Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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Pros
  • They provide good pay and solid benefits package for salary & wage (in 13 reviews)

  • The company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company (in 12 reviews)

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

  • Too much frustration around here while poor management and corrupted engineers try to hide faulty design from the only one customer they have (in 6 reviews)

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  1. overall review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, challenge, interesting, rewarding, stable

    Cons

    Commute Is too long, no coffee in the break room, medical insurance is expensive, frequent lay offs, no bonuses


  2. Getting worse every year

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    Current Employee - Labor Support in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Labor Support in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Finally got a raise after 4yrs. Only took some gutless people to back out of a momentum shifting strike to accomplish this.

    Cons

    Power-less union, no employee rights, CONSTANT threat of lay off, profits over personnel, very unethical, raising insurance cost EVERY YEAR, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stick up for the people that make this company a billion dollar corporation for a change. You would be surprised how that would help moral.


  3. ATK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and a great work environment. Work was technically challenging and in many cases leveraged cutting edge space based technologies. ATK Space Systems went out of their way to bring in solid performers and consequently many of our technical leads were world class.

    Cons

    The Operations side of ATK wasn't at the same level as the engineering side re. competencies. That said, there were many good team members in Operations who wanted to do the right thing and wanted to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Choose an improvement course of action, make sure it fits the business needs of your customers and employee base and then stay the course. Recognize that minor setbacks will happen, but if you have chosen a "best practices" based solution that eventually the solution will get your business to where it needs to be.


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  5. Merger jitters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

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

    Pros

    ATK has a very wide range of technical expertise and capabilities.

    Cons

    The company is singularly focused on space launch business. Without a plan for non-aligned technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to address the concerns of employees in business lanes not aligned to the space launch business.


  6. Poor Management Continued

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product. Mostly good people working within the confines they have. Many of the brightest employees who received training in the field or from somewhere else, not ATK. Good 401K match.

    Cons

    Poor medical/dental benefits but most employees don't realize because have been there as part of the good old boy network for so long. Surprised at the many husband/wife teams with 20+ years of employment. Too many major management changes to name. Employees joked about how many layoffs they had survived.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in outside consultant not to manage the lower levels of efficiency, but to manage the upper levels of efficiency and to coach managers on HOW TO MANAGE! Follow up on engagement feedback received from employees a few years ago. Take it again. MANAGE!


  7. Good work life balance.

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Radford, VA

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits. 12 hr shifts equal a nice amount of time off. Better pay than any other Lab Tech job around.

    Cons

    Management showed too much favoritism to certain hourly employees. Management didn't care about the uneven workload as long as the work got done.


  8. Prototype Composite Tech

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good place to work.

    Cons

    No Cons at this time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Do not value employees at all

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire new employees knowing that they will be laid off due to a company merger. They may have left a good job for that role. Be honest.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Run away!!!

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    Former Employee - MACHINE TECH in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - MACHINE TECH in Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay and benefits and close to home

    Cons

    no leadership management only cares about bonuses and not about the company


  11. ATK (Now "Orbital ATK") operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant which makes ammo for the U.S. armed forces.

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    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor - Explosives - Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in East Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor - Explosives - Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in East Independence, MO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay, decent job-specific training. Overtime pay available regularly. Paid health ins. match part of 401k.

    Cons

    Expect up to 12 hour shifts that can change in the matter of a few days. Sometimes a lot of overtime, other times lay off up to 20% of the workforce for lack of demand for product. Short notice on complete shift" change makes it difficult to arrange child care and other factors of personal life. Company recently spun off it's profitable "sporting" division and moved it to Utah. Outlook for remaining "military" and space exploration portions seems a little bleak as U.S. doesn't deploy as many small arms carrying Boots on the Ground troops as they used to in the past and space programs seem to be shutting down.

    Advice to Management

    Try to design some shift stability into personnel and shift change decisions. Upper management needs better communication with front line management to encourage quicker and more efficient production changes. Encourage management to embrace commercial small arms market a lot more to ensure the health of the local production at Lake City plant.



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