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I worked at GE Aviation full-time (More than 8 years)
Good technology, great aerospace engineering, things to keep your mind busy all day long and more. Not intellectually boring. Good technical experts although I question the structure in which it is applied. As long as you put the time in and "own" your efforts, and show confidence to the higher-ups and be prepared, you have a good shot. Another advertised 'pro' is that you have the ability to move around the company- managers there are instructed across the board to encourage each individual to advance their career, although every manager's application of this is "different". YOU must own your career. Sometimes they also pay O.T., even for salaried personnel, which was a perk. Of course, you're pumping in more hours on the job.
The more things you own, and the more responsibility you get, the work/life balance can erode...quickly. Many people go all through the year, under high stress, and take zero vacation. GE is big on "pushing back" to things that aren't right, and therefore internally I encourage every employee to "push back" when they are not being managed correctly OR their work/life balance has become intolerable. This is VERY important. If you need to work from home to de-stress, then DO IT. They will take everything you give and not ask questions; they just want the job to get done. It's easy to get interested in things there and end up giving your life to the company, while marriages destruct, home life disappears. Millenials want independence, not being stuck in a cubicle all day for years on end. It's a highly CORPORATE culture, can be very dry, too much talk about the weather and last night's Bengals game. Keep your creativity up and the dryness DOWN. Have plants in your cube, load it up with pictures, listen to music, let your mind wander, create and don't get sucked into being owned, and do your job well. "Believe you me, I gave at GE". The benefits are now average at best, medical is average, pension has disappeared to new employees- average average average at this point. "It's a competitive world out there", yada yada yada, so they NEED to take care of employees' work/life balance because other companies are doing it! They are not the innovator when it comes to that. They are behind the curve. I also saw the new Performance rating system as a "touch point" disaster waiting to happen for the next 3 years or more. And improve those webinars to talk to employees about things that matter- sometimes they include so much jargon that one can fall asleep at the wheel.
Advice to Management
Volunteer activities are good, but 'after work' activities otherwise are useless. Give people back their lives. You're just going to another event to talk about the weather. Yeah, it's gonna rain tomorrow. Let people work from home as needed to manage life and improve the dry culture. And be realistic about workload- there are folks that are stressed out beyond their boundaries and I had become worried about the health of certain folks. Sometimes, management wasn't realistic about how much time it would take to get things done well and accurately; people aren't making donuts, they are making complex jet engines folks.