General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
92 Reviews
3.1
92 Reviews
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work week and they do have a pension plan (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits: 9/80, the pension, CAL, Christmas shut-down (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • No career paths or set expectations for most employees (in 4 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 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Exciting work- Gerry smart people, relaxed environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    Pros

    Challenging problems, growing company, every other Friday off

    Cons

    No working from home, deadlines can result in extended hour work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden acceptable candidate base

  2.  

    Typical Defense

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

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

    Pros

    Great salary if you negotiate it coming in.
    Amazing benefits - pension, health care, year end bonus, 9/80 work week, etc,,,
    Interesting work
    Mandatory overtime is rare
    New buildings devoid of mold and mildew
    Diversity - the engineering staff is multiethnic and there seems to be little or no discrimination

    Cons

    First off, there are none of the perks engineers from other industries might be used to - No free coffee, no free soda, no takeout if forced to pull long hours. Sometimes you're lucky if the AC works. I've heard three very different people refer to this as "the sweat shop" since they have cut the AC and lights before cutting power to the computers. Basically, the company behaves like a startup that is on the tail end of their venture capital money.

    Minimal support from other departments. I get the sense IT, HR, and Payroll would rather not be bothered. If your only work computer breaks, you may have to wait for days until IT comes by to take a look. They're getting better about this, but at one time it was inexcusable. Some of the project managers are great. Some are Ivy league snobs who have no problem disrespecting their worker bees in front of customers, taking credit for their work, or throwing them under a bus.

    Politics - bullies, slackers, and other rascals are given free rein which drags moral and productivity into the gutter. When you're getting rewarded the same as the guys who literally talk hockey for half the day, why bust your butt? You'll probably be put into a cubical so you have to listen to this all day long. At least one person every 20 feet must be half deaf because the place is NOISY! Management knows all about this, and seems to think it's cute since they're right in there gabbing with the chatty cathies. The company has a policy against earbuds and headphones, which people like me ignore for the sake of our sanity. Fortunately they turn a blind eye to that was well.

    Mandatory overtime is downright punitive. I heard one guy complain he has to work from nine am on his birthday, which was on a Saturday. I've never done it, but heard this overtime is unpaid. I wonder if it is the company's way of encouraging people to quit since people on the affected projects are forced to come in even if they are caught up on their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote workers and not schmoozers.

  3.  

    Growth phase concerns

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits, varied assignments, and 9/80 work schedule. The company seems to have a fairly normal work life balance.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Could use more consistency in management team. Seems to be more reactive than proactive and results in rapid response efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and try to support them. Many of them are overworked while others seem to be underutilized.

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  5.  

    Lack of Competent Management

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

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

    Pros

    9/80, pension, holidays, time off are all very generous.

    Cons

    Management, all levels, are not experienced leaders. If they make a decision, it takes FOREVER or is not focused on the company goals (wait goals oh yes, there are none that we know of except make money). The decision is based on what is best for their interests to move up ladder or what their "Exceeds" employee best interests are to move up the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the "founding fathers" of this company do what they do well, math, science, engineering and bring in REAL managers that know how to run a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II  in  Adelanto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Adelanto, CA

    I worked at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work, contributing to unmanned aerospace program.

    Cons

    Not much chance for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees a career path and help to mentor them along that path and you would keep a lot more talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent intern experience(software engineering intern)

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

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Helpful people here. Only 40 hours a week, and we get every other friday off which is nice if we need to go to a dentist or something. Flexible work hour, so you can pretty much get as much sleep as you need. Seems like they're actually trying to teach the interns useful things instead of just only to get a cheap project done from them.

    Cons

    Sometimes here work is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    More Drama Than Your Favorite Soap Opera

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

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

    Pros

    GA-ASI is the kind of place that whole families go to work for. They are really not in the practice of firing anyone save for the extreme under performers. They spare no expense when it comes to outfitting your office as you feel you need in order to perform your duties.

    Cons

    Politics. Unprofessional management staff. Families work there, so favoritism is constant and apparent. Certain Engineering disciplines still behave as though this is the wild West with very little documentation and little to speak of in the way of standardized business practices. HR crawls at a snail's pace so don't make any plans around your start date or around any promised promotions/pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more managers who actually want to be managers, and let engineers do the engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Run Away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Avionics Technician  in  Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - Field Avionics Technician in Palmdale, CA

    I worked at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No Work life balance when everything is 50+ Miles away in one direction.

    Cons

    Work, Life, Commute, Salary, People

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please Retire or sell to another corporation to go through a restructuring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    GA-ASI

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

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safe secure employment. There is plenty of work to do here.

    Cons

    When promoted from within, your increased income will be bare bone minimum. Get the amount of money you want before you get in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    General Atomic Aeronautical Pros & Cons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    Pros

    Stable company, good pay, excellent benefits, annual merit reviews/raises, annual performance bonuses, 9/80 work week, Xmas/New Year shut down.

    Cons

    Heavy work loads, mandatory overtime including weekends and holiday shut down period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire sufficient staff to handle to the volume of work.

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