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GE Schenectady Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. "Digital Technology Leadership Program Internship Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Digital Technology Leadership Program in Schenectady, NY
    Former Intern - Digital Technology Leadership Program in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company culture. Lots of social and professional events. The people were amazing. All extremely intelligent, respectful, and helpful.

    Cons

    Locations aren't great. Kind of in the middle of no where.


  2. "Machinist"

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    Former Freelancer - Machinist in Schenectady, NY
    Former Freelancer - Machinist in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GE (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    GE be a good place to work

    Cons

    management oppression is sometime over whelming

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up

  3. "Ops Leader"

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    Current Employee - Ops Leader in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Ops Leader in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for the low expectations...

    Cons

    Terrible Union. Useless HR. Useless and clueless middle and upper management. Very political and all about appearances rather than reality. No teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Find people that understand and care about the product/process. Promote them instead of the hacks.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "First Review"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many options, broad range of engineering and leadership opportunities. Very open work force.

    Cons

    Many of senior leaders do not know details of the business. Make decisions based on short term goals at the expense of long term success. Mood is terrible at the moment with all the issues regarding stock performance, alstom aquisition failure, and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Know you people and business. Talk to more than just your direct reports.


  5. "Can be a wavy ride, but worth the sea legs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding and inspirational managers and executives. Training, growth opportunities, affinity networks, inclusive community & cool perks.

    Cons

    Regular restructuring, lots of layoffs, communication limitations, time consuming processes that aren't always valuable to participants.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more cross-training of current employees - even across businesses. Many exceptional dedicated employees are willing to learn and grow in all directions and will provide greater value to the company when experiencing harder economic times.


  6. "Great experience!"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to see a lot of places while traveling ti sites. It's a small city, very little traffic and lower rent compared to the bigger cities. The GE benefits are also great.

    Cons

    Not as hype as the bigger cities, perhaps. And the base salary perhaps not to the level of other tech companies.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's Been a Rough Year"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    GE is involved in so many different areas that it's tough to not find something akin to your dream job somewhere in the company. If you're proactive, have a good manager, and are willing to work, you will find yourself with a lot of control over your career and the ability to shape your day-to-day work. The company also has a lot of fantastic professional development benefits - again, if you're proactive and willing to work, you can really develop the skill set that you want.

    Cons

    The health benefits are outrageously expensive compared to both my and my significant other's previous jobs. Many perks (pension, home office expenses for those who primarily work out of an office, the retirement payout schedule, and more) have been cut over the last year which continues to impact employees well-being. Furthermore, with the company having a very down year on the market, there has been a sharp increase in the number of layoffs in several business units which has fed into a developing culture of fear and mistrust.

    Biggest con that I can think of - last year, GE found a way to literally take a paycheck from American employees at Christmas. The company has a bi-weekly payout schedule for your salary which means twice a year you have a month with three paychecks. GE, in an effort to get in front of changing OT laws, decided to move the last paycheck of the year to the following week. In affect, American employees, who tend to look at the 'third paycheck' month as a bonus of sorts, were left feeling like they were robbed. It still leaves a very sour taste in my mouth.

    Advice to Management

    GE is a great company with a lot of opportunity, but at the moment I would leave in a heartbeat if I found a similar job with a competitor. It's becoming increasingly difficult to to justify working here with the awful health care benefits (20% of my pay goes to health care now), the poor culture, and the feeling of being a cog in the wheel.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not perfect, but a decent place to have a career"

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader Engineering in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Leader Engineering in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Excellent co-workers
    Challenging work
    Advancing technology all the time

    Cons

    Ruthless when it's time to cut costs
    Too eager to follow fashionable HR trends

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be hip; be more dignified. Value experience more consistently. Stand up to Trian.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Control Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment and support from team members.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with other companies. Very little salary increase during yearly view process. Will give a poor performance review to justify lack of salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of offering salary increases during the annual performance reviews. Be more competitive with salary offered to employees. Reward them for their efforts.


  10. "mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    time is flexible, good work and life balance, challenging and fun projects.

    Cons

    things are fluid, including buzz words and people. tight budget.

    Advice to Management

    a good working place starts with a good cafeteria.


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