General Dynamics Electric Boat

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General Dynamics Electric Boat Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
93 Reviews
3.6
93 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Stable job but unsatisfying

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Aide in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Aide in Groton, CT

    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, bonuses, vacation, 401k

    Cons

    Horrible HR department, little chance for advancement due to unfair hiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with the people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    young engineer's perspective

    • 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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of resources for furthering your education. Lots of room for lateral movement between departments and jobs

    Cons

    Typical large corporation only cares about making a profit and the bottom line. The company's mission statement is literally "to give our shareholders a fair profit" so kind of hard to rally around that reason to exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way to many levels of management, cut it in half.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stable, high paying career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly easy going workers.
    Many young people
    Club sports

    Cons

    Gender & age inequality problems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Projects are interesting and complex.

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

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

    Pros

    Complex projects
    Team style project work
    Work is technical and requires relationships with department of defense counterparts and communications.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Weak management organization skills and management is not consistent throughout.
    Weak employee ensentive programs which do no motivate better quality work or improved progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better employee work environments and improved ensentive programs are required.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Very stable, possibly even "motionless"

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

    I worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat

    Pros

    - good job security
    - good place to start a career, get a few years of experience then leave

    Cons

    - promotions are based on seniority, not merit or talent
    - most managers are technical experts who don't know anything about managing people
    - salaried employees are treated like children
    - zero performance management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. We are no longer in 1910,,,,update the benefits, management practices, working conditions (provide adequate parking and bathroom facilities in New London!)
    2. Good engineers don't necessarily make good managers.
    3. Clean out HR - too much nepotism and promotions based on personal relationships

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging and broad environment. Lack of merit raises.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Can work on almost any engineering discipline.

    Cons

    Only seniority matters for raises and promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the yearly review since it doesn't make any difference at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Material Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Material Coordinator in North Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere and benefits. Organizational and corporate structure is great for this company, the employees feed of their feedback.

    Cons

    One of the cons was the vacation time, but they have addressed this situation. I think more advancement opportunities are needed for the employees, this would secure some very important employees who may leave in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the educational opportunities for the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

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

    • 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 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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