Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
146 Reviews
2.8
146 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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45 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Great people. Too political.

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Totally no management skills

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

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The ability to work independently and work in zones

    Cons

    Little communication with management and peers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not the Layoff factory described on non-ammunition side

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Small 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.

    Cons

    Doesn'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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    POOR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Beltsville

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting product line, high quality

    Cons

    Feast or famine as far as work goes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    COMPANY IS OK

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Magna, UT
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Magna, UT

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    After 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worked with incredibly motivated and impressively educated/experienced technical teammates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Challenges 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Clicky!

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Eden Prairie, MN

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

    Pros

    You 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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Is 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people; poor management

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen; you don't have a monopoly on the good ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Current Employee - Design Engineering
    Current Employee - Design Engineering

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Technically 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.

    Cons

    Moving 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the talented people within the company and grow them. Hire from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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