Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
163 Reviews
2.8
163 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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54 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.  

    Quality Inspector, Defense, Lake City Ammunition Army Base

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inspector, Quality in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Inspector, Quality in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people! i loved my coworkers and the company kept us well informed and treated us well. It's a manufacturing environment but the upper management still brought us in monthly for hour long meetings to talk about safety, profits, statistics, company issues, etc. At holidays the company held lunch or dinners for us, catered, gave us pretty decent gifts, like bags, shirts, even turkeys on Thanksgiving. I felt respected and valued by the company and i loved my team!

    Cons

    Sadly, laid off after the military cut backs. ATK had to deal with significant decreases in profitability and thus, restructured in a way to maximize. This resulted in lesser quality assurance and probably will increase some safety problems. I don't think the company expected this kind of decrease so suddenly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider retaining your best people in cut backs....?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Very poorly managed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    The pay is very good

    Cons

    Very mismanaged. Used to be a great job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emplouees are people too

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Worked with incredibly motivated and impressively educated/experienced technical teammates

    • 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

    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
  7.  

    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.

  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    People On The Move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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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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