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"Advancement based on your level of effort a double edged sword"

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Current Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ
Current Employee - Engineer in Chandler, AZ
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Environment: Professional, respectful coworkers form a cohesive community, with a few exceptions which are appropriately kept in check by good management. Mix of experienced and bright-eyed, busy-tailed workers provides learning opportunities for both. Teammates are particularly helpful and genuine people.

Management: Orbital fosters the rare species of management which takes suggestions and criticism from employees constructively. Minimal (employee) politics at lower levels. Multiple venues for upward feedback and regular reports from management on state of affairs.

Mobility and Recognition: Opportunity to focus on team or individual work styles, depending on group. There is plenty of lateral and upward mobility. Orbital is amenable to employees switching between departments and projects as long as qualifications suffice and the motivation to succeed is there. Grunt-work is well distributed amongst all levels of experience and not limited to greenies. Merit-based raises and merit-based promotions. You will be recognized for your hard work here if you are patient.

Great benefits and family-oriented atmosphere. Small company feel.

Cons

Possibility for Career Stagnation. It is possible to go to sleep in your career here. Daily tasks range from mundane to ambiguous at times. You can also commit career suicide by choosing not to pursue advancement opportunities thereby pidgeon-holing yourself into very limited future employment prospects.

Difficult Personalities. A few employees resent new talent and tend to drive away top performers. Other employees (not all) consider mentoring a nuisance but still want the credit for it, so be prepared to mentor yourself (and take the heat for it) the majority of the time if you get one of these. Pettiness/gossip can easily damage reputations of those caught in the fray, so stay out of it.

Limited Innovation. Many projects advertise new and exciting responsibilities but end up being more of the same. Requests for a particular group or type of work may go unheeded by management, instead distracting you with a heavier workload. Not necessarily a good place for innovative, highly motivated workers or those requiring a challenging work environment.

Reduced Flexibility: Management has clamped down on Flex Time, and time in chair has taken a bigger role as a measure of your commitment. Limited work from home opportunity regardless of your job description seems archaic.

Anecdotal management style of customers flows downhill to create non-sensical, self destructive policies.

Not a good place for vulgar jokes or sardonic personalities.

Mandatory "Shut Down" week forces you to use your vacation hours.

Advice to Management

Keep the small company feel! Limit the bureaucracy.

No one star performer is worth stifling new talent over and over. Get rid of those who make a career out of sabotaging others before Orbital loses its edge - you know who they are.

Don't take away Flex Time and other perks from those who haven't abused them unless you are looking to reduce morale. Orbital can remain a great place to work as long as the good employees aren't punished for the shortcomings of the not so good ones...don't lose sight of what keeps Orbital an attractive place to work.
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Other Employee Reviews for Orbital Sciences

  1. "Harness Design Engineer- Orbital Sciences"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Harness Design Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Harness Design Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple programs to choose from. Satellites, launch vehicles, tracking stations, military application, experiments are just a few of the types of applications offered at Orbital

    Cons

    Possibility of being laid off. With government contracts and the economy, there is a real chance of being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire competent people however the salaries offered needs to be more in line with the national average.


  2. "Orbital is a decent place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In failing economy they seemed to try hard to minimize layoffs and did a little at a time. Pay and benefits were better than other places I worked.

    Cons

    Staffing levels are often off. Way overstaffed when I was there. A lot of people were looking for something to do. They take bureaucracy to a whole new level. Very difficult to get things done in that environment.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of loose lips at Orbital with respect to internal happenings. Rumors always seemed to be true and were more reliable and timely source of what was going on than my supervisor.


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