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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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Pros
  • 9/80 work week, there was plenty of work and it was interesting, people were generally friendly, very good benefits package (in 13 reviews)

  • Large company with good benefits and great people (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • tunnel vision management and top heavy (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and vacation for the location

    Cons

    No room to grow in the job

    Advice to Management

    Award promotions based on skill not years at ATK


  2. "PM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keyser, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Keyser, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work in various areas.

    Cons

    Dis functional, lack of respect, cliques, lack of recognition, stressful

  3. "Laid Back, Not Great for Advanced Learning"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Somewhat flexible schedule, core hours ~9:30-3
    - Sometimes too laid back

    Cons

    - Sometimes too laid back (small offices)
    - Not enough information from headquarters & too D.C.-centric
    - Lack of continuing education and mentorship
    - Some offices way too bureaucratic and senior management covers-their-butts

    Advice to Management

    - More communication


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    9-80 work schedule is great

    Cons

    Politics and favoritism is poison

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoritism


  5. "Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked on really amazing projects

    Cons

    Long commute to Promontory everyday.


  6. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Money is above average

    Cons

    I met very few people in this organization at staff and leadership levels who could hold the same job in a job with lower margins ...

    Advice to Management

    learn to manage at lower profit margins ... even it it is just as an exercise - before you are required to


  7. "Buyer Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Has a gym for employees, one week long end of year holiday PTO

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals.demands for small staff department

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company does well in promoting and gaining alliances with a diverse group of manufacturers. Consistency in wages, benefits, strategic goals and communication made this a "family" I enjoyed working with and for.

    Cons

    ATK closes many plants, disrupting many lives, and often without (what looks like) solid business reasons.


  9. "innovative company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    interesting company with innovative products

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Howell, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Howell, UT

    Pros

    Big-company security.
    Fascinating products.
    Honorable co-workers.
    Isolated location, nice for lunch-time walks.

    Cons

    Big-company insecurity.
    Top-heavy, aloof management.
    Typical government contractor.
    No employee empowerment.
    No active designs.

    Advice to Management

    I come from a small-business background, where active designs ensure a companies ongoing success. ATK would not pursue any research or design unless they had a government contract for it; promising projects were killed when this policy was implemented. Consequently, ATK had no native technology to bring to the table. All of the competent engineers in my section left during my six month contract or shortly thereafter.

    I admire the patience of any engineer that can work under ATK management for years on end. I expect that the same is true for other aerospace companies.

    BTW: ATK was acquired by Orbital. I don't know whether Orbital has restored some of the needed development projects or whether they are still strictly on the government dole. The Promontory, UT facility has been in decline since Thiokol was first sold to Morton.


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