General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet
Mark C. Roualet
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Pros
  • Flexible, good benefits, 9/80 work schedule (in 32 reviews)

  • Benefits package good, 9/80 work schedule (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. General Dynamics

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineering Specialist in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineering Specialist in Woodbridge, VA

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work assignments.

    Cons

    Subject to the whims of government contract cancellations.

    Advice to Management

    Try to diversify into other contracts.


  2. Engrg services rep

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80, benefits (for the most part).

    Cons

    Management unqualified & many micro manage. No opportunities for advancement. Managers show favoritism constantly. No money for training .. Do on your own time. Penny wise/pound foolish. Even though tuition reimbursement is a benefit, if vp engrg doesn't approve you don't get despite your manager approval. Company is behind in technology. No new contracts. Constant threat of layoffs. NO communication!

    Advice to Management

    Show employees they are worth something & invest in them to keep them! Communicate! Play by rules for all employees!


  3. Good company overall

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Specialist in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Long hours with a great manager that allowed you to work as many hours as your could as long as you were getting stuff done.

    Cons

    A lot of managers which meant that sometimes one manager would tell you to do one thing while the other manager told you to do another creating a lot of conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Know the chain of command


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  5. Assembler

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    Good work for a great product. Assembled MRAP vehicles to protect our troops overseas. Worked there for 8 years with some great people.

    Cons

    I and we, the employees were displaced after 3 notices of lay offs. They kept us knowing they were closing the plant. We continued to work all the way till the end.


  6. Not Bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, knowledgeable staff, interesting product line

    Cons

    Promotion based on years of service, not capability


  7. Best job I ever had.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician - Grade F1 in Anniston, AL
    Former Employee - Technician - Grade F1 in Anniston, AL

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best job I ever had. Great people to work with. Would return to work there if the contract was returned to previous level.

    Cons

    Government contracts for military vehicle production reduced, therefore staff was reduced.

    Advice to Management

    Assist terminated staff with job search when contracts are reduced.


  8. Most rewarding job I ever had.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Muskegon, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Design future armored fighting vehicles to provide our solders the safest and most dependable vehicles possible.

    Cons

    Very political. Money available depends on who controls the White House.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. management is pretty stupid and they keep promoting the worst people over and over again.


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    Logistics Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager - Senior Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager - Senior Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, Flex Time, 9-80 Work Schedule, Benefits, People

    Cons

    Senior Management has crushed morale over last 10 years, Multiple Reorganizations leads to unnecessary anxiety, Layoffs dispite a constant influx of work has caused a cyclical and unstable work force inadequate to execute contract scope.

    Advice to Management

    Refer to the Cons.


  10. Helpful (1)

    EPM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gained great experience - although painful at many times. 9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    employee moral is very poor. Very little meaningful training. No mentoring. Job was learned via baptism by fire. Upper management out of touch with issues that could easily be fixed if they became more involved. Too many metrics that were often gamed to make them look good to the customer. OT paid only to certain groups of employees at $25,00 per hour - usually less than what any one employee made per hour. Lots of red tape! Good ole' boy environment. Very little flexibility in work schedule. GDLS flex time is not the flex time that other companies offer. If you take an hour of personal time, you are expected to make it up!

    Advice to Management

    Move your offices to the floors/ cores where your employees work and get out and talk to them. Find out what is really going on and help them fix issues. Make REAL changes that will improve moral. Happy employees make a huge difference in a company!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stryker Field Rep

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working side by side with our military's maintenance managers. Very rewarding knowing how your individual efforts are recognized as making a differance.

    Cons

    Sum it up by quoting how our military views this company's business practices...a joke. Cronyism and arrogance at it's finest, absolutley zero merit structured in it's technical advisory services.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors: Fact, to comply with the ethics and values preached thru yearly performance evaluations an entire culture change is needed to properly structure our military advisory services thru merit otherwise will remain a joke in the eyes of the end user.



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