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General Atomics Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • 7% Pension, 3% 401k match, subsidized health care, 9/80 work week, Great people (in 60 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most departments, Flexible working condition (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Great place to work but somewhat difficult to find a work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Some growing pains as the company expands (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer at GA"

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

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with good people. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Slow internal processes. Difficult to get new ideas recognized


  2. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within company. Always hiring from outside at higher pay.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more from within. Promote loyalty.


  3. "Inspector"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work and good advancement opportubitirs

    Cons

    Lots of politics so moving forward is slow

    Advice to Management

    Base raises more on work ethic and technical knowledge instead of just years at the company.


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  5. "Stock Control Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stock Control Clerk in Adelanto, CA
    Current Employee - Stock Control Clerk in Adelanto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, life/work balance, salary, time off for holidays, vacation time

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism, little room for advancement, micromanaging in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Don't pay people more that come in from outside the company than current employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for in Southern California"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great professionals, always challenging work, and great innovators. Best part of being a part of General Atomics is being part of building great things for the future of our planet

    Cons

    as any other organization, there is always politics to deal with.

    General Atomics Response

    Apr 5, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review about your experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies.


  7. "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and sold work enviornment.

    Cons

    Not much bad things I can say.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Private company with unique culture and challenges associated with growing pains"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Traditional pension plan, flexible work environment, growth opportunities, not subject to as much public and market scrutiny as public companies, less restriction on budget constraints, innovative ITS leadership team that supports new ideas, learning from mistakes, and various career development opportunities

    Cons

    Somewhat stronger resistance to changes, higher risk aversion level

    General Atomics Response

    Apr 5, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review about your experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good way to be introduced to technical writing from a technician standpoint.
    Hours can be flexible and once you are an employee at GA, you can move around the company.

    Cons

    Upper management will micro-manage their employees and do not assume responsibility for their blunders.
    Very little upward mobility unless you are a yes man and higher ranked retired military, skills and knowledge not required.
    Training is non-existant and you will get multiple ways of doing things from various people in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training and standard operating procedures.
    Understand your way of collecting metrics is wrong.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Growing rapidly"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to innovate and work with really smart people. 9/80 work schedule, pension and 401k. Rapid growth means lots of opportunities to advance. Promotions are based much more on contribution to the product, than time with the company, or amount of overtime worked.

    Cons

    People whe were here when the company was vdry small are disproportionately in high positions of leadership, and many of them are not that great at leading. While promotions are based on merit, raises seem to be generally the same for everyone and usually not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees for their contributions. There is a lot of great work happening, but people rarely get recognized for it. Hold poor employees accountable for underperformance, or help them find other jobs tbey can succeed in.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent learning opportunities and complex technical work. No real upward mobility opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Field Avionics Technician III in Dugway, UT
    Current Employee - Field Avionics Technician III in Dugway, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, but they're generally behind the curve in the defense industry. Benefits are good. If you're in Poway, lots of additional benefits, if not, it appears like you're forgotten.

    Cons

    Management treats employees as assets and not as people. HR will back management and not really advocate for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Better employee retention policies and programs.


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