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Pros
  • Great cafeteria, beautiful location & surroundings, great people to work with (in 12 reviews)

  • Lots of technical challenge and interesting work (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • This type of work environment fosters open collaboration between team members (in 7 reviews)

  • As an engineer, you will not be provided with the time or schedule to get the job done right (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work was challenge and exciting many obstacles and needs for further research and development and research. More supervision was necessary

    Cons

    More instruction needed and responsibilities no supervision of guidance by appropriate supervisors allot of software issues and no help or guidance available

    Advice to Management

    Review all candidates


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Confirmation of Previous Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A place of very dedicated and intelligent people. Program Managers often (specially for small spacecrafts) mingle with their team of leads and engineers. (Please note: they are the real warriors there!).
    The environment, despite the RIFs terrorizing the Company, is friendly and progressive - even with the incompetent Upper Management.

    Cons

    What was written by the review entitled “Crushing schedules, demoralizing work environment, low raises, and little opportunity for advancement...” is VERY TRUE! No need to re-write what was so well expressed!
    As long as Orbital continues to let Tech Ops get away with its unrealistic and out-of-touch leadership, the Company will continue to loose its brilliancy that once characterized its achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve Tech Ops. Give its Management the taste of their own recommendations by "kindly" letting them go... Make the rest of the Company happy - Phoenix style!

  3. "Summer Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Dulles, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a great experience in Orbital's internship program. I learned a lot, my manager was helpful and not overbearing at all, and I worked with a great team who were always willing to help me when I needed it. The company appreciates their interns and really makes an effort to provide a good experience for them.

    Cons

    I did not get a very broad experience during my internship because I was only working on one part of one project, but I think that is to be expected.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place for a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel valued here, am given a great deal of latitude and trust, the company has a pretty strong benefits package, but perhaps most importantly the work is almost always challenging and cutting edge. I'm amazed at the projects I've been able to be involved in over my 10+ years here, and I expect more after the upcoming merger.

    Cons

    In many areas Orbital is still trying to find a balance between being a small company and competing with the big boys, while at the same time trying to adjust to new competition and cost challenges. This occasionally leads to unclear or conflicting direction from upper management.


  5. "Overall a great company to work for in the Space Industry."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and vacation package. Able to work into new and upper positions. Get to work on the entire system and not just one aspect of the design.

    Cons

    Program management varies from Program to Program and can change the entire nature of the Project. No sick days, need to use your vacation days.


  6. "A midsized aerospace company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Orbital has traditionally compensated it's employees well. Technology is pretty good and campus life seems active.

    Cons

    Management structure too heavy for this size company limiting its ability to maneuver. Moves too slow to be effective in the market space.

    Advice to Management

    Ask, what is the value add to all the management layers?


  7. "Great company, interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, salary, benefits, interesting work.

    Cons

    Culture is tough, engineers tend to be narrow minded people, they need to think outside the box sometimes.

  8. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed atmosphere
    Good benefits
    Exciting work
    Mostly routine working hours (depending on the time of the year and your program)
    Good employees

    Cons

    Lots of middle management
    Could be leaner
    Can feel stuffy
    Engineer-oriented
    Little to none business training available


  9. "Nice experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of your peers are talented, challenging work, good food in the Orbiteria and great medical/dental benefits.

    Cons

    Overkill on some processes which are redundant, time consuming, waste of resources and repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your processes to avoid overlaps.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best experience you'll ever have, but ok."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was a Principal Electrical Engineer in SSG for many years until recent layoffs (2013-14). As far as I can tell over 200 employees were RIFed company-wide.

    Interesting work. A great experience to work with a company that manufactures communications satellites.

    Most MEs at my level had more fun in the highbay and get to work with cool CAD tools. Most EEs have a more boring secondary function of managing subcontracts.

    Flexible work hours and good benefits. Salary with overtime pay during some crunch periods.

    It’s a pleasant environment with nice landscaping, cafeteria, workout room, attractive offices/cubes with windows.

    Travel can be enjoyable to sites all over the world.

    Cons

    We were required to take lots self-training courses repeated over and over every year, some of which did not apply directly to what we were doing.

    It can sometimes be hard to maintain healthy work/life balance, it just depends on the number of active contracts (feast or famine).

    At times, middle management could be downright hostile to employees. I noticed this rubbing off between employees. At times there was some task offloading forced on one group, for example, the Mechanical group to the RF group in crunch periods.

    Orbital can be a stressful and sometimes toxic work environment. Hour by hour work task prediction and task progress with efficiency scoring is required by all employees using a daily tracking program (WALT). If you’re not so good at predicting your own work load, which can include a lot of unpredictable tasks due to the nature of the work, and your honest about your hours on each task, you could be putting yourself in jeopardy of being axed from your job. I observed employees fudging the numbers in protest.

    Don’t plan on doing much, if any, hands on work if you’re in the RF components group. There’s just no need for it. All build and test is done by the component subcontractors prior to shipment. Testing at spacecraft level is intentionally handled by others.

    Most recognition/awards seem to be limited to upper management.

    Contract wins are not guaranteed, lay-offs can happen. Orbital is now in the process of merging with ATK.

    Engineers need actual training and professional development opportunities to maintain interest.

    Slow salary growth and little potential for career development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the latest software technologies, training employees, and continue process improvement. Stay ahead of and contribute to the latest advances in payload flexibility as if your success depended on it. I think you know this already.


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