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You’re just a number to this company
Technical Publications (Ancien employé) –  London, ON18 août 2019
What kind of company lays off a lot of people at onetime, that have dedicated their working lives to, especially a few that had at least 22 years (10 as contract workers!) with 4 years to go before retirement. These people have worked for 40 years, guess how hard it’s going to be for them to find the same kind of work...
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Unmeasurable pride in the world class armour vehicles produced here.
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A LOT of people can’t believe they let some of the people go that they did, huge number of people looking elsewhere now.
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Best of times/worst of times
Supervisor (Ancien employé) –  London, ON17 juin 2019
Complicated company with great coworkers, super work life balance and amazing pay. If you can loose some humanity and soul you will succeed! It’s business not friendship.
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Pay, benefits and it’s interesting work
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Loss of humanity
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Feels Like a Sinking Ship
specialist (Employé actuel) –  London, ON4 juin 2019
The most enjoyable part of the job are the people who work at GD. They're great.

Some middle level managers are chosen based on either seniority or personal relationships rather then technical skill, or management ability. Recently, many people have been sent to management training to try and improve their skills. Irregardless, those who refuse to 'get with the program' are kept in their same position after many failures because it would look bad to undo a promotion. The lack of movement for specialists has caused the responsibilities of these middle-level managers to be given to Specialists to try and keep them interested. Middle managers are list chasers.

Manager level employees are generally more experienced, which is helpful when there's an opportunity to interact with them. At this level, the 'old boys club' becomes really obvious. If you're not at hockey with the boys on Monday night, or at 'so-and-so's' house on the weekend, you miss out on a lot.

At the Director level, staff are so far removed from what's going on at the lower levels it's hard for them to be actively engaged in anything. Most of their time is spent in meetings, usually focused on the bottom line.

There's lots of gossip about questionable relationships between senior management and lower levels. These are swept under the rug using department transfers and building moves.

Everything that's done is based on end of quarter and end of year metrics. Visits to customers or suppliers are almost unheard of, even when it's needed because it costs too much.

Recent changes to the compensation
  plus... structure allow for high potential "hi-pot" performers (there's a list) to be rewarded using merit based raises and bonuses.

There's also a list of people who they don't really know what to do with when there's not a lot of work. These are genuinely nice people who do an ok job, and can do pretty much anything to a reasonablly ok level. They're moved all over the company. They've been chipping away at this list over the past few reductions in force.

IT and tools are archaic. Spending money on new systems is unheard of.
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Good place to work for a few years; great colleagues
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Cafeteria prices are crazy; too much focus on bottom line
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Good compensation but that's about it
Specialist (Ancien employé) –  London, ON23 avril 2019
I can not recommend working at General Dynamics. The people in charge are only interested in cost saving initiatives, when they need to be focused on improving the quality of work produced and cooperation of the workforce. The IT policies are archaic and tightly controlled by the Finance department (very paradoxical in my opinion) - it is rare for projects to get approval, and the tools used are inadequate and horrifically out of date. IT and software are viewed as a cost burden, and their budgets are crushed to the absolute minimum that they can be without crippling the business. If you want to further your career as an IT professional, forget any kind of career path or growth - the only place to go is sideways. If you don't get blocked by management, that is.

They say that they are focused on innovation, but the only way they have demonstrated that is by creating a five person "innovation cell" that they locked away in a back room. It is a very siloed environment where departmental goals often conflict, and it is near impossible to find someone in another department that will cooperate with you... unless that person will directly benefit from the outcome of your project. The company has also developed a habit of doing cutbacks on an almost annual basis (likely due to their difficulty in obtaining new business) and they refuse to communicate what makes an employee a candidate for one of those cutbacks. Recently they have started trying to improve some of their policies relating to work/life balance in a last ditch effort to try and improve morale and retain good talent,
  plus... but after a decade of service it feels like too little, too late. I decided to get out while I was still ahead, and I'm not alone.

In summary: choosing to work at GD will result in endless hours of sitting on your hands because the tools and processes are crippling, while wondering if the business is still going to be around in a few years, and if it is, whether they will choose to keep you.
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Good compensation package
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Terrible management, toxic culture, no opportunities for growth or advancement in IT, bleak future
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An inevitable dead-end
Specialist (Employé actuel) –  London, ON27 mars 2019
Lucky prospects will find themselves in a team with young, eager colleagues who want to make a difference. Unlucky prospects will find themselves with the rest of the large engineering body, buried beneath decades of mismanagement, apathy and vitriol towards employees.

Work is often unrewarding as there is no room or time for praise or appreciation. Given the nature of how much Research & Development occurs within the engineering group there is often no satisfaction to be had with projects that never make it to production.

The negative opinion about the job security is absolutely justified. Contract positions are nothing more than cannon fodder to throw at short term man power shortages with no evaluation of the competencies of contractors or the possibility of bringing them into the fold. Salary positions are incredibly unlikely to see advancement without switching between teams and divisions, and as of late have just as much job security as contract positions. Expect to see colleagues terminated without cause, only to have their position appear on internal and external job sites within months.

They often tout their flexible work schedule, which entails punishment for using it, expectations of never leaving the facility and working atrocious amounts of overtime.

Expect management to use and abuse you while they make the same mistakes year after year.
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Good Benefits / poor management
Associate Specialist (Employé actuel) –  London, ON10 février 2018
All in all General Dynamics provides great benefits and bonuses. They are always looking for ways to save money but don't seem to notice workers not carrying their weight. Top heavy with managers many of who are inept.Lots of opportunity for training and advancement if you are full-time, but unfortunately they abuse the use of contractors for years at a time.
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Great pay/ benefits and work/life balance
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low moral due to poor management
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Restructured
IT Finance Specialist (Ancien employé) –  London, ON27 septembre 2017
Left a job with a 10 years of tenure to work for General Dynamics. My father worked for the company for 37 years and my brother worked has worked there over a decade.

Had my position eliminated along with 47 other salaried employees due to restructuring due to it be tough times but after recording record profits.

Slap in the face,
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Excellent Pay
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No value put on employees
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Good work/life balance but no guarantees as a contractor
Engineering Liaison Specialist (Contractor) (Ancien employé) –  London, ON10 septembre 2017
The work is great. Good opportunity to learn and develop your career. Flexible working hours make for good work life balance. The people a nice a for the most part are willing to help new people with their questions. If your a contractor continue to apply for full-time jobs in-hours and elsewhere. The culture will try to convince you that you'll be rolled-over to full-time in 2-2.5 years but the reality is there is no guarantees. The workload is based on winning government contracts. If they loose bids then the work slows and contractors are let go first.
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Flexible working hours
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Contractors arent guaranteed to be rolled over to full-time
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Culture of cronyism and favoritism
Technical Writer (Ancien employé) –  London, ON20 juillet 2017
Pay and job flexibility are the high points of this job. At least in the Technical Publications department.
Technical work can be rewarding, but advancement and movement within the company is difficult if you aren't sucking up to management, or worse, if you are calling out problems or inconsistencies.
Management and HR culture is very stagnant and insular. The size and age of the company seems to have created a back scratching environment full of helping out buddies and family, to the detriment of actual innovation and listening to new, fresh, voices.
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Good pay, flexible work hours
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Incompetent management, Too worried about image and "optics", Passing the buck rather than getting things done right, Rewards sycophants over people willing to call out problems
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Weak and poorly trained management.
Production Coordinator (Ancien employé) –  Edmonton, AB17 janvier 2017
Easy job but little room for advancement unless you're buddies with management. Promotions are based on a cheesy "going through the motions" interview when the managers already know who they want. Distinct lack of professionalism and honesty. Managers talk about employees behind their backs as if the employee won't hear about it. Was fortunate to have a truly world-class group of co-workers (for the most part.)
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Easy, clean, warm & dry. I'd go back if they re-opened despite the negatives.
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You can get into a rut so deep you'll be hanging pictures on the walls of it.
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