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General Dynamics Mission Systems Phoenix Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance here is great, the 9/80 schedule is definitely a plus (in 67 reviews)

  • Good focus on work life balance (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Most employees I know have little to no motivation to work (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management was aware of bickering and did not keep score (major plus) (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company / Come Check It Out"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Work / Great People / Great Mission

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet. Although there are some long term employees that don't realize what a great company this place really is. They keep talking about the "old Motorola days". Get over it! This is a new company, with new goals, new people and new ideas. It is a great place to work. The company pays well, has great benefits, great flexible schedules and the hours are not long. Leadership is very good. People just don't know how good they have it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at GDMS for a very short time (<1yr), but really loved how employees got treated there. Management really tried hard to keep employees happy. GDMS is located in Scottsdale, which is in the nicer part of Phoenix. 9/80 work schedule which allows you to take every other Friday off. The "decompression room" has nice big screen TV, with X-box and Playstation along with pingpong table and foosball table. 401k matching up to 4.5%. Nice small perks like paying $150 toward your gym membership and free Valley Metro card allowing you to take buses and light rails at no cost.

    Cons

    The company can't seem to win any work contracts. Maybe marketing department needs to step up their level. Due to this, your job might not be very stable. Engineering tools (SW/HW) and workstations are a bit dated, not keeping up with the outside world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and keep on improving.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "I love my job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    My direct management is awesome! Open communication among my direct management and peers. I have opportunities to voice my opinions and concerns. There is respect and trust.

    Cons

    Upper management, at times, can be or give the appearance of draconian dictation. This is getting better and the reigns are starting to be relaxed, but decision making at the lower level is still heavily scrutinized.

    Advice to Management

    Relax the reigns a little and trust that your employees will make the right decision. If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't trying.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Defense Contractor - Says It All"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many dedicated, skilled employees at lower levels. Overall benefits package is above average

    Cons

    Short-sighted (tactical) vision. Adverse to investing in technology without immediate return. Any downturns in Defense met swiftly with layoffs. Insufficient flexibility in moving employees through cross-function assignments to build up management.

    Advice to Management

    You can't buy your way to success. The customer is ALWAYS right - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't help them see what right really is.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Solid Company Across the Board"

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    Current Employee - Director in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Director in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good balance of business necessities and concern for employees
    Extremely interesting work
    Variety of work
    Opportunities for growth for those who excel
    Good work life balance
    Good people that care about the job and each other

    Cons

    Vestiges of bureaucracy in some areas
    Not a flashy company, doesn't have a strong brand image among the general population


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company with great mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of opportunities to do interesting work supporting our nation's defense

    Cons

    Large company - still improving at keeping many different sites and businesses connected. Much progress in this area though in last couple years

    Advice to Management

    do everything possible to keep increasing communication down to all levels - this has improved but can still improve further


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good Working Environment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Technician in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Technician in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very understanding and flexible place to work

    Cons

    Poor communication recently within management making future there uncertain

    Advice to Management

    Unable to advise

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Slow, boring, and stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    plenty of job security when the defense industry is doing well

    Cons

    tedious process, boring work, many lifers just trying to defend their cubicle


  9. "Great company, but compared to other tech companies, it's below average."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of PTO
    - Flexible schedule
    - Lots of projects (aka work)

    Cons

    - Average medical/dental/vision insurance
    - Below average salaries
    - No moral (Not even a little)

    Advice to Management

    Offer more compelling salaries.


  10. "Software engineer"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Software engineering teams are formed with very high quality engineers. They are easy to work with and always do their best to help others.

    Cons

    Contracting with gov. and military, somethings it is hard to predict their funding to the project.


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