General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Merger of GD C4S and AIS appears promising

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Technical Staff in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Technical Staff in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Different programs to work on that allow you to get a wide range of experience within the same company. Good pay and leadership potential. A realization from management that much of the culture is gray haired and top heavy. There is a recent push to hire younger engineers. Good work-life balance encouraged from most managers.

    Cons

    There is much more work than the number of employees to perform the tasks. Many managers are inefficient. Too much bureaucracy, primarily driven by the customer (Govt.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on development of employees, especially younger ones. Put more money into R & D. Stop wasting time and money on boondoggles and useless programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company, I hope they recover now that some of the best people (women) left.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    Amazing technology, important work, brilliant people, competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Top-level management completely out of touch with the other 95% of the workforce. Extremely male-dominated with no real plans to change. Good-old boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being afraid to walk around and interact with the masses, even if you may not like what they have to say. You are ignoring some brilliant voices at the mid to lower echelons out of pride and ego. Look at your counterparts and weed out the low performers at the top instead of the high-performers at the mid to lower levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, but they are cutting benefits

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good. Plenty of work, especially large projects. Food at annual picnic is great, however, the picnic is no longer in a park, but in the parking lot.

    Cons

    Benefits have been on the decline over the years (higher insurance costs, taking away vacation, less rewards). Investing in new projects has also been cut.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Should have never taken the job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    They pay was good and department management tried their best.

    Cons

    Morale was horrendous, they are not about their employees at all. Layoffs were rampant and business was sinking, mostly due to incompetent and callous senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Good, not great

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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 C4 Systems

    Pros

    Generous education assistance package for advanced degrees (if your manager approves your program of study), challenging tasks, new engineers have good opportunities to receive raises and promotions, decent work/life balance if you can manage to stay away from programs behind schedule and over budget, opportunities to work in embedded development.

    Cons

    Little to no budget for training outside of formal education--if you want to improve or acquire new skills you will have to do that on your own time (and dime), few projects use cutting edge technologies, dependence on government funding that may be cut at a moment's notice, lots of unpaid overtime on certain programs, no raises for anyone in 2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer training alternatives to your engineers. Develop commercial products to provide more stability to your workforce during government sequestration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful

    Lack of Recognition, Disregard for Desired Type of Work, No Raises

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Their base pay is good. You will work with really sharp, highly-competwnt people. Occassionally pick up new skills. Well-supported IT infrastructure.

    Cons

    Bleak future.

    Work is rarely interesting.

    Innovation is often verboten since "we can't afford the time / money." "Sacrifice the month to save the week" mentality.

    No recognotion for consistently working a very productive 60 - 70 hour week. Certainly no pay praise, but a sincere "thank you" from middle management or higher would be nice.

    No training.

    Finally, they pay lip service to putting people in positions that entail the type od work they want to do, but I have yet to see it for myself after several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe the comments above speak for themselves in terms of needed management action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    Great people that learned about work ethic, pride in product and outstanding customer focus while the company was still Motorola Government Electronics Group.

    Cons

    After General Dynamics acquired Motorola Government electronics group the heart was torn out of the organization. IT became a for profit corporation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall, good place to work - has been great for my career.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good career advancement opportunities and a variety of different types of programs to work on.

    Cons

    Lack of vision from the business leadership and poor/slow response to shifting market priorities, staffing needs, etc... the upper management's style is very re-active and not really consistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better at projecting both the business markets you're in as well as the employment market your people are in... you can better estimate staff needs, attrition rates and where your company is headed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Technology giant?

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer III in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer III in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great name to work for if you can do it. Employees are eerily loyal to GDC4S. Lots of great travel.

    Cons

    Pay, less than reasonable. No bonus, few raises, employee perks were cut throughout my stay with this company. Technology is way behind the curve. This machine of a company trudges through with little proper planning and are not prepared to keep their employees during market changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, invest on making products better/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Logistics Manager

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    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Easy work, secure as long as programs are awarded

    Cons

    Poor managed logistics group, live a die with program awards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent refresh

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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