General Dynamics C4 Systems

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General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
405 Reviews
2.9
405 Reviews
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General Dynamics C4 Systems President Chris Marzilli
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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.  

    Merger of GD C4S and AIS appears promising

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, but they are cutting benefits

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    • 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 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible, was wrongfully terminated for some BS excuse.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fort Monmouth, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fort Monmouth, NJ

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros with this organization.

    Cons

    Bad Management, all need to be fired, treats employees horribly, too restrictive Network, don't even try to retain workers if better offer is made, lot of archaic policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all need to go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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