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"Some good people, but can feel like an unemployment program for engineers"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good people (although many are leaving now)
Good pay, benefits, 9/80 schedule

Cons

Old-school managerial style
Old technology (Lotus Notes)
General lethargic pace of work

Advice to Management

Mark - I know you are a first class President, and the company is lucky to have you. However, at every level below you, it seems as if the company is structured to go everything in the least logical and least efficient way possible. You have some first class talent that is bored out of their minds, and worried that they will not be marketable if they don't leave soon.

You know how passionately and effectively we improved our time card compliance systems? We went to school in order to exert the same passion for engineering.

Other Employee Reviews for General Dynamics Land Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared for a management style that rewards the week and ignores the strong"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sterling Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical Benefits at GD are great.

    Cons

    Vacation time is a little low. Some departments it take 10 years to get to 3 weeks vacation

    Advice to Management

    Provide leadership training and personal skills training to middle management.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 schedule
    Health care benefits including number of sick days allowed is good
    It's fulfilling to know you're working to help the soldier on and off the battlefield
    Working with military vehicles does have some coolness to it
    It's fun to watch tanks drive around the facility

    Cons

    There used to be many opportunities for advancement and professional development at GDLS but not anymore. Over the past few years everything has been tightened to the point of being nearly impossible to get any training or advancement. Your individual performance is not rated. Instead you are put into a ranking order under a typical bell curve. Recently those in the lower 15% of the bell curve were laid off and upper management requested that the next round of performance reviews must match the bell curve of last years. This means that since the bottom 15% are now gone there must be an equivalent number of people shifted down into the "not achieving" category through no fault of their own.
    Moral is completely in the dumps with few people feeling satisfied at work. There have been two rounds of layoffs and it seems like more are likely. Most of the high achievers have left the company. If you are looking for some experience then you can get some professional experience at GDLS but then you'll need to get out. If you already are a professional with experience then I'd avoid this place.

    Advice to Management

    Quit ignoring your employees and treating them so poorly. Change the performance rating system to actually rate an employees performance instead of a general ranking where only the few "preferred" employees can get above a 4 rating. Diversify!! Army and Marine contracts are drying up. Try to to put our quality products instead of just getting something out on time and expecting the government to pay you to fix the issues that were ignored in the first place.

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