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The Worst Ever

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

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

Pros

The experience I gained there from working with mechanisms is very applicable to mechanical engineering. For the most part the co-workers are really nice and helpful as management doesn't have a clue as to what direction they are heading from one quarter to the next.

Cons

The management changes on a constant basis to try to fill the positions vacated by people that are either asked to leave or leave on their own behalf. The average tenure of an engineer in the department I worked in is less than 5 years due to the decisions that management has made on restructuring the company. There is no formal training program for engineers and when mistakes are made as a lack of training, they are spoken to with little respect. I believe this (department) has a short future and will be sold off soon due to the high attrition rate, poor choice of leadership and constant change of direction.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make a plan and stick with it! Hire managers with experience not because of the good ol' boy system. It takes more than free turkeys and coffee mugs to make employees happy. I had a friend interview with this company and they say that there is no way that they would take the job based on the attitude and feedback of the phone interview which was impersonal, unprofessional and arrogant at best. Seniority should be based on experience in a position not who is available to fill the seat.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Appreciation for Internal Talent

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    Former Employee - Hourly  in  Lewiston, ID
    Former Employee - Hourly in Lewiston, ID

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

    Pros

    The fact that you get really good discounts on ammunition is great as long as you are a gun and ammo person.

    Cons

    Internal HR practices and use of "Total Talent" to fill internal positions is under utilized at best if not a total sham. Friends of friends get hired regardless of qualifications of internal applicants and seniority gets used inconsistently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the "talent" within "Total Talent" when making decisions. Recruit and hire within before advertizing outside so someone's buddy can get in the door. This will build long term loyalty from the existing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Spinning wheels in San Diego

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people willing to work hard. Unfortunately due to management foul ups and inability to
    control customers extra work is required frequently. The work is challenging and technically interesting.

    Cons

    High overhead, poor management in an extremely competitive low growth industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut overhead. There are too many managers making our corporate overhead charges extremely uncompetitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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