GE Global Research Reviews

Updated May 4, 2021

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Pros
  • "flexible culture and emphasis on work-life balance(in 48 reviews)

  • "Flexible work arrangements and summer hours(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management is bloated and dont know how to run a research center(in 12 reviews)

  • "Good work can be observed and complimented by project leaders but cannot give weight in career growth as it is not determined by project leaders(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Wonderful people and challenging work

      Apr 18, 2021 - Lab Manager in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      the people are the best

      Cons

      Industry is on the decline

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Sinking Ship

      Feb 5, 2021 - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Diverse set of projects, still has some of strong technical experts, sometimes flexible schedule

      Cons

      where to begin.... location has nothing going for it and people who say otherwise are lying to themselves and you. center is extremely not diverse, leadership has a strong "boys club" vibe and clearly doesn't listen to technical folks. high profile PIs, senior experts leaving in mass exodus, along with many mid career folks as well. they are trying to grow younger population but the center clearly doesn't have the resources to support them. very flat organizational structure - not much room for growth or promotions. workload is insane and even with "permissive time off", the hours that are expected of you are unreasonable. seems like no end in sight. the center simply lacks the resources (both financially and people-wise) to work on the increasing amount of externals projects it is using to sustain itself now & in the future. the fact that the center is pushing towards more externals (since there isn't much funding otherwise) while a) not having the people to staff those proposals and b) not having enough people to continue bringing in more money is ridiculous.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Turning the corner

      Feb 8, 2021 - Technology Manager 
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      Pros

      Highly intelligent and capable people who always seem to have time to help you out when you have a question. Opportunities to build on ideas and reduce them to practice then potentially implement them at the scale of GE. GE and GE Research are in a much better place than a few years ago and it is an exciting place to work.

      Cons

      Limited internal investments over the last few year as GE turned around.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Review

      Mar 8, 2021 - Facilities in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Can provide a good career

      Cons

      Disconnect between management and employees

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Integral to GE and the world

      Feb 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Highly talented employees tied to market tested ideas the world and GE need

      Cons

      Exiting turnaround period with some historical baggage

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Getting Stuff Done vs. Power Point

      Jan 9, 2021 - Principal Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Plenty of challenging work, creative people, wonderful campus.

      Cons

      Currently changing their business model without changing their leadership, who are accustomed to working in the world of PowerPoint engineering and don't have a clear understanding of organizations strengths and weaknesses.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      It is GE, come as an engineer

      May 6, 2020 - Lead Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Qualified professionals and smart colleagues. Exposure to plenty of fields in a short period of time. More or less still follow its work life balance promotion. Good initiate in professional career.

      Cons

      Large discrepancy among groups in promotion speed/number, compensation, sub-culture. From my observations, 1. scientists are treated differently to engineers in terms of promotion speed and the related. The former need about 4-6 years to get promoted; the latter can achieve it within 2-3 years. HR may tell you that is not true, but LinkedIn and experiences showed me so. 2. Within scientists, ones working on software are not as ‘hot’ as ones on hardware, excluding hype like AI. Promotion and compensation are in a different pace in the Software segment. It is hard to understand given the current hot market for the software side. That the compensation for software researchers does not reflect its market demand without doubt is one major reason for the high attrition rate. 3. Compensation growth depends almost only on promotion, but the promotion has weak relationship with project delivery, excluding extreme cases on the two ends. Good work can be observed and complimented by project leaders but cannot give weight in career growth as it is not determined by project leaders.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Trying to relive the glory days

      Nov 10, 2020 - Senior Manager in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Some of the best and brightest people on the planet. Amazing facility with so many resources at your disposal.

      Cons

      Beaurocracy and senior leadership cliques make it difficult to do the right thing for the long term benefit of the company. Stuck in the past and constantly failing to recognize the significant shifts in their key markets.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      GE needs new leadership

      Sep 7, 2020 - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      Diversity in technology across many areas- aero, defense, power, renewables.

      Cons

      Lack of diversity in senior leadership. Sexist senior leadership and macho culture are rampant. Lack of investment into upgrading labs and equipment -makes it difficult to compete on govt programs. GE Research Is now more dependent on govt funding and losing high profile PIs. Benefits have steadily decreased through the years. Where was permissive leave during COVID? Apparent permissive leave is NOT the same as earned time off. You actually have no “guaranteed” time off. And don’t get sick or pregnant - HDHCPs with no prefunding of HSAs mean those scenarios are essentially pay cuts. Mid-career engineers can get get better gigs elsewhere.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to work, the pros outweigh the cons

      Sep 17, 2019 - R&D Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
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      Pros

      - Top-tier colleagues - technically excellent, friendly, kind, and a pleasure to work with - Exciting R&D work that matters. In my tenure I've felt like I had a new job every few years, as project assignments turned over. My job felt fresh and newly interesting, with new things to learn, without the disruption that comes along with a formal job change. - Excellent work/life balance. Flexible benefits like flex time, flexible work arrangements, unlimited vacation have made it easier for me to manage personal responsibilities and continue to cultivate a great career - The location in upstate NY is the perfect small city - large enough for a choice of amenities and a high quality local airport, small enough that traffic is not a huge barrier and the cost of living is reasonable.

      Cons

      - GE Research has been undergoing a transition over the last few years...evolving project areas as GE's mix of businesses has changed, more focus on complementing GE business funded work with pursuing external funding opportunities (government R&D grants). These changes aren't necessarily all bad, but change can be hard to navigate, especially when the rationale for change isn't necessarily clear to all. - Every organization has its own flavor of bureaucracy...here, it takes the form of time-charging rules and how projects are funded or ended. - Individual contributors are mistrustful of senior leadership. I think we are on a positive trend toward changing this dynamic for the better.

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