General Dynamics
3.2 of 5 138 reviews
www.generaldynamics.com Falls Church, VA 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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64% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics CEO Phebe N. Novakovic

Phebe N. Novakovic

(11 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "benefits, training, responsibility, great people to work with; team-oriented"
    in 8 reviews
  • "The pay and benefits were incredible"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "HR and upper management are completely unaware of the male supervisors flirting with the female CSRs"
    in 10 reviews
  • "There are a couple big time asses that somehow manage to stay in middle management despite their incredible ineptitude and lack of people skills"
    in 6 reviews
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    Free meals a Plus

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
    Falls Church, VA

    ProsAt the corporate office your meals are provided, it's a great benefit as there is nothing within walking distance.

    ConsIt's an old boys club type of company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Finance Manager (Current Employee)
    Montgomery, AL

    ProsI liked the people (local). Benefits are good, company values are very good and usually retention if very high

    ConsUnfortunately they created a position for me as a promotion, then the powers above my boss decided there wasn't enough revenue coming in to handle my salary so I was let go due to funding. Had I know that ahead of time, I would have stayed in my position as the Finance Manager.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Any port in a storm, they were hiring in the Texas mid-80s depression, a time of 17% unemployment.

    Technical Writer IV (Former Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsI worked at the F-16 Program in Ft. Worth, now Lockheed Martin. Excellent employee stock purchase plan, if you want the share certificates they will mail them to you.

    ConsStodgy, good old boy ex-military mgmt. structure, it really helps to be ex-Air Force. Terrible Union relations, wanted salaried employees to work unpaid after hrs. as security guard during strikes. Strict, authoritarian corporate culture & workplace atmosphere. Salary so low I acquired a 39% raise for the exact same job relocating to CA.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike all aerospace it needs to be more of a meritocracy. Upper mgmt. needs to improve communication from the top down & across the board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent company to work for, if you're young

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsThey provide great life-work balance, Flex-80 is like a 9/80 schedule but they allow you to make up missed time over 2 weeks to minimize PTO. It’s very nice to have some freedom of when you work (starting and leaving) providing you hit the critical meetings and support your projects. There are some great, smart talented people that work here and interacting with them is a real pleasure.
    The pay and 401K match is average but not outstanding.

    ConsIt wasn’t first apparent, but with the decline of the government work/contracts you can begin to see the dis-functionality of upper management. The company is run like an upside-down pyramid. It’s normal to cut lower level employees and engineers to an extent, but when 50+% of the work force are cut, and not one manager above the engineering level is affected what does that mean? How could that possibly be related to horrendous overhead rates?!? (Note sarcasm)

    If you are an engineer you will be part of a “caste” system. There is a clear hierarchy that is not as apparent between departs as it is shown by management… specific departs were “pay leveled” by management, while others were given assurances their department wouldn’t get hit. – This makes sense based on your business model and technical products, but don’t claim to function as a “team” when there are clear favorites. (I am trying to be unbiased – I did NOT get pay adjusted)

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor a business to be successful there is a clear critical mass that needs to be maintained between the elder, “knowledgeable/experienced” people and those young enough to adapt to change, offer different perspectives etc… We are below critical mass and there is little to no conduit to transfer “tribal knowledge”. Morale is rock bottom because there are no optimistic actions taken by this company to show appreciate for their workers. If you show the people respect they will WANT to work for you, not HAVE to work for you…

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Coercive rather than collaborative culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Herndon, VA

    ProsThere are no pros to working for this company

    ConsThis is not a Team environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the coercive executives in the organization and replace them with collaborative executives

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was terrible!

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Sandy, UT

    ProsThe pay and benefits were incredible.

    ConsManagement didn't care about their employees. The would bend the rules only if they knew it would benefit them Micro management is immature and unprofessional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who know how to do their job instead of just guessing and pretending. Look into what type of person they are. Are they a person who loves power and will take advantage of people? Or are they a great leader who would do right and ensure a positive environment?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Until the last 3 years General Dynamics was a company that was dynamic and on the cutting edge of technology.

    Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGood work environment with top notch professionals.

    ConsMerit raises cancelled, poor financial management, design by committee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on understanding what your people are doing for you. Can't count the number of times my manager, when I saw him, did not have a clue as to the task he had assigned me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Feast or Famine

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lima, OH

    ProsGreat Pay and Benefits Union UAW

    ConsLay-offs common UAW bitter culture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you are a Frat Boy this one is for you

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsHas Government contracts only because they bought the companies with the contracts

    ConsAll Frat boys in the leadership, if you are not one of them you will never get anywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of your identical 4 door porsche's and get a clue you have talented personnel thatmigh tnot have been in yoru Frat.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company to work for

    Administrator Support (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    Prosthe Benefits and the 401 very good, better than others

    ConsReally don't have no cons to go with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have none

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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