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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated 12 August, 2014
Updated 12 August, 2014
149 Reviews

2.9
149 Reviews
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General Dynamics CEO Phebe N. Novakovic
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • benefits, training, responsibility, great people to work with; team-oriented (in 9 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits were incredible (in 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BD and Marketing  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - BD and Marketing in Ottawa, ON

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Bureaucratic Nightmare

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There were lots of things there to learn

    Cons

    Everything needed to be done yesterday. Poor management

  3.  

    Mediocrity rules at what used to be a great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Elevate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very friendly and relaxed environment and a lot of team and individual work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work with room to advance in the company

    Cons

    When things are slow, it can get boring

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  London, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in London, ON

    Pros

    location with respect to housing price

    Cons

    poor advancement possibilities based on seniority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat senior employees with respect

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Contractor in Ottawa, ON

    Pros

    Job Security, Free Fridays, relaxed environment

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your management system. Two-tier management clearly doesn't work...

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience at GD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Buffalo, NY (US)

    Pros

    Diverse jobs to work on. Good lower and mid-level management. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Not knowing if we'll have work tomorrow. Lack of appreciation for extraordinary efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing and appreciate your subordinates better.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    You get what you put into it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Orlando, FL (US)

    Pros

    Challenging environment, good team and training, office culture was demanding but fair. Opportunities to move up were there if you worked hard. Work life balance was great.

    Cons

    Personal growth was a little hard since they would tend to stigmatize you into 1 role and look down on anyone trying to move into another area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time rewarding those who seek to better themselves and not hold it against someone who tries to move into another department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Like working for the union

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large company, business processes; ability to learn how the big guys do business.

    Cons

    Even though its a large company, in a day to day context, it's a small world. and it's all about who you know in terms of how successful professionally an individual will be. sometimes they forget, it's the employees, particularly the ones on contract that are making it possible for the executives, and the shareholders to make money. Obviously, corporate management matters, but sometimes the decisions needs to be made that benefit the employee, so that you can make them want to come back to work every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Chester, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chester, VA (US)

    Pros

    I was always ready and happy to help people

    Cons

    The management was very horrible and unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's ok for you to ask questions too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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