General Atomics
3.0 of 5 78 reviews
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General Atomics Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.0 78 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue

Neal Blue

(44 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    At will company that will.

    Security Officer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat benefits and lots of jobs.

    ConsThe company is well known for low balling you on salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top heavy - too many chiefs and nothing gets done!

    Human Resources (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsIf you are mediocre and not ambitious, this is the perfect place for you because you'll just float on by getting a paycheck, not being developed, and contribute very little.

    ConsToo many managers, every single one of them has to have a say and nothing ever gets approved. Projects will sit and sit and sit and pass from employee to employee that you feel you are in Groundhog's Day redoing the work someone before you had already redone for someone before them. It is a crazy circus here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over your egos and positions of authority and make decisions that are best for the majority as opposed to your own selfish reasons.

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

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    Seniority is king

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGood benefits (medical and dental insurance, pension, 401K) with above average vacation time and stable job security. Campuses are very well kept and a great location in San Diego.

    ConsNo real incentive to better yourself. If you do the minimum required work you will be treated the same as those that go above and beyond. Compensation is very seniority based with arbitrary performance review cycles. I would not recommend this to anyone with career ambition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward those that work hard and deliver. Quality and quantity of work should be the main compensation driver, not how long you have been with the company.

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

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    Poor management and care for employees

    A&P Specialist (Former Employee)

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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