General Dynamics C4 Systems
2.8 of 5 264 reviews
www.gdc4s.com Scottsdale, AZ 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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2.8 264 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics C4 Systems President Chris Marzilli

Chris Marzilli

(5 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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  • "Benfits, competitive pay, good work/life balance"
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  • "Good pay, good technical experience and interesting projects to work on"
    in 16 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management gets richer even as company's revenue goes down"
    in 16 reviews
  • "The most unimaginative senior management crew you will find in a company this size"
    in 14 reviews
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"Quality formalized Infrastructure to develop hardware and software solutions."

Senior Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Scottsdale, AZ

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLot's of boundaries - Very formal processes, if you like to go with the flow then it's a great place to work (this could also be a con - you decide).

ConsYou don't get compensated for the personal risks you bear by having information related to a security clearance.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook seriously at agile development. You might think you know what it is, but a cursory look wont get you there. Jumping in fully as a company is required to fully see the benefits.

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

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Company trying hard to get it right

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery 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.

ConsReally 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Scottsdale, AZ

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people--
The opportunities-- you can work on many different projects utilizing many different technologies.
The location-- Scottsdale, AZ is a beautiful place to live and work

ConsLarge corporation with large-corporation politics
Lots of 60 hour weeks
Defense Industry, so there's always a threat of layoffs.
Unless you align yourself with the right people, it's easy to get "lost".

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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One of the best places I've worked; I've been a part of bringing Lean Thinking to two facilities.

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
Kilgore, TX

I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 8 years

Prostalented and experienced co-workers.
caring management that listens and takes action to support.
Great projects to work on.

Conswearing multiple hats due to under staffing.
Long hours to make up for others past mistakes.
long road to change work culture to Lean Thinking.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company with a solid future

Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat company to work for but has a poor top level management structure. Using recycled Senior Leadership is never a good strategy for success!

ConsA ton of red tape to weed through whenever you work for a big company

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you have leaders in the organization who are proven to make a positive impact on the growth and future direction of a major company!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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RF Systems Test Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunrise, FL

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems as a contractor for less than a year

ProsExcellent working conditions and a good work environment.
Friendly and supportive coworkers.
Productive and secure facility.

ConsThis facility can benefit from onsite cafeteria services.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide management support to help resolve inter-departmental issues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hard Times

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Taunton, MA

I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgreat hardworking people
excellent benefits
nice workplace

Consforecast is unknown
PTO being diminished
Cannot remove poor or under performing employees

Advice to Senior Managementget new business / boost morale for remaining employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very positive exceptionally talented co workers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTeams work well together, salaries were pretty equal to market value.

ConsUnfortunately, lately the lack of contract awards has caused layoffs which demoralize the staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevenue can only be generated by sales not by layoffs. Laying people off to meet cost goals will cost in the end.

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

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Positive Experience!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems

ProsGreat people; strong company. Everyone I've met at this company from the sales folks to senior level, including Chris Marzilli, CEO, has been a person of sincerity, who genuinely cares about the company, about the people who work there and the products they sell; they are invested. More than that, GD has long ties to government and the defense industry. They've been in this business for a while and their reputation speaks for itself. Having a company that is composed of great people who take their work seriously but know when to have fun, combined with a history, longevity and solid reputation of creating defense products makes this company a really great one.

ConsCharacteristic of most big defense companies: I wonder how forward thinking GD is. There are many within the company who have great ideas but find it difficult to put them into action because the corporate entity is stuck in the past. This is beginning to change, at GDC4S, the top level are very open to new ideas, but again, sometimes it's the politics and getting through all the others who need to be convinced every step of the way that something should be tried differently. Budget priorities are also a little hard to follow. This is a large company, so obviously priorities are made to get and keep big contracts, however, sometimes that means the smaller things, like updating to 21st century marketing tactics, fall by the way-side.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate your marketing strategy. In most areas, your competitors are excelling by comparison and it shows. Your web page is unorganized, confusing to follow, difficult to research and your having trouble engaging with a larger audience because you are not giving any attention to the potential that social media, for example, provides. Again, just look at what your competitors are doing - you are a communications integration company...need I say more?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart People Comfortable Work Enviornment

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of smart people to learn from
True Software Lifecycle management (CMMI V)
Flexible work schedules

ConsGovernment Industry is getting tighter
Only one project driving the entire office

Advice to Senior ManagementStart branching into other software projects (not based on CoMotion)

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

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