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General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, 7% pension, 401K match and very reasonable health benefits (in 67 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most departments, Flexible working condition (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Change the status quo"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, infrastucture is good and getting better.

    Cons

    Demographic balance is appalling. The level of basic educational knowledge and the abilities of many employees should be questioned. Manufacturing aeronautical structures requires fundamental skills that are not present due to the following: English is not the primary language of the workforce. If you can't speak or read in English, how do you interpret blueprints or understand engineering concepts? Training would be a good answer if you understood English. There are few lead personnel who are bilingual, yet do not fully comprehend what is involved in building a composite aircraft structure. There are numerous production personnel who can't read a label/direction/or use a gram scale to mix materials in accordance with manufacturer or GA instruction. The ignorance and unwillingness to change is a problem. Eliminate these problems and your productivity will excel. The aforementioned causes the greater percentage of quality defects that occur on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem. If you are hiring people because of ethnicity and not skill, face the eventual problems that will occur.


  2. "Engineering Manufacturing Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manufacturing Liaison in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AWESOME place to work!!!

    Cons

    So far none. I love to come to work

  3. "Technical writer 2"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good advancement, growing company, fast paced.

    Cons

    Fast paced, in North county...I 15 traffic.


  4. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around within the company and work on all sorts of different projects and within different engineering disciplines.

    Cons

    Same problems with all large companies. Very difficult to get simple things done due to need for multiple approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Keep everything as simple as possible while maintaining quality.


  5. "Great company overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics part-time

    Pros

    Everyone usually gets along, great teams to work for and easy to move around the company if you're looking to get different experiences.

    Cons

    Pay and retention of good people

    Advice to Management

    Empathy. Empathy towards everyone and to those who you are effecting and working with. Grow the empathy towards your people and customers and you will see a better team environment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company culture and work-life balance."

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy-going company culture, great place to be. Pay is competitive and they're good about raises if you're below industry standard. They want to retain talent. Accommodating of family emergencies, surprises, and allow you to move around schedule.

    Cons

    HR is slow with process. Very siloed on their technical aspects.

    General Atomics Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review about your experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies


  7. "Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Upward growth potential in expanding market and expanding company, private company, vertical integration

    Cons

    Expectation to do great things with limited resources, still systematizing processes and training

    General Atomics Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review about your experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting projects, limited career growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, good benefits, flexible work environment. Plant/ facility Locations are desirable. Interesting products and improvements being made to streamline and increase efficiency.

    Cons

    Limited career growth, gender gap and limited growth potential for women and minority's. Company tends to focus on outdated Manament styles which leads to missed opportunities to tap into new ideas and provide career expansion.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your managers and supervisors, mingle with the worker bees by allowing confidential feedback every 3 to 6 months. Stop playing favorites (Manament and HR) and close the gender pay gap for women and minority's


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer III. Pretty good overall."

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Facilities are nice. Location in Poway is nice. Management seemed fine for the most part. Work pace is nice. Variety of work was nice.

    Cons

    Communication between departments was utterly missing. People were too reluctant or non responsive to help you on a project if their boss didn't approve of a Job Number first. Even a couple easy questions. So i was basically on my own for several projects where I wasn't a subject matter expert. Very weird isolation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stability and Growth - GA Exemplified"

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

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

    Pros

    An incredibly stable employer, with ZERO history of layoffs. Continuous growth as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) market continues to expand worldwide. Steady leadership at the upper echelons. Solid business model.

    Cons

    Continuous growth results in continuous growing pains. Not the top salary in the industry. Often outgrows infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    PLAN growth, don't just experience it! Being proactive beats being reactive every time.

    General Atomics Response

    Jul 3, 2017 – Systems Administrator

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


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