General Dynamics C4 Systems

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General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews in Phoenix, AZ

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance is excellent since producing anything is largely irrelevant (in 22 reviews)

  • Some very good people down in the ranks -- talented and care about what they're doing (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems out-of-touch with the common workers/engineers (in 24 reviews)

  • There is an inherent "good ol' boys" network in senior management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wide Range of ongoing programs

    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Downsizing makes job security a concern

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going down hill

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good work/life balance.
    The engineering culture is pretty stable due to many older engineers.

    Cons

    Going through lots of layoff - depressing atmosphere
    Pretty old school approach to business and engineering challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more to get into non-defense business ares

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of General Dynamics

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    Former Employee - Senior Material Planner in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Material Planner in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits.

    Cons

    Has a lot of military contracts and few commercial contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pursue better marketing techniques and be more diverse.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work until the layoffs started. This facility was originally a Motorola defense plant that was bought.

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

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay was very good. Probably due to my long tenure there, but from day 1 the company paid very well, first as Motorola then as GDC4S.

    Cons

    Management not very creative. Not very good at marketing and business development. Was overloaded with work most of the time. The culture was good until GD purchased the plant in 2001. Then things slowly changed and deteriorated..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to stop the lay offs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place for a career-

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time

    Pros

    Some skilled employees/managers & good compensation

    Cons

    During the defense bubble, after 9/11, GD-C4 Systems was a great place for challenging work and stable, good income; however, in the past three years, given the downturn in the Defense business, the good old boy network is in full force at C4S - resulting in slow layoff’s for the prior three years. Never a massive number to avoid reporting, or any negative financial obligations to the business – therefore, putting the treatment of employee’s as lowest priority causing a horrible work environment, employees have no idea what day will be their last. Political sabotage of jobs remaining based on good old boy network. Hostile takeover from the East - Taunton, MA, leadership - old GTE players - now in control to try and shrink the business (rumors of yelling in meetings and blame). Also, the new Taunton leadership facilitates lay off’s being implemented by managers who haven’t truly managed employee’s being released. This management sometimes listens to the West politico on how to reduce staff, protecting their buddies or people who brown nose management and never have an opinion (does not care about the business, just keeping their job) - so most highly respected and skilled employee's are NOT being retained. Prediction - further reductions in force and Scottsdale closure. Regarding impact to demographics - no females remaining in senior leadership - highly paid females appear to be the focus of reductions, even from male worker point of views - perhaps senior leadership rely on Phebe N. Novakovic as CEO to offset these actions, but even Ms. Novakovic’s staff is comprised of 23 males and only one female.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too little too late - communicate with the organization - it is obvious you are afraid to be put on the spot for questioning, that leadership does not really understand how to solve the problems now and are in a reactionary mode. Phebe - fire Sr. Management of C4 Systems and the next level down and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer Staff in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer Staff in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good, technically competent people. Projects are really challenging, interesting and fun. Interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. They have not diversified and appear to not be interested in diversifying. They have no loyalty to employees who've worked for the company for years. There are few interesting projects left. They are loosing their best employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a plan. You will not stay in business at your current rate of decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Average. Does not have strong software product portfolio

    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation good. Since it is defense subcontractor, job security if defense sector is doing well.

    Cons

    Do not have strong software product portfolio. In fact not too strong product portfolio.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Morale is low and they are laying off very valued key employees. There is no rationale to the firing line.

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked there for many years with very talented and brilliant people including: engineers and technicians from all specialties. I started when it was still Motorola and the job opportunities were endless. General Dynamics changed everything and not for the better.

    Cons

    I have felt for the last three years that General Dynamics has been working to shutter the plant, and they have not been aggressively trying to go after after new business and contracts.

    They no longer care about the people. They have diminished pensions drastically. They do not care about their employees, all they care about is their bottom line. I have always said, never get between GD and a dollar, you will never win.

    General Dynamics has been a profitable business and to see the lack of compassion is disgusting. Keep the people who work and lose the ones that sit in their offices all day doing nothing.

    It has become a paper mill and not a working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read what I wrote above. Be honest with everyone at the plant about the long term goals of the Scottsdale plant. Put your self in our shoes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was good until recently. GDC4S is, as one person put it, in a death spiral. A combination of keeping lousy employees who

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    Former Employee - Logistics Support in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Logistics Support in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, coworkers were great.

    Cons

    Seems like the company is contracting due to the inability to win contracts. A culture of supervisors keeping unproductive workers because they are buddies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many useless VPs, and people with jobs like determining which pictures to hang around the facility. They are kept while laying off good workers. Just taking away from actual productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good until the company couldn't do proposal work and keep it in house....

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty reasonable until now

    Cons

    Got to be part of the Good ol' boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't blow smoke up the employees behinds regarding the company's health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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