Alliant Techsystems
3.0 of 5 135 reviews
www.atk.com Arlington, VA 5000+ Employees

Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.0 135 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung

Mark W. DeYoung

(39 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits, good pay and vacation including health insurance"
    in 11 reviews
  • "The company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Difficult to move up in management unless related to or friends with members of upper management"
    in 14 reviews
  • "tunnel vision management and top heavy"
    in 6 reviews
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    Great people. Too political.

    Technician (Former Employee)
    Huntsville, AL

    ProsGreat pay and benefits. Work environment was the best ever.

    ConsMany of the managers ignored the superior performers and rewarded the "dead wood"!

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold managers accountable and ask them to think outside the box for additional projects that may save people's jobs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the Layoff factory described on non-ammunition side

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Clearwater, FL

    ProsSmall and responsive. Not as cumbersome as the larger Raytheon type companies. They try to run lean and keep people that can deliver even riding overhead with longer term perspective.

    ConsDoesn't have the resources of the big boys. Training and tools can be limited but they make sure they have the tools you need even if not the one's you'd prefer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen engineers on staff want to persue new technology and capabilities make the effort to support the effort. The payoff could be huge and anyone driven to go after a new capability is probably aware of their industry progress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Beltsville, MD

    ProsInteresting product line, high quality

    ConsFeast or famine as far as work goes

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn improved planning as to build and product support, Just in Time manufacturing is nice but costly in time when their is an issue.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked for ATK in Plymouth, but upper management located in West Virginia - obviously a bad situation for all!

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Plymouth, MN

    ProsThe fellow engineers and analysts are good at what they do and are good people. The building is well maintained and the free coffee/tea is welcome. The benefits are par for a small defense company.

    ConsPOOR MANAGEMENT! Example: if you run out of work to do, the section lead wants you (engineer) to run around and ask for work - this is not the case in most companies. In most defense or aero companies the section lead finds the work for the engineer. The company is mostly defense, which means that the work flow varies as a roller coaster. Be prepared for layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be closer to those they mange, either move the operation to Rocket Center West Virginia, or move management to Plymouth - this is a necessity. Also, section leads (middle and lower management) should take more of an interest in their charges - they need to understand that management should manage - it is not realistic to expect employees to run around looking for work from other employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people; poor management

    Engineering (Former Employee)
    Northridge, CA

    ProsFor the most part, the employees are skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated. The salary growth for younger personnel is good as they are valued and well treated. Although the benefits are relatively good, lately they have been reduced every year and employee contributions have grown.

    ConsThe Woodland Hills/Northridge facility is not managed well. Older employees tend to be ignored and their contributions are under-recognized or not acknowledged at all. Often hiring is done from the outside with key positions filled by less skilled and capable personnel than some already employed. The facility is run by “personalities” and promotions tend to be made based on the perception of political loyalty instead of competence and capability. Although the leadership solicits diverse approaches and opinions they have proven to be uninterested. If provided and contrary to management’s preferred approach, the employee is likely to be labeled “not a “team player” and marginalized. Although there are documented processes and procedures, many are poorly written, provided for guidance only, and rarely followed. Within the Engineering organization, process audits are too top-level to be of any real value.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen; you don't have a monopoly on the good ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    COMPANY IS OK

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Magna, UT

    ProsThe company has fairly good benefits but the medical costs are quite steep for a large company. I went to work here for the medical benefits during this crappy time of Obama care that's make heath care unaffordable.

    ConsAfter so many layoffs, the moral is low and the management don't seem to get to excited about much. the work can be boring at times since they do everything over and over again. Tough to compete against the older people that have been there for a while so be prepared to eat bread crumbs fora while.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your employees. take them to lunch when they hire on. Make them feel like they are valuable and promote good moral.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked with incredibly motivated and impressively educated/experienced technical teammates

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCome for the projects stay for the people. Hardworking teammates make the workdays flyby. Some days it hardly feels like work.

    ConsChallenges are much like any other large company. Hardworking extroverts get noticed. Analytical introverts must force themselves to temporarily take on an extrovert persona to champion their cause.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clicky!

    Marketing Director (Former Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsYou get to work with ex-military and ex-police, it can be very inspiring
    You get an inside view of how to work with the DoD
    If you are passionate about hunting and the right to bear arms, this is the place to work!
    Process improvement is very prevalent, and they invest in training, consultants and anything else needed to be an efficient, well run company

    ConsIt is still a good old boys club
    Lay-off are a norm
    They are not shy to promote people but also to get rid of them if they do not perform right away
    If you are not into hunting or guns, you will be in your own island

    Advice to Senior ManagementIs seems no one knows what the other division/group/category is really doing, may be try to foster more communication so all levels feel they know what is going on?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ATK is a good company to work for, but be prepared for continual changes.

    Design Engineering (Current Employee)

    ProsTechnically challenging work that pushes the envelope for shock hardening and extreme temperature operation. Your work helps create products that help to defend our country or protect our troops. 401k plan matches all of first 3% contributed and 1/2 of next 3% contributed. In addition to the 401k, the company kicks in up to 4% as a non-elective contribution based on age and years of service. Pay raises are decent.

    ConsMoving up in your career is a slow process. Pension plan ended in 2013 for all new hires going forward. Benefits are slowly eroding over time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the talented people within the company and grow them. Hire from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was awesome when I started; then corporate showed up

    Mission Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsSpace Systems is interesting work, always changing and the worker bees were great

    ConsSmaller locations get no viability from corporate. Seems like corporate has no heart at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCan happen, but not a sure thing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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