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Pros
  • Offers great work life balance compared to other companies (in 50 reviews)

  • Above-average pay, flexible work schedule, fairly quick advancement if you're worth anything (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was aware of bickering and did not keep score (major plus) (in 38 reviews)

  • There is little to no regard for professional and technical excellence or development (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice location and office
    - Local management has done a great job to diversify projects and bring new work into the building, this office is no longer driven by one program.
    - Local management that actually cares about his employees and watches out for them
    - Diverse projects and technologies
    - Meaningful projects and customers

    Cons

    - Still part of a large defense contractor which is very layered and sometimes seems disconnected from the employees


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great People. Questionable Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone at the Pittsburgh "Viz" site was a pleasure to work with. The managers, the leads, the technical staff, the business staff, the support staff-everyone.

    Cons

    The company is short-sighted with long-term business development. They cut back too aggressively in downturns and lose talent and progress in order to make their short-term numbers look better.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people and your long term. Don't give huge buyouts to execs in downturns when you're laying-off line workers.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Generally ok, wide mix of project/people quality"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance.
    Some work is exciting and makes a difference.
    Some very good people down in the ranks -- talented and care about what they're doing.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch -- they get bonuses while our salaries are frozen and benefits cut.
    Some projects are tedious, boring, and poorly managed.
    2014 isn't a good time to be a defense contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Share the pain; stop painting rosy pictures for investors while pushing employees to keep doing more with less. Branch out from defense contracting -- the handwriting is on the wall! Try harder to insulate the teams that are rocking.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems Response

    Apr 28, 2014 – HR Operations

    We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of our engineers, especially during these tough financial times when we often ask our engineers to be more cost efficient while continuing ... More


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Smart People Comfortable Work Enviornment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to learn from
    True Software Lifecycle management (CMMI V)
    Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Government Industry is getting tighter
    Only one project driving the entire office

    Advice to Management

    Start branching into other software projects (not based on CoMotion)


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great workplace, but losing quality quickly"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, High achievers, Good peers from remote offices,Flexible hours, Comfortable workplace, Good remuneration, Excellent opportunities for training, Amazing product.

    Cons

    Quickly losing quality on new hires, Silly internal competition, Poor local management (since 2009), Low morale at local office, Product concept is still amazing, but its technology is almost outdated.

    Advice to Management

    The Pittsburgh Office management needs renovation/intervention ASAP. A better strategy for talent retention needs to be established now, as senior staff that represents the technical core of the company is thinking about leaving (after 10+ years in the job). Let's keep this office a great place to work.



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