Sr. System Engineer ILS (Former Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – June 28, 2013
-Reliability engineering, Maintainability engineering and Maintenance (preventive, predictive and corrective) Planning -Supply (Spare part) Support (e.g. ASD S2000M specification)/ acquire resources -Support and Test Equipment/Equipment Support -Manpower and Personnel -Training and Training Support -Technical Data / Publications -Computer Resources Support -Facilities -Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHS&T) -Design Interface
Design Engineer - Power Pack (Contract) (Former Employee) – London, ON – February 3, 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.
Supply chain (Former Employee) – London, ON – April 18, 2014
Working for GD was a horrible experience between nepotism gone wild and poor manager who believe to be a leader you have to threaten and "ride" the employee. Going to Human resources to complain your human rights have been violated or the working conditions are unsafe is a one way ticket out the door. This is a company that says all the right things, but cannot back them up. I have heard of people being physically attacked by other co-workers with no consequences to the other worker. The battle damaged vehicles coming back from the front line are not "clean" but HR will tell you they are and that you are a liar. I have seen things that GD did not prepare me to see. Forced to work over-time upto 7 days a week for over a year. No regard for burning out employees, plenty more waiting in line to join GD is the theory they subscribe too.
horrible working conditions, management uses threats and intimidation.
GDC is an excellent company. Employee support is outstanding
Senior Supply Chain Manager (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – March 30, 2012
As a long term employee of General Dynamics, I feel I am in a position to give them a very positive and honest review. Through strong leadership, GDC has overcome many obstacles over the years to enable itself to thrive in the marketplace. Being recognized as a grandfather in hi-tech, it has built its reputation on quality products and delivery excellence. They have an outstanding employee support program that includes not only the financial benefits of their employees but the mental and physical attributes of their employees. GDC has honorably earned 5 stars
excellent employee support, outreach programs, good benefits and pension, supports employee welfare
Diagnostic Engineering Assistant (Current Employee) – London, ON – January 7, 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.
Logistics Specialist (Former Employee) – London, ON – April 23, 2014
My day started with email and messenger communication. Going through your work, if you have special projects, looking at schedule to see what I was up to that day. 1/2 hour lunch. Afternoon meetings, team meeting once a week. Once a month company overview
I learned many programs. I was doing a lot inventory control which I am very versed in but I learned about goverment warehouses. I learned 3 new systems My co-workers with great team players and I made many life long friends.
The most enjoyable part was all my work with data. I enjoy analyzing data. I was able to work with management.
Area Manager Customer Service and Support (Former Employee) – London, ON – July 8, 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
Systems (Current Employee) – Ontario – October 16, 2013
A typical day involves most coworkers unhappily trudging through their workload as the hours are long. After 12 hour days, refusal to do more that day can result in being viewed by higher ups as "not a team player". The most enjoyable part of the job is the overtime pay, when it is given. Coworkers are great and are helpful digging through the trenches with you, often supplying cards and treats when someone works themselves to sickness, but thanks from management is hollow. Constant talk of layoffs gives the coworkers nervous chuckles.
Manager, Quality Systems (Former Employee) – London, ON – February 25, 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.
Reliability and Maintainability Engineer (Former Employee) – London, ON – December 3, 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.
Train new employees, lead hand, repair welds (Former Employee) – London, ON – January 30, 2014
i would do something different almost everyday..the day seemed to go by quickly most days.. i learned alot about lavs..and how they work in the battle field..what they can do and how they protect the army personnel...my co-workers were great easy to get along with..the hardest part of job was repairing someones eleses work..the most enjoyable was the paycheck..
Field Service Rep (Former Employee) – Kingston, Ontario – October 2, 2013
Very good company. I worked on a project that was managed in Calgary but located in Ontario. With Government budget cuts my position was cancelled. Excellent benefits, good salary and outstanding support from Staff managing travel, benefits, pay etc. Would love to work for GD again some day. Alot of special people.
Productive company that strives to meet requirements
Electronic Assembler (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – August 26, 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.