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Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Could work on emphasizing work-life balance more by encouraging use of vacation time (in 280 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Mecahnical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technical problems. For the area the compensation is good although it is stagnating.

    Cons

    Too much politics and lack of transparency. Your position could be eliminated at any time even if your performance is excellent.

    Advice to Management

    Truly Care about the people that have the technical know-how. Do not just try to create the appearance you care. Your employees can see the difference.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Field engineer, technical instructor, operations manager, project management, international field engineer manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Resource Staff Manager in Marietta, GA
    Current Employee - Resource Staff Manager in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Size of company, international, diversity, core values, flexible work arrangement, benefits, training, worldwide footprint, affinities groups, volunteers opportunities, paid relocation

    Cons

    Brutal with employees when numbers or stock don't look good. Getting cheap on travel and living, except for executives of course. Discount on GE appliances was a joke. HR in America.

    Advice to Management

    What come up eventually will come down to you


  3. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great pay. GE cherishes diversity in the workforce. Many different internal team formation "clubs" to join. Many locations.

    Cons

    They don't have a talent evaluation model meaning they don't know who they really have. "sound bites" (what people say about you) are a mode of HR and Managers evaluating you vs. the real impact that you bring. Before you have even written your own evaluation, you are ALREADY evaluated based on "the who says what about you" model. Six Sigma is no longer utilized. Projects associated with six sigma once allowed personnel to shine. Limited technical career path in manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Bring six sigma back. Come up with the appropriate talent evaluation model.


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  5. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative work, relative felixible working time, smart engineers and scientists

    Cons

    High overhead, no more high management efficiency, too much current business driven and lost interest to explore new technologies

    Advice to Management

    Trends down


  6. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Senior Compensation Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Compensation Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Progressive mindset to HR policies (Unlimited vacation, no performance rating)

    Cons

    Leadership disconnect with rank and file, keeps pushing lofty ideas that look good on paper, but never fully implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the middle management pipeline.


  7. "Lots of opportunities in a big company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Minden, NV
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Minden, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GE is a large company, and along with that comes a certain amount of security. There are a lot of opportunities to go just about anywhere in the world and work in a whole variety of jobs. Really flexible work environment and relatively good benefits.

    Cons

    Much of the innovation in a large company comes from acquisitions of one type or another. Therefore, much of the work is managerial or regulatory, rather than detailed design work. There are not a lot of opportunities to change the way things work because they are dictated from other parts of the organization. If you want to be a manager, this can be an ideal environment, and GE prides itself in this. If you want to be a technical designer, it is more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to take risks to tackle tough challenges. Decisiveness is absolutely essential as so much is lost in changing direction or gathering just a little bit more data. Empower and trust employees - if you let them perform to their potential, they will do great things.


  8. "Poor management, inefficient"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, good people around, good Cafeteria, interesting projects, flexibility in schedule, permissive leave, interdisciplinary projects,

    Cons

    Mostly Engineers should find work for themselves, poor benefits, short term vision.

    Advice to Management

    Be more efficient with available resources


  9. "GE Experience"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, big company, opportunity to move, travel, and learn.

    Cons

    Big company, seem to onluy care about dollars and deadlines and not people. Claim to be data driven but business is driven in guesses vs. customer feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time managing up vs. managing your career. Protect, grow, and push direct reports without setting them up for failure.


  10. "EHS Manager"

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    Current Employee - EHS in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - EHS in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    People join because it has the name GE

    Cons

    Does not pay well for everything you do, if you ask for a raise they fire you.


  11. "Work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good and flexible work environment

    Cons

    Not very easy to try different roles


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