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"Company trying hard to get it right"

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Very well respected company - legacy Motorola and GTE - that has tremendous technical capability in advanced communications. Incredibly talented enigneering organization. Solid core of programs for DoD, homeland security and civilian agencies.

Cons

Really large and spread out due to many acquisitions, and so difficult to rally around a single objective or to create a unified culture and attachment to the core business, although a recent reorganization is trying to change this. Continuous layoffs defeat the attempts to spread good news and create a sense of optimism. The company grew fast during the upcycle and is likely to be letting go until the markets reverse.

Advice to Management

Do a better job communicating with the rank & file. They will respect that hard business decisions need to be made, but really need to understand the purpose and long term objectives.

Other Employee Reviews for General Dynamics Mission Systems

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The moving assistance was great

    Cons

    old technology. highly politicize workplace. Most managers are out of touch; don't understand who has talent and who only can kiss up to their boss. If you are assigned to a "selfish, unfair" team lead then your life in the company is going to be miserable.

    I had both good and bad team leads. But I am very surprised that my direct manager/section manger never really talk to me.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get more involved with everyone in the team. Don't keep yourself in your office.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Management has NO Clue how to cope with the current environment"

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    Current Employee - SW Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - SW Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid technical team. If you're in the right place and tied to the right programs, they are well resourced...but increasingly less so.

    Cons

    The most unimaginative senior management crew you will find in a company this size. Shockingly so"

    They have an incredible set of technical skills and assets available to them, but seem oblivious to the need to enter new markets not facing the budgetary constraints caused by being tied almost completely to DoD spending. Instead of leveraging their capabilities to expand into new markets, they're hoping to get a bigger share of a shrinking pie - and doing so while mercilessly and almost randomly jettisoning experienced and capable people.

    It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

    Advice to Management

    Try to grasp that while you have to control costs, you cannot cut your way to growth, earnings or long-term profitability. Step back and figure out how to prosper in a post-defense-budget growth environment. Foster creativity, not a "keep your head down" mentality.

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