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GE Aviation Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
351 Reviews

3.7
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GE Aviation President and CEO David L. Joyce
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There's lots of opportunities to grow as an engineering student (in 14 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is great, at least in my department (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to achieve any work-life balance, even at the beginning of your career (in 14 reviews)

  • Large company and you can be lost in the shuffle if you do not "buddy up" to the powers in charge (in 10 reviews)

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    Bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Time off when you can get them and holidays off. Work at least 40 hrs. a week. Good co-workers to work with. manufacturing plant in all air conditioned.

    Cons

    Leadership is bad in every department. Benefits are alright compare to the valley, but most big companies can beat them. Management provide goals just to change them while performing annual reviews.
    People are promoted base on who they know and not what they know. To get hire there or promoted, all people have to do is become friends with the member of management. Helps if you are related to someone in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start hiring people for management from the outside and learning new ideas. Hiring co-ops to permanent position is not a advancing since they are learning the same old ways of doing things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CMO  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - CMO in Dayton, OH

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Good Pay, Lots of OT

    Cons

    The mangers do not supervise their employees, and they are very non-productive. Very poor business plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Imagination at Work? I'd like to imagine decent benefits and cost-of-living adjustments.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, at least in my department.

    Cons

    Health insurance is almost nonexistent. Deductibles are so high that I can't afford to take my children to the doctor when they need it. We used to have high-walled cubicles, which was bad enough. The company has recently moved us into tiny chest-high cubicles, which we all hate. The work area is freezing, and the layout reminds me of photos of the sweatshops of the early 1900s. I have to believe it makes it hard to recruit new employees when the candidates see these conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer health insurance of a quality commensurate with the size of GE; this isn't a mom-and-pop operation. Devise a salary structure that at least keeps pace with inflation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    GE Aviation Mcallen =hell hole

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McAllen, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McAllen, TX

    Pros

    -stable 40hr work week
    -overtime available

    Cons

    -favoritism and "compadrismo" is out of control
    -everyone trying to get each other fired, funny with new "teaming" concept things have gotten worse
    -management takes every opportunity to screw over employees even though they have no idea what they are doing.
    -it's about who you know
    -company policies selectively enforced
    -throwing money away on cafeteria staff and hiring "leaders" that couldn't lead a bathroom cleaning.
    -qualified employees get passed over for internal jobs routinely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to screw over employees. You guys are the problem not the hard workers making everyone up top richer. Lol, pretty lame attempt at giving yourselves a good review. "Keep up the good work" on this site. We all know the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Internship Experience Yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Simulation Systems Intern  in  Houghton, MI
    Former Employee - Simulation Systems Intern in Houghton, MI

    Pros

    The UDC (University Development Center) is close enough to campus to walk to, which is a plus. The people that work at the UDC in Houghton are great. They are more than willing to help you with any issues you run into, and are overall good to work with.

    Cons

    - The team leads that you work with in Grand Rapids (GE Aviation's main office) are overall jerks. They seem annoyed when you call them to ask for help or clarification about a task they assigned you. One of the team leads ridiculed me one day because my car was stuck in my driveway due to excessive snowfall.
    - I got stuck doing simple bug fixes and going through test requirements, rather than doing any actual coding.
    - Time given to complete tasks was way underestimated, and whenever I asked for another hour or two to finish a task the team lead would get angry.
    - The pay is pretty low for an internship in this field. Only $15/hr.
    - The company doesn't really take the UDC seriously. They've already cut back to the point that there is only one team at the UDC, as opposed to several. It won't be long before it shuts down completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think about who you make team leads. People are more apt to enjoy their job if their team lead is a decent person.
    - Increase pay to your interns. Your pay is not competitive at all. It is really easy to find another job in the field with higher pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    SUCKS OUT LOUD!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Dayton, OH

    Pros

    There are many well-meaning and hardworking people at the company. The problem is that these people are not in positions where they can change processes or improve policies.

    Cons

    I was privvy to some very shady dealings in Finance. The company needs to do a better job of auditing for creative bookeeping. The site where I worked routinely 'cooked the books' and if you spoke out against it then you were suddenly gone. I was too afraid to file a formal concern with the U.S. Dept. of Defense. I merely decided to get a job elsewhere....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on the reality and develop integrity! The problem is that top management needs to drill down where the numbers don't make sense instead of relying on the site management to provide honest answers. It will make the company more profitable in the end!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not Recommended for a Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Large company with diverse career opportunities if willing to relocate.
    Wide range of training programs.

    Cons

    Complex and bureaucratic organization that struggles to keep customers satisfied.
    Cumbersome processes and the lack of basic tools make even the most simple tasks burdensome.
    Extremely internally focused.
    Management views the only place that talent exists is external to the company - maybe good if you're a new hire. However, the majority of the new hires lack industry and domain expertise and experience.
    Aoorly run and disfunctional company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customer in your actions, not just in your words. Take care of your employees that are not Exec Band. Get out of your offices and communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    overworked and under paid!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Big name with alot of power behind it
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - overtime only if you are willing to show that you can overwork yourself to the tenth power!
    - This particular GE company or Unison doesn't pay well at all, unless you are in management
    - Diversity in this place means, having a majority of a particular minority group
    - a micromanaged environment
    - no teamwork within employees, everyone snakes each other the first chance they get, behind each other's backs
    - overtime is allowed only if management thinks that something really needs to be completed, not considering that employees don't want to work overtime if the amount is only going to give back their taxes taken on a 40hr work week

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very good place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Sales in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    -Excellent professional training programs are available.
    -Large company with numerous opportunities worldwide for broadening your career.

    Cons

    -Large, bureaucratic company with cumbersome internal processes. Very internally focused.
    -Lack of customer focus and lack of product/industry/customer knowledge and depth across leadership levels.
    -Very poor internal communication, lack of strategic direction, and managements inability to motivate the workforce make GE a tough place to enjoy and have a career.
    -Managements lack meaningful focus on employees is manifested in high burn out and turn over rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees. Once you have one, clearly and consistently communicate your strategic directorion to your workforce. Put strong, competent leaders (not just managers) in place and have people skills and have subject matter expertise in the areas they lead. GE has a great legacy and history to leverage - use it to your advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not Jack Welch's GE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Compensation
    Most co-workers are pretty smart

    Cons

    Not a meritocracy
    Incompetent people get promoted, good people stay on the bottom
    Most other companies haven't cut back on benefits as severely
    HR runs the company and makes decisions on things they have no knowledge about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the meritocracy it used to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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