General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Employee Reviews

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Great benefits, pension
Subcontract Administrator (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 14, 2018
It's hard to find a defense contractor that offers a 401K and pension. There is tuition reimbursement for full time employees. There is paid military leave for reservists/guardsmen.
Pros
retirement
Cons
management, workload
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A great place to work!
Program Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 4, 2018
GA is a great place to work. If you grow tired of the technology you are working on, find a new one. It is good to help get new technologies to the marketplace.
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No fun working at GA !
Intern (Current Employee) –  Shannon, MSOctober 6, 2018
No Management Planning. Run from CA. Daily work changes without plans. Expanding without the thoughts of what will be worked. No far thinking for work load.

May not get vested with company in retirement; it takes 5 years !
Pros
Not Many!
Cons
No Work Planning or Schedule !
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4.0
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good company, great people
Sr. PCB Designer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 25, 2018
Really enjoyed the experience working on cutting edge tech. The environment was very productive and enjoyable to work with. Work schedules were somewhat relaxed but achievable
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Good for learning and great benefits but poor management and leadership
Systems Specialist iii (Current Employee) –  Poway, CASeptember 25, 2018
General Atomics is a big name in the Aerospace industry. They offer competitive compensation and great benefits. However, if you don't know someone in your management then don't expect to get moved up very quickly or at all. Favoritism runs rampant in this company and promotions are not given to those who work for them or have more experience. They are given to those who know someone. This has been my experience in IT and manufacturing tech so I can't speak for other departments. If you're ok with all that then you can't really beat the benefits working here.
Pros
Great benefits, job security, decent compensation
Cons
Privately held, favoritism, not moving up in departments
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Great Job
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CASeptember 19, 2018
It was great working for this company, great hours, benefits. The location was a little remote. The only reason I left was due to a work injury. I wish I could have stayed
Pros
Hours, benefits, friendly staff
Cons
remote location
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4.0
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They have great benefits. The management is lacking in some departments.
Quality Engineer (Current Employee) –  Tupelo, MSSeptember 14, 2018
They have great benefits. However, they lack leadership in certain areas of the company. Favoritism is shown throughout the facility. They don't have much training when you start, you just have to fall in and watch. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you get that bonus mid year if you have shown them that you have excelled in your job.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Poor management
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exellent place to work at
Auto Metrix Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Poway, CASeptember 4, 2018
i learned a lot
great people to work with management is awesome
the benefits are pretty good compare to other companies
I recommend people working there
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Fast Growing Company
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Tupelo, MSSeptember 2, 2018
GA has been expanding over the years and has seen very fast growth. This is very exciting to see as you work on advanced technology for military defense.
Pros
Great pay and benefits.
Cons
N/a
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Too big of a company
Department Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 26, 2018
The company is growing rapidly but is having a hard time retaining employees. There is no open door policy between lower and upper management. 9/40 workweek is a plus though
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4.0
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Good Place
Document and Data Administration (Former Employee) –  Adelanto, CAAugust 18, 2018
Worked the early shift. Enjoyed the people interaction. I learned about the drawings intricacy and attention to detail.

Management on the whole was very good. The culture promotes teamwork.
Pros
Great benefits and retirement plan.
Cons
Not many places to eat on a 1/2 hour lunch.
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4.0
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Productive and fun work place
Security Manager, Facility Security Officer (Current Employee) –  Poway, CAJune 28, 2018
Exciting, challenging, fast paced. Learned how to be a better manager. Positive work place culture. Hardest part of job having a supervisor who did not support his team. Providing support to our warfighters.
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Salt mine with management that is only concerned with personal gain
facilities (Current Employee) –  San Diego County, CAJune 28, 2018
Run as fast as you can. No opportunity for advancement.
Culture of blame and punishment

Managers hire on the "buddy system".
Management waterfalls blame for their own short comings onto front line staff
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High Standards
Staff Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 24, 2018
This place has high expectations, if you don't excel you get labeled as a mediocre employee so the pressure is always on. It can also be political, if you're not in the right in-group you can get labeled and not move forward. It's a pressure cooker.
Pros
Steady work, no layoffs
Cons
High pressure to succeed.
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5.0
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Forced review
Flight Test Engineer/Program Manager (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 18, 2018
I am only filling this out because this website is forcing me to rate this company. If i had something bad to say, I wouldnt say, So this is a useless waste of time.
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company culture
Mechanical Designer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJune 1, 2018
its a great company to work for. Management is very supportive. the overall culture at the company is very friendly. I enjoyed working there. I learned to use windchill pdm. The hardest part of the job was worrying about how long you'll be there. Contract rewards usually come after the hiring process. so like most other jobs, there is always a question about how long you will work.
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Productive and inclusive atmosphere.
Housekeeping Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 30, 2018
Typical day involves daily inspections of assigned areas, interacting with site customers working in partnership in project scheduling. Ensuring team has resources such as supplies and information to prepare for the day. Mentoring and training team on new processes or caring for their administrative needs. Daily rounding on teammates to ensure they are properly supplied and equipment is in good repair.

Hardest part would be when needed items are back ordered or not available is to make due with what is available.

Most enjoyable is working with customers and team mates in completing daily activities or projects exceeding customer expectations.
Pros
Work culture, team encouragement, mission oriented.
Cons
Changes in procedures come slow.
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5.0
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Relaxed and overall great place to work
Tool Crib Attendant (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CAMay 8, 2018
Great benefits, relaxed environment. great place to work. Everyone there are good people. Training is provided regularly. I was able to live a productive life.
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great place to work
Staff Verification Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMay 1, 2018
nice workplace culture
good management
great work schedule with off Fridays every 2 weeks
smart and hardworking engineers
good insurance and perks
nice environment
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Interesting work with customers
Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 24, 2018
Typical day involved responding to requests for proposals (RFPs), followed by contacting the customer and selling new ideas or approaches to problems. frequently worked on 2-3 proposals at the same time.
Pros
work at your won pace
Cons
Excessive paperwork
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