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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Difficult to progress career wise at remote locations (little to no opportunities)" (in 20 reviews)

  • "People don't know where their job stands when they fire upper management or relocate them" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Really important work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A committed, patriotic workforce.
    Lots of locations and varied projects, if you’re inclined to roam.
    Adopting Agile on most new projects.
    9/80 schedule.
    100% 401k match.

    Cons

    Not much to speak of other than it’s a large defense contractor with a lot of rules such as timekeeping.

    Advice to Management

    Try to flatten out the management structure a bit. Too many layers drives too many meetings and wasted time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "General Dynamics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent pay, travel opportunity

    Cons

    not a great culture. People in the office were not that friendly.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Cyber Security Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Cyber Security Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Challenging engineering projects
    *Good salaries
    *Nice facilities
    *Nice coworkers

    Cons

    *Difficult, demanding customers
    *Possible travel to undesirable locations
    *Unhelpful Retirement benefits

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed my time working at GDMS. I would try to convince management to stay on course, no need to change anything, resist change for the sake of change! Love that place


  4. "FPGA/ASIC Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Got experience in both design and verification

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Employees and Flexible Personnel

    Cons

    Hard to establish a rapport with management due turnover. Import decision relating to the program are made by detached higher level personnel outside the program.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Typically Disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Though the benefits are pretty standard for the industry, they are willing to support their talent between contracts.

    Cons

    The company seems to take some of their culture from their primary customer, which I find undesirable. Their compensation group also goes to extended effort to justify underpaying. Finally, they don't see value in developing their employees if it costs them money.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that without valuable employees, the company has no value. Develop your talent, then get out of their way.


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    Great people, pay, and benefits

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Missing Marzilli, the former GDMS President"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really like the PTO and 401K benefits. Enjoyed the impressive business growth led by the former president who was promoted to Corporate GD.

    Cons

    The new company president has started hunkering the company down after years of our former president encouraging growth in new market areas. The new company president seems unusually risk averse for a business leader. His recent reorganizations have heads spinning and many looking for jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop building a stale strategy based on the "Good to Great" 'hedgehog' model. GE followed that model and look at them today. GDMS employees do not want to follow the same path. We need a more visionary Strategy-BD than the incumbent and need to look to grow in other markets with new technology and products. Why is GDMS still not deep into robotics, AI, (real) EW, data analytics, drone capabilities, etc?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Only gig in town"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advanced Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Advanced Systems Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly large employer for such a small town

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't seem to notice that the economy has recovered. Salaries have stayed stagnant and talent is leaving for opportunities in other locales.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work! You learn how to do real engineering design and analysis. People are super friendly, kind, and helpful with all sorts of questions you may have.

    Cons

    There aren't enough General Dynamics locations in the Southern USA.


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