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General Dynamics Mission Systems Program Manager Reviews

Updated Dec 7, 2019

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General Dynamics Mission Systems President  Chris Brady
Chris Brady
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  1. "GD Mission Systems"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary was fair Good mgmt visibility

    Cons

    Heavy workload and long hours Incentive pay not tied strictly to personal performance

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-12-08
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Just an OK place to work, pretty mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rank and file engineers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Many mid and upper managers are unqualified. You often find they are empty suits that can only talk a game and are offended when you ask for an explanation. Often willing to put profit over ethics, and it is not working. Look at the stock price.

    Advice to Management

    The new GDMS management is on the right track cleaning out some upper level hollow managers, but they need to go a level lower.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-03-26
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Management Lacking"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best engineers and people. Front Line managers were good.

    Cons

    Mid and upper level management overburdened programs with unnecessary reviews making program overhead high.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to do the work.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2018-08-13
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager - San Jose"

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    Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers, challenging and engaging work. The work we do saves people’s lives.

    Cons

    Need to proactively seek new opportunities and define your own growth path

    Advice to Management

    Help employees to map their growth but otherwise keep up the great work!

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2017-11-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Big company, small advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No problem meeting payroll, generally flexible work policies, decent (but shrinking) benefits. Layoffs are rare, and they almost never get rid of anyone, so 98% of the employees have job security. The company is run with decentralized execution, so small teams figure out how to solve their own problems with plenty of freedom of action.

    Cons

    It's run like the military (by mostly former military managers), so you get promoted based on time in grade, not on performance. There is really no connection between compensation and performance. Their goal is to pay "95% of the local mean wage," which is to say that the average worker there is paid below the market average. It is well-known that they will hire someone at a higher wage than they are paying the... current workers in the same position. Otherwise they will never be able to hire anyone (duh!) Hence, there is more turnover than necessary, but people often return at a higher wage. It is an odd system, but it seems to work. Oh, and there have been 3 or 4 re-orgs in the last 6 years, but no one at the top ever actually loses their job. De-centralized execution often leads to no one knowing how to get things done outside their immediate area and there are almost no "tools" for PM's or Finance people to use - everyone has to invent their own way to do a generic task that everyone is doing on a regular cadence.

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    Advice to Management

    It is great that you are taking surveys and that you seem to desire to make changes, but your response to surveys is generally only a surface response that doesn't respond to the root findings of the surveys. Also, would be good to actually eliminate some poor-performing management in the next re-org. Stop trying to "create culture" by writing papers and taking surveys - instead change some policies and spend a... few dollars to develop some tools.

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    General Dynamics Mission Systems2017-08-02
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager"

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    Program Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Pros

    GD has good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and no longer loyal to employees

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-09-23
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging Projects"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaged Program managers and upper level management. Still run like an independent company. Employee focused.

    Cons

    Need better communication throughout the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Share challenges and successes across the company with more team meetings. Not just when someone retires!

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-07-26
  8. "Excellent Opportunities, Poor Management Support"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent training and opportunities for diverse employment.

    Cons

    Very poor upper management support for employees. Profit driven company in a race for the bottom of employee benefits and support.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and reward your people

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-03-30
  9. "Okay company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    pays well and benefits on par with other competitors

    Cons

    lack of structured training and structured promotional track

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2015-08-28
  10. Helpful (3)

    "GD Canada, in recovery"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, interesting and challenging work, high tech in the defence sector

    Cons

    Limited short term career progression due to a lot of senior people, still suffering cultural impacts of huge layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Get the mojo back, invest in people, get them worrying about the solution, not just keeping their jobs, promote risk taking and creativity

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2015-03-17
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