General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
104 Reviews
3.0
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generous amount of holidays that stacks up with 9/80 schedule (in 20 reviews)

  • Very good benefits and good training provided (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a lot of tribal knowledge that isn't shared (in 5 reviews)

  • The complany has a lot of tribal knowledge that many do not like to share for fear it will make them less valuable to the company itself (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Electrical Engineer 5

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Best opportunity for advancement, good benefits, hardware electronics is probably the best environment I have seen in 50 years of experience, management is also best. Company values are superior to most companies, especially if you believe in God and family. This is a VERY pro USA company with a feeling of family. Excellent retirement, insurance, vacation. Great people to work with with broad range of experience, especially mechanical and electronics hardware.

    Cons

    Different groups fight to impose their importance. Software is always competing with engineering for budget. Production is always competing with engineering for product responsibility. This needs to be addressed as it is unfair to those of us that are dedicated to our jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more separation between group management and the employees. Management needs to be more involved with responsibility definition between groups. Keep going, all else is fine. I am sorry I ever left the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent company full of stubborn old men

    Former Employee - Department Specialist III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Department Specialist III in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    You can never get fired, no matter how little work you do.
    Benefits are ok.
    Most people under 35 are nice to work with.

    Cons

    You will never be promoted, unless you have a relative who can boost your career.
    There is no free coffee or snacks.
    Salary workers are expected to work whatever schedule management decides on a whim, without overtime pay.
    Your ideas will never be heard or implemented.
    Removal of all personal items from cubes made the place droll and depressing.
    The meetings are complete wastes of time.
    Severely poor management of lab resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

  3.  

    Good pay and benefits, mildly disorganized

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, benefits are quite good. Good place for someone who can manage themselves and their time. Assignments are frequently challenging and appropriate to the employee's skill set.

    Cons

    This company is trying to evolve from small business to major player, but the transition has been challenging. There is mild disorganization right now, but should improve in the next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start adding relevant training to all employee curricula. Encourage employees to pursue work/life balance rather than frowning on exempt employees who aren't working until it's dark outside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week, excellent benefits, company will pay for continued education, friendly and happy employees who are passionate about their work. It is definitely a company that you can grow with. They don't often fire or lay off their people, they like to keep them and use them on different contracts when a contract ends.

    Cons

    Poor communication between codependent departments which often makes for delayed times in getting projects done. Salary is so so...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place with good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great product line and easy going people. Very good benefits and good training provided.

    Cons

    Processes and communication can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold all hand meetings and encourage more integration.

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

    Soul sucking company. Stay away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Clean facilities. Great company name on your resume profile. Good benefits. Generous amount of holidays that stacks up with 9/80 schedule. VERY flexible work hours thanks to their leave system.

    Cons

    Company is notorious for low-balling employees. How internal bid process to other position within company works is ridiculous. Management is extremely poor. Your hard work goes unnoticed. Almost NO chance to advancement or cross training to expand your resume and skills. My co-workers here are doing everything they can to leave the company, because they cannot bear to work there any longer. Talks of outsourcing is always present, resulting in extremely low morale and outlook among employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more employee cross training and personal growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    don't do it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

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

    Pros

    Your get a paycheck and benefits

    Cons

    You will need those benefits to pay for your nervous breakdown. Accounting dept in particular. I have never worked so many hours and felt so unappreciated. They could not pay me enough to stay. Mgrs are bullies and not just a few. I even transferred to another dept within accounting and it's pretty much the same. The only people who are successful here are jerks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop working your employees to death.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bad place for a software developer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer V in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer V in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I worked at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ok pay.
    Good benefits.
    401(k) *and* pension.
    Nice people.
    Regular 9/80 hours, no crazy overtime.
    Very flexible usage of vacation leave time.
    Opportunities for senior developers to work on very large areas of code.

    Cons

    This is focused specifically on working as a software developer, and does not apply to other positions.

    The company is focused primarily on hardware and therefore does not care, or even know much about software. The leadership is almost entirely clueless about what a large swath of the company actually does. The software processes are ill suited to produce quality code.

    New and exciting ideas are almost non-existent. Experimenting with new tools and technologies comes along once every 5 years or so. Purchasing tools that make a software developer's job easier is entirely out of the question except in very small quantities.

    There is a mid sized training bureaucracy that every employee must continually stay up to date on, yet none of the training applies to the job of software developer. Training on what, why and how the software works is non existent, and must be manually repeated to every new hire that comes along, without any recognition for the effort of the person doing the training.

    Due to the nature of the software being a Windows desktop application, or embedded processing work, the skills don't really transfer if you're ever looking for another job. Most job ads these days want different skills. So the longer you stay working on outdated technologies, the less employable you are elsewhere. Beware the trap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either focus the organization on software, or cease writing software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally favorable but have doubt in capabilities of upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace, excellent people, long-term growth opportunities

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations from employees, too qualified people in low positions with very unqualified in upper management

  11.  

    Decent place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and you get to work with hardware even as a software person. Overall friendly group who believe in their mission.

    Cons

    Coordination between groups is sometimes lacking. It's largely dependent on getting contracts so job security may become a concern for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm probably not well qualified for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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