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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Alliant Techsystems President, CEO, and Director Mark W. DeYoung
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  1. "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


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. 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.


  5. "finance review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    in the middle of challenging programs that are interesting

    Cons

    way too many requests for information and reports. not enough correct staffing. improve benefits, we make a bunch of money every year but always seem to downgrade benefits

    Advice to Management

    get more engineers working directly on projects


  6. "Typical Aerospace Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    High Pressure on PMs to meet revenues.


  7. "Aerospace Structure"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging job, reasonable benefits, potential career advancement, several locations around the USA, can learn many skills from working on different projects and with many talented people.

    Cons

    Too much politics and management changes, each wants the job to be done their own way which confuses the employees, can be very stressful work environment and demands long working hours, benefits always changing for the worst

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers based on their knowledge not friendship and connections

  8. "Demanding, but can be rewarding"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are still decent; friendly atmosphere for the most part between employees and management (from my perspective as an employee); general feeling that hard work pays off in terms of bonuses and compensation increases. Company gives the personal if not financial impression that they want employees to stay for the long-term. Most employees seem to want to stay for the long-term. Job satisfaction and enjoyment seems to be highly dependent on immediate supervisor.

    Cons

    Benefits declined and some were eliminated over the years I worked for them, however they were arguably exceptionally good when I started. 40 hour work weeks do not exist for many positions such as IT - they require significantly more than that in order to just maintain operations let alone complete projects or deal with emergency situations. In other words, people were doing half-way jobs because they were given the work of >2 people. It is hard to have job satisfaction when you can never do a job to a decent standard. Bonuses and salary increases could be more performance based rather than just divvying up a set amount of available funds among departments and the members of those departments. Job satisfaction and enjoyment seems to be highly dependent on immediate supervisor. Switching to 9/80 and then switching back was a bad tease; bad move.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest enforcing comp time for salaried positions, in other words take it out of the discretion of supervisors. Even at 4:1 ratio it would have earned me and many co-workers many hours of extra time-off when things were not extremely busy. Suggest providing means and motivation for employees to voice complaints and positive views about immediate supervisors/managers without the fear of negative repercussions. Suggest non-management promotions such as technical or engineering track be more equivalent to management promotions in terms of individual performance rather than departmental allocations.


  9. "Elkton MD -- good intentions, but ..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkton, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, incredibly important mission. People work very hard.

    Cons

    Leadership does not work especially well as a team. No shared, proactive vision for the future. A lot of "Do what I say, not what I do." Due to nature of work, physical work environment lacks amenities.

    Advice to Management

    People will follow -- if you can give a clear, coherent, compelling vision of the future.


  10. "ATK"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Magna, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay, product was interesting, close to home.

    Cons

    Company was unstable, RIFs, benefits decreasing.


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