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General Atomics Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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  • Excessive travel has strained work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Depending on management, there may not be room for growth or to transfer departments (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Place to work in San Diego"

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

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

    Pros

    Great product, beautiful campus, 9/80 schedule, competitive pay and bonus

    Cons

    Grew a little too fast so the company is playing catch up. A very engineering driven (as opposed to Supply Chain driven) culture.


  2. "Lots of Reasons to Work Here"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation plan is awesome; starts at three weeks. 401K is good; company matches 50% up to 6%. Huge bonus is retirement plan: fully sponsored by company at 7%. 9 x 80 work schedule. Annual bonus depending on profitability. Privately held so not subject to the whims of the market. Relatively small company so you can make an impact. Growth potential as company expands product lines and customers.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of hours. Remote worksites. Non-traditional aerospace company.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of ALL of your employees at ALL sites equally.

  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment and benefits

    Cons

    Nothing much to complain about


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    "Great place to work"

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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

    Lot's of growth/opportunities. Many programs are on the cutting edge of science. Overall, most people are nice. Great benefits. A very stable company with lots of long term employees.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking in some areas. Some managers are just not meant to be managers. Brings on several new policies/IT programs etc in a short period of time. Lack of training on new programs/systems. They could pay some of their hourly staff a little better. Could lose some dead weight as well.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up dead weight. Lose the employees who are underperforming, managers who are losing good people due to their poor management skills, and really look at all the departments with a fine tooth comb. Continuous process improvement should be utilized in all departments - from Facilities to Legal. Investigate hostile work environments. Encourage employees to be proactive versus reactive.

    I love working at GA. Just wish some things could be better.


  5. "Working at GA-EMS is awesome"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Control Engineer II in Rancho San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Control Engineer II in Rancho San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Great work/life balance
    --Competitive pay
    --Good benefits: 401(k), pension
    --Coworkers and management want to see you succeed

    Cons

    --No cons yet, though I'm wary of if they offer competitive raises and upward room for growth. No evidence of that yet though until my first performance review


  6. "Technical Writer"

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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 place to work because everybody works together

    Cons

    need more training. great team to work with


  7. Helpful (1)

    "General Atomics"

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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

    Nice campus and good benefits

    Cons

    Not a friendly or fun place to work

  8. "Decent Place to Work For"

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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

    Benefits, Work Life Balance, No micromanagement

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below average

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the changes that are implemented.


  9. "Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, respectful management, growing company with great business prospects

    Cons

    Processes still developing hence some inefficiencies and frustrations

    Advice to Management

    Time to get some new blood in senior management


  10. "New hired"

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    Current Employee - Machinist I in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Machinist I in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, health, vision,dental,401k,and more

    Cons

    9/80 schedule, 1st shift starts too early. Huge company


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