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A Mixed Bag

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Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA

I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Good working atmosphere. Interesting programs. High quality coworkers. Efforts are underway to improve engineering methods/procedures and tools.

Cons

Some of the managers are of little or no help, and directors have little contact with employees. Too much work is still done ad hoc, and training is lacking when real procedures and new tools do arrive; those efforts sometimes seem half-hearted, as management talks a good game but falls down on execution.

Mobility between jobs is not as good as they claim. (When hired, I was promised a particular move after 1-2 years, but this never happened; I made two unsuccessful attempts, and management never lifted a finger to make it happen.)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend money on process/tools improvement. That means a decent amount of time from a few people on research before new tools are purchased, purchase of quality tools once the right ones are properly identified, giving people serious time to carefully craft new processes, and performing real, in depth training. You've been trying to do this on the cheap, and you get what you pay for.

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    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Orbital offers a very good Benefits package and their salaries are competitive. Interesting and innovative business that continues to grow. Programs in place to reward innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Orbital runs fairly lean and does not invest much in technology to support business processes. Everyone is very busy and at some sites, there is not much of a sense of community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing and replacing administrative systems used to support business processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Need to continue following through on new business and support current/past customers

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    Former Employee - Man in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Man in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Manufacturing and building satellites in Virginia

    Cons

    Not able to keep previous satellite customers for future business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review what it means to be a leader among employees and customers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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