Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
157 Reviews
2.8
157 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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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.  

    Great personnel and great company ideals

    Former Employee - Tool Engineer
    Former Employee - Tool Engineer

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people who work here are very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. There is a strong sense of teamwork and sharing company goals. The company also holds true to their ethical practices and company quality policies. They intend to meet or exceed customer requirements and expectations. Additionally, their testing facilities are top-notch and they continually improve on the quality of their products.

    Cons

    I did not make note of any cons due to the short time that I was with the company.

  2.  

    Not the Layoff factory described on non-ammunition side

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Small and responsive. Not as cumbersome as the larger Raytheon type companies. They try to run lean and keep people that can deliver even riding overhead with longer term perspective.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the resources of the big boys. Training and tools can be limited but they make sure they have the tools you need even if not the one's you'd prefer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When engineers on staff want to persue new technology and capabilities make the effort to support the effort. The payoff could be huge and anyone driven to go after a new capability is probably aware of their industry progress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked with incredibly motivated and impressively educated/experienced technical teammates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Come for the projects stay for the people. Hardworking teammates make the workdays flyby. Some days it hardly feels like work.

    Cons

    Challenges are much like any other large company. Hardworking extroverts get noticed. Analytical introverts must force themselves to temporarily take on an extrovert persona to champion their cause.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just an intern.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible hours, provides an excellent team atmosphere. The work environment provided by ATK was extremely efficient, safe, and motivational.

    Cons

    All in all, I can't think of a single con. I was hired as an intern, was paid well, respected, and learned a plethora of valuable information.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    ATK is an excellent place to work. If you want to work on leading edge products and projects this is the place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    ATK is a great place to develop and broaden your skills. If you are willing to step up and stretch yourself you will get to work on really challenging and rewarding projects.

    Cons

    It isn't really a con, but you must be comfortable with change. There is a lot of change as this company is willing to try different things and course correct when things don't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to venturing into adjacent and new markets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Cutting edge technology

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

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Defense industry downturn tough times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep winning contracts!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work few openings right now.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Magna, UT
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Magna, UT

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Great boss. Great place to live.

    Cons

    ATK has lost contracts of late. We need more contracts.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    People On The Move

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Very fast paced environment allows the "quick study" employee to gain a lot of experience very fast. The only limit on growth potential is that placed on the employee by themselves.

    Cons

    Government contracts are not permanent or guaranteed. This is offset by the company retaining its best employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more diversity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work here, you won't be sorry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    This is a fantastic company at which to work. They have a great senior management team, and it flows down to all levels at the company. You know where senior management is taking the company, why, and what it will take from you to help it get there. Each employee is held accountable to helping reach the company's goals. I worked on research and development programs. ATK has well westablished methods of running research and development program. From the initial proposal, to executing on the program, to managing the risk -- you will see how a research and development program should be run. You will work with a team of people that are happy to be there and excited about what they are doing. You will feel like a valued member of the team. I worked here for 8 years -- I saw it grow from a $1B company to a $3B company through executive management decisions and smart acquisitions. ATK has also diversified beyond just aerospace/defense into commercial sporting goods. I use the things I learned here everyday in my professional life since leaving ATK. I was given the opportunity to participate in an employee mentorship program that helped me transition into my current career as a contracts manager. I also was sent (at ATK's expense) to several contracts management training classes out-of-state that provided invaluable training. This shows impressive commitment to their employee's growth. They publish salary bands for job classification/experience/responsibilities to their employees -- so you'll always know where you stand. They also have a great benefit package. In addition, ATK believes in work / life balance. You will work really hard and a lot of hours when required (e.g. a major proposal is due) -- but you won't be working by yourself. This is not a company where management stays home and the grunts work all night. The entire team will work side by side until its done. They also provide bonuses and comp time at the completion of the proposals. This company treats its employees with respect. If you have something go really wrong in your personal life (death of a family member, medical issue, divorce, military leave) -- they care. You can take a leave and will NOT be made to feel guilty. I really enjoyed working here and highly recommend this company. I have worked at both the Edina and Plymouth locations and thought highly of both of them. In fact, given that I believe the work environment starts with senior executive management -- I feel comfortable recommending any division of ATK.

    Cons

    I started at ATK right out of college with minimal experience. After a few years-- my salary no longer reflected my current responsibilities and experience. As I said above, they publish salary bands -- my salary was lower than the lowest on the band for my job title -- even with promotions/raises each year (5 promotions in 5 years) - my salary did not come up to even the median level for the band. I recommend that you negotiate a salary you are comfortable with when you initially interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with your current path. You are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Great team. They pay overtime in paid time off and so there is never a shortage of time off. Opportunities for advancement and challenging work.

    Cons

    Right now there is significant threats to the stability of the contracts because of changes in the government's goals in space travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for new opportunities to grow the space systems group. Look outside the box for new opportunities in space systems contracts.

    Recommends

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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?
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