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General Atomics Reviews

Updated August 16, 2018
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  • "9/80 work schedule, pension and 401k" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Benifits a plus, pension plan and 9/80 work schedule" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    You get to work toward saving people's lives.
    People are nice here.

    Cons

    Slower pace than many companies out there.


  2. "Fragmented Company with good employees"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are generally great here.

    Cons

    Lack of direction in upper management

  3. "Great company, take time to grow"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Well made product
    Clear goals/direction
    9/80 work schedule

    Cons

    Lack of training
    Promotions based almost solely on years of experience (not heavily performance)

    Advice to Management

    Spend the resources to train engineers in all aspects. Offer help to engineers looking to grow.


  4. "Electronics Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Good job to start at after the military.

    Cons

    The company still feels like it’s brand new and learning how to do business.


  5. "Know what you are getting into...can be very rewarding for some...nightmare for others"

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    Former Employee - Field Avionics Technician in Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - Field Avionics Technician in Palmdale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and Benefits, Lots of Adventure, World Changing Operations

    Cons

    Difficult to Work with Management, Can be Dangerous, Work-Life Balance is Poor

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to communication improvement, show employees you are willing to go the extra mile for them, they will respond with trust and loyalty. They will not give you these things because you demand it and act tough.


  6. "Project Manager Intern"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager Intern in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager Intern in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects and smart people to work with!

    Cons

    Lots of meetings and paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Practice better leadership and talent development.


  7. "Great employer going through growing pains."

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Interesting technology and industry, great benefits

    Cons

    Rapid growth is causing impacted internal and external customer requirements which leads to band aid fixes.

    In other words, symptoms rather causes are being treated.

    Advice to Management

    PROMOTE FROM WITHIN. Unnecessary outside hiring over internal hires causes resentment and a toxic environment. It discourages existing employees from wanting to continuously improve and be their best and opens up a minefield for incoming employees.

    Treat the cause, not the symptom!

    General Atomics Response

    Aug 17, 2018 – JWT

    Thanks for your feedback. We prefer to promote our own employees whenever possible. Sometimes the most qualified candidate for a position is one with outside experience, but we’re always looking for... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not good for software, please read"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cubicles
    nice and smart coworkers
    benefits
    you get to live in san diego

    Cons

    outdated technology
    'managers' are a joke, only a few are actually worthy of the title
    no training
    slow pace and no work
    theres a culture of just getting by; everyone does the bare minimum

    theres just no room for growth, not a learning environment

    Advice to Management

    take a look at your managers and ask what they could/will do for you and not what theyve done for you, some of your sw managers cant even retain employees

    create a culture, stop wasting money on hiring more people and, invest the money into your team and their happiness, cultivate talent


  9. "Great Benefits and Fast Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    It's very easy to move across the company in order to pursue career advancement.

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly, so there are anticipated growing pains.


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experiences

    Cons

    Some interns find themselves without much work to do, I didn't have that issue, but I know others did.


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