General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
86 Reviews

3.0
86 Reviews
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
Neal Blue
45 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits & Professional development opportunities

    Cons

    None i can think of at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, growth potential and competitive salary

    Cons

    Enhance intern opportunities and development opportunities

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    At will company that will.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Officer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of jobs.

    Cons

    The company is well known for low balling you on salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice company for technical people / Full of obstacles for sales people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    Pros

    Broad product line allows career shifts and learning
    Competitive pay at nice defense-industry rates
    Generous vacation/sick pay, full benefits, tuition reimbursement
    Private ownership by Blue brothers eliminates outside pressures and stock price manipulations
    Cool technologies - plasma, stealth coatings, Predator, rail guns
    Owner Neal Blue is amazing to understand and leverage so many diverse technologies
    San Diego!

    Cons

    Legal department's slowness and risk aversion has been strangling the company for past five years
    High level of conflict and office politics among departments in some GA entities
    Ridiculous number of approvals for routine sales (and 10 times worse for international)
    Family ownership results in inevitable nepotism
    Lack of training in organizational and people-management skills
    Sales and marketing are dirty words

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who are in direct contact with customers and the markets. Let them lead the organization rather than allowing support groups, such as legal, accounting and production, to dictate policies and destroy customer relationships and employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Manufacturing Production Liaison Engineering

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great Place to work , I would return

    Cons

    none, I could not think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy - too many chiefs and nothing gets done!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    If you are mediocre and not ambitious, this is the perfect place for you because you'll just float on by getting a paycheck, not being developed, and contribute very little.

    Cons

    Too many managers, every single one of them has to have a say and nothing ever gets approved. Projects will sit and sit and sit and pass from employee to employee that you feel you are in Groundhog's Day redoing the work someone before you had already redone for someone before them. It is a crazy circus here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over your egos and positions of authority and make decisions that are best for the majority as opposed to your own selfish reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Seniority is king

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits (medical and dental insurance, pension, 401K) with above average vacation time and stable job security. Campuses are very well kept and a great location in San Diego.

    Cons

    No real incentive to better yourself. If you do the minimum required work you will be treated the same as those that go above and beyond. Compensation is very seniority based with arbitrary performance review cycles. I would not recommend this to anyone with career ambition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those that work hard and deliver. Quality and quantity of work should be the main compensation driver, not how long you have been with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Program Planner

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    Current Employee - Program Planner  in  Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Planner in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    Pros

    The Professionalism at this company is paramount

    Cons

    Like to see management more involved in keeping people more accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not just being focuse on the project but holding people more accountable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful

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

    Pros

    Great Company, Nice people, Great Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    I cant really say that I have any cons to say about this employer except at the time when I made the decision to leave voluntarily due to personal/ family reasons, when asking HR for a leave of absence they did not have any stress related reason that I was eligible for. It was upsetting because I did not want to leave General Atomic s because I knew my situation at that time would only be temporary.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management and care for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension. Working on a leading edge of aviation

    Cons

    leadership was poor, lack of experienced management. The people in charge are only in charge because they were there first, not because they are the most qualified. Lots of dissatisfied employees. No attempts at retaining experienced/senior employees. Morale is very bad and contagious. They've had a mass exodus of employees in the last year.

    Pay was average, perhaps slightly below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people! There are some very simple, inexpensive things that could be done to turn around the morale. Really isn't about the money, it's about making happy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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