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General Atomics Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, 7% pension, 401K match and very reasonable health benefits (in 68 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Excessive travel has strained work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • While the company is growing, many areas are feeling the associated growing pains in areas such as management and corporate structure (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Government Property Administrator
    Current Employee - Government Property Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic. One of the few companies that have a pension plan. Flexible working hours. Management that understands that life is random, and you have to adjust accordingly.

    Cons

    You are in so many meetings, it is hard to accomplish anything during work hours. You'll find yourself working late, or coming in early, in order to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be pushing down the details of the meetings so that their employees can work and get their goals accomplished.


  2. "Good Company Working to Become Better"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, room for advancement, invests heavily in R&D

    Cons

    Suffering growing pains. Delegation can be problematic as high level executives get involved down at the lowest levels.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate

  3. "Room for improvement for careers"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, positive staff, great benefits, management

    Cons

    Underpaid, the company still thinks we are in a recession so offers lower pay than a lot of other companies. Not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Try offering promotions from within, and creating lead positions.


  4. "GA, ASI Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life benefits, many different projects

    Cons

    Work isn't very challenging, environment is very impersonal and introverted


  5. "Great place to work, depends on Manager or Director. I'm in manufacturing & we have great Leadership!"

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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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, benefits and pay. Many Great work opportunities! I love my group and the Leadership! I like that they don't spend money on fancy things that don't matter to people.

    Cons

    Not all Management is good to work with. If you are going to work here do your research and get the truth from others in the department. I'm in manufacturing & we have great Leadership! Not all departments are equal, example Facilities, not good, lots of turnover. Director there is really bad, was sorta demoted. But still highly unprofessional conduct. We cannot get the service we need from them, not enough cubicles, offices. Huge million dollar mistakes made.


  6. "Great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for out of college.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in position and salary.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Need to focus on employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good job security

    Cons

    Review/ Raise system works backwards (raise us determined before review process is complete), unclear path for job growth, processes are ever changing and not well communicated, safety is not well prioritized, no company culture

    Advice to Management

    As an employee, I want to feel like GA cares about my career development and job satisfaction and is pushing me to improve and move up. I don't understand how there are no defined career paths. I don't understand why searching for a job either internally or externally is so cumbersome. In the world of defense contractors, we make great products and have huge hiring power in the San Diego market, but don't seem to capitalize on it. Focus on hiring the best candidates and making them want to stay and grow with GA. Fix the review process to be goal oriented and job-description-specific and directly/transparently linked to raise, bonus and promotion.

  8. "Great company to work for"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, and vacation

    Cons

    Big company so it takes time to get some things done


  9. Helpful (3)

    "My 2 cents"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Inventory Analyst in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A manufacturing company that produces a product you can support and be proud of.

    Cons

    Professional development is minimal due to the large employee currently staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Please help to develop your team within the orginization first before looking outside of the company for talent.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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.


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