General Atomics Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
80 Reviews
3.1
80 Reviews
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
Neal Blue
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.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits & Professional development opportunities

    Cons

    None i can think of at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice company for technical people / Full of obstacles for sales people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

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

    Pros

    Broad product line allows career shifts and learning
    Competitive pay at nice defense-industry rates
    Generous vacation/sick pay, full benefits, tuition reimbursement
    Private ownership by Blue brothers eliminates outside pressures and stock price manipulations
    Cool technologies - plasma, stealth coatings, Predator, rail guns
    Owner Neal Blue is amazing to understand and leverage so many diverse technologies
    San Diego!

    Cons

    Legal department's slowness and risk aversion has been strangling the company for past five years
    High level of conflict and office politics among departments in some GA entities
    Ridiculous number of approvals for routine sales (and 10 times worse for international)
    Family ownership results in inevitable nepotism
    Lack of training in organizational and people-management skills
    Sales and marketing are dirty words

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who are in direct contact with customers and the markets. Let them lead the organization rather than allowing support groups, such as legal, accounting and production, to dictate policies and destroy customer relationships and employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I like working for General Atomics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It has a good culture.

    Cons

    Compensation is low compare to other companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sr Financial Analyst Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead  in  Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and in house job growth

    Cons

    Lack of training and inter department disagreements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop in-house training procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great experience on composite fuselages

    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    using pro-engineering software for cad

    Cons

    not being able to stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    extend your contracts

  7.  

    Great workplace environment, friendly atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician III  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technician III in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, great perks, fantastic facility, great history of success, lap pool, gym, tennis, basketball volleyball courts, nice moderately priced cafeteria.

    Cons

    The pay, the Review system, the % of annual raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bigger raises motivate employees at ALL LEVELS. Anything below the rate of inflation is rude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great job in the high desert

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, nice atmosphere, decent benefits

    Cons

    Benefits are kinda expensive, mandatory over time, some co workers in other departments are jerks for no reason

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work is interesting and coworkers are respectful and professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary and interesting work

    Cons

    Privately owned so a lot of old boy favoritism which limits advancement based on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and promote career advancement with your subordinates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool People to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovative, thoughtful people who are easy to work with. Cool new projects that are cutting edge.

    Cons

    Average Pay. Upper management leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More rewards for long time employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager IV  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager IV in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401K matching, pension, vision, etc. Most locations/department have good management. There are a lot of different groups, so it does make it easy to transfer to new positions. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Is partially dependent on government contracts, so there could be reductions if the government decides to cut back on their programs.Also, since there are a lot of different groups, it is possible to end up in a group with a bad manager. The company does not do a good job of getting rid of bad managers....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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