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GE Reviews in Schenectady, NY

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
2,714 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Provides ample opportunity for growth in career , work -life balance is encouraged (in 142 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Also most of the people i know who work here don't have much work life balance (in 152 reviews)

  • Can be long hours but if you are good at planning your day, you will be more than fine (in 87 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company, can get lost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at GE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay for entry level people, potentially a good place if you are just starting out.

    Cons

    Lots of layers of management,
    Lacking accountability in some areas
    They find it difficult to think beyond the next quarter,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more long term

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunities to move around in large corp.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good for experience in the large corporation realm. GE tends to like mobility so perfect if you only want to gain experience in various products. You also will have opportunities to recommend many improvements. GE has the money to spend to try new equipment and processes.

    Cons

    GE has cut many of the former benefits. Newcomers will have fewer and fewer benefits, from pensions to healthcare in retirement to vacation time. Their IT department is poor, so you can expect to be using old and clunky software, generally not the latest/greatest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value those who stay to learn expertise, not just those who move around. Need medical for retirees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GE has one of the best training in the areas of personal growth.

    Cons

    One has to be good at multi-tasking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Technical Work, Good Benefits, Lots of Burocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at GE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting design and manufacturing challenges to solve. Good pay and benefits. Good flex time and vacation time.

    Cons

    Lot's of red tape involved in all the systems and processes that can be a pain to work through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know the company is always talking about simplifying things, but they often make it worse. If I.T. help was improved and you could easy have an I.T. person walk over to your desk and help you navigate all of the computer systems which are always changing, that would be so helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major Headache

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at GE as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Good salary for the low levels of responsibility.
    -Can be a great environment if you're on the right team.
    -Schenectady is rapidly becoming a very nice town.
    -Contractors can't have assignments longer than 1 year, with little room for extension. But they do a really good job of finding full time positions after that 1 year assignment. I thought of it as an extended interview.

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy is insane. For example, I counted the number of people required to make a simple purchase: 13.
    -The organizational structure is very hierarchical. There are way too many managers and it is very segmented. Communication between groups is between managers, not the people who are actually going to be doing the work. Micromanagement runs rampant.
    -More time in meetings than doing real work.
    -Not a good team environment. For example, one manager "saved" the company by removing a part that cost $x. The change required my group to add a $2x part to meet spec. When we confronted him about it, he told us he wasn't measured by how much he cost us.
    -No benefits for contractors. They took all the employees to the horse track in Saratoga for a day. We were told to stay at the office and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way! You hire very talented people. They will move mountains for you if you let them work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am learning a lot of new things from the company, culture, efficency, communication skills and so on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at GE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Culture is to make things work and make progress. GE believes that new technoloy and latents are most important to change the world and make people's life better.

    Cons

    TIme-off policies are reasonable, Benefits are different, depending on what department you work for. Maybe for nonprofit generating department, benefits should be higer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more advice, very good!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planner in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Planner in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at GE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very laid back company. as long as you are working and productive you don't have to worry about harsh working conditions or ridiculous hours

    Cons

    the pay is not that great. yes you can stay home on a Friday and not put it in but at the end of the day the pay is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Schenectady, NY

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

    Pros

    Work Culture, Growth opportunity, Retirement packages, benefits

    Cons

    Little low salary than standard,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    GE Response

    Aug 19, 2014Recruitment Marketing Leader

    Thank you for your review. We are always looking to make GE better that is why we love Glassdoor. We can see what we are doing right and what we still need to work on. Thank you for your time!

  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Principal in Schenectady, NY

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

    Pros

    GE provides an excellent opportunity to work with extremely smart people and on a variety of different projects. Every day brings a different challenge. Flexible work arrangements possible. Ample opportunities to try out different things/career choices in the company

    Cons

    Big organization creates challenges of its own: lot of process steps that can be time consuming and frustrating sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    GE Response

    Aug 8, 2014Recruitment Marketing Leader

    Thank you for your transparent feedback! We appreciate your response and will certainly include your feedback and advice in looking at ways to improve our company. Thanks!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Schenectady, NY

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

    Pros

    Innovation starts right at GE. Pay is great. Demographically equal.

    Cons

    Buzz words get old. Use of acronyms is crazy at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    GE Response

    Jul 26, 2014Recruitment Marketing Leader

    Thank you for the review. I could not agree more about the acronyms! That comment made me smile. We always have room for improvement and platforms like this will help us make great efforts forward ... More

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