General Dynamics Land Systems

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Can be a fun and challenging place to work.

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Former Employee - Division III in Eynon, PA
Former Employee - Division III in Eynon, PA

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

Pros

Great compensation. Great health care plans. Superb retirement package
Upgraded shop. Newer tools. Most fellow employees are pretty cool. Would have liked to stayed if management changes.

Cons

It's a union shop so expect to be trampled on and taken with a grain of salt.
job sustainability is sub-par. Half the people in there can retire and save some jobs but wont.
union has its favorites and if its not you watch out.
Management lacks follow through and communication skills.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit worrying about the stupid things and focus on the job at hand. Same goed to the union officials. In summary GROW A PAIR....

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Don't follow their own policies

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lewis, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lewis, WA

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

    Pros

    working with the customer making a difference

    Cons

    Sr Management wants ro start new programs but not willing to accept the risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen with an open mind to the risk of new ventures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    All the Morale of a Stone Cold Tomb

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay (but bonuses are decidedly sub-par). Every other Friday off. VERY good medical benefits. Some good people left, last I knew, but most have left. Paid overtime, but overtime pay is capped at a ridiculously low rate. So if you're anything beyond an entry level engineer, be prepared to work for less pay if you cross the 40 hour per week mark.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Micromanagement is pervasive and extreme. Cumbersome processes that don't help, but rather impede success. You are expected to track your time to 6 minute intervals, and there is actually a corporate policy written down somewhere that tells you how to charge the time you spend using the bathroom. Compliance to these processes is strictly enforced, but the tools you are expected to use will not warn you if you're in violation. Example: you accidentally put your hours for Monday in Sunday's box. The timecard software happily allows this, but that night it generates a report to senior management saying you didn't put in any hours for Monday. You then have to write a letter explaining your mistake, apologizing, and explaining how you are going to keep this from happening again. 2 lines of code would fix this issue, but they would rather spend (read: waste) the money on countless hours of indoctrination and persecuting "offenders" for honest mistakes.

    Very unstable work schedule, too. You can be pulled off one project and onto one completely unsuited for your talents from week to week, and that's if you're lucky and not just let go. Very often, you will be crapped-on and if you protest, you will be told "be happy you have a job."

    If you enjoy being treated like a worthless cog in a vast, complex, and completely broken machine, then this is the place for you. If you want to sit around, do nothing but fill out timecards and collect a paycheck until retirement, then this is the place for you, and you can probably secure a management position. But, if you have any talent at all and want it to be recognized and put to good, productive use, and you don't like being micro-managed to death, then run. Run fast, and run hard. And don't even look back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people, especially engineers, like the professionals they are, and not like minimum wage burger-jockeys. Learn what work/life balance really means. Hint: "flex time" does NOT mean you have to fill out a form to adjust your arrival time by a half hour, and then get that form signed by your director. Lay off of the "compliance" crap and focus on producing a product your customer actually wants instead of ream after ream of useless paperwork. Remember the fact that the soldiers in the field who use your products are relying on those products, and not on our 100% accurate time cards and bullsh** corporate policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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