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Updated September 11, 2017
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  • Could work on emphasizing work-life balance more by encouraging use of vacation time (in 311 reviews)

  • Long hours lead to a bad work-life balance (in 157 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Moving in the right direction!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Commodity Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Commodity Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership encourages innovation, process improvement, and empowers employees to lead. The open office promotes collaboration and IT collaboration tools further support the ability of remote teams to stay connected. Leadership is focused on long-term solutions and supports employees to be able to do their work and achieve goals.

    Cons

    Analysis and reporting tools are lagging behind strategic vision, but working on improvements. Not all businesses are aligned with the strategic vision and understand the value of Global Operations organization (understandably - this is a big shift in mindset and culture change).

    Advice to Management

    Continue encouraging employees to bring ideas and new ways of thinking. Take the time to understand what your team(s) do and ask the important questions about their pain points and suggestions on how to improve. Take action and live the GE Beliefs. Hold frequent touch-points with your team and share important initiatives from senior leadership, so that team members do not feel out of touch.

    GE Response

    Jun 29, 2017 – Global Employment Brand Leader

    The title of this review is priceless! This review is priceless. Full of information and feedback we are looking for. Thank you for leaving this! We will continue down this journey! Thank you... More


  2. "Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a large company with limitless opportunities. You have the capability and the power to truly redefine what you do, and find something that leverages both your skills and desires.

    Cons

    For such a large company, I would think that the healthcare benefits would be better. Also, they're redefining who we are as a company which brings with it a lot of restructuring and layoffs.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited Vacation time, 6 weeks parental leave for men, 6% match to 401K, excellent work life balance, diverse career path opportunities

    Cons

    Slow advancement opportunity, cut-throat environment, bottom-line based business plan


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Disorganized Chaos, lack of structure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Accountant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Accountant in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New office amenities? Location? Ability to network and a sense that once you're part of the GE family, there will always be opportunity for you here, as long as you can tolerate all of the below.

    Cons

    Lack of structure, guidance, and training. You are expected to be a mind reader and "on-call" at all times. They don't tell you during the interview that required OT involves weekends *and* holidays. In over 15 years in accounting and finance, this is the first organization that has required me to work on all major holidays. Work/life balance means we will allow you to recoup your time later, but family and friends are rarely able to wait for a week or two until you can recoup your time to take off and celebrate with them. Almost everyone in the Global Ops Center in downtown Cincinnati is new. This means that very few people really have a solid framework of information about the organization in order to make informed decisions or to inform others in their decisions. I quickly learned to not take other people at their word as most are quick to give the impression that their opinion is correct without considering that the siloed nature of information within this organization makes it nearly impossible for any one person to fundamentally know anything about which they speak if it isn't in reference to their microscopically specific responsibilities. The workspace is touted as a collaborative environment, and yet it does not lend itself well to collaboration among team members without finding a meeting space. Alternatively, there is not privacy or quiet space for thinking unless you grab a phone room. Perhaps workspaces within each group would allow for more active huddling. Functions within the same business are spread out over several different floors and spaces, where having everyone sit together in the same space would make more logical sense from a collaboration standpoint. Departments and functions feel very disjointed. "Change is the only constant" is a favorite phrase around the office, but the momentum of change that is occurring doesn't allow for people to adapt and become experts at anything before moving on to the next shiny system or tool meant to "streamline" processes...that no one has even had an opportunity to establish in the first place. "Not your grandpa's GE" is also another favorite phrase. While I admire progress and innovation, perhaps taking some notes from Grandpa's GE with regards to structure, guidelines and foundational organizational processes would have been beneficial instead of sending Grandpa to the nursing home and essentially writing him off. Bigger is not always better. They lure applicants in with attractive salaries only for them to find out that 60+ work weeks are the norm and the salary isn't that lucrative at all, once you do the math. Benefits are industry norm - nothing to write home about. Employees must pay for their own parking (GE discount).

    Advice to Management

    There is no glory is making your people sacrifice their personal lives to come into the office on holidays and weekends. In fact, it's shameful. Stop drinking the coolaid and realize that *you* have the power to set boundaries and guidelines that will improve the morale of your teams and ultimately the center as a whole. Until then, you will have difficulty retaining seasoned employees who have been elsewhere and know that this isn't "just how it is". Also, be up front with people when you interview them and let them know your work expectations. The general "are you OK with overtime" seems a bit misleading as anyone who has worked in accounting/finance knows that OT is fairly standard at period/quarter close and will answer yes. Instead, ask "Are you OK working weekends and holidays when they occur during period or quarter close?" If my interviewers and recruiters had been that forthright with the working expectations at the Global Ops Center, I never would have left my former employer that truly offered work/life balance and excellent benefits.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GE invests in its people development, strong diversity culture, great compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Big engine.. too slow to move gears.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks, accelerate development in untapped fields.

    GE Response

    Jun 29, 2017 – Global Employment Brand Leader

    Thank you for the review. 'Take more risks'.... LOVE this! GE is continuing along this journey that will empower employees to do so and there in work simpler and faster. Thank you for the review!... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Can't spell GREED without GE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good work conditions and pay but they will wring it out of you

    Cons

    Spineless leadership, solely focused on profits and cash flow
    Strings attached to every benefit/ reward
    Fake advocacy for the trend of the week ... we're pro veteran, we're pro LBGTQ, etc (back to the spineless leadership ... no one stands for anything EXCEPT GE)
    Cult like atmosphere at times ... "what have you done for mother GE today"

    Advice to Management

    Get a back bone. Stand for something. Get some ethics. Stop being a narcissist and look out for your people.
    Being a part of something bigger doesn't mean "do anything to bring profits to GE"
    To the good ones - Watch your back... even at the executive band level, people are just another resource that the big GE machine chews up and spits out.


  7. "GE FMP review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GE FMP in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - GE FMP in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Enhance your financial and accounting competencies through four, six-month rotations in different financial areas

    - Coursework designed by external company to develop your understanding of GE finance
    - Frequent exposure to senior leadership through presentations and networking events

    Cons

    - GE is not quick to adapt to change

  8. "Global Operations Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Global Ops in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Intern - Global Ops in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is expected to offer ideas and ask questions, groups for everyone to get involved. Workplace culture is huge. Lots of opportunities and will train and develop you if you look for opportunities.

    Cons

    Massive company can be hard to see your impact staring off, roles are eliminated in organization change.

    Advice to Management

    People make or break a company, keep investing in them.


  9. "Senior Sales Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSM in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - SSM in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benifits,

    Cons

    very large company with strict process

    Advice to Management

    plan long term


  10. "Compliance Operations Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Compliance Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Corporate Compliance Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits, good values

    Cons

    slow career progression, median salaries


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