Senior Analyst - Government Compliance (Former Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – 8 July 2013
Government contracting is a unique sphere. Even though GD is not a government entity, it is strongly regulated by the governmental entities for whom it works. Therefore, pay and advancement are not based on merit or talent, but upon seniority. The good news is, it's hard to get fired. But if you have ambition to excel and advance up the ladder, you'll have to leave. That's what I did. I left for a lot more money after I was turned down for a promotion and asked to train my new boss whose only qualification for the position was 30 years at the company.
Welder/Fitter/Robotic Weld Operator (Former Employee) – London, ON – 13 September 2017
It was a great place to work and learn as we tried to continuously improve the product and production flow.
With team work & vision any thing is possible.
The management was customer focused and work force safety was a priory. They worked hard to make the work place productive & profitable to insure it's continued viability by using all the talent in the work force they had.
The culture was for the most quality focused fun and safety conscious with most willing to improve all aspects of the work environment.
The constant threat of plant closure
The team environment that worked so hard to maintain the viability of the plant & continuously improve product quality & productivity.
Great opportunities to advance in a team environment
Test Team Specialist (Former Employee) – London, ON – 6 September 2017
The test team was extremely hard working dedicating long working hours to many projects. The demands of the job are extreme and make work and life balance a challenge. The rewards of the job are very good with excellent compensation, a co-operative work team and and an extremely enjoyable product to participate in working on.
Technician (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 4 July 2017
The average work day was mostly very good with a great concern for turning out the best product we could. Great pay and decent benefits. Weekends off and paid overtime if required.
Learned about many different automotive and heavy vehicle systems you would not otherwise see in one place.
The hardest part of the job was all the office and company politics that spoiled what was otherwise a great job. No room for long term career paths at this location either. I still can't fully understand the reasons why the facility was shut down.
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.