General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. Very enjoyable working experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company valued every employees' input. Enjoyable and respectful work environment.

    Cons

    Working in a union environment has unique considerations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    An Imperial Monarchy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The technical challenges and the work are interesting... and many of the people around the division are awesome.

    Cons

    For being a completely de-centralized division of GD, it's amazing how every decision has to go through St. Pete. One can only conclude that nobody else can be trusted to make decisions. All authority resides in Florida.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of us have been in the industry for 30 years & have had lots of P&L responsibility. A little delegation of authority might make the organization a lot less bureaucratic.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Too big to care about their employees.

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    Former Employee - Ballistic Technician in Saint Marks, FL
    Former Employee - Ballistic Technician in Saint Marks, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    They put production and profit above safety and quality of life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees instead of worrying about your next review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Need for Change. Lost Respect of workforce.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Niceville, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative in Niceville, FL

    I have been working at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable workforce. Pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Moral is non-exsistant. Inefficient operation. It seems the processes/proceedures were developed only to get ISO and CMMI certifications. They are just smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the established location processes / proceedures from program to program. Please value your workforce based on their qualification and not whether they will be yes men and women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Satisfactory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Location, work environment, people, business growth

    Cons

    Work/life balance, compensation, opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Experience Pros and Cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

    Pros

    HR department, for the most part, are caring and competent.
    Most people are very friendly and easy to work with.
    Pay is good.
    Work, but not work load, is very interesting. There are so many projects that you gain experience and knowledge.
    Trainings are a plus
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Department too small so most work falls on one person.
    A 10 man job for 1 individual.
    Long hours.
    Too many strict policies.
    Too much "politics"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs to improve.
    There are always two sides to every story....Be sure to hear both

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked for vangent which was bought by GDIT

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    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Tampa, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired.
    ok benefits

    Cons

    Horrible company to work for.
    They MICROMANAGE like crazy
    You don't get paid enough for the work you do.
    If you train in another Line of Business, you don't get paid more.
    Training class does not prepare you for the work you do.
    Pretty much anyone can supervise so you may have an idiot calling the shots.
    They don't recognize you for good work.
    There arent any incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more qualified staff members and up your pay to get more knowledgable people to apply

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    GD-OTS was a great starting position however it is not currently a place where you want to retire.

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

    Pros

    When upper management enjoys your work and work ethic, everything works our great. However, if you get on anyone's bad side, you will get the wrath placed upon you.

    Cons

    Same as the pros. If you don't perform well for any reason, or not performing to what you're expected to perform to, the retention mechanism they have in place is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the way that retention is kept at the company and make sure there are ways to move around if both manager and employee want to change.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Avoid working at GD-OTS, Orlando.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

    Pros

    Pay is fair with liberal time off, insurance is also good. GD-OTS as a whole is a good company, just not the Orlando operations.

    Cons

    The GD-OTS Orlando section was brought by GD, but still has the “good –o-boy” system intact. The Director is an intelligent and fair man, but the day to day operations are run by the S&T Director and Engineering Director. Neither would last long at any other good sized company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Director of engineering should stick to his lunch sandwich business only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. Financially savoy company that has grown through acquisitions

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Very good financial returns
    Each business unit treated as separate entity

    Cons

    Limited focus on new product development
    Short sided focus on profit and near term maximum return to investors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In current defense budget climate it's time to re-evaluate how the company invests in future technologies. Bullets, tanks, and boats aren't affordable to be built forever.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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