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General Atomics Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "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. Helpful (4)

    "Constantly Growing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People will say that this place is old fashioned company but that isn't a bad thing. The company pension and 9/80 are a nice benefit but the number one reason to work here is that they never have any layoffs. During slowdowns the company will go out of their way to find a place for you and you don't see that anymore. So the trendy tech company's can keep their free yogurt and laundy and I'll keep my job!

    Cons

    Large company problems. You need to work well with others in a big company and that's not a skill many engineers have.

    Advice to Management

    Don't settle with what has always worked.

    General Atomics Response

    Sep 25, 2018 – JWT

    Thank you for your comments – and for your 10+ years at General Atomics! Since you’ve been here for a while, you know that everything we’ve accomplished was only made possible because of the... More


  2. "A&P mechanic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Atomics in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - General Atomics 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 company
    Great pay
    Great Benefits
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Transitioning into higher management
    Career Development opportunities

  3. "Great Company"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Been here for 3 years and I've yet to have any issues at this company

    Cons

    if you want to advance in the company, you have to look for it. They are improving on promoting advancement opportunities though.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I started there in the Photonics div and it was a blast. Later I worked on some very interesting high power government programs that were very interesting and challenging. The Engineering staff I worked with was top notch and I learned a lot. My salary was a good and I routinely saw good raises. Then with a change in divisions and management it all became toxic

    Cons

    I witnessed incompetent senior engineers that had others do most of the design and then take all the credit. Nepotism and other religious groups are alive and well there. When you have been there over 10 years you had better watch your back. They forced me out after having years of good reviews for no good reason other than I made to much. I am aware of others that are still there that are facing the exit door as well. GA does very little promotion from within.

    Advice to Management

    GA has many divisions where an individual could be transferred to rather than letting them go. GA does not value the employee and just looks at them as a resume that can be used leverage for new contracts.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Program Planning and Scheduling Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Planning in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Program Planning in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule and the benefits

    Cons

    The morale of the department is low. There is no sense of leadership and no career path. There is a high turnover rate and people are moving into better opportunity. There is also a lack of promotion and opportunity to grow.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Large Company can provide you room to grow and advance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing Environment, 9/80 schedule, decent yearly raises

    Cons

    No good mentorship programs, or rotational programs for engineers. Difficult to achieve management promotions


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Programs"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Great work schedule, team environment, exciting product. Love my job.

    Cons

    Management heavy. No room for promotion if you don't have a college degree even though you have 30 years direct work related experience. They give you the work but no pay or promotion which makes you feel less than even though outstanding yearly reviews to prove your worth. H.R. Pretty worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote and reward your Indians. Not all want to be Chiefs.

  8. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, good benefits, job stability

    Cons

    career growth, mid-level management, locations


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Management is involved and supportive of their groups

    Cons

    There seems to be slow advancement for employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very inclusive work environment with friendly and experienced coworkers.

    Cons

    Old school hardball techniques with salary negotiations and pay scale supports holding experienced employees down.