Program Manager (Former Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – 19 May 2013
The engineers and program level people at GD are outstanding. Management allows a few poorly performing program consume resources that would have allowed other program to succeed. This has created a crisis in customer relations and employee morale.
Director, Education Services (Former Employee) – Ottawa and Virginia – 20 March 2017
I worked at this organization for two years, and really enjoyed meeting with experienced consultants and senior team members on a variety of topics. I was able to travel and broaden my technical knowledge on Education technology systems and processes.
Material Planner (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 24 January 2017
Yes.. I was challenged thoughout the 9.5 years. It was a production environment; very structured but rewarding. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with other to achieve weekly & monthly planning goals. We always overcame the difficulties and pushed thru to meet or surpass those target goals. I learned that to be part of a structured workplace that prides itself on Safety plus continued hard work can pay off. Performance Bonuses are good incentives as well.
Monthly & Years Bonuses
Salary - Extra unpaid hours that were put in to reach our daily goals
Very Professional Managment easy to get along with
s1 Mechanic (Former Employee) – Kandahār – 6 January 2017
Work 12 hour days, though doesn't feel like it I learned a lot about Stryker Vehicles Management very approachable good open door policy Co Workers I worked with were skilled professionals Having to say good bye Being apart of a very good team of individuals
Not hurried and very good pay
Being away from home for protracted periods of time
High paced manufacturing and gret working environment
Supervisor - Production Supervisor (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 September 2016
Atypical day at work involves start of shift meeting with production floor, production meeting, meetings with other sites, administrative functions, health and safety functions, email correspondence with internal and external customers.
Electrical Designer (Former Employee) – London, ON – 8 September 2016
If you want to be treated like a slave working 60 hour mandatory weeks then this company is for you. There is so many reasons to not work here the only reason I took the job as there was very little at he time available in my geographical area and I needed some money
Design Engineer - Power Pack (Contract) (Former Employee) – London, ON – 3 February 2016
Worked at GD on a 1 year design engineering contract. I had the opportunity to expose myself to design and development so I liked the fact that the experience catered to my interests. Given the type of employment and me being a recent grad. I was quite happy with the pay and the employees are exceptionally friendly.
Things to know/watch out for:
Understand the dynamics of the workplace especially if you are junior and you want to learn. Releasing parts and systems is the fun part and a very good way to learn. Typically the team lead assigns who is going to design what however, it is a responsibility that everybody vies for. The team leads would typically be inclined to assign such responsibilities to more experienced staff. So make sure you ask and insist on being involved.
You will have to assume responsibility if you are junior and you want to learn. If you don't assume responsibility you will end up pushing paper throughout your presence at the company.
Since its a defence industry. There is no constant demand for design and production. So design ramps up when a contract is won followed by production after which layoff season starts until another contract is won. Senior staff tend to stay back to support R&D efforts where as less experienced personnel are let go of.. Having said that, I would not rate it well for job security.
Overall, nice unique experience, plenty that you can learn from. I am glad I worked there.
Great opportunity to learn. Good pay, plenty of flexibility (hours). Alot of nice people
Some barriers to being involved which needs to be overcome. Very low job security.
Diagnostic Engineering Assistant (Current Employee) – London, ON – 7 January 2016
An average day in diagnostics at GDLS-C involves searching through source data and reviewing vehicle designs to write troubleshooting documents for their vehicles. You learn a lot about the mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and communication systems that go into each vehicle and get to dig into some really complex technologies. While reading through all of the technical data may not be everyone's cup of tea, using your problem solving skills to identify failure modes and create troubleshooting procedures for these vehicles is definitely my favorite part.
Reliability and Maintainability Engineer (Former Employee) – London, ON – 3 December 2015
This company was great to work for. It allowed for personal development as well as opportunity for training to advance in your position. It is a very friendly, hard working environment. The management is approachable, and in general the work force is very team oriented.
Flexible hours and opportunity for advancement
Less fast paced, so not ideal if you thrive in a high pressure, competitive environment.
Productive company that strives to meet requirements
Electronic Assembler (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 26 August 2015
Everyday we followed a schedule in order to meet the quota. This involved tasks such as soldering and final assembly of military equipment and printed circuit boards. I learned about quality control and time management.
Area Manager Customer Service and Support (Former Employee) – London, ON – 8 July 2015
As an Area Manager of the Field Service Team I was responsible to:
Analyze the scope of work required to complete engineering changes to the GD produced family of armoured vehicles co-ordinate parts ordering and shipping to the customer facility. Team selection to travel to install changes Arrange Travel for all personnel Supervise personnel at the job site Maintain accurate vehicle records Input information into the vehicle database at the completion of the job
Duration of some jobs and working conditions at some facilities
Manager, Quality Systems (Former Employee) – London, ON – 25 February 2015
General Dynamics is a manufacturing organization with high Quality and People standards. It rewards employees with some of the best benefits and career opportunities available. I would gladly recommend it to anyone. Your hours of work are flexible. Core hours are expected but accommodations can be made for personal requirements. The people are very professional with high levels of education.