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Orbital Sciences Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • Middle and upper management is stuffed with people going nowhere (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Bad management, bad culture, bad atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't really think of too many. It was initially nice that everyone had their own office, but then that lost its appeal pretty quickly when you realized there were no windows and the offices were the size of a closet.

    Cons

    Slow to get things done due to lots of red tape; management was not supportive in career growth and would not listen to requests about wanting to expand skill set. Very old school style approach from management that did not foster a healthy work environment.


  2. "Orbital Sciences - Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really good and motivated people.

    Cons

    Low R&D investment and management.


  3. "Propulsion Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Propulsion Engineer in Granada Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Propulsion Engineer in Granada Hills, CA

    I worked at Orbital Sciences (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, friendly coworkers. Some of the smartest people I've ever met.

    Cons

    Large percentage of time spent on travel, poor work-life balance


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  5. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, interesting work,love it.

    Cons

    None, I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Wallops Island"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wallops Island, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wallops Island, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orbital Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting industry being on the ground floor of a new launch vehicle. Fast paced and good pay.

    Cons

    No balance between work and outside life.
    Constant scheduling changes make for a very stressful environment.
    Morale is low to non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to meet unrealistic promises and goals on a shoestring budget.
    Take front line employee suggestions seriously and follow up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good money, good people. Typical bureaucracy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Happy Employee - for the most part"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedules, good benefits, exciting work daily, great resources to learn from, management, no limits to what you can learn and expand on. No cubicles - each employe has their own office. I've worked at 3 other locations aerospace and defense locations, this is the best by far.

    Cons

    Office 2007, clashes between internal organizations, raises aren't that great, minimal communication between business groups, typical govt. requirements, etc. it could be A LOT worse elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to your employees, communicate items that could create more excitement and optimism amongst all.


  9. "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glen Burnie, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glen Burnie, MD

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

    Pros

    Although I have an awesome manager, I think they should have more authority to determine the salary increases of their employees.

    Cons

    Your hard work goes unnoticed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Sad to see such potential deteriorate."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Great company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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