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General Plasma Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Very positive experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunity for learning.
    Clear goals.
    High, but fair and reasonable expectations.
    Good communication.
    Management appreciates and rewards hard work and effort.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints.

    Advice to Management

    I have worked for General Plasma for a little more than a year. I work mostly with the owner. I find him to be a fair, generous, likable person. He is very clear with the goals he wishes to be attained, and I find his performance expectations to be high, but fair and reasonable. I feel respected and appreciated.
    Upon hiring we discussed the importance of keeping the lines of communication open. I feel comfortable approaching him with ideas, questions, and concerns, and have found him to be receptive and attentive to them. And I have learned a great deal from his feedback. You need to work hard and be open to constructive criticism. If you can do those things you will grow here.


  2. "CFO"

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    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Chief Financial Officer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Leadership recognizes talent and rewards employees
    2. Innovative products and services
    3. You get to work with highly intelligent and talented employees
    4. Collaborative work environment

    Cons

    I haven't discovered any cons.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "BAD REP, 'Have To' recruit outside of Tucson."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good design experience, and personal challenges. Good experience if you can suffer the management.

    Cons

    Management is insane; people get fired for no reason with periodic tyraids.

    Advice to Management

    Get professional help in management, and mentally...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Roller Coaster Ride"

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    Former Employee - Office
    Former Employee - Office
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work with some nice people, all employees are in the same situation and they all talk and discuss what is happening and advice each other on how to deal with solutions.

    Cons

    This company has a large revolving door with a roller coaster ride within it, there are a lot of ups and downs, there are scary times and times one wants to scream. It's not a fun place to work, the owner is so unprofessional, he does not know how to treat employees. Many good workers came and went, no one wanted to stick around for the unknown around the next curve in the tracks.

    Advice to Management

    Step back from the business end, hire an outside firm to manage the company, a firm that knows how to treat good quality employees, and knows how to retain good quality employees. Stop watching good people walk out the door just because you feel it makes you look powerful, when it really does not.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Run......Fast!"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Plasma full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only Pro I can say is that if you don't like your coworkers, wait a week. It will change because they'll get fired!

    Cons

    In the 3 months I worked temp to hire they fired 8 people. During the interview process the Glassdoor reviews were discussed and the blame was put on a disgruntled former employee. Singular!! I wish I would have followed my gut and the Glassdoor reviews. It's PATHETIC!

    Advice to Management

    Be honest!! People are moving cross county to take positions at GPI and then are let go within 1 to 3 months!! This is a horrible place to work. The previous reviews were spot on! Quit lying about it!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Plasma full-time

    Pros

    You get freedom since it is small company. They have nice benefits. You can achieve veteran status if you can make it longer than 5 months as an engineer.

    Cons

    Don't get the owner upset. He will just fire you. Don't make the owner fell inferior, he will fire you. Don't tell the owner his design is inadequate, he will fire you. Just go in with the mind of being a drafter getting paid an engineers salary and just say OK all the time and you should be fine.

    Advice to Management

    This section is meaningless for this company. But in case they do care. Give real deadlines and tell them employee what it is you want and when you want it. Have an actual game plan and goal engineers can work with.


  7. "Bright Future with GPI"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked here for so many year till now. I do not see any problem in GPI. It feels like a family working environment. From working here, I have learned a lot of things from high technologies to valuable skills. The benefits here is very good. Also, if we get our job done there is no problem (which is the same for all other companies). Finally, there is freedom and independence in the workplace.

    Cons

    No complaints for General Plasma Inc.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not an enjoyable experience"

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

    I have been working at General Plasma full-time

    Pros

    It is a "non-traditional" industry

    Cons

    Management provides no training and demands a flawless ascent on a very steep learning curve

    Employee morale is very low due to their extremely high turnover rate

    No feedback (good or bad) is ever given

    The location is in South Tucson which is a very dangerous area

    Advice to Management

    If you don't set your employees up to fail they usually won't


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Plasma full-time

    Pros

    This company is a small company. They run it as such so you will be doing many things. There is always something to do. They also do not babysit. There is a lot of self motivation to do projects. You may not know 100% the task assigned, but we have google so lots to learn. This is the self motivation. This is not a Copy/Paste company.

    They are also doing interesting stuff. a real niche industry. I would say, coming right out of college, 1 year at General Plasma equates to 5 years in another job. The owners also like inventing and coming up with ideas, so the RD department is always active, which also means lots of new and interesting drawing and manufacturing.

    I have worked many jobs in my life and this is by far the most entertaining and fun one i have had.

    Cons

    The mechanical side is a little rough. General plasma has really smart science built upon solid mechanical design. Mechanicals are the heart of General Plasma. So there is extra pressure and demand on them from other jobs of same type elsewhere. But not anything extra ordinary and the reward outweighs the demand.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "I worked at GPI."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Plasma (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Little or no direction or training. Allowed you to set your own priorities.

    Cons

    Little or no direction from Management. You would then be reprimanded for not doing what you did not know needed to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. They are your future.


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