GE Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Abundant opportunities to develop skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I worked at GE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Well managed
    Highly competitive environment
    Challenging assignments
    Lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance
    Off Shift assignments

  2. Good learning experience. Knowledgeable engineers . Good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities both technical and in the six sigma methodology

    Cons

    Sometimes managers tend to micromanage people plus there is a separate structure for six sigma projects

    Advice to Management

    Don't over manage

  3. Great pay and great people

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement there

    Cons

    Not enough women working in the plant

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Solid company. Pros and cons just what you'd expect from such a giant company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very solid company with well defined culture, values, and practices. GE Power & Water has been a leader in power gen products for years, and the company fights hard to stay there. They are not resting on their accomplishments though, and there are a lot of opportunities for exciting new work. At a company this size your experience will vary from location to location, program to program, manager to manager, but in general most people here are professional, courteous, and enthusiastic about their job. There is a lot of flexibility in schedules and work scope for engineers, and I haven't experienced too much micro-managing of my time.

    Cons

    Not everyone is working hard, and those people can get away with it because of the large nature of the organization. The end result is that others have to pick up the slack. In the worst cases, those not carrying their weight are older "tenured" employees who have a lot of influence, but are slowing down progress with their lazy attention to detail and mistakes. I'd assume this can happen at any very large organization, however.

    Another issue is the uncertainty of the pay structure, raises, bonuses, and promotions. There is no clear definition for when or how any of those are setup and decided. Speaking with a few people, there is a general feeling that raises and promotions are at best based on some level of favoritism, and at worst arbitrary. These forms of compensation clearly depend on how well your manager fights for you in closed-door leadership meetings, and not necessarily on performance. So depending on your manager and program, you may get promoted regularly and fairly...or you may work hard and sit in an entry level position for 8 years. But, as said, while the raises may not be well defined, base pay seems to be in line with the industry and the area.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about compensation structure. Do not let a person sit in an entry level position for 7+ years without promoting them or significantly recognizing them. Not only does it discourage that person, seeing it also discourages the rest of us who worry about uncertain raises. In the long run, if people aren't worth promoting after 3-4 years, they should be "strongly encouraged" to change job functions or just outright fired.

  6. Great Personnel, Poorly Used

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I worked at GE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    GE has a lot of top-notch talent, especially engineers. You can learn a lot, regardless of your career level. People that really wish to be managers can advance if they take the opportunities available.

    Cons

    The upper management has a major issue of not listening to their subordinates. A great example is the implementation of PLM in GE Power & Water (formerly GE Energy). The engineers & supply managers that had to use it identified many issues with the brand brought in (Enovia), yet upper mgmt. pushed it through without allowing for correction. A loss of productivity over 40% was encountered due to a system that was not ready & did not fit the needs of the business -- the headaches entirely belonged to engineering to correct or work around.

    Advice to Management

    GE Management really needs to listen & act upon the concerns of engineers. It is the reason I left. What good is it being an engineer responsible for developing new technologies & furthering improvements if mgmt. just does what they feel like instead of analyzing the data in front of them & working with the engineers to improve things?

  7. Helpful (1)

    GE the sweatshop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok Salary
    Opportunity to move around within company

    Cons

    Cancelled pension as many companies have done.
    Moving jobs overseas to Mexico and India and laying off longtime employees
    New PLM software for managing engineering drawings and Bill of Materials is a flop. It takes an incredible amount of effort to get anything new in system and through lengthy approval process. Upper management would be seen as failing if they pulled the plug on PLM after investing so much time and money so they keep putting lip stick on a pig.
    Many people like "Edison's" start at GE and are promoted through the ranks, they have no real world experience and only know the GE way which often lacks common sense and can be frustrating to forward thinkers.
    Managers are afraid of their boss so no one is willing to rock the boat to make the company better.

    Guess how many Electrical Engineers are at General Electric ... Not many! And most of them are not US citizens.

    Stay away from GE Engineering!

    Advice to Management

    Get an outside consulting company to come in and evaluate what works and what doesn't. Then listen to what they say. If you continue to keep your head in the sand then you will get more of the same and the company will head further down the drain until it is too late to right the ship.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Lots of opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Different industries, lots to do, job can be as exciting as you want it to be

    Cons

    Lots of overhead and BS

    GE Response

    Jul 26, 2014Recruitment Marketing Leader

    We appreciate your review. Working at GE does present many diverse opportunities. We value the feedback.

  9. They don't believe in respect for the individual.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Shift Coordinator in Greenville, SC
    Former Contractor - Shift Coordinator in Greenville, SC

    I worked at GE as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are the one good thing about working there.

    Cons

    The people there can be very inconsiderate.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful on who you hire. They play favorites even if you don't know it. That's why I got terminated because I wasn't the favorite.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience, big thinking company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Greenville, SC

    I worked at GE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of resources and internal options for location and experience.

    Cons

    Red tape, office politics. Work load often get's larger and larger without recognition or compensation.

  11. My experience with the company is great seeing as people are treated fairly and there are plenty of opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturer Process Operator in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Manufacturer Process Operator in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at GE full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some pros are decent healthcare, benefits, retirement, pay, opportunities, and many more

    Cons

    manufacturing environment, loud, noisy, poor air quality in some areas, work place hazards, etc.

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