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General Atomics Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule, 3 day weekends every other week (in 63 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, 7% pension, 401K match and very reasonable health benefits (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Excessive travel has strained work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work but salaries don't match living expenses in San Diego."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Interesting work
    -nice size private cubicles
    -9/80 work schedule, 3 day weekends every other week!!!
    -Confidence in job security
    -Great place to grow as an engineer right out-of-college
    -Lots of smart people

    Cons

    -Pay is somewhat OK but tends to plateau with inflation based raises even with excellent annual performance reviews
    -Talented people realize salary will jump by leaving company, saturating labor pool with lower performers.
    -communication between functional groups needs to be standardized and improved
    -Too much politics, creating headaches trying to complete the simplest of tasks = waste

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more engaged with design projects to ensure engineers are given more freedom to explore all possible design concepts. Rushed time schedules with dictated design direction does not yield best design.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer at GA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Evaluations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Composite Tech III in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Composite Tech III in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good, facilities more than adequate. Benefits are commensurate for a billon dollar DOD contractor. There are good people here, though they are few.

    Cons

    Evaluations. Stop basing the yearly raise on employment time / time in rate. Performance based evaluations are how you retain great employees.

    Advice to Management

    Revise your eval system. Get involved with your people. Know whether or not the eval is truthful or just a load of crap. If you knew your people then this truth would be your guide. 20-30% of your ASI employees can't read a blueprint / use a calculator / use a scale or speak English. Aren't those prerequisites for employment and building aircraft, let alone military UAV's. Train like you fight or fail. Productivity would greatly improve as would the eval system and morale would reflect the change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cook in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Cook in Palmdale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was hired on rather quickly. Everyone I had a chance to meet was friendly and welcoming and we're looking forward to bringing me on.

    Cons

    Seemed liked there have been problems with hiring and maintaining people for this position in the past that came up during the conversations I had with the people I met.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "General Atomics Department Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Department Assistant in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting product, leader in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Hard to be a new hire here. Everything is learn as you go, processes not well documented.

    Advice to Management

    Management heavy teams with little connection to the employees. They spend all their time marketing and attending meetings. Meanwhile the employees run amok.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "-000000000000000"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Cyber Engineer in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun to work with

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from the work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "13 plus years with GA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability is the number 1 positive

    Cons

    Management is not open to promoting within and communication is very poor. There is a very incestuous attitude in management (the good old boys club)

    Advice to Management

    Adaptation of a concrete plan needed for advancement


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Stock Control Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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