General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
202 Reviews
3.0
202 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.  

    Bruh...

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Projects are interesting, but cost-cutting and schedule leaves little room for proper design or innovation.

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Spanish Fork, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Spanish Fork, UT

    I have been working at General Atomics

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, interesting projects, company has never has layoffs

    Cons

    Upward mobility difficult, no special job perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With projects being rushed to meet crazy schedules, job perks such as a cafeteria or more company parties would help morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Potential is there....

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    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    The 9/80 work week is amazing. Having every other Friday off is huge.

    Job security. The company is constantly growing and hiring.

    Some of the managers really care about their teams and try to keep the morale up through group activities.

    Cons

    Growth. The larger the company gets the more disconnected with its employees it becomes.

    Some of the original employees are still working with the company and while that is great it sometimes enables them to feel invincible and beyond reprimand.

    Some of the managers could care less about their teams and more about the end result of a project.

    The HR department is in constant flux. Nothing seems confidential and you never know when your employees relations contact could change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose focus on your employees.
    Provide competitive raises.
    Nail down a firm and reliable HR department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, growing industry.

    Cons

    Retired Military who can't get out of the military mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not in the military anymore!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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