Lead Project Manager/Assistant Program Manager (Current Employee) – Creech AFB, NV – March 16, 2019
The company hires mostly ex-military and keeps you in your past rank, i.e., enlisted or officer. Salary is great, but don't expect any advancement or promotion unless you are a former officer. Communication with deployed personnel is poor but people at the California campus are well treated and have a good work environment.
DESKTOP SUPPORT (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 8, 2019
I was a GA for a short time on a contract, but while there I learned a ton. I also met a lot of amazing people. GA is a big company and some place you can advance your career and be with for a very long time.
Materials and Processes Engineer (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – February 28, 2019
This was my first job out of college. I spent each day looking for and waiting for work. The work I was given was either really interesting and really quick, or extremely boring and tedious. One of the nice things about GA is that they're willing to help pay for your education to some extent. I got to take a class through MIT and have it fully paid for by the company. Management is interesting since we have one boss, under a boss, under a boss, under a boss, like any other large corporate company. The culture is monotonous. It's just like you see in movies - people driving through 45 minutes of traffic to sit in a prison-cube for 9 hours a day and drive 45 minutes in traffic to come home and sleep. Not many people are friendly here, but there are some younger engineers I've been able to get to know. The hardest part of the job is getting promoted. You can work your butt off for 3+ years and not get anything but the annual merit raise. But the departments only give one person a promotion per year per team. The most enjoyable part is the benefits. Since its a large corporate company, they have a great 401K, pension, insurance, and all that. Probably the only reason I can give this place above 2 stars.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Poway, CA – December 31, 2018
Poor engineering management and terrible engineering culture. There is a very clicky environment that dictates decisions instead of analysis. There are lots of DOD procedural issues when compared to other contractors, that aren't understood when explained. Raises are rarely over 3% which does not keep up with inflation and definitely doesn't keep up with the cost of living in San Diego. GA also keeps HSA funds instead of rolling them over to your account and extended work weeks "EWW" (required additional hours, no extra pay or promotions) are commonly used to make up for poor management.
Systems Administrator II (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – December 24, 2018
I love working for GA. been going strong for many years. One things I will say is advancement is slow in some areas and pay is a bit below average for the areas. They do make up for those things in the benefits offered as they some of the best in the industry.
GSE TECHNICIAN (Current Employee) – Palmdale, CA – November 28, 2018
Overall its great place to work. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans).
Good for learning and great benefits but poor management and leadership
Systems Specialist iii (Current Employee) – Poway, CA – September 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.
Great benefits, job security, decent compensation
Privately held, favoritism, not moving up in departments
They have great benefits. The management is lacking in some departments.
Quality Engineer (Current Employee) – Tupelo, MS – September 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.