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One of the best places for engineers and scientists to work

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

I have been working at GE Global Research

Pros

-Great place to learn new technologies and to communicate new ideas.
-Great reputation in the world
-Very smart and bright persons being around
-Competitive and active work environment
-Direct impact to business and products which give a lot of satisfaction of the work
-Very friendly work environment
-Great work/life balance - many vacation days and flexible work time
-Lots of opportunities to create new research projects
-Big and personal office room
-Nice place to live (safe, beautiful, many sport activities)

Cons

-Medical insurance benefits are not good
-Cafeteria foods are not diverse

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    Good place to learn. Too much politics.

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

    I have been working at GE Global Research

    Pros

    * Good place to learn
    * Great resources (i.e. computing, labs)
    * Good place to make connection with other scientists/engineers and attend conferences.

    Cons

    * Politics can transform the dat-to-day work into a nightmare
    * Lots of useless and wasteful projects
    * Talking is better rewarded than delivering
    * Murky evaluation system
    * Backstabbing culture.
    * Mid Managers are not chosen for their technical skills. Therefore, they can't provide a vision, mentor or "manage" their subordinates.
    * Mid and upper management sets unrealistic expections in new projects. Many times projects are disconnected from the business reality
    * Very high turnover. Young/talented employees leave after 3-5 yrs when they realize the restricted grow opportunities
    * Sub par compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Mid managers need to be selected to lead in their expertise area
    * Reduce wasteful/useless projects.
    * If you want top talent you have to pay top compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    if you want to go to GE business, good place to start. don't go for research

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Niskayuna, NY

    I worked at GE Global Research

    Pros

    if you do what your manager/project leader wants, you'll be rewarded. easy job for competent researchers. many different projects you can get into assuming it aligns with your manager's goals. after recent reorganization (added new level of management), much smaller labs and first line managers are expected to do some technical work. very young (inexperienced) first level managers now.
    great place to learn how to be successful in industrial research, unfortunately.

    Cons

    opaque review process: of the 6 reviews i got, varied from 'outstanding' to 'need development' back to 'outstanding' in a span of two years. bad review is because i followed scientific integrity instead of 'spinning' results as lab manager wanted.
    project reviews are not technical in nature. researchers are expected to be 'experts' in not only research but in marketing (every project needs a business case).
    high turnover rate. workers tend to overestimate GE/their abilities.
    horrible healthcare benefits (don't have a family!).
    funding decisions are not driven by technical feasibility, therefore most projects fail to deliver initial promises.
    expect to be punished if you make anyone in your chain-of-command look bad.
    GE businesses tend to view Global Research as a 'tax'.
    research is really done by acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create independent council of Chief/Principles to evaluate funding for projects.
    kill or revamp Advanced Technology program.
    ask yourself if the reorganization achieved what you wanted. if not, why?
    need a SVP who understands technology, not just worried about safety audits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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