General Dynamics Mission Systems

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Management has NO Clue how to cope with the current environment

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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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  1. Helpful (2)

    Staff Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems

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

    Pros

    The moving assistance was great

    Cons

    old technology. highly politicize workplace. Most managers are out of touch; don't understand who has talent and who only can kiss up to their boss. If you are assigned to a "selfish, unfair" team lead then your life in the company is going to be miserable.

    I had both good and bad team leads. But I am very surprised that my direct manager/section manger never really talk to me.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get more involved with everyone in the team. Don't keep yourself in your office.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Excellent people, interesting work, company struggling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tremendous engineering talent. Teams come together to do things bigger than themselves. Flexible schedules. Good pay. People are proud of what they do.

    Cons

    Senior mgmt response to projects getting behind schedule is to work harder not smarter. Bonuses don't go down low enough. Company actually discourages employees from being stock owners.

     Layoffs never stop. All levels hit, no one knows when they will be next. It is no longer a feeling of "if" but rather "when". No one feels safe.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your products; lead and show a vision. Inspire.

    Layoff philosophy of never ending monthly if not weekly dribble of layoffs is very painful to the morale. One can never feel like they can move on from it. Will be a good business school study some day to see if constant dribble of layoffs is better or worse than just a few major layoffs.

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