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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated March 6, 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)

  • Good work-life balance - except for some unavoidable crunch times (to be expected) (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "OK employer"

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week, there was plenty of work and it was interesting, people were generally friendly, very good benefits package.

    Cons

    Middle management played favorites even though it goes against the company's ethics policy, increases are given to a select few even though each department has a separate budget for increases. In the department I worked in after my first favorable review I was told that my starting wage had been set a little higher to entice my employment and that because she considered the first year a learning year refused to give me an increase. Unlike many successful companies in the same industry, like Northrop Grumman, ATK does not give cost of living raises.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at middle management and see who is the brains behind them. That's the people who should be rewarded. It's team work and the rewards should go to the team, not just the best friend.


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  5. "Master Scheduler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work, life, balance - 9/80 schedule which is a huge plus!

    Cons

    At times it felt that teams working against each other.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage team building.


  6. "More concerned about their bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with in my particular department were great people. A few of the managers in my particular department were great leaders and knew how to coach and develop their team in a very positive and effective manner.

    Cons

    When they were at the end of their contract and was time to renew the contract with the government, they made a very low cost proposal to win the bid. And in doing so, they got rid of a lot of their best employees to save cost so they could keep the low cost "promise" they made to the government. In doing so, they sacrificed a lot of quality and ended up with a lot of overworked employees that are currently underpaid and under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making promises you can't keep. Take care of your employees and they will be loyal and take care of you.


  7. "Disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Prooduct Development Engineer in Clearfield, UT
    Former Employee - Prooduct Development Engineer in Clearfield, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Average benefits. Can work on projects that are unique and highly technical

    Cons

    Disorganized management. Low moral. Company waste a lot of the government's money. Too fast of a pace to e the job one right. End up doing things two or three times because of poor organization.

    Advice to Management

    Start making good sound decisions.


  8. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Onalaska, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Onalaska, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High level of employee engagement. Great benefits. Excellent training and employee development tools. Lots of incentives for those who work hard. Company invests in equipment and training to increase productivity and bottom line. Safety is #1.

    Cons

    Company doesn't seem to understand the impact its random acquisitions and closures do to the employees and the communities it leaves in the dust.

    Advice to Management

    Onalaska should never have been closed.


  9. "Production Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is easy, the day goes by very fast, funny people, decent pay for the area. comfortable temperature year around.

    Cons

    Some things are really tedious, supervisors there think that they are something special. They pit people against each other for lead positions and if you aren't interested in competing, they will make things hard on you.

    Advice to Management

    Pull those sticks out of your rectum.


  10. "CMM Technician/Inspector"

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    Current Employee - Source Inspector in Elkridge, MD
    Current Employee - Source Inspector in Elkridge, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good company for technical issue.good technical problems to solve.Nice benefits.good Environments.

    Cons

    force to get job done

    Advice to Management

    I cannot advice managements


  11. "Operation Team Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Magna, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over all great place to work

    Cons

    The change to our Benefit, And also working with union employees.


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