General Dynamics Electric Boat

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General Dynamics Electric Boat Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
85 Reviews
3.7
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Jeffrey S. Geiger
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Pros
  • Guaranteed employment for years to come, plenty of job security, descent health and dental (in 10 reviews)

  • The professional rotation program can get you on to submarines to get some valuable supervisory experience early in your career (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • need 20 years to get any real vacation time (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A good, secure job working on a product very important to the nations security

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Employees take pride in their work
     - Relatively secure future work prospects, even with the defense budget in flux
     - Opportunities to see tons of different work areas/types within the company

    Cons

    - New London and Groton CT don't have much going for them
     - Salary and growth is predominantly a function of time with the company, not as much performance
     - The frustrating inefficiency that comes with a large corporation in government contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more incentives to encourage/retain high performers. Micromanaging employees is not the way to improve production.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Nice Company to Start an Engineering Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    The starting pay is competitive. Benefits are good and recently got better (increased vacation time for everyone). Great job security. Flex time and end of the year shutdown allow you to have a good work-life balance. Lateral promotions come easy for the first 5 years. Annual raises. Great opportunity to work on one of the most interesting products in the world, submarines. A nice friendly environment. Opportunity to rotate into different departments and experience all sides of the business. Tuition reimbursement for Undergrad and Masters.

    Cons

    Management is sometimes disconnected. Hard to move up in the company, not enough positions available. Management does not listen to employee complaints. Groton facilities are run down. Bonuses are small and not based on merit. Annual evaluation is based on years served and not merit. Lots of processes are cumbersome and wholly inefficient. Engineering tends to take blame even when trades are at fault (Union Workers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees based on merit. When someone really cares about there job and puts extra effort into it there is no reward. Someone working twice as hard as another employee will receive the same annual evaluation and raise. Address employee concerns and complaints. Some employees feel they have no voice and that makes them feel disenfranchised. When employees feel disconnected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Challenging "old school" company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Chief Test Engineer

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat

    Pros

    Job stability is sound for the forseeable future

    Cons

    Constant crisis management frequently results in abausive working conditions for all hourly and most supervisory personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on effeciency and effectivness vice cost and schedule. Embrace quality =conformance to requirements at all levels of management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Company finally responding to one of the top three big issues: Vacation Time, but still need to address lunch, parking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to BE Identified - Sorry in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Do Not Want to BE Identified - Sorry in New London, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time

    Pros

    Important work. Genuinely nice people (outside of "program office" and Human Resources, which is loaded with untrustworthy, full-of-themselves types). Incredibly great pay.

    Cons

    Forces employees to clock out (even salaried employees) for a 30 minute lunch everyday, which can't even be legal. Does nothing about the multitude of new hires and union employees who have to walk far in the cold and rain and dangerous-after-dark situation because they didn't enlarge the parking garage when they had the opportunity upon buying the New London facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Upper Mgmt: Smart to change the vacation policy or more would have fled. 2. Eliminate the forced lunch policy and instead have Supervisors do their jobs to ensure employees aren't taking a lunch without clocking out. This does not mean employees who eat while they are working, it means employees who take time to prepare their lunch in the kitchen or go to the cafeteria without clocking out. Let people clock out for however much time they need to eat...5 minutes, 10 minutes, 45 minutes...Put in a few turnstiles and have passive rfid clock people out when they enter the cafeteria and they can clock back in at their work site if you have to. People have commitments outside of work (doesn't matter why) and already are suffering from the parking issue and lack of personal time issue. You do not have the right (legal or otherwise) to ask people to forfeit 2+ hours of their lives each week for NO business benefit and NO valid reason. This policy does not help EB or the employees. 3. Parking: Have a couple of small vans drive around the neighborhood during work-start and work-end times to shuttle people to their cars in bad weather or darkness. This SMALL COST to EB will show that you are concerned about your fellow human beings that YOU have put in a dangerous situation. Don't wait til the first random crime by local crackheads against one of your helpless employees while they walk to their car at night because they are making up time for the forced lunches and it's dark outside. The police are not patrolling the area because you have created a bad relationship with the city management by not paying adequate taxes for that BEAUTIFUL New London facility. 4. Clean up the mess caused by the nepotism of HR. Create some checks and balances to fix this problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Solid Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Groton, CT

    I worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It wasn't necessarily the case for all interns, but in two entirely different internship experiences at GDEB, I was given real work to do and felt like I made a contribution. Most people there are very friendly and enjoy teaching the younger employees and interns what they know. It seems like there is a ton of job security. Additionally, you get to work on nuclear submarines- this is an incredibly unique experience and you never get the sense that your work doesn't matter

    Cons

    It seems like the high-level decision makers don't have a good understanding of how the majority of employees feel. Refusing to allow working lunches, watching time cards to the minute, and showing complete unwillingness to address the parking issue in New London might seem like small things, but they really anger everyone that works there. It seems like engineers feel like all they do is push paper, because only the tradesmen are allowed to get their hands dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company functions because of the efforts of the lower-level employees. Give in on some things to make them happy, and stop treating salaried workers like hourly workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Component Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Beautiful office in New London.

    Cons

    Government contracting is slow moving work. Simple things quickly become harder than they need to be and overcomplicated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's what you make of it. Keep yourself safe.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent money for individuals with little to no college.
    Ample overtime opportunity
    Room for growth if you can take the beating

    Cons

    The hardest workers are paid the same as the laziest. No incentive.
    Hourly workers are treated very poorly.
    Unbelievable disconnect between the business end and the producing end.
    Very unsafe conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the hourly workers who are hands on everyday. They have genuine ideas to better the product. Have a larger staff to truly implement improvement, not just nod and file it away. Craft a true incentive plan. A few hundred, highly taxed dollars don't compare to the thousands in bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Why work hard?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company takes care of you, and you get compensated when you work more than 40 hours a week. Great for the work life balance. A large company allows you to transfer jobs, or join the rotation program to gain experience. The professional rotation program can get you on to submarines to get some valuable supervisory experience early in your career. Overall, EB is a good place to work.

    Cons

    It's near impossible for someone to get fired for poor performance. Too many people get hired for too little work. If you're a young engineer, expect that, in most departments, you're not going to be challenged. There are some excellent supervisors and managers, but there are about as many bad ones. Unions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay overtime, but give larger bonuses to those who get in the hours AND get results.
    Don't hire people to meet your staffing lines, unless your staffing lines are based on real work. Look around the cubes and you'll get a good idea of how much free time people have. Get connected with them and be able to have some more candid conversations with your top, young performers.
    Don't just give promotions because people have been there long enough, make people earn them.
    Get people closer to the product they work on. Submarines are awesome, but I only had one or two chances to go on one in my first two years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Trainee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Summer Trainee in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people that take pride in what they do.

    Cons

    Depends what department you are in, some are good and some are not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a place for a fast paced individual looking to make change happen quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It a great first job for an engineer. Many opportunities to do interesting unique work.

    Cons

    Not a career fast track in the place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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