General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
83 Reviews
2.9
83 Reviews
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great employees

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    Former Employee - Armed Security in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Armed Security in San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very professional, friendly employees who care about their job

    Cons

    As a security guard difficult to get 40 hrs a week for the first several weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just a paycheck, not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Cool products. Some really smart people. I really like my job, but the company culture is so bad that it makes most people disgruntled. Every other Friday off is nice.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Employees left out of the loop on purpose. Management tries to keep engineers talking to customers. A lot of infighting - multiple personal "kingdoms". Most supervisors not trained properly. HR is absolutely worthless. Two classes of people at GA: the managers and the "sorry people". Employees blamed for management screw-ups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fat, Dumb, and Happy. So much money is thrown at this company that you can afford to have more managers than "worker bees". Managers should realize that they have a job due to the hard work of the people doing the work and charging direct to contracts. Don't hire experienced engineers to work for inexperienced managers. Chain of command extremely confusing. At least 3 managers per worker. Shape up before the rug gets pulled out from under you by your customers. Too many decisions made based upon personal relationships and not business based. Too many fire drills. Reactionary management vs. proactive management. Very poor communication to the employees, but I guess that's ok because employees can't be trusted at GA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to start but not really a place to stay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    flexible hours, flexible schedule great benefits encouragement to learn and work independently

    Cons

    management not very proactive. compensation is low. luck on the draw on which product you work on. some are not not managed while others are micromanaged

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    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
  6.  

    Solid Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, growth potential and competitive salary

    Cons

    Enhance intern opportunities and development opportunities

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    At will company that will.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Security Officer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  9.  

    Manufacturing Production Liaison Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work , I would return

    Cons

    none, I could not think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy - too many chiefs and nothing gets done!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

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

    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
  11.  

    Program Planner

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

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

    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

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