General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
79 Reviews
3.0
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and lots of jobs (in 9 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.  

    Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, growth potential and competitive salary

    Cons

    Enhance intern opportunities and development opportunities

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Program Planner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Planner  in  Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Planner in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Professionalism at this company is paramount

    Cons

    Like to see management more involved in keeping people more accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not just being focuse on the project but holding people more accountable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company culture but lacks direction and leadership.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Freedom and ability to work in a flexible work environment. Many leadership oppurtunites for people whi are motivated and driven.

    Cons

    At ttimes no strategy and lack of overrsight leads to lack of recognition. Ability to controll your own destiny in terms of responsibility but unfortunately as you grab more responsibility it is not rewarded from a compensation standpoint.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bright Minds but Disengaging Workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern  in  Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, friendly, helpful coworkers. Relaxed altmosphere. Management is very lenient. Staying in the same job is not as tedious or boring as other companies and the company offers a lot of perks.

    Cons

    Cannot get much done unless you are extraordinarily driven. A lot of people just want to clock in- clock out. Time is valued over work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a younger atmosphere with younger workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good experience overall, but had to leave due to inability to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    -Other motivated and bright people
    -Interesting (high tech) projects
    -Nice facilities (at EMS)
    -Flexible schedules/hours

    Cons

    -No opportunity for advancement
    -Denied request for transfer
    -Middle management can be lacking, but entrenched

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real with your employees - don't try to pull the shade over everyone's eyes. If things aren't going well, tell them. Don't just sugarcoat it and then berate people in meetings.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Starting salary/wage. Main campus with fitness center, gym, cafeteria etc. Safety policies are well though out and practiced, not just the usual CYA. Procuring the proper tools and equipment is never an issue. Technology is on the forefront. Talented employees. Great company for your resume. 9/80 work schedule for most employees.

    Cons

    Nepotism, leading to unqualified supervisors and managers is frustrating. Some groups have cliques where it's more important to be in them versus your job performance. If you aren't 'in' with one of the cliques you should start looking for another job. Inconsistent work environment depending on which division/location you happen to work for. At the VP level some are abusive and unprofessional, openly chastising managers in front of employees with loud, foul language. The above average salary when you get hired will slowly return to average with minimal or no raises over a few years. Low-level employees are disregarded and highly-educated employees get much respect. Managers have too much discretion for increases, resulting in big raises for themselves, small raises for their "friends" and little to none for everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on talent and job performance. Treat all employees with respect. Improve working conditions at satellite locations. Stop hiring everybody's wife/sister/brother when they aren't qualified for the position. Stop the numbers game of offering the big salary to get someone in the door then no increases year after year. Diversify the business, too much dependance on federal government money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Staid, old fashioned management style.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Rancho San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rancho San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics for more than a year

    Pros

    Every other Friday off is nice!

    Cons

    Older, tiresome systems; managers have been there for ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize! Get new, modern systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent retirement contributions, starting salaries are fair. Increases may be slim. Buildings are typically clean.

    Cons

    Senior management is very arrogant and doesn't listen to their employees.
    The company is stuck in the past. Some employees get frustrated quit and leave. Some quit and stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Many are very good.
    GA-ASI seems to do a better job.

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

    Horribly unorganized and chaotic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging and meaningful work, industry leading products. A lot of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is poor and unreceptive. Director is controlling and a hindrance. Employees overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized, quit talking (barking) over everyone, provide an environment that will allow for your employees to succeed. Provide a clear idea of project priorities and stop changing them weekly / daily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer V  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer V in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Campus in Torrey Pines is really nice (gym, pool, volleyball/basketball courts)
    Generally laid back environment (good work-life balance)
    Employees are generally good but highly depends on where you work

    Cons

    Management tends not to be very good
    Little, if any, job training
    Poor job mobility (could be doing exact same job for 10+ years)
    Constant reorganization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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