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General Atomics Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
197 Reviews
3.0
197 Reviews
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible hours, flexible schedule great benefits encouragement to learn and work independently (in 10 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.  

    Enjoyed working 2 summers as an intern

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Help facilitate career advancement for young employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Pros

    Advanced Technology
    Industry Leader
    Growth
    Stable
    Long Term
    Vertically Integrated

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall good place to work

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    • 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)

    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...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good pay and benefits, mildly disorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place with good benefits

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great product line and easy going people. Very good benefits and good training provided.

    Cons

    Processes and communication can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold all hand meetings and encourage more integration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place

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

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and you get to work with hardware even as a software person. Overall friendly group who believe in their mission.

    Cons

    Coordination between groups is sometimes lacking. It's largely dependent on getting contracts so job security may become a concern for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm probably not well qualified for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Armed Security in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Armed Security in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, friendly employees who care about their job

    Cons

    As a security guard difficult to get 40 hrs a week for the first several weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally favorable but have doubt in capabilities of upper management

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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

    Pros

    Great workplace, excellent people, long-term growth opportunities

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations from employees, too qualified people in low positions with very unqualified in upper management

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Typical Defense

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer V in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer V in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Great salary if you negotiate it coming in.
    Amazing benefits - pension, health care, year end bonus, 9/80 work week, etc,,,
    Interesting work
    Mandatory overtime is rare
    New buildings devoid of mold and mildew
    Diversity - the engineering staff is multiethnic and there seems to be little or no discrimination

    Cons

    First off, there are none of the perks engineers from other industries might be used to - No free coffee, no free soda, no takeout if forced to pull long hours. Sometimes you're lucky if the AC works. I've heard three very different people refer to this as "the sweat shop" since they have cut the AC and lights before cutting power to the computers. Basically, the company behaves like a startup that is on the tail end of their venture capital money.

    Minimal support from other departments. I get the sense IT, HR, and Payroll would rather not be bothered. If your only work computer breaks, you may have to wait for days until IT comes by to take a look. They're getting better about this, but at one time it was inexcusable. Some of the project managers are great. Some are Ivy league snobs who have no problem disrespecting their worker bees in front of customers, taking credit for their work, or throwing them under a bus.

    Politics - bullies, slackers, and other rascals are given free rein which drags moral and productivity into the gutter. When you're getting rewarded the same as the guys who literally talk hockey for half the day, why bust your butt? You'll probably be put into a cubical so you have to listen to this all day long. At least one person every 20 feet must be half deaf because the place is NOISY! Management knows all about this, and seems to think it's cute since they're right in there gabbing with the chatty cathies. The company has a policy against earbuds and headphones, which people like me ignore for the sake of our sanity. Fortunately they turn a blind eye to that was well.

    Mandatory overtime is downright punitive. I heard one guy complain he has to work from nine am on his birthday, which was on a Saturday. I've never done it, but heard this overtime is unpaid. I wonder if it is the company's way of encouraging people to quit since people on the affected projects are forced to come in even if they are caught up on their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote workers and not schmoozers.

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