GE Healthcare Reviews in Amersham, England

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
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Pros
  • Great potential for good work/life balance depending on which team you are on (in 60 reviews)

  • work from home like Flexibility and good growth opportunities (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • It's slightly below peer standard but a better work-life balance can be reaped as the trade-off (in 65 reviews)

  • No work life balance although they bombard you with work life balance tips and information you can't apply (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Management Intern  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern in Amersham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    wide range of tasks and duties and you can always ask to try different things if you get bored. Assisted on big projects to get an idea of what it is like to work on majors projects.

    Cons

    Job security is an issue at the moment due to recent redundancies and recruitment freeze. As an intern, you have to apply externally for Leadership programs as they look at the internal resume for those applying from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of current interns with regards to recruitment as they have had exposure to the culture and processes. they will not need as much training as those hired externally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Chaos reigns

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Manager  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Manager in Amersham, England (UK)

    I have been working at GE Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in my role was excellent, you get to work with very clever scientists and engineers and some of the products they market are truly awesome.

    Cons

    The strategies are all over the place. Talent and R&D is bought in. No one has a clue what they're supposed to be aiming for, they restructure at least once a year which means several months of down time while people re-adjust and many of the best people get fed up and leave. They appear to let interns loose on the IT resulting in out-dated, user unfriendly workflow-based systems that you spend half your time trying to make work. Teamwork is pretty much non-existent because the corporate culture is to get yourself as much exposure as quickly as possible and thereby prevent yourself from becoming one of the 10% that get "restructured" out every year. The buzzword in the company right now is Simplification which is a byword for restructuring because they are not making anything simpler or easier. They are also a surprisingly mean company - salaries are lower than the industry average, pay rises at around 0.5%, you get issued with a cheap Blackberry which means you are on duty the whole time. Budgets are heavily constrained meaning you have to beg to do anything worthwhile. You can work your butt off but if your boss isn't interested you've wasted your time. And worst of all they drag their feet with paying suppliers. I worked with sole traders who were expected to wait 120 days before being paid and then they ran the risk of the commissioner of their work having left and no one to fight for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are too big to call yourself innovative anymore - just be honest and say you are a conglomerate that buys up the little guys doing the tech you can't in order to enhance your profit margins!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Simplification turned into chaos

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Amersham, England (UK)

    I worked at GE Healthcare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    We had a fantastic team who knew what they were doing and all understood what their role was and where we fitted in. It felt like we were doing good work that mattered. Our relationship with our customers was brilliant

    Cons

    Hideous to work out who does what and who to turn to with a problem because they got rid of all the people who knew anything. Could slice out so many middle managers with zero impact on customers or staff. Combining all business and staff in one place with the smallest amount of training dropped all of the hard work done in previous years in the crapper! Simplification involved removing anyone who knew what was going on and giving it all to people who didn't have a clue despite training. If they are losing customers now they deserve to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. Listen. Listen to the people doing the jobs about what works and what the customers want. Making decisions based on managers with no clue looking at spreadsheets with duff info is a dreadful way to make decisions. You should feel ashamed for the service you are now giving your customers who pay for a service that is now shockingly bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep away

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amersham, England (UK)

    I worked at GE Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High salary, higher than the norm

    Cons

    What a horrible place to work. The managers and most of the staff are self obsessed individuals trying to elbow their way up to the next big step on the career ladder within the highly regarded and so great to work for american organisation. If you are one of those then welcome, you found the right place to work. The managers don't give a toss about their staff. All they care about is themselves and how to play the next big thing to gain points with upper management and of course, that thing called targets. You need to meet your far to high set targets and yes, everything you do is recorded on your very own employer number called SSO, so there is no escape from it. And this is really what your are in GE, a number and not an individual. You need to function in this big machinery of a company and that's it. And by the way, the management tends to change every 2-3 years, so there is no consistency. If you are looking for a long term career with nice people in a healthy environment (somewhere were you are seen as a human and the management is genuine) than do not go near it. It will just ruin your health and your mental state. Maybe other departements are better to work for. But the customer service dept. is outstandingly bad.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Holding on to a reputation that died in the 1990s

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Amersham, England (UK)

    I worked at GE Healthcare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -If you can survive beyond 2 years you have done well
    -You'll be prepared for anything once you leave
    -Friendly and entrepreneurial spirit
    -Great training
    -Good Values

    Cons

    -Everyone's an entrepreneur and creative
    -Self-agenda driven (hence former comment)
    -No continuity to strategy as either people don't survive past 2 years or you move on to something else and let the new entrepreneur create his/her agenda
    -If it was the moon then everyone would have a flag and try to place it there
    -High turnover of leadership leaving everyone and strategy twisting in the wind until the next bright idea
    -Not sure what HR does
    -Too much process and gatekeeping at every step (to a categorical level most other companies dealt with in 1990s)
    -Everyone leaves for the same reason regardless of department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep your strategy sustainable and consistent
    -Beware of over-promoting people to leadership who are not leaders
    -Just because it's on a PowerPoint does mean it's true
    -Try to see beyond each quarter with long-term view
    -Sort yourself out internally
    -Too much process that can be automated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    an employer which doesn't care at all about its juniourstaff

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    Current Employee - Secretarial and Administrative  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Secretarial and Administrative in Amersham, England (UK)

    I have been working at GE Healthcare

    Pros

    salary and benefits competitive for ustoutside london

    Cons

    your managers are under resourced and newly appointed managers from outside can take out their frustration on hard working junior staff to the point of affecting theri health

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train any newly appointed managers hired from outside how to manage junior staff efffectively rather than on a burnout basis

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sink or Swim

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amersham, England (UK)

    I have been working at GE Healthcare

    Pros

    - Sink or swim environment - if you can survive here, you can survive anywhere.
    - Some very talented people who do wonders with little resource
    - Very much admired in the US
    - Compensation ok
    - Great name on CV

    Cons

    - Lack of resources
    - Little or no work-life balance
    - Process-driven culture with little thought given to whether process remediates problem or improves business. Tick-box culture
    - Staff are tired and worn-out.
    - Demands are always increasing with end result of no time to think strategically.
    - Rationale behind all actions are to live for the quarter with no long-term planning.
    - Regular movement of people such that internal coprorate memory and expertise is patchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on long-term strategy. Also should value employees more rather than treat them as an unnecessary evil on base costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    BAD

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    Former Employee - Order Fulfilment Coordinator  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Order Fulfilment Coordinator in Amersham, England (UK)

    I worked at GE Healthcare

    Pros

    the canteen got very gud fresh food
    the building is nice
    near the station
    international company
    lots of training sometimes a bit too much

    Cons

    worked two years when they had to make me perment they sacked me
    this company wants to make it difficult for u to become perment
    they think they do real logistics but the truth is its more data entry and checking prices on the order
    they even think its difficult
    all the teams dont really bond everyone stays in his country group
    if your friends with the boss u will get a new position quickly
    uk team gets more attention from managers the rest seems less important
    manager only chat with them
    worst managers ever seen the otr leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new managment and new system

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling to cope with a complex organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amersham, England (UK)

    I have been working at GE Healthcare

    Pros

    The sheer breadth of offerings, some "best in class" technology. A good story (early health). Improving understanding of outside-US markets

    Cons

    Very complex and poorly integrated acquistions, Understanding of the "early health" story and the breadth of technology offerings is weak. Business approach in siloes, rather than aligned with how customers are organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dispose of failing businesses, the benefit will not just be around raising cash, it will also help business leaders understand what remains. Reward cross-business successes. Define the sales and marketing effort by customer not by P&L. Healthcare is a long cycle business, so either give it some room to breath rather than forcing it to be fixed short term, or dispose of it as a standalone business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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