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GE Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
2,599 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 139 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot (in 57 reviews)


Cons
  • Also most of the people i know who work here don't have much work life balance (in 146 reviews)

  • Can be long hours but if you are good at planning your day, you will be more than fine (in 86 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major Headache

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at GE as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Good salary for the low levels of responsibility.
    -Can be a great environment if you're on the right team.
    -Schenectady is rapidly becoming a very nice town.
    -Contractors can't have assignments longer than 1 year, with little room for extension. But they do a really good job of finding full time positions after that 1 year assignment. I thought of it as an extended interview.

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy is insane. For example, I counted the number of people required to make a simple purchase: 13.
    -The organizational structure is very hierarchical. There are way too many managers and it is very segmented. Communication between groups is between managers, not the people who are actually going to be doing the work. Micromanagement runs rampant.
    -More time in meetings than doing real work.
    -Not a good team environment. For example, one manager "saved" the company by removing a part that cost $x. The change required my group to add a $2x part to meet spec. When we confronted him about it, he told us he wasn't measured by how much he cost us.
    -No benefits for contractors. They took all the employees to the horse track in Saratoga for a day. We were told to stay at the office and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way! You hire very talented people. They will move mountains for you if you let them work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Security in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are great

    Cons

    no changes in up in in the comapny

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    GE the sweatshop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ok Salary
    Opportunity to move around within company

    Cons

    Cancelled pension as many companies have done.
    Moving jobs overseas to Mexico and India and laying off longtime employees
    New PLM software for managing engineering drawings and Bill of Materials is a flop. It takes an incredible amount of effort to get anything new in system and through lengthy approval process. Upper management would be seen as failing if they pulled the plug on PLM after investing so much time and money so they keep putting lip stick on a pig.
    Many people like "Edison's" start at GE and are promoted through the ranks, they have no real world experience and only know the GE way which often lacks common sense and can be frustrating to forward thinkers.
    Managers are afraid of their boss so no one is willing to rock the boat to make the company better.

    Guess how many Electrical Engineers are at General Electric ... Not many! And most of them are not US citizens.

    Stay away from GE Engineering!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an outside consulting company to come in and evaluate what works and what doesn't. Then listen to what they say. If you continue to keep your head in the sand then you will get more of the same and the company will head further down the drain until it is too late to right the ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Manager

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

    I have been working at GE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company time off, vacation

    Cons

    politics and too slow. lack of technical acumen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find quality people and get out of the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Underwhelming at most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Eid Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Eid Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at GE as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around in the company. Lots of people to help when help is needed

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor direction. Treats interns sub human. Managers give poor/boring assignments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Unprepared Managers

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

    I worked at GE as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large Company, Job Stability, Good Benefits, Opportunity to Travel

    Cons

    Large Company Bureaucracy, Slow to make changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be prepared for your interns. I have had 3 internships with GE. Two were quite dissapointing as the managers did not have any work for me and I had to constantly look for work from other employees and teams. My last internship was reasonable but still led me to decline the full time offer after graduating college.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was a CNC lathe operator 3rd shift. I did benching and ran the tumble area

    Former Employee - CNC Lathe Operator, Tumbler, Bencher in Rutland, VT
    Former Employee - CNC Lathe Operator, Tumbler, Bencher in Rutland, VT

    I worked at GE as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the opportunity to feel like I was helping my country with the machine parts that we made for the military. Also for the financial stability that is offered there

    Cons

    I worked for a temp agency and I feel that someone had it out for me, I was a hard worker and they listen to rumors instead of looking at job performance and how I worked on the job. I got along with everyone I worked with and did above what was expected with overtime when I worked second shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that if you don't have pull you don't get into GE, which is not fair. I feel that people put there personal instead of who can get the job done and who would make a great asset to the team. I had excellent reviews from my supervisors but both times I could not get hired. I heard if someone on your assessment team as it in for you, you don't get hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One horrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Only good thing which I can think of is employees are pushed very hard so they learn a whole lot more

    Cons

    Not a great company to work. Tons and tons and tons of bureaucracy. Literally we had meetings for meetings for meeting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have given the management several inputs earlier and it all went to garbage. So I dont think its necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunction and disorganization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in Fairfield, CT

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

    Pros

    The pro's of working at GE are getting GE on your resume because it has such wide recognition. The salary is just ok and raises are low but it's comparable to most companies.

    Cons

    GE tries so hard to be more efficient they don't stop to ensure if the projects they are doing make sense. Leadership and employee work ethic varies greatly in that some people are loaded up with work while others are not. Leadership is self serve and middle management is the dumping ground for all things from the bottom up and the top down. If you are a worker you will have zero life balance and you'll get maybe a .5 or 1% more raise than your co worker who did the bare minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GE is a self serve culture and does not foster collaboration among peers. HR does not engage with staff and there is no talent management. The employees that stay there are the long term ones that got a pension and are no longer productive contributors. There is nothing to keep the bright, hardworking and high potential employee there so after 3 years more of that talent leaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    High Pressure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Appliance Service Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Appliance Service Tech in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay thanks to Union Contract NOT because of management!

    Cons

    Management has a narrow focus and point of view. the company is NOT open to working with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop threatening employees with loss of employment because of productivity results created out of conditions that employees have NO CONTROL OVER!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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