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Updated January 22, 2018
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GE Digital Sr. Vice President and CEO William Ruh
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Pros
  • Work life balance is important to every employee even senior leaders (in 58 reviews)

  • Being part of the next era which is GE Digital is beyond exciting (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • GE Digital is a relatively new branch of GE and it seems that upper managment is still trying to figure out its role in GE as a whole (in 25 reviews)

  • Work/life balance sometimes is not there (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Non-technical managers make it difficult to develop quality software"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Ability to work from home
    -Great vacation benefits
    -Good healthcare benefits

    Cons

    - Non-technical managers
    - Lack of communication from management
    - Unstable
    - Slow to adopt new technologies

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger and more technical oriented managers and product owners. Adopt new technologies quickly. Spend more money on training managers and developers consistently.


  2. "GE Digital"

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

    I have been working at GE Digital full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work - you feel like we are working toward something great.

    Cons

    More insight into what is going on at the corporate level.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good environment, but don't take it too seriously."

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (lots of flexibility with time), and really good people to work with.

    Cons

    People kill themselves in order to meet arbitrary deadlines only to have their projects killed within a few months.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Stop emphasizing quantity over quality. Instead of building as much as possible as quickly as possible, and accruing massive technical debt with poor reliability, pick a couple key things to work on and do those well.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "great for starting out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great benefits
    great team mentality
    good way to get your foot in the door

    Cons

    little expansion for side work


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Should try to avoid joining this company..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Digital full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, average pay in the area, free snack and drinks

    Cons

    Constantly laying off teams, people are constantly worried their team will get laid off so it's not a healthy environment for work

    Advice to Management

    Get your mind straight on what you want to do!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere, but some minor issues."

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    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Devops Engineer in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office is amazing
    Flexibility is out of this world, any time I need time off it’s no problem.
    Free snacks!!!

    Cons

    Would be nice to have the tools to do your job

    Says they are on their DevOps journey but they are not. Things are very locked down and segregated.

    Advice to Management

    Break down barriers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work at any level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GE Digital full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Fulfilling work that helps progress your career
    Work life balance is important to every employee even senior leaders

    Cons

    Hierarchy doesn't leave a lot of room to move up.
    Compensation increases are sometimes hard to come by

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Ambiguous and Chaotic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GE Digital full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Flexible hours and unlimited time-off.

    Conceptually the ideas and the premise of the IIOT platform has huge value. With the right leadership and management, this could be a game changer.

    Some very bright and hard-working engineers and technical product managers.

    Cons

    Leadership and management:

    Multiple promotions to the middle management (Senior Managers/Directors/Senior Directors) over the last few years, combined with the engineers being held at the same positions has resulted in a huge trust deficit.

    Engineers have their careers stuck for years without any movement.

    Many managers are completely hands-off from coding/implementation with little to show on leadership qualities. This has caused lack of faith in them, both in leading the projects technically and leading the people to grow their careers.

    Product Roadmap and Delivery:

    The roadmap is always all over the place with constantly changing priorities. Most important item on one day, disappears into oblivion the next day. This directly affects the enthusiasm and morale of the engineers.

    There is no clear vision of the product and engineers can only see a few weeks to a handful of months ahead in terms of the deliverables.

    Innovation:

    Innovation and thinking out of the box is neither encouraged nor noticed. Any time and effort put toward this is a complete waste for engineers.

    Company outlook and stability:

    A lot of bad reporting is in the news and none of this is a surprise to anyone working here. This seems a logical culmination, some of which is due to the above reasons.

    Some high performing engineers have been laid off recently while most of the middle management continues to be secure in their positions. This gives a message that abilities, performance and hard-work of engineers do not matter and they would be the first on the receiving end if times get tougher.

    Advice to Management

    Do not expect different results by doing the same thing over and over again, relying on the same people to lead.
    Identify the doers from talkers and keep a relatively flat hierarchy.
    Be transparent and clear on the roadmap.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Senior Executive"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The concept of what GE Digital is trying to do is great and if executed right can make a difference in the industry

    Cons

    Starting from the CEO, none of the top leadership have the experience of building Enterprise Software. In the industrial world if the goal is to digitize it, it means we need the ability to develop technology that do the following:-
    a) Manage Data both Big and Small effectively.
    b) The key to analytics is Data Management, Analytics Management Engine, AI & ML Engine, currently the platform does not have any of this non technical folks went and made a few foolish acquisitions and after spending close to 2Billion USD they don't have a software platform for the industrial internet.
    c) After 2 years of development the availability of the platform is less than 99.5%, if they were a startup they would be bankrupt., and no industrial company can use this, every one is better of going to AWS/Azure who have better software.
    d) The concept of Digital Twin is still on paper, GRC has a prototype framework thats getting caught in the politics of a large company and is not in an usable state.
    e) Its a bunch of IT guys trying to overnight become a software product company. Many people in middle management have never developed/written code. The folks who managed outsourced products 5 years ago are now Directors/Senior Directors of cloud based software products with no clue on what to do develop the products. This shows in the results some teams have spent over 8 million dollars to develop a 10 page web application.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of firing the developers please fire the CEO and all his directs. The good people from GE Digital have all gone away the place is imploding.


  10. Helpful (25)

    "Very poor leadership in San Ramon"

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    Former Employee - Director of Technology in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Technology in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great history of the company
    2. Great work-life balance
    3. Great leadership program as long as your boss wants you to grow.
    4. Overall empathy for employees

    Cons

    1. Managers/Leaders/Execs are often home-grown so called ‘trained execs’ that pretty much focus on political savvy and seriously lack skills and acumen demanded of them for their jobs specially in the digital technology.
    2. As a result employees learn ‘survival skills’ by making their mediocre (decently put) bosses happy and not doing the real job!
    3. Growth is difficult if you are not connected to the so-called ‘execs’

    Advice to Management

    It’s so disappointing to see (you San Ramon Digital leaders) how you have completely screwed up!!! Don’t you sometimes look at the mirror and say to yourself you did not deserve the role you were gifted and you did not even try to do better?


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