GE Aviation

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GE Aviation Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
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3.5 343 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

GE Aviation President and CEO David L. Joyce

David L. Joyce

(186 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great talent, but ack of support, benefits, and pay

    Sub-Section Manager (Current Employee) Grand Rapids, MI

    ProsGE Aviation, Grand Rapids has a great group of talented people. GE offers many training opportunities. GE has on-site health classes (yoga, Zumba)

    ConsI wish upper management knew how to appreciate the people. We no longer have bonuses, but upper management does. Our benefits are sub-par. Raises are slight and do not account for cost of living increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize your people. Treat them fairly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    GE Aviation Response

    Jul 24, 2014Recruitment Marketing Leader

    We appreciate your thoughts and feedback. We are always and will continue to try to make GE better. We will certainly consider your thoughts and look to ways to improve upon the cons you have ... More

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is "ok", hourly get paid much more than salary however

    ConsEMS system is the worst. A lot of career opportunity for younger workers. The site I am at is very unorganized

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff are very "out of touch", with the realities of manufacturing floor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I was with the company for 27 years, never had a negative review and was laid off due to the 10% turnover program.

    Test Engineer (Former Employee) Pompano Beach, FL

    ProsGE has almost infinite resources. Pretty good information exchange among the entire company. Pay rates are competitive. Very good physical environment.

    ConsSeniority is detrimental to your job security. No respect or tolerance of any opinions not generated by management. Either drink the "cool-aid" or look for employment elsewhere. If your not into cronyism you will be overlooked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce management by 75% and this could be a productive company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very easy to get pigeon holed into one job and get stuck there if you don't play the game.

    Engineering Designer (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    Pros-Biggest company in the world, lots of potential for advancement
    -After hours classes, development opportunities

    Cons-You have to be good at playing the corporate game to advance, doing your job well doesn't matter as much as drinking the kool-aid.
    -Developing yourself with offered courses / development programs is great but doesn't guarantee you will get noticed or even acknowledged.
    -work is very structured, little room for innovation (imagination at work, yea right). tasks become repetitive and monotonous and soul crushing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees like people and not a metric on a sheet of paper. Cut the 9-blocker horseshit, when everyone in your group is performing at a top level, you can afford to reward all of them. Don't be a coward.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People are bullies

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Canton, MI

    Proscompany has a good reputation

    Consyou'll be working around the clock, and holidays - they suck the life out of you

    Advice to Senior ManagementRoll up your sleeves instead of creating "metrics". Be honest with people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship in the rotation parts manufacturing plant in Lynn, MA

    Manufacturing Intern (Former Employee) Lynn, MA

    ProsI had exposure to the real products that were produced and opportunities to see other parts of the business and the processes for ensuring conformance to strict parameters.

    ConsThe site has a majority of union workers and is very dependent on their cooperation. There is tension between the engineering management and the union workers - there is no balance of trying to work harder and being recognized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractor's are second-class citizen...

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Blue Ash, OH

    ProsMid-to-High range salary for some positions.
    Moderately clean office environment.

    ConsFor Contractors: No lateral or vertical movement in position. Things are slow to happen with the large corporate environment - took over a month to get my laptop and on-boarding. Contractors are treated as if they are second-class citizens, GE clerical staff fight with contractors over petty things like the use of coffee and office supplies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit the office politics; respect the people that work for/under you & help foster an environment of trust and mutual co-operation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for learning but not much else

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    Pros- jet engines are probably one of the more exciting products to work on as an engineer
    - get to work with extremely cutting edge technology
    - access to some of the best technical experts in the world makes this a great place to learn and develop engineering skills and knowledge
    - good training opportunities for both technical and leadership skills
    - always good to work for the top dog in the industry

    Cons- poor work-life balance. The company operates extremely lean, so each person has much more work than they can possibly accomplish on time. Everyone is aware of this, but nothing is done to change it. You need to be able to deal with the stress that every time you finish one urgent project, there's constantly a list of others that are now late because you've focused on something else...can feel like you're constantly putting out fires.
    - engineers are treated as a commodity and leadership generally ignores the input and feedback from individual contributors.
    - poor healthcare benefits. employees responsible for a large portion of the costs.
    - below average pay for the industry. Company is very open about how it sets pay which is good, except for the fact that their goal is to pay everyone no better than the industry median, and most are paid slightly below the median. For an industry leading company hiring top talent....this is a joke. They rely on employees wanting the opportunity to work on top technology at the expense of their pay, benefits, and work life balance.
    - it's an enormous company so there's the typical problems that come with that...extremely political work environment, leadership distant and out of touch with individual contributors, enormous amounts of corporate koolaid, etc.
    - fairly good opportunities to move laterally, but if you want to advance vertically, you will realize that in such a huge company, the people that advance A) may not be deserving but are connected to the right people and B) put their career as the top priority in their life and are willing to sacrifice everything in their personal life for the company.
    - global engineers do a HUGE portion of the engineering work now because the company can pay them much less. As a result, engineers in the US are doing less and less actual engineering work, and spending a lot of time managing global engineers. GE is not an American company; it is a global company and it is transferring huge amounts of technical expertise, manufacturing, etc. overseas.
    - Cincinnati isn't the most exciting place to be. Downtown has been improving lately, but it has a long way to go.

    In general, employees just seem unhappy and over-worked. When I talk to people who have been there 10+ years, or who have worked elsewhere, most of them seem to only stay with the company because there's something else keeping them in the area (family, kids, etc.). That doesn't give you a rosy feeling looking into the future, and as a result the company has had a high attrition rate with young employees getting out before they set down any roots.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. A large portion of them, particularly the early-career employees, are not happy. Intelligent, highly capable people with this type of expertise are not a commodity, and if they keep leaving at the current rate, it's going to be a major problem in the near future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to gain experience, but leadership & culture are a major detractor

    Engineer (Former Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    Pros- Most of your coworkers are great to work with: smart, curious, helpful, willing to share knowledge
    - Cool technology
    - Continuous opportunities to learn new technologies, new tools, etc.
    - Decent benefits, even though not as good as pre-2009
    - Opportunities to advance education within and outside company: Black Belt, Master's, etc.
    - You will become a better engineer/problem solver/process improver, because they have proven processes and methodologies to follow and learn from
    - As long as it doesn't cost a lot of money and/or there is a budget for it, you have freedom to make changes/improvements regarding how your department/group works

    Cons- Corporate leadership views engineers as "easily replaceable", as though high-tech knowledge and experience can be easily replaced
    - Since the control of GE Aviation moved to Corporate Headquarters, GE Aviation's innovation and culture has changed...for the worst: Like many have stated, GE Aviation:
    - increased its management layers; too many chiefs, not enough people to do the work
    - has too many metrics and many that cause more harm than good, like creating an environment where leaders are more worried about meeting their short-term goals, while forgetting about and/or not even considering long-term implications
    - leadership is short-cited (see above); "if we don't see the payoff right now, forget about it" mentality. results in missed opportunities later on
    - seems to have forgotten the importance of taking care of its customers
    - not diverse regarding work styles
    - Forced ranking system outdated, demoralizing, and creates a very competitive vs. collaborative work environment: it made sense when they had 35,000 employees, but now they have too few people to do the work, and it's known that hiring and training a new employee costs more than working with your current employees
    - Pay is "competitive" (meaning average), but the expectations are very high

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you consider long-term implications. Reconsider your quantity and type of metrics...they are driving behaviors. Take better care of your customers, even if you don't see the payoff immediately. Happy customers will want to choose GE, which will result in more business, followed by more $. Stop abusing your employees to "save a buck". The new generation won't put up with it, which is probably why there's a high turnover within 2-5 years...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience, glad to be somewhere else

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsGE Aviation offers exciting technology, brilliant people, and in theory, great career potential as "Big-GE" has a global footprint. Good opportunities to give back to the community.

    ConsGE Aviation is too political which leads to bad management decisions. The company is slow and cumbersome--one can be stuck in a process loop for weeks or longer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so fake.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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