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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated 22 January, 2015
Updated 22 January, 2015
174 Reviews
3.2
174 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 11 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits were incredible (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • HR and upper management are completely unaware of the male supervisors flirting with the female CSRs (in 12 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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  1.  

    Good work experience with room to grow professionally

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to lots of different technology, interesting projects, and employees have a decent ability to manage career, hard work is noticed and rewarded. Good benefits and opportunities available.

    Cons

    Defence budget is constantly being cut. Impossible deadlines are continually being set and therefore always delivering late (common to most large software projects).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult designers for project estimates and consider shelving legacy products and starting new.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

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

    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
  3.  

    Bureaucratic Nightmare

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics

    Pros

    There were lots of things there to learn

    Cons

    Everything needed to be done yesterday. Poor management

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  5.  

    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

    I have been working at General Dynamics (more than 5 years)

    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
  6.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Dynamics

    Pros

    Interesting work with room to advance in the company

    Cons

    When things are slow, it can get boring

  7. 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

    I have been working at General Dynamics

    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
  8. 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

    I worked at General Dynamics

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Fairfax, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Fairfax, VA (US)

    I have been working at General Dynamics

    Pros

    Compensation, culture, depth of training available

    Cons

    Organization build heavily on matrix support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When reorganizing to reduce costs recommend that the total person be considered as to their future value to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    GD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great technical talent.
    Team oriented approach with my division
    Collaborative problem solving.
    Flexible schedules - 5 day/4 day alernate work weeks

    Cons

    Corporate groups are stove-piped and do not work together
    Tough to build honest internal relationships across organizations
    Work is nearly all government in my division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Designate client / account owners in order to make organizations collaborate in win-win teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company with good people.

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

    I have been working at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    The onsite team are smart, dedicated and professional.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful. Very high deductible medical plans. Management does not support career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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