General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Employee Reviews

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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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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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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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Fast paced and extremely professional
Integration Technician (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CAApril 12, 2018
General Atomics works on a lot of confidential contracts and projects, the work environment was cutthroat as everyone was fighting to advance over the next person
Pros
cafeteria on site
Cons
confidential projects, no room for mistakes
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Great Company
Software Developer (Current Employee) –  PowayApril 10, 2018
This is a great company and I highly recommend to work here if given the chance. It's very relaxed and people are well paid. The managers are wonderful and make sure you have the resources you need to do your work.
Pros
Friendly people
Cons
A little bit slow
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Extremely Low Pay for the area
Information Assurance Administrator (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 26, 2018
This company doesn't pay comparable to the area. California is extremely expensive and GA pays as if you still live with your parents. The environment is very misogynistic, with a top male heavy executive leadership structure. New ideas are not welcomed here and don't even suggest six sigma. I don't see GA adapting well to new ideas or business practices and this will probably be a downfall for future endeavors.
Pros
Education stipend is not required a pay back time frame, once they pay it, you don't owe if you leave
Cons
Pay is VERY low for the area and there isn't a lot of room for career growth
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Great place to work.
Department Specialist III (Current Employee) –  Palmdale, CAMarch 16, 2018
Great place to work. The flight test facilities have a 9/80 schedule so you get a 3 day weekend every other week. The pay is more than fair. Benefits are great.
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Great Engineering Company
Sr. Staff QA Engineer (Current Employee) –  Sabre Springs, CAFebruary 8, 2018
Very difficult company structure for manufacturing since this is an Engineering company and a very large garage shop type mentality. Fred has always done it like this prevails even if it does not meet procedures or Good Manufacturing Practices.

Great product line supporting our Military Missions.
Cons
No social time or any team building events. No off site moral building events
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Top management sucks
Principal Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 7, 2018
GA is a good place to work with as long as you can tolerate micromanagement from some Sr. VP. As an engineer, you opinion will not be listened. If you do not put the upper managers' word in text, you are under the threaten of been fired every day. Other than that, GA has all dream elements for ordinary workers including: good salary, great benefit, generous paid day off, pension, and very flexible working hours. You can sit next to your desk thinking all day, just as professors do.
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Productive and fulfilling
Supervisor, Fusion Publications (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 26, 2018
Prioritized, assigned, and monitored new and/or existing tasks of the department. Assisted employees as needed with their assignments to ensure all deadlines were met. Trained new employees on company and Department of Energy regulations and requirements. Lead a team comprised of graphic artists (2), a web designer, and composition specialists (2) in the completion of their assignments.
The hardest part of the job was ensuring all deadlines were met. Sometimes required all or several of us to work periods of overtime with little notice.
The most enjoyable part was knowing you had completed the project on time and it had been glowingly received by the contractor, journal, national and/or international meeting.
Pros
National & international recognition for the company
Cons
Cannot think of any
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Fun workplace and expanding
Document Control Specialist (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CAJanuary 25, 2018
One of the greatest things about GA is that they not only hire based on skills, but also on personality. Due to this, most employees are very friendly and there is a culture of teamwork and cooperation. The management is a little slow to make decisions, but they're hearts are always in the right place. I was desperately sad when I had to relocate out of state and leave what I considered the best job.
Pros
Great benefits, helpful management
Cons
Too many facilities spread over a wide area, desert locations not ideal for commuting
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Benefits of a private company are clear at GA
M.E Intern (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 21, 2018
Staff was very welcoming to new employees. Managers are not afraid to give you responsibility if you have the motivation. Employees frequently interact with friendly upper management. Projects are challenging and interesting.
Pros
Reasonably priced and good tasting cafeteria food, nice gym, paid education, awesome benefets
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Great place to work
Subsystem Design Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 18, 2018
This was an amazing experience as an intern. They really take care of the people who come to work for them. The job security is really good also. Highly recommend them.
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Productive work place.
Technical Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 15, 2018
Great place to work, but that is dependent on your coworkers and/or managers like any other work place. Each site has gyms, cafeterias, tennis and basketball courts.
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Great Products
Project Manager/Proposal Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 3, 2018
General Atomics manufactures great products and offers amazing services and support to the warfighter. The management pool could use some work. My immediate management I found to be very condescending and arrogant when I worked there.
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