General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
Neal Blue
65 Ratings

Pros
  • Great benefits and lots of jobs (in 10 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most employees (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer VI in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer VI in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leading Edge technology and diverse program opportunities.

    Cons

    Regulations associated with defense work through a privately owned large company are onerous. Difficult to act fast. Not the fault of GA, just the reality of the business.


  2. Subcontract Administrator

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    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, nice people. always staying busy.

    Cons

    over worked. not enough staff. only care about metrics


  3. Great for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great management, team, benefits and good for growth

    Cons

    Most employees are underpaid and the HR department needs work


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  5. Fair but slow to change

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    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Poway, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Competitive wages , benefits and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Old ways of doing things


  6. Buyer 1

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    Current Employee - Buyer I in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Buyer I in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Small company feel with big company pay.

    Cons

    No cons to mention at this time.


  7. Research engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse work list and many different coworkers. Never boring plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low based on productivity and work load. Incremental pay increases rarely keep up with inflation.

    Advice to Management

    pay good employees better


  8. working at ga

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on projects that are long term and there can be considerable flexibility in the approaches taken, and you have opportunities to define your own projects

    Cons

    As with many places the fear of litigation can make thing move very slowly

    Advice to Management

    speed up


  9. Intern Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and great internship program. Very invested in learning and helping you advance your career.

    Cons

    A bit of a head in the sand mentality.


  10. A&P Specialist 1

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, Cool technology, Every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Middle of the desert. Small town but close to big cities.

    Advice to Management

    Increase Diverstiy


  11. I stay because I have bills to pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent overall benefits package. Pension is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Forced 6 day work weeks for months at a time are a real drag compared to the promised 9/80 work schedule. I have seen numerous workers advance beyond their abilities while a lot of more capable employees get held back.

    Advice to Management

    Wasting the talent you have acquired is a true shame!



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