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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great until the last 4 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Sterling Heights, MI

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

    Pros

    Very few now, focus is good new for the Wall St analysts. There in little independent investment in product development.

    Cons

    Focus is "share holder value". Read the annual report to find who the share holders are. There is a quarterly focus on earnings and cash that pushes the envelope of ethical behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good but poor job security

    Current Employee - Welder and Fabricator in Lima, OH
    Current Employee - Welder and Fabricator in Lima, OH

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

    Pros

    good salary and good people

    Cons

    Not enough work bc of government contracts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more work!

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