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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. "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.


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They strive to make products that work, every time. They do development well, and are an understanding employer.

    Cons

    The defense industry has changed considerably in recent years. This makes projects more aggressive, and sometimes will take on less technical challenge.

  3. "Good work life balance."

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits. 12 hr shifts equal a nice amount of time off. Better pay than any other Lab Tech job around.

    Cons

    Management showed too much favoritism to certain hourly employees. Management didn't care about the uneven workload as long as the work got done.


  4. "ATK (Now "Orbital ATK") operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant which makes ammo for the U.S. armed forces."

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    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor - Explosives - Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in East Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor - Explosives - Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in East Independence, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay, decent job-specific training. Overtime pay available regularly. Paid health ins. match part of 401k.

    Cons

    Expect up to 12 hour shifts that can change in the matter of a few days. Sometimes a lot of overtime, other times lay off up to 20% of the workforce for lack of demand for product. Short notice on complete shift" change makes it difficult to arrange child care and other factors of personal life. Company recently spun off it's profitable "sporting" division and moved it to Utah. Outlook for remaining "military" and space exploration portions seems a little bleak as U.S. doesn't deploy as many small arms carrying Boots on the Ground troops as they used to in the past and space programs seem to be shutting down.

    Advice to Management

    Try to design some shift stability into personnel and shift change decisions. Upper management needs better communication with front line management to encourage quicker and more efficient production changes. Encourage management to embrace commercial small arms market a lot more to ensure the health of the local production at Lake City plant.


  5. "Overall, pretty good"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good assignments - demanding but good. Usually, you are rewarded for hard work.
    I always went into an assignment with an attitude that I'll do whatever it takes to be successful - long hours, research on my own time, weekends. I was usually recognized for this effort (but not so much in the later years).

    Very smart engineering analytical staff and design staff. Most are willing to teach younger engineers and they have time to do so. As an older engineer, I did.

    New engineers are not normally loaded up too much, but if they stick around for two years they will be, but I think in a good way.

    About half of the Chief Engineers, Project Engineers, and Program Managers came from a record of excellent performance accomplishments in a design or analysis background (the other half not so much - see below).

    Program managers always make time to talk to the analysts and design engineers. They are truly interested in the modeling and simulation results, and I mean the details of inputs, IV&V efforts (credibility), details of results (I was very impressed many times!).

    Good pay and vacation benefits. Above average for sure.

    Good work-life balance - except for some unavoidable crunch times (to be expected).

    Cons

    The company is way too top heavy with too many layers of management, and they are beginning to lose touch with their employees. Back when the company was Thiokol, it was not that way. I was on a first name basis with president of program management who reported directly to the CEO - but that was Thiokol. ATK has become something different.

    Some (NOT ALL) upper management are hoping too much about future projects/programs when they need to get to work and push for many new technologies knowing only some will pay-off (Some do get to work - hard). But they are losing contracts and are depending too much on big government contracts. They talk about innovation, but rarely allow the time and resources to let that happen.

    Some project/chief engineers need to re-do a stint in analysis or design so that they remember tech stuff again. They are depending too much on riding the bureaucracy and hoping nobody notices they don't know what a differential equation is anymore or the fact they never did an analysis or even wrote a computer code.

    I'm worried that management has become too separated from the workers too much, and it will eventually lead to too many disconnects that cause failures (i.e. ALV).

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management layers (It will mean management layoff - or moving them back to a worker level). Listen to the engineers and techs doing the real design and assembly work and at least implement some of their recommendations.


  6. "Great stepping stone for personal growth."

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    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Engineer I in Clearfield, UT
    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Engineer I in Clearfield, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Potential of personal career growth due to tuition reimbursement. Use it as a stepping stone to get ahead in your career. Ton of Overtime.

    Cons

    Ton of hours (could be pro or con), management is very unorganized. Need ton of management refinement. Due to contract not enough pay.

    Advice to Management

    Refine upper management, the manufacturing process is discombobulated but getting better. Hold employees responsible for their mistakes.


  7. "good for me"

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    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Clearfield, UT
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Clearfield, UT
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of cool equipment
    talented co-workers
    interesting products
    good focus on safety

    Cons

    Not all, but many managers seem to have been selected due to their skill in self promotion with no obvious value to the company
    Proposals for new work are often non-competitive due to high costs

    Advice to Management

    Spinning off Vista is a great idea, consider splitting off more unconnected divisions.

  8. "Very Good Atmosphere, Interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility is available for qualified applicants. Projects are very interesting and new skill sets are easily obtained if an individual wants to apply them selves

    Cons

    Government Contract Reliant need more commercial contracts. A more Diverse project base could help stabilize the workforce and increase interest in the compant

    Advice to Management

    Get more commercial contracts


  9. "Great internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Nozzle Analysis in Corinne, UT
    Former Intern - Nozzle Analysis in Corinne, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got treated like any other engineer at the company. Great people to work with. The management in general are personable and likable.

    Cons

    The number of layoffs in the recent past seem to have created a culture of mistrust in management.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and courteous to your employees. Try to put yourself in their shoes.


  10. "Great company to work for. Hard work, but you can balance work and life pretty well."

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Beltsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small enough to get exposed to various different activities.

    Cons

    Paid vacation includes sick days and carry over unused paid vacation hours is only 80hrs per year.

    Advice to Management

    If company restrict unused paid vacation carry over to following year so tightly, company should allow sick day or vice versa.


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