General Dynamics C4 Systems

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General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
400 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be better....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security for the most part. Provides clearance sponsorship

    Cons

    Used to have more vacation time, full school reimbursement, awesome medical plans. Now only get 3 weeks (for being here 12 years), only $5200/yr school imbursement, and so-so medical plan. Office is ridulously short manned, and workload keeps increasing to where everyone is burned out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raises would be nice (salary freeze for about 3-4 years now). I have been here 12 years , and can no longer stand it. It has gone downhill. Stop being so focused on making money, and start looking at taking care of your loyal employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, not great

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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

    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
  3.  

    Post Employment Reflection

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    Former Employee - Engineering/Test Manager II in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering/Test Manager II in Arlington, VA

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    The project responsibilities and expectations were in-line with what was originally expected of me. The team of people I worked with were knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Sometimes remote employment creates communication/support issues, but these can be resolved through diligence and creative problem solving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support of staff and project/professional guidance was great. Additional opportunities within professional expertise would be nice. It was disappointing there were no further opportunities to remain employed within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good before the economy tanked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Long term predictable and well paced environment

    Cons

    Too dependent on US federal contracts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    - hands on experience
    - gained valuable technical skills
    - Always had work to do (which I guess could be a pro or con depending on the person)

    Cons

    Looking at computer screens for long periods of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your existing employees... they seem unhappy with some of the cutbacks. Makes me a little hesitant to work full time upon graduation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 4 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  

    A good steady job but nothing glamorous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and some of the work cab be stimulating.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility. Many very competent individuals had been at the same pay grade for 8-10 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place, Great Benefits, Great People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayetteville, NC

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, and work/personal time off balance is very good. Advancement is available if you advance yourself such as gaining a degree or graduate degree and a few certificates as needed by the industry.

    Cons

    During the past few years, raises have been very slim if at all to maintain the employees on hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what they are doing. Management is in tune with the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Still have nightmares...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Seriously no redeeming qualities.

    Cons

    No raises, growth opportunities, stingy PTO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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