General Dynamics Employee Reviews about "middle management"

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  • "Good company with really good benefits(in 25 reviews)

  • "Great work Balance, and Great people(in 24 reviews)

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  • "Upper Management promoted by the " Hey Buddy Club"(in 20 reviews)

  • "Middle management incompetency with people skills(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Sr. Collections Analyst

      Jul 6, 2016 - Senior Collector in Fairfax, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Top Fortune 100 performer. Challenging but rewarding work.

      Cons

      Middle management sequestration in 2013

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Nepotism does not PRODUCE SOLUTIONS

      Oct 3, 2020 - Hourly Employee in North Kingstown, RI
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      Pros

      They are still in business some how...

      Cons

      Upper Management promoted by the " Hey Buddy Club" Employees that are good at their job are held back unable to advance. Middle Management ignored and brushed aside until BIG Issues come to light. Computer based training is practically useless, not department specific and waste of time. Upper Management PREFERS to have morale LOW, apparently happy employees are bad employees. Quality Control is forced to be more Production oriented than Quality oriented. Company brings in more and more " Contractors " instead of allowing incoming workforce to actually gain experience. And also at a much higher pay that not only takes money away from a family, but also TAKES EXPERIENCE AWAY FROM THE NEW INCOMING WORKFORCE. That is a major issue. Overloaded with unnecessary paperwork that takes time and concentration away from doing the actual job.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Manager Dive Supervisor for shipyard dive team

      Feb 12, 2020 -  
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      Pros

      Pay scale and room for advancement

      Cons

      Middle management incompetency with people skills

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Be ready to work and CYA

      Aug 18, 2010 - Subcontracts Manager in Marion, IL
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      Pros

      Real World Mission of supporting troops and second hand making a difference. Very good Christian folks for the most part. There is a team attitude with a couple exceptions to the rule.

      Cons

      This is an organization from WWII. Little has changed since, nor is it likely. The paneling is original from the period as is the rest of the place. The expectations of some are great, while others loaf. There is a nepotism of sorts in that it is a very tight group that has run the place for decades. Change management is preached, but not implemented. There are a couple big time asses that somehow manage to stay in middle management despite their incredible ineptitude and lack of people skills.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      work with the latest technology and contribute to our national defense while at the same time making a decent salary

      Jun 13, 2008 - Lead Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
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      Pros

      General Dynamics can provide one with the opportunity to work with the latest technology and contribute to our national defense while at the same time making a decent salary. The work can be fascinating at times.

      Cons

      The upper management (at least in GD-AIS) were mostly promoted from within. Their level of accomplishment was at best average during their years in middle management and program management yet some of them display a remarkable degree of arrogance now that they are in senior positions. It can be hard to tolerate at times...

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Run away from this place!

      Feb 1, 2014 - Customer Service Representative for the ACA in Phoenix, AZ
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      Pros

      Benefits, great co workers, nice parking garage.

      Cons

      Middle management and training-supervisors are very unprofessional and they do not all follow the same set of rules, some supervisors look away for unprofessional behavior and attendance, while others will write you up or give points for any reason at all. I also think you should be able to do the job in order to supervise the job, telling me to look up an answer because you don't know it does not inspire loyalty. HR and upper management are completely unaware of the male supervisors flirting with the female CSRs. This job was a complete nightmare. Run, don't walk, to another company. This building was a nightmare also, several bedbug infestations, overflowing toilets, too hot or too cold all the time. Terrible equipment.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Stable work, lots of documentation, can get boring

      Sep 10, 2015 - Technical Staff 
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      Pros

      Good benefits, good people. Great working with the Military. The purpose of what we were developing made for a good attitude and environment. Work-life balance was easy to maintain.

      Cons

      Work and company can move very slow. Lots of middle management layers. Lots of old technology in use on projects. Company not very flexible or agile - started losing out on new R&D and interesting advanced tech.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Get a clue

      Jun 10, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
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      Pros

      a great group of people

      Cons

      A few VP's (the good ones) retired when faced with the direction the company is going. Middle management too busy kissing upper managements rears to get ahead (or to actually stay employed) so the focus on what's happening outside of the company is lost. They want to save money but they choose to ignore some of the unnecessary spending that goes on in middle management, specifically business development. For as many "smart" vp's that are there you think someone would of figured out by now that your employees are ripping you off. Middle management can't make a decision unless they consult numerous other people (popular vote seems to win).HR dept - doesn't protect the employee, protects the company. One can receive an "exceeds performance" on their PC and still get terminated while someone who gets "below" can retain their employment.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee

      could be a realy excellant place to form a career

      Jun 13, 2008 - CNC Operator in Anniston, AL
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      Pros

      The benefits are among the best there is, and while the site management is too busy trying to be every bodys buddy to be effective, the corporation as a whole strives to take care of their employees while maintaining profitability.

      Cons

      Site management has failed to maintain a level of professionalism to be expected of them. A serious lack of integrity within mabagement, resulting in a lack of respect for management by employees. Middle management at the site spends too much time listening to employees whoh are trying to impress them with what said employee knows, and too little time acually observing employees in the performance of assigned duties.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Career development

      Oct 26, 2017 -  in Bloomington, MN
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      Pros

      Every other Friday off. The people are generally friendly and the atmosphere is overall good. The facility is somewhat up to date and there is investment in employee health.

      Cons

      Some middle management needs to be removed. Old thought processes interfere with streamlining procedures. Things are harder than they need to be.

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