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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Reviews

Updated January 9, 2019
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Pros
  • "Pay and benefits were excellent" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Enjoyable and respectful work environment" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Gestion un peu vieille et peu permissive" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Style de mangement traditionnel" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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...


  2. "Boom and Bust"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    A lot of interesting work at first. There used to be several of the best engineers I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Runs on a constant boom and bust cycle. During the boom, they hire like crazy and make a lot of promises about future promotions and opportunities. During the bust, they lay off massive numbers of employees without remorse. I saw this cycle happen 3 times in the 4.5 years I worked there. The last bust was so bad that they almost completely gutted the engineering department. In the process, they dumped a lot of long -term employees. They chose to dump some of their best people and replace them with short-term contractors to save a few bucks.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value the employees that make your successes possible. Stop treating them as if they are expendable and replaceable.

  3. "Good company"

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

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

    Pros

    Because they're lean they're able to avoid frequent layoffs.

    Cons

    Culture is out of the 1970s. They're improving this.


  4. "Test tech 2"

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    Current Employee - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Test Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company has ups and downs but steady work

    Cons

    During rewire time company comes down to cheap

    Advice to Management

    Wish that management spend more time with floor personnel that meetings on the office


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros to working at this facility and company.

    Cons

    If you are applying for a management position beware. If you like to work in a political environment with a lot of back stabbing, lying and unethical situations going on then this is the place for you. If leadership does not like a decision you made then they will just fire you without a logical reason. You get no support from leadership to do your job. Leadership tells you to be an independent manager but they do not want you to be an ethical proactive thinking individual. Leadership likes people who do no work or does very little work and they do not like people who are overachievers in their jobs. They do not like when problems are pointed out to them and there are many problems and issues in the organization. Leadership lies to your face. They tell you one thing and then say another behind your back. If you enjoy your mental and physical health then do not apply in any capacity of a management position.

    Advice to Management

    Lying and being unethical will get you no where. Stop ignoring problems and issues and deal with them instead of acting as if that organization is the greatest place to work. Support the employees who work hard and try to make that disaster of a place a better place to work by pointing out the problems and wanting to fix them. Stop praising and promoting employees who do nothing. Hold these people accountable.


  6. "Cronyism - It's who you know, not what you know."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Healdsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Most non management are capable and hard working.

    Cons

    Cronyism, unprofessionalism, (management) old boys' club mentality, immaturity.

    Advice to Management

    Healdsburg management needs an overhaul.


  7. "Sr Assistant-Finance"

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    Current Employee - Payroll Administrator and AP Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Payroll Administrator and AP Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    nice work environment, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    limited mobility, constant company restructures.

    Advice to Management

    inconsistent rate structure

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent for Non-Degreed Engineers, New to Aerospace or About to Retire."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This division was originally part of Rocket Research in Redmond. Basically they split most of it off into Aerojet (which is still there) and this division which handles one specialty. As a result, you may be exposed to some interesting contracts involving defense and the space industry. These look good on a resume and you can use your stop here before moving on to a better company in the defense or space industry. This is far, far below industry leaders in space and defense.

    They seemed to given some engineering titles to people without degrees and or with engineering technology degrees. This isn't the standard are larger aerospace companies, but I guess this is a lower level.

    You don't have to work too hard and get 1/2 days on Fridays. I guess that appeals to a certain type of person.

    Cons

    All of the managers and leaders have been here forever and were part of the original company. Most of the leaders here are awkward, anti-social engineers. Despite being a small work environment (50 people or less), some people will not even acknowledge (no nodding or smiling or hi) despite walking by them everyday for years. I think they've decided they are simply too intelligent to talk to you. If they worked in a bigger company, most of these managers would be isolated away in their small department to do their work. Unfortunately here, they are given man management responsibilities, which they are very poor at executing.

    They are intelligent in their specialty, but maintain an intense arrogance whereby they believe this expertise makes them superior in all facets of management and business. If you show they are weak in an area, they will take it personally. After awhile, you have to start to have to play dumb as to not hurt their feelings (this is not an exaggeration).

    As described above, most of their long standing contracts where carried over when the business split. So these highly paid "genius" managers/engineers are not responsible for developing the technologies and winning most of the contracts. As a result, they have slowly been losing these contracts and because of shortcoming in non-technical business skills, have been unable to replace them. Nowadays, it seems like they are desperate to find the "next big thing". Limping along until they have a hiring push to win a potential big contract. However, they aren't savvy enough and don't work hard enough to be able to do that.

    Beware. You'll be hired add a buffer layer to the company. These 12-15 entrenched people will never leave and will do everything they can to protect their position. So come here with a clear plan of what you want to achieve and how / when you want to depart. It's not a long-term destination for above average engineers.

    The pay is below defense / space levels. The commute is horrible to Canyon Park. Sometimes you have to travel to their facility in Moses Lake, which isn't the nicest place. Of course none of the 12-15 ever travel there, as this is what you're being hired for.

    There is alot of passive aggressive behavior that is allowed here, usually initiated by the management.

    Advice to Management

    None (you guys already know it all).


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA

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

    Pros

    This company has good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Safety is not important here. Production is number 1.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming employees for management issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.