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General Atomics Reviews in Poway, CA

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible hours, flexible schedule great benefits encouragement to learn and work independently (in 10 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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    Sr Financial Analyst Lead

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and in house job growth

    Cons

    Lack of training and inter department disagreements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop in-house training procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Careful when you interview with them

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts and Procurement Director in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Contracts and Procurement Director in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest about what you want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horribly unorganized and chaotic

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging and meaningful work, industry leading products. A lot of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is poor and unreceptive. Director is controlling and a hindrance. Employees overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized, quit talking (barking) over everyone, provide an environment that will allow for your employees to succeed. Provide a clear idea of project priorities and stop changing them weekly / daily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a paycheck

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big government budgets so good stability. 9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Almost all management are retired military officers. They still wear their rank at General Atomics. Some even prefer to be called by the Active duty pay grade they held. They still wear their leather flight jackets in and call each other by their call signs. If you are a retiring aviator, join the club and you will fit right in. If not, shut up and color'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on counting your money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management. All ex military managers. Boot camp.......begin!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Writer in Poway, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good cafeteria. Good parking. Not many other pros to this place. Can't really say too much good about these folks.

    Cons

    Poor hiring practices. People get hired because they are old military buddies, not because of qualifications. Lots of yelling and screaming. Had a manager tell us he could make my group come in and scrub toilets with tooth brushes. A bunch of grouchy old men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Technology but Micromanagement sometimes gets in the way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to work with great technology. Up to date hardware in data centers. Provides training on items that you support.

    Cons

    Frequently pulled off projects to work on other projects. Put on so many projects it is difficult to complete them in a timely fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the project goal and let them do what they were hired to do to complete the project. Prioritize projects and have employees focus and complete them without ping-ponging between many projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Taking advantage of down economy

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

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions. Onsite health facility. Easy use of granted time off for personal reasons. Located away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego. Every other Friday is off with the 9hr work days.

    Cons

    Completely taking advantage of down economy and not willing to pay what employees are worth. Recruitment process was worst and most unprofessional I've experienced. Never available, never return phone calls or emails, and very lazy approach with questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little to no communication between management and employees. Overall lack of accountability on employees. General sense of a lack of urgency in process improvement. "That's the way we've always done it" approach. Great product with great future success but will be eventually crippled by the lack of better mid-level management, training, and mentorship programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    General Atomics Aeronautical is a sweat shop

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    The company is growing so there is job security.

    Cons

    Where to begin. The place is run like a broken military unit. They do not understand or respect the outside lives of their employees, get the job done at all costs. Many people here work in excess of 60 hours a week and some more than that.
    Very poor communication between departments and leadership. Within this organization you feel as though you are a robot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to promote team work and a sense of family within the ranks. The culture is bland and not engergizing. Work, work, work is not always the best way to extract the best from your people.
    Take some management classes and learn to inspire people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best in San Diego

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

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    - Pride in product
    - Job security
    - Fast paced

    Cons

    - Poor management structure
    - No paid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less PMs, more workers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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