Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
138 Reviews
3.4
138 Reviews
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Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson
David W. Thompson
88 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Interesting Work, High Tech Environment (in 9 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I enjoyed my 15 years employment At Orbital

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work in a high tech environment

    Cons

    Does not promote its functional departments as centers of excellence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to you engineering staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The best experience

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than a 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rollercoaster Ride

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Talent is well appreciated. Many opportunities to advance. Professional atmosphere, driven individuals. Great deal of emphasis on doing things right. Flexible work hours and good benefits.

    Cons

    Obsession with processes without regard of their effectiveness. Management making decisions in tool selections without regard and understanding of their usefulness. This has cost the company a great deal of lost money and created a lot of resentment. Belief that managing can work without talking to your employees by using software to do that. Unfocused R&D projects started and stopped multiple times then upper management not understanding why these projects cost so much. Upper management completely out of touch with reality (only in the last 4 years) and scrambling to find market traction due to missed internal product development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the entire Tech Ops top management. What you have done in the last 4 years proved to be disastrous to GEO business competitiveness. Also you have managed to alienate most of your engineers who really feel that they are just commodities. Understand that WALT will not generate the metrics you are looking for and adds extra overhead burden to operations. Empower your engineers when selecting new tools, do not leave that to your lower level managers. Most of them have no idea how much lost money that will cost the company. Admit if you made mistakes openly and do not be afraid of reversing bad decisions. Also understand that most project developments cost more than what you are willing to admit. Pressuring your employees to sign up to schedules that cannot be met further alienates you from them and you will not get an honest feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable first-line employees and interesting, challenging work. Very bright engineers in several select groups.

    Cons

    Since the division in Gilbert, AZ was purchased by Orbital, employee morale has steadily declined. This division is no longer the energetic, fast paced and cohesive team it used to be due to the extremely toxic culture forced upon it by remote upper management in Dulles.

    Pay raises are poor and embarrassing, even for superior performers. NO technical training. Very tight overhead budgets make process improvement difficult. Even simple process improvement initiatives need to be authorized at extraordinarily high levels of management.

    No sense of team or common goals between employees and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management is unprofessional, not conducive to team building and focuses on negatives instead of accomplishments. There needs to be a significant cultural change for this company to attract and retain the best and brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job of my life.

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    Former Employee - Master Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Master Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unnerving

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    Former Employee - SPSE  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - SPSE in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for 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
  8.  

    very happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Great people and good work balance

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better training or training options

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    EE

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to direct your own work

    Cons

    Lack of basic resources, lack of training, cannot tell the customer "no". The promises of training and mentorship that were made to me when I hired on were simply not true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give engineers actual training and professional development opportunities!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great, most of the people I worked with were very young and easy to get along with. The hours are flexible which is a nice bonus. The work I did was actually important and helpful to the company.

    Cons

    There's not a whole lot of "Engineering" work that I was able to work on. It was mostly 3D modeling, but there was a little design/analysis. Have to ask for things to work on most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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