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Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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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. "Electrical Engineer (Wire Harness Design)"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Hilton, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Hilton, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time. Management was extremely helpful. I had great supervisors, easy to get along with, friendly.


  2. "Overall Positive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (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.


  3. "Great people, good support"

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    Former Employee - Supplier Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Supplier Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

    Advice to Management

    Insure that directors and above are qualified for their positions. Felt like the Peter Principle " was definitely in effect.....


  4. "Fantastic."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Aide in VAFB, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Aide in VAFB, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.


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

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Gilbert, AZ
    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

    Advice to Management

    Let Gilbert Operate how it did before as a small company


  9. "Never Learned Their Lesson - Keeping the Wrong Ones!"

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    Former Employee - SUPERVISOR, and CONTRACTING OFFICE TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - SUPERVISOR, and CONTRACTING OFFICE TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVE in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A multi-talented workforce with many good solutions waiting to be heard from the trenches but mid-level managers and directors filter and change all inputs going to upper levels

    Cons

    Management's ears are never open and they penalize those who speak out against crony assignments, directors without proven results, and managers with bad behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Look above the grass line and unfog your glasses to recognize truly talented resources and promote them by replacing the directors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting industry with engaging co-workers. Clean work environment. Not much more to say. It's a job, fairly stable. A chance to use your engineering skills.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Benefits for 2016 are very expensive. Training and opportunities to advance are minimal. Middle and upper management is stuffed with people going nowhere. Leads up and comers very little hope for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


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