General Atomics Reviews

Updated June 6, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
82 Reviews
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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.  

    Manufacturing Production Liaison Engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work , I would return

    Cons

    none, I could not think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  2.  

    Wonderful

    Current Employee - Administrative in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Company, Nice people, Great Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    I cant really say that I have any cons to say about this employer except at the time when I made the decision to leave voluntarily due to personal/ family reasons, when asking HR for a leave of absence they did not have any stress related reason that I was eligible for. It was upsetting because I did not want to leave General Atomic s because I knew my situation at that time would only be temporary.

  3.  

    Best Company I have ever had the pleasure of working for!

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing Atmosphere, Exceptional Leadership, Room for Advancement, Wonderful Employee Programs, Great Team Environment.
    Management is always seeking advice from the entire team never one sided!

    Cons

    Nothing.. Now I understand that nothing can be perfect at times you will have deadlines to meet and pressure will be on but that is not a con it is to be expected. I wish they would open more perm positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best benefits I have seen in a company. Very good compensation.

    Cons

    Travel to work can be hard, but worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical V in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical V in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    As with any job, this will depend on your department and direct manager but my experience with GA has been been excellent. Great benefits, decent pay, flexibility, onsite gym, pool etc. I went through a divorce and my boss was very understanding. I missed a fair share of days due to court appearances etc, but was able to make up the time and still maintain solid reviews and pay raises.

    Cons

    I don't have too many cons to list, other than the general frustrations one might experience at any job. Putting up with the lazy jerk, or two, I guess but those are the exceptions. Most coworkers are helpful, honest and knowledgeable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My dream job. Loved the people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Neutral Beam Operator/Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Neutral Beam Operator/Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good people easy to work there

    Cons

    had to leave for family matters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company to work for, just a few little quirks to fix

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Great Benefits Package
    Competitive Pay
    Yearly Bonus
    Yearly Pay Increases
    Incentives

    Cons

    Equal Opportunity for Women
    Better communication with broad spectrum of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal Opportunity for all
    More internal job opportunities for job advancement within the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company! Just don't confuse most of GA with the ASI division!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    General Atomics, aside from the ASI division, has a great reputation for treating its employees very well! There's definitely a reason the reputation is in place! Management are wonderful and treat their employees with decency and respect. They even speak with many of them as equals. Benefits are great, the company is extremely family friendly, and hours are very flexible (you make your own hours).

    Cons

    The company really is wonderful. The only thing I can think of that isn't so great is the pay. And raises tend to be rather small. Fortunately, the incredible benefits balance much of it out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    General Atomics is a great place to work: the Aeronautical Division: not so much.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Decline to State in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    I have met some of the brightest individuals of my adult life at GA. GA is one of the few companies that offers both 401K plan and a pension plan which is practically nonexistant any more. I have been able to advance personally and professionally. The company allowed me on the job training in new areas of expertise which in turn made me more valuable to the company. I have bonuses every year since I started working there 10 years ago. The main campus has a tennis court, swimming pool with cabana. Many of the sites have on-site gyms and showers. Mostly the best place I've ever worked. The Aeronautical Division, not so much.

    Cons

    Some divisions are not run as well as others. Avoid the ASI organization at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ASI division needs a management overhaul.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    I really loved working here!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Amazingly talented and helpful engineers and other techs
    Wonderful work environment (A real family feeling environment)

    Cons

    Worry about whether congress will renew contract was always looming.
    Old equipment mixed with new equipment increased the breakdown issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for programs that will encourage people to move up in the departments. Provide more access to education and Cross training between departments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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