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Aerojet Rocketdyne Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
106 Reviews
2.4
106 Reviews
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Warren M. Boley, Jr.
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule so you get every other Friday off (in 17 reviews)

  • 9/80 Schedule was pretty nice, until the crap (recession) hit the fan (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • And communication here has always been an issue -- I don't think the upper management has a pulse on the organization (in 7 reviews)

  • Old and run down buildings and work environment (although this is more of an industry-wide problem than one specific to AR (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Satisfying for the most part.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We build rockets engines that take space probes to every planet in the solar system and beyond. How cool is that!

    Cons

    Changes are hard to make to our products and processes. However with the products we make it is understandable. Some may find this frustrating and undesirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, many have a good sense of what is truly happening. Have faith in your employees and ensure that they have opportunities to grow and advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    For 30 years, like the girl with the curl; "when it's good, it's very very good, but when it's bad ....."

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Work force is loaded with bright people who love being rocket scientists. Nothing better than working with people who are excited about what they do!
    -Peers are very good at working together to create real solutions, which is what engineering is all about.
    -As an engineer or supporting staff member, watching your hard work end in a successful rocket launch is probably the most satisfying experience possible! Comparable to watching your kids graduate high school!

    Cons

    -Physical sites have an old feel which can affect overall mood and ultimately affect productivity.

    -Current management seems to have the attitude that ideas not originating in their offices are not worthy of serious consideration. This is very near-sighted and wasteful, considering they are employing some of the smartest people in the American workforce.

    -Current management appears to give women opportunities simply so they can check the "no gender discrimination" box, not because they actually understand that women have real value. This attitude has gotten noticeably worse in the last few years and the trend has not gone unnoticed by the employees.

    -Many in current management use fear to try to get respect rather than earning it by walking the walk. Again, smart workforce sees this for what it is and it's costing the company real productivity (read "money").

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Any upper level manager that can't evolve and join the 21st century, or thinks bullying is a "management style" should be shown the door. They are too expensive to make excuses for anymore.

    -President Boley (and all in management who believe they are leaders) should heed this advice; "if you look over your shoulder and no one is following, you probably aren't doing a good job of leading".

    -Employees have many more ideas (because we actually still love our company!). Maybe 10% have real merit, but try listening.

    -Put together a small staff and budget to gradually brighten up the workplace. Start with a little paint and posters of Aerojet/Rocketdyne's recent success', etc. When results start to show, invest in a little new carpeting (for the employees, not just VP's) and maybe cut in a window here and there! Increased productivity will more that pay for it. Seems minor, but makes a big difference.

    -As far as rating the CEO: This page lists Warren Boley as CEO which is incorrect. The CEO is Scott Seymour. Seymour seems to be a good man, very bright and extremely loyal, some would say to a fault. We believe he want's to do what's best for the company. Unfortunately, from what we have seen, the same can't be said for Boley and many of his staff.

                                                     ***President Boley just left the company***
    Ostensibly he resigned due to differences of opinion with CEO Seymour, but the workforce knows it was not that tidy. Everyone has fingers crossed, hoping that Seymour honestly address's the elephant in the room so that it is clear that the company will truly be transparent and willing to tackle issues head-on. Employees are looking for him to chart out a positive change in management attitude, with a real focus on respecting each individual in the workforce. An honest, straight-talking, all hands speech immediately following this current change would give a major boost in moral (and productivity) that would feel like a new start and could move my 3 star rating to a 4+. The company really has 4 to 5 star potential with the right choices by leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Test Engineer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Amazing exposure to liquid and solid propulsion systems.
    -Able to use engineering principles learned in school.
    -Other employees are nice and willing to help.

    Cons

    -Hands on work limited to union workers in most areas.
    -Lack of structured schedule for interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -More structured days for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting work, weird people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The aerospace industry is interesting. Every other Friday is off, with 9 hour days.

    Cons

    The people seemed to confirm every engineering stereotype as far as being entirely unable to socialize like normal individuals. Also, the building I was in had no windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Install some windows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Headless Snake!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Money was decent but once you make too much .... bye bye.

    Cons

    Total lack of leadership - if it weren't for bad leaders, they would have no leaders at all. Everyone is just running around trying to save their jobs. Co-workers are good people but the management is pathetic and that's being nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    New leadership coming soon?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They finally got rid of Boley today. That is at least a start. We'll see if CEO Seymore brings in new leadership or promotes from within.

    Cons

    Culture and morale are all really low right now. Hope thing start to turn around soon or else many more people will be leaving. So many have left since after the last layoffs last spring that everyone feels way overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider the employees in your decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    It used to be a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the business and to advance. Top notch personnel, interesting, lasting friendships.

    Cons

    Corporate has lost touch with the employees. Benefits and pay are sub par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current CEO is a self serving bully. Pay attention to what is happening in Redmond, WA. Once a thriving business is now struggling due to poor business decisions and the loss of young talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stability in Question

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Pros

    The people who work at Aerojet are some of the best. The 9/80 work schedule has a lot of positives and the holiday shutdown gives everyone an opportunity to relax and get some down time. The type of work is exciting for the most part and brings some good challenges.

    Cons

    Management needs to be cleaned out starting a the top. Furloughs on the backs of the salaried is unfair especially in light of the bonuses that the top are still getting. It feels like this place is getting run into the ground. Pensions are a thing of the past and medical benefits are far too costly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look from within and clean up your house. We don't need all the layers of management and we have enough VP's and Directors. Rather than force more furloughs on the work force, think about foregoing some of your bonus pool. Greed is going to be the undoing of this once great company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, limited career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers are great and passionate about what they do. They are also very caring and people tend to build friendships that last outside the company. My manager has been flexible about telecommuting options to allow for work/home life balance. However, he is very much the exception and not the rule.

    Cons

    Corporate structure has created animosity between the sites and employees at the sites. Professional growth is limited to those identified as "high potential" candidates. Very few women are included in that classification. Employees can be provided with excellent feedback and performance reviews but still be denied raise and promotion opportunities. Long term career and professional development goals are ignored. Telecommuting options are limited, therefore the work/life balance is skewed especially for women. Opportunities for women are more limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Engage with them. It is truly a shame that you have taken the fun out of being in a career where we deal with spacecraft propulsion. Provide more career growth feedback. Shorten the performance review process- it starts in November and is not finalized until April. Warren Booley needs to close his mouth and listen. He also needs some grooming. A person at his level should NEVER refer to "dwarf tossing" during open forum discussions at All Hands Meetings. He frequently makes inappropriate comments that are degrading to multiple people, but is especially degrading to women or employees without college degrees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and Mirrors, Illusions. Never mind the man behind the curtain - he lacks integrity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    AJR is one of the primary leaders in supplying aerospace and defense with propulsion and energetics solutions focused at the space and missile defense sectors. They have been around for over 70 years leading the invention, development and production of critical technologies and products that support America's security, armed forces and space exploration initiatives. It's great to be part of an organization that provides products and solutions to support the United States of America.

    Cons

    Having worked for both large and small aerospace firms - my experience at AJR is unlike any other I've had in my many years working in the Aerospace/Defense industry. This organization is Large - Fat - Slow & unjustifiably expensive.

    Beware of a company that always has to advertise its core values because in most cases it's just smoke and mirrors. Honesty, Safety, Respect for Others, Quality, Accountability --> It was rare to see any managers/directors exhibit these traits within the organization. There is a severe lack of "practice what you preach".

    This company is overweight with incompetence and poor decision-making that stems from deep within its core. WB Jr is an arrogant bozo - doesn't understand the business or the competition and speaks to the employees like children, making series of unsubstantiated claims promising jobs and in some cases threatening jobs. Good grief - it's you who should find another job - too bad you don't write science fiction novels or you'd be outta here! As president of Aerojet, WB Jr. makes a base salary of $357k/yr, a bonus of $302k/yr and receives stock in the amount of $470k/yr, for a total of over $1M per year.
    (salary d0t com)

    Much like some complicated aerospace hardware that's broken - you cant always repair it by working at the surface defects - it needs to be taken down and stripped to the core and then rebuilt. That will be painful for this organization. Unfortunately, I don't have confidence things will turn around any time soon at this company. Too many good people have already gone since the acquisition was announced mid last year. Most companies exhibiting hard times start with RIFs and then site closures/reductions followed by salary reductions with the final step being bankruptcy and then asking the government for bailouts. This is all due to their large-fat-greedy- and ungrateful ways. I believe some of this may be on the near horizon for this company.

    Good engineers are chastised for the poor decisions made by managers and directors - unfair and unacceptable. Sometimes right-sizing a project is taken to extremes which leads to unforeseen detrimental consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put adequate resources, tools and training in place before the fact to improve the organization's products and processes; invest in the employee and develop them and hold them up and show the rest of the organization they are valued.

    Stop covering your behinds and stop lying (ie. practice Honesty)! Stand up and take responsibility for your actions (ie. be Accountable). Managers - stop disrespecting the employee and even your own counterparts! Stop putting good engineering on the wayside and put more focus on the technology, science and improved processes and put emphasis on improving/supporting your own people. Aside from a majority of poor managers, executive staff and know-nothing business development leaders - the engineering and technical ops employees at this company are some of the hardest working, intelligent, honest, dedicated and respectable people I have ever had the pleasure to work with in my many years in this business, despite all the challenges they had to deal with this past year.
    It's the employees that matter - the ones that help support the bottom line - somewhere along the way this has been forgotten.

    One of the problems here is there seems to be too much emphasis on the 'appearance of progress' with no real work actually getting done. Its all about hand-waving and smoke and mirrors with absolutely no accountability from management and directors and a reduced, almost lackadaisical emphasis on "solving the problems at hand".

    Its not all that super-duper and filled with pansies and unicorns as they initially would have you believe. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing and you're not sure who wants to throw you under the bus - but make sure you keep your helmet on because one way or another you're going to be taking a ride.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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