General Dynamics C4 Systems

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OK for job stability but not much career growth opportunity.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Competitive salary and acceptable benefits.
Long and stable projects with some interesting technology.
Acceptable work/life balance.

Cons

Management is old school. Promotion is based on "time in chair".
Highly dependent on government contract funding.
Not much investment in future product technology.
High performers are treated the same as average performers, which is not a motivator.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take risks, invest in new technologies.
Recognize high performers.
Get rid of stale management that does not take the business forward.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of good people work there...or did

    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    General Dynamics is a huge company and as such provides a lot of career opportunities and the ability to change careers while remaining employed.

    Cons

    Overly concerned about charging time to overhead. Wanting to cut overhead costs is understandable, but simply shifting those costs to other areas is not. It is more efficient for work to be benificial to multiple projects rather than be reinvented for each one individually. But this by definition is overhead.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pay and benefits - but the pros end there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great pay
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Company does not value commitment and will move or let go staff in an instant
    - Lots of politics - engineers are RARELY ever evaluated purely on their performance but rather on how well they kiss butt and how good they know their management
    - Section managers consistently keep making sexual advances on female employees and get away with it by pushing people out, making them quit or moving them off to different projects
    - Software leads and higher management evaluate performance on who does their homework and their house chores rather than on the value an engineer will bring to the company as a whole
    - Company is stuck using decade old technologies when it comes to development which will leave your skill-set empty when you leave them with nothing but the basics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Maybe re-evaluate your management hierarchy - you don't need 16 levels of management
    - Value commitment and quality of work rather than who does your homework and your work for you
    - Hire higher management that won't commit sexual harassment at work on a weekly basis and get away with it
    - Maybe re-evaluate your HR personnel to encourage employees to come forward with complaints like the one above
    - Invest money in seriously re-doing some of your projects at the core and work your way up instead of putting layers and layers and layers of fixes on top of broken software - it'll work for a while, but once it stops, you're done - case in point: look at all the projects that closed lately and how much money that's not yours you've wasted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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