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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. Helpful (1)

    "Caring for your employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In order for a company to grow the management must lead by example in caring and love.

    Cons

    It is wrong for a company to control your vacation time to their advanage

    Advice to Management

    You should always put others before yourself especially in emergencies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "start off great, went down hill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Adjuster in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    coworkers, pay, when i finally get to leave

    Cons

    the benefits went up, the managers and so called "union " are to busy fighting over who can take money away from me the worker faster.

    Advice to Management

    start treating your workers better.


  3. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Controls in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Program Controls in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company that is very flexible with quick reaction to demands.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility due to small size.


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  5. "Started out great but now Lake City is falling apart."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Technician in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are decent, they start you with over three weeks vacation in the first year. We used to get bonuses based on realistic goals.

    Cons

    They change your schedule multiple times a year. Management is now a holy terror. Mandatory overtime is now just part of your regular schedule so you can forget about family time. They continue to try and outsource our jobs. Management has set goals so high that they are unattainable given the equipment that we have and the lack of support groups (maintenance, electricians, engineering, skilled trades) Our best skilled trades have left to go elsewhere for better work environment and opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees right. Settle on a contract with the IAM so Lake City can get back to churning out world class ammo made in the heartland instead of outsourcing our jobs and trying to micromanage us into oblivion.


  6. "Worked for ATK in the following business groups: Composites and Launch Systems."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering, Quality, Product, Process, Etc in Brigham City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work for the most part. Worked on the cutting edge of some processes and technologies.

    Cons

    Frustrated when working with the government (defense) and ATK project managers working on government projects. They are slow to respond to requests for changes.
    Ignore issues and problems associated with products and manufacturing processes.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Top down overweening management that provides little more than bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Engineering in Ogden, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work. Nice location. Minimal whip cracking.

    Cons

    Management's self importance. Leadership is largely parasitic, at it's best when it does nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 80% of yourselves.


  8. "Good projects and opportunities, but future is unknown"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering in Magna, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent co workers, tools, opportunities for learning. Pretty good compensation package, but all salaries in Utah are low compared to other states.

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't really know what their direct reports do on a daily basis. Lots of uncertainty coming with the Orbital merger.

    Advice to Management

    People are nervous and worried about the future. Stop the excuse of "we can't say anything" and share some facts about what the next year might look like.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good products, terrible management seems to be the theme"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well, their products are good. At the lower levels, they have some really good and talented people at every site.

    Cons

    Management from the top to the bottom is terrible. Constant changes, decisions made based on little or no data, and a good 'ol boys club of who gets advanced. Customers constantly tell me they hate working with ATK but the products are good. It's a make-the-numbers-first company, so know that if you go there. And the numbers weren't looking that good.

    Advice to Management

    Take some accountability for your poor performance. You aren't doing the employees any favors, and if the job market was better more would be leaving.


  10. "Great people. Too political."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Work environment was the best ever.

    Cons

    Many of the managers ignored the superior performers and rewarded the "dead wood"!

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable and ask them to think outside the box for additional projects that may save people's jobs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Worked for ATK in Plymouth, but upper management located in West Virginia - obviously a bad situation for all!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alliant Techsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The fellow engineers and analysts are good at what they do and are good people. The building is well maintained and the free coffee/tea is welcome. The benefits are par for a small defense company.

    Cons

    POOR MANAGEMENT! Example: if you run out of work to do, the section lead wants you (engineer) to run around and ask for work - this is not the case in most companies. In most defense or aero companies the section lead finds the work for the engineer. The company is mostly defense, which means that the work flow varies as a roller coaster. Be prepared for layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be closer to those they mange, either move the operation to Rocket Center West Virginia, or move management to Plymouth - this is a necessity. Also, section leads (middle and lower management) should take more of an interest in their charges - they need to understand that management should manage - it is not realistic to expect employees to run around looking for work from other employees.


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