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"Extremely strong potential...now time to deliver."

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Current Employee - Engineer in Bradenton, FL
Current Employee - Engineer in Bradenton, FL
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

GE Security shows an amazing amount of promise. It has strong acquisitions in video (VisioWave), access (Casi-Rusco), and fire (Edwards), and is finally making great strides to incorporate them all into an integrated security platform. If realized correctly, this surely will be a big player in the security industry. Dean Seavers shows great vision in leading the company in a growth-oriented direction. The company prides itself on compliance on all legal levels both in the US and worldwide.

Cons

General Electric is a company full of processes to ensure quality control and compliance at all levels. While most of these are extremely valuable and must be maintained, at times the bureaucratic nature of the organization prevents it from making quick navigational strides in order to compete with the smaller, leaner security players in the market.

Advice to Management

Continue to focus on integration, as this is the direction the market is taking, and spend less time on so-called "boxed solutions". While distribution will continue to be a strong market, the bigger wins can be realized with the larger, integrated projects.

Other Employee Reviews for GE

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company anymore ... lost basic roots of operational execution focus"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New Fairfield, CT
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New Fairfield, CT
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright people, great career opportunities and challenging jobs. For employees starting their careers it has wonderful leadership programs at entry levels that help you develop your professional skillset. The company has some of the brightest folks and a strong management bench so early on in your career you can learn and grow.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, highly political environment, internal promotions highly biased on network and not necessarily based on competence and skillset. GE is a demanding environment so work life balance is not part of the culture if you want to get ahead. After entry level jobs or leadership programs have been completed the career progression is heavily based on networking. People get promoted based on networking and behavior more then on their job performance, competence or skillset.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture has shifted dramatically towards behavioral traits and has lost its operating roots. People are valued more for how they behave then what they accomplish. It should allow for criticism of what is not working and listen to what employees are saying. The leadership traits and values focus too much on behavior and growth traits and not enough on basic job competence, execution and skillset. As for operational management the last couple years has been very short term focused and GE has lost most of it's longer term vision.


  2. "Political correctness trumps processes"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is large enough that you can network with literally thousands of people. I'm a firm believer that a company's worth is measured by the quality of the people who work there, and GE inherited (through several acquisitions) some truly dedicated professionals.

    There are always opportunities to advance, since (in my tenure) there was a lot of turnover.

    Cons

    For such a large company, I was surprised by the absence of processes when I joined. I have worked for family-owned businesses that took better care to provide computer backups, for one example.

    Promotions often seemed overly influenced by the "diversity" of the candidates (as opposed to their qualifications). I was verbally discouraged by one HR manager from applying for a job because I did not have the pair of chromosomes they wanted.

    Advice to Management

    Centralizing in Florida has sucked the energy out of the other centers of excellence, which were driving policy and innovation for the company long before Bradenton joined. Those acquired companies in the distant outposts feel less investment in GE's success because the division has become too "top-down" from HQ.

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