General Atomics

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A large aerospace company that is splitting up into many small factions

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Former Employee - Technical Subject Matter Expert in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Technical Subject Matter Expert in San Diego, CA

I worked at General Atomics as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

Location is great, offices are nice

Cons

Management is very secretive/ deceptive with internal workforce

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians at this company. Managers that pretend to report to the CEO are not fooling engineers with experience.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Avionics Technician in El Mirage, CA
    Current Employee - Field Avionics Technician in El Mirage, CA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work, good money if you deploy overseas, benefits package is good, company seems stable (no layoffs), ability to transfer to other job sites.

    Cons

    Difficult place to work, , gay intolerance commonplace, some jobs closed to non-navy veterans, some management expectations are unrealistic, upper management not usually visible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the base pay better, move out old line managers for new ones, honestly, some of the old guys are truly useless. A lot of inappropriate attitudes tolerated by mgmt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growing company, but uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    GA-ASI is a very vertically integrated company. As a mechanical engineer, you can easily get involved with both design and manufacturing aspects.

    Senior management has a good idea of where they want to take the company business-wise and invests in that vision. GA-ASI is privately owned and is not beholden to stock market interests. This gives some stability to a company in the very tumultuous defense industry.

    After 6 months of working at GA-ASI, you are theoretically allowed to transfer to other departments if there is an open position that matches your skills. However, in practice, HR often does not consider your application unless you have been at your position for several years. Still, if you can meet the right managers and be on good terms with them, the opportunities are there.

    Cons

    There is a very fragmented company culture...lots of infighting between different engineering and manufacturing groups. There are design-for-manufacturing issues with many of the products. However, many design groups are unwilling to improve their designs because of time or funding. In addition, due to defense budget cuts, the US government has become more unwilling to pay for product improvement, wishing that GA-ASI would just get the products right the first time. This creates a black hole where design and manufacturing problems never get solved. This problem could be solved if design engineering instituted better checking and validation processes prior to releasing a new design.

    Some of the business processes such as engineering changes are still conducted as if they were from the stone age. This leads to a lot of lost paperwork, whereas other companies have long since moved to paperless systems that can track paperwork in real time.

    With the defense budget sequestration that is currently happening. GA-ASI has been relatively immune so far, but could face future problems if they do not find new customers for their aircraft.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management understands where they need to take the company to keep it healthy and growing.

    My advice is to institute better company culture training for mid-level managers, focusing on inter-department cooperation.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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