Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
138 Reviews
3.3
138 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Challenging and interesting work in a high tech environment (in 10 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.  

    Nice experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of your peers are talented, challenging work, good food in the Orbiteria and great medical/dental benefits.

    Cons

    Overkill on some processes which are redundant, time consuming, waste of resources and repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline your processes to avoid overlaps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfyingly close to flying things

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed the opportunity to work on different projects, and be close to the technical action. People worked well together. Opportunities for training and external education were good.

    Cons

    Sometimes HR processes were kind of disorganized or slow (hiring, trying to place RIFed workers). This may be increased for a while with the addition of ATK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance the ability of employees to look for jobs in other locations and divisions. Increase priority for finding opportunities for laid-off workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, convenient location, nice campus

    Cons

    Some reporting tools end up costing the company millions but had very little positive effects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't waste money on ineffective processes which frustrates your employees with useless repetitive tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Clean and very pleasant campus.

    Cons

    Like everything in life they are not perfect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Got my own office (not cubicle) and did real engineering work. I expected to be doing boring, worthless tasks that are normally associated with internships but instead found myself actually contributing to the project.

    Normally your boss can be flexible with your hours if you need to come in late one day or want to take some time off (after all you are hourly so they only have to pay you when you work).

    Cons

    As an intern I noticed many communication problems between employees and the management and while I did not have to deal with these issues directly they caused people to be frustrated, on edge and somewhat difficult to work with.

    Also on your first day the new hire process is not intern specific, so you end up sitting through some boring presentations that tend to not apply, or only partially apply to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Lots of very interesting programs to work on, and everything is fast-paced and exciting. Lots of opportunities if you are looking for them. Great network for Early Career.

    Cons

    Managers tend to have technical strengths, rather than expertise in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with engineering!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Orbital does awesome work in the space industry. I worked on their Geostationary Satellites for 10yrs. They have a niche is about every area of the space industry and lots of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Satellite industry goes in cycles. The ups are up and the downs are down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and more business will come your way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    very happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Great people and good work balance

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better training or training options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to build your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Master Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I worked for Fairchild/Orbital for 32 years. There is great opportunity for a proactive team player. I was an example of one who is NOT “type-A”. I was able to limit my work hours to 40 to 50 per week for my whole career. My priority of being home with my family was always honored by my bosses. My work was always recognized and rewarded. When I was a boss, I took the same tact. I prided myself in careful planning that did NOT require lots of overtime from my team members. Of course in the space industry there are always “crunch times”, and management always supports overtime pay when needed. As expected in lean times Orbital does do lay-offs. But I was always impressed as to the care taken to let the correct people go, so as to not hurt the ongoing projects. I was recently laid-off, but only after a year and a half where my bosses allowed me to work part-time, as I have been my Mother’s caregiver. I was still honored by a very generous severance package (better than a gold watch!). Orbital has been and continues to be a very good place to make a career.

    Cons

    Orbital upper management is somewhat detached and sometimes appears aloof from the daily joys and pains of project day-to-day activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have found though that upper management's doors are always open and they were usually responsive to help work problems as long as problems and solutions are properly presented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good rate of pay, flexible hours. Alway something interesting to do. Very demanding, high tech company. Good communication with staff.

    Cons

    Long hours, called in after-hours and weekends.

    Approves of CEO

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