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GE Healthcare Amersham Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Amersham, England (UK)

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GE Healthcare President & CEO John L. Flannery
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  • demanding business needs and need more resources- this gravely impacts work/life balance to meet business needs (in 119 reviews)

  • large company, changes are slow at times (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. 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!


  7. 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.


  8. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Management Intern in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Management Intern in Amersham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    wide range of tasks and duties and you can always ask to try different things if you get bored. Assisted on big projects to get an idea of what it is like to work on majors projects.

    Cons

    Job security is an issue at the moment due to recent redundancies and recruitment freeze. As an intern, you have to apply externally for Leadership programs as they look at the internal resume for those applying from within.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of current interns with regards to recruitment as they have had exposure to the culture and processes. they will not need as much training as those hired externally.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Keep away"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Amersham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    High salary, higher than the norm

    Cons

    What a horrible place to work. The managers and most of the staff are self obsessed individuals trying to elbow their way up to the next big step on the career ladder within the highly regarded and so great to work for american organisation. If you are one of those then welcome, you found the right place to work. The managers don't give a toss about their staff. All they care about is themselves and how to play the next big thing to gain points with upper management and of course, that thing called targets. You need to meet your far to high set targets and yes, everything you do is recorded on your very own employer number called SSO, so there is no escape from it. And this is really what your are in GE, a number and not an individual. You need to function in this big machinery of a company and that's it. And by the way, the management tends to change every 2-3 years, so there is no consistency. If you are looking for a long term career with nice people in a healthy environment (somewhere were you are seen as a human and the management is genuine) than do not go near it. It will just ruin your health and your mental state. Maybe other departements are better to work for. But the customer service dept. is outstandingly bad.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Holding on to a reputation that died in the 1990s"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -If you can survive beyond 2 years you have done well
    -You'll be prepared for anything once you leave
    -Friendly and entrepreneurial spirit
    -Great training
    -Good Values

    Cons

    -Everyone's an entrepreneur and creative
    -Self-agenda driven (hence former comment)
    -No continuity to strategy as either people don't survive past 2 years or you move on to something else and let the new entrepreneur create his/her agenda
    -If it was the moon then everyone would have a flag and try to place it there
    -High turnover of leadership leaving everyone and strategy twisting in the wind until the next bright idea
    -Not sure what HR does
    -Too much process and gatekeeping at every step (to a categorical level most other companies dealt with in 1990s)
    -Everyone leaves for the same reason regardless of department

    Advice to Management

    -Keep your strategy sustainable and consistent
    -Beware of over-promoting people to leadership who are not leaders
    -Just because it's on a PowerPoint does mean it's true
    -Try to see beyond each quarter with long-term view
    -Sort yourself out internally
    -Too much process that can be automated


  11. Helpful (1)

    "an employer which doesn't care at all about its juniourstaff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretarial and Administrative in Amersham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Secretarial and Administrative in Amersham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    salary and benefits competitive for ustoutside london

    Cons

    your managers are under resourced and newly appointed managers from outside can take out their frustration on hard working junior staff to the point of affecting theri health

    Advice to Management

    train any newly appointed managers hired from outside how to manage junior staff efffectively rather than on a burnout basis


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