General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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General Dynamics Land Systems President Mark C. Roualet
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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. Generally a decent place to gain experience and potentially have a career.

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    Current Employee - Section Manager in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Sterling Heights, MI

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Paid Holidays align with UAW days off
    401K
    People

    Cons

    As a defense contractor, so much of our work and work force is contract dependent. It's virtually impossible to maintain staff if funding is cut, no matter how temporary. I've had to lay off people just to rehire them 90 days later when funding gets straightened out...if the good people will come back (a lot do). The compensation system is severely flawed. They limit promotions to a very few, if any...sometimes a moratorium on promotions last 2 years. Young and talented people will not wait forever to be recognized. Also, the annual 'merit' reviews and associated salary increases are based on so many things that have nothing to do with your actual job responsibilities or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to find a way to retain and reward young talent. Also need to spend money on training and R and D. It feels we become led competitive because we are working with old systems and processes and have not been able to retain high level talent. Current culture is to get more efficient at virtually any cost...this is starting to impact the staff and the ability to compete in this 'Technical acceptable, Most affordable' government contracting world.
    Management needs to find alternate ways of attracting, rewarding and keeping high quality employees that carry the load and meet commitments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Enjoyed working for this company while it lasted. Rumor was they would come and go. Enjoy it while it lasts Canada !!!

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    Former Employee - Facilities/Maintenance in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Facilities/Maintenance in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Very well structured with lots of online training courses to get one familiar and informed about policies within the company as well as the Government. Seemed there was a real potential for growth. Enjoyed working with a great bunch of people throughout the entire company in Charleston, SC It's the people that make it great.

    Cons

    One of the biggest challenges was to filter all the rumors flying around as to what the companies future looked like and not knowing how many would be laid off the next time around. Apparently, this is the reality of working for a government contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The decisions which you make, I certainly hope that your looking out for the people who really produce the end product and not just your management teams. How unfortunate that so many jobs were lost here in Charleston, only to be sent to Canada.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. My time working at GDLS was amazing!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    I loved working at GDLS because we would get weekends off and every other friday we were off. Management is very open and friendly, you could come up to them any time and ask them how to do this or what do you want me to do and they won't hesitate to help you. If you need to go out of town for personal business all you needed to do was ask them and as a contractor they would likely approve it.

    Cons

    there are really no issues that I had with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 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
  6. It progressively got worse year after year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    There are pockets of good. If you are in a certain position, it is nice to be there. This positions are all at the Section Manager level or higher. Pay is pretty good at that level.

    Cons

    Leadership stinks, constant "clipboarding (are you done yet)", blaming others for failure, throw others under the bus and then backup the bus again and again...two or three words can describe the place: Very Toxic Environment!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and may be listen to them once in a while instead of listening to the project lead's BS! They are only telling you what you want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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
  10. 2 people 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
  11. 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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