Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    I suggest to hire enough people.

  2. Slightly above average

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

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment, great work opportunities, great co-workers, and the management is technically competent. Lots of opportunities to work on tough problems.

    Cons

    Most of the managers at Orbital are not skilled at management. Orbital adheres to the failed practice of promoting only technically competent engineers to management positions. In addition, most of the engineers they promote to management have a tendency to be arrogant and rude. They make decisions without considering long term effects and impacts to employee morale. Employee suggestions and feedback are not just discarded, but I've seen cases where these are mocked by the managers in front of other employees.

    Despite the poor management, the pros of this job exceed the cons. This unfortunately results in very few opportunities for technical advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Establish clear expectations and consequences for managers at all levels. Send all managers to management training / interpersonal communication training. If the managers fail to meet the defined expectations, then apply the associated consequences.

  3. Helpful (4)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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).

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, steady work, accommodating of vacation schedules

    Cons

    Overtime about 25% of the year

    Advice to Management

    Overtime pay is poor

  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible time and great opportunitues

    Cons

    Limited opportunities of growth for the employee

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities of growth to the productive employees

  10. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work and very exciting industry.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  11. A good work experience for a new engineer

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

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

    Pros

    They are very flexible with vacation/time off

    Cons

    You have to live in Arizona

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