General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
88 Reviews

3.2
88 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.  

    Good place to work

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    • 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
  2.  

    Decent intern experience(software engineering intern)

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    • 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
  3.  

    More Drama Than Your Favorite Soap Opera

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Run Away

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    • 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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    It's only a job...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    I earn money although it's much less than what I made 10 years ago doing the same job. Also, I have medical insurance.

    Cons

    Everything pretty much sucks at GA-ASI. Have seen a lot of good people give up and leave because they got fed up with the BS; i.e. the good ole boy system run by former military staff who have no people skills. Management looks the other way because they only care that the job gets done, executive level management puts on a show with their Service Awards but the next minute they can't acknowledge underlings who work for them?!?! Expected to 'play well with others' who are disrespectful, condescending and who abuse their power. No one to turn to for work place issues; HR will throw you under the bus as will your very own manager. Archaic processes that should have been updated years ago. Very disappointed with this company in general, but I need medical coverage and an income to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hop on a Malaysian flight and disappear?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I am at a loss for words

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Adelanto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Adelanto, CA

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

    Pros

    You can steal the company blind and no one cares.

    Cons

    Everybody is entitled to do nothing and get away with it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the H.R. Department. They are elitist and power crazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    GA-ASI

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    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
  10.  

    Slow moving company that is growing to fast for the senior management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years

    Pros

    Good money, ok benefits, cool product

    Cons

    Lame HR, so many rules and stupid processes, some managers are slave drivers (you should be happy to have a job). Everything is a priority so nothing is. Ever changing goals and long term stratiges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone that know how to run a billion dollar company. Realize that multiple priorities with top status make everything take longer. EMPOWER YOUR EMPLOYEES

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator  in  Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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