General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

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STAY AWAY!!!!

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Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA

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

Pros

Flex time was the only pro.

Cons

Poor pay. Poor benefits. Management team has no business managing anybody.

Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

    9/80 flexible work schedule.
    Ability to work remotely when needed, when approved.

    Cons

    Unstable work environment, sudden work stoppages and budget shortcomings. If you can't charge a chargeable task and you reach % overhead / week automatic layoff.
    Little to no communication at all between managements, multi-disciplinary teams, etc.
    Uncompensated overtime mandatory and breaking your back to achieve recognition is only average performance.
    Massive disconnect between program management and technical management. Disconnect between management and employees, all 3 of my managers did not know what I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on short term profits, 'operational improvement' and think about long term stability.
    Reduce management, increase/decrease processes for balance. Actually document process, not 'word-of-mouth' and 'that's what we have always done.'
    Wake up to the economy, below average salary and benefits.
    You can't use a one-fits-all performance recognition goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sink or Swim Environment

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

    9/80 Schedule with every other Friday off. Good compensation for Berkshire County, MA where the cost of living is quite low compared to the NYC or Boston areas.

    Cons

    This is a tough place to make it if you're a new employee as training is quite limited and consists of nothing more than reviewing PowerPoint slides and reading technical manuals. Other team members are generally too busy with their own work to help new hires learn the ropes. In fact, they would sometimes become annoyed if I asked them questions, so it's definitely not the friendliest environment I've ever been in. Benefits are terrible with only 2 high deductible health insurance plans to choose from. Work environment is lousy as it's a noisy open plan office with lots of people walking around and chatting, which made it hard to concentrate. There is also lots of office politics here too between managers and between different team members. Also be prepared to occasionally work on weekends and overnights too if you get stuck with a lousy shift in the lab for testing, which can happen especially if the lab is busy and fully booked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training for new hires, improve health insurance benefits, and give new hires more of an incentive to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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