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GE Aviation Boston Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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Pros
  • They have a good work-life balance and they have good benefits (in 43 reviews)

  • Great company with lots of opportunities in different industries (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance can be a little tough (in 54 reviews)

  • Can get lost in the large company (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "GE Aviation Edison Engineering Development Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GE Aviation invests a ton of resources into the development of your career. You get to do 3 rotation in different engineering roles over 2.5 years and then they pay for you to go back to school for a graduate degree and give you time off to take the courses while still paying you full salary.

    Cons

    During the first two years during the rotations you go through a rigorous ace course which consists on weekly
    Lectures and homework’s that are very time consuming, but you learn a ton from the experience so it’s definitely worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the EEDP.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Okay Overall - but not as good as it was"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lynn, MA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great in that managers are very accommodating with regards to working from home and flexing time as needed. Permissive leave for salaried employees.

    Cons

    Benefits are bad and getting worse. No more free dental/vision care, 401K company disbursement at year's end only, limited awards/recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on employee retention.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "My experience at GE aviation as an engineer has been mostly positive, but not without waves of frustration."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Regard for family over work, good peer network, enjoy and can trust most coworkers, value for mentoring & learning, challenging work, experienced engineers willing to help when you ask but no hand holding, products (jet engines) can be exciting to work on, avg week 40-50 hours, company making effort to hire more females

    Cons

    Recognition for hard work can take too much time, workload can be inconsistent, projects can be rushed and underfunded making decisions difficult, pay for engineers in Boston area is the same as the Cinncinnati, Ohio engineers, little to no overtime, lack of female mentors - can be said about most STEM companies, movement to other roles can have push back because of emphasis on business needs - this has caused employees to find other work, HR known for getting in the way of promotions

    Advice to Management

    Work more closely with the individual contributors directly and don't put so much value on middle management


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Solid! Good coworkers and solid culture."

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer/Technologist in Lynn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally positive, helpful, and reliable. Company has been around forever and is likely to stick around for decades yet.

    Cons

    Risk averse. Engineering's best days are likely behind the company, and in general new products are highly derivative. Sharp leadership, but I wonder how much they can do in a tech economy.

    Advice to Management

    Just because it says digital, doesn't mean you should buy it...


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Deplorable management team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynn, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lynn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Ok medical benefits

    Cons

    Permissive time is a joke. You can only take it if permitted. Just know it will never be a good time as they are always behind schedule. Again going back to the deplorable management. 7days a week 12 - 16+ hrs a day for months at time. If you have no life, no kids or want a divorce, it is a perfect place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the front line managers. Don't use and abuse. Make sure they get time off. Working 7 days a week for months on end is not healthy for them or the company. Learn what lean manufacturing really means. It is supposed to be "just in time" , not always too late.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Configuration Management in Manufacturing"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. ""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.


  9. "Review of GE Aviation"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Antiquated chauvinistic culture"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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