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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Middle management sequestration in 2013 (in 9 reviews)

  • No cons to mention about the company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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!"


  4. 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.


  5. "A/P Assistant"

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

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Job security depends on contracts won

    Advice to Management

    Give individuals proper notice at date of interview how safe their job position is


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to grow and acquire new skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunities for growth if you know where to look.

    Cons

    No employee development plan or program to further develop top performers. Not sure about the future of current contract due to the current political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to development an employee development plan/program to help keep top performers.


  7. "Senior Materials Planner"

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

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits with an excellent PTO offering

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities within certain business units. Much talk about growth with little action.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees freedom to grow professionally and encourage cross training to allow employees to move within the organization.

  8. "Clean"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Easy job, nice supervisor

    Cons

    Super Dirty work place yuck


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Alright for the chaos"

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    Former Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Principal Firmware Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Common snack area, flexible area, neat technology

    Cons

    Not sure why, but many co-workers in the bloomington location lack any personality and are used to running their own technological kingdom vs sharing technologies

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people that know how to talk face to face vs. exclusively through instant messaging or email


  10. "Great Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Receiving bonuses during day with expected high call volumes

    Cons

    Having to follow a precise schedule and keeping your adherence at a 90% or higher


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