Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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  1. Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting products, intelligent people, large infrastructure in aerospace products. Work life balance is reasonable, benefits are industry average (some better, some worse). Their 401k offering is above par, good health benefits and employee discounts.

    Cons

    PTO is combined vacation/sick, which isn't great, but average. Wide variety of maturity across sites, leads to some lack of process definition and teaming. Work atmosphere was a bit haphazard at times, with nebulous goals & way too much focus on metrics that didn't really mean anything.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees need support, and don't just expect they have everything handled. Look at providing more process maturity & consistency across sites, organization & divisions. Stop managing from above with useless metrics and start understanding what's going on in the business. Get rid of the "yes men/women" and the buzzword bingo toting managers. Cultivate real talent and push the penny pinchers & micro-managers aside.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Space Systems has interesting projects to work on.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average,
    Lean Initiatives used to run the business
    Great people to work with overall.

    Cons

    Merger with Orbital led to several layoffs
    Promotions slow and raises low to average.
    Management is running the facility too Lean.
    Not enough Technicians & Inspectors, necessitating a lot of overtime, leading to tired, burnt out staff.
    Training overall is below average which means lots of mistakes, rework, repair and scrap.
    Equipment is dated overall and not enough to do the jobs efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk
    Cut the catered all hands meetings in the parking lot and put the money towards sufficient staff, training, state of the art tools and equipment to do their jobs


  3. The job is fine, management is iffy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work with explosives, flexible start times, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    To much interoffice politics! (but this is likely everywhere in today's employment)

    Advice to Management

    People who actually work their whole shift should receive a positive rating. Those who only work half their shift should receive a poor rating.

    Address problems with the person or persons who have the problem.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Caring for your employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    In order for a company to grow the management must lead by example in caring and love.

    Cons

    It is wrong for a company to control your vacation time to their advanage

    Advice to Management

    You should always put others before yourself especially in emergencies.


  6. Helpful (1)

    start off great, went down hill

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    coworkers, pay, when i finally get to leave

    Cons

    the benefits went up, the managers and so called "union " are to busy fighting over who can take money away from me the worker faster.

    Advice to Management

    start treating your workers better.


  7. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Controls in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Program Controls in Fort Worth, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Small company that is very flexible with quick reaction to demands.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility due to small size.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Technically challenging, career & responsibility advancement awful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For technical careers, there can be some good challenges which keep a person motivated. Benefits were good particularly the health care. Typically, the 'tools' used for a job function were very good.

    Cons

    Promotions are practically non-existent. Chaos with constant re-organizations of management and business groups make it difficult to establish a relationship with a supervisor. Some severe micro-managing inhibits individual development as well as the company excelling beyond its current technical capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing. Delegate and allow individuals to be accountable. Recognize and reward expertise.


  9. Started out great but now Lake City is falling apart.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are decent, they start you with over three weeks vacation in the first year. We used to get bonuses based on realistic goals.

    Cons

    They change your schedule multiple times a year. Management is now a holy terror. Mandatory overtime is now just part of your regular schedule so you can forget about family time. They continue to try and outsource our jobs. Management has set goals so high that they are unattainable given the equipment that we have and the lack of support groups (maintenance, electricians, engineering, skilled trades) Our best skilled trades have left to go elsewhere for better work environment and opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees right. Settle on a contract with the IAM so Lake City can get back to churning out world class ammo made in the heartland instead of outsourcing our jobs and trying to micromanage us into oblivion.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Strong performance results, weak future planning

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Able to purchase ammunition at a low cost

    Cons

    The company changes directions so often, every year in May expect a RIF.


  11. Worked for ATK in the following business groups: Composites and Launch Systems.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work for the most part. Worked on the cutting edge of some processes and technologies.

    Cons

    Frustrated when working with the government (defense) and ATK project managers working on government projects. They are slow to respond to requests for changes.
    Ignore issues and problems associated with products and manufacturing processes.



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