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Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

I worked at GE

Pros

It's a leader in multiple industries, and if you start your career out of school with GE the brand name alone can open up many doors when you eventually leave. The training they provide is first class and that is recognized in the industry. In addition, individuals are often given large amounts of responsibility early on in their careers.

Cons

It is a very large and bureaucratic organization that is difficult to advance in unless you are very willing to move to different geographic locations frequently.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sr. Management officers at GE businesses are given the authority to run their businesses their own way, however, irrational decisions are often times made due to pressures from above related to meeting corporate demands or goals. Management could do better at standing up to corporate and defending their ideals regarding how to run their business units.

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    "GE... Imagination at Work?"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Finance in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at GE

    Pros

    In working at any of the GE business you will get exposure to brilliant people that are very knowledgeable about that specific industry (and I am only speaking about the “real products” side of the house (Aviation, Energy, Industrial, Transportation, etc)… GE Capital is another story).

    Benefits - Healthcare benefits are great. Even though you make contributions depending on the plan chosen, these are minimal when put into the context of healthcare costs today. They also offer FSAs, 401K matching (50% up to 7% contribution) and discounts at major retailers and service companies.

    Career Growth - GE offers a wide array of opportunities. With the right amount of networking and connections you may be able to land the specific role you might be looking for. Depending upon the function you might get more/less management visibility. At the end of the day any GE experience will look great on your resume and have potential employers drooling over your "great" business management experience/exposure.

    Culture - GE lives and breathes integrity. I work in finance and can honestly say that in 8yrs I never saw an integrity violation. Not to say there were any attempts at it but they were always identified and dealt with.

    Cons

    Culture – The Company is engineering driven. If you are not an engineer you are considered a “backroom function”. You do not have an equal sit at the table when it comes to big decisions unless you are with a group of your own (i.e. Finance with Finance, Sales with Sales, etc…). It’s a very intense environment where nothing really gets accomplished. Informatin systems are just as legacy as the business mentality. In an HQ role you will probably push PowerPoint presentations back and forth for 6 months not really influencing the underlying information (it’s usually the same data with different cuts) but definitely making sure you appear to do so. We used to call this sort of science… “the art of chartology”. The Energy business is very bureocratic, slow, un-innovative and there is a huge disconnect between the HQ ivory tower and what really goes on in the field.

    GE promotes the fact that you “own your career”… and you do. If you want to progress within the company ranks it comes down to how well you are able to build and use your network. “What about working hard and delivering?” you may ask. To that I would say “Never mind that! Focus on building your network, developing your delegation skills, having an elevator speech and identifying the right people to hang around… if there is time left crunch some numbers and send some emails”

    Business are reorganized on an annual basis. The main reason usually is to hide nasty losses and performance under the rug of a better performing unit.

    Growth/Promotions – 95% of the elements needed for promotion are the standard ones when it comes to big bureaucratic organizations. Some of these elements are making sure you save “face”, be a master chartologist, know the right people (and kiss the right ass) and appearing to be a “doer” when you think you already are just to name a few. Salary increases are not significant (1-3% every 18mths) unless you change jobs and negotiate your pay in a stellar way.

    GE summarizes the qualities of a great leader into what they call the “4 Es”. Energy, Energize, Execution and Edge. In theory they look great but in practice they are a disaster. Most of the managers think that practicing Energy/Energize is intimidating the teams to do what needs to get done. When it comes to having “edge” its very well known that it translates to “being an ass”. Don’t take me wrong, I have seen people practice all of them flawlessly and be excellent leaders… but it’s by no means the norm around here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive more innovation (put your money where your mouth is). Streamline new product introduction processes by listening more to the people down in the ground. Re-evaluate your promotion practices remembering that you are setting the tone for the rest of the organization. Learn to reward your middle management (not necessarily has to be with money…) after all they are the ones doing the work for you. Be honest with your workforce… you won’t appear to be weak at all and will really connect with the masses.

    FOCUS… you can’t do everything all the time. Basics teachings of business school “Resources are limited/scarce. You need to prioritize in order to maximize their usage” (btw… that goes for people as well)

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    Not Jack's Company anymore.

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at GE

    Pros

    Ability to be in cutting edge programs.

    Cons

    Until recently, GE was a "top-down" company that acted on information sought from "bottom-up." Now it seems to be "top-down" in both information and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively seek information from the front lines. It has been actively "shut off" in recent years.

    Disapproves of CEO
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