General Dynamics C4 Systems

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General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
374 Reviews
2.7
374 Reviews
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General Dynamics C4 Systems President Chris Marzilli
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33 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very flexible with work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Some very good people down in the ranks -- talented and care about what they're doing (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management gets richer even as company's revenue goes down (in 19 reviews)

  • good old boys" network - any they take care of themselves only (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Atmosphere has changed in last several years

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    Former Employee - Anon  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anon in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    May be hired if young and recent college graduate

    Cons

    Far too many experienced engineers have been let go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Losing good engineers.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    The engineers that are there are good, work hard and put out good products.

    Cons

    In transition from a large contract and not managing it well. Management stripped good engineers away, froze or downgraded benefits and is now dealing with a large exodus of good experienced engineers. Management focus on short term bonuses and profits with no thought for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change. You've lost good people by going for a very shortsighted bottom line.

    General Dynamics C4 Systems Response

    Sep 9, 2014HR Operations

    Thank you for your review. You're right that the past several years have been hard for everyone, particularly the defense industry. Though times have been tough, we are looking forward to a positive ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be interesting. Mostly a slog

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Pittsburgh, ND
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pittsburgh, ND

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

    Pros

    Sometimes the projects are challenging and rewarding. Although these are getting fewer.

    Had some nice stability during the recession.

    Cons

    Becoming more and more of who you are in good with.
    Real knowledge is not as respected. You get more respect by overhyping what you might know and dancing around the gaps. Unfortunately happens sometimes when things are critical. Helps if you are somone's "pet".
    More interested in meeting the letter or requirements than the spirit. And even then a lot of stuff gets out that doesn't meet reqs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making things that work, not just pass reqts.

    Sometimes the 90% solution in 1 day is better than the 99% solution in 3 months.

    BreK up some of the ol' boy circle. GD seems to breed them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on what you are willing to settle for

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Needham, MA

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

    Pros

    A lot of good and smart people to work with. Projects range from boring and old technology to interesting and cutting technology.

    Cons

    The majority of the managers suck (i.e., lack of common sense, and courtesy for people as individuals.) Look on glass doors, however, and you will see that bad management is a problem in a majority of companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the bad managers OUT. Talk to the people being managed to find out what makes them feel like they matter and are valued contributors... that's what makes a project run well. It certainly isn't treating employees like they are replaceable machines. Replace many of the poor current managers with those that care about employees as people AND have common sense AND know how to meet the business objectives. Just meeting the business objectives without attention to the employees and doing things with common sense DOES cause good people to leave and ultimately result in being unable to perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big ship....tiny rudder !

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation are above average. I didn't appreciate that until I started looking for another job. I enjoyed working on projects that directly helped the war fighter. Motorola / General Dynamics has a proud heritage of delivering top quality products to the military.

    Cons

    Like all big corporations there are policies, politics and procedures that seem to get in the way of simply doing a great job. This can be especially frustrating when trying to meet or exceed cost and schedule requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more agile by pushing decision making to the lowest level possible. Trust your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    General Dynamics C4 Systems Response

    Aug 11, 2014HR Operations

    Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you were pleased with your benefits. We take your comments and advice seriously and will be sure to share them with executive staff anonymously ... More

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee morale is getting worse

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I was respected for my technical capability and products.

    Cons

    High quality and detailed work is not highly valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place ever for engineers

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA

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

    Pros

    The paycheck makes it into the bank.
    Work life balance is excellent since producing anything is largely irrelevant.

    Cons

    - Managers are mostly justifying their existence. Possibly the worst management ever.
    - Reorg of the month provides no accountability.
    - IT is not connected to the local organization, consequently they have no commitment to support anything that allows you to produce product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't really advise management who is more interested in collecting a salary, than selling product. You get the feeling everybody is just trying to ride this puppy as long as they can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    This company would be nothing without the name.

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

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

    Pros

    If you're fresh-out of college, they'll hire you very easily.
    Most people are very laid back.
    There is somehow a respect for software developers, among the other "engineers" - they think you're really smart.
    If you're retired from the armed forces, you'll have a "forever home" here. (Con: if you're not one among this group of people, you'll have every little common ground with your colleagues, and worse yet, management)

    Cons

    There are tons of managers - you'll have at most two "manager type" people who know and might appreciate your work - but there are usually 4-5 layers of additional managers above that within any section of the engineering staff. There are tons of sections, too. With so many managers, and the fact that they play "musical chairs" every few months, you'll never know them, they'll never know you - but they control your merit increases just the same. So, unless you have a great direct manager - one who has been at the company a long time, and has held rank above his position - nobody can, or will, vouch for your work...

    This is a very poor place to have a fulfilling career as a software developer...
    ...the majority of senior developers' seniority come from the number of time sheets they've submitted; never mind their ability to guide your career and mentor you through your struggles. If you're hard-working, you'll quickly outpace all of the senior guys, and then realize that they're getting paid 90+ and you, much much less. Hard pill to swallow, as you realize there are no merit increases coming your way, and it's nearly impossible to earn a compensation increase either. Most senior engineer's (software developers) are stuck in the 90's - where there wasn't much special technology coming out, aside from Standard Edition Java and .NET - and they're still livin' it up in the 90's! The business also has a proven track record of abandoning certain factions of developer's hard work: every *worthwhile* senior developer I have met here, has a very depressing story about how a great idea was lost on the poor decisions and lack of interest by the managers and business development team.

    People are flooding out of here like crazy - with the majority of people staying only for pension benefits, because they're too tired to jump back out on the job market, or that they literally couldn't get hired anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firstly, you should heed the advice of these reviews: they're very much a raw depiction of how it is at GDC4S, and you wouldn't know because you're not involved.

    Give your employees better tools:
    - from the software developer's point of view -
    Stop pushing "one size fits all" technology across the business. Software developers thrive in the open source world, and you're not taking any advantage of it by dumping boat loads of cash into IBM. Do what your company is supposed to do: INTEGRATE - Just one Google search on the top: software change-management, continuous-integration, defect tracking, software collaboration, etc - will unveil the strikingly poor decisions being made by... who the heck knows? Realize that with creativity, you can allow for multiple professional realms to collaborate in the same environment even with different tools.
    - from a broader point of view -
    The idea that the SharePoint server is actually making the business more effective in any way possible, is a myth. Due, partly to the sheer mediocrity of SharePoint, and then mostly in your complete disregard to the science and art of Knowledge Organization. The ability of working-groups to collaborate through documentation is dead. Try it: go type ANYTHING into the search engine, and try to glean an accurate result. These tools are nothing more than a novelty. Its totally frustrating to see how poorly any attempt to organize information in this business has been executed. There are at least 5 completely disparate repositories that any one piece of information might be placed, and nobody has the slightest clue where to find it. Talk to your employees, figure out what people need, then integrate, customize, and migrate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    General Dynamics C4 Systems Response

    Sep 9, 2014HR Operations

    Thank you for taking the time to write this honest review. As an employee of GDC4S for more than 5 years, I’m sure you understand that the defense market ebbs and flows. However, I am very pleased to ... More

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Mistake Coming Accepting Position at This Company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary.
    Decent benefits
    Nice Facility

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of clueless management If you know the right people, a Director position will be created for you. It's almost comical, but very true and sad at the same time. No pay raises for employees while upper management receives huge bonuses and stock price surges. In the 3 yrs I was with this company, I saw constant layoffs of competent long-term employees while relative newcomers like me were spared. Morale is terrible and there is a general feeling that Engineers are interchangeable and disposable. Customer focus is blurred at best.
    I was very fortunate to get out of this place on my own terms before it destroyed my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue!
    The problems you are having with your biggest programs are a direct result of the incompetence of the leadership you have put in place. It's not their fault, they're just in over their heads.

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

    Doesn't value their employees

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very intelligent and hard working employee base
    Customers and their missions make the work worthwhile

    Cons

    Employees are seen as disposable
    Longer term employees are being laid off and replaced by inexpensive fresh outs, losing a lot of experience and intellectual IP
    Very short term and only financial based focus -- no look to the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to transform this company to meet the challenges of the new world of defense not just handle the current budget down turns by cutting staff and costs and thinking you can weather the storm by focusing on EBITA. This company needs to reinvent itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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