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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Because its essential a regulated industry with heavy competition, work environment and benefits are great (in 5 reviews)

  • A lot of good people still work there (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A good thing ruined"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Headlsburg is a pleasant small town in wine country.
    A lot of good people still work there.
    The engineering can be challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    Healdsburg is remotely located and very expensive.
    Corporate mindset has taken over leading to extreme cost cutting.
    Elimination of bonuses and lack of advancement opportunities made it even harder to recruit/retain engineering talent.
    Lack of top end talent, modern engineering tools and training makes it unlikely that they will ever return to the glory days.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect people to move to the middle of nowhere for a job with mediocre pay and poor security.
    If you want a more efficient engineering operation, you have to invest in modern tools and training, instead of just underbidding the required hours on every project.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "GD-OTS - Lincoln=great, Corp=poor"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    GD - OTS - Lincoln is the best at what they do. They make high quality, high reliabilty filament wound composites for the most demanding applications. They are very stable and have a strong local management team. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    GD - OTS - Corp is another story. There is a lot of kick down, kiss up going on. Executives surround themselves with siccophants and are unable to make informed decisions. Also, one cannot progress in ones career without being on the "right list." It severely limits opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good ole boy network. Just because someone isn't legacy OTS doesn't mean that they aren't fit for advancement.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it once was, but"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williston, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work since the lay-offs and ship-jumpers. Still some interesting technical work. Some exposure to U.S. manufacturing. Deeper pockets than smaller shops. Still one of the best options if you want to live in or close to Chittenden Cty Vermont. EVERY OTHER FRIDAY OFF 9/80 WORK SCHEDULE!

    Cons

    Top heavy on management. Loss of personnel with key skill sets without investing in passing down the knowledge. Near-sighted profit driven decision operation. Little to no consideration to being capable of designing a new system in the future. Slow to promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Make an significant investment in your future capability- allow for some job-shadowing & information transfer now before the next group of retirees walks out the door. This has not been done in the past and we're seeing the effects now. Continued refusal to make this investment is profitable in the short term but will leave us inefficient and incapable in the future.


  10. "Amazing Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable hourly pay rate, flexible schedule, not micromanaged, growth potential...

    Cons

    Lack of uniformity, contract job, no benefits...


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Healdsburg, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GD-OTS is a good company with good management and engineers. There are always deadlines, but they deal with them realistically. There is good communications of goals and achievements.

    Cons

    Most of the work is on sub-contracts from other government contractors. As such, there is a lot of bureaucratic red tape. If you just accept and ignore that (or work with it), GD-OTS is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to hold on to good managers -- there is too much turnover in the management ranks (e.g., first-level management)


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