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Aerojet Rocketdyne Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule so you get every other Friday off (in 34 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule gives every other Friday off (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a feeling that current upper management group does not seem to place much value in skilled labor currently working for the company (in 17 reviews)

  • Lack of leadership in Information Technology (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent engineers and technicians. State of the art equipment (in some areas). 9/80 schedule. Several paid holidays. #rockets!

    Cons

    The wasted intelligence. AR has the smartest, most mechanical, and tech savvy people in the greater sacramento area....but the clowns running the show are either purposely running it into the ground...or just plain stupid. It's maddening!

    Advice to Management

    Help your best workers move on! Seriously! Write them recommendation letters without them asking. Ask everyone for their resumes and critique/edit them. Get them tuned up for their next venture. Most of us don't have the luxury to just retire when this ship finishes sinking.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sacramento plant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredible work force. Extremely intelligent and professional engineers with world class technical expertise in propulsion systems.

    Cons

    This company has no goal of being a company of choice for employees. All goals are focused on profit with no regard for the talent that is the core of the ability to make a profit. Sacramento site is being dismantled and on a path to closure. No future here for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Since the company is so goal driven, if you try to have atleast one goal to retain talent and attract new talent you can compete with other companies in the aerospace business. People are looking to leave Aerojet Rocketdyne rather than join the team.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship and Sinking Company"

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

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time

    Pros

    9/80 Schedule is the only thing that is good.

    Cons

    Little easy flexibility in work hours when you work a ton for a project. They don't care to even give you a day off to make up for lots of overtime.

    Sacramento is sinking. Talent is leaving or just hanging on for retirement. They don't care to keep opportunities up to keep people around. They often will throw money at someone who wants to leave, but there is no engagement from the leadership before that. There is lots of infighting between facilities. Upper management has no plan that they are willing to discuss with employees for the company. They say the facility will stay around, but then all actions point to it closing down like moving manufacturing elsewhere, having programs located elsewhere. Very intelligent employees have been treated to doing medial tasks that they don't want to do and is very much under their ability. Management does nothing to change the bad moral and the bad fighting culture between the facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees find work elsewhere. Offer to give recommendations and do this on a confidential level by not telling your supervisors that you have specific people who are looking to leave. Find opportunities elsewhere. Force upper management to give


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Sacramento - the dimming of a once great company"

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

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

    Pros

    There really isn't anything good to say about the company anymore. The last remnant of the old Aerojet is being dismantled.

    Cons

    The lost of the family that was Aerojet. It breaks my heart to see such talent broken up and scatter to the four winds. I expect less than 200 of the 1100+ people being displaced by the Sacramento closure will still be with the company in 3 yrs. Sad thing to watch this happen - all for the lack of long term vision of the executives for what could be accomplished. They just see the real estate land sales as the only use for the plant.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen to any advice so what's the point. RIP Aerojet


  6. Helpful (1)

    "contract Manager"

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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great People to work with.

    Cons

    lack of resources to do a job, overworked, company benefits have declined significantly. executive Mgmt does not follow company values


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervsr in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Supervsr in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay. 9/80 work week

    Cons

    Sacramento Facility is contracting and possibly closing.


  8. "Principal Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of Nice and Senior colleagues

    Cons

    Too much has been out-sourced


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technician propulsion unit"

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    Current Employee - Technician in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Technician in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people with lots of experience, free snack in break room, regular work week. Pay good for area.

    Cons

    Will not hire enough people to do workload being encountered throw it on the rest of the workforce. Benefits High deductible poor vision and dental. Very poor management structure scared of making decisions which affect moral. To many managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop advancing close friends or people willing to stab everyone in the back to secede.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work here to make less money and"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aerojet Rocketdyne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of talented, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. Unfair treatment of employees. Absolutely horrid medical insurance. Managers promote their friends, and leave the solid producers at the bottom. If you do well at certain jobs, they will keep you in that position so they don't have to find a suitable replacement if you were to be promoted. Certain coworkers do nothing but browse the Internet 9 hours a day. Others take advantage of the management, who do not care what hours you work or how much you produce. If you want to move up, do below average work but make sure you chat with management constantly. Constant threats of layoffs. Mandatory overtime when people keep quitting and they don't have enough trained people to complete the job on time.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the low performers. Start tracking workers performance and actual hours worked. These of us who try to do a good job are never rewarded for our hard work. After working there for a lot of years, a quick job search shows that you can make better money elsewhere.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting Employer that embraces leading edge technology solutions"

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    Former Employee - SOX Project Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - SOX Project Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Aerojet has interesting diverse initiatives and services both government (DoD) and commercial
    -Executive Management extremely qualified and knowledgeable in controls architecture
    -Very fast moving environment with a focus on enterprise level solutions
    -Collaborative/team approach to solutions

    Cons

    -Not for the faint of heart...very fast moving environment
    -Individuals are expected to perform due diligence on all recommendations-not for those that need detailed instructions
    -Very complex environment that used ERP extensively
    -Supply Chain knowledge necessary (AJ builds rockets)
    -Work/Life Balance is always a challenge with deadlines to be met

    Advice to Management

    Had a great Director who in my 20+ years experience I would rate in the top 3 of outstanding Management who still appreciates the humanity of her staff..


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