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GE Aviation Grand Rapids Reviews

Updated April 23, 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. "Aviation Systems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mobility (both in location and job), interesting work, decent wage, nice people, allows flexible schedule and working from home, travel if desired

    Cons

    People are not held accountable, constant management changes, shoot from the hip mentality (management), too much red tape and bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people at all levels.


  2. "Good Job but Questionable Management and Direction"

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to start out and learn some techniques in engineering but runs out quickly. Good work life balance until there is a fire drill.

    Cons

    The products are old and there does not appear to be any sign of upside potential in the near future. Very few new opps. The upper management is comprised of the Old Guard when it was Smith's Aerospace and hold overs from Honeywell. GE purchased them about ten years ago. There were some changes at the top but all us worker bees see it mostly as the same, your either a friend from Honeywell or old Smiths upper tier. Other folks get moved up the ladder because of friends when there are more qualified people. For anything new that comes in, it's the same group of people that work it and nobody else has a shot. Definitely see a good ole boys network. Constant rumors of reductions or reorgs taking place. The place is falling apart and anymore drastic changes are going to make up peoples mind to leave. It may be too late already. Is HR ok with this? Do they or GE HQ even know? HR is constantly talked about and is seen as weak with no leadership. There appears to be no involvement with them and management calls all the shots. The attitude of the work force is at an all time low. Don't expect big raises. It's too bad......

    Advice to Management

    You should try and listen to your people that actually do the work. Be honest with the workforce all the time and not wait for a crisis or an all hands meeting. Stop gaming the workers.


  3. "Great company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Advanced Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of good on the job training opportunities to keep skills up to date and learn new skills.

    Cons

    There was excessive corporate mandated training.


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    "Aviation System"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hour, Great coworkers

    Cons

    limited new opportunities in Aviation System


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great team, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Software Lead in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Software Lead in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are excellent, diverse and highly capable. The company do

    Cons

    Medical benefits are awful, pay raises are non-existent, promotions are impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Being competitive doesn't not mean a race to the bottom.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "GE is Reinventing Itself"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work; competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    GE is a meritocracy where only the strong survive and prosper.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve the lavatories!


  8. "Great Place to Start a Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Vacation Amount, Challenging, flexibility

    Cons

    Work is sometimes boring and cumbersome

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the Engineers more, we are the ones doing the work!


  9. "Infra-Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company really cared about their employees. They had fun activities for them such as Volunteer Day, Engineering Recognition Day, and lots more events! I was only there for the summer, but had at least one big event to go to each month!

    Cons

    The company is very huge, so it is sometimes hard for interns to get around to do valuable work that is suited for your interest. The work interns did varied by which department you were in.

    Advice to Management

    The amount of interns to the amount of work there was for this past summer was a bit unequal. They had said they hired a lot more interns than usual, however that left a lot of interns not knowing what to do. Overall though, can not complain because the people were really nice and good pay!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work. Lots of very smart people.

    Cons

    Somewhat subject to the ups and downs of business/customer projects.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Grand Rapids is not Green Acres"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Advanced Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Grand Rapids is a great place to raise a family. The community is very nice to be around, and the recreation opportunities (skiing, beaches, water recreation [even surfing], camping, fishing) are among the best in the country. If you like a change of seasons (especially snow), this is the location for you. There are many cultural activities too (ArtPrize, festival of the arts).

    Cons

    This GE location was acquired from Smiths Industries in 2007, and the mentality has not changed much. Locally, there is poor management at this GE location, The "Good 'ol Boy Network" is firmly entrenched here, and unless you are among the chosen few, you can expect poor advancement opportunities, poor raises and poor personal development opportunities, Image and exposure to managers counts for everything; performance is almost totally ignored. The bottom line comes first all the way up to the CEO. If you make a mistake, you will pay for it (unless you are higher-up in the organization, then you get a promotion). It is run by "bean counters" who have forgotten that without any engineers to gather the "beans", there would be no "beans" to count.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to "Yes" men. GE was built on a culture of challenging the reasons behind the decisions and making mistakes. There are too many managers here that only care about themselves. The adage of "The buck stops here" for managers doesn't apply (when you succeed, look through the glass for the reason; when you fail, look in the mirror).


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