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General Dynamics Land Systems Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, knowledgeable staff, interesting product line (in 43 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough diversity in upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • Business is 100% dependent on government contracts, which is affected by the whims of politicians and Army leaders in Warren (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not a bad place to work, but much room for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule
    Good vacation
    Great health insurance
    Very stress free
    Wonderful people and co workers
    Great holidays- get week of Christmas and New Years off
    Yearly raises of 2-4%
    Company 401k match 6% to 8% from you - best I've ever seen.

    Cons

    They do not pay near market value. They will not consider automotive as part of the industry. When you are based in Michigan and are a manufacturing company, they should be considered. Many younger people are leaving for 20%+ pay increases. The 9/80 schedule can only go so far.

    No room for promotion until the older generation starts retiring

    Very political

    Old systems, old computers, old cubicles, no wifi - get into the 21st century.

    No real flexible schedule to work from home if needed. If you have a doc appt, they are not very flexible with personal time, you better plan on making that time up somewhere else in the work week.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and start paying your younger staff. The new career development program means nothing if people are going nowhere.


  2. "not bad,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Engineer in Rochester Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Logistics Engineer in Rochester Hills, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive wages, access to company work out facilities

    Cons

    Large bureaucratic organization with little freedom

    Advice to Management

    find ways to absorb the best talent from contract employees ahead of low-performing salary employees

  3. "Good place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Pontiac, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn especially in the field of engineering. Great flexibility with hours, holidays and vacation.

    Cons

    Pay was not the greatest (I worked at the Canadian division). A bit of workplace politics (alot of people are scared of their job security) and nepotism was present.

    Advice to Management

    Try to establish a healthy work environment.


  4. "Strong Today and Getting Stronger Tomorrow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Sterling Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Since becoming the President of GDLS about three years ago, the company has transformed. He is a great leader who cares about the company, the importance of delivering quality vehicles to our customers, and is focused on continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Culturally, the company is still very behind. Very few women in leadership, especially middle management to director. Cronyism in the VP and Director ranks abounds.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Life at GDLS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very focused on providing finest, life-saving combat vehicles to America and its Allies around the world. Strong Leadership Team. Impeccable core Values. Terrific benefits such as: flexible work schedule, 401K, health and safety record, pay, etc. in midst of major overhaul of facilities, leadership programs, and talent programs.

    Cons

    Dependence on government defense contracting sometimes creates swings in workforce dynamics. That same dependence results in a lot of effort geared towards compliance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing with eyes on horizon while executing today.

    FYI, Mark Roulet is no longer the President. It is Gary Whited.


  6. "n/a"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Human Resources Administrator Doha, Qatar in Duncanville, TX
    Former Employee - International Human Resources Administrator Doha, Qatar in Duncanville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    it paid very very well

    Cons

    not to much promotion potential

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  7. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Atkinson, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and company activities

    Cons

    It is so large it can be difficult to make an impact to another department or inspire change company wide.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's been mixed."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, off fridays every other week, paid over time, health care is good, currently work is stable. It's a little hard to think of other pros for working here.

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other engineering positions at other companies. Promotions are very very difficult to receive. Over time pay is capped.

    Advice to Management

    Promotions and contributions must be recognized better. Internal R&D projects should be a better focus.


  9. "Former Contract Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at General Dynamics Land Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and Great compressed 48/32 biweekly work schedule with every other Friday off.

    Cons

    HR department leadership is manipulated & controlled by the Operations groups. Operations always gets what if wants even in HR policy and procedure issues. Operations walks all over the HR group and has little respect for HR.

    Advice to Management

    Every department is important to the success of the company which definitely includes Human Resources.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Sterling Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits and family work life.

    Cons

    Do not manage union workers and their performance well. Place burden of managing UAW workers on engineers who work with them on a daily basis. Not the engineers responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your folks better.


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