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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance here is great, the 9/80 schedule is definitely a plus (in 62 reviews)

  • Good focus on work life balance (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was aware of bickering and did not keep score (major plus) (in 39 reviews)

  • Poor project planning and with little to no structured effort between groups (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, easy commute, relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Compensation is not on par with other companies, work is incredibly boring and worthless. Poor management. Not many if any oppertunities to grow and learn.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering and"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 scheduling allows every other Friday off
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Management is clueless.
    Systems and top level reward incompetence. Too much process.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring inexperienced and incompetent people. Do not promote based on hiring women in key positions for diversity. Need leadership and technical vision. Remove ineffective people. Working from home is overused and abused.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Systems Engineer"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Workload is not heavy, Not difficult

    Cons

    Not much room to grow or learn

    Advice to Management

    promote growth for new employees


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Neither good nor bad it's just okay."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Lots of good employees to help you advance your career. 4.5% on match on 6% contribution to 401k is good for a large company. Health incentives of $450 in Amazon gift cards is nice. 20% Discounts for verizon wireless.

    Cons

    Haven't won any new contracts in Maryland area in over 8 years. Large company attitudes of the employee should bend over backwards for the good of the company like working for free during all hands meetings and training. Extremely high overhead cost forces them to be stingy on pay and benefits. Promotions are more about who you know then how well you perform. Can't compete with some of the other contractors in terms of benefits and pay.

    Advice to Management

    Lower your overhead cost and use that to pay your employees a more competitive wage. Treat your employee like they are people not just resources to exploit.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "maybe a turn around in the future"

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are smart people here and badly needed changes are starting to be made across the company. Hopefully they will gain some momentum.

    Cons

    Company isn't able to turn engineers into managers.
    Unless you are a white man you are going nowhere in your career here. This is a place you get some experience and get out.
    Seen people blacklisted for reporting gender discrimination and ethics violations.
    Adoption of new processes, methods, and technologies is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Back up all the talk.
    You want diversity? Get rid of the people who discriminate.
    You want to be ethical? Don't sweep reported issues under the rug.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Many better options in area"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent software team working with cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Management sucks. There are no fun perks of working here. Employees are frustrated and under payed for the type of work in the area. Management is horrible with providing training and does not want to invest in its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the area. Treat employees with respect

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Out after 9 years."

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    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Logistics Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people to work with. Benefits are good. PTO is good as well.

    Cons

    No possibility for promotion unless you smooch the right rears. Upper management is a joke. This location is inconvenient. It is everyone for themselves mentality. This place is the worse.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Let the next gens have a shot. Quit ousting good employees so that you can save your self. This place should be shut down.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to coast to retirement"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good Only As a First Job"

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    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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