General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
3.3 of 5 80 reviews
www.ga-asi.com Poway, CA 5000+ Employees

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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3.3 80 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Chairman and CEO Neal Blue

Neal Blue

(34 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "9/80 work week and they do have a pension plan"
    in 9 reviews
  • "GA-ASI is a growing, solid company that offers good benefits including a pension plan"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "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
  • "The company is growing fast and growing pains are obvious"
    in 3 reviews
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    Good company with solid benefits and a great work environment.

    Project Manager III (Current Employee)
    Poway, CA

    ProsFair salary, high quility peers, good management, nice facilities, great work schedule (every other friday off), just the right amount of work load.

    ConsChalenging to move up in company due to lots of competition.
    Pay raises are not substantial.
    No EV charging stations on site.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more robust training program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to Learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospension, exciting work, fast-paced environment

    Conslong hours, raises are not that great

    Advice to Senior Managementcome up with realistic schedules

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall decent people at GA-ASI; however, the HR department couldn't be worse

    Human Resources Administrator (Former Employee)
    Poway, CA

    ProsGood benefits: 9/80, the pension, CAL, Christmas shut-down.

    ConsThe company makes a solid product but it promotes and retains incompetent people. The HR department is no different. The department is quite large and has turned over almost 100% in the past couple years. There are a lot nasty people where favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMr. Blue: Please do yourself a favor and clean house at the top - including the "leadership" in HR. It's a very unhealthy environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with benefits but very much a government contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Poway, CA

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsDon'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 Senior Managementmonitor lower management more closely, offer a mentor program, have fun company events between different departments

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Another Brick in the Wall

    Software Developer V (Current Employee)
    Poway, CA

    ProsOpportunity 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

    ConsExcessively 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 Senior ManagementLet 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company...would work there again if mgmt changed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Poway, CA

    ProsBenefits, pension, 9/80 schedule, bonus. Like that they do value company morale and do a lot for the employees like free flu shots, summer event (Sea World, Zoo, etc).

    ConsIn my particular area the favoritism was too obvious. Understand there is company politics, but this was too much. Every company can improve in communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally need to evaluate some members of upper management. Some people really should not be in leadership roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Waste of Time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Poway, CA

    Pros9/80 Work Schedule and every other Friday Off.

    ConsLow Pay. Absolutely no opportunity for advancement or growth. They have a company policy that you cannot move up into another position if it is more than 7% of your current pay. There are many internal talented employees that are not considered for positions due to this rule. It's absurd. They would rather hire from the outside and pay someone more than give a more than qualified internal employee the promotion and raise.
    Poor Management. Too many Chiefs and too little Indians.
    If you are retired Military, you are given a job even though you have no experience.
    No matter how hard you work, you will receive the said raise as someone who is a total slacker.
    No recognition for your work accomplishments
    Awful Time Card System. No flexibility with time. No overtime allowed and if you do work overtime, it will be removed from your timecard.
    There is no "team" mentality. Most departments would rather fight against each other than work together.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of your 7% rule and allow for internal growth for loyal and talented employees. Allow employees a clear career path and offer incentive and compensation for their hard work.
    Get rid of useless overhead. There are so many people who slack off.
    Just because someone was in the Military, does not make them qualified for a position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood starting salary, continuous workflow

    ConsNot enough support from management or leads, lack of productive work relationships between departments

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good.

    Test Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company provides great benefits once you are 100% vested. Health, pension, 401K.

    ConsManagement is bad. Managers don't really know the process sometimes and just micromanage others without knowing the correct way of doing things.
    This is how you fail audits!!!!!

    Advice to Senior Managementget trained up, listen to your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to make a lot of money in a short amount of time. Not somewhere you'd want to retire from.

    A&P Specialist I (Former Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsMoney. If you deploy overseas, you get your base pay plus ~80% on top of that depending where they send you. Working 12 hours a day 7 days a week it's easy to make 100k during the first year. Company provided tooling.

    ConsManagement sucks. The company has thousands of employees but is still ran like there are only 100. There are so many people coming and going it's hard to establish yourself among others. Yearly raises are pathetic. Has the whole military style "Hurry up and wait" vibe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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