Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2018

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3.4
71%
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84%
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Orbital Sciences Chairman and CEO David W. Thompson
David W. Thompson
106 Ratings
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
  • "Large percentage of time spent on travel, poor work-life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • "Middle and upper management is stuffed with people going nowhere(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Hard working personnel, great work environment, and fair pay.

    Cons

    None that I observed while employed.

  2. "Good outreach to government contractors"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Operations Engineer in Moffett Field, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Orbital Sciences (now OrbitalATK) made obvious efforts to communicate with the government contractors at various offsite locations, including regular site visits (often with some sort of food) and email communication.

    Cons

    Their intranet (such as logging into training sites) didn't work well across multiple platforms (i.e. MAC).


  3. "Meh"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with The end product is satisfying to work towards

    Cons

    Poor promotion system Poor review system Lots of tribal knowledge

  4. "Electrical Engineer (Wire Harness Design)"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Hilton, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Everybody was willing to help if I had a question. Worked on some very interesting projects. I learned a lot. Enjoyed the yearly picnic and the newly formed Toastmasters club. - Would love to return if there are opportunities.

    Cons

    I can not think of any negatives at this time. It is not my nature to back stab a former employer.

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  5. "Overall Positive"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many great coworkers. Lots of technical challenge and interesting work. Definitely full of opportunity for the younger engineers with ambition and minimal family commitments.

    Cons

    As with any place, the politics can be intense and career limiting. The merit increases were scant for years and seemed to be assigned in a very random way. You would be given guidance on how to move up only find the goal post getting moved.

  6. "Great people, good support"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Supplier Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Colleagues worked as a team, helped each other out. Engineering support was good. Pretty good atmosphere, goals were achievable. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Promoted people to senior management positions that had no idea about the job, no understanding of what it actually took to get the job done

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  7. "Fantastic."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Engineering Aide in VAFB, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    Pros

    Working with rockets. Great people. Very good training program. Over all, I would go back if I could afford the lower wage.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about. I would have liked higher wages. The work was good and the people excellent so no real cons.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    ""Merger" Killed Everything Good!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences

    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.

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  9. "Sr Aerospace Engineer Consultant"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team and lots of talented Managers

    Cons

    Spread too thin across the USA

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  10. "Small Company Getting taken over by the giant"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Gilbert, AZ

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Gilbert has wonderful people and a great team

    Cons

    Dulles is trying to take over and make everything their way or the highway

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