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3.6
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year
    Featured Review

    The best defense company/manufacturer to work for in San Diego, (if in person)

    Sep 20, 2021 - Project Manager II in Poway, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work/life balance, staffed well, friendly co-workers, 401k with match up to 8% (4% added over that by employer), and a pension on top of it. Benefits like free company gyms all over San Diego, good cafeterias, and even a GA pool near Torrey Pines.

    Cons

    Because of the work/life benefits, pension, etc people rarely leave. That results in few places to advance in some departments like project management and engineering, due to the number of employees competing.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Small company feel

    May 26, 2022 - Program Manager in Poway, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Autonomy, pride in products, fun work, live in San Diego

    Cons

    Sometimes immature processes and confusion

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Avoid

    May 26, 2022 - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good healthcare benefits, some potentially interesting projects.

    Cons

    *Standard pay raise in 2022 is 5% points behind CPI in San Diego. *Post vaccine availability, company officially stopped any WFH as management has stated they don't trust engineers to get their work done. Opposition to 9/80 for years prior for the same reason, only relenting summer of 2022 because of high attrition and employee dissatisfaction. *Three layoffs in the last 18 months. *Lots of R&D projects that don't go anywhere. *Company reorgs every year or so. *Salaried, but also responsible for charging at least 40 hours a week to a customer. One person will be loaded up with 60-70 hours of work (while only getting compensated for 40) and down the hall someone else is forced to use vacation time because their management doesn't have 40 hours of work for them and overhead is "too tight".

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Different than any place out there - Good and bad

    Apr 26, 2022 - Program Manager in Poway, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Privately held: Almost run like a non-profit with huge investment in IRAD and ability to fund decisions and actions that would be unthinkable in publicly traded companies. Market leader: Market is cornered domestically and a significant head start on most competitors globally 9/80 work schedule Company truly cares about its employees (evidenced by a severe avoidance of layoffs whereas other companies would have done multiple layoff events)

    Cons

    Company culture of Engineers playing in their sandbox and cost doesn't matter. The company really is a bunch of Engineers playing (and actually making cool stuff) and they just happen to make aircraft that sometimes they sell for a profit. There are a lot of people that have grown up in GA and continue to think that what made the company grow 15-20 years ago is what should continue to be done today.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    It's a safe job, but not a very good job

    May 26, 2022 - Software Developer III in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    * I've experienced a pretty healthy work balance. But it can very much depend on your program, for programs that are behind schedule and over budget it can be awful. * Pension and decent benefits. * Job security. I've never personally seen or heard of anyone getting fired for poor performance, only misconduct. Layoffs are pretty much non existent. * If you're a good engineer it's pretty easy to stand out and be recognized. Though it's not necessarily going to be reflected in your paycheck. * Depending on your program you may be able to work from home a few days a week. Not clear if this will be permanent change yet.

    Cons

    * Tech stack terribly out of date. Refuse to use modern tools, frameworks, and development practices in favor of in-house tools that are just awful. * Painful and archaic software development process. If you want to work somewhere agile run far, far, away! * Practically no automated testing or CI/CD. * The experience you gain will have little relevance outside of other large defense contractors. * There is a good chance you will spend more time dealing with bureaucracy and red tape, writing emails, and dealing with terrible issue tracking tools than actual writing software. * Software Engineers end up doing more System Engineering than the actual System Engineers. * IT and DevOps support for software is practically non existent. Current "security" measures make life hell for developers. * Good Software Engineers either end up leaving or going into management. There are little incentives to stay on the technical route compared to other companies. * Your pay will most likely slightly below average and way below some of the big tech companies. * Upper management is oblivious to all of the above.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to start your career

    May 24, 2022 - Aerospace Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work life balance. Friendly coworkers. Lots of opportunities for career growth if you’re willing to switch between departments. They’ve recently allowed us the flexibility to work from home for most of the week so that’s been amazing.

    Cons

    Projects here are not fast pace since the culture here is laid back so innovation is slow.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

    Mar 18, 2022 - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Company does not layoff often. Executive leaders really do try to avoid those. Giving 4 stars due to stability of employment. But how happy you'll be at GA-ASI depends a lot on who you are and what you value in your company. Access to lots of info, if you take the effort. Even if you're a number cruncher, you can get on the mfg floor and see what GA-ASI builds or talk to Engineering. Lots of changes in company processes you can get involved in (not necessarily modernizing, though)

    Cons

    Slow promotion opportunities in PM if you don't get into the right circles or the right manager. Can feel like you get stuck. Pay is falling g behind other companies Old-school mindset in the top leadership. Slow to adopt things that are more common in other aircraft mfg companies. From workforce things like remote work, equal pay / opportunities for women to top level planning and organization identity

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    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Avoid!!!

    Apr 29, 2022 - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pension... That's about it. Nothing here is good for the long term.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, upper management holds these monthly meetings to answer questions and try their best at avoiding sensitive topics like work from home, competitive pay. Employee retention is horrible. they would rather hire new employees than pay current employees competitive pay to meet industry average. they keep saying they are looking into fair pay for years. Lately they screwed all employees on bonuses and raises while the company made huge profit and met goals. Micromanaging, work weekends and unpaid overtime. If you aren't part of the old boys club then you are wasting your time there. Upper management is great at stalling in making changes. Just a bunch of lies. GA pays about 10-15 percent less than most DoD companies in San Diego. latest bonuses were between 1-2 percent, not even close to the 7 percent inflation. Avoid!!! Stay away and work somewhere else where they care about taking care of their engineers. go to Northrup, ratheon, L3, Anduril. Way more pay there and better life-work balance and culture. My years at Northrup were way better than GA. Switching back soon.

    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Electromagnetic Systems Group

    May 3, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    GA's EMS Group provides a technical environment to work on some of the most technologically advanced products and capabilities in the defense industry. The diversity of industries and technology offerings gives flexibility to work with strong engineering teams and contributors. The potential to influence the future of emerging technologies is exciting.

    Cons

    GA's EMS Group Senior leadership does not delegate and empower effectively and is not fully leveraging the business, technical and project management capabilities effectively.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Managed to failure

    Mar 28, 2022 - Lead Software Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Worked at GA for over 15 years. Great benefits. Stable employment.

    Cons

    Management killed this company. Took the best of the talent and ideas and suffocated them. Could have been a killer company that would have been a better than Boeing. Management killed it. People with amazing skills and talents that would have made a success out of anything they did - but they killed all of that at the management process level. Sad story that is repeated all the time. Managers driving a company into being bankrupt. Lazy fat parasitic people that kill all the great things in a company and demand huge salaries and do nothing to contribute to the bottom line.

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    7 people found this review helpful
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General Atomics has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 1,576 reviews left anonymously by employees. 67% of employees would recommend working at General Atomics to a friend and 46% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, General Atomics employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at General Atomics. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

67% of General Atomics employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated General Atomics 3.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.2 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at General Atomics to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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