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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance here is great, the 9/80 schedule is definitely a plus (in 64 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)

    "Revolving Door of General Dynamics SATCOM"

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    General Dynamics SATCOM offers great products for the satellite industry. Their mix of both commercial and defense related items positions them to be a company that you could potentially stay with long term. They offer a decent benefits package.

    Cons

    Local corporate culture hugely favors profitability at the expense of really good people.

    There is no healthy balance between management and the employee base.

    HR does not have the resources to properly represent the employees. There is one HR manager responsible for two manufacturing facilities in two states with over 300 employees. Without proper HR representation, management often utilizes a free pass to make decisions based on the "good ol' boy" club.

    It is a very flat organization and opportunities for promotion are limited.

    Advice to Management

    They need to better represent the employee base through increased HR resources. This increased representation may help operations management understand the importance of a healthy balance between profitability and the employees that help them be profitable.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worse Place I Ever worked -"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunrise, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit's, work from home schedule (which only offer to hire you, but after never get approved by your manager), really good experience of hostile working environment-

    Cons

    I didn't find any professionalism in my 2 years of service- worst management, No Raise even you meet grade level, harassment and hostile work environment is normal, management doesn't know what is going on, they are just trying to sell full of defected software to U.S. Army-

    Advice to Management

    Please be professional and hire some experienced HR people's, who knows how to handle employee issues, Manager's need more training-

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be the best job ever...has gone downhill since GTE GD Merge"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Needham, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    On site gym, bank, and cafeteria. Educational reimbursements for full time employees.

    Cons

    Promotions, and career/ life balance are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    offer flextime and telecommuting


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Beware! If you’re exempt, look elsewhere; crushing overtime; disrespectful management."

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in East Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in East Taunton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You may like it, if you are a workaholic with no interest in free time or becoming wealthy; or if you want distance from your family. Good employment for non-exempt, non-degreed workers; the benefit package is above average for the typical employee, but below average for high-level employees like staff engineers and above. Small pockets of interesting work, but usually hidden from all but pet employees. Talented people, but some of the best have recently moved on.

    Cons

    For all but a few protected pet employees who are assigned a fraction of the typical workload, the crushing overtime leaves no time for the use of benefits, family, or interests. People are exhausted and frustrated and it makes for difficult workdays. Due to the overtime, an employer that offers 2/3 of the GDC4S salary offer is actually offering more. Before you sign-on, have documented discussions with HR and the hiring manager regarding, bonuses, cost of living and performance adjustments, paid time off, compensation, flex, sick, and personal time, teleworking, stock options, travel specifics, car allowance and anything that you may need to offset the overtime that you will be working. You MUST get everything in writing and get copies of it SIGNED by HR and the hiring manager, and then expect to fight for it. Expect between 500 and 1000 hours of UNCOMPENSATED overtime per year. Engineers of all levels are scheduled to work 70 hour per week, 10 hours days and longer when traveling are typical. Laptops are provided to “encourage” work from home, but teleworking is frowned upon. When engineers travel, they are “encouraged” to travel on weekends and on the cheap (increasing their inconvenience and unpaid overtime), and managers commit them to support other project meetings in the very early AM, late PM or during lunch; resulting in hundreds of hours of UNPAID, UNCOMPENSATED overtime per year.

    Junior employees, like senior engineers and below, attend meetings far above the scope of their professional competencies; which confuses stakeholders and customers who end up thinking that they are principals. Managers do not instruct them to be courteous, perform the tasks assigned by or to follow the directions and mentoring given to them by the high-level employees. They are not educated in the differences in responsibilities between themselves and the higher organizational levels and constantly argue with and bypass more senior employees; often running amuck, jumping across many levels of hierarchy, and complaining to managers and creating additional unnecessary work. Some interesting and smart people who, in other cultures, would be fun to work with and become lifelong colleagues, but due to the crushing overtime, relationships are difficult to form and maintain. Due to the overtime performance “awards,” if provided at all, represent a tiny fraction of the lost income. The company lawyers-up and uses tons of restrictive policies, psychological and mid-management pressure, and creative contracts to get around the legal complications of the crushing overtime. HR may be being instructed to not divulge what the typical work week will be; since requisitions do not include any wording like “Significant uncompensated overtime required.”

    The culture is highly warped by its customer base and thinks that, rather than being a civilian company employing people, it is part of the military and owns workers who must serve and sacrifice for the company. Too many prior-military who place way too much importance on how much or what kind of military service someone may or may not have had and too little on the level and quality of their day to day performance and delivery. Government pressure to reduce program cost and waste is passed, without impact, through the management levels, has no impact on management compensation and perks, and is borne directly by exempt engineers. The company may be violating accreditation standards with the detrimental practice of hiring non-degreed employees into engineering positions.

    Advice to Management

    Educate all managers and HR staff with regard to the importance and value of high-level employees like staff engineers and above. Stop reporting record performance when every thinking person knows that the figures represent nothing more than all of the unpaid overtime that exempt employees are being all but threatened into working. GDC4S is not the military, it is a civilian company that employs people; people do not serve GDC4S. Get rid of managers that think that unpaid, exempt overtime is the answer to everything. Stop talking about relevance when nothing that you are doing is relevant to the day to day quality of life of your non-management employees and get some relevance in your perspective.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked, Under-appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great if you are a contractor (ie not a real GD employee, since they get paid for their overtime)
    - Approachable senior management
    - A lot of smart people

    Cons

    - Long, unpaid overtime.
    - The 9/80 bit they try to sell to you is a lie, I know no one whose project is actually on 9/80
    - They have the ability to let you telework, but it is looked down upon.
    - No reward for putting in extra effort or doing a good job
    - If you do a good job, you will be the one fixing everyone else's mistakes
    - Pay increase is only based on time, not performance
    - No sick time included in benefits, if you get sick you need to use your vacation days
    - They put on a good facade during your interview session, but don't be fooled by the nice hotel rooms they put you up in.
    - Time off is a myth at GD
    - Little to no acknowledgment for a job well done

    Advice to Management

    There is little chance you will keep bright employees once the economy picks up and more hiring is going on. Management decisions negatively effect hitting deadlines -- for example, there are people who need computer accounts or software to do their work, yet management wont provide them until the day their work is due. Stop mandating unpaid overtime (a fact, the company gets paid from the customer for your overtime, but you wont see a dime of it), this is a stupid practice; instead focus on getting tasks done with quality staff.


  6. "Very small raises Last three years - 0%, 2%, 1%"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours every other Friday Off.

    Cons

    Management condescending attitude. Small raises for workers but big bonuses for them. Very prevalent Good ole Boy network.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new blood next time you have a SR manager or Director position available. Recognize the fact the only thing tht enables thos big bonuses are the rank and file workers. A dose of humility is in order.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wild West of General Dynamics"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get a great name on your resume.

    Cons

    This is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, As such the company is the wild west of General Dynamics where anything goes.

    Promotional opportunities are VERY limited. Pay is lower than industry average on the basis this is General Dynamics and resumes are always coming in.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on long term success and not slamming as much revenue through as possible.

    Poor past performances on some of the biggest Government contracts will result in a significant decline in revenue in the coming years..

    Morale is extremely low and needs to be improved.

    2.5% raises over the past 5 years is below industry averages.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "You will end your career here."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Ample amounts of PTO
    - Job Security (besides layoffs, they don't fire people)
    - Decent Pay
    - Arizona is Cheap to live
    - Easy Parking

    Cons

    - Management is terrible. There is basically no communication from senior management to "low level" people. There are a lot of power plays in upper management, the only way to make it there is to be cunning and diplomatic, or an idiot. If you start as an engineer but are lacking skills, they will give you a try in management instead of firing you since firing makes the company look bad.
    - Most of the engineers here are at least 40+ with little training in the last 10 years of technology, you will surely have to teach people how to use a computer (why can't I edit this txt file in IE?)
    - This company does not make their money from software, so they do not value developers like real software companies do. Just a bunch of idiots who can't get it right. Ignored from all social events and ignored of any recognition.
    - They think engineers are interchangeable, plug-n-play workers. Attrition of senior workers means nothing; all knowledge transfers can be done within 2 weeks.
    - No doc writers, just because devs are knowledgeable doesn't mean they are suited to write your documentation.
    - Management only has high level view of the system and do not know issues yet make decisions without considering developer concerns.
    - Overtime doesn't have any rewards other than being viewed as a favor for managers. Many hundreds of hours per year of mandatory overtime.
    - Bad requirements causes a terrible waterfall experience.
    - Lots of overhead for doing any work.
    - Over-managed, 1.5 managers for 1 engineer should never ever happen. Status-ing you every 15 minutes. Good luck doing work.
    - Little chance for career advancement (advancement based on time served)
    - Poor working environment, everyone talks about getting out or bad management.
    - Dull work, software/hardware that is 10 years old and end of life'd, out of manufacture, or without support.
    - Because of EOL software or dead hardware that isn't manufactured anymore, there will constantly be additional work for upgrading and re-integrating software / products.
    - Full Waterfall development cycle (terrible for developers)
    - All men environment, all women management.
    - Cubicles

    You will end your career here whether you are 65 or 22.

    Advice to Management

    Your developers are the key to making your projects work... not your testers, not your managers, not your janitors. Management cannot say "that's too technical for me" in all situations, if it is, please go back to school. Developers are not trying to be insubordinate, please do not think of us this way, if we can't finish something, there's usually a good reason for it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "General Dynamics is the best managed (accounting) and poorest lead (vision and communications) company I ever studies."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is outstanding and work schedule is great.

    Cons

    Promotions are not obtaiable and annual reviews are nonrelivant.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate bettet between General Dynamics companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The worst professional experience of my career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Substantial system engineering projects offering a large quantity of opportunity.

    Cons

    Creative approaches to problem solving highly discouraged.

    Development activities nearly always restricted to modification of COTS solely by a system engineering approach.

    Component level design very weak.

    Management comprehension of product technology is strictly at a system level,
    lacking any possible component-level detail.

    Extraordinary lack of integrity across all levels of management.

    Periodic review by management of direct reports consisently descend to a collection of false statements lacking any factual basis or detail whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    You need to start placing value on the contributions of your employees. The decimation of successfully completed work tasks must stop. Adoption of some integrity, even in the slightest degree, would be a bit improvement.


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