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"Great people, ever decreasing benefits, morale, opportunities"

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

I retired a couple of years ago as the retirement benefit was about to change as a result of a Government mandate due to underfunding. I've heard that the retirement plan is now adequately funded, however, the retirement plan benefit has been reduced and closed to new employees for quite some time now.

The C4 Systems division was best when it was GTE Government Systems on almost all points, but it was changing even then in the later years, Dropping the employee stock plan was a major blow to GTE benefits.

Are these Pros? Okay here's one, after working with people closely they are truly great people that want to service the customer in the best way possible. More companies should have people like this. It is unfortunate that some of the Government representative don't really see it that way. They seem to view Government contractors as only self/company-serving.

GD is pushing women in management agenda like many Government contractors... this is also a Con as much more qualified employees are often overlooked in the process and the work effort suffers.

All the Pros this company once had is changing for the worse every day.

Cons

- Currently, the erosion of benefits occurs several times a year. The most egregious was the elimination of sick time in exchange for adding extra Paid Time Off (PTO), i.e. vacation, then reducing yearly accrual of PTO hours only a couple of years later, with a net result of no sick time unless you want to spend your vacation time in a sick bed. No sick time has resulted in many employees coming to work sick, thus making others sick. Since there is no unique charge number for sick time, the company has no idea how often its employees are sick (a lost metric). I did see where the old unlimited sick time policy was abused.

- Small amounts of layoffs occur often, like management is trying to stay below the radar of the media while leaving the remaining employees with a feeling of 'who's next...maybe me'. Nobody talks about the work anymore, just the erosion of benefits and low morale.

Advice to Management

- Management is very indecisive.

Upper management will only design solutions for their Government customer that leaves them dependent on General Dynamics. Preferably for a long time.

- Different divisions do not assist each other or feed each other work because the leaders see it as helping the leaders of other GD divisions that they compete with. A rather frank leader said exactly this in an all-hands meeting. He has my respect for telling the truth.

Other Employee Reviews for General Dynamics Mission Systems

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Where good acquisitions go to die"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Business Systems Analyst in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Business Systems Analyst in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big name, Opportunities for advancement, if in the right area and know how to play the game.

    Cons

    General Dynamics is a huge company with smaller business units under it. Some function very efficiently, while others are a mess. The AIS division is a dumping ground for every piece of the company they can't figure out what to do with. If your division gets moved under AIS, you know it's a matter of time, before you are sold off to the next higher bidder (the best case scenario) or they will just kill it and fade it off into eternity. This has happened to too many good companies already.

    No one ever knows what the process is, because there isn't one. You have endless meetings talking about the processes and plan to discuss more at the next meeting.

    Pay scale seems off the charts for some and peanuts for others. It really depends on where you were in the company and how you played your cards. If you could manage to get into a position where you could travel and get paid Per Diem, you'd make a killing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling your people there's no budget for raises, while you all jet set to different cities cashing in on Per Diem pay. it doesn't look good. You built out a proposal center in Arizona, just so you could come here when it was cold in other parts of the country. Funny how no one ever had a proposal in AZ in the summer. It doesn't look good at all.

    What's with all the travel anyway? Has anyone ever heard of teleconferencing or video conferencing? I didn't get a raise my last two years there and neither have anyone else I know since and it's been 4 years since you kicked us to the curb. No one I talk to is happy with the direction you are taking as a company and you are still using bad economics to avoid paying raises. Yet, the travel budget seems to still be in full swing. Get real, the company is a dumping ground for anything that doesn't fit in the mold. Too many start ups have been eaten up and done away with, because of the lack of direction.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, but appears to be on the decline."

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    Current Employee - Field Support Engineer III in Fort Bragg, NC
    Current Employee - Field Support Engineer III in Fort Bragg, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is on par with inustry averages, traveling, and most of my coworkers are awesome. The benefit packages are ok, but they used to be much better. The work experience is good as long as you have a manger that will take care of you.

    Cons

    GD retirement is long gone, PTO days have been reduced, and 401K match is not what it used to be. OCONUS positions are fewer and the pay isn't as good as it used to be for those positions. No raise for FY 13!

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to find a balance between cutting cost and remaining an asset to the customer. It would not be wise to cut cost so much as to lose all of the intangible assets that make GDC4s a great company for the customer and the employee’s.

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