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Updated May 28, 2017
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  • There have been a number of reorganizations lately to create GE Digital, which have created some uncertainty (in 8 reviews)

  • San Ramon feels like in the middle of nowhere (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "GE Digital"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow is vast within the various business units

    Cons

    Struggling to be a software company within an industrial body of a company-GE


  2. "Great vision, lots of thing to do and learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Open and collaborative environment, had the chance to work with smart and competent engineers.
    - Polyglot environment, different technology stacks, languages, tools, lots of opportunities to learn.
    - Company is always evolving and improving.
    - Quality is very important.
    - Different domains to work on (Oil & Gas, Transportation, Aviation, etc)
    - Projects with large impact (Millions in saving in asset performance, better energy management, etc)

    Cons

    - Cloud based software and infrastructure is something the company is still learning how to do properly, expect some pain points, but be part of the solution.
    - Collaboration and alignment across teams can be challenging.
    - Duplication of efforts in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Try to manage the vision of the platform, and drive alignment and avoid duplicate efforts across teams.


  3. "Sr. User Experience Designer"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Interaction Designer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Interaction Designer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good company to work for.
    - Great People
    - GE takes care of their employees

    Cons

    - Too many restructures
    - Product vision keeps changing
    - No clear direction
    - Things change by the minute


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Only constant is change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New technology, wonderful colleagues, willing to try new things

    Cons

    Too much change, too much management, polite brushoff culture

    Advice to Management

    Need more rubber meets road and less rubber meets sky.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Tremendous potential squandered by lack of leadership, technical instability, and ."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunity and potential to establish and grow a digital culture in a huge company with fantastic domain knowledge and resources.

    Cons

    If you're not based in San Ramon, you're a 3rd class citizen. So many managers just waiting to make their mark. As a result too many 'initiatives' tacked onto software development in the name of 'speeding us up'. With the result of slowing down developement. Average salary. One year stipend for commute costs -- should just pay, like MANY SMALLER companies. That policy is a filtering function on people. We will lose valuable domain knowledge. Health care has too high a deductible.

    Advice to Management

    Get your technical house in order in San Ramon. Remove some management and push it down to the team level. Establish real world, Amazon or Google level resiliency and stability in Predix deployments. Increase communications and relationships between remote groups and San Ramon to build trust. That means at least one face to face meeting of the team leads or Technical Anchors a year with lots of webex meetings between. There seems to be a great deal of 'Not Invented Here' syndrome in San Ramon. Cultivate technical leadership throughout the company, whether it's in San Ramon or not. Observe the flow interns and SDLPs -- if they all rotate into San Ramon and never leave, that's a sure indicator of the technical attraction of other sites.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Easy going environment, but still very traditional culture"

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    Current Employee - Tech Support in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - They're bringing in a lot of college grads through a program they have and it's definitely changing the culture (I can see the company growing with better leaders considering they pursue GE for the long-term)
    - Pretty stable company to be with considering they've been around for over 125 years. GE Digital has been around for over 6 years and is leading the industrial internet of things (very few competitors)
    - Unlimited paid time off

    Cons

    - A lot of old tradition employees which means more change to push for in culture, values, and processes
    - Lack of guided direction in projects

    Advice to Management

    Guide and follow. Be involved throughout to make sure your employees are noticed.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    good challenging real world problem solving projects

    Cons

    very frequent focus changes and priority changes


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Lies lies lies"

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

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

    Pros

    Working remote
    Unlimited PTO
    Salary is ok
    Good commute for east bay
    Free hint water
    Handful of genuine people
    That's all- not much pros.

    Cons

    HR runs this place without looking back to see the damage that have caused
    Too many reorg
    Entitlement issues for new hires - spoiled
    Senior Mgmt is selfish and only out for themselves
    Budget cut only for the "little people" not for middle and upper Mgmt
    Strong division among the workers and the Mgmt team
    Stocks keep dropping but zero Mgmt changes
    No RSUs
    Benefits suck
    Promoting the wrong people and letting go the true workers
    Mgmt to lazy to document poor performers; rather transfer to another team than fire them
    Nepotism is high
    Gossip is high- confidentiality is not the norm
    Over promise and under deliver
    Over crowded

    Advice to Management

    Change the leaders in place - need to clean house and start over


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced; Leaders of Industrial Internet; Good benefits; Work on cutting edge technologies and platforms; Great vision.

    Cons

    constant change and churn; reorgs after reorgs; vision too big to achieve in reasonable time.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "GE for GE"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Can work independently, Wages are good for employees over 5-6 years of seniority.

    Cons

    Performance based on numbers only of your group or department, Lots of mid level senior titled employees got their by strictly number of years service, no raises to meet cost cutting upper management goals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing all efforts to make us look like some silicon valley company and instill values and work ethic of industrial companies. Purchase and invest in companies with long term growth potential. Bring down goals and priorities to lower levels so employee can work toward that.


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