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GE Aviation Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • They have a good work-life balance and they have good benefits (in 38 reviews)

  • One of the biggest companies in the world, lots of opportunities to change roles and progress (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Process Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging process, expensive hardware, good equipment

    Cons

    has all the issues of a the usual large global corp.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Lost touch with its core technology and loyalty to the work force who made it great"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Evendale, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Evendale, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good technology and talent pool

    Cons

    Engineers, especially in the core technology are not being treated the same way. The baby boomer generation is retiring every year in huge amount while the company is moving more and more to just money, finances and digital.
    Mid to advanced core competent technology engineers are suffering

    Advice to Management

    Protect your mid career engineers as they are frustrated and leaving.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Working at GE Aviation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evendale, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evendale, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who readily mentor incoming individuals
    Company culture encourages personal growth and developing new skills
    Very flexible in terms of work-life balance

    Cons

    Large organization with substantial complexity (lots of hoops to jump through to get things done)
    Communication from upper management is often lacking
    Limited upward mobility to executive level

    Advice to Management

    Biggest issues are the disconnect between upper management initiatives & ground-level execution (e.g. 2014-2015 simplification focus reversed during 2017 cost-out efforts as simplified processes increased in complexity to shift and/or reduce expenditures through additional barriers)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to develop skill sets"

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

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

    Pros

    Internal job movement encouraged which provides great opportunities for challenging new roles

    Cons

    The company is so large that it sometimes feels like your just a face in the crowd

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision for employees that is tangible and real. It's hard to relate and get excited about goals and objectives that have been handed down through the layers of the company.


  5. "GE Aviation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Manufacturing Engineer in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Manufacturing Engineer in West Chester, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Aviation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities for growth and advancement. Culture of compliance and open reporting. Permissive time off. If you make work life balance a priority, good managers will be supportive.

    Cons

    Career paths can be difficult to navigate. Like any other large company there is beaurocracy and opportunity for improvement and simplification. Opportunities for growth seem to only present themselves when moving jobs. Teams do not often promote employees who do well unless they threaten a move or job change. Work life balance will suffer if you don't make it a priority.

    Advice to Management

    Look into actual merit promotions.


  6. "administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Aviation part-time

    Pros

    Williness to share information, good people, insightful, wonderful place to work

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Not a great place for engineers"

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

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

    Pros

    GE is a world-class company with world-class opportunities, loaded with interesting technology, friendly and intelligent peers, solid middle management, and a real commitment to integrity through all layers of the company. At GE you have the opportunity to work on some of the most interesting problems in the world and work with some of the best people in the world. As long as you're just in it for interesting work and don't care about getting top-tier pay/benefits and don't care whether or not the company values engineering contributions or talent, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    GE's management is presently relentlessly pursuing cost savings in order to meet goals necessary to unlock a 20% increase in executive bonuses (google 'ge executive bonus 20% increase'). As a part of this, GE has recently

    - Doubled-down on globalization, asking US-based engineers to train their global counterparts while making massive cuts in the US and staffing up in global centers
    - Moved to pay in arrears, effectively stiffing the employee base out of a weeks' pay in the short term
    - Moved to 'permissive leave' for all employees, and shortly thereafter began applying pressure to take less vacation that we were previously allotted ('well, I see that you've already used more leave than <insert peer name> this year, are you planning to cut back for the rest of the year')
    - Stiffed patent awardees out of the usual bonus associated with receiving patents (four figures)
    - Capped the global reward & recognition program at $500 (which adds a little salt to the wound, since it's being done in pursuit if increased exec bonuses)
    - Cut funding from the employee affinity networks
    - Cut budgets for travel and training, including making internal travel & training nearly impossible (Crotonville, for instance, which is a bright spot within the company)
    - Regularly promised an end to layoffs, while executing at least 2-3 waves of layoffs per year at profitable businesses while hiring contractors and offshore engineers
    - Frozen pay increases for the most senior engineers for 3 years
    - Allowed salaries for the remainder of the engineering workforce to stagnate

    There have been so many other things that I'm surely forgetting a few, but you get the idea. As you can imagine, this has led to an outflow of talented individuals, and a loss of community knowledge for our core products. The situation hasn't gone critical yet, but whether or not management know it, they are on a path to a scary place.

    Advice to Management

    - Upper management needs to make a genuine effort to treat engineering well. Whether or not you realize it, you need to retain your experienced US engineering workforce or the costs to the company will be huge.
    - Deep austerity is not a path to massive profits. Didn't work for Apple in the 90's, wont work for GE now.

  8. "Pretty good job"

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Assembler in Terre Haute, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are good to their employees, have great benefits, really, it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of times you end up waiting instead of working because there are supplier issues.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the lean manufacturing and keep some inventory on hand.


  9. "I enjoyed my time there."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Software Engineer Co-OP in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Computer Software Engineer Co-OP in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I got to work with an amazing team each rotation.
    -Pay is rather good. The pay is based on years at college.

    Cons

    -They sometimes lack work for the interns to do


  10. "Support Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Aviation full-time

    Pros

    Ambitious project. Collaborative Environment. Good pay and administrative support. Positive Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace seemed mundane. As with many corporations, lots of meetings.


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