General Dynamics Land Systems
2.6 of 5 154 reviews
www.gdls.com Sterling Heights, MI 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
General Dynamics Land Systems – Sterling Heights – “Visitor Entrance”

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36% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet

Mark C. Roualet

(91 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Keep you in the Dark - No Communications

    Manufacturing Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Ladson, SC

    ProsIt was a job with great people while it lasted

    ConsGDLS loves to keep you in the dark about everything. They will layoff as many people as necessary to show a profit for corporate. They will have work weekends and extended hours with thinking twice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your people and keep them informed. The company likes everything planned your workers would like to plan too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Upper Management Needs to Step Up, Change or Go

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsWork- Light workload, little overtime and comp time if worked, 9/80 and flexible work schedule is great for working moms, job rotation for high potentials, gppd merits for top performers, little interference from immediate supervisor
    Social- Fitness center, golf outings, ladies nights, Christmas parties

    ConsBenefits package gets worse every year. Upper management too focused on details, not the big picture, not forward-looking, won't change to new ways of thinking. Outdated technology causes delays. Older employees (50 and up) are in management positions they are not qualified for, can't change to new ways of doing things, are jealous of younger employees and overly critical of them. Few opportunities for advancement to management levels for younger, dynamic top performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop clinging to the past and change to new ways of thinking in order to grow the business or you will lose your top performers to the automotive industry. They deserve better!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are some people who are alright there.

    ConsYou work with some of the dumbest people in the industry. There are countless people there who do absolutely nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible Morale, Shady Management, Good Old Boys Club

    Engineering Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsI don't have anything positive to contribute at this time.

    ConsNo Severance; Very little notification when being laid off--employees are gived 2 weeks notice and have to work those final days; Employees that contributed 75% of the work being done were cut, while those who remained were barely qualified to do their jobs; Little to no communication from upper management; Good Old Boys Club in Ful Force -- Not supportive of Working Mothers!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you treat employees with respect you get better quality of work in return. Be more transparent with what is going on within the organization. Stop discriminating against women in your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company does not value employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany provides excellent medical/heath and 401K benefits.

    ConsNo career development or opportunities for advancement. Constantly cut employees in the middle and lower levels without ever cutting executives. Laid-off employees do not get any severance and very little notice. Employees in 2013 were cut 5 days before Christmas without any severance. Company is instable and does not value employees. Lack of communication and high levels of secrecy among senior leadership. Work life balance in non-existent and atmosphere/culture is militant. All decisions are made to keep executive bonus.' Good-old-boy network is solidly in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect. Valued employees perform better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    GDLS is a broken company filled with corruption, nepotism, and many unqualified people with zero social skills.

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    Pros9/80 schedule was good. One of the larger defense contractors.

    ConsVery top heavy company. Too many managers and too many levels of managers. Everyone throws each other under the bus to make themselves look better. Lots of racists and bigots with no idea about the modern corporate world. Diversity training needs to be dramatically increased. 1950's culture with too many older people still working there (average workforce age is 42, much higher than the national average).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your workers. Stop hiring family and relatives and instead concentrate on hiring qualified people with fresh thinking. Eliminate the various levels of management (company is very top heavy).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People, Horrible Company

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsEvery Other Friday Off, Great Benefits, Great People in A Bad Situation

    ConsJust an awful corporate environment. Management will run you into the ground and expect a smile on your face. You will be surrounded by incompetent and lazy people who make twice as much as you. For young people, they will squeeze the juice out of you. You will rise in your level of responsibility, but your pay will increase at inflation levels.

    A scary culture. Management is often more concerned about perception than reality. Backstabbing is rampant. Some people have made careers out of taking credit for other people's work.

    Goals encourage gamesmanship. You will waste your time creating presentations and reports whose only purpose is to convince management that you completed a meaningless goal. For example, the six sigma program is a joke. If you have morals and values and are hesitant to act unethically, you won't be a good fit for this company.

    Senior management talks about employees as if they are sheep. I personally heard them talk about selling people to the government. They corrected themselves when they realized one of their products was in the room.

    There are end of the year sales pushes. It's not uncommon to be asked to work over Christmas just so management can make their goals, only to find yourself doing meaningless work or nothing at all.

    It's all about the numbers. It's not important to produce quality work, as LNG as you charge the government as much as possible. If you want to do real engineering work, go somewhere else. Very little of it gets done there.

    The company is currently experiencing a brain drain. Anyone young and talented who can get out, is leaving.

    Your time is tracked by the tenth of an hour. The cardinal sin is to screw up your time card. You could get caught giving it to the CEOs daughter and you would get in less trouble.

    Morale is really low. People walk around like zombies.

    If you can find anything else, do it. It's not worth the money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemolish the building and completely rebuild from the ground up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    General Dynamics

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsExposure to NEW and exciting Technology

    ConsNo loyalty to the team who helped build the company!

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember those who have help build the company through their commitment and time to what it is today.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The epidamy of mis-management

    Mechanical/WELDER (Former Employee)
    Fort Lewis, WA

    Prosaccess to decent health ins.

    Consinept management,you're just a number not a skill or talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo upper management: get a friggin clue and replace your middle and lower management. You are nothing but a # to them to earn contract $$.You're skills and years of service mean nothing. IF YOU SPEAK YOU MIND AND TELL THE TRUTH BE PREPARED TO FIND A NEW JOB. B.S. COMPANY

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    Only to click my heels to go back home

    Material Control I (Former Employee)
    Auburn, WA

    ProsThe benefits are good; the 401k plan is well-rounded.

    ConsThe Stryker Program acts and has acted autonomously since its inception from those practices set forth by the parent company, GDLS.. In other words, rules are bent, fabricated, or made up as the cookie crumbles on a daily basis ~ completely exclusive from GDLS Rules of Conduct. There is much mischarging by Stryker management; allowances that are made for both their misappropriation of time and for their personal favorites' time. This malignant cancer has so far spread within its tapestry that there is no cure for the disease.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTread lightly on those individuals who may be your subordinates today, because tomorrow their vindication will taste ever so sweetly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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