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General Atomics Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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  • "9/80 work schedule, pension and 401k" (in 77 reviews)

  • "Benifits a plus, pension plan and 9/80 work schedule" (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Project Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Lack of military background seems to post a negative connotation on some former military personnel


  2. "Project Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Allows for growth and diversity in job role

    Cons

    -Requires long working hours
    -Requires lots of travel

  3. "Good company"

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

    I worked at General Atomics part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits program
    Good Location
    Friendly staff environment
    Great amenities

    Cons

    Lack of integrated program for interns
    Age gap

    Advice to Management

    Create a comprehensive program to allow interns to work on meaningful projects to expand business knowledge.
    Hire a younger workforce.


  4. "Great place to work"

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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

    Friendly coworkers, good retirement benefits, good location.

    Cons

    If you're a entry level engineer, it may be confusing to establish where you want to grow. If you're a midlevel engineer and know what you want in your career, this is a great place to work (depending on your department of course).


  5. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Palmdale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, camaraderie between employees, good pay

    Cons

    Hurry up and wait mentality, disorganization and lack of cohesion and communication in upper management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little people and be supportive to their needs and desires

    General Atomics Response

    Jun 19, 2018 – JWT

    We appreciate the comment. Everyone here, regardless of role or level, contributes something vital. We appreciate your reminding us that we can always do better, and ask that you not be discouraged... More


  6. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's slow paced. You get rewarded and recognized for doing your job. You get to work on innovative technology. There is a lot of expertise and resources within reach.

    Cons

    There's a million company processes and it's not really clear which ones I'm supposed to follow and when. The base pay is ok, but the bonuses and yearly raises are sub-par. The technology we get to work with is fascinating, but somehow between the culture, environment, and/or organizational structure, the work is completely boring and even soul crushing.

    Advice to Management

    You need to innovate in the company and culture. Give me more incentive to be an owner, not a renter.


  7. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to move between departments
    Company is committed to employee growth
    Lots of work - never bored
    On site gyms

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with other govt contractors

  8. "Engineering Technician"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great people and interesting work

    Cons

    I really can't think of anything negative

    Advice to Management

    Keep up all the good work


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Managers / Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    The work is good but all the other factors make this a toxic place to work

    Cons

    Micromanaging
    Inexperienced Leaders
    Lots on infighting between managers
    Hire experienced people but some are threatened by knowledge and experience
    No career path for those who get hired in vs. been there for a long time.
    Seniority is more important than skills.
    The time will come when technology improves and GA becomes insignificant

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves


  10. "Great company and benefits plan"

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

    I worked at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Great benefit and pension plan. It is a great place to work. The company continues to grow with many new job opportunities.

    Cons

    Some departments are disorganized and its difficult to know who to reach for certain questions outside your group.


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