but be prepared for continual changes.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineering
    Current Employee - Design Engineering

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

    Pros

    Technically challenging work that pushes the envelope for shock hardening and extreme temperature operation. Your work helps create products that help to defend our country or protect our troops. 401k plan matches all of first 3% contributed and 1/2 of next 3% contributed. In addition to the 401k, the company kicks in up to 4% as a non-elective contribution based on age and years of service. Pay raises are decent.

    Cons

    Moving up in your career is a slow process. Pension plan ended in 2013 for all new hires going forward. Benefits are slowly eroding over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the talented people within the company and grow them. Hire from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disjointed, like many companies this size, but overall a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Awesome manager to work for and with
    Awesome IT folks to work with
    Change is encouraged
    "right people, right time, right job" or something like that

    Cons

    Stuck in the dark ages in some ways
    CIO so stuck on security, forgets that we need access and hardware to get our jobs done.
    Work load is unbalanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head our of the clouds and listen to the workerbees. Quarterly All Hands are a waste of everyone's time. Just send us your little video update so we can get back to work, because I like to see my family every once in awhile. Or better yet, lets move towards telecommuting. We're spread all over the country anyway. And get a CIO with common sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for. Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Woodland Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good work environment, good co-workers

    Cons

    Bonuses are hit or miss, Job title structure is lacking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Great job if you like commuting.

    Cons

    Uncertain business model in light of todays economy.

  9.  

    Good company, great people, but Defense industry outlook is pretty bleak

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    Former Employee - Mission Assurance Engineer  in  Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Mission Assurance Engineer in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Top-notch engineers, exciting projects, good support from managers, lean focus throughout organization. Decent work/life balance (9/80 schedule: every-other-Friday off; flex hours). Good pay, benefits.

    Cons

    Constant stress and "re-org fatigue" due to on-going realignment within the Defense Group. Long-term outlook for the group is not too great at the moment (much better for the Sporting Group and Aerospace Group).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More two-way communication (less one-way/directive); more support for continuous improvement activities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, fun product lines, good people

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    Current Employee - HR Generalist
    Current Employee - HR Generalist

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and ability to progress in job. Helpful for job progression if available to relocate

    Cons

    Can be slow to respond to business needs. Cumbersome corporate policies and proceedures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    great pay, good communication with immediate supervisors, willing to train and willing to give you time for personal stuff. job was fun. liked all my bosses and co workers!

    Cons

    jackholes in utah, nasa is going down the tubes.... sob. sob, upper management does not seem to understand what they need to do. corporate HQ is halfway across the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pray that nasa gets more cash.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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