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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • upper management are blood thirsty to say the least (in 14 reviews)

  • Middle management sequestration in 2013 (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Riverview, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Riverview, FL

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

    Pros

    The location and weather is great and awesome.

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say about the company..


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    The people are nice and there is a cafeteria.

    Cons

    No ability to try new things.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Large, toxic organization"

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

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

    Pros

    The location is great. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, failure is rewarded, largely incompetent and lazy workforce/management, no understanding of customers, nobody makes decisions

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Open your eyes and admit your failures, learn from the failures, and adjust the course.


  4. "CSR"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lynn Haven, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lynn Haven, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours are reasonable and the pay is great for the work being done

    Cons

    Very strict on time constraints and no flexibility. Must stay put for 8 hrs a day and sometimes very boring with someone always looking over your shoulder.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as you would want to be treated. There are all types of people that work there and they all have different backgrounds and are quite intelligent.


  5. "It was okay! Honestly."

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    Former Employee - Internal Support Group Agent in Lynn Haven, FL
    Former Employee - Internal Support Group Agent in Lynn Haven, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros....vaguely saying, it wad okay. I adjust to change fine, but is a company suppose to change as much as it did!

    Cons

    Not enough ETO or sick leave. I wouldn't go back. When I left I had a sense of relief, sad to say!


  6. "Satcom"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects, mostly good people to work with.

    Cons

    Some locations have very old facilities, some have cramped work spaces, some have both issues.

    Advice to Management

    Ask people what it will take to keep them there, every year, so that adjustments can be made to keep valuable engineers from leaving for other opportunities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of understanding of some of the business"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The area and location I worked in had really good immediate and mid-level bosses, so flexibility was there and being rewarded for hard work was there.

    Cons

    Any "corporate" management had no understanding of how our location worked or made money and they made it hard to do a good job for the customer. Local management were very quick to farm out interesting projects to contractors. Corporate was highly afraid to leverage existing talent and some existing software. Not enough time off and vacation time has to be used as sick time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being afraid of risk. Allow the people who know how to do their jobs to do them. Stop being bogged down in process, process doesn't make money. Allow salaried employees flexibility with regards to sick time and when hours are worked, even allowing work from home.

  8. "Senior Advanced Hadware Engineer / Scientist I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    The Santa Clara Location has great projects and really good people / culture.

    Cons

    The GD corporate culture is taking over, making things more stringent.


  9. "All big defense firms are converging to the same entity - GD's ok"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, reasonable hours, decent medical (HSA) and 401K

    Cons

    Top heavy, out of touch management - kind of layoff-happy when things get lean
    HIGH deductible medical

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - REALLY listen; don't hire a consulting firm to "listen" to your employees and then 3 months later shove a lot of undesirable stuff on them because "that's what you told us you really wanted!"


  10. Helpful (3)

    "No loyalty to high achievers."

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    Former Employee - Fabricator in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Fabricator in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Composites work, some excellent managers.

    Cons

    H.R. and H.R. aligned management too powerful. Micromanagement to an invasive level. Pay low, for aerospace. No competency testing, for management or engineering.

    Advice to Management

    As long as there is a divided management team, with some managers taking an Us vs. Them approach with the line employees, you will continue to enjoy an annual turnover rate of 30% or more. The laziest and least productive employees make the same Low for Sector wages as the most accomplished hard chargers. Go to merit based increases, and for the love of Pete, spend some money on improving facilities and infrastructure! When an employee exceeds a percentage rejection rate: Get rid of them. Stop hiring to satisfy quotas that aren't even being pushed by the government, any more.


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