General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

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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

    GD review

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Taunton, MA

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

    Pros

    Good job with average benefits

    Cons

    Employees are slowly losing benefits in order to cut costs and improve the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does it really make sense to cut benefits and bonuses to everyone while you still enjoy unprecedented bonuses and raises?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Engineering software for communications test equipment

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Longview, TX

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

    Pros

    Stability and a long term track record; involvement in a variety of projects; competent coworkers;

    Cons

    Market focus too narrow, especially in lean times; Little effort put into giving workplace an appealing atmosphere; Corporate bureaucracy often stifles innovation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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
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  5. 3 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the company it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    The only pro left at GD is the compensation. They pay very well compared to the competition. It used to be a great place to work almost like a second family, no more.

    Cons

    Totally lost its direction. No investment in the future despite what they say. Laid off hundreds and hundreds only for the sake of making EBIT to target. Now they are forcing out the senior managers that built the business. This company used to be a great place to work; now it is a sweat shop. Benefits are cut every year; but they still pay well. Morale is terrible and there in no confidence in the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing cronyism; your friends are not leaders and don't understand the business. Stop worrying about your job security and bonuses and do what is right for the health of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Used to be good.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA

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

    Pros

    Depending on the program, the work can be interesting

    Cons

    Medical benefits are awful! Raises have been stagnat for several years. Everyone seems to be unhappy and all the good people are looking for new jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people 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
  9. 6 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
  10. 5 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
  11. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, plenty of opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    So far I have not identified anything which has impacted me in a negative way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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