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GE Healthcare Amersham Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent culture and work life balance (in 175 reviews)

  • Lots of flexibility and ability to work from home if needed (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance needs balance (in 134 reviews)

  • Working at such a large company means you must take individual ownership for your own growth (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Looks after this employees"

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    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are looked after and stay long

    Cons

    Power lies in US and UK has to follow rules especially in IT

    Advice to Management

    Delegate some power to UK


  2. "The best Company I ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director EMEA in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Director EMEA in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No better place to Develop Leadership skills if you have potential and ambition. Truly inclusive and inspirational when you have the right Manager. Crotonville Training Course are incredible.

    Cons

    Some people in Senior Leadership have very little idea of how to run the businesses they are in. Tends to bring in leaders from other GE businesses who wouldn't even get an interview based upon job description/CV

    Advice to Management

    More external hires in Senior positions

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Cost saving dominates until 2019"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term vision and people talent are best in class.

    1. Visionary leadership taking GE into the digital age by setting up GE Digital business with the ambition of becoming top 10 software provider by 2020. Industry leading vision in building one industrial platform Predix, 3-D printing, Digital Twin, machine learning, etc.

    2. Top down strategy to drive start up mentality and culture change for agility and speed in a 125-year old company. Check out Fastworks.

    3. Super fast and courageous in rolling out some changes such as brand new performance development across the 300,000 employee company in a matter of 2 years.

    4. Some colleagues and leadership are super talented and bright.

    Cons

    Execution of vision strategy is among the worst in industry.

    1. Company committed to a $2 billion bottom line saving in the next 2 years. This means before 2019 the theme of the company will be cost saving instead of investing and innovating to win. With the global slow growth and health care equipment pricing pressure, company is taking short sighted saving opportunities that impedes long term growth.

    2. With the business leaders shouldering the increasingly difficult quarterly operating target to hit, the attention and investment on the grand vision of digital industrial diminishes.

    3. Middle management have lost faith and confidence in the way senior leadership executes the changes. Morale is very low and company is losing talented people.

    4. With cost saving challenges and limited resources, the management and leadership do not have the courage to make tough choices on prioritisation such as what to stop/start/continue. The end result is resource and focus get spread too thin, resulting in worse quality of delivery, projects take much longer to complete, benefit realisation delayed.

    5. Supporting functions such Finance, IT, HR used to sit in each business unit - such as Healthcare, Aviation, Transportation and so on. With the cost saving pressure, these functions are centralising to GE corporate level, which results in slower decision making and more layers of bureaucracy.

    6. Communication is poor, especially when it comes to communicating changes and staff redundancy. There is a "secrecy" culture in communicating who is made redundant where employees find out their colleagues are gone by suddenly receiving email bounce backs that the address do not exist anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and drive more communication with the whole organisation on the changes, reasons so the employees feel respected and willing to embrace the change together.

    Resist the short sighted cost saving to make quarterly numbers look good for Wall Street, and invest for the future to win. Examine the changes to avoid long term damage to the capability and talent.

    Don't become Kodak!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunities are slipping"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Product Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for you to grow as a professional are plentiful, if you want the experience then there is always work to do to help

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow are drying up. GE's line is often that they focus on training and improving you as a professional but as budget constraints are causing this to dry up, it is becoming a less attractive prospect.

    Advice to Management

    Train people up so they can leave, treat them so that they don't want to.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Contractor - Customer Service in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Customer Service in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE Healthcare as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being part of bringing cutting edge technology into the hands of researchers all across the world.

    Cons

    - Incompetent middle management - the successes of the company come about despite their influence, not because of it.
    - Toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Admit when you have made mistakes instead of pretending it is everyone else's fault but yours, and change strategy accordingly.


  6. "Good work-life balance for some"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Compliance Leader in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Compliance Leader in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GE Healthcare part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for work life balance and benefits are good

    Cons

    Work life balance depends on job role and manager


  7. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE Healthcare (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities coming from GE Healthcare.

    Cons

    Location is not prime, as it is not in central London.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more marketing staff as these could increase performance.

  8. "Not too bad"

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    Current Employee - Customer Care Coordinator in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Care Coordinator in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New customer service team , the atmosphere is much better than before

    Cons

    too many systems and processes


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Chaos reigns"

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    Current Employee - Junior Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in my role was excellent, you get to work with very clever scientists and engineers and some of the products they market are truly awesome.

    Cons

    The strategies are all over the place. Talent and R&D is bought in. No one has a clue what they're supposed to be aiming for, they restructure at least once a year which means several months of down time while people re-adjust and many of the best people get fed up and leave. They appear to let interns loose on the IT resulting in out-dated, user unfriendly workflow-based systems that you spend half your time trying to make work. Teamwork is pretty much non-existent because the corporate culture is to get yourself as much exposure as quickly as possible and thereby prevent yourself from becoming one of the 10% that get "restructured" out every year. The buzzword in the company right now is Simplification which is a byword for restructuring because they are not making anything simpler or easier. They are also a surprisingly mean company - salaries are lower than the industry average, pay rises at around 0.5%, you get issued with a cheap Blackberry which means you are on duty the whole time. Budgets are heavily constrained meaning you have to beg to do anything worthwhile. You can work your butt off but if your boss isn't interested you've wasted your time. And worst of all they drag their feet with paying suppliers. I worked with sole traders who were expected to wait 120 days before being paid and then they ran the risk of the commissioner of their work having left and no one to fight for them.

    Advice to Management

    You are too big to call yourself innovative anymore - just be honest and say you are a conglomerate that buys up the little guys doing the tech you can't in order to enhance your profit margins!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Simplification turned into chaos"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We had a fantastic team who knew what they were doing and all understood what their role was and where we fitted in. It felt like we were doing good work that mattered. Our relationship with our customers was brilliant

    Cons

    Hideous to work out who does what and who to turn to with a problem because they got rid of all the people who knew anything. Could slice out so many middle managers with zero impact on customers or staff. Combining all business and staff in one place with the smallest amount of training dropped all of the hard work done in previous years in the crapper! Simplification involved removing anyone who knew what was going on and giving it all to people who didn't have a clue despite training. If they are losing customers now they deserve to.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Listen. Listen to the people doing the jobs about what works and what the customers want. Making decisions based on managers with no clue looking at spreadsheets with duff info is a dreadful way to make decisions. You should feel ashamed for the service you are now giving your customers who pay for a service that is now shockingly bad.


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