Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition

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Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Intern in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Intern in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love the fast pace environment and the knowledege available. This allows for rapid growth in yourself and to work with great coworkers.

    Cons

    Learning all of the different processes are challenging and require time and commitment to learn. Once achieved the job is rewarding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer III in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer III in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    technically driven company. Lots of responsibility and opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Work/life balance not appreciated. At times long hrs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low value on diversity. clearly a traditional work environment. Largely white male focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lead operator, 10 years service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition

    Pros

    Support our Warfighters !

    Cons

    Poorest managed Corporation I have ever worked for. How the defense department continues to let ATK manage Lake City I don't understand. They knew the contract was under bid, Quality No longer existing, terminating or forceing there best employees to seek other employment because of very poor Management decisions ! ATK is a prime example of you get what you pay for . It's sad that Lake City a Highy respected plant since 1941 has been allowed to be ruined by a corporations greed !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of Lake City, Let someone in there that truely cares about the War Fighters !

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay, but management needs to get a clue

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    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good...for now until that gets taken away.

    Cons

    Upper management is grossly incompetent. They don't listen to advice, think they know everything, and mismanage the talent that they have. Because of this, this particular location will probably suffer serious losses in revenue, employees, and possible get the whole place shut down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I doubt they read this but here goes. The whole culture needs to change. Failing to inform your employees about what is going on has created an environment of fear and mistrust. Failing to listen to employees who have done their particular jobs for 20+ years over some young college kid who has no real world experience in manufacturing is a huge problem, especially when these "experiments" are costing hundreds of thousands even millions of dollars because some kid said it was theoretically possible to improve on a process that has worked for 50+ years. The person running the machine can tell you that it won't work because it's been tried before and are ignored. And even when a promising project is started, you don't give anyone the required time to prove it out. I can't count the number of projects that are left hanging incomplete over the years because you won't let them finish. How much money has been wasted because of this? Eliminating quality was another huge mistake that will cost this company money and contracts in the future. Sure it saves money now, but those quality checks were put in place for a reason by people much smarter than you. Quality and safety should be job #1 but cost and profits are to you guys. If you show the employees that you care about them and the product you put out, then cost and profits will follow, but apparently you all missed that class in school. Which is exactly the reason why a union was able to get voted in. Gross mismanagement has allowed a union, (which I believe has no business being there) to get a foothold in this plant and it will ultimately spell Lake City's demise. The #1 reason why the workers were angry was because CEO Mark DeYoung received a healthy pay raise and bonus along with half of the salary employees (Upper Management) to go along with healthy profits while telling the wage workers that they would not be getting a raise of any kind. Pair that up with the absolute worst underbid contract in Lake City history shows why Management is completely incompetent and why they shouldn't be surprised at the direction Lake City is headed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The CONS are RIGHT ON. DO NOT take a job here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Proud to support the warfighter

    Cons

    This place is poorly managed, and extremely dysfunctional. People are put into positions that they are not qualified for, partly because of the 'good ole boy' network, and partly because they cannot attract good talent because nobody wants to work there. Working conditions are poor. Sewage leaking from upstairs bathrooms to lunch room below. Many safety violations that do not get taken care of in a timely manner.
    Women are not respected hered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your employees fairly, and listen to them. Managers are allowed to unfairly 'mark' a person as a poor worker, but there is no outlet for an employee to give their side of the story. Many times poor performance is actually a result of poor leadership and management.
    Please let HR represent both management and non-management. There is no fairness here. I truly belief HR wants to treat people fairly, but they feel threatened by management. This is a hostile work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working at Lake City is like working during WWII.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are extremely competitive. Management and employees are very patriotic. Management and employees are committed to supporting the war fighter.

    Cons

    Management does not care about the safety and well being of its employees. Safety meetings are required per the Government contract, but management only does what is required by law for Safety. Management won't implement safety ideas from employees if it costs money and/or labor. Employees are penalized for not coming to work during blizzard conditions. There is absolutely no life-work balance. Facilities Maintenance is poor. My building was without a restroom for 2 months during the winter. It was only repaired after a local politician was made aware of the situation. Management pushes number of kaizens, but does not care about the quality of the kaizens. Their HR department has a policy on performance reviews that does not allow most employees to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management & HR that genuinely care about the employees. Reward employees for their efforts instead of making them feel like they should be grateful for the opportunity to work for you. Provide opportunities for career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A bad company, don't work for them

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    Current Employee - Op-tech in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Op-tech in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is average for the industry, below average if you consider you have to be federally licensed and work with explosives.

    Cons

    You are only a number, they don't care at all about you. you will be doing the work of several departments without compensation. They don't care about any standards; for example having production doing qualities job because they fired the Quality dept. to save money even though this is generally unacceptable. Don't even try getting benefits they will fight you and delay as long as they possibly can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell out. give the company to someone who cares about their employees and customers. You make ammo for the army and don't care what quality you send them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Love the mission to support the war-fighter but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition

    Pros

    What you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our soldiers. No place like it anywhere else in the world. Remarkable.

    Cons

    The company truly does not care about its employees. An "engaged workforce" is just a catch phrase. They don't appreciate the many talented employees they have or had. Sadly this has caused the wage employees to vote in a union for the first time in nearly 73 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company and management need to value the employees as an asset and enforce it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Dead end, shaky future

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    Current Employee - Class 16 in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Class 16 in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is above average for general labor.

    Cons

    Pay scale could be improved, no confidence in long term employment, management in touch with workers - they just don't care, absence policy a joke, benefits aren't what they used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. A happy work force would save you so much money. No one cares about working hard for you if they're always mad at you. Don't give half of the salary work force a raise, while paying the CEO 9 million bucks a year, and then tell the wage employees you can't afford to give them any raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place to work..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Financial in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Factory atmosphere in a dynamic industry.

    Cons

    Leadership at ATK Lake City above manager is a joke. The company has no direction and is hampered by people who think they are smart but are not. How can you claim a "win" in a negotiated contract when you leave hundred of millions on the table as a huge under bid..not once but twice...and keep your job? So layoffs will occur due to mid guided contract proposal "wins" that can never achieve the cost structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful with employees. Get rid of long time upper management baggage that cannot get along with anyone. Offer mid year bonus to wage workers instead of spending expense dollar on "beautification". Quit putting MORONS in charge of 4 and 10 year contract proposals. Boost the stock price as far as you can, so the take over bid will at least provide long time stock holders with a premium before they get laid off. The intra company employee satisfaction surveys tell a true and forever ignored story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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