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Helpful (6)

Top heavy - too many chiefs and nothing gets done!

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Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

If you are mediocre and not ambitious, this is the perfect place for you because you'll just float on by getting a paycheck, not being developed, and contribute very little.

Cons

Too many managers, every single one of them has to have a say and nothing ever gets approved. Projects will sit and sit and sit and pass from employee to employee that you feel you are in Groundhog's Day redoing the work someone before you had already redone for someone before them. It is a crazy circus here.

Advice to Management

Get over your egos and positions of authority and make decisions that are best for the majority as opposed to your own selfish reasons.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Another Brick in the Wall

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on some fascinating leading-edge technology; excellent as a first job and stepping stone to a better-paying job elsewhere for new graduates; good benefits, but you will pay for many of them; 401K and pension plan; fair starting salary but nothing stellar; chance for annual bonus; nice annual event for employees and their families; public recognition for length of service; 9-hour workday with alternate Fridays off; some very technically talented people to work with; as a privately-owned company, GA can take the long view without shareholder interference; San Diego

    Cons

    Excessively bureaucratic; highly compartmentalized with little cross-team interaction; little opportunity for advancement or growth; plan to stay in the same job, doing the same thing, at the same job classification and inflation-pegged raises, for years and years; manager can block intra-company transfer even if it would be for a better job; little autonomy, multiple levels of approval are needed to do anything new, different, or even to get the tools needed for your job; plan to get thrown under the bus at least once during your time at GA so your manager can move up; increased responsibility rarely results in increased pay; training focuses mostly on learning internal administrative policies and procedures; little instruction on the tools needed to comply with internal policies and procedures; virtually no technical training or direction, you're on your own to maintain your skill set; administrative demands, even trivial, always seem to take precedence over customer work and deliverables; no recognition for your work accomplishments; just won a multi-million dollar contract after years of work?, that's nice, now get back to work; no way to report any extra hours you work (bad for project planning and personal credit); no comp time for evenings or weekends worked; no special amenities, like free coffee or meals if they tell you to work late or on weekends; annual performance reviews focus on the past, rarely the future; no career path planning from management; get it out now then firefight the problems later

    Advice to Management

    Let employees perform an annual evaluation of management; truly listen to employee suggestions and make an honest evaluation; new-employee induction process should be improved to cover more than just policies and administrative procedures; when changes are made, explain why, not just "do it"; push management to move as fast as they push the technical folks; take some management classes


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good company with benefits but very much a government contractor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a solid company that seems to be growing, the benefits are good and also have a pension, a 9/80 schedule is the best thing about the company because it gives you more of a chance for a vacation without taking too much vacation time.

    Cons

    Don't promote from within, a lot of favoritism involved here, if you are not a favorite well than you are basically out. Management doesn't believe in being "overwhelmed" its just something you have to deal with because people should not be overwhelmed. If you ever mention that you are overwhelmed than they just think its because you cannot prioritize properly. Management is not good at offering chances for promotion or any mentor ship what so ever.

    Advice to Management

    monitor lower management more closely, offer a mentor program, have fun company events between different departments


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