General Atomics

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6 people found this helpful  

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 an year)

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice company for technical people / Full of obstacles for sales people

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Broad product line allows career shifts and learning
    Competitive pay at nice defense-industry rates
    Generous vacation/sick pay, full benefits, tuition reimbursement
    Private ownership by Blue brothers eliminates outside pressures and stock price manipulations
    Cool technologies - plasma, stealth coatings, Predator, rail guns
    Owner Neal Blue is amazing to understand and leverage so many diverse technologies
    San Diego!

    Cons

    Legal department's slowness and risk aversion has been strangling the company for past five years
    High level of conflict and office politics among departments in some GA entities
    Ridiculous number of approvals for routine sales (and 10 times worse for international)
    Family ownership results in inevitable nepotism
    Lack of training in organizational and people-management skills
    Sales and marketing are dirty words

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who are in direct contact with customers and the markets. Let them lead the organization rather than allowing support groups, such as legal, accounting and production, to dictate policies and destroy customer relationships and employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Program Planner

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    Current Employee - Program Planner in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Planner in Rancho Bernardo, CA

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

    Pros

    The Professionalism at this company is paramount

    Cons

    Like to see management more involved in keeping people more accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not just being focuse on the project but holding people more accountable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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