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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.6 1,769 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Read the Art of War if you want to work here.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at GE full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits standard. Medical a little worse than I've had elsewhere.

ConsPolitically focused rather than product focused. Leadership more interested in getting to the next rung than in producing a quality product. Environment isn't conducive to productivity. If you still want to join, be sure to read Art of War, cause you'll need it. Everything seems to be a car here cause the favorite catch phrase is "You have to drive it!!!!!". There's a few other trite phrases that definitely
turn me off cause they are over-used and meaningless. Beware of Energy. It's not doing well and has some changes on the horizon. Hiring freeze now anyway.

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganizations of people aren't cars to be driven. Lose the politics and focus on the product. If you get the product right, your success will follow. Otherwise you have an empty organization with no profits that will collapse on itself someday. Accomplishment should be more important than
your network.

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

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Don't work for a company that doesn't know how to be honest

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at GE full-time for more than 10 years

ProsYou can have a good work balance

ConsThis company will only promote people that will do the dirty work not the one's that take care of the customer. They promote the people the like regardless if they can do the work.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you talk it then walk it. Treat people how you want to be treated.

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

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It was alright, but did not provide the experience I desired

Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at GE as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe name. It looks great on a resume and everyone knows it.

ConsThere were limited opportunities to do the kind of work I was looking for.

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

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Sucks

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at GE full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBig company
Lots of opportunies to advance
Good business
Nice offices

ConsBig company
High pressure
Pressure on performance
Pear pressure

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Disorganized, Confusing

Area Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at GE

ProsA very large and proud company with many grow opportunities so long as you are one of the "insiders" and/or the "choosen" to be a active, valued contributor for the business.

ConsMy experience is that opinions outside the mainstream or "NIH' are not recieved well, especially when they point to a flaw or fault in a business plan. This happens a lot with an acquistion because it's not the GE way, which by definition is wrong.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs part of a small acquistion, I feel management needs to be more honest with the employeees on why the acquisition is really happening...is it just to fill a spot on the "line card,' or do you intend to invest to grow the business, committing to the future. Managment most often doesn't care to share the long-term plans for the business.

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Too much bureaucracy

Product Safety Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at GE

ProsLarge support network, good training opportunities

ConsMired in bureaucracy and overly rigid processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the processes which slow down the P&Ls

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not nearly as good as it looks from the outside.

Chemist (Former Employee)
Niskayuna, NY

I worked at GE

ProsIt's a big company and it looks good on your resume.
Lots of cool projects to work on.

ConsLots of politics. Lots of hierarchy. They do a terrible job retaining top talent. They layed off a bunch of really bright employees and kept the yes folks. It's no wonder the business has to grow overseas. The engineering is okay. The science is really subpar. The creative folks are not encouraged to be creative. GE's greatest strengths are its name and its marketing, because people still view it as the great American company. It's become a me-too company. Lots of acquisitions. Organic growth is non-existent. The So-called global research centers are a technological farce at best these days.

Lots of projects, but they get canned all the time. The R&D is terrible because it's at the mercy of the businesses.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetain better talent. You're letting go of some of your top employees either through attrition, poor reward systems or layoffs and keeping the yes folks. The stock price is slowly going back up but that's due to international growth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If you are a person who has no family or personal life or who doesn't care about it, this is the company for you.

Energy (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at GE

ProsCompensation is comparable, BUT you work endlessly. Good place to learn, then get out of there after 2 to 4 years. It's kinda of like making a deal with the GhostRider mentality, damned if you do and damned if don't.

ConsLearn to play the HIGH Performance game early ON in your career here or else you'll find yourself under the bus everyday.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to LISTEN to logic and not what you think you know. Understand the value of thinking outside of the box instead of saying it to your employees and owning the implementation of the concept. Since you admire your CEO so much, review his management style and then look at your own. See how that aligns & works for you and your department.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Snotty

Intern (Former Employee)
Erie, PA

I worked at GE

ProsTHe pay and the benefits were good but not for the way you are treated or for the stress you endure

ConsI left there as an intern because of the crazy long hours that I saw the engineers working. They all were stressed to the max.P

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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american decline

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Albany, NY

I have been working at GE

Prosget to work on a lot of varied and interesting topics

Conspoorly managed, too many managers with overlapping responsibilities, managers do not understand the jobs of the people they manage, treat employees like serfs

Advice to Senior Managementrespect employees and and respect competence not political savvy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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