General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
170 Reviews
3.1
170 Reviews
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Thomas W. Kirchmaier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • the company allows for a flexible work schedule (in 22 reviews)

  • GD has great work life balance and is very respectful of employee responsibilities to family (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Little to no communication at all between managements, multi-disciplinary teams, etc (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management too often only looks at the bottom line figure (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    GD-AIS is definately the company I have worked for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

    Pros

    I have learned a lot and enjoy the co-workers

    Cons

    There really aren't any that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  2.  

    Review of company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

    Pros

    cutting edge technology, located in the East Valley

    Cons

    no contingency plans regarding testing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no contingency plans in the Testing sector. When a software engineer is on vacation or sick, for the most part, work that he is doing on the project grinds to a halt. No one is brought up to date on what was done. This is true when the unit is in TVAC testing too..... A member of the testing team gets sick and there is no one trained to take over for him. So, the rest of the team is forced to work crazy hours to make up for his absence. Management needs to take courses on how to plan for contingencies. They fly by the seat of their pants in most cases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    One of the better places one can work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Herndon, VA

    I worked at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were some great people working, highly competent, technically proficient people. I had a wonderfully flexible schedule and a fantastic work/life balance. Of course schedules are dependent on the client site at which you work. I had a positive experience working here and if I hadn't chosen to leave the area, would probably still be with them.

    Cons

    The home office has many benefits that don't apply outside of the home office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be better about sharing company information with employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Management Specialist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Business Management Specialist in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    GD-AIS provides great benefits including access to many online educational programs. Their lower level management team looks out for their employees and treats them as family.

    Cons

    Upper management too often only looks at the bottom line figure. They cut employee benefits and then treat themselves to lavish management off-sites at luxury hotels. Additionally, there is no type of mentor program for employees or young managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a mentor program and live by the same rules as you give employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Like the work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer - Software in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer - Software in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, and great people to work with. Flexible work schedule. I feel like my efforts make a difference here.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of management swirl, putting companies together, taking them apart, and then putting them back together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As much as you would like to consider engineering staff to be plug and play commodities, the experience gained from working several years on complex systems, as well as the knowledge of the customer is your greatest asset. Less experienced engineers may cost less from a payroll point of view, but end up costing millions in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great Company and People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The work environment is interesting and challenging. 9/80 Work schedule is nice. Fair and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Now going through a restructuring combining AIS and C4S into one division to be called Mission Systems. There are going to be lots of layoffs in Santa Clara due to this as the work is moved to other locations in the new restructure. Business very tied to government contacts, so it is feast of famine. If you can not be fully utilized, you go onto the layoff list and they are quick to unload and layoff people when there is a lack of contracts or funding to do R&D. Little growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great but deteriorating quickly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on multiple projects at many different levels - entry level to experienced -- and different functions from system design to implementation and test.

    Implementation of the 9/80 work schedule provided time to participate in external obligations/appointments during the work week without using paid time off.

    Compensation was above average for the location and on par for the industry.

    Good place to work if you are inexperienced.

    Cons

    Company started out good but now is in a race to the bottom with respect to lowering the rate and benefits. The pursuit of lower price contracts have resulted in "wins" in which experienced employees were not able to work on the contracts due to cost. This has resulted in lower quality work and increasing customer dissatisfaction.

    Benefits were reasonable in the past but have grown progressively worse in recent years. The benefit package favors shorter term employees and provides practically no additional benefits past 5 years of employment.

    Lack of internal upward mobility and external local employment opportunities will most likely require relocation after approximately 3-5 years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experienced people, though more costly, generally provide, at a minimum, 2-3 times the output of less experience people and at a much higher quality.

    Your tilt towards less experienced workers is creating dissension in the workplace among your employees. You need to provide a reason for longer term, experienced workers to remain or you risk losing your knowledge base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is a fast pace work place. They leave you alone as long as the work gets done. Not really customer oriented anymore.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer Systems/Technical Writer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer Systems/Technical Writer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Pay is sufficient. Flex time.

    Cons

    They are more worried about a 50 cent over run than the customer. When a budget is put in by people that knows what it takes to get the job done, upper management (who do not know anything about what goes on) cuts the hours. My personal opinion is they do not want to deduct from upper management bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer needs!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tragic. Could have been a great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - 9/80 pay period was great. You work 9 hour days and get every other Friday off.
    - For me, the work was great- technically challenging and very rewarding.
    - The people I worked with were top-notch. There were few, if any, people I didn't like.

    Cons

    - Upper management can't stop themselves from treating the employees poorly. This meant annual reductions in benefits, poor raises, and zero incentives or retention.
    - Because of the first reason, employee morale was low.
    - Long-term employment was not encouraged. Corporate philosophy was to bring in junior engineers and NCGs to replace experienced people that left.
    - Company regularly gets in the way of progress rather than fosters it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your strategy for growth is penny wise & pound foolish. Stop treating your biggest asset like a burden. If you continue your mean-spirited tactics your business will suffer.

  11.  

    Great Values and Great Employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    One of the best engineering teams i have ever worked with and I have worked with Boeoing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Honeywell, etc. GDAIS had the most ethical and caring. They were trylt the HONEST BROKERS of all the defense contractors.

    Cons

    The Senior Engineerign Leaders were focussed too much on cuttign heads than makingsure the cusotmers were takene care of. It was always a fight to get Senior Engineerign Leadership to be accountable and cooperate with the business teams who wanted to satify the customer and not just keep employees at 120% of allocated bandwidth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put business leaders in charge of the company and NOT engineers. Engineers have no real social skills and do not see the world as the rest of us do, so keep engineering in the engineering world and let the business leaders run the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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