General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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Pros
  • Great benefits and lots of jobs (in 10 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most employees (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. A&P Specialist 1

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, Cool technology, Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Middle of the desert. Small town but close to big cities.

    Advice to Management

    Increase Diverstiy


  2. Intern Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and great internship program. Very invested in learning and helping you advance your career.

    Cons

    A bit of a head in the sand mentality.


  3. Small Aerospace Engineering Branch

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in West Kaysville, UT
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in West Kaysville, UT

    I worked at General Atomics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Small, tight-knit branch.

    Cons

    Small branch of a large company. Had issues associated with both.


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  5. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company has great benefits

    Cons

    You may find it difficult to advance


  6. Helpful (2)

    GA Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Plenty of opportunity to make contributions. Very professional work force that is dedicated to quality.

    Cons

    There are draw backs to the fact that as a non manager, or lead, it can be more difficult than necessary to get work done when so much information is required to be shared across a man anger / program manager matrix.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your performing employees by continuing to reward strong performers. Don't be afraid to cut loose those who don't pull their own weight.


  7. ME Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Junior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Junior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned more about what it means to be an engineer during my time at General Atomics than during school.

    Cons

    I felt that I did not receive enough mentoring when I struggled to grasp how to approach solving the problem at hand. Even when I reached out to fellow employees, their response was usually that they were unable to help (it was too difficult for them as well).

    Advice to Management

    For engineering interns who are going to work on difficult problems with minimal supervision, assisting them in creating their to-do list well benefit them exponentially. I found it exhausting to be learning a new methodology of problem-solving while struggling through learning the complexity of the problem simultaneously.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A great professional team, I am leaning a lot from the experts. Many people in key positions have years of industry experience and time with the company. They share their experiences and help mentor.

    Cons

    Too much centralized control with Senior Management. Also, sometimes it’s hard to develop new processes because of push-back from key positions. There is general resistance to process improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Process improvement is keep to staying competitive. There are plenty of activities to improve upon.


  9. Technical Writer / Editor and Team Lead

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Poway, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company hires a lot of prior service members with aviation backgrounds.
    Good annual increase in pay determined by ones contributions to the mission.
    Awesome health care benifets and retirement plans!

    Cons

    Not on policies are backed up in writting. Because the company hires a lot of prior service members the work culture is as though I'm still in the service.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best available talent that the armed service have let go. These men and woman have awesome soft skills that take years to develope.


  10. Good people, but the company underpays.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at General Atomics as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart/talented workforce, flexible schedule, 9/80 schedule, great work/life balance if not in ST&Q.

    Cons

    They often underpay their employees since they know they've got prestige in the UAV community and they're located in the greatest city in the US (in most of their employees' opinion).


  11. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant responsibility as a new program manager.

    Cons

    Silo-d organization can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance in program management can be tough to handle.



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