ATK Tactical Systems Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
12 Reviews

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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Job had a family environment, but no longer has that feeling.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at ATK Tactical Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The salary was competetive with local companies.

    Cons

    Company upper management did not care about the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start a career, not so for long term.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Keyser, WV
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Keyser, WV

    I worked at ATK Tactical Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High starting salary. Diverse programs at my location mean that there is always something going on. People are friendly and you often run into then outside work. Strong emphasis on safety and employee involvement.

    Cons

    Salaried employees are pushed hard to do 10-15% unpaid overtime. Failure to put in enough puts you as a target for layoffs.

    Scheduling is a major problem. They commonly have several contracts start at the same time which results in insufficient labor, both union and salary. Also, contracts commonly end at the same time resulting in large layoffs. some get called back, but may do not.

    Management has a bad habit of putting all their hopes for meeting yearly metrics in single large project/sales. These singles things that will save them tend to fall apart and result in metrics not being met. Sometimes these are due to internal issues, but they commonly die due to problems external to the company.

    Product execution is a constant challenge. Common issues are supplier issues, supplier quality, poor product design, poor manufacturing processes, etc. This results in products that should be surefire hits turning into money pits that ever get off the ground.

    Despite the push for employee involvement, actually acting on employee suggestions is very uneven. Some departments are very good about implementing suggestions, while others will criticize employees for the suggestions offered and then criticize then for not offering suggestions.

    Raises are small for the industry and advancement is SLOW! They really like the non-monitory recognize. Salary growth commonly does not keep up with inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put all you expectations for meeting metrics in single large project that the company has no control over the success of.

    Pushing people to put in unpaid overtime just because management says so only build resentment. Either give them a raise to cover the extra time or drop the whole thing.

    Give larger raises that actually keep up with or beat the inflation index. Actually promote people who put in the time and effort to help the company.

    Take manufacturing into consideration when products are designed so that can actually be mass produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pay, until your realize your hours

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Anoka, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development in Anoka, MN

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As long as you're working standard hours, the pay is good and the various benefits make the offering even better

    Cons

    They start you out with what appears to be a good salary and state that they recognize the need for a good work/life balance. However, within a month of my start date, I found out that all PTO was being denied and we were mandated to work a minimum of 10 hour days plus weekends without any additional compensation. When you do the math, I'm making minimum wage for the hours I'm working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic obligations or hire the proper resources to meet the requirements that have been set. Over working and over stressing your employees just leads to a high rate of turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    cliquish, you are either in or out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radford, VA

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems for more than a year

    Pros

    good training, team effort, nice bldg

    Cons

    - feedback always negative; managment always lets you know what you do wrong; they focus negative; never give positive feedback;
    - unfriendly, cliquish

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Political climate

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer II  in  Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Independence, MO

    I worked at ATK Tactical Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on interesting projects. Allowed to hunt and fish on property once a year, which was really nice perk.

    Cons

    Somewhat adversarial relationship with customer (government), which took me by surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really ought to reconsider that adversarial relationship with your customer!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Unappreciated

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Keyser, WV
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Keyser, WV

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Had a lot of responsibility and freedom to solve problems

    Cons

    Unappreciative for extra effort and extra work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should reflect work load. Had a lot of workload but was only getting just over 1% raises yearly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Anoka, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anoka, MN

    I worked at ATK Tactical Systems

    Pros

    fairness is ok
    in
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    work
    Place
    setting as it is now, however with more women in the work force there is a need for more women in upper managament.

    Cons

    low pay scale in industry for woman

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, none, none none none none none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    very good.

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Radford, VA

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems

    Pros

    Good pay and Good benefits and Good communication

    Cons

    not always forward looking - need to be more pro active

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    ATK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems

    Pros

    - Small division atmosphere with good co-workers.
    - Benefits were good
    - Good intentions with future but need deeper outlook
    - They try to grow and try to move in the right directions

    Cons

    - Lack of upward movement
    - Too much of "good old boys club" in upper management. They take care of their own as opposed to those below them
    - Need to hire managers that take interest in the development of their people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of the employees and their development

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    netural

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ATK Tactical Systems

    Pros

    Great salary but average benefit

    Cons

    one single program company, if you lose the contract, you lose your job

    No opinion of CEO

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