General Atomics Employee Reviews about "military"

Updated Oct 20, 2021

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Pros
  • "9/80 work schedule, friendly environment(in 140 reviews)

  • "Great Benefits and Collaborative Team(in 103 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Military Culture can get annoying(in 34 reviews)

  • "Upper management is "old school"(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      One-trick Pony

      Oct 20, 2021 - Senior Software Developer in Poway, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This company came up with and still makes predator drones, which does raise its cool factor. Also, I'm pretty sure it's the same General Atomics in Fallout 4. So, I guess some people get a kick out of being around military stuff, without actually risking their lives. Too bad that drone is becoming their one-and-only trick. Their pay is low but they do have pretty good work-life balance and they offer a pension plan. This attracts a lot of semi-retired engineers. If you are a junior engineer, this is a good start, but I would turn and burn ASAP; the old tech will hold you back. They will get you a national security clearance if that floats your boat.

      Cons

      * If you like cube farms and traveling to the desert and other wastelands, then apply. * Their tech is 20 years old; they still use manual testers and dev ops is a human process; i.e. there is no such thing CI/CD here. I want to say that the majority of their engineers are semi-retired and don't even know what AWS is. * Their methodology is nowhere near Agile. Their software has a ton of technical debt. They put performance and quality last. * Their project managers walk around like they're rock stars. They always complain about the quality of the software but never want to fund regression or performance testing. * There's a lot of UCSD influence here; i.e. they get a kick out of C++ and look down on web technologies and other "script kiddies". Modern UI frameworks like React or Angular are almost unheard of here.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Okay place to work

      Sep 6, 2021 - Material Coordinator in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off) - Friendly people - Good benefits

      Cons

      - Favor Military background for advancement - Some buildings have limited room to grow professionally

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      PCB designer for General Atomics

      Aug 9, 2021 - Engineer II in South Pasadena, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pays well, work is not too difficult. Lots of great senior engineers who know a lot and are willing to help less experienced employees.

      Cons

      If you're not into military technology or drones, it can be hard to swallow the applications of the work you're doing.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to work for

      Aug 9, 2021 - Associate Software Developer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work with and develop military-grade tech,

      Cons

      Static work environment with not much room for career growth

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Huge Company

      Jul 15, 2021 - Department Specialist III in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing benefits, if you get in the right department you have the opportunity to move up.

      Cons

      very military and closed minded individuals not extremely diverse

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pretty Good Company

      May 19, 2021 - Technical Writer/Editor in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Off Fridays aka 9/80 schedule

      Cons

      Military Culture can get annoying

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      The Good and Bad

      Feb 9, 2021 - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Company tries to hold onto employees vs laying off folks with every change in the economy

      Cons

      A bit old-school, male-dominated, military style.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Toxic work environment, run away while you can!

      Jan 26, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
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      Pros

      9/80, Pension Plan, Bonuses, Benefits GA is a place I was proud to work for, building UAV’s for our military. The majority of my co-workers were great people, collaborative, and hard working. GA offers great salaries, benefits, and a pension plan in addition to a 9/80 work schedule.

      Cons

      Toxic culture, Silos, Nepotism, Company bleeding $, Management Beyond all this facade of perks, lays a toxic underbelly of nepotism, a silo-type culture that doesn’t hesitate to throw each department under the bus. No one takes ownership of issues, only deflects and blames others. They operate way over budget and can’t be competitive on contracts with their competitors. Management has changed and they are in way over their heads. Horrible employees that have long documented histories of subordination, poor performance, and even assaults on fellow employees are never fired nor reprimanded. High turn over of talented people who only stayed for the 9/80 and pension. I’m glad I left before the August 2020 layoff of 600+ people after the loss of some large contracts. The future at GA is definitely questionable.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great for my career

      Sep 23, 2020 - Subcontracts Administrator in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mentorship, college-entry programs, lots of learning, pension and 401K, good to military

      Cons

      Red tape, large workload, large company, a lot of turnover

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Enjoyed the work, not the nepotism

      Aug 27, 2020 - Training Developer in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Great cafeteria, awesome team, easy to work with others, transparency in chain of command

      Cons

      exceptional nepotism from retired military with hiring on their friends despite qualifications

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