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General Atomics Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • 7% Pension, 3% 401k match, subsidized health care, 9/80 work week, Great people (in 57 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most departments, Flexible working condition (in 25 reviews)

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

  • Senior management is disconnected from needs of employees (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer III in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable contracts; privately-owned. Veteran-friendly with tons of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Leadership positions filled based on prior military service; often leaves non-retirees out of contention.

    Advice to Management

    Put more weight on ability and contributions to the company when selecting leads/supervisors.

    General Atomics Response

    Mar 16, 2016 – System Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback regarding General Atomics and affiliated companies' veteran-friendly environment.


  2. "EMS"

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

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    - Develops cutting edge technology; it's interesting work, and it's also a source of pride to be a part of a group that is growing as it transitions from R&D to Production.
    - Smart people, who work well together;
    - Strong culture and values, with focus on its Customers
    - Smart Senior Management. Employees understand the goals, and where we're going as a company
    - Good benefits!

    Cons

    Only one part of the GA offers 9/80 work schedule. EMS does not offer it. So work-life balance at EMS is non-existent. And the division risks burning out bright, energetic employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer work-life balance opportunities to employees across the entire company as way to attract and retain top talent! Keep doing a great job communicating the vision of EMS.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with no lay offs."

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

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

    Pros

    Every other Friday off. Cutting edge in UAV technology. The company is growing and with good, long term prospects. Yearly bonus, tuition assistance, good benefits and a pension.

    Cons

    Average salary, not much upward mobility. The company operates like a mom and pop shop instead of a major company that dominates the UAV market.

    Advice to Management

    Advance new blood into management ranks. Company should be proactive and not reactive with strategic decisions.


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  5. "Integration Technican"

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    Current Employee - Integration Technician in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Technician in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to work on full aircraft as opposed to just doing the same thing every day.

    Cons

    low pay, far drive and not much room for growth


  6. "A and P mechanic II"

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    Current Employee - A and P Mechanic II in Dugway, UT
    Current Employee - A and P Mechanic II in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    4/10 work schedule was great.

    Cons

    HR was very unhelpful and biased.


  7. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement Benefits and 9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    Paper work , but it is understood as it is DOD


  8. "Working at GA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package and pay is on point with industry standards

    Cons

    Work life balance is lopsided and career advancement is pathetic


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technician 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 product to work on
    Benefits
    9/80 Work Schedule

    Cons

    Lack of support from management
    Lack of direction in career progression


  10. "Generally Okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are better than average, especially with off-Fridays.

    Cons

    HR needs lots of work to be fairer about who gets promotions when. They also need to learn to look outside of "traditional" qualifications of purely education.

    Advice to Management

    Teach HR to think outside of the box.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I think it depends on where you work. I grew concerned when I read a few reviews about various departments and people we've worked with over time. It does not seem fair to make assumptions based on one review of what looks like an upset employee, its unfair and biased. These things run good employees out and keeps the not so good employees employed. GA is an overall great place to work. We've worked with many departments, Facilities included and I have to say most everyone is helpful and does what they can to meet the customers needs. There are some outstanding issue's (such as FSR's) but it seems they are working on that. There are quite a few people that will go out of their way for you, even if it is not in their job description, they do what it takes to get the job done. The Director has helped through various issue's we have had, the staff overall all seems happy and is always helpful. No matter what, there is only so much one group can do. We are thankful for their help and those we have worked with in the past.

    Cons

    Great place to work but somewhat difficult to find a work/life balance. GA is busy which is good, but there can be long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Same as anywhere else, be open and involved with your employees every chance you can. No need to be in their business every second, but help them build on their strengths, and strengthen their weaknesses.

    General Atomics Response

    Jan 27, 2017 – Systems Administrator

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



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