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General Atomics Reviews

Updated February 23, 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 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company and good benifits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Weapons Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Weapons Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome people, great benefits, relaxed environment, quick rotations for deployments, work load is spread out evenly and fairly to everyone.

    Cons

    Deployment rate if you don't like being gone/away from family, some miscommunication between HQ and job site locations, not a lot of room for growth or transitioning to other positions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, ability to move within the company relatively easily

    Cons

    politics within the company, promotion of incompetence, the culture where they think it is a privilege for you to have a job working for them

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention and employee morale


  3. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    We support the needs of the warfighter.

    Cons

    Multiple locations makes getting meetings difficult.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Mostly great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! I like my job and work with good people. Good benefits and it's not a cubicle farm, at a certain level you get a private office

    Cons

    I have a great boss and most are, it depends on the Director. I work with Facilities often and the Director there is beyond terrible, the stories I hear about her , harassing, bullying and beating down her people. She hides the abuse of her staff from other managers, her people say they have to be on anti anxiety and blood pressure meds. She's so difficult to work with and It's embarrassing that our company allows her behavior. It's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Advice to Management

    No harassment for anyone, we have a lot of good people here. Really bad Directors need to go! Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and professionally. Make this a good place to work for us all.

    General Atomics Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate you sharing this feedback and we encourage you to call our anonymous support helpline at (858) 455-4545 and leave a message with more ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, Management integrity in question"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life flexibility, fitness center, pension, vacation time off, Vanguard 401k company match contribution, no micro-managing. Great culture.

    Cons

    No-micromanaging, yes, many staff members need this. Lack of integrity, band-aid fixes and lying. Management rewards poor work ethic with annual awards and cash bonuses. Hard workers are the unsung heroes. Poor values.

    Advice to Management

    More oversight on colleagues is needed to ensure the company is working at 100%, or more, capacity. Hard-working staff are not given enough recognition.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Misogynistic at best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities for growth

    Cons

    While there are opportunities for growth it is 98% male and if you are a woman who is between the ages of 18 and 40 you will be made to feel uncomfortable over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the male management are who made me feel the most uncomfortable, kept record of all inappropriate texts and emails I received just in case but ultimately did not want the headache of reporting because HR made everything worse when they would be involved with anything.

    General Atomics Response

    Jan 27, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback and regret that you had this experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies. We encourage you to reach out in ... More


  8. "Awesome company with lots of growth"

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 is very accommodating to work/life balance. Leadership can be slow to change/adapt but everyone does. New products developed with a very aggressive growth plan. Senior leadership wants to see this company succeed. The owners are will to invest money into the company to see it move into the future. Veteran friendly. Overall, awesome company to work for!

    Cons

    Pay is often slow to catch up to industry standard but it eventually does. The company has not yet adapted for Millennial workers, very military centric (not always a bad thing, but it could drive away young talent).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing! Keep in mind all workers (current and future) when developing organizational charts and structures. More cross-functional teams...Ratworks is a good start.

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "ASI - Expanding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relatively good job security due to robust drone sales.
    Challenging work, at least from what I can see initially.
    Good people, at least at my level.

    Cons

    Company structure, and news not always evident, at least in my area.
    Product documentation doesn't always seem easy to discover.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent Drone sales!
    The time charging software is not always easy to use. 16
    Thanks for the grass-fed burgers in at least one cafe.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management Top Heavy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, including full medical, dental, retirement and 401K and tuition reimbursement and a 9/80 work schedule which gives us every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Entry level salaries very low. Annual raises avg. 3% to a max of 5% per year. Impossible to reach competitive pay within the company if start as entry level. Good for getting experience but company looses a lot of brilliant minds due to non--competitive wages. Some departments are very top heavy with multiple layers of management with one manager per 5 staff members. Not enough workers and too much management Many employees work in excess of 60 hrs. a week. Salaried employees expected to work until work is done without additional pay, but if they are sick are required to take CAL or go unpaid just like and hourly person.

    Advice to Management

    When employees leave the company it takes too long to replace them and once hired there is inadequate training, making it difficult for new employees to succeed.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "ga"

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

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

    Pros

    good near and long term prospects for stability, no mass layoffs

    Cons

    no flextime or work from home

    Advice to Management

    too many chiefs not enough indians to do the work



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