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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    No Comment

    Mar 17, 2022 - Project Manager in Palmdale, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Peers are awesome. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Shoot from the Hip management. Upper management except for a few see the big picture of of an aerospace company is to be ran. Others seem like they are stuck in the 80's style of management.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee

    I'm the friend you didn't ask for but need.

    Jan 25, 2022 - Satellite Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Easy hiring process - Interesting technology in some categories, outdated for most. - You can be engaged as much or as little as you want - Depending on team and manager, you can negotiate WFH but majority of time is spent in person - Company has potential, it is up to leadership to spearhead the company or let it continually decline

    Cons

    - Extremely High Turnover in the Space Program - Salary Exempt employees are taken advantage of and overworked. It is expected to work 50 hours/week and it is common to work over 60 hours. You will work several weekends to support the project or to get ahead on your work. I have personally been notified to work the weekend on Friday afternoon. - Frustrating work environment, document control is a nightmare, and accountability is nonexistent - Salary cannot compete with other companies in the industry. Annual compensation is lower than inflation rate even if you receive high marks for your review - Benefits are subpar at best. GA tries to justify their benefits package with a pension instead of providing a competitive match to the 401k package. Medical benefits are okay, they have been trimmed down to save the company money since the pandemic. Education benefits are not competitive compared to other companies. - Professional development is lacking. New Engineers are forced to learn everything on their own without mentorship or training. Management is not provided formal training. Industry common practices such as Six Sigma/Lean are nonexistent. Training assigned on the company website is an absolute joke intended for checking boxes, and some training assigned is outdated or not relevant to your job duties - Toxic Leadership that starts at the top of the food chain and makes it way to the upper and lower management. Managers are not formally trained so you get a medley of leadership styles that can possibly lower the team’s morale. The President of GA-EMS is stuck in the past and does not budge on certain flexibility such as WFH, 9/80, or giving overworked employees slack. Not the best place to grow as a manager. GA has lost contracts with a well-known government space organization due to managers conflicting with the customer and even yelling at the customer during a meeting, slamming phones while hanging up and other unprofessional behavior. GA almost got blacklisted from the well-known organization…you cannot make this stuff up - Personally encountered Project Managers gossiping about subordinates on the project, even saying it to their face in an unprofessional and disrespectful manner. Turnover was so bad that Neil Blue (GA CEO) flew out on his private jet and attempted some damage control - Dishonest company to customers and employees, get everything in writing or do not believe it at all

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  4. 3.0
    Current Contractor, less than 1 year

    Too Bureaucratic in terms of development process

    Jan 4, 2022 - Software Engineer I in Poway, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some of the friendliest coworkers I've ever met The pension and it's vesting period of 3 years is also nice.

    Cons

    Management is just that, management, often times they will divide tasks into large parts and inquire as to why they aren't complete yet when you've said it will require more time than which is allotted which then results in people being cut instead of an increase in hours available. Still relies heavily on upper management for changes that should be handled at the developer team level. My Team had an older manager who seemed to talk differently to poc.

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Outdated Company

    Feb 17, 2021 - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Poway, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Location, paycheck, 9/80 days. You get to go home after the work day is over

    Cons

    Low pay. No architecture in the system. Management designing systems to fail. Many people working at GA with outdated skills sets. Dumb people from entry level all the way up to director level are at GA. One can literally fail on every project and get promoted as long as your boss and upper management fail also... it’s the GA way...

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    GA EMS

    Oct 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Upper management knows its flaws and they are working on creating a better work culture for the company.

    Cons

    Two big layoffs recently occurred. Lots of people left because of uncertainty

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Mediocre Job Satisfaction

    Jul 14, 2020 - Supervisor in Palmdale, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Many good and knowledgeable employees in this aerospace company. Benefits are good and they still offer a pension.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up unless you're in the right political group of upper management. Promises are not kept in certain organizations. If you do a fantastic job in your current position, you can be held back because of it.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    nonnonon

    Jul 5, 2020 - Eng V in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, and highly skilled engineers

    Cons

    Upper management isn't great and encourages decreased productivity

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Poorly managed space division

    Apr 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Somewhat competative pay and a pension plan

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Upper management is too 'old school' to adapt to the future environment of work. Project management does not know how to correctly bid a project which results in poor schedules and over worked employees

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Ok Company

    Nov 18, 2020 - Aerospace Technician in Jurupa Valley
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and work environment.

    Cons

    Upper management and it seems there always looking for someone to throw under the bus and make a example of what not to do. Even had one a manager, on a number of times. Mess with lunches, aircraft, stuff around the aircraft during a operation, trying to catch someone on a safety violation or anything else he could fine. Had one lead tell me, he seen a hatch open on the aircraft put wasn't going to say anything. Hoping the Crew Chief wouldn't catch it, and make a example of him not doing a thorough walk around. Luckily he seen it before the chucks were pulled.

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  11. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great benefits but upper management needs to change

    Feb 9, 2021 - Lead Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefit package is incredible and pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Upper management in composites needs to change or the company may not continue to grow.

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