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General Atomics Reviews

Updated February 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good benefits, 9/80 work schedule, low stress environment" (in 86 reviews)

  • "9/80 work schedule, flexible core hours" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "Excessive travel has strained work/life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "theres just no room for growth, not a learning environment" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Progressive company working on important issues that make a difference."

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and responsive management. Good growth potential.

    Cons

    None to speak of right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Visionary Leadership, A place you can make a real difference"

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

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

    Pros

    Visionary Leadership, Rapid Growth, Privately Held (long term focus), Make a difference quickly, Family friendly work/life balance

    Cons

    Assimilation of new people dependent on who your manager is, Rapid growth and dynamic environment is not for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Job description "years of experience" should be guidelines, not strict requirements, so you can account for superstars (who are the future leaders); if you hold them back, they'll go elsewhere.

  3. "Good going once adopted to the culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting and new challenges across diverse areas. Upward potential consistent with a relatively new company if the employee is motivated and willing to work

    Cons

    The culture shift from typical aerospace and the individual politics are complicated and can often limit productivity.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good old boys"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension
    Vacation
    Product
    9/80 schedule
    No desire to lay-off

    Cons

    Buddy network
    No upward ability
    Poor management
    Lack of management knowledge
    Middle managers managing nothing
    Work environment
    Compensation increase/promotions are nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Hire from the industry (civilian experienced) not straight out the military. Treat people with respect not military mentality. Promote and reward the true top performers not your buddy from the military. Learn strategy to win competitive contracts. Treat this as a business with intentions to succeed.


  5. "excellent privately held company"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company for engineers

    Cons

    Uneven level of policies due to small company history and leaders from
    multitude of other companies.

    Needs to stay more like skunkworks less like big corporations

    Advice to Management

    Stay independent


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A government contractor with zero plan of progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401k, pension. Lots of free time to do nothing!

    Cons

    Zero respect to employees. No chance of progress!

    Advice to Management

    Yeah, you count heads to charge goverment. But without smart engineers you won't deliver!


  7. "Easy work, Good visibility, Very mundane/not technical"

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    Former Employee - Flight Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Flight Test Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Easy, Laid-back, no micromanagement, work life balance

    Cons

    No real engineering, lots of personalities, management is disorganized, not a lot growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize good work with better bonuses. Don't just give every employee the standard 3%. Focus more on using real engineering tools like Matlab and performing real analysis

  8. "Great Company with opportunity to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Hard work rewarded
    Decent hours if you're an early bird
    Endless possibilities
    The people

    Cons

    Depending on what you're job is, can be repetative. As with any manufacturing job. Pay scale can seem on the low side, depending on the experience you bring.

    Advice to Management

    Look for talent within for promotions. Sometimes experience is better than a college degree.


  9. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company which typically looks out for its employees. Growing and innovative

    Cons

    Lost the MQ-25 program to Boeing, money is tight.

    Done A LOT of growing recently and as a result, brought in people who are more concerned about how they look and the bottom line instead of the people in the company (and considering the input of those employees who have been there more than 10 years)


  10. "Administrative Support to management and a team of 60 people."

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

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

    Pros

    Great growing company with great benefits, including pension plan and 401K. Great carrier opportunities. 8/90 schedule. Paid holidays and PTO.

    Cons

    Not all federal holidays are followed. Sick leave comes out from your accrued Personal Time Off that is zero at the time of hiring.