General Atomics

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General Atomics Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
83 Reviews
2.9
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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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  1.  

    Sr Financial Analyst Lead

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst Lead in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and in house job growth

    Cons

    Lack of training and inter department disagreements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop in-house training procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good experience overall, but had to leave due to inability to advance

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    -Other motivated and bright people
    -Interesting (high tech) projects
    -Nice facilities (at EMS)
    -Flexible schedules/hours

    Cons

    -No opportunity for advancement
    -Denied request for transfer
    -Middle management can be lacking, but entrenched

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real with your employees - don't try to pull the shade over everyone's eyes. If things aren't going well, tell them. Don't just sugarcoat it and then berate people in meetings.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Starting salary/wage. Main campus with fitness center, gym, cafeteria etc. Safety policies are well though out and practiced, not just the usual CYA. Procuring the proper tools and equipment is never an issue. Technology is on the forefront. Talented employees. Great company for your resume. 9/80 work schedule for most employees.

    Cons

    Nepotism, leading to unqualified supervisors and managers is frustrating. Some groups have cliques where it's more important to be in them versus your job performance. If you aren't 'in' with one of the cliques you should start looking for another job. Inconsistent work environment depending on which division/location you happen to work for. At the VP level some are abusive and unprofessional, openly chastising managers in front of employees with loud, foul language. The above average salary when you get hired will slowly return to average with minimal or no raises over a few years. Low-level employees are disregarded and highly-educated employees get much respect. Managers have too much discretion for increases, resulting in big raises for themselves, small raises for their "friends" and little to none for everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on talent and job performance. Treat all employees with respect. Improve working conditions at satellite locations. Stop hiring everybody's wife/sister/brother when they aren't qualified for the position. Stop the numbers game of offering the big salary to get someone in the door then no increases year after year. Diversify the business, too much dependance on federal government money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Staid, old fashioned management style.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rancho San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rancho San Diego, CA

    I worked at General Atomics (more than an year)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off is nice!

    Cons

    Older, tiresome systems; managers have been there for ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize! Get new, modern systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great experience on composite fuselages

    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    using pro-engineering software for cad

    Cons

    not being able to stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    extend your contracts

  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Fair

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent retirement contributions, starting salaries are fair. Increases may be slim. Buildings are typically clean.

    Cons

    Senior management is very arrogant and doesn't listen to their employees.
    The company is stuck in the past. Some employees get frustrated quit and leave. Some quit and stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Many are very good.
    GA-ASI seems to do a better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great workplace environment, friendly atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technician III in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, great perks, fantastic facility, great history of success, lap pool, gym, tennis, basketball volleyball courts, nice moderately priced cafeteria.

    Cons

    The pay, the Review system, the % of annual raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bigger raises motivate employees at ALL LEVELS. Anything below the rate of inflation is rude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management running the solid employees out

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

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

    Pros

    My coworkers make the day worth starting at this company. If it wasn't for these good people I would dread walking up in the morning.

    Cons

    The management. This company has the worst management style, structure and management maturity I have been witnessed in 15 years of my professional career. Leadership is not present, nor is questioning an obvious poor decision tolerated in a professional manor. Belittling, degrading and alienating employees is a common theme for directors, managers and senior management including VP's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From top to bottom on the management team, learn what a successful manager is and how to encourage employees and help grow the company in the positive way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great job in the high desert

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, nice atmosphere, decent benefits

    Cons

    Benefits are kinda expensive, mandatory over time, some co workers in other departments are jerks for no reason

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people. Dominating company in UAV market, in addition to growing use of UAV drones in warfare, which results in very good job security. Good benfits. 9/80 schedule = Every other Friday off. It lets you complete chores, and it stacks with Federal Holidays, where you could get 4 days off.

    Cons

    If you want best and all of the benefits, it's going to cost you some money. Irrelevant training. Poor management. Extremely little career mobility. Some people I know have been doing exact same job for 3-5 years until they got moved around. Work is more of dog and pony show, always being reminded that there are tour groups (literally) and customers, therefore to be on our best professional behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more incentive for promotion and job transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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