Orbital Sciences

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Orbital Sciences Reviews in Chandler, AZ

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
144 Reviews
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Pros
  • Challenging and interesting work in a high tech environment (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and good benefits (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It can sometimes be hard to maintain healthy work/life balance, it just depends on the number of active contracts (feast or famine) (in 9 reviews)

  • Demanding company, long hours with no recognition (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orbital Science Corp in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Orbital Science Corp in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The management is very understanding and flexible with your hours. You can work from home in case you have an emergency, especially if you have kids. The starting pay is not bad. Great benefits so far. Friendly people

    Cons

    They give you a raise every year but not that much! It's better than nothing!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest to hire enough people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging workforce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    When I was offered a position with Orbital Sciences I eagerly accepted it with enthusiasm and motivation. I had followed Orbital as a company for several years and was excited to be granted the opportunity to work for them. Some of the pros of working for Orbital were that the benefits were good and it offered an acceptable work/ life balance. Overall Orbital instilled good company cultural, and the majority of the people/ departments I came in contact with acted with professionalism.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge I faced when employed with Orbital was in my own department. Within the first two months of employment it became abundantly clear that my core department was that of an environment of "Good ol' Boys". Despite the distressing atmosphere I made every effort to maintain professional composure while working to the best of my abilities. However, it is very telling when the HR department makes the statement to you, "They are either intimidated by you or they do not like women". Ultimately I left the company because it became obvious that those engaged in the cronyism was not going to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Take time to evaluate the undertones of your department. Listen with fairness to all of your direct reports, regardless of their level of position. These individuals are in the "environment" and can speak to the environmental makeup.
    2. Understand if the individual you have placed in authority has the leadership skills to fulfill the role.
    3. Show caution and be attuned to the "Good ol' Boys Networks". Such behavior can lead to biasness and potentially cause a department/ company to lose good employees while those that those employees of lesser quality remain.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy and process over people. You are just a number here... Orbital ATK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Venue is in a good part of town, close to freeway and quick access to the 347 freeway for Maricopa. Execs are trying to hold on to reasonable benefits despite changes in health care. If you are expanding your family most of your hospital visit is covered. Orbital ATK merger has a chance of improving the company.

    Cons

    Orbital does not invest enough in new technology and leans out the IT staff until it is critically thin. It has much to do with the top management starting at the CIO. You won't get the hardware and software approved by the CIO that you need to create a well performing network and then you will be scorned when it does not perform.
    To survive you will need to be really awesome at telling everyone you are awesome. Even then, keep your stills current and resume up to date. Orbital expects every kind of certification before you are hired and then after you get the job do not want to keep you current. If you don't advance yourself and keep your skills current nobody will help you. There is little hope of advancement mainly because once you are hired there is no place to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CIO from an outside source before the Orbital ATK merger. The current CIO values bureaucracy and process over people. The current CIO if he gets the "Orbital ATK CIO Job" will turn happy people at ATK with good jobs into a skeleton crew of over worked miserable people. "Orbital ATK" has a chance to be a better company after the merger but if the same wolves run the show, it will be worse and even more impersonal that before. Train people so well that they could work any place they wanted but treat them so well that they would never want to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Overall Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of interesting engineering projects. If you are eager to learn, there is a wide variety of topics to explore and master. Orbital is great about hiring interns/entry level engineering - there always seems to be opportunities for fresh talent.

    Cons

    Salary increase and career tracking is poor. Merit increase and performance tracking is all but non-existent. People who are relatively useless technically/engineering wise and performing tasks an intern or engineering aide should do are Principal, Sr. Principal and even Master level Engineers. It is easy to fool management due to the poor performance tracking. This is not a cutthroat environment - slackers and eager-to-achievers are treated nearly the same (differentiated by maybe 1% salary increase yearly).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, steady work, accommodating of vacation schedules

    Cons

    Overtime about 25% of the year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overtime pay is poor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    All right place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably flexible work/life balance. Good benefits and vacation time. Manager kept department lean to minimize layoffs during slower times.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Can be very cheap. Favors new hires from certain schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give younger folks more challenging tasks. Enforce company policy across all departments.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The best experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexible time and great opportunitues

    Cons

    Limited opportunities of growth for the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities of growth to the productive employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much internal bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor, Supplier Quality in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Supervisor, Supplier Quality in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging work and very exciting industry.

    Cons

    Tough to make process improvements. Functional silos and difficult to work cross-functionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you hire. Communicate the challenges and let them figure out how to solve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic and Disorganized Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun stuff: rocket science, small company environment. Longevity to those who thrive in old fashioned badgering. On the other hand great talent is easily gone due to the clear lack of goal driven focus. That is a big tip off and a plus for those undecided to stay or not. They have no shame in seeing the all of the culture. Either go with it or leave.

    Cons

    Managers don't care about people. They clearly only care on their own personal agendas leaving the workers demoralized and tail chasing in constant churn. No process. Old school daily micromanagement without schedules, planning, or clear expectations. Chaos breeds sociopathic behavior and not quality products. Expect to be abused, humiliated, and a lot of drama by managers who can't decide on the the goals for the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize the approach to clear goals and expectations. Communicate schedules, actions, tasks, and focus on removing obstacles. The managers at Orbital are the obstacles. Chaos breeds sociopaths who thrive on demoralizing employees to finger point and blame high quality people. As a result the people are old and mediocre employees: young people avoid abusive dictators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A good work experience for a new engineer

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

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are very flexible with vacation/time off

    Cons

    You have to live in Arizona

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