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General Dynamics Information Technology Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
511 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and competitive salary - great co-workers and working environment (in 31 reviews)

  • Very casual work environment (shorts, t-shirts as long as you're not meeting a client) (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems oblivious to tech so middle management had to translate needs (in 20 reviews)

  • Low work-life balance, people expect you to work extra hours (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Has become average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time

    Pros

    Large web-based training library
    The company enjoys a good reputation among customers
    Large number of contracts to move between and advance your career (but you will have to work around management to get there)
    Peers

    Cons

    Benefits have been cut over the years (including bonuses to lower level management)
    Management has difficulty communicating vision and direction
    Every time there is an acquisition that company's management replaces the old.
    Culture has become 'every man for himself'.
    The organization of divisions creates much duplication (higher overhead than necessary)
    Feels like a large 'you're on your own' staffing agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve communication, vision, and establish a real culture.
    As times get tougher, be 'leaders' when it comes to sharing the pain.
    Work to develop your people - the cost is worth it as this increases capabilities, lends to culture and maintains reputation
    Restore benefits differentiators that used to exist to attract and retain exceptional talent
    Streamline the organization to maximize resources and efficiencies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Stay away.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very little positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    Management was awful, promotions were dangled for years but never given, turn over was high, leave is low and management would not work with employees regarding leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees! Increase your base leave amount. Don't put such an emphasis on middle/upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not so good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Needham, MA

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Empowered, learning new things is good

    Cons

    Very political, very outdated, time watched

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to work for if you don't like getting raises.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Center Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Call Center Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time after a year and sick paid leave accrues weekly.

    Cons

    Pay is sub par, benefits are costly for anyone with a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on people who only tell you what you want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was replaced by a 32 year old who had an ovi, dui, and obstruction conviction. 50 years old. I opine all of this.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Dayton, OH

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay was okay. Worked total of 8.5 years for GD GDIT and GDAIS. I opine everything I say. Opinion but first hand opinion.

    Cons

    In my opinion I suffered age discrimination I held down a large sector as lone finance person for two years but when it came time to a reorganization a 32 year old with an ovi, dui, and obstruction conviction all public record replaced this then 50 year old.

    Insurance out of pocket went thru the roof.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow eeoc rules. I think management has political pressure in order to get contract run older white males out the door and advertis EOE women, minorities applies. of course headquarter is in liberal MA. I opine all of this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not much room for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Riverview, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Riverview, FL

    I have been working at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    you can gain experience in any department

    Cons

    turnover is high and promotions are typically only a 10 percent difference, seniority does not matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inexperienced in Call-Center Employee Satisfactions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company does a great job in security protocols, upholding the belief that anything that has happened to other companies could always happen to them and therefore they should always be prepared.

    Cons

    General Dynamics does not seem to understand that employee's are human and are required a bit of un-robotic office maintaining. No manager can make changes, no supervisors are allowed to go "out-side of the box", employee's are frowned upon for voicing an opinion. The company refuses to hire internally until all of their external options have been met first, even when they have veterans of 10+ years with great history with the company applying for the positions. They cannot seem to keep any HR representatives or keep proper and thorough company training nationwide. One site does things one way while another does it another way and the employee's newly hired or those that assist them must suffer the consequences of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mangement needs to attempt to think outside of the GDIT box and try to think for themselves on what is good or bad for their employee's. Manegement needs to try and change how they handle the complaints sent to them by employees and actually look into the problems instead of filing them away and not getting back with the employee until that employee goes to them four months later to get the issue looked into again. Lastly... Hire from within first - THEN hire externally. It's a lot better for the company as a whole (don't have to train from scratch) and it shows better moral for the employee's internally to show proof that there actually is something above their positions that they have to look forward to gaining some day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I do not like it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at General Dynamics Information Technology (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great trainer who really had a lot of good experinces

    Cons

    I do not like the work environment it is not practical too many rules. You feel as though you are in a prison

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Falls all over its own feet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strives to change and come up-to-date, has many processes that are good, is slowly changing to adapt.

    Cons

    Completely silo'd from other parts of the parent company. No opportunity for cross-training. Has a lot of business that has nothing to do with IT. Formerly Anteon, purchased by GD. Culture slow to change from former company. Focuses too much on processes that don't work contrary to common sense. Overly bureaucratic; difficult to get anything done. Younger workers are not provided any learning opportunities and are taught to follow processes vs. thinking critically about problems. Poor teamwork between functional departments overall; very adversarial. Functional department managers are very territorial. Poor management leadership. Few opportunities for advancement. Company binged on hiring in 2010, started attrition in 2012 and has since laid off and demoted many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for training. Many have left because of this alone. Value education. Create bridges to other parts of the parent company for purposes of cross-training. Encourage more interaction between functional departments as a whole. Encourage leadership from employees, not just top-down mandates. Provide more opportunities for input by employees into processes instead of dictatorial top-down processes. Use more common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the Worst Places that I've ever worked at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative, Marketplace in Lynn Haven, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative, Marketplace in Lynn Haven, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Information Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for the area.
    Lots of Overtime offered.

    Cons

    They're motto is "Adapt to Change." and adapt to change you will. Policies change every day, they tell you to do things one way one day and then the next that's the wrong way. Quality is super nitpicky. It's temporary, so you will get laid off. They're points attendence policy is the worst in the area. Double check your checks, they will jip you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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