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General Atomics Overview
San Diego, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The General Atomics group of companies is a world renowned leader in developing high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems; remotely piloted aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and ... Read more

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Company Updates

  • At General Atomics, giving back is our responsibility to the communities we're part of. Last month, at the San Diego Food Bank, our GA-EMS employees helped put together 19,584 meals that will help families in need, including military families.

  • Last month, President of the GA Sciences Education Foundation Larry W. presented a check for $10,000 to support the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Club Foundation’s “Stepping Stones to STEM Success” program. We’re proud to invest in the future generations of STEM through such a great organization!

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General Atomics – Why Work With Us?


Why Choose General Atomics

  • You’ll follow in the footsteps of some the world’s leading scientists and engineers who founded the company in 1955 for the purpose of harnessing the power of nuclear technologies for the benefit of mankind.
  • You’ll join an organization that continually expands its expertise, making it one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development.
  • You’ll partner with scientists and engineers, leaders in their fields, who have a passion for excellence and a willingness to accept the challenges of finding better ways to do things and then to make it happen.
  • You’ll become part of a goal-oriented organization that fosters employee development and individual career success.
  • All of this creates an exhilarating and challenging work environment.


Affiliated Companies

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, including the Predator UAV series and the Lynx SAR/GMTI sensor system. The company provides comprehensive solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide and is committed to providing immediately deployable, transformational technology for military operation and weapons systems, as well as civil missions.

General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC (GA-SI)
General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC, an affiliated company of General Atomics, is comprised of two divisions providing best value defense services for U.S. and International customers. The Aero Services Division specializes as a full service solution to meet the persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) challenges facing domestic and allied nation security missions. The Engineering Services Division is a leading edge expert in reliability, maintainability and sustainability improvement for U.S. aging aircraft systems.

ConverDyn serves the global nuclear industry, offering the highest quality UF6 at competitive prices. They coordinate and manage all aspects of the conversion process for their customers, including uranium deliveries, uranium sampling, materials storage, and product delivery.

Cotter Corporation is a General Atomics (GA) affiliate headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Originally incorporated in 1956 in New Mexico as a uranium production company, Cotter was purchased by and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Commonwealth Edison in 1975. GA acquired Cotter in early 2000. Through its various mining and milling operations, Cotter has produced uranium, vanadium, molybdenum, silver, lead, zinc, copper, selenium, nickel, cobalt, tungsten and limestone.

Heathgate Resources Pty, Ltd.
Heathgate Resources, formed in 1990, is the owner and operator of the Beverley Uranium Mine in northern South Australia. Beverley is Australia's third uranium mine and Australia's only operating In Situ Leach mine. Beverley is the most advanced In Situ Leach mine in the world and plays a significant role in South Australia's resource development industry.

Nuclear Fuels Corporation 
Nuclear Fuels Corporation (NFC) was formed in 1991 by General Atomics (GA) to market uranium produced from GA mining assets as well as to develop additional uranium projects. NFC is a long-term contract supplier to both U.S. and foreign utilities and actively participates in uranium trading.

Rio Grande Resources Corporation
Rio Grande Resources Corporation controls uranium operations and mineral resources acquired by GA from Chevron Resources in 1991. Included in this acquisition were mines in south Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico, the Mt. Taylor project, a conventional underground mine that contains the largest uranium resource in the United States, is currently on standby.

Spezialtechnik Dresden and Subsidiaries
Spezialtechnik Dresden GmbH (STD) stands as holding at the head of the Spezialtechnik-Group Dresden and renders commercially characterized and marketing/sales oriented consulting and support services for the companies of the group.

Spezialtechnik Dresden GmbH is engaged through its subsidiaries in the development of industrial estates, remediation of large-scale uranium and lignite coal mining areas, manufacturing high-mass prefabricated concrete components for the industry, traffic and communication sector, maintenance/service and modernization/conversion of special rail vehicles and the reprocessing of munitions.

Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, STD subsidiaries operate plants in Brandenburg and Saxony. STD and its subsidiaries also support GA in the expansion of its activities throughout Germany, Scandinavia, and Benelux.

General Atomics and affiliated companies are world renowned leaders in developing high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems; remotely operated surveillance aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and biofuels.

We offer an excellent opportunity to realize your full potential and fulfill your career aspirations.

Join the General Atomics team where you can make a difference!

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Innovation Begins with Brilliant Minds

General Atomics and affiliated companies happened because a few smart people thought the status quo wasn’t good enough. We need exceptional minds that are inventive, resourceful, and thrive in a hands-on environment. Our internship program offers an exhilarating environment where you will be challenged to push the envelope with innovative high-tech solutions to further your classroom learning and professional experience.

Program Overview

The General Atomics and affiliated companies Internship program provides paid internship opportunities for summer and year-round positions for eligible students. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience, while working alongside the company’s finest professionals who will serve as mentors. General Atomics and affiliated companies invites undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in technology, engineering, and science, as well as other majors that lend support in special projects, to apply. Working at General Atomics and affiliated companies means embracing stimulating and challenging work, having the chance to work on cutting-edge technology, and being part of a growing team. In addition, most internships will provide the opportunity to attend technical lectures and guided tours, network with peers and company employees, complete a technical report, and participate in a final presentation that summarizes the results of their research.

Program Benefits

  • Real-world experience and career mentorship

  • Competitive salary

  • Flexible work hours

  • Housing assistance for non-local candidates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic major and coursework concentration

  • Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university

  • Classification as an undergraduate or graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral level) by the start of the program

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

General Atomics is among the leading technology employers in the San Diego area. We offer a challenging and rewarding work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package which includes the following:


  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance


  • Pre-tax premium options
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for health care and dependent care


  • Life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Long term disability insurance


  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Pension plan (defined benefit)


  • Tuition reimbursement


  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Legal services insurance plan
  • Recreation facilities
  • Employee Recreation Association (ERA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Eligibility varies with employee status and longevity. Most benefits are available to regular employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week and are generally available within one month of an employee's hire date. Benefit programs described on this site are explicitly defined in legal documents. The formal language of the plan documents, and not the informal wording of this summary, would govern in the event of a conflict. General Atomics reserves the right to change, amend or terminate any of the benefit plans at any time and for any reason.

General Atomics Reviews

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


    Flexible work hours, challenging work, opportunities for growth


    They can’t seem to hire fast enough for the companies growth.

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General Atomics Photos

General Atomics photo of: SENER presents GA-ASI's Predator B at UNVEX
General Atomics photo of: Predator® C Avenger® takes its first flight
General Atomics photo of: Certifiable Predator B Completes Fuselage Integrity Testing
General Atomics photo of: GA-EMS designed and manufactured both the Blitzer 3 MJ and a 32 MJ railgun system
General Atomics photo of: For decades, GA has been a world leader in fusion research and development
General Atomics photo of: GA develops electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems for the U.S. Navy
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General Atomics Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at General Atomics (New York, NY) in June 2019.


    Begins with a recruiter letting you know you've been selected for a phone screen. I've read on Glassdoor that the screen may be technical and behavioral, but mine was completely behavioral and about my experience. After that, if you've selected they'll set up an onsite.
    The onsite consists of 3 rounds. 1st round with with HR. 2nd round is with a group of engineers and they may ask you to solve a questions. 3rd round is a C programming assignment who you do with an engineer at the company.

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General Atomics Awards & Accolades

  • Best Diversity Company, Diversity/Careers, 2014

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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