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GE Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
2,725 Reviews
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Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 142 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Also most of the people i know who work here don't have much work life balance (in 152 reviews)

  • Can be long hours but if you are good at planning your day, you will be more than fine (in 87 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Severe issues in Platform team - Nepotism and Unprofessional conduct is common.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at GE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    GE as a company is good. They hired the worst possible Sybase rejects to lead the platform. If GE hires people with people skills this could be a good place to work.

    Cons

    People in manager positions have no clue what a platform is.
    Serious lack of people skills.
    There is widespread behavior bordering ethical misconduct.
    You will be *told* to work on weekends and not paid for it. If you don't there will repercussions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go beyond fancy numbers in ppt. Management is about people and not about a cherry picked numbers on a ppt slide.
    Address serious lack of integrity.
    Software is about human capital. Focus on employees who get the work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Developer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GE

    Pros

    Training program, salary, challenges

    Cons

    Interview methods, disorganized, long process

  3.  

    GE is great, this locations leadership is NOT

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    Former Employee - Manager, Shop Operations in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Manager, Shop Operations in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at GE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of development opportunities, great stuff (on paper), and with the right leadership; you could do well. Leadership off-site and the vision they espouse is outstanding. Not sure how there is a disconnect between corporate and the local plant in terms of leadership values and ideals.

    Cons

    This location's leadership is more about backstabbing and micromanagement. Everyone acted like you were trying to take their job or trying to do their job. They don't believe in getting both sides of the story, just whom they want to believe and push an agenda that they previously set. Steal ideas as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to both sides of the story and follow the facts. Leadership lacks credibility when facts are ignored. Additionally, a good idea is just that, should not feel threatened by good ideas. A place hostile to initiative is doomed to never reach the heights they could.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sales person's point of view

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GE

    Pros

    GE has a strong brand and overall a solid reputation. It's a good experience to work for GE.

    Cons

    They don't have a strong training program. They have a complicated compensation plan for the sales team and they are likely to change the compensation plan at any given time. Its such a large company (over 300,000 employees) and each division/business unit has the authority to run their own business which makes it difficult to work with other businesses that have their own goals and agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with the customers and the employees who work with the customers on a daily business in order to have a better understanding of customer needs and to learn about how GE can provide more value to its customer base. Also, changing your sales team's compensation plan in the middle of the year is a terrible thing to do and its a bad way to retain your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    THE WORST JOB OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Nothing, the company is so big and bureaucratic that you're just a number. They talk about simplifying work but all they do is pass it along to others

    Cons

    Too many to list. My suggestion is not apply to this company. They don't care about you they just care about the bottom line after the senior executive team writes a check with their mouth to the board that their ass can't cash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit lying about stuff. All of you talk about simplifying and work life balance but the first time that someone speaks out your mid range managers take retaliation on them. You all should be ashamed of yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    GE Sensing Company Review

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, lots of work to keep you busy, and lots of on-the-fly learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Old equipment, small budget, poor advancement opportunity, poor training opportunity. Mfg-Eng-Mgr has gorilla grip on job and will throw company and employees under the bus to protect his position. Yearly Goals and Objectives review program can be manipulated by management at will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate engineering managers every 7 years, or so. Invest in newer tools and equipment. Invest in training employees. Fix the review program to prevent manipulation by managers. Stop raping company's, transferring lines offshore, and then selling the company's off for profit: your killing america! At least pay some effective taxes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need more focus on employees and long term vision

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I have been working at GE full-time

    Pros

    Everyone knows GE as a company, and it typically carries a strong reputation. I've gained some good experiences, and I've worked with some good people. Flexible working has been nice. There usually is not any scrutiny around working from home vs. in the office.

    Cons

    Everyone is expected to be "on" all the time. So, make sure to bring your phone and laptop even if you are on an international vacation. Decisions are made with "making the quarter" in mind with no long term strategy, which results in quick processes that break later. Employee advocacy is low. Employees are not considered when tough business decisions are made, and front line leaders and HR are left to help employees through these decisions afterwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everything is about the financials and numbers. There are people that drive our business who deserve to be heard and their opinions considered. It's okay to take a hit on the short term to create a lasting long-term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Hard Pay Low

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foxboro, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foxboro, MA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for when things are going fine!

    Cons

    Hourly workers are loaded with multiple tasks that require more than 40 hours a week to complete. Heard this happens in other locations and observed it first hand in FXO. This worker sometimes worked more than 50 hours in a week, and was not paid OT!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know more than $$$$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Where do they get these people?!?

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    Former Employee - Landrum Staffing Contractor in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Landrum Staffing Contractor in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    - Production is not rushed. They actually recognize that the faster you work, the more likely you will injure yourself. Surprising since most companies are blind to that idea.
    - Floor Supervisors are willing to work with employees to find better solutions to become more efficient and be supplied with the right tools.
    - Supervisors are actively involved when trying to come up with better solutions, addressing concerns, and removing obstacles.

    Cons

    - Managers don't manage people or people issues. They only manage quality issues as engineers would. That's it!
    - Relaxed working environment creates SLOW and LAZY workers - even some who hide and avoid certain work.
    - No management leads to team members who stand around and talk while they watch other team members work.
    - Multiple times of the day, you can find team members or other coworkers hanging out in the bathrooms for +15mins at a time on their cellphones or "taking a $h!t."
    - This GE plants hires some of the laziest people to boot. The hiring department highly looks upon "good personalities" than accomplishments.
    - This GE plant highly favors to hire ex-military within (temps) or outside of GE. Preferential hiring is an unequal employment opportunity.
    - This plant isn't devoted to hiring from their experienced counterparts that already work there, those of whom which are temporary Landrum Staffing contractors.
    - Some people are too personally involved with their job they get mad at others when someone forgets something or makes a small mistake. They don't seem to understand the difference between taking ownership or personal to the job.
    - No career advancement.
    - Those who are contracted to work there should expect no guarantees. Anytime there's a negative variance in production (small or large) and your Landrum HR tells you that they don't expect a lay-off, expect it. Every time this has happened, it eventually became an "unexpected lay-off."
    If you are a temporary worker, don't think you can make a career from this job. Many contractors here have been there +5yrs with wishful thinking that they'd get hired on by GE and have yet to be accepted. Furthermore, they have been through many lay-offs. This is a highly unstable job that lays off at least once a year.
    - Unclean bathrooms. Cleaning staff does not scrub down toilets or urinals. A quick spray down with bleach and a flush is all they do. People literally destroy the toilets and thinks it's funny to leave them for others to see.
    - The same employees every day go to 1st break, 2nd break, and lunch about 10 minutes early and leave about 15 minutes late. Additionally, another group of employees head up to the time clock about 30-45 minutes every day. This is a great example of management seeing an issue and refusing to do anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are a manager, act like one. Managing is largely a science that involves dealing with people, but in GE, it's strictly a science of quality.
    Administration needs to hire managers to supervise and know how to actually manage, not engineers.
    Sure you have to understand the wind turbine and its components, but GE Wind of Pensacola has so much waste they can avoid and willingly choose to ignore.
    Go back to giving yearly employee reviews and get rid of your unproductive workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    GE is not what it used to be!

    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Scientist in Niskayuna, NY

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

    Pros

    GE still has a good name, but read on !

    Cons

    GE's name has been synonymous with allowing imagination, creativity and fundamental work flourish to generate new directions in research resulting in new concepts, products, etc: this is not true anymore!
    The health insurance, vacations and other benefits are not really on-par with the reputation of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What I say might seem unrealistic but I suggest that you revive the old GE with its culture of creativity: while I understand corporates (like GE) are there to make money, please do not forget long term investment in research and fundamental work in favor of generating quick revenues that looks good only in short term.

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