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Helpful (2)

GDC4 Systems - a great place to work and learn!

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

General Dynamics has many programs that are on the cutting edge technology - even though most of these programs are military/aerospace oriented. The company has many opportunities for career and professional development -- managers never say no to requests for classes or college work. The workplace is very collegial -- the coworkers are very pleasant to work with; people will stop what they are doing to help you. GD is also very process oriented. It helps bring discipline into an otherwise chaotic technology development cycle.

Cons

GD has only one major customer - the US Government. Therefore, there is some risk in long term career prospects although many of my colleagues are 20 year veterans in the company. The company achieves product diversity by being in a number of defense programs -- hoping that even if one or two get cancelled, the other programs will balance out the losses.

Advice to Management

Communicate more openly and honestly about state of organization, prospects for the future (less rah-rah, more realism). Try harder to get inter division co-operation going. My biggest gripe is that the geographically dispersed divisions are sometimes fighting each other instead of working together.

Other Employee Reviews for General Dynamics Mission Systems

  1. Helpful (2)

    I love my job, despite it's minor downfalls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Senior
    Current Employee - Operations Senior
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to expand your knowledge beyond the basic job definition.

    Cons

    Upper management sometimes makes decisions costing the company tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, whereas it's like pulling teeth to encourage them to spend $300 on an appreciation event for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the slow but consistent removal of employee benefits and recognition events.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Decent place to work, but don't expect a lot of growth in career and salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Projects can be interesting and tend do be very focused, so that's great for in-depth knowledge. Engineering teams are generally rather good.

    Cons

    Too much process for the sake of process. The culture does not encourage innovation. Very limited growth opportunities mean that the best and brightest leave. Senior engineering management tend to refuse to acknowledge the problem. An old-line management style does not help - it places a premium on labor utilization, but does not focus on employee motivation and retention.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure employees are happy in what they are doing. Give them growth opportunities. Consider new faces in engineering management.


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