General Dynamics Land Systems

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General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
176 Reviews
2.9
176 Reviews
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General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible, good benefits, 9/80 work schedule (in 32 reviews)

  • The benefits package is incredible and the 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tends to strut around the organization as though the sheeple they encounter are only there to do their bidding (in 10 reviews)

  • Constant restructuring, lack of effective leadership, little to no cohesion and teamwork even within the same department (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working For General Dynamics Land Systems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time

    Pros

    Stable work environment once hired

    Cons

    - International Human Resources does not show active concern or care for downstream employees
    - Change rules with little or no notice (tax equalization is an example)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate performance of International HR through downstream employee feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work. A place with a lot of reputable history. work/life balance is fair.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees overall are very patriotic. Many knowledge learning from military business relation.

    Cons

    Not proactive or bit oversight of new business development strategy comparing to the rivals. Still following the old business model and slow reaction to the US defense & international trend.

  3.  

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, many technical topics potential to work on, and opportunity for employee to grow,

    Cons

    marketing sense and business catch are challenge.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Old World Way of Management

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    Former Employee - Material FInance Analyst in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Material FInance Analyst in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every other friday off, great co- workers, solid benefits, decent building.

    Cons

    old world hierarchy of management, lack of progression, based on contractual business, pay is middle of the road or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding your employees! Don't expect them to just sit there and take whatever you think is just. Look at the work environment around you and acquiesce to those standards. Oh and bell shaped curves shouldn't dictate performance!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak Upper Management Team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PTO is above average and 9/80 schedule is great!

    Cons

    Very incompetent Upper Management team for years who mostly manage by intimidation. They surround themselves with "yes man" type of individuals that are average to bellow average individuals. The culture moved backwards in time in the past 10-15 years where the rest of the world moved forward. The reason they can get away with this behavior is due to the large sole source contracts that they have and no fear of competition. This management team will not last a month under normal real business world operations. Bad decision after anther in the past few years and the business looks bleak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What Management team? This can only be fixed by Phebe (a highly respected CEO) getting rid of 75% of the management team and replacing them with more competent and more dynamic individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everyone knew everyone

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great healthcare and 401K benefits. So many sports teams its easy to meet other employees.

    Cons

    Never learn anything that is on the leading edge of technology. All their web technology is ancient and their internal use of software is not industry standard. Total Oracle house. Doing timecards suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should have career paths. At least ask your employees what they want to do in the future and try and make it happen. I only left the company because there was no advancement or career path. I couldn't see myself working there for 20 more years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    N/A

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall it is a well, good experienceat General Dynamics Land Systems. you really have a good chance and learning quick and working with your hands

    Cons

    Far as Cons, you do get your hours. but there work hours can be a little to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Advice to Management would be try to have weekends off instead of working 6 days striaght.

  9.  

    I loved my job as a Fitter-Welder.

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    Former Employee - Fitter-welder in Ladson, SC
    Former Employee - Fitter-welder in Ladson, SC

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good open door policy, good benefits. I really enjoyed my position within the company.

    Cons

    The company had no loyalty to it's employees but wanted loyalty from its employees. We were paid on a much smaller scale compared to unionized GDLS locations. Consistently lied to about company business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    GD is like a sick cult

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to be smart, just charge the work directive. If you have no self worth you will do fine here. There is opportunity here even in the downtime, just don't count on your management to take care of you. Only the systems organization even tries.

    Cons

    The culture is sick. You are salaried, but brainwashed and treated like an hourly high school kid. Subsystems engineering hasn't actually designed anything in 15 years. The process and the paperwork is everything. The director of subsystems likes to huff and puff and scream at everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management won't read this, they work in a vacuum from within the cult. The human resources department makes the engineering policy by giving guidelines to management and the management doesn't have the will or intelligence to challenge it (as long as it doesn't impact their own bonus). My advice would be, cut deeper and hire fresh to cure the disease... don't hold on to the weak. You aren't going to be productive unless you adapt to the changing marketplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to have a job, but don't expect a career.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule is awesome. Work environment is mostly stress-free. Projects/subject matter is very interesting. Most people are very friendly and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Morale is in the gutter. No chance for promotion or increasing responsbility,despite repeated requests to take on more challenging assignments. You are put into an area to perform specific job functions and are left there until you leave. There is no vision for employee growth or development. Work is mostly unrewarding, as most of your work goes unreviewed by managers and even the customer. After a while even the best of performers will lose their motivation, as the performance evaluation system segregates all employees by a few tenths of a percent of a 5 pt scale...no matter how much you attempt to separate yourself from the herd by going above and beyond.

    There is absolutely no communication in the organization. Department meetings were held on a less than annual basis.... and were only held to address some HR issue or ISO situation. Timecard system is a pain, but you eventually get used to the over-burden.

    The silo-structure of the organization stifles growth and kills motivation. Employees attempting to grow in skill and value to the organization have no path to achieve either.

    Upper management tends to strut around the organization as though the sheeple they encounter are only there to do their bidding. For the most part, they simply come off as arrogant and detached, which leads to a fear of their involvment on any project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers based on skills and attributes required to lead, motivate, and develop people. Middle managers need to be great leaders, not glorified timecard watchers who spend 90% of their time projecting manpower forecasts.

    Learn to recognize who your good employees are, and reward them accordingly. Make an employee feel appreciated for their contribution to the department/organization, and then marvel at how much additional value they will bring to your organization and eventually the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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