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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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62 Ratings

    Overall, pretty good

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems


    Good assignments - demanding but good. Usually, you are rewarded for hard work.
    I always went into an assignment with an attitude that I'll do whatever it takes to be successful - long hours, research on my own time, weekends. I was usually recognized for this effort (but not so much in the later years).

    Very smart engineering analytical staff and design staff. Most are willing to teach younger engineers and they have time to do so. As an older engineer, I did.

    New engineers are not normally loaded up too much, but if they stick around for two years they will be, but I think in a good way.

    About half of the Chief Engineers, Project Engineers, and Program Managers came from a record of excellent performance accomplishments in a design or analysis background (the other half not so much - see below).

    Program managers always make time to talk to the analysts and design engineers. They are truly interested in the modeling and simulation results, and I mean the details of inputs, IV&V efforts (credibility), details of results (I was very impressed many times!).

    Good pay and vacation benefits. Above average for sure.

    Good work-life balance - except for some unavoidable crunch times (to be expected).


    The company is way too top heavy with too many layers of management, and they are beginning to lose touch with their employees. Back when the company was Thiokol, it was not that way. I was on a first name basis with president of program management who reported directly to the CEO - but that was Thiokol. ATK has become something different.

    Some (NOT ALL) upper management are hoping too much about future projects/programs when they need to get to work and push for many new technologies knowing only some will pay-off (Some do get to work - hard). But they are losing contracts and are depending too much on big government contracts. They talk about innovation, but rarely allow the time and resources to let that happen.

    Some project/chief engineers need to re-do a stint in analysis or design so that they remember tech stuff again. They are depending too much on riding the bureaucracy and hoping nobody notices they don't know what a differential equation is anymore or the fact they never did an analysis or even wrote a computer code.

    I'm worried that management has become too separated from the workers too much, and it will eventually lead to too many disconnects that cause failures (i.e. ALV).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management layers (It will mean management layoff - or moving them back to a worker level). Listen to the engineers and techs doing the real design and assembly work and at least implement some of their recommendations.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Alliant Techsystems Interviews

Updated Dec 20, 2014
Updated Dec 20, 2014

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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Manufacturing Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Applied via ATK careerlink, received phone screening questions, these were essentially basic questions asking specific details about the position I had applied for, and how my experience correlated. I then undertook two phone interviews. Interviews were very basic, essentially explain each milestone on my resume, in great detail. Was then informed they were going with a candidate with more experience in the direct field. Process took 2 months.

    Interview Questions
    • General questions related to position, none unexpected or difficult.   Answer Question
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50 Best Manufacturing Companies, IndustryWeek, 2009

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Headquarters Arlington, VA
Size 5000+ Employees
Operated By Orbital ATK
Founded 1990
Type Company - Public (ATK)
Industry Aerospace & Defense
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Boeing

At ATK, our strategy is to deliver affordable innovation to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products - and your ideas - into the future. You'll be amazed at what you can do! ATK offers a fast-forward environment for analytical and creative thinkers. Our organization is built on a foundation of outstanding talent and is... More

Mission: ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. ATK delivers affordable innovation in... More

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