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Alliant Techsystems Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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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. "good for me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Corp. HR - Orbital ATK merger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedule - 9/80 (Although, that will not continue after the close of Orbital ATK merger)
    - Competitive benefits

    Cons

    - Low morale across the company due to merger with Orbital Sciences
    - Non-existent talent recruitment
    - Lack of trust in Corporate HR
    - Inconsistent performance management process - rarely enforced, and its use varies across deparments. I was told by HR staff to "make up" goals.

    Advice to Management

    Mergers contribute to a challenging work environment. - employees are concerned with keeping their job and adapting to change. However, HR did little to communicate the transition process or make themselves available to employees with questions. In fact, some employees still do not know whether or not they have a job with the new company. HR is completely desensitized and demonstrates a disregard for employee morale.

    This promotes a poor work environment. I advise management to reconsider its outreach strategy. Otherwise, retention will be very low and Orbital ATK risks losing talented staff.


  3. "Very Good Atmosphere, Interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible Morale at ATK, Ole Boys Club in Its Ugliest Form"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No pros for ATK overall. Some people like 9/80 schedule. Since most of us are waiting to be laid off, it is easy to do other errands during day.

    Cons

    There are 2 categories of employees here. Those that have been at ATK for around 30 years, and the others with less than 10 and almost nobody between the two. Just a year ago, ATK had a number of younger motivated engineers that were great contributors. Corrupt managers laid them all off and kept dinosaurs because it is ole boys club in its ugliest form. The only thing that matters at ATK is number of years you spent there. You can be totally useless, they will still keep you because they just know your family. ATK is make up numbers type of company. They lie to customers.
    ATK did not design a new products for least 3 decades. They have been running only sustainment type of projects. If you stay at ATK for long time, your skills will deteriorate, and you will be incapable of working anywhere else. Same with managers. Managers and dinosaurs engineers are like one entity. The only thing they know is micromanagement on steroids in order to steal someone's else ideas or design. ATK in Clearwater is pathetically controlling environment where employees have no freedom and control. Even for small tasks here, it takes too long with too many people involved. HR is non existent except when they lay someone off. Employees that are still there are extremely unmotivated and teritorial. Everyone is waiting to collect severance.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 90% of the upper and mid level managers in Clearwater. Stop protecting your friends despite the fact that you knew them for decades; most of them do not contribute at all.


  6. "Quality Inspector, Defense, Lake City Ammunition Army Base"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector, Quality in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - Inspector, Quality in Independence, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people! i loved my coworkers and the company kept us well informed and treated us well. It's a manufacturing environment but the upper management still brought us in monthly for hour long meetings to talk about safety, profits, statistics, company issues, etc. At holidays the company held lunch or dinners for us, catered, gave us pretty decent gifts, like bags, shirts, even turkeys on Thanksgiving. I felt respected and valued by the company and i loved my team!

    Cons

    Sadly, laid off after the military cut backs. ATK had to deal with significant decreases in profitability and thus, restructured in a way to maximize. This resulted in lesser quality assurance and probably will increase some safety problems. I don't think the company expected this kind of decrease so suddenly.

    Advice to Management

    consider retaining your best people in cut backs....?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent Management, Brilliant Engineers, Everyone Terrified."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -amazing technology, able to develop products that launch
    -machine shop, test facilities and design engineering capabilities all on site

    Cons

    -corporate management is consistently a joke
    -top down hierarchical culture
    -inability to appropriately plan match people's skills to projects
    -severe underbidding on multiple projects hurts valued customers
    -people screaming at each other is allowed - lack of professionalism is rampant from top down
    -everything is a secret - communication is terrible
    -nobody ever explain the "whys" or has a vision of the future
    -no strategic direction, site management is a puppet to the larger organization
    -human resources is a joke - they do not care or monitor that people are unhappy
    -morale is terrible, high degree of nepotism
    -everyone is scared of losing their job, people are just waiting to be fired to collect their severance
    -questionable "bonding" with the PMs on the government side - when your gov't customer gets a DUI after they've been out with you and the company then I think there is a severe cultural problem propagated and encouraged by the site head because they are too scared to actually enforce ethics.

    Advice to Management

    This is one of the few times where I actually think that a high priced consultant is necessary. Hire McKinsey and clean house of the terrible middle management.
    -Sorely lacking good leadership- develop a leadership development program
    -Offer optional buyouts that are greater than severance. If you did the calcs then you would save a lot more money on overhead.
    -Actually develop your engineers' skill sets


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Beltsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, intelligent people, large infrastructure in aerospace products. Work life balance is reasonable, benefits are industry average (some better, some worse). Their 401k offering is above par, good health benefits and employee discounts.

    Cons

    PTO is combined vacation/sick, which isn't great, but average. Wide variety of maturity across sites, leads to some lack of process definition and teaming. Work atmosphere was a bit haphazard at times, with nebulous goals & way too much focus on metrics that didn't really mean anything.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees need support, and don't just expect they have everything handled. Look at providing more process maturity & consistency across sites, organization & divisions. Stop managing from above with useless metrics and start understanding what's going on in the business. Get rid of the "yes men/women" and the buzzword bingo toting managers. Cultivate real talent and push the penny pinchers & micro-managers aside.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Space Systems has interesting projects to work on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tech in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average,
    Lean Initiatives used to run the business
    Great people to work with overall.

    Cons

    Merger with Orbital led to several layoffs
    Promotions slow and raises low to average.
    Management is running the facility too Lean.
    Not enough Technicians & Inspectors, necessitating a lot of overtime, leading to tired, burnt out staff.
    Training overall is below average which means lots of mistakes, rework, repair and scrap.
    Equipment is dated overall and not enough to do the jobs efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk
    Cut the catered all hands meetings in the parking lot and put the money towards sufficient staff, training, state of the art tools and equipment to do their jobs


  11. "The job is fine, management is iffy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Ashby, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work with explosives, flexible start times, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    To much interoffice politics! (but this is likely everywhere in today's employment)

    Advice to Management

    People who actually work their whole shift should receive a positive rating. Those who only work half their shift should receive a poor rating.

    Address problems with the person or persons who have the problem.


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