General Atomics Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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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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  1. Good people, but the company underpays.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at General Atomics as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart/talented workforce, flexible schedule, 9/80 schedule, great work/life balance if not in ST&Q.

    Cons

    They often underpay their employees since they know they've got prestige in the UAV community and they're located in the greatest city in the US (in most of their employees' opinion).

  2. Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager III in Poway, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Significant responsibility as a new program manager.

    Cons

    Silo-d organization can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance in program management can be tough to handle.

  3. A&P Specialist

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    Current Employee - A&P Specialist in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - A&P Specialist in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay overseas

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Work life balance is horrible. Pay is not competitive when home and no compensation is given for extra mandatory responsibilities.

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  5. Generally a enjoyable place to work

    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Poway, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was only expected to work 40 hours a week and was never asked to take work home with me.

    Cons

    It is hard to know what is going on in the rest of the company which I would have liked to know.

    Advice to Management

    See cons but I would be cool to hear about other work going on inside the rest of the company.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Interesting Department.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Awesome teammates, peers, leads and co-workers. The company does provide some training such that you have an idea of what to do and how you are expected to perform/conduct yourself. You can socialize quite a bit at work, if you maintain productivity.

    Cons

    The cubes are a big small and old. Hard ot hold professional conversations while on the phone with vendors, suppliers, or co-workers, due to the open environment and ambient noise. The water purifier filter for the upstairs and downstairs break-room constantly needs maintenance. Number of bathrooms is not enough to support the volume of people.

    Advice to Management

    Some leads could focus on giving better direction to their subordinates. And delegated tasks sometimes aren't well thought out, or played to individual strengths. In addition, some leads, could spend more time organizing and planning before asking others to perform a task.

  7. Accountant II

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    Current Employee - Accountant II/Cash Accountant in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant II/Cash Accountant in Poway, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment and nice facilities.

    Cons

    Slow hiring process
    Poor interaction between HR department and staff

    Advice to Management

    Have a quicker and better hiring process

    General Atomics Response

    Apr 15, 2015System Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback regarding your work environment and your interaction with the HR department and regret that you had this experience with ... More

  8. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and 9/80 schedules are great!

    Cons

    ladder growth is sometimes limited

  9. Great Place to work if you've been around.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    It's a great place to work. 9/80, flexible schedule, nice buildings and work equipment.

    Cons

    Since General Atomics has grown in the recent years, moving up seems difficult. Most of the time HR is very slow with hiring and is not the most responsive, even with employees. s this how it is everhwhere?

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR response times, take care of employees- compensation wise and recognition wise.

  10. Outside Looking In

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked one year assignment while on contract, this job allowed me the opportunity to assess company culture, interview managers and discuss possible future employment.

    Cons

    Ageism, nepotism, cronyism and incompetent management across the organization, poorly managed HR, legal issues and recruitment of unqualified people with no naval aviation experience, too many quality and reliability problems, project management disinformation operating in a vacuum/bubble and their likes to political theater.

    Advice to Management

    Get ready, CBO is coming your way very soon!

    General Atomics Response

    Apr 15, 2015System Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback and regret that you had this experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies. We encourage you to reach out in ... More

  11. Great Benefits, Poor Management - use it as a stepping stone to greater things!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in El Mirage, CA
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in El Mirage, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    401k, pension, tuition reimbursement, great vacation benefits, relaxed culture, great pay

    Cons

    unethical and uninformed management who generally haven't earned their positions; rather they mostly just happened into them - right place right time.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and be realistic about your skill set.

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