General Dynamics C4 Systems

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General Dynamics C4 Systems Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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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. 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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Poor Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Management in Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Management in Newton, NC

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

    Pros

    Dedicated, knowledgeable workforce. Strong heritage and tradition from past continues in workforce. Solid reputation due to sterling reputation in SATCOM community. High level of diversity of product offering.

    Cons

    Cronyism and incompetence rampant at the high levels of management, Executives have been embedded in positions of power for so long that they have no interest in rocking the boat. Everyone else is expendable. Cash is king, The bottom line rules, everyone else is just lucky to have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with the folks on the floor. Remember when you worked shoulder to shoulder with them, before your buy-out and Founder's stock options were cashed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    General Dynamics C4 Systems Response

    Nov 11, 2014HR Operations

    Thank you for your review. You’re right that our SATCOM team has earned a sterling reputation; interested readers can watch our video on the GDC4S YouTube page to learn more about our SATCOM team and ... More

  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Pressure cooker environment

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    - Interesting technology and customer base
    - Air conditioned work place
    - Company provided cell phone
    - 401k
    - Medical and dental benefits
    - Corporate jets for upper management
    - Gym reimbursement $250/yr

    Cons

    - Endless soul crushing meetings
    - Draconian travel policies
    - Lots of deadwood around
    - Coach seating while traveling and frequent middle seats for rank and file workers
    - Many managers and few worker bees
    - No real advancement potential
    - Bring your own coffee and tea
    - PTO accrual plan and unpaid Christmas shutdown policy puts a new employee in the vacation hole for the first few years of employment
    - No raises in 2011, 2012, and 2013
    - 2014 raises averaged 2.5-3.5% while upper management is visiting monthly on the corporate jet
    - Ambitious workers will be worked to death and compensated poorly
    - Upper management doesn't know what they don't know about the SATCOM industry
    - Few competent people in the East Texas manufacturing locations
    - No field premiums for frequent travelers
    - 10% promotion cap for inter-company promotions
    - Core hours = Everyone in office between 9am-4pm
    - Micromanagement from the highest levels of management to the lowest level workers
    - 1 person in a meeting actually capable of executing a task with 10+ non-capable people throwing in their two cents on task execution
    - No training available for job specific tasks
    - Lots of uncompensated OT for salaried workers
    - 24 hours in a day mentality from upper management
    - Overpaid ex-Motorola/GTE managers/engineers from Scottsdale replaced local managers and got raises for relocating to Richardson
    - GD stock is at an all time high and every year employee benefits were cut.
    - Early every year we had a meeting where the management told the employees how great the company did the previous year, but in the end of the year we were told it was doom and gloom and there was no money available for raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and observe the big picture. The train is about to go off the tracks in the SATCOM business.

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

    Respected Company that is full of Idiots (Newton, NC)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NC

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

    Pros

    I myself struggle to find any positives. I believe in what General dynamics as a whole does for our troops and the difference they make for law enforcement.

    Cons

    Management sucks, pass blame and will not take responsibility. So many great employees have left due to struggles within this company not to mention use and abuse concerning temp employees (Some been there 5+ years).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 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 (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
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, bonuses for management, can hide and do nothing if you want. Big company so theoretically you have opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    No new work coming in. Future of company is being thrown away in favor of meeting this year's financial numbers so management gets their bonuses. As such, decisions are made solely on how it will affect the quarters or years financial numbers, not the future revenue or health of the company down the road. Unethical practices in running the business and dealing with customers. Several VPs are truly incompentent and are universally disliked by the employees, but no one has the guts to fire them. Good ole' boy club at the expense of hiring the right people for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself. Your shortsightedness is killing the company. Get rid of none performing VPs and directors. Ask your employees who they are. They will tell you. These management figures are causing people to leave in droves. Soon only the people that can't find jobs elsewhere will be left. Without these changes, the company will be gone or sold within 2 years.

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

    In Long Term Decline

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Location is in a smaller city
    On site cafeteria
    Walking distance to Tim Hortons and other services such as dry cleaners

    Cons

    Mass layoffs ongoing for years now. Dated technology, with no real product development anymore. Bloated and very ineffective management structure. Highly unstable - not a good place if you have a mortgage to pay or a family to support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the innovative engineering company of decades ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Company So Bad, They Can Ruin Other Companies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NC

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

    Pros

    I am truly struggling to find any pros. However, the sheer size of the company has kept it afloat, despite gross mismanagement.

    Cons

    There is an inherent "good ol' boys" network in senior management . If you're not in it, and you dare to have your own opinions, you will not last long here.

    While there are truly some good people that work here, they are far and few between and they soon move on to greener pastures.

    With credit to Fernando Lamas, it is clear that this company runs by the saying "It is better to look good than to be good.". What is truly unfortunate is that the company fails at both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore what your upper and middle management is truly accomplishing. Are they serving the greater good of the company, or are they simply trying to gain the most benefit through the least amount of work for themselves?

    There are only so many GD business units that can be absorbed by C4S before you'll have to face the harsh reality of the mess that has been created throughout C4S as a whole.

    I truly don't know what can be done to save this company. Unfortunately, I fear it's too far gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disheartening

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kilgore, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kilgore, TX

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

    Pros

    I don't think there are any good reasons to work for GDSATCOM any more.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned the management is the largest problem. All of management acts as if their hands are tied and they have no ability to make any kind of change. To follow that up they have the Nazi IT department from Hades. Don't expect to get anything out of them in a timely manner - they'll just dump more and more paperwork on you so your request will be buried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy it back from GD. This company was so much better as VertexRSI. Get rid of highest tier of mangement (if they're even still there), and beg the old GM from Kilgore (Jeff) to come back and run the show.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company working with the Federal Government incapable of doing business in the real world.

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    A lot of assets at your disposal, it was great to see the support for the first quarter with the company. It was some seriously strong Kool-Aid for that time.

    Cons

    Everything was reviewed like a federal project and no one knew how to make a decision. It was being run by a group of talented Fed Government guys that had no idea how to conduct business outside of those channels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide direction, support and let the talented professionals you hired succeed. The current CEO is doing a job that typically was handled by a 70 year old that was ready to retire. Cutting the workforce, getting out of adjacent growth markets and "back to basics approach" is not how you tun around a company who is completely dependent on the Federal Government and large programs for its existence. Government is changing and GD is not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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