Aerojet Rocketdyne

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Sometimes Rocket Science

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great people, helpful IT Department.

Cons

Gargantuan company, sometimes can feel lost.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Stuck in the Past

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    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sacramento is a nice place to live. There are zero pros about this company. It just happens to be in a nice area. An expensive area, but nice. I only ended up working here because I needed a job after graduating.

    Cons

    The middle management is extremely incompetent. Unwilling and unable to innovate...in a company that builds rockets no less! R&D is almost non-existent. Money is being funnelled into R&D but there's very little return on investment. The company seems to move forward despite the efforts of management, not because of them. Pay is low for an area with such a high cost of living. Advancement is virtually impossible: it only happens when someone retires and there are a number of extremely old engineers and middle managers working there. Because the average age there is higher, there's not much innovation, technically not much risk taken, backwards attitudes towards people without titles or degrees that don't come from a certain school. The whole of engineering leadership is extremely nepotistic. I have never seen one minority group in so many leadership positions...statistically extremely improbable if leadership positions were given based on merit. Get out while you can!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If this is being read by upper management: lay off a vast majority of your middle managers. They are holding the company back, especially in engineering. Innovate! You're a rocket company, try pushing the borders of what's technically feasible every now and then! Try branching out to the commercial sector instead of relying on low-margin government contracts. Build a better sales and distribution presence. People don't buy good products, they buy good prodcuts that they've heard of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very resistant to innovation within management

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no mandatory overtime! Many coworkers have many years of experience to share knowledge. The products are very interesting. Brand new Oracle ERP system is in place! Organizational learning is going to skyrocket to cope with all of the new options and requirements, which provides great opportunities to demonstrate and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Often have managers that are not terribly skilled at managing people, just good at technical work. Experienced workers are often retired in place, or will retire very soon and knowledge lost. There is a massive gap in program management skills that often result in low profits for the company. For finance folks, engineers have the greatest influence. If you do not have an engineering degree or experience, you probably won't go very far. Management is more interested in maintaining the workforce than improving performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time trying to fit tasks and work with the right people. Proposals should have greater options included instead of having a bid-to-win mentality. Quality will not be achievable without sacrificing profits unless it is built into the proposal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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