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Don't expect to be rewarded for performance; politics are more important here.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technician in Salem, OR
Current Employee - Technician in Salem, OR

I have been working at GE

Pros

The pay is mediocre for hourly employees here. The benefits, if you take advantage of them, are fairly good; your standard medical/dental/vision, standard 401(k) matching, FSA, EAP, tuition reimbursement, and a smattering of less interesting things (we do get decent discounts on large appliances, from what I understand). There are GE sites all over the world, so if you have a destination in mind, it's possible to transfer within the company to almost anywhere if you can manage to get hired.

Cons

Interdepartmental communication is very bad. Improving it is discussed frequently, but nothing is ever done. There are many internal mechanisms for controlling and improving things, but if other sites are like this one, they are poorly implemented if at all. "Lean" is pushed heavily, which means departments operate on skeleton crews, and then additional employees are laid off to get the remaining employees to try and work even harder to keep up with deadlines and meet SLAs. The practice of opening jobs earmarked for specific employees and wasting everyone's time interviewing people for a job they have no hope of being hired for seems to be commonplace, so you need to make friends in high places if you want to get anywhere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Company-wide emails discussing "eliminating waste" right after handing out layoff notices are tacky.

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    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I worked at GE

    Pros

    -options are wind energy, gas or steam turbines, generators, nuclear
    -opportunities abroad
    -opportunites in different businesses
    -employee discounts at many places
    -prestige when finding other jobs because everyone recognizes GE
    -Edison engineering development program is what all the leadership development programs at other companies is based off of.
    -get to work with competent colleagues

    Cons

    -lots of bureaucracy, esp starting out you need to get request access to basic things everyone knows you need but you still need to get approval for.
    -some politics
    -casual overtime is expected in certain departments
    -stock is currently down to the point where they are not hiring anyway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you don't need to go to every meeting scheduled for the day

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in the World of GE.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at GE

    Pros

    GE is a global network of professional opportunity. The company affords great benefits - including a flexible work schedule that enables one to truly work towards a healthy work/life balance. This has been key for me personally. I have been with GE for 6 years and was able to work from home for 4 of those.

    Cons

    Can be highly political, very intense...if one does function well in a pressure cooker then this probably wouldn't be the best work environment for him/her. As mentioned above the having the flexibility to work from how was a great perk. However, the downside is that there is never really a day off...it's a highly competitive work environment and it can be somewhat relentless. It was not uncommon to have to address work issues and to work on holidays, weekends and vacations. No one in the business ever truly shuts down or turns off work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is key...it's important that the Senior Management truly lead and in doing so look to the resources that the staff/team has to offer.

    Approves of CEO
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