Orbital Sciences

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Orbital Sciences Reviews in Dulles, VA

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
144 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Fantastic Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Got my own office (not cubicle) and did real engineering work. I expected to be doing boring, worthless tasks that are normally associated with internships but instead found myself actually contributing to the project.

    Normally your boss can be flexible with your hours if you need to come in late one day or want to take some time off (after all you are hourly so they only have to pay you when you work).

    Cons

    As an intern I noticed many communication problems between employees and the management and while I did not have to deal with these issues directly they caused people to be frustrated, on edge and somewhat difficult to work with.

    Also on your first day the new hire process is not intern specific, so you end up sitting through some boring presentations that tend to not apply, or only partially apply to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This would be a good place for new engineers to become exposed to their career functions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Mid level supervisors and employees pull together well to resolve critical issues. The personnel are friendly.

    Cons

    Often fail to think and respond to issues strategically. Should truly embrace constructive criticism. Often issues are responded to tactically rather resolve strategically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace personnel who are concerned about continuous improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place, Awesome Stuff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    You get to work on some pretty neat things with a team that's usually full of very smart people.

    Cons

    Contract wins are not constant, so lay-offs do happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Win, Win, Win. Contracts that is.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    SMF Middle Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Manufacturing Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Manufacturing Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and most of my co-workers. Not all of them.

    Cons

    Things change on an hourly basis. Middle management is terrible and I am being kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The SMF middle management needs to grow some balls and let the employees know who is in charge.The convicts are running the prison. The place is like club med. Everyone just coming and going as they d%*n well please. On their cell phones at their work locations. Too many breaks, long lunches, smoke breaks, etc. No set start and finish times. No set standard for an operation or anything. Whenever you get it done is fine. That is crap. No discipline or accountability. If you make a mistake several times that's okay. More crap. These people would never make it in the real world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Orbital does awesome work in the space industry. I worked on their Geostationary Satellites for 10yrs. They have a niche is about every area of the space industry and lots of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Satellite industry goes in cycles. The ups are up and the downs are down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and more business will come your way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Being involved in spacecraft manufacturing.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Configuration Management Data Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Management Data Analyst in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    It was a great experience to work with a company that manufacture rockets, satellites and being involved in the sucseful

    Cons

    Cross training was not available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more training for the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job of my life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Master Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Global Engineering leaders, high quality work.

    Cons

    Demanding, heavy workload; pay for your own travel and reimbursed later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer top management, more worker bees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unnerving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SPSE in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - SPSE in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of really neat projects that people are impressed by.

    Cons

    Felt on pins and needles once management (APG in particular) eased up on Proposals and Business development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be closing.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    EE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    None, very bad place to work

    Cons

    Lots, nothing good about the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very bad management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    interesting and challenging works

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot from working with talented peoples around you. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunity. You can get a good review every year, but salary increase may be independent of that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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