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Too large for its own good

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at GE

Pros

- Option to work at home, but even though this is a supposed employee benefit, it does more for GE since they do not have to pay for office space, etc.

- GE brand name on your resume

- The company has an interesting portfolio of products and services

- Being able to talk to some of the few remaining old timers who worked for GE when it was truly an innovative American company

Cons

- The company is so large that every process is extremely fragmented and bureaucratic. Simple requests or orders must go through multiple levels to be approved.

- Hypocrisy abounds, e.g. you will be questioned as to why you spent an extra $50 on a job but your managers are driving around in brand new company-issued Chevy Volts

- Health and other benefits are extremely poor for such a large, profitable company that does not pay taxes

- Constant divisional name changes leave employees confused

- Employee titles are inflated so that everyone is a "leader" or "specialist" which gives the wrong people an elevated sense of importance

- The common worker and mid-level manager salaries are stifled to support a massive bureaucracy of upper-level management and redundant HR / admin personnel

- Like most large American corporations, there is NO long-term thinking or planning. Every decision is made relative to how it financially benefits the current quarter. If you propose a $1000 expense that will negatively affect the current reporting period but will reap ten times the amount of revenue down the line, they won't do it. If they think you spent an extra penny unnecessarily, they'll crack open your kid's piggy bank to take it back.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your GE logo will only get you so far these days. Smart consumers can have their services performed by equally qualified companies for half the price. Your employees are defecting to more forward-thinking companies with better benefits and hours.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good people to work with and the environment is fun.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay and and promotions might not be forthcoming

  2.  

    Starting to get it...?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GE

    Pros

    Investing heavily in big data, technology, and trying to be ahead of the curve in advanced manufacturing. Job-wise, they will invest in your learning and development, and you have many opportunities in different functions, countries, areas, etc. due to its global scale.

    Cons

    At times is too focused on stock price... some projects that span 1+ years get unfair budget cuts after a year since finances are reviewed and squeezed every year, making it tough to truly succeed (exception for larger major long-term projects like jet engines)...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to let the weak/underperformers go immediately, invest in strong talent with long term goals in mind.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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