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General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
General Dynamics Land Systems – Sterling Heights – “Visitor Entrance”

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2.6 157 reviews

37% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet

Mark C. Roualet

(92 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible, good benefits, 9/80 work schedule(in 30 reviews)

  • The benefits package is incredible and the 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off(in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management is all about themselves(in 9 reviews)

  • Little to no promotion within the company(in 5 reviews)

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    Dreaded getting up in the morning...

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Woodbridge, VA

    ProsThe pay was good and it was better than nothing!

    ConsBad management, unhappy employees, bad politics, treated their contractors like DIRT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much middle management will ruin this company

    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) Tallahassee, FL

    ProsNot any nowdays, no promotions, no raises for 8 years

    ConsToo many watchers beat the few doers down until they have no passion or desire to get any thing done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of 50% of middle management and SPI/CPI.

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

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    Worked there for 10 years in Engineering.

    Manager (Former Employee) Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsTheir benefits package is still slightly above average, but they keep lowering it to be "competitive".

    ConsThe executives would all sell their mothers for a $10 increase in their bonuses. As a group they are the worst group of managers, definitely not leaders, I've experienced in 30 years of professional experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour customers love the rank and file who deal with them. However, your self serving directors are hated. Ever wonder why? Most companies require their executives to work with and serve their customers. You don't. If you don't learn how customer service works for everyone else on the planet, you won't have a company in 2 years.

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

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    Disengaged

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros9/80 schedule; love the off-Fridays.

    Very smart engineers with great minds.

    ConsPay is not good. Little chance of getting promoted.

    Software developers get the short end of the stick when it comes to cost and schedule.

    Competence of software management from top down is concerning and unstable. Metrics are used against software engineers instead of being use to better manage projects. A lot of micro-managing.

    Lack of respect for employee personal life: Managers command engineers provide personal cell phone numbers so managers can call whenever they felt the need to ask questions or for the engineer to come in on weekends.

    GDLS cut funding for the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

    No annual bonuses for the everyday foot solder engineer, except for a $25 gift check for a Thanksgiving Butterball purchase. =/

    A lot of lay-offs recently. No cultivation of young employees.

    Low rating of employee happiness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease don't forget the employees who actually do the real work. They are the ones who stay after 5pm to get their work done while sacrificing family time and other life activities. When engineers tell you something, don't just hear them, you got to listen to them.

    Be aware of your actions and how that sets off a NEGATIVE and UNPRODUCTIVE chain reaction down the ladder. If there is data (such as metrics) you find concerning, please take the time to understand the numbers; if the data represented can be improved for better interpretation, who not initiate a plan to it? Don't put all your anger on lower managers by breathing down their necks every week because that consequently causes those managers to bully/pressure the engineers below them. Then engineers are frustrated and stressed out. Mismanagement, employee unhappiness and old school thinking doesn't make the company grow.

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

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    Fantastic product that protects our soldiers, horrible management and 'people care'

    Senior Project Engineer (Former Employee) Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsGreat place to work if you like to work on awesome machinery. Long-time employees don't seem to be paid well relative to their experience but those that are hired in more recently are very well compensated.
    Very recently rolled out a new policy allowing 'work from home' if approved by manager. (Welcome to the 90s)

    ConsIn engineering organization the number 1 priority is billable hours. Everything else is a distant second. This approach leaves intelligent engineers feel like they are working in a sweat shop.
    No severance pay. Policy was changed a couple of years ago completely dropping severance pay for lay-offs. This is a highly unprofessional way to treat employees. Again, its all about the billable hours.
    Horrible processes for forecasting resource needs for projects. Data is messaged so many times through the process that it is completely meaningless by the time it is rolled up to sr. management for staffing decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat engineering employees like humans instead of revenue generators.
    Deploy a mature, proven system for forecasting that gathers estimated hours from projects and doesn't monkey with the numbers 20 times per cycle.

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

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    No severance.

    Engineering Specialist (Current Employee) Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsGood people to work with. Good location. Flexible work schedule with every other Friday off. Discounts to parks and zoo. Immediate supervisor good to work for.

    ConsNo room for promotions. Lack of work and recently decimated engineering by laying off 33% with no severance package at all. No industry training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart pursuing new government contracts instead of resting on the success of the Abrams and Stryker platforms. No management support to go above and beyond.

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

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    Uncordinated chaos

    Logistics Representative (Former Employee) Woodbridge, VA

    Prosgot paid but accomplished very little.

    Consnot appreciated and upper managers are idiots

    Advice to Senior Managementget their heads out of their ....

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

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    Layoffs

    Engineer (Former Employee) Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsTuition reimbursement, parking, fitness center.

    ConsNo opportunity for career advancement unless you are related to management, unstable work flow, constant threat of layoffs, poor communication between management and subordinates. Management's view is that subordinates should feel lucky they have jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome of your employees are good people; make an effort to retain them.

    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 company to start a career. Poor company to build a career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsBenefits package and good employees.

    ConsHard to advance career. Poor upper management. Company morale is low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime card audits and time card training take too much time away from doing actual work.

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

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    Lost my Vote

    Logistics Support Technician (Former Employee) Woodbridge, VA

    ProsIt was work and occasionally exciting when the project worked. The annual golf tourney and Christmas party were usually pretty nice. HR had drop-dead gorgeous women, which made it hard to concentrate on the conversation.

    ConsJob promotions were announced, only after a candidate had already been selected. No chance of moving up the chain, only a lateral move - no pay raise - more responsibility for the same amount of pay and stature.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet management that can run a business. The upper management was only interested in keeping their jobs by sacrificing others that actually did the work!

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

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