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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Offers great work life balance compared to other companies (in 51 reviews)

  • Above-average pay, flexible work schedule, fairly quick advancement if you're worth anything (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was aware of bickering and did not keep score (major plus) (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "This is a great first job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Engineer II in Kings Bay, GA
    Former Employee - Advanced Engineer II in Kings Bay, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They will hire you are a pretty competitive salary at first. The benefits are above average. You work a 9/80 schedule. As an IT guy, they pay for certifications. I got most of my certification while an engineer at GD. You can use this place as a springboard to get better stuff on your resume and most employers don't know that GD is basically a Beltway bandit company so you can get tons of IT carts, build your resume, and leave after having them pay for it. If you are not a hard charger, then this is the job for you, if you value stability over growth, then you found your home,

    Cons

    This is where engineers go to die. You will work on technology that is 5-10 years out of date. Hiring managers thought I was kidding when I told them that my servers were Windows 2003 in calendar year 2012. There is really no growth without going to Pittsfield if you are a field engineer. Pittsfield has to be in the top 5 crappiest places I have ever been to live. After working there 5 years, I was only making ten grand more than when I started, and I exceeded my targets each year. You are absolutely a number here, and you feel like it, I had managers who literally didn't know who I was. This place is actually like Better Off Ted if you have ever seen the show, it's actually kind of comical.

    Advice to Management

    You complain about how all the talent leaves, but do nothing about it while your company earns massive profits that are publicly disclosed during quarterly meetings. If you took care of people, then you wouldn't have to rely on the same 3 talented people for all you top level engineering work. Some of you directors are technologically talentless, so you should want to retain engineering talent if only for your own rational self interest. Make some actual engineers leaders. All the senior staff were old people with 1970s engineering acumen when I was there. How do you lead a company into the cloud era with people who cannot use a computer?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent DoD Contractor to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and easy to work with co-workers
    Good Benefits
    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allowed for BYOD
    Access to continued learning
    Excellent HR staff

    Cons

    Difficult to progress career wise at remote locations (little to no opportunities)

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that remote employees are rated equally among core work location employees for advancement and management opportunities.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was generally pretty pleased with GDMS."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Software Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Advanced Software Engineer III in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits are good. Flexibility in work attire and hours on the contracts I worked on. People were generally very approachable and friendly.

    Cons

    Management was poor on 2 of the 3 contracts I worked on.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of managers that have been with GDMS for a while, that seem impossible to be in management more due to their tenure with the company than their actual work knowledge and professional expertise. 2 of the 3 contracts that I worked with though their customer liked them when in reality that wasn't the case. Very poor flow of knowledge between the customer/business and technological side of things.


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  5. "It's a job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable business. Decent benefits. Good culture at this location. Some opportunities to advance. Lots of potential to learn new things.

    Cons

    Large corporation. Small close knit culture is slowly going away. Processes have created new challenges. Matrix can be confusing. What else?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Contracts Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with incredibly competent leadership at the highest levels. The Contracts team based out of Scottsdale, AZ is also ran incredibly well. They had my back and valued my input. Overall the company is a good place to be, particularly if you support our military and want to work on programs that protect our country.

    Cons

    The satellite office I worked at was under constant transition. Though we had direction from "up-top", it seemed like office management did their best to turn non-issues into big customer problems because of lack of trust between departments. Upper management was aware of bickering and did not keep score (major plus).


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Having every other Friday off 9/80 schedule
    Laid Back Environment
    Being able to work on army projects
    Travel across the US to various locations

    Cons

    Climbing the ladder takes too long
    Travel can sometimes be back to back trips
    recognition from work goes noticed
    pay is not competitive compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Pay a competitive salary
    Give employees recognition for hard work and room for advancement


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very solid technical skills. Overall led by technically trained staff versus marketing/finance

    Cons

    More visibility about strategic changes


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Slow, boring, and stagnant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Changes are being made, but..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good as compared to the employment in the area.
    Develop products that directly impact our military.

    Cons

    Very poor engineering management! Will take advantage of engineers treating them like indentured servants. The cost of good pay is tolerating the unprofessional and retaliatory nature of management.

    Advice to Management

    GDMS has a bright future but needs to purge the middle management who continues to abuse engineers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Many better options in area"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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