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"Nice facility, nice employees but the benefits and work life balance really let GE down."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Lead Developer
Current Employee - Lead Developer
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Very nice office.
On-site Gym and Nature Trails.
Great people to work with.

Cons

Benefits package is horrendously bad.
No Work-Life balance.
You are expected to put the company and its projects above your family and your personal health.
Have to fill our a 50 question form to work from to work from home makes working from home almost impossible.

Advice to Management

Improve the work life balance - allow employees to work from home when they choose not after a lengthy approval process.
Focus on your people not your projects!

Other Employee Reviews for GE

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A good company for its stability, life style, and diversity of projects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Service Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. good work life balance

    2. diverse projects enabling professional skills development

    Cons

    1. Compensation is not very competative;

    2. Hard for Asian to move up

    Advice to Management

    Give out bonus to your employees, not just executives


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not a place to work if you don't belive in nepotism. Watch your back.. Every man for himself!."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great peers to work with. Ability to spend entire career at GE.

    Cons

    -GE is too big. Too impersonal.

    -HR is corrupt. HR has way too much control over management. R in HR should be changed to C for "control". They are certainly not a resource.

    -The head of HR for a large US Corp (relative of mine) once told me that GE (and most big companies) HR's two main goals: 1) Reduce cost. 2) Push the envelop (salary, tough metrics, etc.) with employees just enough without getting sued.

    -Nepotism runs rampant ...people are in positions they don't belong in. It's like a cancer that is spreading.

    -No use of 360 review system...it exists but not used.

    -Way too much turnover of positions...people move up before they are ready or laterally into a position they shouldn't be in because they never performed it themselves.

    -Most managers have never held the same role as their direct reports....how can you lead people if you have not done the job yourself? GE hires many veterans. In the military, a leader must know how to do the job above them and below them. Not at GE. I've seen many ex miltary leave GE, frustrated, after a short while because the style and structure of management is so upside down.

    -Internal evaluation system is abused by HR. Some have described as fuzzy. I would equate it with quicksand. No matter what you do positive only negativity prevails....and it's used as leverage against your salary action or rating (rack and stack). HR requires managers to post two things you must improve upon every year.. Anything can be written by a manager and once it's in the system it is there for perpetuity even if comments are completely wrong and you post a rebuttal with your side of the story. Only the "negative" comments carry on into view of future hiring managers....the rebuttal comments by the employee do not. An employee's only recourse is to never acknowledge (checking a box) that you held a discussion with your manager. Checking that box says you agree with whatever they wrote in their assessment. Well, there is the option of hiring outside legal counsel to correct this but that is HIGHLY discouraged...in fact there is an agreement you acknowledge (a check box on a website basically) that says you cannot hire legal counsel for employment disputes...you have to use one of HR's Ombudsmen (an HR manager from some other dept)....they'll basically rule for HR and not for you just about 100% of the time.
    As for the fuzzy metrics.....that is a game played by HR and they are masters of bait and switch and slight of hand.

    -There is no clear structure in the leadership chain....too many "dotted" line managers.

    -Tons of backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Merit should dictate who gets what jobs. More carrot and less stick.

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