General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
83 Reviews
2.9
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible hours, flexible schedule great benefits encouragement to learn and work independently (in 10 reviews)

  • I really enjoyed the 9/80 schedule (work 9hrs/day and get every other Friday off) (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is very arrogant and doesn't listen to their employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Very poor upper management, unqualified (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    At will company that will.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of jobs.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy - too many chiefs and nothing gets done!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Seniority is king

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and care for employees

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    Former Employee - A&P Specialist
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ruled by fear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Many quality people.

    Cons

    Too many micro managers, rule by fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and trust your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Okay, but expected much better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Very felxible work schedule, great co-workers

    Cons

    Very poor upper management, unqualified

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Friendly 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    There should be more incentive for promotion and job transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing special about this company

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    Former Employee - Clerical in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Grow up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    GA is an interesting company to work for

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    Current Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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