Alliant Techsystems

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  1.  

    Started out great but now Lake City is falling apart.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Technically challenging, career & responsibility advancement awful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong performance results, weak future planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Able to purchase ammunition at a low cost

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Thoughts on ATK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, need more business

    Cons

    Benefits seem to get worse every year. Pension keeps getting cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top down overweening management that provides little more than bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work. Nice location. Minimal whip cracking.

    Cons

    Management's self importance. Leadership is largely parasitic, at it's best when it does nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 80% of yourselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very poorly managed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    The pay is very good

    Cons

    Very mismanaged. Used to be a great job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emplouees are people too

  9.  

    Process Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems

    Pros

    - Great People
    - Interesting Work
    - Good Pay
    - Obtained real world experience as a process engineer by diagnosing a machine issue that caused a rejected part to be accepted

    Cons

    - Not a lot of work laid out for me
    - Didn't get to use a lot of engineering knowledge
    - The project assigned to me was never fully assigned and explained
    - Out dated work areas (Old desks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the capabilities and strengths of your employees. Allow more work to occur between Product Development and Manufacturing so that they don't "butt heads" as much as they do now.

  10.  

    The Good, the bad, and the wasteful

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

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They provide good pay and solid benefits package for salary & wage. Work has been steady and dependable for many years. They also have assistance for continuing education, which unfortunately many employees do not utilize. The company does not push this very hard though.

    Cons

    Biggest complaints are lack of clear communication and utilization of resources. Due to significant diversification, company missions are generalized with very little top down communication. This may change with coming spin off. Very often mid level managers to local directors won't share info because they themselves have none passed to them, that's a problem. Also, while a technical division, they believe engineers do it all, from engineering, to IT, to administration. If you do not have engineer in your education title somewhere, don't bother. If you do, many doors are open. From a company standpoint this seems wasteful as many quality individuals leave because of this lack of opportunity despite actual expertise in an area, and many people getting approved educations must leave when complete to find placement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better informed and share that info in a relevant manner. Recognize potential and proper skill application, not only titles. Things would perform better if 90% of quality talent was not in perpetual exodus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good projects and opportunities, but future is unknown

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT

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

    Pros

    Excellent co workers, tools, opportunities for learning. Pretty good compensation package, but all salaries in Utah are low compared to other states.

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't really know what their direct reports do on a daily basis. Lots of uncertainty coming with the Orbital merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are nervous and worried about the future. Stop the excuse of "we can't say anything" and share some facts about what the next year might look like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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