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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance encouraged from most managers (in 48 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Very poor upper management support for employees (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to coast to retirement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - 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 a year)

    Pros

    - Mostly 40 hour weeks
    - Easy work
    - Great place to work if you want to coast to retirement. There are several decade old projects that stick with the same technology they started with, so you won't need to worry about keeping your skills up to date

    Cons

    - Mediocre to average pay except for those in high positions
    - No bonuses
    - Your skills will die here if you get stuck on one of their aforementioned decade old projects, so it's not a good idea to stick around for too long if you're not at the tail end of your career


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 Work schedule
    Many nice people

    Cons

    Annual reorganizations. Lack of leadership. When new positions are created during a re-org, the management deck gets re-shuffled regardless of expertise or knowledge. No new hires brought in for Management talent or subject matter expertise. Old boys club for leadership. Too many layers of ineffective managers. GDAIS and GDC4S reorganized in January 2015 and we still operate and are AIS and C4S employees. Change is excruciatingly slow and lots of good employees are looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Need better benefits and bonus opportunity. Don't reorganize until you have a plan for it. Cyber reorganized (again) in June and only a handful of positions have been filled. Really?


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Only As a First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    better-than-average perks of a big company (benefits). flexible daily schedule so long as you are reachable and do your work. fair amount of PTO. Coworkers are smart. Plenty of opportunities to learn. not bad benefits for people that stick here for a while (work from home capability). They match 1:1 for 3% and 50% for the next 3% for 401k.

    Cons

    not as good as other tech companies. it's a federal contractor so everything is tightly wound by the budget. It's slow and there is minimal room for advancement in the company depending on what you work on. The people that work here could get much better-paying jobs but don't because of the W/L balance and the relative proximity of the site to home for many of these people.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how you allocate your resources, but it's certainly not easy and it's a wonder how things are even working. Currently, it feels that the actual work was poorly managed due to complexity/nature of the actual work required to maintain and develop / the inability to attract and maintain talent capable of maintaining work.


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  5. "Okay but"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Employees
    Managers are helpful
    9/80 Fridays

    Cons

    Old tools and technology. Clearcase is still being used in most projects for version control
    It makes 0 sense as to why GD still has not moved to the 21st century.

    Salary is not competitive.
    A lot of red tape

    Advice to Management

    To keep young talent, you need to upgrade to the latest tools. It gets tiring using the best tools during the weekend, and reverting back to the 90s tools during the work week.

    A more competitive salary.


  6. "Superior workforce, powerhouse company, terrible management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well established, huge range of projects, good business model, unparalleled quality of field technicians.

    Cons

    Middle (regional management and below) not communicative, not supportive of field employees, field employees asked to go the extra mile; efforts not reciprocated by middle management, disorganized, limited to no incentives, no pay raises or promotions for 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should place quality leadership at all levels, encourage middle management to support team members, company should reward employees rather than expect them to continue "making sacrifices" to meet bottom lines. Environment of very loyal employees but not much loyalty to employees. Field workers are the most skilled technicians in the market; they work hard to protect the company's reputation and are given very little in return.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    GD has good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and no longer loyal to employees


  8. "Great Benefits..Bad Managerial Decisions"

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    Former Employee - Information Assurance Officer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Information Assurance Officer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits (Health, 401K)
    Education Assistance

    Cons

    Salary slightly below national average for positions.
    Horrible management decisions on who they choose to lead a team.

    Advice to Management

    Choose your management wisely, job skill set is actually beneficial for supervisors.


  9. "Sr Satellite Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Point Mugu NAWC, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Point Mugu NAWC, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment wasn't demanding and I didn't have a manager breathing down my neck.

    Cons

    Low pay, underutilized resources and ultimately ineffective management. Employees are mostly left to manage themselves and are left to deal with the good / bad / ugly in some cases in situations they have no control over.

    Advice to Management

    Try doing your job.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Less seems to be the new normal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In general, well-paying jobs for highly educated individuals, flexible work options, professional work environment, engaging work in an important industry, and finally very good hearted, intelligent, and committed co-workers.

    Cons

    Management consistently divorced from day-to-day reality of how work products are developed (from a process and resources perspective). This negatively impacts moral and development cost and product quality. Appalling lack of accountability for resource managers; poor hiring decisions and barely any career guidance or counseling for current employees. Fundamentally, the problem is the GD culture and how it's outmoded, byzantine, and does nothing to excite or innovate. Look at Google; you may not like Google but no one would question how critical their culture is to keeping everyone focused and engaged and demonstrably appreciated. And did I say appreciated. So while most folks were denied pay increased for 3 yrs (even those who "exceeded"), the CEO gets 18 million. So 18 million for firing 2000+ people is how the company chose to spend it's money that year. Wow. I am all for profits, but when you chose to spend cash on people who just don't add value and you don't reinvest in your workforce (work culture, resource/ development, basic R&D IRAD work, health/educational benefits) then you have made it clear you do not care about the business except to plunder it for a time.

    Advice to Management

    ALL manager should stop collecting bonuses until such time your workforce is able to unequivocally state GD is a GREAT place to work. Stop promotions based on who you know and who likes you. Start diversifying your workforce by hiring more minorities (female and folks of color). Re-implement past educational reimbursement policies that were less restrictive than what replaced the program. Stop forcing people to fill out performance review appraisals on their own time when this work should be done on company time exclusively. Stop moving poor performers around the company instead of dealing with the problem. Stop giving workers the worse health care package you can find and giving your "select" managers Cadillac health plans since this smacks of marginalization and hurts employees; as in, if you already get a bonus, why do you also get access to more affordable deductible plans than ALL of the people actually doing the work? Stop the never-ending whine that you need to cut costs because if that were true, you wouldn't pay the Board or the CEO or any of the managers that don't do and don't contribute to PRODUCT development the many millions you do. You could just cut their pay in half and finally invest in the side of the business where investment makes sense, which is your people, since the RETURN on that investment would yield demonstrable dividends. Finally, like the Marine Corps where officers in the field eat LAST...GD managers should adopt the Servant Leader framework for their new culture. I am positive if they did this, GD wouldn't fail each employee engagement survey they send out.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Has embraced the revolving door philosophy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, job security, benefits. It is difficult to pick positives out of so many negatives.

    Cons

    Parking, Austal's will to make life difficult, upper, mid, and low level management-all at the same time it seems taking genuine issues and addressing them by finding fault of the underlings only to make work life more difficult, genuine lack of appreciation for employees in almost every possible way, expectations of being organized without giving space to be organized in. I'm sure this rating will be addressed by making life even more difficult by creating more hoops to jump through.

    Advice to Management

    You probably cannot do anything about it because management above you could care less about making life as nice in Mobile as it is in other company locations. You get out what you put in.



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