General Dynamics Mission Systems

www.gdmissionsystems.com
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A good defense type work experience

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems

Pros

the company offers a Competitive Salary

Cons

unfortunately Defense is in a decline

Advice to Management

Make meaningful upper management changes instead of playing shuffleboard

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Company trying hard to get it right

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very well respected company - legacy Motorola and GTE - that has tremendous technical capability in advanced communications. Incredibly talented enigneering organization. Solid core of programs for DoD, homeland security and civilian agencies.

    Cons

    Really large and spread out due to many acquisitions, and so difficult to rally around a single objective or to create a unified culture and attachment to the core business, although a recent reorganization is trying to change this. Continuous layoffs defeat the attempts to spread good news and create a sense of optimism. The company grew fast during the upcycle and is likely to be letting go until the markets reverse.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job communicating with the rank & file. They will respect that hard business decisions need to be made, but really need to understand the purpose and long term objectives.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Management has NO Clue how to cope with the current environment

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid technical team. If you're in the right place and tied to the right programs, they are well resourced...but increasingly less so.

    Cons

    The most unimaginative senior management crew you will find in a company this size. Shockingly so"

    They have an incredible set of technical skills and assets available to them, but seem oblivious to the need to enter new markets not facing the budgetary constraints caused by being tied almost completely to DoD spending. Instead of leveraging their capabilities to expand into new markets, they're hoping to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie - and doing so while mercilessly and almost randomly jettisoning experienced and capable people.

    It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

    Advice to Management

    Try to grasp that while you have to control costs, you cannot cut your way to growth, earnings or long-term profitability. Step back and figure out how to prosper in a post-defense-budget growth environment. Foster creativity, not a "keep your head down" mentality.

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