General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Loved it when it was small, left it when it became too big

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, San Diego, Work Life balance, cool product. The people and good managers are what kept me there for almost 8-10 years.

    Cons

    Company seems to have lost direction. Wrong people making technical decisions. Far too many low/non-contributing individuals that are not fired. A lot of of people like to talk about what needs to be done, but are unwilling to do what needs to be done. Company seems to be imploding under its own weight. Too many people on cruise control.Company is no longer trying to push the limits of capability.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat. There are far too many people walking around the campus hours on end. Seriously.


  2. Mechanical Engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with good people. Flexible hours and good job stability with great benefits. One of the few companies that offer a pension plan.

    Cons

    Lack of mentor-ship, limited growth potential, easy to get stuck within your group doing the same thing since there are no rotations. Work becomes repetitive and boring.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a rotation and mentor-ship program for young engineers in order for them to see where they excel at and what they like. It will make young engineers more motivated to work leading to a higher retention rate and better moral.

    General Atomics Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – System Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback regarding your experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A great professional team, I am leaning a lot from the experts. Many people in key positions have years of industry experience and time with the company. They share their experiences and help mentor.

    Cons

    Too much centralized control with Senior Management. Also, sometimes it’s hard to develop new processes because of push-back from key positions. There is general resistance to process improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Process improvement is keep to staying competitive. There are plenty of activities to improve upon.


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  5. Engineer 3

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work in an interesting field. The UASs are continuing to be developed for various customers.

    Cons

    There is very little chance for promotion. Hard work is not recognized and the overall moral at the company has been declining.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within.


  6. Technical Writer / Editor and Team Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Poway, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company hires a lot of prior service members with aviation backgrounds. Good annual increase in pay determined by ones contributions to the mission. Awesome health care benifets and retirement plans!

    Cons

    Not on policies are backed up in writting. Because the company hires a lot of prior service members the work culture is as though I'm still in the service.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best available talent that the armed service have let go. These men and woman have awesome soft skills that take years to develope.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company that does good things!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palmdale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company that looks out for their employees. I would compare it to the military without having to sign a contract and put on a uniform. Veteran friendly.

    Cons

    Company is growing so rapidly that some jobs/responsibilities are forgotten or overlooked. Communicating effectively across the matrix can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    When the need for change is identified, communicate with cross sectional teams, from many departments and locations, to ensure the problem/issues/changes will be well received at all levels and locations.


  8. Interesting Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Safety Engineer V in Madison, AL
    Former Employee - Software Safety Engineer V in Madison, AL

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All facilities located in San Diego Area including factory and assembly line. Innovative Aircraft Designs and new Technologies.

    Cons

    Departments did not communicate very well and were not willing to work with Safety because of intense schedule and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Periodic employee recognition from management needs to exist across the company.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Keep your expectations low from the start.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist III in Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - A&P Specialist III in Palmdale, CA

    I worked at General Atomics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Strong bond between coworkers who are getting screwed over just as much as you, especially overseas -The travel USED to be really great, now you might as well just be blindfolded and locked in your hotel room every where you go.

    Cons

    -Don't work anywhere but a 40 hour job in San Diego. The money isn't worth it and they are paying less and less for the same hazards. -If you work a deployable position, be prepared to work 7 days, 12+ hours a day making straight time with a modest increase in pay and literally the same vacation time as those sitting on the beach while you're living in a tent. -Be prepared to understand upper and middle management's main philosophy that everyone working should be grateful to them for the opportunity to work mandatory 6-7 days a week when working and not on a deployment/business trip. -Rule #2 is: "If you don't like it, you can quit because you're all replaceable". That's a direct quote from management repeated at several weekly meetings, which have also been non-existent the past couple of years because management doesn't care what any one who actually does the work thinks. It's funny because that's what most people do. Why do you think there are so many openings? -This is a big one. IF you work hard for this company, you will NOT be rewarded despite their claim that they are performance driven. There are many cases and I have seen paperwork from executives explaining how employees who went well beyond their job responsibilities still cannot have more than "meets" on their performance reviews. Meets is right in the middle. No employee is allowed to have an overall rating of exceeds no matter how hard you work. And we all know this is true because 80-90% of the people will show each other their reviews and compensation increases. The reason for this is so they don't have to justify more than a 1-2.5% annual raise. -Tribal knowledge is what keeps some people feeling like they have power here. -Systemically horrible corporate culture propagated by a president who it is clear, especially after meeting in person a couple times, cares little about the people making them money and interacting with their customers on a daily basis. -The claims of money and travel aren't worth the headache. You'd be better off taking a risk with a startup company or just working for an established direct competitor.

    Advice to Management

    Change your culture. Take care of the people that are making you rich before you lose the people who actually know your products.


  10. Great Tech Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Agile management, open doors, 9/80 workweeks (some locations) emphasis on unmet US needs and willingness to invest.

    Cons

    Growing pains in management, some departmental competition and blurred lines, agile management.

    Advice to Management

    Value transparency and open competition for management positions and influence.


  11. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is excited about what we are doing. We have great products. Love working the 9/80 schedule. Interesting work and lots of it.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.



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