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General Dynamics Reviews

Updated 18 Oct 2019

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General Dynamics CEO Phebe N. Novakovic
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  1. "outstanding company"

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    I worked at General Dynamics

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexible work hours relaxed atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    A lot of travel and the contract came to an end

    General Dynamics2016-09-25
  2. "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at General Dynamics part-time

    Pros

    Good pay not much more i can say

    Cons

    Miss a day and they will find an excuse to get you out

    General Dynamics2019-01-28
  3. "Good Employer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hastings, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employer with nice people. Interesting.

    Cons

    Bit out dated and slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Try implementing modern work pratices quicker

    General Dynamics2017-12-16
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Apprentice Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Apprentice Engineer in Blackwood, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work. The 9-day fortnights are really nice. The quarterly "thank you" drinks/BBQ and Christmas/New Year parties are good fun.

    Cons

    Constantly working to make up lost ground due to poor planning. Programmes are poorly run.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training (not just Pluralsight licenses) and listen to staff.

    General Dynamics2017-08-25
  5. "Solid employer"

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    I worked at General Dynamics

    Pros

    Good management, solid benefits, trustworthy

    Cons

    Parts of company are very slow moving

    General Dynamics2017-08-06
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A Software Engineering Disaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackwood, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at General Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Good salary (for the area) and a decent pension. There’s no pressure to do more hours than you are paid for. This is a common thing in software, many companies will ask you to stay on to get something done (with no additional pay.

    Cons

    Software Engineering practices don’t exist – no one care’s about design patterns, standards, principles and system design. Cobbling something together is encouraged and fixing bugs is a low-priority. Dominated by contractors who are given the most exciting work to do, which makes them indispensable. So as a permanent employee you feel ripped off. No scope for self-improvement – this is a software engineer's... bread and butter and keeping your skills up-to-date and sharp in a fast moving industry is vital. Graduates are seen as cheap labour - join as a Graduate Software Engineer and you will be promised the earth, but in reality you more than likely won’t be developing, but instead testing.

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    Advice to Management

    The person calling the shots needs a sound understanding of Software Engineering as well as managerial skills. Developing software is not the same as running a supermarket.

    General Dynamics2016-02-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly work environment with dull work."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GD offer good benefits and share scheme, the work isn't very difficult and people are generally very friendly. Lab work can be good fun (but not always ).

    Cons

    Work can be tedious and there isn't always confidence that you have career progrrssion available if you are on a low key project. The appraisal process is very long winded.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open about open people can progress

    General Dynamics2015-11-13
  8. "good company that need refocusing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cardiff, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company in the early days

    Cons

    high expectations with no promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    recognise talent and ensure career development opportunities exist

    General Dynamics2015-09-11
  9. "Graduate Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Role gave experience in several positions over the 2 year graduate scheme, which is great to find what aspects of Engineering your interested in.

    Cons

    Defence is slow business and highly political, which makes it difficult to have much influence on development of the project.

    General Dynamics2015-02-26
  10. "Good if you like challenging technical work"

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    Technical Associate in Chippenham, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Dynamics

    Pros

    Excellent engineering team. Very technical across the company.

    Cons

    Decisions not delegated. Some team members are difficult to work with and that is know within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Takes employee feedback seriously

    General Dynamics2015-01-12
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