General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Going in the Wrong Direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most of the jobs can't be outsourced because they must be performed by U.S. citizens. The U.S. government never tires of spending on defense contracts.

    Cons

    The focus on the bottom line instead of the personnel has put morale in the toilet. Business development has lost its focus, so the possibility of new business is slim.

    Advice to Management

    They need to remember that nothing happens without qualified staff. Focus on product quality, teamwork, and morale.


  2. Outstanding President

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Chris Marzilli is one if the best Executives i've experienced in 20 years of professional work. When you get a chance to chat with him he'll give his undivided attention, very rare these days.

    Cons

    Many of his Section Managers are real scoundrels. Untrustworthy and concerned about their own interests.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to weed out the marginally honest..,


  3. Dynamic company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting programs, engaged leadership.

    Cons

    Facilities feel dated and IT is slightly behind the curve.


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  5. Okay company to work for

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pays well and benefits on par with other competitors

    Cons

    lack of structured training and structured promotional track


  6. Helpful (1)

    Acquisition chaos

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great folks that used to work there, good work life balance, decent benefits

    Cons

    No set policies or processes or adopting of policies in place. Employee morale has been it's lowest since this transition. Folks are left in the dark. It seems that engineers are more valued than the rest of the cogs that make this place run. Very little job recognition and increases are a joke or slap in the face.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your assets and do what it take to keep them.


  7. Helpful (2)

    It's Great (if you're okay with favoritism and non-ethical practices)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. Benefits are okay, but expensive. [Really struggling to come up with enough "Pros" to meet the 20 word minimum]

    Cons

    No raises/promotions unless you're one of the favorites No recognition for hard work Certain employees are allowed to come and go as they please, while everyone else is held to a strict standard Management does not bother to interact with employees they consider unimportant (which is everyone EXCEPT the favorites) No growth opportunities Obvious timecard fraud by management and employees

    Advice to Management

    Start recognizing that the half dozen people who get credit for everything aren't the only ones working. In fact, they're doing the LEAST amount of work. Give employees the flexibility to alter schedules if needed. Treat employees like adults, not children.


  8. Dinosaurs in the modern era

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady salary, steady work, hours are kept to reasonable amount

    Cons

    LOTS of beuracracy, outdated technology, and futile efforts to change things

    Advice to Management

    hire advisers from Google to figure out how to better manage your heaps of information/data


  9. great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    awesome work environment, flexible schedules, plenty of room for growth since they have difficulty retaining software people in the 2-8 year range, everyone there is a pleasure to work with, meaningful tasks and assignments

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with other companies (government contractors and especially commercial companies) and this is a large factor in why people are leaving once they get experience. Some people get leaned on heavily since a lot of the knowledge is concentrated in few subject matter experts that remain.

    Advice to Management

    This is an extremely fun place to work, especially for the younger crowd. They have plenty of room to develop into successful engineers and many of them do. Pay them appropriately or you will keep seeing the same trend of them leaving to get more money once they are experienced.


  10. General Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    IMHO - GD is a great place to work, I've been here 10.5 years and have been challenged in many ways.

    Cons

    As GD is mostly focused on engineering, therefore there is a huge focus on the engineers as they are the bread and butter. But there are others who are not engineers who are just as important to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Don't say things to the employee's by making it sound as if it is a "perk" or "benefit", when in fact it isn't. We're not stupid people (which is why you hired us), we can read between the lines. If we are doing so well as a company, why is it so difficult to grow in our career?


  11. Process is king

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very solid process and procedure documentation. Web based tools are updated in a timely manner. Company takes it very seriously.

    Cons

    Company sometimes loses big picture perspective when mired in process. This is partly due to government requirements but a lot of it we bring on ourselves.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are always being asked to do more with less, and the over emphasis on process can be time consuming and frustrating.



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