General Dynamics
3.1 of 5 121 reviews
www.gendyn.com Falls Church, VA 5000+ Employees

General Dynamics Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.1 121 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

General Dynamics CEO Phebe N. Novakovic

Phebe N. Novakovic

(3 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great People, great benefits, good work"
    in 7 reviews
  • "The pay and benefits were incredible"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "HR and upper management are completely unaware of the male supervisors flirting with the female CSRs"
    in 10 reviews
  • "There are a couple big time asses that somehow manage to stay in middle management despite their incredible ineptitude and lack of people skills"
    in 6 reviews
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Very friendly and relaxed environment and a lot of team and individual work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Dynamics

ProsInteresting work with room to advance in the company

ConsWhen things are slow, it can get boring

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Challenging

BD and Marketing (Current Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I have been working at General Dynamics full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, entering new markets, good technology, treat employees with respect, provide good tools and facilities to get the job done

ConsSenior management out of touch and seem to not know how to grow the business. The old ways will not work anymore. The business model is broken.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe old ways can't keep the company a float. You need to expand your strategy to new markets and new products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bureaucratic Nightmare

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Dynamics

ProsThere were lots of things there to learn

ConsEverything needed to be done yesterday. Poor management

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Mediocrity rules at what used to be a great company!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at General Dynamics for more than 5 years

ProsSome extremely talented people in the industry have worked there at one time or another.

ConsThe extremely talented people have left, either voluntarily or not. Mediocrity ensures that you will have a long life at GD. Weak middle management continues to foster that environment. Social ties trump merit. The HR department protects itself. Belt-tightening efforts have cut muscle and bone, rather than fat. What it is left is complete inertia.

Advice to Senior ManagementElevate employees who have proven themselves, rather than those who have marked time at the company. Put people in place who can actually implement the corporate vision, not micromanage to death what is already working.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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ok place to work

Senior Designer (Current Employee)
London, ON

I have been working at General Dynamics

Proslocation with respect to housing price

Conspoor advancement possibilities based on seniority

Advice to Senior Managementtreat senior employees with respect

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What a mess, but good place to wait for retirement.

Contractor (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at General Dynamics

ProsJob Security, Free Fridays, relaxed environment

ConsWhat a mess... Professional level is very low, no decision makers, a lot of idiots around....

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your management system. Two-tier management clearly doesn't work...

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10 years at General Dynamics

BD and Marketing (Current Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I have been working at General Dynamics full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStrong technology and manufacturing company. Broad range of programs and capabilities. High growth in Gulfstream business jet segment. Programs include ships, submarines, combat vehicles, and business jets.

ConsThe defense businesses at General Dynamics are under stress due to sequestration and a shrinking defense budget. The surge in commercial business jets, however, is helping to pick up the slack.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue growth in commercial business jets and incorporate new technologies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Free meals a Plus

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Falls Church, VA (US)

I worked at General Dynamics full-time for more than a year

ProsAt the corporate office your meals are provided, it's a great benefit as there is nothing within walking distance.

ConsIt's an old boys club type of company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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General Dynamics

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at General Dynamics

ProsThe benefits are really good.. A decent pay .. a good starting point

ConsLike every where else you find those who will not give you two sense as well as those who will try their best at helping.

I find that GD really lacks in training, that their job titles do not match the job you are actually doing, positions are more segregated so when you are looking for another positions with the same title you are lacking the skills you need to acquire it.

Lacking in communications from supervisors on the job to management

Depending on what you are doing outgrowing this company is not impossible

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communications

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Any port in a storm, they were hiring in the Texas mid-80s depression, a time of 17% unemployment.

Technical Writer IV (Former Employee)
Fort Worth, TX (US)

I worked at General Dynamics full-time for more than a year

ProsI worked at the F-16 Program in Ft. Worth, now Lockheed Martin. Excellent employee stock purchase plan, if you want the share certificates they will mail them to you.

ConsStodgy, good old boy ex-military mgmt. structure, it really helps to be ex-Air Force. Terrible Union relations, wanted salaried employees to work unpaid after hrs. as security guard during strikes. Strict, authoritarian corporate culture & workplace atmosphere. Salary so low I acquired a 39% raise for the exact same job relocating to CA.

Advice to Senior ManagementLike all aerospace it needs to be more of a meritocracy. Upper mgmt. needs to improve communication from the top down & across the board.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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