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Updated Aug 22, 2019

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General Atomics CEO Neal Blue
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  1. "Iron Man"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and lots of opportunities for upward mobility

    Cons

    Hours can be long and the commute can be bad

    General Atomics2019-08-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer 

    I worked at General Atomics

    Pros

    Friendly, easy going, understanding, helpful

    Cons

    No cons, sometimes work is slow

    General Atomics2019-08-15
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Becoming process-focused"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer IV in Poway, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable job; lots of great people still there; get to support fielded products

    Cons

    Company leadership has lost interest in innovation; reliance on people has been replaced by reliance on process, which has led to more and more bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Return culture to what made GA successful; be intentional and strategic with a vision for the company and then articulate that vision to the employees while clarifying how they can be a part of it

    General Atomics2019-08-17
  4. "Great work culture and employee morale"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics for less than a year

    Pros

    - Given opportunities to speak out and pitch cool R&D projects. - Beautiful campus. - Exciting work!

    Cons

    - Observed that some employees have become too comfortable working in the same place over a long tenure.

    Advice to Management

    More employee benefits.

    General Atomics2019-07-30
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment But Poor Outlook"

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    Current Employee - Scientist/Engineer 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Atomics full-time

    Pros

    Strong core business, i.e., Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Relaxed working environment and excellent good work-life balance. Fairly competitive compensation and benefits compared to other employers in the area (San Diego), but not amazing. Very competent and smart workforce. Knows how to solve tough problems.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential and poor support from management. Company is extremely disconnected among groups and affiliates, you'll never know what anyone is doing because they are focused on their programs/customers. This limits GA because they are unable to leverage expertise and knowledge across the company. Management does a poor job supporting cross-talk between groups and affiliates. Very weak company culture...

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    Advice to Management

    Upper management is too invested in the status quo. GA needs to grow competence in new areas and acquire new customers, this may mean looking outside of government agencies. In general GA is too risk adverse for a privately held company. Management should focus on supporting strong communication between groups and affiliates to reduce redundancy .

    General Atomics2019-08-08
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Low pressure, low salaries"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manager was amazing Project was decently fulfilling Worklife balance was excellent, like 100/100 perfect score, no joke Labs were a mess, I got to help make them better which was nice Very diverse workforce, I got to work with tons of women and folks whose English wasn't great, which helped me learn to communicate more effectively

    Cons

    They laid me and 16 other people off 3 weeks before Christmas (lmao) Defense contract work is always a crapshoot, if the work isn't won, you're out on the street Your program might be mismanaged, I got lucky(ish) Job duties took a while to align with advertised duties Salaries are designed to be uncompetitive to keep wages low Yearly raises are awarded on a merit system (up to your manager) Only so many above average...

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    Advice to Management

    Hope you can still deliver that product 5 years behind schedule with 16 less engineers, good luck!

    General Atomics2019-07-08
  7. "GA AS"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff QA Engineer in Sabre Springs, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Family owned company with Pension plan and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Had way to many QA dept leadership transitions causing inefficiencies on leadership expectations for who is on first base..

    General Atomics2019-06-14

    General Atomics Response

    July 24, 2019Agency

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and we certainly wish you the best in your next endeavor!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous bonus, interesting projects

    Cons

    raises are where they need to improve

    General Atomics2019-05-23
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company and culture. I miss it!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was on one of the design teams. My supervisor had strong technical knowledge and was motivational. The work load was realistic and the challenges were entertaining. Benefits were very competitive. I felt they treated me well and the work was not too stressful. It looked to me my coworkers in the department with similar respect. I learned a lot! Most designers had a strong understanding of the fundamentals, and...

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    Cons

    My reason for leaving was personal, but the pay was relatively low and there were some slow days. The department was growing and they were fitting a lot of people (2-3 people) into small cubicle sections. There was almost no software to validate your hand-calculations or if the work became too iterative or tedious to sensibly do by hand. Almost everything was done into spreadsheets and if someone else had previously...

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    Advice to Management

    I think this organization has a safe balance balance between their pros and cons although it never hurts to ask for improvement. I think the headphones one would have an easy one, and maybe introducing an EDA software or two for engineers to use including to do some or all of the layout. I don't think this reflects the business very much, but I did not like the food options and I would often be very hungry if I forgot...

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    General Atomics2019-04-19
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits, Boring Work"

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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.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize training your employees so that as they grow, your company can grow.

    General Atomics2019-04-30
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