General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 79 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue

Neal Blue

(44 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and lots of jobs(in 9 reviews)

  • I really enjoyed the 9/80 schedule (work 9hrs/day and get every other Friday off)(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is very arrogant and doesn't listen to their employees(in 4 reviews)

  • Very poor upper management, unqualified(in 3 reviews)

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    I like working for General Atomics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt has a good culture.

    ConsCompensation is low compare to other companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Ruled by fear

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsDecent salary and benefits. Many quality people.

    ConsToo many micro managers, rule by fear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to and trust your employees

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

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    Careful when you interview with them

    Contracts and Procurement Director (Current Employee) Poway, CA

    ProsSeems like a good opportunity
    Great locations to work
    Nice 9/80 work schedule

    ConsMisrepresent themselves in the interview process. Post jobs that do not exist.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more honest about what you want.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay, but expected much better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery felxible work schedule, great co-workers

    ConsVery poor upper management, unqualified

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bright Minds but Disengaging Workplace

    Business Analyst Intern (Current Employee) Rancho Bernardo, CA

    ProsSmart, friendly, helpful coworkers. Relaxed altmosphere. Management is very lenient. Staying in the same job is not as tedious or boring as other companies and the company offers a lot of perks.

    ConsCannot get much done unless you are extraordinarily driven. A lot of people just want to clock in- clock out. Time is valued over work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a younger atmosphere with younger workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Company I have ever had the pleasure of working for!

    Engineer VI (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsAmazing Atmosphere, Exceptional Leadership, Room for Advancement, Wonderful Employee Programs, Great Team Environment.
    Management is always seeking advice from the entire team never one sided!

    ConsNothing.. Now I understand that nothing can be perfect at times you will have deadlines to meet and pressure will be on but that is not a con it is to be expected. I wish they would open more perm positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing!

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

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    Sr Financial Analyst Lead

    Senior Financial Analyst Lead (Current Employee) Poway, CA

    ProsGreat people and in house job growth

    ConsLack of training and inter department disagreements

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop in-house training procedures

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good experience overall, but had to leave due to inability to advance

    Project Controls Analyst (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros-Other motivated and bright people
    -Interesting (high tech) projects
    -Nice facilities (at EMS)
    -Flexible schedules/hours

    Cons-No opportunity for advancement
    -Denied request for transfer
    -Middle management can be lacking, but entrenched

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe real with your employees - don't try to pull the shade over everyone's eyes. If things aren't going well, tell them. Don't just sugarcoat it and then berate people in meetings.

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    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsStarting salary/wage. Main campus with fitness center, gym, cafeteria etc. Safety policies are well though out and practiced, not just the usual CYA. Procuring the proper tools and equipment is never an issue. Technology is on the forefront. Talented employees. Great company for your resume. 9/80 work schedule for most employees.

    ConsNepotism, leading to unqualified supervisors and managers is frustrating. Some groups have cliques where it's more important to be in them versus your job performance. If you aren't 'in' with one of the cliques you should start looking for another job. Inconsistent work environment depending on which division/location you happen to work for. At the VP level some are abusive and unprofessional, openly chastising managers in front of employees with loud, foul language. The above average salary when you get hired will slowly return to average with minimal or no raises over a few years. Low-level employees are disregarded and highly-educated employees get much respect. Managers have too much discretion for increases, resulting in big raises for themselves, small raises for their "friends" and little to none for everyone else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote based on talent and job performance. Treat all employees with respect. Improve working conditions at satellite locations. Stop hiring everybody's wife/sister/brother when they aren't qualified for the position. Stop the numbers game of offering the big salary to get someone in the door then no increases year after year. Diversify the business, too much dependance on federal government money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great experience on composite fuselages

    Mechanical Designer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosusing pro-engineering software for cad

    Consnot being able to stay

    Advice to Senior Managementextend your contracts

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