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General Dynamics Mission Systems Senior Staff Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 10 Jan 2018

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Balanced Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many startup-like perks such as free beverages, flexible work hours, casual dress, and a lively social atmosphere Variety of projects to work on Lots of very smart co-workers Company is financially stable Very good overall benefit package

    Cons

    At the project level, sometimes painfully risk-averse Government customers end up tying our hands in times w/r/t ability to innovate or use modern tools Bureaucracy is here, and occasionally chafes a bit

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2018-01-10
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at GDMS for a very short time (<1yr), but really loved how employees got treated there. Management really tried hard to keep employees happy. GDMS is located in Scottsdale, which is in the nicer part of Phoenix. 9/80 work schedule which allows you to take every other Friday off. The "decompression room" has nice big screen TV, with X-box and Playstation along with pingpong table and foosball table. 401k matching...

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    Cons

    The company can't seem to win any work contracts. Maybe marketing department needs to step up their level. Due to this, your job might not be very stable. Engineering tools (SW/HW) and workstations are a bit dated, not keeping up with the outside world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and keep on improving.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2017-08-17
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Slow, boring, and stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    plenty of job security when the defense industry is doing well

    Cons

    tedious process, boring work, many lifers just trying to defend their cubicle

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2017-03-19
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer in Taunton, Ma"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Taunton, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy commute. Very flexing on working hours. Good facilities. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Bonus is selective and not advertised it all within the company. This is mostly an integration company. Not a good fit for SW engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Management is totally out of touch with the people that actually do the work. In this case, engineers.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-10-18
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    "Great People. Questionable Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone at the Pittsburgh "Viz" site was a pleasure to work with. The managers, the leads, the technical staff, the business staff, the support staff-everyone.

    Cons

    The company is short-sighted with long-term business development. They cut back too aggressively in downturns and lose talent and progress in order to make their short-term numbers look better.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people and your long term. Don't give huge buyouts to execs in downturns when you're laying-off line workers.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2016-03-09
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer Staff in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good, technically competent people. Projects are really challenging, interesting and fun. Interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. They have not diversified and appear to not be interested in diversifying. They have no loyalty to employees who've worked for the company for years. There are few interesting projects left. They are loosing their best employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan. You will not stay in business at your current rate of decline.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2014-02-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    ""Quality formalized Infrastructure to develop hardware and software solutions.""

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of boundaries - Very formal processes, if you like to go with the flow then it's a great place to work (this could also be a con - you decide).

    Cons

    You don't get compensated for the personal risks you bear by having information related to a security clearance.

    Advice to Management

    Look seriously at agile development. You might think you know what it is, but a cursory look wont get you there. Jumping in fully as a company is required to fully see the benefits.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2013-10-08
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Slowly changing from Waterfall to Agile 3 weeks PTO for new hires. Can accrue to twice as much PTO and it carries over year to year

    Cons

    Pay freeze, limited promotions Limited to no investment in future technologies in favor of meeting short-term numbers. Senior management is slow to remove poor team leads Process for the sake of process Poor long term vision Reactionary leadership, not anticipatory leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new technologies and embrace Agile development. Remove dogmatic team leads and promote only qualified leaders into ALL leadership roles. Marzilli needs to go.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems2013-04-30
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