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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Reviews

Updated October 29, 2017
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  • Middle management not aligned with upper management, with workers caught in the middle (in 3 reviews)

  • Corporate mindset has taken over leading to extreme cost cutting (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Retirement Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Overall compensation is typically above other employers.

    Cons

    Poor professional norms, rampant cronyism, excessive layers of middle management, out of control overhead spending, lack of leadership skill sets.

    Advice to Management

    You are most likely to find authentic leaders among the ranks of your middle managers. Remove the dead weight at the top and stop the "failing to the top" syndrom.


  2. "GD-OTS Lincoln"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Under ATP funds were available for training and my offsite managers encouraged personal development. Onsite there was one person who encouraged learning and was like a mentor.

    For pay, it’s probably above average for Lincoln, at or slightly below for the defense industry. Benefits are about on par with where most companies are at. When I left I ended up with 3 offers where the salary was from 13% to 21% higher, but ended up taking the middle of the road for base salary as the benefits alone would yield me about a 35+% pay raise.

    Cons

    After OTS’ takeover all funds for training disappeared and even efforts to do free online training were denied because it would have required about 30 minutes worth of paperwork.

     The last two years I was there the Finance department had 7 people leave the company in a department of 3-4.

    OTS would re-structure themselves about every 3-5 months so no consistency in reporting structure or procedures.

    As for being a good place to work, I’d say that depends on the person. If you’re the type of person who wants to learn and make a difference, then I would say look elsewhere. If you’re satisfied with only being data entry, then there are a few people who are nice to talk to and pass the days.

    Advice to Management

    Put managers in positions that actually have knowledge, will talk to and support/develop their direct reports.

  3. "Nothing exciting"

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Big name company
    Competitive initial pay

    Cons

    Nepotism
    No job growth
    no carrot, only stick mentality

    Advice to Management

    Learn to not be the bully with regards to dedicated employees. Being the biggest name and most financially reliable company does not mean you can treat your employees however you want.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Churn and Burn"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on work site (and location is important), you may have opportunity to work on some interesting technology. The engineering opportunities in the control actuation systems can be challenging and absorbing. The pay is acceptable.

    Cons

    The company is struggling with its business and with its culture at the smaller sites (read that California and others). It is both laying off and otherwise burning through qualified personnel that it will desperately miss when better times return. It is suffering at those same sites from too-frequent management (and objectives) churn.

    Advice to Management

    Throttle back on the Theory X management. Not everyone needs to love the executives, and you endanger the business in eliminating perceived independents, especially when you are replacing them with unproved outsiders.


  5. "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Crawfordville, FL
    Former Employee - Operator in Crawfordville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great Employees
    Great Management

    Cons

    Maintenance need to be improve.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Shrinking, No Process Control, Nice Work Area"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unique engineering challenges, small engineering dept with lots of responsibilities. Very nice area to live and work

    Cons

    Management stuck in "old ways". Very tribal knowledge. Design process is not standardized and seems like they are winging it. Company appears to be moving to "direct-to-print" house instead of a design house

    Advice to Management

    Adopt an industry wide standard way of designing process. Better configuration controls.


  7. "Death of a division"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was the best place to work. Truly a playground for engineering development. Great staff. Always the best equipment and software. Everyone works together as a team.

    Cons

    Closing due to Seattle management trying to save their division by closing the Orlando facility and taking the contracts. Seattle division uses obsolete MRP system from 1984 and throw away money to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Seattle management should listen to employees and could have asked for help bringing in work instead of closing the plant.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technically, with many technical challenges. Great local, with great weather.

    Cons

    Mired in processes with no changes in the processes allowed due to context. For example, there is but one way to buy materials, no matter the development or manufacturing context..

    Middle management not aligned with upper management, with workers caught in the middle.

    Mediocre benefits, very high housing prices.

    Advice to Management

    Replace mediocre middle managers, streamline processes or create new ones that are appropriate in each context.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Just Average"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Because its essential a regulated industry with heavy competition, work environment and benefits are great

    Cons

    Work is not very challenging and becomes repetitive, senior managers are risk adverse and reluctant to learn from their mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new senior management at VP level and up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but benefits were going downhill."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, interesting projects to support our military. Flexible hours, trust in employees, follow processes. Employees seemed happy overall.

    Cons

    Our extra benefits were being taken away - paid for all hours worked, get paid back for any unused PTO, etc. Company not interested in R&D, just buys companies, sells the products and scraps everything once no longer profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in R&D!


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