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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits Good people Upward mobility (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits,with learning and advancement opportunities (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Little to no mobility within the company (in 3 reviews)

  • The benefits for salaried employees have been cut and the cost raised every year (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Not a Family Friendly Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontline Supervisor in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Frontline Supervisor in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, and lots of long time experience and knowledge. One of the few companies that still pays some overtime compensation to salaried employees. Management 401(k) matches are better than others within the company, but only because there is no pension, unlike other employees. If you get an opportunity to work at BIW, do not go salary.

    Cons

    Bath Iron Works treats their management team with no respect. When compared to other employees within BIW, management has the worst healthcare coverage, most expensive healthcare employee premiums, least amount of vacation time, less schedule flexibility, no pension, and lowest yearly bonuses. Managers are only allowed to carry over 80 hours of vacation while most employees can carry over 720 hours. Although BIW does pay some overtime compensation, the wage freezes and reduction of overtime compensation has held wages idle for 3+ years. If you are good at your job, you are held from moving to other areas within the company, even if you are qualified to move to another position. Overtime is forced on managers, while all other employees are voluntary. And overtime compensation paid on weekends if other employees volunteer to work. When the management reduction in benefits is taken into account, many frontline supervisors make the same as the employees they supervise. Frontline supervisors work on average 10 hour days, but if they need to leave between 7-3:30 they must use either vacation or sick time. And if you use family medical leave, your salary is reduced. Salary does not mean salary at BIW.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your managers like managers, especially at the FLS level. Eliminate the mandatory overtime, bring back flex time. The change in sick time is further evidence that BIW is no longer a family friendly company.


  2. "Current Welder at BIW"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welder in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Welder in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy place for someone, with little to no experience, to make way more than they should, if they don't mind getting a little dirty.

    All the benefits you'd expect from a large company.

    Vacation time adds up pretty quick, and you don't have to give prior notice, if you want to take an unplanned few days off.

    Cons

    There are certain qualifications(=pay raises) that you can not acquire until you have enough seniority with the company(10-15+ years). Even if you have substantial prior experience. So, instead of allowing the qualified people within the company to preform tasks they've already learned elsewhere, they waste countless dollars training unqualified people - many who still don't pass the qualification tests - simply because they've been with the company the longest. The best part is, the guys doing the training don't even know the proper way to preform the tasks(ie. TIG Welding). It's the blind leading the blind. Literally. I've heard countless guys say they can't even see what they're welding because they're eyesight has declined so much, due to their age.

    Good Old Boys Club. There are certain positions which you are Far More likely to obtain if you know the guy doing the hiring. I've seen it happen multiple times. Guys with zero experience, beating out guys with far more experience, simply because they know a guy. It's not what you know. It's Who you know.

    It doesn't matter how hard you work in your trade. We all make the same pay. Guys that work their butts off make the exact same as guys that do the bare minimum. This can be extremely demoralizing.


  3. "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Damariscotta, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Damariscotta, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The industrial pay scale is the best in Maine. Good potential for growth for younger job seekers

    Cons

    The flexibility in work schedule went away, parking is an issue that is usually overlooked by new hires. Management is reactive

    Advice to Management

    A proactive style of management might work better to retain experience.


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  5. "All around good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Bath, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Different opportunities that you can take advantage of.

    Cons

    You need to create your own career path.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Cost Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bath, ME
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Purge of long term, high salary people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better, just a number there, new work rules is ruining the work force's attitude.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Marine Electrician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work, pays fair. Company doesn't expect you to kill yourself, only a fair days work

    Cons

    Management is messed up. Tells you to do stupid things

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Most non-flexible company too date"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For the amount of crap you deal with. There are no
    pros. Individual contributors are the only positive to this company. You have directors and VP's who are very mentally sick.

    Cons

    7-330 non flexible schedule. If you are on company travel and you work outside of the 7-330 set schedule you are required to take vacation time. Pay doesn't equal the amount of crap you have to deal with. Upper management only thinks of themselves. Instead of getting rid of water coolers why don't you remove performance incentives that ONLY upper management receives.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act. Everyone is watching you. Instead of cutting coffee &a water why don't you cut salaries of upper management who get paid WAY TOO MUCH. Instead of laying off individual contributors why don't you get rid of some of the overpowering upper management? Think just think!!!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "The Upside Down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very challenging, fast paced work. Lots of very nice, smart, caring people at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Management is horrific. They will continue to be horrific until someone realizes that those with actual leadership skills (not bullies) who push back, challenge, and influence real change need to be promoted into leadership roles. We're sick of the "yes men."

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY DO THE WORK! Talk openly and honestly instead of hiding behind archaic policies. Learn how to lead by example, serve your people and reward them for their hard work. Stop doing everything that you're doing, don't even try to improve on the current processes, just throw them all out and start anew.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Biw first family Later"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME

    I worked at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good money a 401k contributions .. insuance

    Cons

    if you have problem at home .. they just don/;t care


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Work Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for specialization, career longevity.

    Cons

    I work long hours for little gain, overtime is frowned upon, and my obligations to my family are often sacrificed to put extra effort into non value added tasks on weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    You have many millennials joining your company. They have different needs than the Gen X and Boomers in the workforce. It would behoove you to accommodate them before you lose that young talent.



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