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4 days ago

Nuclear Shift Test Engineer (Overhaul and Repair)

General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton, CT

General Dynamics is the worlds foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines, the most complex machines made by man. The companys industry… StartWire

6 days ago

Engineer/Senior Engineer/Specialist/Principal

General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton, CT

General Dynamics is the world’s foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines, the most complex machines made by man. The company’s industry… General Dynamics Electric Boat

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Jeffrey S. Geiger
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    Once good, now just meh...

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New London, CT
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    I have been working at General Dynamics Electric Boat full-time (More than 8 years)


    No lack of work, with a stable outlook for the future. Lots of opportunities to try new things (rotation program). Very awesome product (best nuclear submarines in the world). People take pride in their work. Many of the engineering departments let you work flexible hours. This is great for people with outside commitments. You can sometimes get paid overtime, depending on the contract and the company attitude (sometimes they want you working loads, sometimes 40.0) They have a nice tuition reimbursement program. This makes it very affordable to get an advanced degree, or to simply take a few classes. The New London facility is beautiful and modern. These are some really top notch offices. There is a good gym at each location. Also, there are many clubs and activities for employees. The cafe is expensive, but the food is very good.


    What can they take away next? EB = Embarrassing Benefits I have been here enough to see lots of good things vanish. Some of it is expected (no more pension, same as anywhere else). The rest is just stupid. We went from 2 weeks of vacation (terrible) and many weeks of sick time to 4 weeks of Paid Time Off and no sick time. Since no one wants to take PTO when they are sick, the office is filled with diseased engineers. Don't worry...EB issues each employee one standard issue tissue box per year! Parking is a nightmare. The company tows employee cars out of its lots (both Groton and New London) for parking in cross hatched areas. You have to pay extra because they use a special low profile truck to yank your car out of the garage. Local residents mess with your car if you park it on the street. In New London, the city is constantly ticketing the overflow of cars that are parked out by the fort (25 dollar ticket). Nothing like walking 20 minutes to your car to find a 25 dollar ticket or a nasty note on your windshield. They keep hiring, but we don't all fit...experienced people are getting frustrated. After a few years of putting up with this, they realize that they can take their marketable experience elsewhere and get twice the vacation, sick days, a parking spot, and a raise! Also, they value how you look on paper more than how well you actually do your job. If you have multiple degrees, especially masters degrees, you will rise to the top of the managers list. Bachelors degrees are the bottom of the totem pole in engineering. You have to really shine as a team lead to get noticed. Else, you likely won't advance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting benefits and claiming you are doing us a favor. EB is suffering a lot of attrition. People are jumping ship because, despite what you think, you are not competitive. Also, stop claiming that Quality is the #1 goal. Sure you hang some flashy posters in the hallways about Quality, but all we ever hear is Cost, Schedule, and Profit for the Shareholders!

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