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General Atomics Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  • 9/80 work schedule, 7% pension, 401K match and very reasonable health benefits (in 67 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule for most departments, Flexible working condition (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Change the status quo"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, infrastucture is good and getting better.

    Cons

    Demographic balance is appalling. The level of basic educational knowledge and the abilities of many employees should be questioned. Manufacturing aeronautical structures requires fundamental skills that are not present due to the following: English is not the primary language of the workforce. If you can't speak or read in English, how do you interpret blueprints or understand engineering concepts? Training would be a good answer if you understood English. There are few lead personnel who are bilingual, yet do not fully comprehend what is involved in building a composite aircraft structure. There are numerous production personnel who can't read a label/direction/or use a gram scale to mix materials in accordance with manufacturer or GA instruction. The ignorance and unwillingness to change is a problem. Eliminate these problems and your productivity will excel. The aforementioned causes the greater percentage of quality defects that occur on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem. If you are hiring people because of ethnicity and not skill, face the eventual problems that will occur.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer III. Pretty good overall."

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Facilities are nice. Location in Poway is nice. Management seemed fine for the most part. Work pace is nice. Variety of work was nice.

    Cons

    Communication between departments was utterly missing. People were too reluctant or non responsive to help you on a project if their boss didn't approve of a Job Number first. Even a couple easy questions. So i was basically on my own for several projects where I wasn't a subject matter expert. Very weird isolation.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great company who takes care of employees, hard to get raises once within"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits (healthcare, 401k matching, pension)
    - Hard to get fired (this is also a con)
    - Smaller company so a little more lax than extra huge corps
    - Individually owned, so a little more stable

    Cons

    - Hard to get raises once you're in the company, so try to get a good starting pay. The grading scheme "meets", "high meets", "exceeds" is highly based on how many high achievers are in your group. They can only rarely give out an "exceeds" and limit the number of "high meets" even if everyone is really good.
    - Hard to get fired. This is a good thing I guess, but what ends up happening is you get stuck with some people that really shouldn't be in the position they're in. I think HR doesn't want lawsuits so they do everything they can to not fire people.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a grading scheme that doesn't require managers to limit the number of "high meets" or "exceeds" ratings. This just demotivates the hard workers in the end.
    Get better at trimming the fat.

    General Atomics Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Systems Administrator

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


  4. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 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

    Lots of Interesting projects.
    Management is much better than many other defense contractors.

    Cons

    Extremely flat structure, not a lot of room for advancement.

    General Atomics Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Systems Administrator

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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of very interesting work going on and lots of opportunity to work on many different projects.

    Cons

    Not really much opportunity for salary growth once you are hired. The company seems to be okay with people leaving and coming back after a couple years.

    Pretty boring place to work for younger people.

    General Atomics Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Systems Administrator

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


  6. "Great plus yet challenges"

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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

    I have been working at General Atomics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits. Pension plus 401k w/match. Good work plus tech.

    Cons

    Slow decisions and fast demands.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and be open to your co-workers.


  7. "Test engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. The work is interesting.

    Cons

    The company is and has been growing rapidly for 15+ years. Managing this growth is difficult sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    More communication would help. We have a matrix organizational structure but I haven't heard anyone actually acknowledge it, or talk about how to navigate the complexities of working in this environment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Existing Employee"

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    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, 7% pension, 401K match and very reasonable health benefits

    Cons

    Company touts that it's vertically integrated, but silos exist in a big way; some portions of the business are treated/operated like a large business, others still have a small business feel.

    Advice to Management

    break down silos


  9. "GA-ASI"

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    Current Contractor - Associate Software Developer in Poway, CA
    Current Contractor - Associate Software Developer in Poway, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a contractor I never have to work over 40 hrs/week, although several people on my team who are full time regularly work more than that. Fitness site available to employees, even contractors, including Gym, soccer fields, basketball court, softball fields. In process of building half-Olympic size pool and several other athletic facilities.

    Cons

    Team members evaluated on sliding scale, ie someone always has to be at the low end, even if everyone on the team is exceeding expectations. Much better benefits for people who have been with the company a long time.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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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 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.


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