General Atomics Reviews

Updated March 10, 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. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Benefits and 9/80 schedules are great!

    Cons

    ladder growth is sometimes limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great Place to work if you've been around.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Benefits, Poor Management - use it as a stepping stone to greater things!

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and be realistic about your skill set.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Project Management Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly

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

    Pros

    Working at general atomics as an intern was enjoyable for several reasons. They have a great staff, work ethic, and provide a great level of customer service.

    Cons

    This company is going through a sort of transition from a small company to a large company. In some ways it seems they are locked into the DoD industry without much consideration of the Civilian UAV possibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be encouraging to begin looking towards a smaller, more affordable civilian UAS.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Bruh...

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    Former Employee - Software Developer I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer I in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pension (awesome place to work if you're at the point in your career where you just want to cruise to retirement)

    You don't have to work hard (my colleague and I were job hunting all day...my technical manager had no technical skills)

    Cons

    Can't advance (engineer I -> engineer II -> engineer III is typically the path and the raise in pay grade is a joke)

    A lot of the "managers" in the software side are frauds

    You don't get promoted because you're competent, you get promoted because you're "in" with management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of management in the technical side that are frauds

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. The benefits of this company were very very good.

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    Former Employee - EMS Engineering in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - EMS Engineering in Rancho Bernardo, CA

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

    Pros

    They encouraged their employees to develop new procedures and other things on their own; they trust you.

    Cons

    They do not look after the employees. Time spent with them means nothing and seniority means virtually nothing. Once an employee is hired, I would expect for that company to try and hold on to that employee through anything. They don't. The work is from contract to contract. Once the contract ends, they do not try to place the employees anywhere else even though the employees have many skills that would transfer to other jobs within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to the employees you have instead of looking to new interns to do the jobs. Consider the wealth of knowledge the employees have built up for you and build on that instead of looking on the outside - look in your house first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Awesome product. Could take care of employees better.

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    Current Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, flexibility, 9/80 schedule, comfortable environment.

    Cons

    Advancement difficult, compensation below national averages, promotion seems more normalized with no incentive for performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring more employees when merits are low every year. Give more responsibilities to existing employees and give them an opportunity to move up instead of hiring in new employees to fill gaps in mid-high level positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Enjoyed working 2 summers as an intern

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics

    Pros

    The employees were great people to work with and were all very willing to help me with my projects and offer advice. I felt like the work was meaningful and interesting and the pay and benefits were great

    Cons

    It was occasionally difficult to get work done through a lot of the bureaucratic red tape that comes with work for a large company, especially a contractor of the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help facilitate career advancement for young employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    schedule (9/80 work week), terrific people to work with, company is loyal--does not have a hire-and-fire mentality like other government contracting companies

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move up, some employees get "comfortable" and are difficult to motivate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain your HR policies, continue proactive programs to prepare for future reduced government spending

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A lot of Great People to work with.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    The people I work with help to make the day easy to get through.

    Cons

    No ladders to climb in the Administrative Assistant Role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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