General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
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3.0 79 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue

Neal Blue

(44 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Middle Management (Former Employee)

    ProsBroad 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!

    ConsLegal 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I like working for General Atomics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt has a good culture.

    ConsCompensation is low compare to other companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Financial Analyst Lead (Current Employee) Poway, CA

    ProsGreat people and in house job growth

    ConsLack of training and inter department disagreements

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop in-house training procedures

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    great experience on composite fuselages

    Mechanical Designer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosusing pro-engineering software for cad

    Consnot being able to stay

    Advice to Senior Managementextend your contracts

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    Great workplace environment, friendly atmosphere.

    Technician III (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBigger raises motivate employees at ALL LEVELS. Anything below the rate of inflation is rude.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great job in the high desert

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palmdale, CA

    ProsGood pay, easy work, nice atmosphere, decent benefits

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour doing a great job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work is interesting and coworkers are respectful and professional

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood salary and interesting work

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and promote career advancement with your subordinates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool People to work with.

    Engineer II (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore rewards for long time employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company

    Programmer Manager IV (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsIs 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....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsRoom for growth - lots of opportunities; Benefits are great

    ConsNegotiate for higher pay with offer or you're locked in; cafeteria food isn't all that great for the price. Since remodel, food and service have gone downhill

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication and training of employees to be consistent across all divisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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