General Dynamics C4 Systems
2.8 of 5 287 reviews
www.gdc4s.com Scottsdale, AZ 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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48% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics C4 Systems President Chris Marzilli

Chris Marzilli

(21 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work-life balance is encouraged"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Some very good people down in the ranks -- talented and care about what they're doing"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management gets richer even as company's revenue goes down"
    in 18 reviews
  • "If you are not a part of the good old boys network, it is very difficult to get promoted or advance"
    in 9 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for seasoned professionals, not a good place for young or new hires out of school.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation is great....If you can break into inner circle you will do reasonably well.

    ConsLeadership opportunities limited, still a bit of boys club. Leadership track and promotion track is a complete mystery.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot everyone is meant to be a leader

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Thank you for your review. GDC4S has a strong and long-standing commitment to providing opportunities for professional growth through our promotional program and Program Management Career Path, which ... More
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Very beneficial, provided good benefits and tuition reimbursement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsGood pay, great teams. You can promote from within, but you need to know the right people.

    ConsPoor management decisions, company is losing its direction and need to expand to other markets in order to survive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpand us beyond military defense !

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Senior systems analyst for military satellite communications.

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsAerospace and defense industry and excellent compensation and benefits.

    ConsPoor organization and lack of responsibility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on customer quality and assuming responsibility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

    General Dynamics C4 Systems lacks strategic vision and manages via the "good old boy network".

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsGD pays well for the area, they support flexible work options including telecommuting, and their products help keep soldiers safe.

    ConsOpportunities for women and minorities are limited, the company is struggling to capitalize on its portfolio, and it has been laying off staff for 3 years with no end in sight.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees need to know there is some plan for the future that involves more than just layoffs.

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

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    Thank you for your review. We will be sure to send your advice to our senior staff and internal communications so that they may better communicate with employees about the company’s outlook. If you ... More
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    7 people found this helpful  

    Good ole boys club

    Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsGreat place to ride the bus to retirement.

    ConsTreat salary employees like hourly right up to the point where hourly employees get paid overtime. Terrible culture. Treat employees poorly. Constantly taking benefits away from employees. Little to no growth potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire! All the old management needs to retire and get some fresh heads in there that can look past "the way it's always been". Right now I'd say there isn't a more dead-end engineering company in Phoenix. Chris Marzilli is the worst CEO I've ever had the displeasure of working for. He spreads the culture of devaluing the employees. He's been poison to C4S.

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

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    This company is most likely shutting down operations in AZ.

    Eng Aide (Former Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsA pay check I guess.

    ConsMismanagement. This company laid off all the techs on a project and then could not supply the product under contract to the government which caused a large fine to be levied.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for some type of work you can handle, greater at walmart comes to mind.

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

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Generally ok, wide mix of project/people quality

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGood work/life balance.
    Some work is exciting and makes a difference.
    Some very good people down in the ranks -- talented and care about what they're doing.

    ConsUpper management is out of touch -- they get bonuses while our salaries are frozen and benefits cut.
    Some projects are tedious, boring, and poorly managed.
    2014 isn't a good time to be a defense contractor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the pain; stop painting rosy pictures for investors while pushing employees to keep doing more with less. Branch out from defense contracting -- the handwriting is on the wall! Try harder to insulate the teams that are rocking.

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

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    We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of our engineers, especially during these tough financial times when we often ask our engineers to be more cost efficient while continuing ... More
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    5 people found this helpful  

    Business going down the tubes along with Defense budget

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsSome really great technical folks working in the trenches of the projects.

    ConsToo many managers pushing papers and processes. Top management has little regard for those doing the actual work. Benefits are less and less each year. Top 10% (primarily managers) of workforce belongs to a secret 'bonus club' which earns large bonuses each year. The other 90% gets no bonus or perhaps only an occasional slice of pizza for lunch or turkey lunch and handshake during the holidays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the profits with all workers and trim the management staff.

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

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    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review; we greatly appreciate your feedback and more than ten years of work with our company. GDC4S is proud of its extensive benefits package, in addition ... More
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    5 people found this helpful  

    Wandering in the desert….will they find themselves before it is too late???

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsGood compensation and benefits, although the benefits have been reduced somewhat significantly in the past 3 years. Most employees are competent and dedicated.

    ConsThe company has gone too far in workforce reduction, to the point that their ability to execute on existing contracts is jeopardized. A few absolutely critical people have been "released" by managers who were put into their positions recently and really didn't know their people or who the strongest performers were; hence they laid off resources critical to on-going work. The "survivors" are now truly over-worked. Acquisitions over the past several years have almost all turned out to have been major mistakes. But, there has been almost no accountability for these mistakes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight-size the senior management. While the company has reduced its workforce dramatically over the past 3 years, the VPs have only played musical chairs; there has been no corresponding reduction in the number of VPs. Some VPs are now in charge of functional areas in which they have no experience or expertise.

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great experience on a fantastic program for a worthy customer.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, decent benefits which declined over the years.

    ConsWay too much management. The old Motorola brotherhood system exists here which is not good for non-Motorolans. Fantastic work without drama goes unrecognized. Everything has to be a crisis. Real engineers are continually laid off while management goes unscathed. Company has gone from 6000 to 2000 since late 2009. Not winning new work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward people who do great work without drama and execute on time. Try to get new business and cut management while keeping the engineers who do the actual work.

    Conversely, sell the business to a company that wants to be in Arizona.

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

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    We’re glad to hear that you are happy with the benefits you receive at GDC4S. GDC4S employs approximately 8,000 employees nationally and internationally. We are a large, defense contracting company ... More
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