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Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • 7% Pension, 3% 401k match, subsidized health care, 9/80 work week, Great people (in 57 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most departments, Flexible working condition (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Great place to work but somewhat difficult to find a work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Some growing pains as the company expands (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable contracts; privately-owned. Veteran-friendly with tons of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Leadership positions filled based on prior military service; often leaves non-retirees out of contention.

    Advice to Management

    Put more weight on ability and contributions to the company when selecting leads/supervisors.

    General Atomics Response

    Mar 16, 2016 – System Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback regarding General Atomics and affiliated companies' veteran-friendly environment.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Development Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Development Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great pay, amazing co-workers

    Cons

    While the company is growing, many areas are feeling the associated growing pains in areas such as management and corporate structure. Overall, however, the company is great to work for.


  3. "Aeronautical Systems"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Buyer in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people, approachable management, benefits

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, interdepartmental communication

    Advice to Management

    Encourage communication between departments and cross-training. Work more towards long-term solutions instead of just short-term ones that are more costly in the long run. Use systems and programs to their full potential. Otherwise keep treating your employees well and nurturing your caring company culture as you grow!


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  5. "Test Engineer 1 Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    The engineering is interesting at most times.

    Cons

    Communication between departments and even between engineers in the same department can be lacking sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees who work hard by changing the way people are promoted (due to work ethic vs. time spent at company)


  6. "EMS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    - Develops cutting edge technology; it's interesting work, and it's also a source of pride to be a part of a group that is growing as it transitions from R&D to Production.
    - Smart people, who work well together;
    - Strong culture and values, with focus on its Customers
    - Smart Senior Management. Employees understand the goals, and where we're going as a company
    - Good benefits!

    Cons

    Only one part of the GA offers 9/80 work schedule. EMS does not offer it. So work-life balance at EMS is non-existent. And the division risks burning out bright, energetic employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer work-life balance opportunities to employees across the entire company as way to attract and retain top talent! Keep doing a great job communicating the vision of EMS.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with no lay offs."

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. Cutting edge in UAV technology. The company is growing and with good, long term prospects. Yearly bonus, tuition assistance, good benefits and a pension.

    Cons

    Average salary, not much upward mobility. The company operates like a mom and pop shop instead of a major company that dominates the UAV market.

    Advice to Management

    Advance new blood into management ranks. Company should be proactive and not reactive with strategic decisions.


  8. "Integration Technican"

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    Current Employee - Integration Technician in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Technician in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work on full aircraft as opposed to just doing the same thing every day.

    Cons

    low pay, far drive and not much room for growth


  9. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement Benefits and 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    Paper work , but it is understood as it is DOD


  10. "A and P mechanic II"

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    Current Employee - A and P Mechanic II in Dugway, UT
    Current Employee - A and P Mechanic II in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    4/10 work schedule was great.

    Cons

    HR was very unhelpful and biased.


  11. "Working at GA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package and pay is on point with industry standards

    Cons

    Work life balance is lopsided and career advancement is pathetic



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