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General Dynamics Overview

Falls Church, VA
10000+ employees
1952
Company - Public (GD)
Aerospace & Defense
$10+ billion (USD) per year
General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services. Our Aerospace group is at the forefront of the business-jet industry and delivers a family of Gulfstream aircraft, provides aircraft services and performs ... Read more

General Dynamics – Why Work For Us?


Aerospace

The Aerospace group is at the forefront of the business-jet market. We are known for our superior Gulfstream aircraft and industry-leading product service and support, as well as fixed-based operations and aircraft completions for other original equipment manufacturers. The group has two business units:

Gulfstream

Jet Aviation

Combat Systems

The Combat Systems group is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and modernizing some of the world’s most recognized land combat machines. We produce main battle tanks, tracked combat vehicles and light armored vehicles, as well as a broad range of high-performance weapons systems and munitions. The group has three business units

General Dynamics European Land Systems

General Dynamics Land Systems

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

Information Systems & Technology (IS&T)

Information Systems and Technology develops, improves and secures the systems of sophisticated defense, aerospace and communications products. We have an established global presence in large-scale IT networks and systems, secure communications systems, command and control systems, imagery sensors and cyber products. The group has two business units: 

General Dynamics Information Technology

ARMA

General Dynamics Mission Systems

Marine Systems

The Marine Systems group builds complex ships. We design, build and repair nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, auxiliary and combat-logistics ships and commercial Jones Act ships. Our shipyards are located on both U.S. coasts. The group has three business units:

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

General Dynamics Electric Boat

General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. From Gulfstream business jets to submarines to wheeled combat vehicles to communications systems, people around the world depend on our products and services for their safety and security.

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics is led by Phebe Novakovic. The company employs thousands of people, with locations in 43 countries. At the heart of our company are our employees. We rely on their intimate knowledge of customer requirements and a unique blend of skill and innovation to develop and produce the best possible products and services.

The driver that makes our company agile, and ensures our continued performance, is our culture of continuous improvement. This culture enforces a shared commitment to consistently look toward the future and to embrace change. It’s a priority at all levels of our company, with every employee engaged in finding new ways to do things faster, better and more cost-effectively, and push the boundaries of our potential.

Our Model

General Dynamics is organized into four business groups and each comprises several business units. Our balanced business model gives each business unit the flexibility they need to stay close to their customers and remain agile.

General Dynamics’ business units are responsible for the execution of their strategy and their operational performance.

Our corporate leaders are responsible for setting the overall strategy of the business and for the allocation of capital.

Our Ethos

Honesty 

We tell the truth to ourselves and to others. Honesty breeds transparency.

Trust

We trust each other to do the right thing.

Humanity

We are compassionate and empathetic. We respect the dignity, rights and autonomy of others.

Alignment

We are united in our commitment to our values.

Value Creation

We create value by doing the right thing for our shareholders, our customers, our employees and our communities.

Our Values at Work

These values drive how we operate our business. We relentlessly pursue operating excellence by innovating, improving our processes and reducing waste. We believe in being wise stewards of capital and resources, as informed by our values.

These values govern how we interact with each other and our customers, partners and suppliers. Honesty, trust, humanity, alignment and value creation require that we be forthright about our mistakes and that we strive to correct them. We seek partners and suppliers who adhere to these values in their businesses and we hold them to that standard.

These values guide the way that we treat our workforce. We believe we have a responsibility for the health and safety of our employees. We treat all of our employees with dignity and respect and provide them with fair compensation and equal employment opportunity. We stand behind basic universal human rights, including that employment must be voluntary. We oppose human trafficking in all forms.

These values determine how we connect with our communities. We believe that we have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens and we believe in sustainable business practices, which include supporting the environment and the communities in which we work.

We remind ourselves often of who we are and what we do.
Our ethos undergirds our culture, our business model and our daily interactions.

Working With Us

There are many ways to learn about and apply for jobs at GD in your area of interest.

You can search multiple locations and job categories. You can sign up for our Job Search Agent and be immediately alerted when new positions are posted that match your personalized needs. You can also look through each of our business websites to learn more about their offerings.

Work that Matters

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. Every day, people around the world depend on our products for their safety and security. We're looking for talented, motivated individuals who want to become part of a company with a culture driven by diversity, innovation and agility.

Benefits

We are committed to helping our employees and their families lead healthy, productive lives. Our benefits packages and wellness programs help our employees succeed at work and at home. General Dynamics offers a wide array of plans in its flexible benefits program with options that allow each employee to structure a benefits package tailored to meet his or her family's needs.

Each business unit creates benefit programs that best meets the needs of its employees. Offerings within those programs may include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Savings and Stock Investment Plan (SSIP)
  • Life, long-term disability and other insurance products
  • Reimbursement accounts for child care and out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Group legal services

Diversity and Inclusion

A diverse workplace yields better ideas and outcomes and we are committed to promoting diversity of experience, perspectives and capabilities. Each business, and each individual, makes a unique contribution to our company. We recognize that diversity is good for our team and our shareholders, and it’s critical to our future competitiveness. 
General Dynamics proudly supports a culture of inclusion that encourages a work environment that honors diverse opinions. Employees can flourish here: they know their individual skills, abilities and viewpoints are honored. Our diverse, global business is united by a common goal of being the best in the business, delivering shareholder value and being a good corporate citizen in each of the communities where we do business.

Our ongoing support of the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Aviation, Women in Defense, Black Engineer of the Year Awards and Women of Color in Engineering and Science demonstrates our commitment to diversity within our company and in our industry. 

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    I worked at General Dynamics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pros....vaguely saying, it wad okay. I adjust to change fine, but is a company suppose to change as much as it did!

    Cons

    Not enough ETO or sick leave. I wouldn't go back. When I left I had a sense of relief, sad to say!

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General Dynamics Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at General Dynamics (Norfolk, VA).

    Interview

    Saw the AP supervisor and controller. They hired me with no experience and were confident I could perform the job. It was very laid back and helpful. I did not use Glassdoor for this position.

    Interview Questions

    • If I was willing to work overtime   1 Answer
    • If I was willing to travel if needed.   1 Answer
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General Dynamics Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
  • Readers' Choice Top 50 Employers, Workforce Diversity Magazine, 2009
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