Orbital Sciences – Why Work For Us?

 


 

Limitless Opportunity

Some say the sky is the limit.  When it comes to your career at Orbital, there are no limits.We are one of the premier space technology companies in the world, and we have exciting opportunities for experienced professionals, those in the early phase of their careers, and recent graduates.  Lean business principals, coupled with a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit, means that you can assume responsibilities as quickly as you wish in a challenging and collegial environment. And no matter what stage you are in your career, Orbital offers the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and creative engineers, scientists and other professionals in the space industry.
 

Experienced Professionals

For seasoned professionals, opportunities are available in either engineering/scientific or managerial tracks. Our technical "ladder" offers opportunities ranging from entry- to very senior-level engineering and technical positions and spans a broad area of activity from engineering/scientific specialties to new product design.  The management track includes both functional management and program management opportunities, business development and other business support areas such as finance. For more information about opportunities for experienced professionals, click here.
 

Recent Graduates/Early Career

If you are fresh out of college or in the early phase of your career, you will be given responsibilities that are reserved only for more senior employees at larger, more traditionally structured companies. Orbital offers those in the early stage of their careers the opportunity to gain valuable “hands-on” experience while providing a full spectrum of company-sponsored professional development opportunities. For more information on career opportunities for recent grads and early career professionals click here.
 

Promoting Professional Growth

Orbital provides a wide range of opportunities to help employees build their skills and develop their careers. Orbital's generous tuition reimbursement program encourages continuing education.  Other professional development opportunities range from lunchtime seminars, formal classroom training and on-line learning, to special assignments, mentoring and/or coaching, on-the-job training, and participation in special task forces. 
So, choose your career path and join us in developing the innovative and reliable space systems that our customers count on.

A Culture of Innovation

 
Entrepreneurial spirit, technical excellence, minimal bureaucracy and limitless opportunity- these are the key characteristics that set Orbital apart.  At Orbital you will find a culture in which innovation is encouraged and rewarded, and where you are given the opportunity to work with some of the top professionals in the space industry. 
 
The company is large enough to provide a wide variety of cutting-edge technical programs to work on, while retaining an informal entrepreneurial atmosphere where employees interact with management on a daily basis. It is an autonomous work environment where each individual is provided the opportunity to make significant contributions.
 

Work-Life Balance

 
Because Orbital believes that professional and personal success needn't be mutually exclusive, we encourage our employees to strike a balance between work and other aspects of life. 
At Orbital, "community" can mean many things. It can be walking in the local Orbital-sponsored March of Dimes walkathon with co-workers, enjoying great food and fun at a company picnic, or just organizing a pick-up game on the basketball court after work. We strive to make Orbital a rewarding and enjoyable place to work, so on any day at our various locations you may find a brown bag lecture, a company blood drive, or representatives from local businesses handing out samples and discount coupons. 
 
There is an flying club, golf and tennis leagues, biking, motorcycle and amateur radio clubs. Some of our locations have full service cafeterias and exercise facilities. You'll find special employee discount programs and services from local merchants negotiated by the company, and a scholarship program for the children of Orbital employees who show academic excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embarking on a career following graduation from college can be an overwhelming experience. It is important that you find the employer that best matches your career goals and has the work environment that best suits you. Orbital is devoted to hiring the best and the brightest graduates around the country. If you are close to graduation or are a recent graduate and you are interested in learning about career opportunities at Orbital, please visit out Search Job Postings page to view current job listings.

Orbital visits many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities to recruit graduating students.  For a complete calendar of events please visit our recruiting event calendar page.

Typically, Orbital focuses its college recruiting efforts on the following disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Accounting

Orbital makes every effort to help you find the job that is right for you. To read about the hiring process, visit our hiring process web page.  And once you are hired, we offer a variety social networking and professional development opportunities to acclimate you to your new job.

To learn what it is like to work at Orbital, read testimonials from recent graduates or view a list of frequently asked questions, visit the Recent Graduates/Early Career section of this web site.

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    Good place for a career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in Dulles, VA (US)

    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.

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    I applied online and got a call about a week later. I set up an interview within three days. I interviewed with 3 people who would be my potential managers. I was alone with the first interviewer for about 20 minutes, I was alone with the second interviewer for about 50 minutes, and the third interviewer joined in for an additional 25. They called me six days later to offer the position and I accepted.

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Orbital Sciences Awards and Accolades

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Visionary Award - David W. Thompson, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, 2013
Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers Award, Washington Business Journal, 2012
Where A&D Professionals Want to Work - 3rd Place, Aviation Week, 2012
Wellness Warrior, UnitedHealth Care, 2011
CEO received International Von Kármán Wings Award, Aerospace Historical Society (AHS), 2011
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Additional Info

Website www.orbital.com
Headquarters Sterling, VA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Public (ORB)
Industry Telecommunications
Revenue £500 million to £1 billion (GBP) per year

Orbital Sciences maintains that what goes up doesn't have to come down -- at least not for a long time. The company makes low-Earth-orbit satellites and other spacecraft for communications, science and technology research, and national security purposes. Orbital Sciences also manufactures satellite launch vehicles, as well as interceptors (to stop missile attacks) and target launch vehicles that test missile defense systems. Its Advanced Space Programs division develops and supports human space flight, space exploration, and launch systems and satellites primarily used for... More

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