Orbital Sciences

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Exciting, meaningful work - good environment and limitless opportunity

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Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling, VA
Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling, VA

I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (less than an year)

Pros

One of the few companies winning NASA contracts and making an attempt in advancing the future of commercial/manned spaceflight

Cons

Reporting structure can be geographically challenging

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to dissolve the disconnect between lower level employees and Senior Level mgt. by attempting to interact with them more

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    No idea how this place keeps going

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

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

    Pros

    The work was interesting, and the variety of work was nice. I've worked on scientific, commercial, and defense satellites. There were some truly talented/intelligent people working there.

    Cons

    In a word - Management. The place had a really toxic environment (i.e. CYA rather than team-oriented). There was no training and you are severely chastised when you fall short instead of being educated. Management would only pretent to care about their employees. Unethical. I saw very talented, experienced people get passed over for promotions for people who had no experience (for lack of a better phrase - these were the ass kissers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace 90% of your upper management. A majority of these people are unethical, money hungry, and/or on a power trip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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