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Updated 14 Jul 2019

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  1. "Lack of progression, poorly managed"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer 

      I have been working at General Dynamics Mission Systems full-time

      Pros

      good friendly people. flexible working

      Cons

      very messy management, little incentive to stay

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-07-14
    • Helpful (2)

      "Good place to work, sometimes coworkers contracts abruptly end because of money issues."

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsfield, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      On a team with engineers around my age and share similar interests

      Cons

      Coworkers contracts end abruptly then everybody gets put on a team with a large amount of money, hard to keep work. Apparently a lot of companies mismanage money frequently.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-06-24
    • "Software Test Engineer at GD"

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      Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bloomington, MN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems for less than a year

      Pros

      They use the 9/80 system which gives you every other Friday off.

      Cons

      Management lies about converting contract workers to permanent positions. Project management is horrible.

      Advice to Management

      Keep your fingers on the pulse and know what your subordinates are doing. Don't rely on team leads or project managers to do your job for you.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-06-28
    • Helpful (1)

      "Some projects are great, but most are dull"

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

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

      Pros

      Startup culture, flexible hours, great people

      Cons

      Dull work a lot of times

      Advice to Management

      Bring in better projects

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-05-19
    • "Excellent workplace, promotes growth and provides employee appreciation"

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      Former Employee - Software Test Automation Engineer in Ottawa, ON
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at General Dynamics Mission Systems for less than a year

      Pros

      The team I worked with was absolutely amazing. The manager(s) provided and encouraged putting hours towards personal development, and even shared resources for doing so. The managers were very involved in the team even when they were very busy with other tasks. Everybody I've worked with at GD (including peers on other teams) are extremely helpful and willing to assist whenever help is needed. I highly recommend GD. Flexible...

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      Cons

      Cafeteria is a bit pricey

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the good work!

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-04-23
    • Helpful (3)

      "Forever grateful for my time at GDMS Viz"

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      Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      I really can't imagine a better place to start out my career and was with the Viz office for almost 11 years. I was surrounded by incredibly talented and friendly people who were more than happy to share their knowledge with me. On top of that I was faced with complex problems that challenged me, got to work with some of the latest web technologies and distributed systems before they were common place, and was provided...

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      Cons

      GDMS is a defense contractor, and with that comes some annoyances that are just part of government contracts. That said office management does an excellent job of shielding their employees from as much of that as they can. Also, over the years salary compensation has fallen a little behind other top notch jobs in Pittsburgh, but I know office management is working hard to change that and I suspect they will be back ahead...

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      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-04-07
    • "Depends Entirely on the Federal Program on Which You Are Working"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Good big company benefits, PTO accrual is standard for the industry, reasonably flexible working hours accommodating to individual circumstances. Technically, the work is entirely dependent on the program/project you're working on. Could be cutting edge, could be maintaining legacy code.

      Cons

      This is a big defense contractor and the wheels turn slowly. Although GDMS often touts Agile there is still quite a bit of top-down, waterfall methodology around. Sometimes the culture is very risk averse and stodgy. Although I would not dissuade a recent college grad from working here, keep in mind the development environment is very process oriented, lots of overhead. (These are complex systems for the military and...

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      Advice to Management

      Loosen up with the R&D, shake up middle managers with some Agile training, let the engineers talk to the customers (Agile!) and buy some more modern office furniture.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-04-11
    • Helpful (1)

      "Day to day experience"

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      Current Employee - Intermediate Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Management works very hard to make the employees feel necessary and listened to. Project keeps work interesting by frequent new experiences.

      Cons

      Project tends to be behind which can cause stress during deadline times. This is caused by a tend to promote that employees work overtime which causes management to not want to hire more people due to lack of funds.

      Advice to Management

      If overtime become accepted from every team member for an unlimited amount for more than a month you need to hire more people.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-03-13
    • "Good benefits, good pay"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer-I in Bloomington, MN
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great health and dental insurance. Decent PTO. Above average pay.

      Cons

      There is a lot of bureaucracy. It can help but often harms productivity.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-02-28
    • "Adequate First Job"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

      Pros

      Nice people. Big company with some options if you've got the desire. Good work/life balance with many people putting in 40.0 hours per week. Flexible time-off.

      Cons

      A lot of bureaucracy. Things don't get done very fast and the communication with management can be slow. Lots of older engineers using older technologies that were deemed safe and reliable years many years ago.

      General Dynamics Mission Systems2019-02-04
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