Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated July 25, 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. ATK

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Magna, UT

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay, product was interesting, close to home.

    Cons

    Company was unstable, RIFs, benefits decreasing.


  2. Emerging company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Top heavy in management. Company sold to often. Workforce getting old. Cut workforce to small. Transitioning with merger.


  3. Good company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They strive to make products that work, every time. They do development well, and are an understanding employer.

    Cons

    The defense industry has changed considerably in recent years. This makes projects more aggressive, and sometimes will take on less technical challenge.


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  5. Growing pains

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to be done on a too small staffing level so you get exposure to a lot of things you might not otherwise. I like my immediate boss. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Laysoffs, managing crisis to crisis. Post merger growing pains. Huge expectations and constant change in direction. Weak systems. Not an enjoyable atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on one direction and quit making the people who try hard feel like they are the problem. Create a less caustic work environment.


  6. Dark depressing place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Magna, UT

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

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

    Pros

    9-80 work schedule that will soon go away.

    Cons

    This is a very out dated company with no potential for growth and only the old folks seem to have a chance and some of them were escorted out after 30 years service. Layoffs are numerous and more to come due to the merger with orbital. Had hoped that Orbital would bring something good to the company but even though there was a merger, there are 2 companies and opportunity to cross over to the better half (orbital) don't seem to exist. Growth potential is almost impossible in some groups even though they say they promote internal growth. It's a "good ol boy" club with a bunch of fat cats. If you want a job and wiling to take a risk of being laid off or don't care to advance, this is the place for you. Moral is lower here than any place I've ever worked. Raises are low along with pay unless you part of the good ol boy club. Medical benefits will cost you almost 600/month. I could go on but just thinking about the time I wasted at this company depresses me. As someone told me after 3 months of work there, "you should've run the other way", would be my advice to anyone consider working here. If your an intern, look for another place to do an internship. Engineering wise, this company is a depressing hole but a great place for the C- students and someone with the desire to do the absolute minimum. Pride is an illusion here and depression and low moral are real.

    Advice to Management

    Quit taking care of yourself and take care of your employees. This company is a reflection of the pathetic leadership and should reach a 2 start overall rating by year end. There's a reason that SpaceX is winning the space race and ATK is losing. If it wasn't for the NASA breast, this company would have washed up some time ago. Start operating in the 21st century and get rid of the 70's mentality. Start being part of the solution instead of the problem but as long as your getting your fat check, wasting the government money and have no concern about your employees, you will continue to be losers in the aerospace industry. But as long as you got some fat Trident missiles to produce, the mfg side will have a job.


  7. Getting worse every year

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. overall review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. ATK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Merger jitters

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Poor Management Continued

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!



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