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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    Pros

    Good starting salary, continuous workflow

    Cons

    Not enough support from management or leads, lack of productive work relationships between departments

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Overall good.

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    get trained up, listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - A&P Specialist I  in  Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist I in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Money. 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.

    Cons

    Management 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Big Company With Small Company Mindset

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    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

    Lots of work, room for promotion, opportunity to implement change.

    Cons

    Old fashioned work ethic, slow to embrace change, decision authority not delegated from high level management. Management seems to feel that unpaid overtime is the solution to every problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire proven successful, non-aerospace business leaders to lead the company. Delegate decision authority. Embrace modern business management strategy, we're not a start-up company anymore.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you need a job! But don't expect much...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive and you can qualify for an annual bonus. The technology is very interesting and you get to work with a lot military personnel, who are always appreciative of your hard work. Small tuition reimbursement and you have the ability to take computer training courses.

    Cons

    Pour management and way to many "Chiefs". No career paths or set expectations for most employees. Don't expect to advance if you are younger. I've been told more then once that because I am young and have more potential, I should not expect to be promoted ahead of more senior co-workers. Leadership is seriously lacking and most are more then willing to throw you under the bus to get ahead. The culture is also unpleasant, there is no "team" mentality. Most departments would rather fight against each other than work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change up management & supervision especially in the high desert. Setup some type of career planning or advancement coaching for employees. Improve communication from the top down to minimize gossip and rumors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Couldn't be happier...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Felxible working hours, amazing benefits, company is still small enough to where you can network between departments and build lasting professional relationships. There is substantial room for growth and professional development if you are dedicated professional, and have a good set of soft skills. The culture is amazing, and it is a true pleasure to come to work with the people currently employed there.

    Cons

    Granted, the pay is slightly less than industry standard, but compensation comes in many forms. Excercise every benefit made available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just as with the rest of the company, I've seen postive trends in the hiring process and leadership selection. Let's continue on that path. Great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expectation that your work is your life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    The company provides good health benefits, retirement plan, and solid company

    Cons

    Like the title says! If you want to live and eat work go to GA-ASI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourself and develop clear defined processes for your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    GA-ASI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    Pros

    Very interesting work, interesting contracts, technology. Off-Fridays are very nice to have. The pension plan is nice and rare these days

    Cons

    MANY layers of management with a very black and white view of the workforce. Extremely hierarchical environment. A lot of empire building happening right now.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Scientist

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    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and sometimes interesting work. Not looking for quarterly profits as much as some defense contractors. Leads to longer term vision and research.

    Cons

    Hard work and innovation are not incentivised. Star performers and slack offs get the same bonus/raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of the rising talent or somebody else might.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company overall

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    Pros

    The benefit options at this company are great. The people are good to work with. The mission of the company is worthwhile.

    Cons

    The management has an old-school mentality; they are not in a hurry. Promotion takes many years of dedicated service. Sometimes it may not be available at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your people faster! Talented folks are lost everyday because they get impatient.

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