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GE Global Research Reviews

Updated December 16, 2018
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  • "Upper management is bloated and dont know how to run a research center" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Stagnant career growth, lower than market compensation" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Exciting times ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Communication is improving all the time. Management is listening and positive changes are happening. Positive vibes about the center about the future. Manager is supportive and wants to help with career and future. Awesome flexibility and on-site services (gym, dry cleaning pick-up, flex time, time off etc.)

    Cons

    The time management culture can impede creativity.

    Advice to Management

    GRC is the innovation hub of GE with so many projects that are world changing. We’ve been through a rough time but employees are behind you to help shape a strong future!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great job Great people"

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

    Pros

    Management is great. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Getting funding for projects is always a concern

    Advice to Management

    Doing great!

  3. "Okay place to work, salaries stable"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, cutting edge research

    Cons

    Stagnant career growth, lower than market compensation

    Advice to Management

    Do something for employee's personal growth and development.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Change the world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on big, world challenges across a wide array of domains and industries - aviation, power generation, renewable energy, healthcare, etc. You have world-leaders in most technical disciplines down the hall. You engage with cultures around the world. Career options are broad and you have the ability to navigate functions, technical areas, and business ares.

    Cons

    Lack of in house new business creation function.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Think Twice"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - 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

    Work life balance. Talented staff in many cases. Many managers are kind and trustworthy.

    Cons

    Too much PowerPoint. Too many "chiefs". Overabundance of inflated egos. Funding model is broken. Projects lack discipline and structure. Some groups have terrible relationships with GE businesses. Pockets of technical incompetence. Narrowly-focused PhDs often don't have system-level mentality needed to make GE successful.

    Advice to Management

    Stop overselling the work that is being done. It weakens credibility.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Rounding the Corner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues with high-levels of creativity and curiosity. Exciting programs to work on. Freedom to develop next directions in research by shaping external contracts or engaging directly with GE businesses. Work/life balance is very flexible.

    Cons

    Leadership is non-technical and making multiple pivots in direction - will the latest direction stick? Upper leadership is bloated and brings very little value. Negative GE financial news affects morale.

    Advice to Management

    Hire technically competent people, define challenging goals, and empower them to make decisions necessary to execute without having to worry about decisions being second-guessed. Foster critical analysis of programs and proposals.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Outstanding Talent, People who care and positive future ahead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. GRC is comprised of the best technical/scientific minds committed to doing great work. GE makes huge investments in people - opportunities, leadership training/development etc. People are so dedicated to the work -- implementing changes and moving the research center forward. There is a lot of pride here it shows. The energy is coming back and there is a ton of commitment to the success of GRC.

    Cons

    Past few years have had a lot of ups and downs and its sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward - the future is ours for the taking!

  8. "research engineer"

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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 Global Research full-time

    Pros

    recognize academy background as similar level as in university

    Cons

    touch to get funding secured


  9. Helpful (7)

    "It used to be a good place"

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

    I worked at GE Global Research full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Diversity — the place is diverse in terms of professional backgrounds, people’s skills and cultures.

    Cons

    GE is going through tough times and the research center is a luxury that is hard to afford. This is reflected through recent decisions to make center less dependable on GE businesses and more self sustainable, through funding from external agencies.

    Management - large number of managers are technically incompetent. Worse, they are can be ignorant to people with highly technical skills. They know ho to protect and stay at their positions without any measurable technical or leadership contributions, forming an expensive and unproductive overhead. Rotten culture is in general the main problem for GE.

    Career stagnation - unless you are among chosen few the career is limited to a few options. Technical career path for most employed finishes at senior level. Limited travel budget and no publishing restricts the professional growth. Many people leave after 5 years.

    Lack of vision — yes, there are many technical areas you can work on, but given the crisis in which GE is, as well as lack of technical vision by GRC leaders, the effort is oftentimes directed toward filling out some immediate business needs, so less time is spent toward the long term research.

    Talent pool reduction - the current situation is that the best and brightest are leaving in large numbers. Hiring is not frozen, but it will be very hard to attract new employees to come and to work to the center which is the middle of nowhere, and for the unstable company with no clear future in sight.

    Overall culture - the culture is down. Low moral and food fight is everywhere. People with limited technical skills are in the position where they decide your fate.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Headed in the right direction"

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

    I have been working at GE Global Research full-time

    Pros

    Ability to make major impact to the world through the problems we work on.
    World class technical experts across many disciplines.
    Vacation is unlimited (within reason), time of for having a child is great
    Seems to be turning a corner in terms of strategy for the future given the current state of GE. If current strategy holds (pursue more government relationships), it will be great for researchers over the next few years due to the problems they get to work on.
    Facilities are being upgraded....keep it up.

    Cons

    Current state of GE is one of constant change.
    Lots of attrition, but hiring is ramping up.
    Lots of recent changes in leadership...hopefully it has settled down.

    Advice to Management

    I like the new strategy that the GRC is headed in....let's stick to it! Try to minimize change because people are looking for stability.