Alliant Techsystems Reviews in Mesa, AZ

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
143 Reviews

2.8
143 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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Pros
  • The company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good pay and vacation including health insurance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to move up in management unless related to or friends with members of upper management (in 15 reviews)

  • High overhead, poor management in an extremely competitive low growth industry (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    My contributions mattered

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Development in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Individual contributor seen as valuable and indispensable to the team. Made to feel as part of family and on the critical path. Every day was unique from managing tradeshow events, supporting business development initiatives, and analyzing strategic objectives to participating in barrel testing, professional development, and vendor selection process.

    Cons

    Employees don't seem to have long tenures at this company. It seems that if you are not well liked (and you may not know if you aren't) you will be cut from the team without warning. They go through a purge almost every year where they get rid of the unchosen ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest in your review feedback. Don't candy coat or set people up for failure by creating a false sense of security.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good products, terrible management seems to be the theme

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They pay well, their products are good. At the lower levels, they have some really good and talented people at every site.

    Cons

    Management from the top to the bottom is terrible. Constant changes, decisions made based on little or no data, and a good 'ol boys club of who gets advanced. Customers constantly tell me they hate working with ATK but the products are good. It's a make-the-numbers-first company, so know that if you go there. And the numbers weren't looking that good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some accountability for your poor performance. You aren't doing the employees any favors, and if the job market was better more would be leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, horrible culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The product line and customer base are top notch (military munitions and global militaries.

    Cons

    The culture and work environment is miserable. There is no room for innovation or original thought, no matter how much sense a new idea may make. The emperor in this organization still thinks he is wearing beautiful clothes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good internship experience.

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Intern in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is great

    Cons

    not enough room for movement within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase lateral movement within the company. Be sure to communicate information flow between departments and share the technologies and best practices learned.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Management by fear

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    Nice office space in the Mesa Arizona facility

    Cons

    There's a culture in the mesa, Az office that thrive in the desire to managment people by fear. If mistakes happen which in any orgazation they do, manager will reprimand or fire the person that made the mistake. Also the company is very volitial and have had several round of layoff since 2009.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee to makes mistake and learn in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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