General Dynamics Land Systems
2.6 of 5 154 reviews
www.gdls.com Sterling Heights, MI 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
General Dynamics Land Systems – Sterling Heights – “Visitor Entrance”

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2.6 154 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet

Mark C. Roualet

(91 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible, good benefits, 9/80 work schedule"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Benefits package good, 9/80 work schedule"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Little to no promotion within the company"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Upper Management is all about themselves"
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent pay, good work and benefits

    ConsUnion shops make efficient work difficult

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    Too much middle management will ruin this company

    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Tallahassee, FL

    ProsNot any nowdays, no promotions, no raises for 8 years

    ConsToo many watchers beat the few doers down until they have no passion or desire to get any thing done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of 50% of middle management and SPI/CPI.

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

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    Worked there for 10 years in Engineering.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsTheir benefits package is still slightly above average, but they keep lowering it to be "competitive".

    ConsThe executives would all sell their mothers for a $10 increase in their bonuses. As a group they are the worst group of managers, definitely not leaders, I've experienced in 30 years of professional experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour customers love the rank and file who deal with them. However, your self serving directors are hated. Ever wonder why? Most companies require their executives to work with and serve their customers. You don't. If you don't learn how customer service works for everyone else on the planet, you won't have a company in 2 years.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros9/80 schedule; love the off-Fridays.

    Very smart engineers with great minds.

    ConsPay is not good. Little chance of getting promoted.

    Software developers get the short end of the stick when it comes to cost and schedule.

    Competence of software management from top down is concerning and unstable. Metrics are used against software engineers instead of being use to better manage projects. A lot of micro-managing.

    Lack of respect for employee personal life: Managers command engineers provide personal cell phone numbers so managers can call whenever they felt the need to ask questions or for the engineer to come in on weekends.

    GDLS cut funding for the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

    No annual bonuses for the everyday foot solder engineer, except for a $25 gift check for a Thanksgiving Butterball purchase. =/

    A lot of lay-offs recently. No cultivation of young employees.

    Low rating of employee happiness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease don't forget the employees who actually do the real work. They are the ones who stay after 5pm to get their work done while sacrificing family time and other life activities. When engineers tell you something, don't just hear them, you got to listen to them.

    Be aware of your actions and how that sets off a NEGATIVE and UNPRODUCTIVE chain reaction down the ladder. If there is data (such as metrics) you find concerning, please take the time to understand the numbers; if the data represented can be improved for better interpretation, who not initiate a plan to it? Don't put all your anger on lower managers by breathing down their necks every week because that consequently causes those managers to bully/pressure the engineers below them. Then engineers are frustrated and stressed out. Mismanagement, employee unhappiness and old school thinking doesn't make the company grow.

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

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    Fantastic product that protects our soldiers, horrible management and 'people care'

    Senior Project Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsGreat place to work if you like to work on awesome machinery. Long-time employees don't seem to be paid well relative to their experience but those that are hired in more recently are very well compensated.
    Very recently rolled out a new policy allowing 'work from home' if approved by manager. (Welcome to the 90s)

    ConsIn engineering organization the number 1 priority is billable hours. Everything else is a distant second. This approach leaves intelligent engineers feel like they are working in a sweat shop.
    No severance pay. Policy was changed a couple of years ago completely dropping severance pay for lay-offs. This is a highly unprofessional way to treat employees. Again, its all about the billable hours.
    Horrible processes for forecasting resource needs for projects. Data is messaged so many times through the process that it is completely meaningless by the time it is rolled up to sr. management for staffing decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat engineering employees like humans instead of revenue generators.
    Deploy a mature, proven system for forecasting that gathers estimated hours from projects and doesn't monkey with the numbers 20 times per cycle.

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

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    No Stability

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing benefits with great pay.

    ConsOlder workforce that needs to retire because they are lazy and ruin the company's chances of being competitive. Absolutely no job security. Lay off after lay off after lay off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuy out the high seniority so they will finally leave so the company will be able to bid on jobs with higher efficiency

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    Strong customer focus

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people at the working level (s)

    ConsWeak leadership at top level (s)

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Keep you in the Dark - No Communications

    Manufacturing Engineer II (Former Employee)
    Ladson, SC

    ProsIt was a job with great people while it lasted

    ConsGDLS loves to keep you in the dark about everything. They will layoff as many people as necessary to show a profit for corporate. They will have work weekends and extended hours with thinking twice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to your people and keep them informed. The company likes everything planned your workers would like to plan too.

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

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    Upper Management Needs to Step Up, Change or Go

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsWork- Light workload, little overtime and comp time if worked, 9/80 and flexible work schedule is great for working moms, job rotation for high potentials, gppd merits for top performers, little interference from immediate supervisor
    Social- Fitness center, golf outings, ladies nights, Christmas parties

    ConsBenefits package gets worse every year. Upper management too focused on details, not the big picture, not forward-looking, won't change to new ways of thinking. Outdated technology causes delays. Older employees (50 and up) are in management positions they are not qualified for, can't change to new ways of doing things, are jealous of younger employees and overly critical of them. Few opportunities for advancement to management levels for younger, dynamic top performers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop clinging to the past and change to new ways of thinking in order to grow the business or you will lose your top performers to the automotive industry. They deserve better!

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

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    No severance.

    Engineering Specialist (Current Employee)
    Sterling Heights, MI

    ProsGood people to work with. Good location. Flexible work schedule with every other Friday off. Discounts to parks and zoo. Immediate supervisor good to work for.

    ConsNo room for promotions. Lack of work and recently decimated engineering by laying off 33% with no severance package at all. No industry training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart pursuing new government contracts instead of resting on the success of the Abrams and Stryker platforms. No management support to go above and beyond.

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

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