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General Dynamics Mission Systems Reviews

Updated 20 Jun 2019

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  • "People don't know where their job stands when they fire upper management or relocate them(in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good career progression, diverse business.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to rotate between different branches of the business such as Land Systems/Mission Systems.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-02-28
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting, sometimes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time

    Pros

    Work variety, pleasant atmosphere, flexi working time and hours. Pleasant colleagues. Generally feel part of a team.

    Cons

    Future planning seems to be none existant at times, leaving some doubt as to whether the job will still exist the following year.

    Advice to Management

    Plan better for future wotk and don't leave it until the end of th eyear to work out what to do next.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-02-27
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Just don't go there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Pros

    Pays the bills. If you don't have the professional/technical ability or qualifications for a role, it will not prevent you getting in or getting ahead at this company. Recent change of Eng Dir has been positive. Pleasant enough canteen with cheap good coffee, although there is an over-reliance on chips and other unhealthy options.

    Cons

    There is little to no regard for professional and technical excellence or development. The organisation in Wales is led by schmoozers and aggressive types, who do not have the underpinning professional credibility for their roles. Many people have (or develop) coping strategies oriented around setting their more able colleagues up to fail, and stabbing in the back. The "lowerarchy" are frequently allocated roles...

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    Advice to Management

    Ensure staff get appropriate work. Allow them more say in what they are assigned. Stop advancing staff who are just not technically/professionally respected by the people they will lead. Mandate suitable academic qualifications for each role. Open recruitment internally to fair competition before going external. That may slow the exodus of folk who are not getting appropriate work. Introduce zero-tolerance...

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    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-09-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lacked coherence!"

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    Former Employee - Business Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good overall compensation package, with strong industry leading salaries, pension and sharesave schemes. Modern buildings with reasonable facilities and the benefit of working for a big name in the defence arena.

    Cons

    Too much Gov't lobbying - not enough real world solutions. There was a lack of leadership, direction and focus with an innate ability to turn good profitable business into inefficient, uncompetitive and isolated units. Strategic decisions were made very slowly and were often poor. A series of redundancies left the organisation without the requisite skills base to function effectively and morale was very poor for several...

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    Advice to Management

    Work more closely with your teams....understand the customer requirements...strive for excellence!

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2014-07-23
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Some interesting work, lacking vision and direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and cutting edge projects for a time but these were deemed too risky as the focus turned towards system integration and larger projects. There is currently a large re-organisation underway which is what is needed to address the problems but it could mean that the smaller sites are at risk of being closed.

    Cons

    Mismanaged recently departed management team, inconsistent and incoherent strategies. Short sighted decisions have left the company with very little product to build on.

    Advice to Management

    Make the technology and engineering the focus of the company and give the staff the freedom and support to shape the direction of the company in partnership with BD.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2014-04-16
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of vision, hampering growth"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Newbridge, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    friendly and knowledgeable people to work with Have a positive and 'can do' attitude Flexible working arrangements can be made

    Cons

    management have set a strategy that no one can believe in and follow through Workforce de-motivated through lack of contracts little training or development management Year end appraisal has little to do with the actual pay & bonus awarded

    Advice to Management

    Define a positive, diverse strategy

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2013-07-12
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Still the same as the previous reviews"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good engineers, decent facilities, half decent wage

    Cons

    As everyone to date has said - and it hasn't changed in the past 5 years - the senior management is awful, generally bullying the troops into producing documents to back up thier own thoughts rather than taking onboard evidence from skilled and experienced engineers and using it to progress the projects. Too many managers, too few engineers. Too much based on winning bids without plans to back them up, limited resources...

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    Advice to Management

    Just quit and give some of the half decent engineers a chance to do the work you pay them for.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2013-01-24
  8. Helpful (3)

    "If you have talent then not for you, lower intellect can do better"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Hastings, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Pros

    large company and if you have no talent then you can join it and get to retirement

    Cons

    The package is has mandatory salary scarifies that you will have not agreed to when you start and there attitude is you should have not taken it. the company creams the pension rather then propping it up. they have dubious dealing including paying back handlers to customer friends to help wining contracts but cant even get it right to work. Some of the staff are really good but most are bums on seats and talent-less...

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    Advice to Management

    build something that works rather then been so afraid of failure and risk.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2010-09-04
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Heroes and others"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Hastings, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems

    Pros

    If you don’t have much talent or even knowledge of you specialist area this is a place you can be part of a head count. It pays well but benefits are salary scarified so it might turn out that it does not pay as well as you agreed to also not that relocation has habit of being reduced back after 6months. You will not be work too hard, unless you are actually useful. You can go to coffee when ever you want, in-fact...

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    Cons

    Do not rely on honesty or integrity, senor management scarified that years ago to get where they are. All that maters is the EBIT figure to retain there position. Other lower down the chain are frightened to stick the head out even when they see wrong been done. Some of your pears will be virtually unemployable anywhere else particularly in administration, HR, quality. If you want to do interesting work and work hard...

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    Advice to Management

    Tighten up the ship break down the fear culture by sacking those that say wait a minute or disagree with you, lean what you business is. Reword handwork rather then those that suck up best

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2010-06-01
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great tech, better culture"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work on truly cutting edge technology in defense of the nation, good ideas rise to the top, comparatively low internal corporate bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Still more bureaucratic than purely commercial endeavors, workforce diversity (age, gender, and race) is improving but needs to be better.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing new... hire young, hungry engineers, deliberately find/create unclassified programs for them to work while waiting for security clearance approval.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-06-05
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