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GE Aviation Boston Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance (phone always ringing, 10 hour days are expected 5 days a week) (in 45 reviews)

  • It is a large company so at times the bureaucracy can be frustrating (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Edison Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has great leadership program opportunities for people who want to fast track their career. They have a good work-life balance and they have good benefits.

    Cons

    Raises are small. Sites with unions prevent engineers from being hands on. Executives aren't always honest about their plans for the company, for example - unexpected layoffs.


  2. "Configuration Management in Manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Configuration Lead Specialist in Lynn, MA
    Former Employee - Configuration Lead Specialist in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience working in a manufacturing and development environment. Overall, a very good company to work for. The company provided the 400+ employees who were laid off a very generous severance package. Our team had a monthly off-site events to promote comradery.

    Cons

    Senior leadership made some gross errors in negotiating a deal that allowed an investor to back out of a $400M deal. Leadership committed these funds and then had to find ways to make up this shortfall. As a result 400+ employees lost their jobs. I left the government contractor sector (and my high level security clearance) because GE told me that they had at least 10 years of work to keep the programs busy. My security clearance has lapsed and I cannot compete for these jobs any longer.

    Advice to Management

    Please make better business decisions when it comes to funding projects.


  3. ""Freedom and Exploration""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits, pay, and freedom

    Cons

    Placing of young interns could be improved.


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  5. "Review of GE Aviation"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Aviation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who work at the company are great, the vast majority are willing to take the time out of their day to help you out and provide thorough explanations. The other main reason for working here is to be exposed, and to work on, some of the most advanced aircraft engines in the world.

    Cons

    In supply chain, poor management is rampant, and dealing with the work environment that is inherent to having a unionized workforce that is not controlled can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve union-management relations, and ensure communication channels with you employees are open


  6. "Antiquated chauvinistic culture"

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    Former Employee - Lead Test Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Test Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Preference for advancement foremost goes to the GE development program graduates.
    Average tenure is 2 years. Good for quick advancement
    Global and diverse company

    Cons

    Preference for advancement foremost goes to the GE development program graduates.
    Average tenure is 2 years. Good for quick advancement (see above)
    Antiquated and chauvinistic culture
    Leadership is always changing
    Tough union shop

    Advice to Management

    Senior leaders need to stick around for at least 5 years for some consistency


  7. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Intern - FMP Co-op in Lynn, MA
    Former Intern - FMP Co-op in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart people and great company culture
    I got to work on numerous Interesting projects and was constantly given additional responsibilities.
    Travel and living allowance is provided is permanent residence is greater than 50mi from the office.

    Cons

    Outdated systems for report pulling can become frustrating to use at times.
    Hierarchical and change usually takes a long time to occur.


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    "GE Aviation Co-op"

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    Former Employee - GE Aviation Co-Op in Lynn, MA
    Former Employee - GE Aviation Co-Op in Lynn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for Advancement, Decent Benefits, Okay networking opportunities, lot's of hiring positions in different areas of the business, occasional free lunch and network meetings

    Cons

    Rude bosses, rude shop workers, unenthused workers, Shop floor was somewhat dirty, Floor workers had very little respect for the people they worked with

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive of your team, don't treat them poorly, don't yell at everyone on your team constantly


  9. "Interesting career, but slow advancement."

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    Current Employee - Advanced Instrumentation Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Advanced Instrumentation Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Something different every day. Always keeps you thinking.

    Cons

    Workload due to reduction in workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff in the appropriate areas.


  10. "Great work and environment but the bottom line rules the day."

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance. Flexible starting/finishing hours. I commuted a long distance and it was beneficial to go into the office at 6:30am to beat traffic. Ability to work from home.
    -The work is challenging
    -The product is interesting (jet engines) and the end use is interesting (fighter planes, helicopters)
    -Lots of room for growth. There are many different groups to try a different skill set (stress analysis, heat transfer, mechanical design)
    -Employee career growth is important to management. Assignments are tailored to your career plan.

    Cons

    -As most business are doing the health care package is a high deductible type that doesn't cover very much except for check-ups.
    -Large company with many levels of bureaucracy. Design changes can require many signatures.
    -Layoffs are very possible

    Advice to Management

    There are many levels of management. Immediate managers of individual contributors do a great job working with employees, but upper management (corporate) is blind to the job at hand. Metrics can't quantify everything.


  11. "Good if you end up in the right spot"

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    Current Employee - Engineer/Technologist in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Technologist in Lynn, MA

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation time, have not had request denied yet. Work can be exciting if you're in the right program.

    Cons

    Organizations are constantly being restructured. I work in Lynn, MA and suddenly report to someone in Ohio because they need a warm body. Working in the wrong program can leave you feeling stuck/stale.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on how to make employees lives easier, sometimes the big up front expense is better than the short term cost savings.


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