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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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5.0
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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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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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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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5.0
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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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5.0
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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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4.0
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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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3.0
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Not a great place but understandable why
Intern III, Internal Controls (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 25, 2017
Great I had a fun time definitely has some room for improvement wish they had more work sometimes new clear path for career advancement.. Needs more to do. culture is fine a little to big for my taste. there are some very helpful people who work there.
Pros
Solid place to work
Cons
slow paced
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2.0
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Stressful with poor management and culture
engineer (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CASeptember 1, 2017
After a very difficult process (over about 7 years) this division of the company has finally turned around two large, complex DoD programs. Leadership is ruthless and unforgiving. President in charge humiliates subordinates in public. No chances for advancement from within.
Pros
Pension plan and 401K
Cons
culture
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General Atomics
Composite Technician III/ Peer Inspector (Current Employee) –  Poway, CAAugust 29, 2017
Very political and only "golf buddies" advance or get raises. Pay is usually good for a starting wage but raises are typically less than inflation. Diversity in hiring practices but bigotry runs rampant
Pros
Pay
Cons
Politics
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4.0
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Good
Pilot (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAAugust 14, 2017
Good place to work! I enjoyed my time there. Good people and relaxed environment. Good people. The most enjoyable part of the job is the flying. Overall good.
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3.0
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met great people
Facility Service Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CAJuly 20, 2017
fair place to work at, not much to say. met nice people. did not get a raise in almost two years. benefits were ok. company has been around for many years.
Pros
met nice people
Cons
not much to say
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Tech Writer (Former Employee) –  Palmdale, CAJuly 10, 2017
Great management team, great team members to work with and great projects. I enjoyed working with those team members and learning something totally challenging.
Pros
Great company
Cons
Lots to do
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Its ok
Material Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Poway, CAJuly 1, 2017
Culture is hard to find. Just stay in your lane and you will be alright. Yearly raises aren't as up to standard as you would think. To competitive can be a huge deal.
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good place to work at.
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Rancho Bernardo, CAJune 29, 2017
A lot of meetings with project team to fix discrepancies and minor issues.
Good working environment and fun people to work around.
Hours are typical 8 to 5.
Pros
great envoronment
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4.0
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Nice, clean work area
Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) –  Tupelo, MSMay 24, 2017
Great place to work. Able to learn new skills and management is not as bad as some places. The workplace culture is good for most employees although all employees are not treated the same.
Pros
Pay, Paid Time OFF
Cons
short breaks, politics, lower tier workers looked down on
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