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General Dynamics Mission Systems Overview

Fairfax, VA
10000+ employees
1999
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Aerospace & Defense
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics, the global aerospace and defense company. We are a leading provider of mission critical C4ISR systems across the land, sea, air, space and cyber domains. We have an established global presence in secure ... Read more

Mission: Our Vision - Reinvent the bounds of innovation to advance our customers’ missions.
Our Mission - Discover new ways to rapidly deliver a full spectrum of mission critical solutions by partnering with our customers, teammates, suppliers and communities.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems – Why Work For Us?


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We are pleased to announce that C4 Systems and Advanced Information Systems officially combined operations on January 1, 2015, to form a new business unit: General Dynamics Mission Systems. 

General Dynamics Mission Systems is an industry-leading provider of sophisticated communications technology from ground-based tactical networking to open architecture for U.S. Navy surface ships, submarines and aircraft.  Mission Systems space and intelligence products include specialized payloads and digital signal processing systems and the full-spectrum cyber capabilities to include sophisticated encryption technologies. Additionally, there is we produce a full range of satellite communication and imaging technologies.

Thousands of expert and experienced employees located in facilities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and world provide platform integration, tactical networks and ruggedized displays to international customers.

"General Dynamics Mission Systems is truly a world-class communications company," said Chris Marzilli, President of General Dynamics Mission Systems. "From the deepest depths of the oceans to the darkest reaches of space, our technology provides connections to the operations of air, land sea, space and cyber domains."


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We help to keep those who operate in mobile, remote and dangerous environments connected and protected. With locations across the country and internationally, our mission offers a unique challenge. If you’re ready for a career without limits, we invite you to explore the possibilities at General Dynamics. Explore your potential career path below and follow the link to career opportunities specific to you! 

​​​Students and New Graduates:

You won’t find our products at the mall. You’ll never download our apps. But your work will make a difference. At GD, you’ll tackle challenges that can impact the security of the nation, and you’ll be surrounded with world-class technologies and talent.

Experienced Professionals:

Exercise your skills and join a world-class team of professionals. You know the challenge you’re looking for. At General Dynamics, you’ll have an opportunity to make your mark. You will contribute to something that reaches well beyond the bottom line: helping to keep the nation safe. Cutting edge communications systems and devices – that’s our heritage. You will be joining a team that is recognized and respected worldwide as the very best.

Transitioning Military:

No one understands our commitment better than someone who has served our nation in the military. That’s why at General Dynamics your experience is so highly valued. It’s your unique perspective and knowledge that will help us develop the next generation of technologies to protect our nation. You’ve already accomplished a great deal during your service. Now we invite you to continue your career with an organization that is as dedicated to excellence as you are. We’re proud of the thousands of former military professionals who have joined our team over the years. Discover what they already know: a career with GD is every bit as rewarding as it is challenging.

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How We Work

General Dynamics Mission Systems offers flexible options to provide the best possible work schedule for your lifestyle.

Through our unique schedule choices, you are able to develop a work schedule and enjoy time off on your terms. Work schedules available for many employees, include:

  • Flex 80 Schedule - working 80 hours over a two-week period, allows employees to manage their time and schedules according to their individual needs.
  • 9/80 Schedule - working 9 hours a day for 9 days, allows employees to have alternate Fridays off.
  • Paid Time Off Program - combines vacation, sick and personal leave into one pool that you can use at your discretion.
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Community Involvement Opportunities
  • Over 40 locations across the United States
Managing Your Career

We know that the better trained you are, the more successful our future will be, so we offer formal and informal development programs to ensure you are given the tools you need to succeed. Tools available to employees include:

  • Technical Development. For over 30 years, General Dynamics has been providing cyber security expertise to our national intelligence, defense and homeland security agencies. We protect the most sophisticated networks against attacks and help customers navigate the cyber realm.
  • General Dynamics is affiliated with the following industry standard leaders:
    • International Council on Systems Engineering
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Software Engineering Institute
  • Reimbursement of industry standard certification such as:
    • Project Management Professional
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    • American Society for Quality
    • Cisco Certified Network Associates
    • Educational Reimbursement
    • Management and Leadership Development Program

Special Accommodations   

General Dynamics is committed to being an employer of choice. We seek to develop and nurture our diversity and believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all employees. General Dynamics is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.

MEET OUR PEOPLE

Mike - Systems Engineer
Mike - Systems Engineer

"What excites me to come to work every day is the fact that each day brings forth a new learning experience"
Years at General Dynamics:1


Krystle - Systems Engineer
Krystle - Systems Engineer

"I’ve taken advantage of many volunteer opportunities that have allowed me to work with my colleagues on a much more social level, including National Engineers Week, the United Way Campaign and planning the annual company holiday party."
Years at General Dynamics:2


Brittany - Systems Engineer
Brittany - Systems Engineer

"Being able to support the brave men and women who protect our way of life daily is extremely rewarding."
Years at General Dynamics: 3


Emily - Manufacturing Engineer
Emily - Manufacturing Engineer

"We are all focused on the same mission of providing quality and timely solutions to our customer, we have each other’s back and there isn’t a problem we can’t solve together."
Years at General Dynamics: 3


Evan - Systems Engineer
Evan - Systems Engineer

"I’m in an incredible leadership role and I owe it to the leaders who knew how valuable that initial experience would be."
Years at General Dynamics: 9


Karen - Quality Engineer
Karen - Quality Engineer

"It’s great to be a part of a team protecting our nation, providing a service that no other company can provide; and experiencing the brilliance firsthand."
Years at General Dynamics:4


Tyler - Senior Tech Support Engineer
Tyler - Senior Tech Support Engineer

"What is most special about working here is that it doesn’t feel like a ‘job’; it feels like a career."
Years at General Dynamics:5


Erin - Systems Engineer
Erin - Systems Engineer

"General Dynamics provides me with a work/life balance that is best for me."
Years at General Dynamics: 8


Walt - Contract Policy and Compliance Director
Walt - Contract Policy and Compliance Director

"My manager has given me the freedom to exercise my judgment and try new approaches to solving problems."
Years at General Dynamics:13


Leticia - Business Management Specialist
Leticia - Business Management Specialist

"I’ve been exposed to amazing new technology and some of the most intelligent people I have ever met."
Years at General Dynamics: 26

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Do the Right Thing

Beginning with our employees and extending through the communities and physical environment we inhabit, General Dynamics is committed to being a responsible partner. In short, we endeavor to “do the right thing” by our employees, communities and local environment.​
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​​​​​​​​​A Tradition of Caring​​

General Dynamics supports the many communities where our employees work and live through organizations with a focus on education, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as health and human service agencies and veteran and first responder support charities. Our business unit develops and administers our own community service programs to match the needs of the communities of which we are a part. We are proud of our tradition of caring.​​

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

    Pros

    The people working here are top notch and are vested in the work that we do for our country.

    The company is working extremely hard to change its brand and identity within the organization. It has rolled out numerous "people excellence" programs to further promote a healthy workplace.

    The benefits are solid and respectable. The work schedules are flexible.

    Business outlook is looking up for the forseeable future.

    Cons

    Communication from management is not great (although this seems to be improving as of late).

    Managers are reluctant to let employees rotate into other jobs within the company as they don't want to "lose" good people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking a vested interest in what your employees are telling you. Make the rounds to get to know your employees on a more personal level as it makes them feel valued and not forgotten.

    Some sort of profit sharing or bonus structure would go a long way to make the employees feel like we are part of a team and working towards something together.

    Managers need to allow their employees greater flexibility in trying new things and looking for new opportunities for growth within the company. If an employee wants to try something new, help them get there! If you don't, they are going to look outside the company to fulfill those desires.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Photos

General Dynamics Mission Systems photo of: Employees at the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) plant.
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General Dynamics Mission Systems Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at General Dynamics Mission Systems (Vandenberg AFB, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty easy compared to others. Interviewed via phone by the program manager who I would be reporting to while employed. Discussed various things from previous experiences, my comfort level in giving presentation and my ability to interact with military members and leadership.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about previous experience and how it would relate to the job roles.   Answer Question
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General Dynamics Mission Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2015
  • Top Master’s Employers, CollegeGrad, 2015
  • Top 50 Happiest Companies in America, CareerBliss, 2015
  • Top 50 Employers for Women Engineers, Women Engineer Magazine, 2015
  • Readers' Choice: A Top 50 Employer, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2014
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