Orbital Sciences

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Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
143 Reviews
3.4
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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.  

    Great company, interesting work

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

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

    Pros

    Location, salary, benefits, interesting work.

    Cons

    Culture is tough, engineers tend to be narrow minded people, they need to think outside the box sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed atmosphere
    Good benefits
    Exciting work
    Mostly routine working hours (depending on the time of the year and your program)
    Good employees

    Cons

    Lots of middle management
    Could be leaner
    Can feel stuffy
    Engineer-oriented
    Little to none business training available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but challenging at times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The product and people were exciting. There was rewards and recognition by programs.
    There was also some opportunities to create your own job.

    Cons

    If you were effective the hours could be very long and you may be supported/rewarded mainly by program management. There was little or no training or training budget and keeping up with any industry news or advances was mainly done on your own time.
    The communication between levels and in general was poor and any thing which had any budget and was not
    "direct labor" was prone to be cut or minimized. (This does not help long term productivity)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough (or incorrect) experience at senior levels (Directors and mid manager level)
    There are directors and managers who have been put in positions which are either beyond their experience level or who have not had the external (or internal) experience in the specific job to do a good job at directing and improving the areas of responsibility.
    They seem to be more of the answer the boss's questions and not being capable of effectively directing or improvements on their own [yes men].
    There are more junior experienced people who could or have had the experience to run a better organization except they are kept either very busy or not given the "Budget or Time" to improve the situation perpetuated by some current management.
    The senior VP's need to get a true experienced professional staff and not rely on some of the current folks who are beyond their levels of competence.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

    Nice experience

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

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

    Pros

    Most of your peers are talented, challenging work, good food in the Orbiteria and great medical/dental benefits.

    Cons

    Overkill on some processes which are redundant, time consuming, waste of resources and repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline your processes to avoid overlaps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and mostly fair. The benefits rock!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely bright. We get to work on a wide variety of cool space stuff (Deep-space spacecraft, telecommunication satellite, NASA projects, National Defense, Ground systems, Launch Vehicles, etc.).

    Cons

    Program management work hard, as you might expect. But, they choose (or perhaps are forced) to run programs to unrealistically short schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make us sign up to unrealistically short schedules. It robs our design space of better and cheaper solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    The benefits weren't bad and for me the commute was pretty easy. Launches were a big deal which was pretty cool.

    Cons

    Management and supervisors who did not have the skills or experience to be in those positions. Cliques - I felt like I was back in high school. Rather than use my work experience and skills to the company's advantage I was given busy work that literally bored me to tears. I stayed there less than one year and couldn't have been happier to leave. I was at least the 3rd person in my position in the last several years and management viewed the turnover as the fault of the former employee (and was vocal about those faults) rather than considering that there may be internal problems that need to be addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote willy-nilly. If a department is experiencing high turn over consider that there could be reasons other than the employees being hired are incompetant and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfyingly close to flying things

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the opportunity to work on different projects, and be close to the technical action. People worked well together. Opportunities for training and external education were good.

    Cons

    Sometimes HR processes were kind of disorganized or slow (hiring, trying to place RIFed workers). This may be increased for a while with the addition of ATK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance the ability of employees to look for jobs in other locations and divisions. Increase priority for finding opportunities for laid-off workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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