General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    GD is like a sick cult

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    They treat contractors like 2nd class citizens

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Test Engineer in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Field Test Engineer in Aberdeen, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Decent wage, interesting work on an import vehicle (Stryker). Congenial and knowledgeable coworkers within GD.

    Cons

    Reactive not proactive, unprofessional office management. Required to work 50 hrs/week with straight time over 40 hrs. Aberdeen Proving Ground has its own rules for success, strangest working environment I've ever experienced. Nepotism rules. Alcohol and drug abuse common. My engineering degree was actually a disadvantage.

    Advice to Management

    Never heard from them. Very little feedback on program or my place in it. Very little idea what I'd be doing week to week, even day to day.


  3. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good & Bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule is a huge plus which gives you every other Friday off. Medical insurance options are above average although starting in 2015 it may be more inline with the market. 401k match is pretty good. Most of the engineering areas are generally low stress but not all. Great co-workers and bosses.

    Cons

    The company is very dis-functional and resistant to change. When a functional problem has to be addressed it is done by crushing the engineers at the bottom with more burdens. Communication from the top to the bottom of the company remains terrible despite survey after survey over the years indicating this. The burden of process and bureaucracy stifle innovation and make it difficult to get things done.... very frustrating. The current business outlook in this industry is poor. Management has clamped down hard on promotions and advancement as the company structure is very top heavy. Flex time is not all that flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people on the ground floor to find out what is happening here. Structured surveys may not give you the whole picture.


  6. Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wealth of experience gained quickly.

    Cons

    Salaries are low relative to the national average, but decent for the area.


  7. Healthy & friendly environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Sterling Heights, MI

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

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

    Pros

    In house cafeteria & gym.

    Cons

    Traditional male dominatedorganizational culture

    Advice to Management

    Develop a mentoring program.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A Great Place To Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    The projects are challenging as they should be but you are given latitude to propose and explore new ways to solve the challenge.

    Cons

    It's where that white stuff falls.

    Advice to Management

    When doing a work force reduction give everyone some clue about how it's going to be done in terms of how deep the cuts will go.


  9. Helpful (5)

    New Senior Leadership taking the company down

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Mission to Save soldiers lives.
    Good heritage of quality products

    Cons

    New Leadership has little product or customer experience and is overly focused on short term financial goals. They think they are doing well with a recent big international win that came after years of pursuing a customer. Long term outlook is not bright unless strategy and direction from the top improves

    Advice to Management

    "Communications" alone are not enough! You need to have a real strategy and then be genuinely interested in trusting and empowering employees at all levels. Actions speak louder than Town Halls and speeches.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Too much middle management will ruin this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tallahassee, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Not any nowdays, no promotions, no raises for 8 years

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 50% of middle management and SPI/CPI.


  11. GD

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    Excellent pay, good work and benefits

    Cons

    Union shops make efficient work difficult



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