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General Dynamics Mission Systems Overview

Fairfax, VA
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Aerospace & Defense
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
At General Dynamics Mission Systems, employees share a common mission to be a trusted partner to the U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security and scientific communities.

Whether you're working on the internal systems of a new ship ... 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 is Hiring! Come and visit our Scottsdale facility on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at our TOP SECRET ENGINEERING Career Fair. Date: Wednesday, May 17th Time: 4:00 to 7:00pm Location: 8201 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 If you currently possess the following you are invited to attend An active TS/SCI DOD Security Clearance OR A TS with SSBI within the last four years AND An Engineering Degree (EE, CSE, CS, Systems, etc.)

  • Are you interested in an engineering career? Check out a day in the life of Amy Underwood, a systems engineer working on autonomous underwater vehicles at General Dynamics Mission Systems:

    A Day In The Life Of A General Dynamics Systems Engineer

    Amy Underwood deploys a Bluefin SandShark Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) into the Charles River. This lightweight AUV can swim up to five knots and dive down to 200 meters. Amy Underwood is a senior systems engineer working at the General Dynamics Mission Systems' facility in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems – Why Work For Us?


General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics employs thousands of people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; specialized payloads and digital signal processing systems; and information systems and technologies.

Our vast portfolio of mission critical systems includes:

  • On-the-move networking for soldiers
  • Mission systems and afloat networks for sailors
  • Highest level network and data encryption and cyber operations support
  • Deep space antennas peering into the farthest reaches of the universe
  • Payloads for satellites and airborne systems

Our capabilities include:

  • Networking and platform integration
  • Radio and satellite communications
  • Cyber security, defense products, and operational support
  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, systems and space electronics
  • Mission planning and management systems, weapon control systems and platform computing systems
  • Open architecture information systems

With over 150 locations worldwide, thousands of our expert and experienced employees 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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General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.

Inside General Dynamics Mission Systems

At General Dynamics Mission Systems, you’ll have an opportunity to make your mark. You will contribute to something that reaches well beyond the bottom line: helping to keep our nation and that of our allies safe. We offer tremendous career opportunities, including the ability to receive a security clearance, which more than half of our employees have obtained. We focus on strong teamwork, and we believe that our diverse teams drive innovation and encourage personal growth. It’s a priority at all levels of our company to ensure that you have every opportunity to not only meet but also exceed your personal development goals. Additionally, we have highly competitive pay, benefits and flexible work options to complement your professional development and make General Dynamics Mission Systems your career home.

Professional Development Opportunities

Our employees have every opportunity to GROW their careers through programs and training including:

  • Management, Leadership Development and Mentoring Programs
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems University
  • Job Rotational Opportunities
  • Learning Education Assistance Reimbursement Network

General Dynamics works with the following industry standard leaders:

  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Software Engineering Institute

We reimburse for industry standard certification such as:

  • Project Management Professional
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • American Society for Quality
  • Cisco Certified Network Associates

Our Benefits

We offer highly competitive pay, benefits and flexible work schedule options for employees including:

  • 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 eight nine-hours a day and one eight-hour day, 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.


Outside of General Dynamics Mission Systems

Protecting you and your world goes beyond what we do as a business. Beginning with our employees and extending through the communities and physical environment we inhabit, General Dynamics Mission Systems is committed to being a responsible partner. We support 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 company has vibrant community service programs to meet the needs of the communities of which we are a part.


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.

General Dynamics Mission Systems hires employees and interns across many disciplines, including: computer science, engineering, math, physics, information systems and technology, security, finance and business. Our internships span from summer opportunities to year-long positions, which often result in full-time employment post-graduation.


The High School Summer Internship Program offers high school students enrolled in STEM courses a unique opportunity to work under the supervision of a professional and well respected team of engineers. These interns are assigned individual mentors and gain experience through hands-on engineering design and problem-solving. They also receive career track guidance and are encouraged to pursue careers in science and engineering.


Our goal is to provide our interns with challenging opportunities to strengthen their technical, analytical, leadership and communication skills through a well-balanced, fun and impactful professional experience. Here at General Dynamics Mission Systems, we place a high value on our interns and the creative new thinking they bring to our business. Interns are included in welcoming events, social activities, Lunch-and-Learn sessions in the summer, networking opportunities with leadership and farewell celebrations.

New Graduates

General Dynamics Mission Systems partners with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to start your career with us today! 

Browse our internship and job openings to see if your skills match our position qualifications. View additional programs and resources.

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.

No one understands our commitment better than someone who has served our nation in the military. That’s why at General Dynamics Mission Systems 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 and those following your lead. 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 that thousands of veterans, reservists and guardsmen have decided to join our team over the last several years. Our employees hail from all branches of service and that is why each and every year, we honor the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard for everything they have done for our country.

Watch our U.S. Military Tribute Videos:

As part of our commitment to excellence, General Dynamics has pledged to hire 5,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.


Reservists and Guardsmen – Recalled to Service

As our way of honoring your service and saying “thank you,” if your military pay is lower than your General Dynamics pay, we will pay you the difference during qualified military leaves.

When you are called to serve, you will receive:

  • Pay differential benefits for up to 60 months (cumulative) for active duty deployments
  • Pay differential benefits for up to four weeks (annually) for periods of annual training, active duty for training, or school
  • All benefits and insurance for you and your family for up to 60 months
  • Eligibility for potential pay increases in accordance with our policy
  • Paid Time Off accrual
  • Continued investment in your 401(k) retirement plan
  • Reemployment rights after your return from duty

Check out our upcoming military events calendar. Browse through our current job openings.


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.


General Dynamics Mission Systems proudly supports a culture of inclusion and a work environment that honors diverse opinions. Employees can flourish here: they know their individual skills, abilities and viewpoints are respected. Our diverse, global business is united by a common goal of being the best in our business, delivering value to our many stakeholders 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, Grace Hopper, Black Engineer of the Year Awards and Women of Color in Engineering and Science underscores our commitment to diversity within our company and in our industry. 

At General Dynamics Mission Systems, we have diversity partners located at most of our larger work sites who schedule guest speakers, Lunch & Learn sessions and heritage month events. Our company is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.

General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

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General Dynamics Mission Systems President Chris Marzilli
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    "Listening more and trending in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
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    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 8 years)


    People friendly benefits.

    9/80 schedule.

    100+ locations and so opportunities to move around if that's your thing.

    Diversified business for the most part and into a lot of great technology.


    Defense contractor and so subject to government dysfunction.

    Lots of procedures due to the regulations of the industry. Something you get accustomed to though.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in tune with your employees. Dethatch your middle management to improve be your agility.

    Invest more in making a difference.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Photos

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Vandenberg AFB, CA
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    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


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


    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

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Awards & Accolades

  • Modern Day Technology Leaders, U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine, 2013
  • Nunn-Perry Award, U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, 2013
  • Modern Day Technology Leaders Who Are Reaching the Tops of their Professionals, U.S. Black Engineers and Information Technology, 2012
  • Federal System Integration of the Year, NetApp, Inc., 2012
  • Top 50 Employers of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, HIstorically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU), 2011
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