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Aerojet Rocketdyne Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Good vacation time, payed holiday shutdown Christmas to New Years, 9-80 schedule (in 36 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule gives every other Friday off (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management doesn't know how to compete anymore for new contracts (in 21 reviews)

  • Driving good people away who can make differences (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Specialist Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Aerojet Rocketdyne does a wide array of propulsion from small thrusters to booster engines, solid motors to electric propulsion. There are usually opportunities to work across the entire corporate culture.

    Cons

    Leadership is currently lacking a core vision for the company and communication is very poor. Heavy emphasis is placed on managers to have a high utilization which limits their involvement with their direct reports. As a result, many people are left to self-manage their workloads and their careers. This is good if you are established and can operate independently of the management chain, however this is a huge challenge if you are not established and identified with 1-2 expert competencies.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time talking to your direct reports and solicit ideas for internal and external opportunities. You have a team of talented people to rely on, don't try to do everything by yourself.


  2. "Poor morale"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location is excellent and accessible from most areas east of Sacramento. Salary is competitive with other companies in the area.

    Cons

    The morale is terrible and the executive management is divorced from any contributing site. There is little opportunity to grow within the company unless you sell your soul and work late nights and weekends.

  3. "Rocketdyne used to be a great company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time

    Pros

    They made great products and had wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    They went downhill even more after the merger with Aerojet.


  4. "Fascinating Company"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Canoga Park, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Canoga Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They do amazing stuff here. It's incredible to be surrounded by such a rich history and people with such extensive knowledge.

    Cons

    The building I worked in felt a little drab and outdated.


  5. "Has Potential Buuutttt...."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Spotsylvania, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Spotsylvania, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule/best group of people I've ever worked with/pay is good for the area. I can't really think of anymore pros

    Cons

    No forward thinking/afraid of change/simple or everyday tasks are hindered by the copious amounts of paperwork before you can actually do anything. Older work force = older ways of doing things. Not very innovative at my particular facility

    Advice to Management

    Start holding people who don't do ANYTHING accountable. Start listening to the guys on the floor, and you might be surprised the ideas that you'll hear. A company picnic would be nice too


  6. "Great place to work, but wish it had a more competitive salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. There really is no stress and you get great technical challenges in a very supportive network

    Cons

    wish they had a more competitive salary.


  7. "Stay Away For Your Own Good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, OK benefits, Reasonable pay

    Cons

    Highly political - you will struggle to get the most basic goal accomplished
    Leadership has no clue - they are all about cost cutting - micro manage every detail regardless of seniority. Worst leadership I have ever had
    Consultants undo influence - decisions are made by outside consultants who have relationships with the execs

    Advice to Management

    None they would listen to

  8. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn.

    Cons

    Poor location to live. Not much to do in the city.


  9. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Operations Data Support IV in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Data Support IV in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, every other Friday off, co-workers are pleasant

    Cons

    Software used is not beneficial... it has changed a few times since I have worked there and the "bugs" have not been worked out.

    Advice to Management

    Make more opportunities to appreciate your employees


  10. "Associate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are experts in many fields and are all willing to teach!

    Cons

    There is a population of people who are not serious about their work. These people can be detrimental to a program.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt needs to have more communication, professional and personal, with the team.


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