Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Fantastic Internship Experience

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

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences as an intern (less than a 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
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    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 to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Lots of very interesting programs to work on, and everything is fast-paced and exciting. Lots of opportunities if you are looking for them. Great network for Early Career.

    Cons

    Managers tend to have technical strengths, rather than expertise in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with engineering!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    worked a lot of overtime and weekends at orbital sciencesI

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

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

    Pros

    Run don't walk away from orbital sciences

    Cons

    everything about the company is no good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    suck on a exhaust pipe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    All right place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. SMF Middle 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
  9. Great company to work for!

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    • 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
  10. Being involved in spacecraft manufacturing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. I enjoyed my 15 years employment At Orbital

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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

    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

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