General Atomics

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  1.  

    Good pay and benefits, mildly disorganized

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pays well, benefits are quite good. Good place for someone who can manage themselves and their time. Assignments are frequently challenging and appropriate to the employee's skill set.

    Cons

    This company is trying to evolve from small business to major player, but the transition has been challenging. There is mild disorganization right now, but should improve in the next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start adding relevant training to all employee curricula. Encourage employees to pursue work/life balance rather than frowning on exempt employees who aren't working until it's dark outside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place with good benefits

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great product line and easy going people. Very good benefits and good training provided.

    Cons

    Processes and communication can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold all hand meetings and encourage more integration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Department Specialist III in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    9/80 work week, excellent benefits, company will pay for continued education, friendly and happy employees who are passionate about their work. It is definitely a company that you can grow with. They don't often fire or lay off their people, they like to keep them and use them on different contracts when a contract ends.

    Cons

    Poor communication between codependent departments which often makes for delayed times in getting projects done. Salary is so so...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 a 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
  6.  

    Decent place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work and you get to work with hardware even as a software person. Overall friendly group who believe in their mission.

    Cons

    Coordination between groups is sometimes lacking. It's largely dependent on getting contracts so job security may become a concern for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm probably not well qualified for this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    don't do it

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

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

    Pros

    Your get a paycheck and benefits

    Cons

    You will need those benefits to pay for your nervous breakdown. Accounting dept in particular. I have never worked so many hours and felt so unappreciated. They could not pay me enough to stay. Mgrs are bullies and not just a few. I even transferred to another dept within accounting and it's pretty much the same. The only people who are successful here are jerks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop working your employees to death.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Generally favorable but have doubt in capabilities of upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace, excellent people, long-term growth opportunities

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations from employees, too qualified people in low positions with very unqualified in upper management

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth phase concerns

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits, varied assignments, and 9/80 work schedule. The company seems to have a fairly normal work life balance.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Could use more consistency in management team. Seems to be more reactive than proactive and results in rapid response efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and try to support them. Many of them are overworked while others seem to be underutilized.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wacky place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good money and three more words to submit this.

    Cons

    HR runs the whole thing and the patients are running the insane asylum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a job somewhere else because you don't have a handle on the place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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