General Atomics Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Good people, but the company underpays.

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    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).

  2. Program Manager

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    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.

  3. Generally a enjoyable place to work

    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    I was only expected to work 40 hours a week and was never asked to take work home with me.

    Cons

    It is hard to know what is going on in the rest of the company which I would have liked to know.

    Advice to Management

    See cons but I would be cool to hear about other work going on inside the rest of the company.

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  5. Great Company

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

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and 9/80 schedules are great!

    Cons

    ladder growth is sometimes limited

  6. Great Place to work if you've been around.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It's a great place to work. 9/80, flexible schedule, nice buildings and work equipment.

    Cons

    Since General Atomics has grown in the recent years, moving up seems difficult. Most of the time HR is very slow with hiring and is not the most responsive, even with employees. s this how it is everhwhere?

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR response times, take care of employees- compensation wise and recognition wise.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed working 2 summers as an intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics

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

    Pros

    The employees were great people to work with and were all very willing to help me with my projects and offer advice. I felt like the work was meaningful and interesting and the pay and benefits were great

    Cons

    It was occasionally difficult to get work done through a lot of the bureaucratic red tape that comes with work for a large company, especially a contractor of the government.

    Advice to Management

    Help facilitate career advancement for young employees

  8. A lot of Great People to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Palmdale, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people I work with help to make the day easy to get through.

    Cons

    No ladders to climb in the Administrative Assistant Role.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Multiple opportunities to develop advanced UAV's from concept to flight test to production

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Adelanto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Adelanto, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Advanced Technology
    Industry Leader
    Growth
    Stable
    Long Term
    Vertically Integrated

    Cons

    Big Company Mentality
    Bureaucratic
    Getting Slower
    Ridiculous HR Policies
    Becoming More Formal

  10. Good pay and benefits, mildly disorganized

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

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pays well, benefits are quite good. Good place for someone who can manage themselves and their time. Assignments are frequently challenging and appropriate to the employee's skill set.

    Cons

    This company is trying to evolve from small business to major player, but the transition has been challenging. There is mild disorganization right now, but should improve in the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Start adding relevant training to all employee curricula. Encourage employees to pursue work/life balance rather than frowning on exempt employees who aren't working until it's dark outside.

  11. Overall good place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week, excellent benefits, company will pay for continued education, friendly and happy employees who are passionate about their work. It is definitely a company that you can grow with. They don't often fire or lay off their people, they like to keep them and use them on different contracts when a contract ends.

    Cons

    Poor communication between codependent departments which often makes for delayed times in getting projects done. Salary is so so...

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