General Atomics Employee Reviews about "9 80 work"

Updated Aug 4, 2020

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  • "Retirement Benefits and 9/80 work schedule(in 96 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, awesome schedule great co-workers(in 75 reviews)

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  • "Management favors former military who think they’re still in the(in 26 reviews)

  • "Very difficult to move up unless you're in the right political group of upper management(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Decent company to work for"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Technician in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Job stability Clean working environment Good benefits Does not require you to have your own tools 9/80 schedule helps work/life balance

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than other federal contracting jobs Much of the turnover is attributed to people leaving the job to get better paying jobs on base Promotion within the company can be difficult Technicians on the floor have to wear long blue smocks that are annoying

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place for First Job Out of College, but You Hit Walls"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are hard-working, you do get promoted here. You need to be ambitious and willing to take on more work than expected if you want to get opportunities to work on different projects. Work life balance is great (if you do the bare minimum, see cons below). The pay was decent (low considering the cost of living in CA), and the benefits are okay. There are a few senior-level software developers there that have a passion for what they do, and you can learn a lot from them, but the ones with talent, you need to seek them out. I got lucky and was able to get on several different projects that allowed me to gain more experience and become more marketable for searching for other software engineering jobs. For a while, it kept things interesting. The 9/80 schedule is nice and there is some flexibility in your start time as well, which you cannot argue that.

    Cons

    There are far more terrible senior software developers there than there are good. You cannot look at the current code base to see how things should be done. You will see plenty of examples of how poorly something can be implemented, which helps absolutely nobody. "But it works!" ... yeah ... about 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time it falls apart, and the 95% of the time it is up, it uses astronomically more CPU and RAM than should be necessary to accomplish the same task. The excuse is that the logic is a small piece of functionality, or it does not get used often enough, but the problem is, this mentality exists in almost virtually all code and it compounds into a mess. You need to spend a lot of time researching and reading material on your own time in order to actually learn how to do things the correct way; otherwise, you will wind up hurting your chances to move on to another software company. A lot of the times you are thrown into a project and not given the proper training nor the time to do the job properly (going back to research and reading on your own time). The company and senior management loves people that get the job done the fastest, even when the job is done poorly and inevitably requires a complete redesign and code refactoring. There are too few good, passionate senior-level software developers, and you will likely have to seek them out if you want to see how something should be done. It is highly probable you will only work with them on one or two projects, then go your separate ways and be apart for a long time. It took a few years before I got to start working on a project with one of them. This means that, inevitably, you will hit a wall where you are no longer learning anything new, but are stuck fixing other developer's terrible, terrible code to get things working efficiently and properly. Every great senior software developer there spends most of their time fixing garbage. The only exception is when you are starting a project on your own time or from scratch. The first part of my career I had plenty of opportunities to work on my own projects or start new projects (and some of those are terrible because I was forced to use a design that was inherently flawed, even when I brought up what issues it would cause). The last few months there, I was doing nothing but fixing other developer's poorly written code. If you hit that point, it is time to bail. You will not learn anything valuable, and all you will accomplish is falling further behind in your career, which would make looking for a job outside of defense more difficult.

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    "Do Not Recommend Working Here"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Pension, 9/80, Location, nothing else

    Cons

    Everything else. Lack of professional mentor leadership. Too many managers with no improvements. What do you do all day? Too many that are bullies and don't get rid of them. Only move them to another department so they can bully others so more employees leave. Too many levels of management . Too many manager promotions and not the ones under them. High stress environment. Parking sucks.

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    "Okay..."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance and 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    highly bureaucratic and very behind in technology.

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    "Good Old Boys"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, 401K, grateful to have an income

    Cons

    Management favors former military who think they’re still in the military. Lack of flow down information across the board. Favoritism, processes and policies that continuously change without company wide notification. Just a mess of a company with high turnover. People come here for ‘job security’ because GA has never had a major layoff. The trade off is low pay and archaic processes. It’s definitely a ‘good old boys’ culture where one gets ahead by kissing up to management.

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    General Atomics Response

    July 24, 2019Agency

    We appreciate the 8+ years you’ve spent with us, and we’re glad to know that you’re happy with your flexible schedule, your retirement benefits and your job security – all of which are very important to us, too. While we’re obviously disappointed to hear your views on our culture, our management teams do, in fact, grow and change. As do our processes. But it takes time when an organization grows as quickly as we’ve been growing, and so we appreciate your efforts to push us.

  6. "Solid Company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - 9/80 Schedule - Job Security - Smart coworkers

    Cons

    - Not latest tech - Some coworkers are coasting

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    "Stay away"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The ASI division has a 9/80 work schedule and a pension.

    Cons

    The worst company I have ever worked for. Policies are archaic and straight out of a military playbook. This company doesn’t know what good leadership and performance looks like. Ever since they lost the MQ-25 contract, work has been drying up and people are sitting around with little to do.

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    "Great Benefits, Boring Work"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Materials & Process Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    401k, Pension, Decent Salary, 9/80 Schedule, Good bosses.

    Cons

    Little to no room to grow or develop. Difficult to get promoted or get training.

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    "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, 9/80 work schedule, it's a job and foot in the door.

    Cons

    Hires too many green engineers that rely on the few experienced talent who are under appreciated, burnt out, and haven't left yet.

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    "Good old boys"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Atomics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pension Vacation Product 9/80 schedule No desire to lay-off

    Cons

    Buddy network No upward ability Poor management Lack of management knowledge Middle managers managing nothing Work environment Compensation increase/promotions are nonexistent

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