General Atomics

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Poorly managed, saved by booming industry.

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

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

Pros

- Great benefits and job stability.
- One of the best career opportunities in the Inland Empire, performing in an industry to be proud of.
- Plenty of opportunities to obtain sought after security clearances, and experience to propel your resume in defense contracting services, which all pay great without daunting and expensive educational requirements.
- Optimistic outlook on the products produced by the company.
- Attractive pay incentives, with fair travel policies, including per-diem in comfortable hotels, comfortable rental cars and an outstanding travel support team.
- OJT by industry experts.
- Great accommodation for current and retiring military, and supportive to serving National Guard and Reserve troops.
- Christmas bonuses and a pension plan, which are increasingly rare, and a nice gesture.

Cons

- Management. The company grew too fast after 9/11, and most leaders in place now are the products of tenure-based advancement, rather than raw qualification. The lack of maturity from some supervisors shows in their poor decision making abilities and the behavior of subordinates. It is no secret that this is the number one issue to an otherwise flawless company.
- The High Desert facilities are overlooked in amenities. The facilities host highly qualified and educated workers, including engineers, technicians, pilots; the breadwinners of the company who deploy to support customers. However, these workers must commute a long distance to work in a heavily crime ridden area, also one of the Meth capitols of the United States, to facilities that don't have a proper cafeteria or break area, and reside 20+ miles from civilization.
- As a deployer, I have spent 41 months in a war zone for this company in the last 4 years, non-negotiable at the risk of losing my job. It is probably time to acknowledge that we are human beings also, and not human-ATM machines to be abused by absurd work details.
- It would help if Senior Management spent less time pampering our staff in San-Diego and payed a little more attention to the rest of the company in the High Desert.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I understand that weeding out tenured management looks bad, and is bad for business. However, to address the problem of poor leadership, we should start evaluating their successor's qualifications in order to begin healing this abrasive trend. Morale and retention would improve, and I believe a better output of labor would result.

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  1. 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 (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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Miss managed company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pension, some people, not much else positive came from working here.

    Cons

    The management, culture stuck in the past (still using paper) HR does not enforce unless there is a VP or director initiated, no training, no ability for growth/movement within the company. Grade school politics, extreme un-professionalism - example: director walks in a meeting and starts shouting profanities and then storms out... one of 100's of examples...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire qualified manager's and directors. trust your people, change is not a bad and will only help keep and gain contracts that will be lost do to miss management and grade school antics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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