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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated December 1, 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 (3)

    "Excellent company with excellence in engineering, ethics, and security."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very conscientious and smart. There is a lot of integrity in the company. After all, we are building systems to be used by our military and there is no room for slacking or poor ethics. There is also a lot of security. Upper management does care about growing the company by making the people, processes and products better. They don't just strive for pushing sales anyway possible, but to differentiate our products through excellence.

    Cons

    There aren't to many other then the company tends to be tight with the purse strings. They pay good but they watch their pennies in most other ways. But, I just look at that as a part of their good ethics. Waste not want not. And again, we are a government contractor so extravagance is not something your going to find here.

    Advice to Management

    Great job guys. Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "GDC4 Systems - a great place to work and learn!"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bloomington, MN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Dynamics has many programs that are on the cutting edge technology - even though most of these programs are military/aerospace oriented. The company has many opportunities for career and professional development -- managers never say no to requests for classes or college work. The workplace is very collegial -- the coworkers are very pleasant to work with; people will stop what they are doing to help you.

    GD is also very process oriented. It helps bring discipline into an otherwise chaotic technology development cycle.

    Cons

    GD has only one major customer - the US Government. Therefore, there is some risk in long term career prospects although many of my colleagues are 20 year veterans in the company. The company achieves product diversity by being in a number of defense programs -- hoping that even if one or two get cancelled, the other programs will balance out the losses.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more openly and honestly about state of organization, prospects for the future (less rah-rah, more realism). Try harder to get inter division co-operation going. My biggest gripe is that the geographically dispersed divisions are sometimes fighting each other instead of working together.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work on challenging problems with good people."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Gilbert, AZ
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great people to work with. There are some really smart dedicated folks building our systems. The satellites have interesting problems to solve and require cutting edge engineering to make them work right. Working on the satellites you can make a real contribution to science and you can see that contribution in the news on a regular basis.

    Cons

    The company is facing challenging business prospects. New system starts are irregular and I'm not sure when the next systems will start. Our local business is different from the rest of the company and national leadership doesn't always understand the differences

    Advice to Management

    More focus and resources on business development, more time and resources for professional development, less energy on making sure everything is consistent across the national company


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Quite progressive for a defense contractor"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting work, important to our national security.
    Refreshingly innovative for a large industrial.
    Positive, respectful work climate.
    Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The nature of the business lends itself to bureaucracy.
    Several very large, multi-year programs where employees can get lost in the crowd. Not necessarily a bad thing, but requires self-initiative to get noticed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating, keep investing, keep differentiating, keep the customer first, keep sharing vision and strategies with employees, promote from within


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Extremely relaxed environment and intelligent co-workers to learn from"

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    Current Employee - WIN-T Field Engineer III in Fort Hood, TX
    Current Employee - WIN-T Field Engineer III in Fort Hood, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General Dynamics has some of the best employees I've ever worked with. Highly intelligent and competent in many areas of information technology. The environment is very relaxed and management is very approachable. Your salary compensation is excellent compared to other companies that deal in the same services and the company is always looking to assist you in growing through educational reimbursements and giving you the time to work towards your own professional development. I have found friends and family while working for General Dynamics and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to work with great technology while helping the warfighter.

    Cons

    As in any contract job there is always the possibility of being deployed into hostile environments, however at General Dynamics, you don't have to do more than a 4 month deployment at any given time. That is far superior to a lot of other companies that require you to do a year overseas and you may possibly have a job when you return stateside. I think that sets General Dynamics apart and is the only downside I see to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing because General Dynamics is a fabulous place to work for. You have made it easy for a former Soldier to transition into a great company on the outside and I can still do what I loved to do while in the military. I will continue to work hard for you delivering superior customer service to the Army as long as you continue to make my work experience mean something. Thank you.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "GReat company to work for, interesting work, very military friendly"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Military friendly, challenging, good advancement opportunity, reasonable downsizing practices

    Cons

    Losing focus on products, resistant to aggressive pursuits, resistant to spending internal funds on IRandD


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place To work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Needham, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, excellent pay/benefit combination.

    Cons

    Geographically distributed campus - Needham, Taunton and Scottsdale, means there is limited opportunity without moving to a different campus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communications flowing to the company like you are, especially as we continue to work through this market correction.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Excellence"

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    Current Employee - Manager 2-Program Management in Rome, NY
    Current Employee - Manager 2-Program Management in Rome, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly professional technical experts gathering together to solve hard problems for commercial and federal and other businesses.

    Cons

    Extremely conservative control of New Business Funding (NBF) will end up causing the loss of business and limit growth into potential markets which fit GDAIS' skill sets.

    Advice to Management

    Gather the brain power to determine how to to increase and maintain business in the recessive economy. Take-aways should be a focus as well as maintaining incumbency.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "C4S continues to adapt and make strategic acquisitions for future growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    C4S has had recent wins with WIN-T and JTRS demonstrating customer satisfaction and a capability to offer the most advanced off th shelf technology to the soldier - the company has a rich history and is well positioned with its launch on GDbroadband - it has also been figting hard for employees jobs and programs

    Cons

    Government spending has been down since 2008 which has impacted both C4S and the entire defense market however the company is strategically aligned to charge back - Adjacent markets need to continue to be a focus and investment for the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for solid future acquisitions to grow - continue to reach out to employees individually and keep them updated on future plans for the company


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding work; Strong Senior Leadership Team; Opportunities to grow and drive change.

    Cons

    Large company equals bureaucracy (but that's the same at every big company in this industry)

    Advice to Management

    Improve mid-level management


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