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Updated Jul 28, 2014

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2.9 153 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

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Thomas W. Kirchmaier

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • the company allows for a flexible work schedule (in 18 reviews)

  • GD has great work life balance and is very respectful of employee responsibilities to family (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • We're going on 5 years or so now with little to no raises, even for 'top' performers in non-management roles (in 6 reviews)

  • In recent years the company has been cutting benefits and does not seem to value the hard work of its employees (in 7 reviews)

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    GDAIS is a very flexible place to work

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGood hours (9/80) schedule
    The pay is good to start off

    ConsNot a lot of mentoring
    Hardly any raises
    Does not cater to millennials
    Company is slowly shrinking due to budget cuts in the deafens industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a formal process to mentor young talent and make all sites more collaborative

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    Great people and a stable job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOnce you're accepted into the company and start working, it takes an act of God to get fired. The work pace/expectations are also relatively low. This provides lots of opportunity to get in and practice and learn about modern security tools and equipment. They also provide compensation for industry certifications and education that relate to the position. Also, there is differential pay for working odd shifts.

    ConsThey push for employees to come up with improvements, but fight anything related to change. If its not how its always been done, it won't get done. Travel pay is nonexistant as well as move compensation. Pay raises are considered at the first of the year and is based on a performance evaluations with the top ratings getting around 1%. There is little to no incentive to work hard and shine, and those that try get surpressed by mounds of red tape.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow managers to reward hard workers, and encourage process improvements. This is a fantastic company to work for, and the few things that aren't good could easily be changed with some hands-on leadership.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first position out of college, a lot a new experiences

    Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee) McLeansville, NC

    ProsUnique work, friendly people, 9/80 work schedule

    ConsWould have liked to see more (actually any) emphasis on continuing education. I was interested in going back for my MBA and the run around I received was exhausting. I would have preferred a straight no to any kind of financial help, instead I was told yes, no, yes, and then a no after I had already started the program.

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    Difficult to grow/climb

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsStable environment, different programs provides/requires different work skills/options so there's something for everyone. As long as there's no mass layoff, and you didn't violate any policy or can't pass your background check/investigation, the managers/company will bend over backwards to keep peace and not get rid of you. 9/80 schedule gives Off Fridays (work 80 hours over 2 week period with 9 hours worked per day gives one Friday out of two weeks as an Off day). Since there are many different programs, you get bored less easily.

    ConsBecause they bend over backwards to keep people, there are a lot of people here who are bad at their job and/or don't even do their job, but still gets paid for it. This means you have to work with these people. You could be working 3 times as hard as someone else but they'd get paid more than you just because they were hired on at a more senior position - and in the end even when the upper management knows of their lack of work, they would actually talk to *you* ask you to not rock the boat. Just about the worst health benefit possible, and little to no bonuses, salary increases, or promotions. The company requires you to follow a timecard so even if you got your work done you can't leave early, but during rush periods with tons of work, you have to work extra hours for free.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor functional managers, get to know your employee and help them grow and actively help them get promotions instead of just letting things slide so that the employee work longer on lower salary. For technical managers, keep track of good employee vs problem employee and actually do something about it rather than just give a "shame on you" and a little wrist slap for the problem employee. This is a prime way of making your good employees want to leave the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's good, it could be great...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule, interesting work.

    ConsMicroscopic annual raises regardless of personal/corporate performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating your employees as well as you treat your stockholders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company seems to care about its employees.

    Computer Forensic Examiner (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsGood PTO and training benefits.

    ConsNo real room to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to talk to your people more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    STAY AWAY!!!!

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsfield, MA

    ProsFlex time was the only pro.

    ConsPoor pay. Poor benefits. Management team has no business managing anybody.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sink or Swim Environment

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsfield, MA

    Pros9/80 Schedule with every other Friday off. Good compensation for Berkshire County, MA where the cost of living is quite low compared to the NYC or Boston areas.

    ConsThis is a tough place to make it if you're a new employee as training is quite limited and consists of nothing more than reviewing PowerPoint slides and reading technical manuals. Other team members are generally too busy with their own work to help new hires learn the ropes. In fact, they would sometimes become annoyed if I asked them questions, so it's definitely not the friendliest environment I've ever been in. Benefits are terrible with only 2 high deductible health insurance plans to choose from. Work environment is lousy as it's a noisy open plan office with lots of people walking around and chatting, which made it hard to concentrate. There is also lots of office politics here too between managers and between different team members. Also be prepared to occasionally work on weekends and overnights too if you get stuck with a lousy shift in the lab for testing, which can happen especially if the lab is busy and fully booked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove training for new hires, improve health insurance benefits, and give new hires more of an incentive to stick around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting Worse

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsfield, MA

    Pros9/80 flexible work schedule.
    Ability to work remotely when needed, when approved.

    ConsUnstable work environment, sudden work stoppages and budget shortcomings. If you can't charge a chargeable task and you reach % overhead / week automatic layoff.
    Little to no communication at all between managements, multi-disciplinary teams, etc.
    Uncompensated overtime mandatory and breaking your back to achieve recognition is only average performance.
    Massive disconnect between program management and technical management. Disconnect between management and employees, all 3 of my managers did not know what I did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit focusing on short term profits, 'operational improvement' and think about long term stability.
    Reduce management, increase/decrease processes for balance. Actually document process, not 'word-of-mouth' and 'that's what we have always done.'
    Wake up to the economy, below average salary and benefits.
    You can't use a one-fits-all performance recognition goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work/family balance and flexibility. Work barriers not dealt with by middle management.

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee) Bloomington, MN

    ProsGD has great work life balance and is very respectful of employee responsibilities to family. Work is interesting. Management encourages and invests in employee training. Company is very disciplined with quality focus. For the most part, the people are great to work with and take pride in the quality of their work. Cutting edge technology and disciplined processes. Lots of flexibility.

    ConsCuts to benefits in recent years; especially to personal time off (PTO). Significant PTO cuts were given to long term employees with increases given to new employees. It is obvious senior management does not value employees who have made long term commitments to the success of this organization. There is no compelling reason for employees to stay here long term anymore.
    Middle management does not address work barriers. They allow some employees to continuously put roadblocks up for others who are just trying to be successful. Work environment in recent years was downright toxic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your tenured people who have worked hard and made many sacrifices over the years to make GD what it is. Cutting tenured employee PTO benefits and handing it to new employees walking in the door places value on short term employee commitments.
    Take appropriate action towards employees who put up roadblocks for others.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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