General Atomics
3.0 of 5 74 reviews
www.ga.com San Diego, CA 5000+ Employees

General Atomics Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.0 74 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue

Neal Blue

(44 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Poor management and care for employees

A&P Specialist (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood benefits, pension. Working on a leading edge of aviation

Consleadership was poor, lack of experienced management. The people in charge are only in charge because they were there first, not because they are the most qualified. Lots of dissatisfied employees. No attempts at retaining experienced/senior employees. Morale is very bad and contagious. They've had a mass exodus of employees in the last year.

Pay was average, perhaps slightly below.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your people! There are some very simple, inexpensive things that could be done to turn around the morale. Really isn't about the money, it's about making happy employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ruled by fear

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsDecent salary and benefits. Many quality people.

ConsToo many micro managers, rule by fear.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to and trust your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Okay, but expected much better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at General Atomics

ProsVery felxible work schedule, great co-workers

ConsVery poor upper management, unqualified

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not much to do

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Poway, CA

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

ProsThe work to dollars ratio is high. Engineers make competitive salary, some are worked to the bone; most are bored.

ConsBoredom, and a stovepiped organization that doesn't allow you to move around easily.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour smartest employees will be looking for skills to carry them through for another 10-15 years. If they aren't learning them at work, they will move on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing

Manufacturing (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at General Atomics full-time

ProsFriendly people. Dominating company in UAV market, in addition to growing use of UAV drones in warfare, which results in very good job security. Good benfits. 9/80 schedule = Every other Friday off. It lets you complete chores, and it stacks with Federal Holidays, where you could get 4 days off.

ConsIf you want best and all of the benefits, it's going to cost you some money. Irrelevant training. Poor management. Extremely little career mobility. Some people I know have been doing exact same job for 3-5 years until they got moved around. Work is more of dog and pony show, always being reminded that there are tour groups (literally) and customers, therefore to be on our best professional behavior.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be more incentive for promotion and job transition.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nothing special about this company

Clerical (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBenefits are not bad you pay for them - health benefits are not cheap. Good policy for vacation and leave as far as accumulating hours.

ConsBenefits are good but they come with a price, insurance is not cheap. Lack of motivation by everyone. Most pretty much do the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible management. All ex military managers. Boot camp.......begin!

Tech Writer (Former Employee)
Poway, CA

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

ProsGood benefits. Good cafeteria. Good parking. Not many other pros to this place. Can't really say too much good about these folks.

ConsPoor hiring practices. People get hired because they are old military buddies, not because of qualifications. Lots of yelling and screaming. Had a manager tell us he could make my group come in and scrub toilets with tooth brushes. A bunch of grouchy old men.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourself and start over.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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GA is an interesting company to work for

Scientist (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe work is challenging and the research covers a lot of interesting areas.

ConsRaises are always lower than inflation, so the real earnings decrease each year.
No advancement opportunities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The promise of a long term career shattered by a "good job, now we have to lay-you-off."

Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIt is a very nice place to work, in addition to its location. Nice people to work with until the project budget runs out. Funding is always a dread for any company, and in this case, a group of good workers took the hit.

ConsNo matter how good of a job you output, the praises by superiors, the bonuses, the merits, the excellent performance reviews, with this economy, it requires the extra mile to last longer.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf the upper cant count beans (budget) then the upper needs to be evaluated, not the workers who perform. Laying-off the lower to balance budget, is the most logical solution?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working there

Janitor (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at General Atomics part-time for less than a year

Prosis awesome if you like to sleep on the job

Conssometimes you are required to do actual work, but not often

Advice to Senior Managementclosedown the business

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