General Dynamics Land Systems

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General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
169 Reviews
2.8
169 Reviews
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General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible, good benefits, 9/80 work schedule (in 32 reviews)

  • The benefits package is incredible and the 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tends to strut around the organization as though the sheeple they encounter are only there to do their bidding (in 10 reviews)

  • Constant restructuring, lack of effective leadership, little to no cohesion and teamwork even within the same department (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    GD is like a sick cult

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to be smart, just charge the work directive. If you have no self worth you will do fine here. There is opportunity here even in the downtime, just don't count on your management to take care of you. Only the systems organization even tries.

    Cons

    The culture is sick. You are salaried, but brainwashed and treated like an hourly high school kid. Subsystems engineering hasn't actually designed anything in 15 years. The process and the paperwork is everything. The director of subsystems likes to huff and puff and scream at everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management won't read this, they work in a vacuum from within the cult. The human resources department makes the engineering policy by giving guidelines to management and the management doesn't have the will or intelligence to challenge it (as long as it doesn't impact their own bonus). My advice would be, cut deeper and hire fresh to cure the disease... don't hold on to the weak. You aren't going to be productive unless you adapt to the changing marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to have a job, but don't expect a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule is awesome. Work environment is mostly stress-free. Projects/subject matter is very interesting. Most people are very friendly and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Morale is in the gutter. No chance for promotion or increasing responsbility,despite repeated requests to take on more challenging assignments. You are put into an area to perform specific job functions and are left there until you leave. There is no vision for employee growth or development. Work is mostly unrewarding, as most of your work goes unreviewed by managers and even the customer. After a while even the best of performers will lose their motivation, as the performance evaluation system segregates all employees by a few tenths of a percent of a 5 pt scale...no matter how much you attempt to separate yourself from the herd by going above and beyond.

    There is absolutely no communication in the organization. Department meetings were held on a less than annual basis.... and were only held to address some HR issue or ISO situation. Timecard system is a pain, but you eventually get used to the over-burden.

    The silo-structure of the organization stifles growth and kills motivation. Employees attempting to grow in skill and value to the organization have no path to achieve either.

    Upper management tends to strut around the organization as though the sheeple they encounter are only there to do their bidding. For the most part, they simply come off as arrogant and detached, which leads to a fear of their involvment on any project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers based on skills and attributes required to lead, motivate, and develop people. Middle managers need to be great leaders, not glorified timecard watchers who spend 90% of their time projecting manpower forecasts.

    Learn to recognize who your good employees are, and reward them accordingly. Make an employee feel appreciated for their contribution to the department/organization, and then marvel at how much additional value they will bring to your organization and eventually the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Keep you in the Dark - No Communications

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Ladson, SC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Ladson, SC

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a job with great people while it lasted

    Cons

    GDLS 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Upper Management Needs to Step Up, Change or Go

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sterling Heights, MI

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work- 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

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some people who are alright there.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Morale, Shady Management, Good Old Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company does not value employees.

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company provides excellent medical/heath and 401K benefits.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. Valued employees perform better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule was good. One of the larger defense contractors.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect 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).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Horrible Company

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

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Just 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 ManagementAdvice

    Demolish the building and completely rebuild from the ground up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    General Dynamics

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to NEW and exciting Technology

    Cons

    No loyalty to the team who helped build the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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