General Dynamics Electric Boat

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General Dynamics Electric Boat Reviews in Connecticut

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
77 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • It's also a stable industry with good job security (in 7 reviews)

  • There is a rotation program that lets an employee work various jobs in different departments (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance depends on who your supervisor is and what department you are in: it could go either way (in 4 reviews)

  • need 20 years to get any real vacation time (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stable Salary Job with fair benefits and pay raises.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Systems Coordinator  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Management Systems Coordinator in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job Security is nice. There will always be work. The medical/retirement benefits are solid.

    Cons

    Lack of vacation time. Forced to use vacation time for Christmas Shutdown. Not enough parking in New London to accommodate all the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more vacation time, and better parking in New London.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    GDEB Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  New London, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to start your career, but unless you know someone it is hard to progress.

    Cons

    Upper management micromanaging employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty decent place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pays well, people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Very strict working hours, salaried employees clock in and out every day. Exactly 40 hours required every week.

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  5.  

    Very easy to have pride in your work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  New London, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer II in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's very easy to have pride in your work. The customer has their requirements and each discipline has their own requirements and its up to each individual team member to balance all of those with their own.

    Cons

    Senior management may have lost perspective on what employees need and want. Also, a few people will do things like go to lunch when they shouldn't which ends up affecting everyone with a company-wide policy change (which is still better than if that same problem had been found by the Navy instead of an internal audit, but still)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIX PARKING. STOP DEFLECTING THESE ISSUES.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company/ bad company, depending on the department you are in and who your manager or supervisor is.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Representative  in  New London, CT
    Current Employee - Program Representative in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work environment. Good pay. Nice, down to earth co-workers in the RANKS. Opportunity to move around if unhappy (slow process though). Decent benefits. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Bad managers are able to do unethical things without their director or HR's knowledge. People are afraid to report them to HR. Employees cannot leave department quickly if not happy, so they poison the well, and it is bad for everyone and for the morale of the remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dept Managers: Don't hold employees back and then punish them if they want to leave your area for another EB area. Let them go and wish them well. Learn from your mistakes and treat the replacements better. Follow the company policy and never make your department policy more restrictive than what the president of the company wants. Treat employees with family obligations with empathy so they can raise their families properly. Parents should never have to stay at work longer than necessary, so let them take 5 minutes for lunch instead of 30 minutes each day when their families need them home. Harassing and threatening to punish a parent who needs to spend time with a sickly child is unnecessarily cruel. Immature Managers and Supervisors like this should not be in positions of power.
    HR: Find a way to monitor Managers and Supervisors who behave unethically. When a little bird whispers in your ear about a problem with a department manager and his supervisor punishing employees who apply to other jobs by making up rigid, 1940s Factory Rules just for them and not other peer employees, you need to step out of your comfort zone and intervene. It is WRONG to put your head in the sand. Think about your own families and how you would like to be treated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This company is great if you have no outside interests

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  New London, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will advance fast if you get into the fast-track management program and are eager to check those boxes. You'll have to work a lot of unpaid overtime, but it will be worth it with increased salary on the next merit increase.

    Cons

    Culture favors young, up and comers and kicks to the curb employees who have paid their dues and were next in line for promotions, simply because they were over fifty and the company is worried about when they will retire. The Supervisor has so much power to make older employees who rock the boat, regret they ever said anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is aware that a large number of employees will be retiring in the next ten years, but that does not mean you should promote people who are still green over employees who are more qualified and better choices. You also need to allow people to honor their family obligations and not favor the ones who don't over the ones who do. After witnessing an excellent, qualified female colleague in my group being kicked to the curb for being the wrong gender, wrong age and having family obligations, I have to say that some of your managers are opening the company up for big law suits with their favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely rewarding job with great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Engineer  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Retirement plan and 401k not many jobs include these two.

    Cons

    Tight spaces, promotions are going great with expedience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training should be longer with weekly reviews, qualification with exams and oral boards. Increase management equal opportunity issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to summer intern and potentially work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern  in  New London, CT
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Intern in New London, CT

    I worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, as long as you get your 40 in. Overtime pay for Interns and Engineer 1 & 2. Great people to work with. My supervisor was awesome and I got along with him well. I learned a lot about the company and the systems they design. As an electrical engineer intern, I didn't really learn as much as I though I would about engineering but I did earn a lot about the how the systems work and how they play a role in the overall function of their product.

    Cons

    For an engineer intern, it could get very boring at times. A lot of paperwork. Not much hands on experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If accessible, having interns rotate to other departments during their internship is beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company terrible location

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  New London, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1)Interesting work
    2)Good people
    3)Good Starting Salary
    4)Good Atmosphere
    5)Competitive Benefits
    6)Annual Raises

    Cons

    1) To much Politics
    2) Location could be better
    3) Advancement/Promotions takes to long
    4) Vacation time
    5) Terrible annual evaluation system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with what is going on with the employees. Listen and make the company better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  New London, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in New London, CT

    I worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat as an intern

    Pros

    Great location, fun people to work with, great project exposure.

    Cons

    Need to pay for a decent living location in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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