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Front-row seat to engine development

Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

ProsThe product couldn't be more challenging and exciting, and the singular industry goal of relentlessly improving fuel economy adds a feel-good factor for someone with a disposition toward environmental stewardship (if we're all gonna fly and burn up all this fuel, lets optimize the machine). I've never worked with so many people who are uninterruptedly driven and goal-focused. The people I've worked with have broad technical aptitude (but my impression is that this has come at the expense of depth in the last decade or two). My work has been interesting, and my direct management has allowed me the space to really learn something, and work toward the basic understanding necessary to build the path from technical problem identification, to physical understanding, to prediction and solution. It's been fun.

ConsThere is a buzzword and initialism culture, which makes it difficult to understand one another. At first, I thought that I was the only one who couldn't understand what most people here mean half the time, but I've come to realize that this is pervasive. Imprecise language plagues this place and makes technical misunderstandings common. For someone whose work requires a lab bench and some lab equipment, the facilities can be painfully lacking and often so poorly maintained that its not feasible to do routine lab work (at least not well). There is a culture among many important people (i.e. not my immediate management, but those who hold the purse strings) that, through their attitude and through funding decisions, disrespects science and physical understanding, but wishfully wants the technical progress that enables anyhow. This sets the conditions for a sometimes slow, painful, and expensive learning process through trial and error, while deeper more broadly-applicable lessons could have been learned with a more deliberate front-end program aimed at understanding. Finally, don't assume management will necessarily allow you to pursue another opportunity within GE, even if that advances your career in the direction you want, and even if that other organization is inviting you to apply. The business can be greedy.

Advice to Senior ManagementTechnology development through brute-force is not always the most useful path.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Large Burocracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: - Many possibilities for career advancement. - Many different industries - Many locations to choose from so in larger cities you can change from on business /… Cons: It can be very hard to make any changes within the company. Because it is so large and very centralized many things are predetermined… Advice to Senior Management: Let individual businesses run them selves more like individual business… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Changed my entire perception of manufacturing and what it meant to work for an American manufacturer.

    Co-Op/Intern (Current Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Great Work life balance Encouraged by management to try new things and get involved in The Community. Good… Cons: getting to work early was sometimes difficult. GE. red tape… Advice to Senior Management: Keep training and inspiring Young engineers to pursue their dreams. Make sure the… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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