General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
195 Reviews
2.9
195 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    A lot of Great People to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Potential is there....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multiple opportunities to develop advanced UAV's from concept to flight test to production

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Adelanto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Adelanto, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advanced Technology
    Industry Leader
    Growth
    Stable
    Long Term
    Vertically Integrated

    Cons

    Big Company Mentality
    Bureaucratic
    Getting Slower
    Ridiculous HR Policies
    Becoming More Formal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Mechanical Systems Intern started in manufacturing learning through the production process, ended in mechanical systems.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern III
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern III

    I worked at General Atomics as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Diverse projects from simple to seemingly impossible. Your projects will definitely push your knowledge of engineering fundamentals and their application. Fellow engineers are extremely helpful and courteous.

    Cons

    All projects are distributed to a few lead engineers where they then disperse them out to the people in their groups. To me this made it hard for me to understand if I properly understood the requirements of the project as it was explained to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For interns and new graduates, establishing a methodology for problem solving based/referenced upon company mechanics should be essential. It gives them the direct path for completing assignments efficiently and in a timely manner, as opposed to them taking a extended period of time finding out where and who to go to the hard way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beyond atrocious.

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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 full-time

    Pros

    -9/80 schedule allows for every other Friday off
    -Exciting and well-known products
    -Pension plan after three years of employment

    Cons

    Misleading recruiting process. Favoritism is rampant; many departments have a "good 'ol boy" mentality. In these situations, if you are not "in" the clique, your life here will be very difficult. Training is non-existent. Constant bickering and infighting between departments. Unrealistic schedules. The company has a tendency to low-ball on salary, which causes positions to sit open for months. Constantly understaffed. Apathetic management that was more interested in making excuses and finding various cop-outs than acknowledging and correcting problems. Lack of basic break room amenities like plastic silverware and coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many things need drastic improvement. Training employees and investing more in employee salaries would help with staffing. Cheapskate maneuvers like not stocking break rooms and not allowing employees to have small appliances in their cubicles/offices are horrible for morale.

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

    Been lied to by GA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UAS In General in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - UAS In General in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None, they really are substandard in all areas. They promise positions and then reneg at the last minute. The tell lies all of the time.

    Cons

    They flat out lie. I hope their company goes belly up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good people instead of ex military under achievers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Electrical Engineer 5

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

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best opportunity for advancement, good benefits, hardware electronics is probably the best environment I have seen in 50 years of experience, management is also best. Company values are superior to most companies, especially if you believe in God and family. This is a VERY pro USA company with a feeling of family. Excellent retirement, insurance, vacation. Great people to work with with broad range of experience, especially mechanical and electronics hardware.

    Cons

    Different groups fight to impose their importance. Software is always competing with engineering for budget. Production is always competing with engineering for product responsibility. This needs to be addressed as it is unfair to those of us that are dedicated to our jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more separation between group management and the employees. Management needs to be more involved with responsibility definition between groups. Keep going, all else is fine. I am sorry I ever left the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent company full of stubborn old men

    Former Employee - Department Specialist III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Department Specialist III in Poway, CA

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can never get fired, no matter how little work you do.
    Benefits are ok.
    Most people under 35 are nice to work with.

    Cons

    You will never be promoted, unless you have a relative who can boost your career.
    There is no free coffee or snacks.
    Salary workers are expected to work whatever schedule management decides on a whim, without overtime pay.
    Your ideas will never be heard or implemented.
    Removal of all personal items from cubes made the place droll and depressing.
    The meetings are complete wastes of time.
    Severely poor management of lab resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire.

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