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General Atomics Employee Reviews about "9 80 work"

Updated Jan 6, 2021

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3.8
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General Atomics Chairman and CEO Neal Blue
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Pros
  • "9/80 work schedule (every other friday off)(in 105 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and pay- could retire well after a career here(in 82 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "exceptional nepotism from retired military with hiring on their friends despite qualifications(in 28 reviews)

  • "Upper management not in tune with necessary changes needed at lower tiers(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent employer

      Dec 23, 2020 - Training & Development in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      9/80 work schedule, friendly environment

      Cons

      Cubical's for most employees in building

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great benefits, decent pay, but alot of cons behind the scenes

      Aug 31, 2020 - MCC II Material Control Coordinator in Poway, CA
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      Pros

      Good schedule, 9/80. Pay is good. Opportunity to move around in company, not necessarily move up though. Benefits are excellent, except they don't offer the pension plan anymore. Great comaraderie with co-workers.

      Cons

      Company is privately owned, therefore nepotism is everywhere. Incompetent employees are protected because of this. A lot of bureaucracies, polictics and favortism. It's all about who you know and not making waves amonst management. Follow the chain of command, even if it's not the "right thing". Alot of people don't feel comfortable speaking up for wrong doings. Because it is a good job with good benefits, employees have learned to turn a blind eye, and hush their opinions.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Internship

      Dec 21, 2020 - Internship in Poway, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Helpful staff members who go out of their way to explain the purpose of my tasking; had a hands-on learning experience; and enjoyed the 9/80 work schedule.

      Cons

      Many senior members were considered high demand, low-density assets which made it difficult to help managers with some of their tasks.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      General Atomics Review

      Jan 6, 2021 - Mechanical Engineer I in San Diego, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      9/80 schedule which means you get every other friday off. Generally stable job.

      Cons

      There are periods of low work which can be frustrating

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent company to work for

      Aug 4, 2020 - Integration Technician in Poway, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job stability Clean working environment Good benefits Does not require you to have your own tools 9/80 schedule helps work/life balance

      Cons

      Compensation is lower than other federal contracting jobs Much of the turnover is attributed to people leaving the job to get better paying jobs on base Promotion within the company can be difficult Technicians on the floor have to wear long blue smocks that are annoying

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great for veterans

      Oct 23, 2020 - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work schedule and 9/80 work schedule

      Cons

      Fairly disorganized management structure with too much middle management

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    7. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Very good experience

      Sep 24, 2020 - Software Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      9/80 work schedule, very nice offices, actual work that will be used, great housing

      Cons

      can't explain what you did because of defense sector

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    8. 4.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Technical Writer

      Aug 12, 2020 - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Flexible working hours 9/80 work schedule (every other friday off) Food court in work building and trails to working breaks

      Cons

      A lot of former military employees Lack of diversity Redundant work

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good Company to work for.

      Aug 27, 2020 - UAV Systems Specialist in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      9/80 schedule is nice to have

      Cons

      Work dependant on government contracts

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place for First Job Out of College, but You Hit Walls

      Jun 25, 2020 - Software Developer III in Poway, CA
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      Pros

      If you are hard-working, you do get promoted here. You need to be ambitious and willing to take on more work than expected if you want to get opportunities to work on different projects. Work life balance is great (if you do the bare minimum, see cons below). The pay was decent (low considering the cost of living in CA), and the benefits are okay. There are a few senior-level software developers there that have a passion for what they do, and you can learn a lot from them, but the ones with talent, you need to seek them out. I got lucky and was able to get on several different projects that allowed me to gain more experience and become more marketable for searching for other software engineering jobs. For a while, it kept things interesting. The 9/80 schedule is nice and there is some flexibility in your start time as well, which you cannot argue that.

      Cons

      There are far more terrible senior software developers there than there are good. You cannot look at the current code base to see how things should be done. You will see plenty of examples of how poorly something can be implemented, which helps absolutely nobody. "But it works!" ... yeah ... about 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time it falls apart, and the 95% of the time it is up, it uses astronomically more CPU and RAM than should be necessary to accomplish the same task. The excuse is that the logic is a small piece of functionality, or it does not get used often enough, but the problem is, this mentality exists in almost virtually all code and it compounds into a mess. You need to spend a lot of time researching and reading material on your own time in order to actually learn how to do things the correct way; otherwise, you will wind up hurting your chances to move on to another software company. A lot of the times you are thrown into a project and not given the proper training nor the time to do the job properly (going back to research and reading on your own time). The company and senior management loves people that get the job done the fastest, even when the job is done poorly and inevitably requires a complete redesign and code refactoring. There are too few good, passionate senior-level software developers, and you will likely have to seek them out if you want to see how something should be done. It is highly probable you will only work with them on one or two projects, then go your separate ways and be apart for a long time. It took a few years before I got to start working on a project with one of them. This means that, inevitably, you will hit a wall where you are no longer learning anything new, but are stuck fixing other developer's terrible, terrible code to get things working efficiently and properly. Every great senior software developer there spends most of their time fixing garbage. The only exception is when you are starting a project on your own time or from scratch. The first part of my career I had plenty of opportunities to work on my own projects or start new projects (and some of those are terrible because I was forced to use a design that was inherently flawed, even when I brought up what issues it would cause). The last few months there, I was doing nothing but fixing other developer's poorly written code. If you hit that point, it is time to bail. You will not learn anything valuable, and all you will accomplish is falling further behind in your career, which would make looking for a job outside of defense more difficult.

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