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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Guidance Navigation & Control Intern"

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    Former Intern - Guidance Navigation & Control in Dulles, VA
    Former Intern - Guidance Navigation & Control in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences as an intern

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, worked on my own project, pay was very good for an intern.

    Cons

    Was one of many, didn't seem like work was very valuable. Lunch was not free?

    Advice to Management

    Interface with interns more, and have them work on useful projects so that they feel valued.


  2. Helpful (3)

    ""Merger" Killed Everything Good!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Orbital Sciences Corporation was once an extremely rewarding place to work. It had a very innovative and entrepreneurial culture in which everyone worked very hard but toward the same collective goal.

    Cons

    The Orbital and ATK "merger" literally destroyed within the first year everything that had once been good (actually great) about Orbital. ATK is extremely antiquated (although they believe that they are very cutting edge) and they treat all employees as if they are "out to get the company". The ATK culture is based on building silos and a complete lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Former Orbital management needs to start pushing back on the pervasive and toxic ATK culture that is taking over. At least acknowledge that the "merger of equals" was actually an outright acquisition.

  3. "Sr Aerospace Engineer Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and lots of talented Managers

    Cons

    Spread too thin across the USA

    Advice to Management

    Get experts on board to accelerate job progress and enhance customer satisfaction


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Silo Culture at Dulles Campus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gained valuable experience working in international subcontract administration while collaborating with various suppliers from around the world to procure complex satellite hardware.

    Cons

    Joined Orbital's subcontracts group after working over ten years for a large defense contractor that embraced the Integrated Product Team (IPT) concept. This type of work environment fosters open collaboration between team members. During the on-site employment interview at Orbital, this was communicated to the hiring manager whom confirmed that an IPT work environment existed at Orbital.

    Soon it was discovered that Orbital may claim to have an IPT work environment, but it is dysfunctional due to its pervasive silo culture. Case in point: Communication flows one way and that is down from the program managers. This forces functional groups (e.g., engineering, planning, finance, supply chain management, etc.) in support of a program to resort to “finger pointing” when a task, milestone or suspense date is at risk. Subcontracts personnel are viewed as support staff only (i.e., just do what I say).

    Advice to Management

    Upper management must take the lead to dismantle the silo culture and establish a more collaborative IPT work environment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good money, good people. Typical bureaucracy."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with generally care about their jobs and doing good work. The money is decent. Many people are able to work well together and get the job done, despite the growing feeling that managers don't hear the "voice of the people". The company does a great job turning out well-built product in a very short time frame, making them successful with their business model. There is plenty of opportunity within the company to change jobs, achieve promotions, etc. The executive management team seems very sharp and genuine, even though they don't spend much time amongst the people.

    Cons

    The benefits are OK, but definitely a bit arcane. There is no true flex time for employees. The "little things" like meals for employees working crazy amounts of overtime are few and far between. There is only one cafeteria and the food isn't great (or cheap). The morale of workers (especially in the factory where product is built) is often poor. Engineers in other buildings (outside of the factory) don't typically work well with those doing the actual work. The metrics that are kept are not valuable and most managers/directors don't know how to effectively use data to make decisions. Decisions are mainly made based on gut feel or emotions. Most people come into the company looking to change the world, but after a year or two they are beat down and feel like their voice isn't heard. Management (including program managers, functional managers, etc) does not genuinely care about whether their workers have free time outside of work - it's really all about getting the job done (and the schedule is always tight), no matter what it takes; this puts workers in an impossible position where they only get good performance marks when they're willing to work ungodly amounts of overtime. In essence, there is no real work-life balance, and managers don't truly care. There isn't much work right now (2015) in the VA factory, so everyone is scared that they're going to be laid off soon. It's hard to implement process improvements without having to get buy-in from any number of other directors, VP's, etc. There is a lot of bureaucracy involved in the day-to-day job duties. To get simple forms or procedures approved, you have to get signatures from high level personnel (directors, VP's) - a lot of the approvals processes are wasteful and expensive. The approvals processes seemed designed around a very small company that grew but then never changed their practices.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on building cross-functional teams and improving the morale of the work force. Better perks in the job benefits category would be helpful. Try to be more compassionate about requiring people to give up their lives to work insane amounts of overtime. Executive Mgmt should try to tour the factory more often or interface with some of the "lower-level" personnel more frequently.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sad to see such potential deteriorate."

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    I would have said opportunity, pay and benefits a little over two years ago. Now, nothing comes to mind other than it being a source of temporary income.

    Cons

    Job security, pay, and incompetent management resulting from years of complacency.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding incompetent management. In other words, your cheese has moved.


  7. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Master Engineer I in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Master Engineer I in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of different opportunities. Most management is fair.

    Cons

    Expects you to work a lot of extra hours, usually unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Give better bonus structure to engineering staff. Paid overtime would be great.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Programs"

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    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun Projects, State of the Art Technologies

    Cons

    Company has fundamentally changed from it's beginnings.

    Advice to Management

    Poor long term planning...


  9. "Good people and interesting work!"

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    Current Employee - Chief Mission Architect in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Chief Mission Architect in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is comprised of highly motivated, highly capable people. Most people work on more than one effort, providing a breadth of challenging work and the opportunity to work with a wider range of people in the company. The climate encourages finding innovative solutions to difficult technical problems.

    Cons

    There is some uncertainty as the company works to integrate after the merger with ATK. Management is working to achieve this integration, but it seems that much of this work is behind the scenes and less transparent.

    Advice to Management

    As we work through the merger, continue to preserve the strong climate we've had at Orbital and capitalize on the breadth that ATK brings. More transparency would be appreciated, where practical, as the integration proceeds.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Working in IT can be real rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people in the IT department are what makes this job great.

    Cons

    Company under pays positions even though expectations are higher than most companies.

    Advice to Management

    If you expect a world class employee,
    You have to pay what the market demands or you will continue to lose great talent. It shouldn't always be about management bonuses and cutting costs with salaries. Treat employees well so they have a reason to stay!


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