General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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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 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.

  2. Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Healthy & friendly environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Helpful (5)

    New Senior Leadership taking the company down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7. Helpful (4)

    Too much middle management will ruin this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. 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

  9. Helpful (4)

    Worked there for 10 years in Engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Sterling Heights, MI

    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

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Your 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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    No Stability

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems

    Pros

    Amazing benefits with great pay.

    Cons

    Older 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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (4)

    Disengaged

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Land Systems

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule; love the off-Fridays.

    Very smart engineers with great minds.

    Cons

    Pay 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 Management

    Please 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.


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