Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson
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Pros
  • Interesting Work, High Tech Environment (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits and vacation time (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)

  • Not much room for growth, too little opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Master Engineer I in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Master Engineer I in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of different opportunities. Most management is fair.

    Cons

    Expects you to work a lot of extra hours, usually unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Give better bonus structure to engineering staff. Paid overtime would be great.


  2. Good people and interesting work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Mission Architect in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Chief Mission Architect in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is comprised of highly motivated, highly capable people. Most people work on more than one effort, providing a breadth of challenging work and the opportunity to work with a wider range of people in the company. The climate encourages finding innovative solutions to difficult technical problems.

    Cons

    There is some uncertainty as the company works to integrate after the merger with ATK. Management is working to achieve this integration, but it seems that much of this work is behind the scenes and less transparent.

    Advice to Management

    As we work through the merger, continue to preserve the strong climate we've had at Orbital and capitalize on the breadth that ATK brings. More transparency would be appreciated, where practical, as the integration proceeds.


  3. Sr aerospace consultant at Sterling VA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and fun work

    Cons

    Way Too many intern engineers

    Advice to Management

    Hire me .. NOW


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  5. Overall, positive experience where I got to work with a lot of good people.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of talented people work there and they give you an opportunity to grow and expand your role and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic and business planning.


  6. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Give responsibility to younger professionals.

    Cons

    No specified career path for certain professions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    I worked as an EMI/EMC Engineer for over seven years first contact then direct for over five years.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They manufacture spacecraft at Dulles, VA where I worked. As an Electromagnetic Environmental Effects specialist, I contributed to a variety of scientific and commercial communications spacecraft. The work was challenging but intellectually rewarding. There is a casual, almost campus life atmosphere.

    Cons

    Upper Management seems to be out of touch with the day to day activities, and places undue emphasis on what I call "New Age" management tools, like Daisen and 5S to name a couple. As an engineer, I had quite a bit of leeway in my daily work effort, but the technicians and assemblers in the Manufacturing and I&T areas are micro-managed.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to how the Manufacturing and I&T areas operate day-to-day.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good place for a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I feel valued here, am given a great deal of latitude and trust, the company has a pretty strong benefits package, but perhaps most importantly the work is almost always challenging and cutting edge. I'm amazed at the projects I've been able to be involved in over my 10+ years here, and I expect more after the upcoming merger.

    Cons

    In many areas Orbital is still trying to find a balance between being a small company and competing with the big boys, while at the same time trying to adjust to new competition and cost challenges. This occasionally leads to unclear or conflicting direction from upper management.


  9. Overall a great company to work for in the Space Industry.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and vacation package. Able to work into new and upper positions. Get to work on the entire system and not just one aspect of the design.

    Cons

    Program management varies from Program to Program and can change the entire nature of the Project. No sick days, need to use your vacation days.


  10. Excellent technical staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent growth opportunities. great working environment, opportunity to work with space hardware.

    Cons

    short project duration. office , lab space not optimal.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Orbital Sciences as an intern

    Pros

    Decent pay, interesting industry, lots of meetings with food

    Cons

    obsessive about time sheets to the point of madness



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