Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
138 Reviews
3.3
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Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting Work, High Tech Environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and good benefits (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It can sometimes be hard to maintain healthy work/life balance, it just depends on the number of active contracts (feast or famine) (in 9 reviews)

  • Demanding company, long hours with no recognition (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bureaucracy and process over people. You are just a number here... Orbital ATK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Venue is in a good part of town, close to freeway and quick access to the 347 freeway for Maricopa. Execs are trying to hold on to reasonable benefits despite changes in health care. If you are expanding your family most of your hospital visit is covered. Orbital ATK merger has a chance of improving the company.

    Cons

    Orbital does not invest enough in new technology and leans out the IT staff until it is critically thin. It has much to do with the top management starting at the CIO. You won't get the hardware and software approved by the CIO that you need to create a well performing network and then you will be scorned when it does not perform.
    To survive you will need to be really awesome at telling everyone you are awesome. Even then, keep your stills current and resume up to date. Orbital expects every kind of certification before you are hired and then after you get the job do not want to keep you current. If you don't advance yourself and keep your skills current nobody will help you. There is little hope of advancement mainly because once you are hired there is no place to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CIO from an outside source before the Orbital ATK merger. The current CIO values bureaucracy and process over people. The current CIO if he gets the "Orbital ATK CIO Job" will turn happy people at ATK with good jobs into a skeleton crew of over worked miserable people. "Orbital ATK" has a chance to be a better company after the merger but if the same wolves run the show, it will be worse and even more impersonal that before. Train people so well that they could work any place they wanted but treat them so well that they would never want to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable first-line employees and interesting, challenging work. Very bright engineers in several select groups.

    Cons

    Since the division in Gilbert, AZ was purchased by Orbital, employee morale has steadily declined. This division is no longer the energetic, fast paced and cohesive team it used to be due to the extremely toxic culture forced upon it by remote upper management in Dulles.

    Pay raises are poor and embarrassing, even for superior performers. NO technical training. Very tight overhead budgets make process improvement difficult. Even simple process improvement initiatives need to be authorized at extraordinarily high levels of management.

    No sense of team or common goals between employees and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management is unprofessional, not conducive to team building and focuses on negatives instead of accomplishments. There needs to be a significant cultural change for this company to attract and retain the best and brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    I left for less money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great people put into difficult situations by management who only seem to care about bonuses and short term profits.

    Cons

    There is definatley a good old boy network of nepotism runing the company. You even get snubbed for what college you didn't go to. If you don't have a degree forget going there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the Peter Principle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Finance in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are the greatest, pay is great, opportunity for growth is available if you give your life to the company

    Cons

    Demanding company, long hours with no recognition. Company is dire straights as it lost many contracts, putting strain on the people to make up for poor company decisions. Company did not grow well at all, and is busting at the seams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better, and your company may just survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Orbital prizes tribal value over innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Orbital has excellent benefits and a good 401K plan. The best thing about Orbital is the ability to move around the departments and gain a breadth of experience. Some managers understand that employees want to try new things or broaden their horizons and support those endeavors wholeheartedly.

    Cons

    Management has little to no clue about the definition of effective communication. Every January through March, communication will begin to look up after the yearly reviews come in and managers are reminded to "break bread with the troops" but will quickly dissolve come summer and disappear by winter. Process and procedure are key at Orbital, much like any other space industry company. For a small company on the verge of becoming big, cost and schedule are king.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try talking to your employees and truly trying to understand everyday issues and barriers rather than wasting valuable time and money with reports that are regularly falsified and "gamed," in order to keep you off our backs.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company but upper managerment needs to work more with the staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    The company it self and what it does. It truly is rocket science

    Cons

    In the administration areras the company does not spend any money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate your strategic plan if you have one

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    work at Orbital..

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    - Exciting Work, the things you are working on are usually very intresting
    - Location is nice
    - Nice people

    Cons

    - Not much respect from managment
    - Hard if not impossible to get promoted
    - Long Hours
    - Very Disorganized
    - No congradulations when you do a good job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Communicate more with employees, usually no idea what is going on within your own business group, never mind other business groups.

    - When promotions are given make sure it is clear why and that they are the most qualified candidate, often times unqualified "favorites" are promoted and very qualified people are never promoted. I have seen alot of very talented people leave Orbital for this reason

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    If your young, smart, single, and willing to work long hours...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    If your young, smart, single, and willing to work long hours, OSC is a good place to start. If you can handle the responsibility, they'll give you assignments years ahead of any other larger companies. If you are assigned to launch campaigns, you'll get a chance to travel to places most people will never be able to see.

    Cons

    Not very forgiven of mistakes; managers willing to throw you under the bus. Work a lot of hours; if you're over 35 it's time to move on as they like cheap employees and you get tired of missing your family. Haven't quite figured out how to train and promote good managers and retain them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management doesn't ask hard questions when it comes to the bottom tier of employees; too much filtering through middle and upper management distorts the information. Dulles facility seems to be considered reasonable; the Chandler facility seems to have a lot of anecdotal stories of senior management micromanaging.

    Need to allow supervisor feedback (i.e., underlings are allowed to evaluate their supervisors management and performance) and allow evaluation by a disinterested 3rd party who in turn provides the evaluation to the supervisors boss. Most managers are good, but some are shall we say, more image than substance which damages the

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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