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Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA

I have been working at Orbital Sciences

Pros

- Exciting Work, the things you are working on are usually very intresting
- Location is nice
- Nice people

Cons

- Not much respect from managment
- Hard if not impossible to get promoted
- Long Hours
- Very Disorganized
- No congradulations when you do a good job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Communicate more with employees, usually no idea what is going on within your own business group, never mind other business groups.

- When promotions are given make sure it is clear why and that they are the most qualified candidate, often times unqualified "favorites" are promoted and very qualified people are never promoted. I have seen alot of very talented people leave Orbital for this reason

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Benefits - vacation time off seems to be better than alot of other tech companies

    Cons

    typical right-wing slightly racist defense industry type company. Generally nice people and not backstabbing or overly competitive imo. Not enough natural light, offices with no windows, ugh - soul sapping.

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    none really good luck

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    Career paths not clearly defined, but a good company

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Launch Systems Group:
    1. Generally, a flexible work schedule. This depends on department. Some senior leadership seem to be pushing for more "attendance" taking measures, instead of having confidence in professionals getting the job done.
    2. The pay seems fairly competitive within the industry.
    3. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Launch Systems Group:
    1. Career paths are not well defined. Orbital has made recent attempts to clear this up, but only documented the existing confusion.
    2. Promotions are primarily based on time with the company and not competency and responsibility.
    3. Many managers are weak as they were promoted during a rapid growth period. If you were "around" you were promoted, not necessarily if you had the skills to be in a management role.
    4. Sick leave is rolled into vacation leave. Unfortunately, this is relatively common in the aerospace industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Award promotions and titles based on responsibility and competence, not time served.
    2. Take better consideration of management skills when selecting managers.

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