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.  

    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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much internal bureaucracy

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Challenging work and very exciting industry.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    interesting and challenging works

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    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    By most measures, the worst job I have ever held

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is much to make the environment pleasant: cafeteria, work out room, beautiful landscaping, attractive offices, many windows. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Poor levels of cooperation, lack of teamwork, no thank you's, no appreciation. Employees are rewarded and promoted for getting the job done strictly. If one abuses others, does not help others, well that's of no concern - did you get the job done as fast as possible? In fact, it's a decision structure that is set up to operate based on conflict. So, in a sense, being pushy, overbearing, even antisocial, gets rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's been a lot of RIF's this year. Apply the RIF's to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Seek opportunities elsewhere or limit exposure period

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

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

    Pros

    Good people at the working level. Excellent benefits for younger employees. Suggest gaining a few years of corporate experience while taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement program. Move on to bigger and better things afterward.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little to no recognition for achievements. Limited opportunities for advancement. Company always trails its competition with technology advancements. Management (Director level and above) is too concerned about their share of the bonus pool, which results in political backstabbing, dishonesty, and poor corporate morale for the working level people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than RIF workers you should look at the management structure for efficiencies and cost savings. Suggest looking beyond Orbital and the failed companies Orbital has acquired for new management blood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Working at Orbital Sciences was the best job I ever had.

    Former Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Exciting, fast paced high level team.

    Cons

    Rocket science is demanding work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer metrics.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity.in this company Orbital.

    Cons

    None at this time for Orbital located in Dulles, VA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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