General Dynamics Land Systems

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General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
163 Reviews
2.9
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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 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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    They treat contractors like 2nd class citizens

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    Former Employee - Field Test Engineer  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Field Test Engineer in Aberdeen, MD

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent wage, interesting work on an import vehicle (Stryker). Congenial and knowledgeable coworkers within GD.

    Cons

    Reactive not proactive, unprofessional office management. Required to work 50 hrs/week with straight time over 40 hrs. Aberdeen Proving Ground has its own rules for success, strangest working environment I've ever experienced. Nepotism rules. Alcohol and drug abuse common. My engineering degree was actually a disadvantage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never heard from them. Very little feedback on program or my place in it. Very little idea what I'd be doing week to week, even day to day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good & Bad

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is a huge plus which gives you every other Friday off. Medical insurance options are above average although starting in 2015 it may be more inline with the market. 401k match is pretty good. Most of the engineering areas are generally low stress but not all. Great co-workers and bosses.

    Cons

    The company is very dis-functional and resistant to change. When a functional problem has to be addressed it is done by crushing the engineers at the bottom with more burdens. Communication from the top to the bottom of the company remains terrible despite survey after survey over the years indicating this. The burden of process and bureaucracy stifle innovation and make it difficult to get things done.... very frustrating. The current business outlook in this industry is poor. Management has clamped down hard on promotions and advancement as the company structure is very top heavy. Flex time is not all that flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to people on the ground floor to find out what is happening here. Structured surveys may not give you the whole picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    New Senior Leadership taking the company down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mission to Save soldiers lives.
    Good heritage of quality products

    Cons

    New Leadership has little product or customer experience and is overly focused on short term financial goals. They think they are doing well with a recent big international win that came after years of pursuing a customer. Long term outlook is not bright unless strategy and direction from the top improves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Communications" alone are not enough! You need to have a real strategy and then be genuinely interested in trusting and empowering employees at all levels. Actions speak louder than Town Halls and speeches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dreaded getting up in the morning...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Woodbridge, VA

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay was good and it was better than nothing!

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too much middle management will ruin this company

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Not any nowdays, no promotions, no raises for 8 years

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 50% of middle management and SPI/CPI.

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

    Worked there for 10 years in Engineering.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

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

    Disengaged

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    9/80 schedule; love the off-Fridays.

    Very smart engineers with great minds.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great 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)

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No severance.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist  in  Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Uncordinated chaos

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    Former Employee - Logistics Representative  in  Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Logistics Representative in Woodbridge, VA

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

    Pros

    got paid but accomplished very little.

    Cons

    not appreciated and upper managers are idiots

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get their heads out of their ....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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