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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "CMM Technician/Inspector"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "A Company that Didn't Know What It Wanted to Be"

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

    I worked at Alliant Techsystems full-time

    Pros

    Had great technology in many varied product areas.

    Cons

    The company did not know where it was going, with some major markets drying up. For several years there was no overarching strategy.

  8. "Small Defense company with no direction of mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Bethel, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Bethel, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Anatomy at work, but often micro-managed by middle to bottom layer of management

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. Defense still on down-turn meaning no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Look at Honeywell big lay-off in 1992 - 7 layers of management!


  9. "ATK Review"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people were nice and okay to work with. Pay was good. The work wasn't hard. Management was pretty good to get along with.

    Cons

    Buildings were very old and dirty. No air. Bounced you around from job to job and shift to shift and building to building.

    Advice to Management

    Do better job of not bouncing and jerking employees around from place to place and job to job. It makes it hard for people that have to have set shifts and schedules and times that have families.


  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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