Alliant Techsystems

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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
148 Reviews
2.8
148 Reviews
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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47 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Was awesome when I started; then corporate showed up

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    Former Employee - Mission Assurance Engineer
    Former Employee - Mission Assurance Engineer

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can happen, but not a sure thing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disjointed, like many companies this size, but overall a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Awesome manager to work for and with
    Awesome IT folks to work with
    Change is encouraged
    "right people, right time, right job" or something like that

    Cons

    Stuck in the dark ages in some ways
    CIO so stuck on security, forgets that we need access and hardware to get our jobs done.
    Work load is unbalanced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head our of the clouds and listen to the workerbees. Quarterly All Hands are a waste of everyone's time. Just send us your little video update so we can get back to work, because I like to see my family every once in awhile. Or better yet, lets move towards telecommuting. We're spread all over the country anyway. And get a CIO with common sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good engineers and technology - innovative projects

    Cons

    emphasis on delivery over quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management not being truthful to the government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits, difficult to move up.

    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Roanoke, VA

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

    Pros

    Good management pay and raises. Had a productive relationship with the labor union on site. Solid effort toward profit enhancement led to monetary gains for all members of management.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in management unless related to or friends with members of upper management. Friends and family will move up quickly; most others will not. Morale killer.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management is the cause of RIF

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician 08  in  Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician 08 in Goleta, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, good insurance and 401k.

    Cons

    Too much focus on lean manufacturing; pushing the meaning of family or employee family out. There is no more camaraderie between staff, no more happy BBQ's, no more happy holiday events just everyone out for themselves. It is now a survival game. Too make matters worse, ATK's promise to hire and keep VETRANS employed is now our the door. I, being a war vet of 10 years, worked at ATK for 7 years in Goleta, CA was laid off with 16 others in March 2014, without warning. Now, I am lost, with out words of respect nor compassion for this so called a veteran support company. As EDD said, SHAME ON ATK!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go ahead and close Goleta, CA find out just how much we as family mean to each other!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with average benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Extremely safety conscious. Try to do the best by their employees. Slow to hire, slow to fire.

    Cons

    Really struggling implementing a lean culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to figure out what truely adds value to the organization. Eliminate road blocks / systems that require effort to maintain and ultimately does not provide any benfits. Work with employees to show what a successful day should look and feel like.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ATK in Clearwater is Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Pay if you negotiate it good. Otherwise, it can be below industry average. People are nice in general as long as you do not point that something can be improved because it automatically means it was designed wrong. As long as you do not go against the grain they will be nice to you.

    Cons

    In January, 2013 15 employees were laid off.

    In September, 2013 19 salaried employees were laid off.

    In March, 2014 11 salaried employees were laid off.

    ATK in Clearwater lost a big program because of not meeting deadlines, lying to, and hiding faulty design from the only customer they have. Right now, almost half the employees are on overhead charge number which means they are waiting to get laid off. Everyone who is hard working and contributor already left or is looking for job somewhere else and wants to jump out of the sinking ship. ATK in Clearwater used to have good reputation, but now its reputation is the lowest ever. Managers blame each other with no idea how to secure new contracts. The so called most experienced engineers here are just trying to collect as much as possible before retirement working at the slowest possible pace. Too much frustration around here while poor management and corrupted engineers try to hide faulty design from the only one customer they have. Too many dinosaur engineers very angry and hostile to coworkers. Run away from this place. Actually, you do not have to because they will not be hiring for decades to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see the above. There are way too many managers at ATK

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for. Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Woodland Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good work environment, good co-workers

    Cons

    Bonuses are hit or miss, Job title structure is lacking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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