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Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work life balance, good people (in 31 reviews)

  • It is a great group of extremely talented scientist, engineers and can get to work on cutting edge technologies (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • lack of transparency from upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • Career growth is another major con here (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "GRC"

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    Former Employee - Lead Metallurgical Specialist in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Metallurgical Specialist in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge technology, diverse teaming across multiple disciplines.

    Cons

    Large company red tape slows down progress.


  2. "Flashy on the surface but there is rust under the hood."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Brilliant technical staff doing world-class research.

    Cons

    Upper management and HR is a joke. They don't care about people or the technology. Too much time wasted on trying to secure funding.

    Advice to Management

    Without people you have nothing, back off and let them do what they do best and your investment will payoff.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Beware of changing culture instability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High-quality co-workers - smart, motivated, helpful
    Variety of work - no need to get stuck in a niche
    Good facilities - depending on where on site you are assigned

    This is one of the best places I have worked. I still am surprised when someone leaves to take a job somewhere else.

    Cons

    Technical Career Path does not provide the appearance of upward mobility causes conflict.
    Recent (2/27/2017) major reorganization will take time to stabilize.
    Lack of professional managers means that the quality of your manager is highly variable.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that technology development is a long play. Everything good that has come out of the research center has taken time to discover, explore, and mature. Throw out the GE rule book when dealing with employee matters. Most mistakes from upper management and human resources have happened because the majority of the employees have very good math skills.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance, good people

    Cons

    Almost no career path, competitive environment with no team players

    Advice to Management

    need to provide a path for growth


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great community, smart people and significant resources, but lack of direction and not properly funded."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on many diverse projects was exciting. A great community among the employees. Access to top level facilities and diverse, intelligent collegues is matched only by some universities and national labs. Managers try to work with you to put you on projects you are excited for when possible. Good benefits like 401k matching, flexible scheduling, discount clubs, weekly farmers market on campus, and permissive vacation.

    Cons

    Corporate philosophy changes constantly with ineffectual ideals and buzzwords. This is like "customer focus", "disruption", "stay lean to go fast". Just let me conduct some research without worrying about all this corporate dogma. Research funding from businesses is reducing resulting in a force reduction. Turning away from chemistry and materials (lay offs) to focus on digital is shortsighted. GE businesses are currently riding the success of previous material developments that were decades in the making. Now they are turning away from new research into those areas.

    Advice to Management

    Allow smart people the freedom to work on groundbreaking projects. Don't use a world-class research center for cost-out. Force businesses to fund more projects.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "mechanical engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great co-workers. Very knowledgeable, highly skilled and down to earth.

    Cons

    * unstable future if you/your lab are not part of any Digital initiatives.
    * constant struggle between meeting short-term objectives vs creating IP,tools of long-term value.
    * lack of transparency from upper management. Glorify successes, never talk about failures/issues.

    Advice to Management

    employees value honest conversations.
    Decide once and for all if the company does/doesn't need a central research center.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not always as it seems"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Many unnecessary hurdles just to get your job done and money is waisted frequently while employee benifits are cut.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time leading, not just managing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn about and work with interesting technologies.

    Intelligent and highly motivated coworkers.

    Close to the Adirondacks for those who like the outdoors. Also close to NYC, Boston, Montreal.

    Workplace is very international/diverse.

    Good fitness center, outdoor trail system for running, biking, etc.

    Good newcomers program to help new employees acclimate to the area.

    Cons

    Big corporation with some red tape. Many people here complain that they only get to spend a relatively small amount of time actually doing R&D. A large amount of time required reporting out to management, and other unnecessary hoops to jump through.

    The other big complaint, and perhaps the largest among experimental researchers, is that the Trades/Unions are very strong and can completely strangle a project. You are largely at their mercy and there is no recourse if they are extremely over budget and projected time. Unfortunately this occurs more often that it should.

    Project turnover can be high. Even successful ones can be cut quickly, sometimes resulting in millions of dollars wasted.

    For those who do not live in Niskayuna (or Schenectady) and have to commute across the Rexford bridge, the commute is not fun.

    I also heard a lot of folks complain that for those who are not married or with a significant other already, the dating pool is rather limited.


  10. "good ge grc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Lead Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working schedule and time off

    Cons

    n o b o n u s


  11. Helpful (7)

    "The ship is sinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Somewhat flexible hours. Still some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about people. Useless HR. Clueless upper management. Business sees GRC as a burden. People spend half their time worrying about funding for the next year. Few people care about the quality of the research, it is all about PR, pretending to do breakthrough research and making fancy powerpoint presentations. Constantly changing corporate culture with annoying buzzwords like fastworks. Dishonest upper management, never telling the true reasons of whats going on or what is about to happen to the employees. The company is huge and there is no clear path for management to take responsibility anymore, middle management has no power to impact a true change, few people are focused on the long-term product development, everybody is only concerned with their own survival and getting a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    The company is sick and needs a major change in corporate culture. Lay off most MBAs running the company. Focus on the producing long-term quality products rather than short-term stock boosting. The digital bubble will burst sooner or later.



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