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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Upper management is still very conservative and not as open to adapting to current trends" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Some middle management needs to be removed" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

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    Former Employee - Arizona in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Arizona in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    General Dynamics is a great place to work the environment is welcoming and the managers are friendly. They hire like crazy!

    Cons

    You move up too fast! It is a nice place to work at only bad thing is over time is limited

    Advice to Management

    Management is nice and friendly. More communication with the team's, more in person interactions to make the place a little bit more lively.


  2. "Managed Manufacturing, Logistics and Purchasing, responsible for Safety"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for, was sold in October

    Cons

    Problem getting good forecast information

    Advice to Management

    They need a sales forecasting matrix

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, plenty of interesting work, good pockets of management

    Cons

    Many pockets of poor management, lots of folks along for the ride and put in minimal effort knowing they'll still get a paycheck, acquisition of CSRA (which was an ill-informed idea, at best) and subsequent communication/transition was handled very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where GDIT really wants to go, what it really wants to be, and what it stands for


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Gd"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere at this company

    Cons

    Micro management is alive at this company

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging managers


  5. "Job could easier, smoother, and better"

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    Current Employee - Investigator
    Current Employee - Investigator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The flexibility is the highlight of this job. You set your own eight hour work day schedule.

    Benefits are great too and we get federal holidays off.

    Reaching out for help has never been an issue. There are resources for HR support to general work support.

    Cons

    It’s obvious the job requires more than a few weeks of online training. To really understand this job, there needs to be 5-6 months of training. By the time training is completed, investigator’s should know at the very least how to write a clear and concise report considering that is a major component to the job. Unfortunately, the lack of extensive training creates this repetitive cycle where new investigators are brought on the contract, collectively screw up, it falls down on the supervisors who then tell their respective teams everything that they are doing wrong, and then the cycle repeats. It can’t be that over 200+ people are just not getting the job. How the job is taught needs to be deconstructed, re-evaluated, and crafted into something that actually creates background investigators.

    Investigator’s are contractually obligated to travel up to 100 miles for case work. The appeal of this job was doing as much local work as possible and working from home. It’s discouraging to drive out of your area only to return with no results because it’s a waste of time. You will get reimbursed, though it’s still not ideal or productive compared to how much work you could be doing in your local area. If this job appealed to you because you wanted to work from home and lessen your commute, think again.

    The pay is not worth the amount of stress this job will cause you. This is a job where you’ll wear different hats, feel the stress of wearing those hats, and get paid as though you only wear one.

    Advice to Management

    There are many people who make this job work everyday and have for years. However the job could get a lot more productivity and quality from its employees by extending training and reducing the amount of time wasting tasks.


  6. "Management top heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    They pay alright for the area.

    Cons

    Union is weak. Management is overbearing and un educated. Engineers are inexperienced but think the know everything.

    Advice to Management

    50% of the management could be cut and the company would run 150% better. No one in management actually does there job so they just keep hiring more managers thinking that will fix the problem.


  7. "Odd culture that tolerates mediocrity while penalizing those who don't"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good 401K matching. Good PTO scheme.

    Cons

    Highly insular culture that generally promotes to senior leadership levels those who have been with the company for decades. Does not welcome or encourage views from late-comers to the company. Because it prefers its managers not "rock the boat", GD has become a risk averse culture that tolerates mediocrity because it's a safer alternative. Very much a "good ol' boy" and "good ol' girl" culture that favors known entities who have survived by going along to get along. Unless you have a few decades to devote to build your career here, don't expect to be an executive at GD.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your company/corporation to quit falling behind your competitors, quit deluding yourselves that your career talent will keep pace. You need aggressive thinkers and doers, not just sycophants who nod their head to make you feel good about the direction where you're headed. Start promoting employees who have not been with the company for decades, otherwise you'll continue to lose new entrants who quickly realize there's no future to be a senior leader with GD. Finally, your business model is not that complicated, so quit using that as an excuse for why only long-in-the-tooth GD employees can run your P&L and business functions.

  8. "IT Field Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have Great Benefits and Great Co-workers.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement on the contract.


  9. "test technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security while it lasr

    Cons

    Management needs improvement all the time

    Advice to Management

    Wake up


  10. "Supply Chain Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Kilgore, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Kilgore, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have good benefits for 401K matching. They offer opportunities if you dont mind moving around to other locations. Good hours and good experienced friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Highly stressful job created by an arcaic and broken operating system which management seems ambivalent to repairing.

    Advice to Management

    Computer systems are supposed to work for the benefit of all. Inventory systems should be managed and trustworthy. Information should be real time and up to date so anyone at any level can track orders, inventory and hours without the need for meetings.


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