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GDC4 Systems - a great place to work and learn!

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN

I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems

Recommends
Approves of CEO
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.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation at General Dynamics AIS was good for the Pittsfield, MA area's cost of living, though it was below average for the defense industry. The 9/80 schedule provided a way for employees to enjoy more time at home with families, though it similarly cut in to the availability of flexible time. Yearly raises were typically adequate and the annual address from Lewis Von Thaer provided a way for employees to gauge the progress of the company relative to the work they had put in. Old and established, the company is strong financially and is virtually recession-proof as long as military intelligence and other information systems remain a government focus.

    Cons

    Opportunities for intellectual growth are near non-existent unless courses are taken, and old and new engineers have very little inter-communication. This has left a knowledge gap that will become a more serious problem as older engineers begin retiring. Position recruitment is highly regionalized and removes much of the diversity from the workplace. After working other places, I see this lack of diversity not as an asset, but as a corporate detriment. New ideas are non-existent, and instead the old ideas continue to feed on the minimal number of engineer minds in the region (this is at least true in Pittsfield).

    Advice to Management

    Encourage communication between new and old engineers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good pay. Poor work enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay above the standard for area and similar jobs. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    No upward mobility. Management will not support non-engineering employees. GDC4 management defends questionable behavior of its engineering employees. Hides poor work ethic among engineers. Rewards poor performance by moving them out of sight

    Advice to Management

    equality among employees


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