Orbital Sciences

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Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
142 Reviews
3.4
142 Reviews
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Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All right place

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    SMF Middle Management

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    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
  3.  

    Great company to work for!

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    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
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  5.  

    Being involved in spacecraft manufacturing.

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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
  6.  

    I enjoyed my 15 years employment At Orbital

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10.  

    The best experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unnerving

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    • 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

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