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GE Waukesha Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  • Could work on emphasizing work-life balance more by encouraging use of vacation time (in 289 reviews)

  • Long hours in some cases completing repetitive non value added work (in 152 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good place to work

    Cons

    too big organization , hard to navigate , too slow and too complex

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees and not to middle management


  2. "embedded software engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of things to learn
    work to make it to very tight deadlines
    food is healty

    Cons

    coworkers dig behind others back
    management is boss-style not real leadership
    work life balance does not exist

    Advice to Management

    be more willing to understand your employees' personal/family life

  3. "Senior Design Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer (Retired) in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer (Retired) in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, dedicated professional staff, excellent working conditions, every day is a new challenge, product line benefits people's health.

    Cons

    Some people do not like the working atmosphere in a large corporation. The potential for advancement is often limited to political expertise and job performance. You have to get along to get along.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the current structure but beware of the upcoming generation, they have different values than us "old timers"


  4. "fun technology but risky and lots of hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The technical part of the job can be very enjoyable. The medical technology is fun to work on.

    Permissive vacation is great for new hires (you get as much vacation as your manager let's you have...)

    Cons

    Permissive vacation is great for new employees, but it means those that have been there many years are at the mercy of their managers to get the vacation they earned through years of service.

    Company claims to have a technical career path, but it is very difficult to make it to the upper levels of that path, and I have seen many people who did make it that level subsequently laid off, so it is not a very safe or long term career path.

    Frequent layoffs at all levels. It is sometimes possible to find another internal job after a layoff, especially for younger employees at lower levels.

    Advice to Management

    Restore guaranteed vacation to your long time employees.

    Understand that those who work really long hours cannot be creative and make more mistakes. You would be better off long term encouraging reasonable work hours (<50 hours per week) rather than the really long work hours many managers encourage or demand.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Global silos, constant threat of restructure"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Global teams.
    Great, talented, smart and skilled individuals.
    Many opportunities for training and advancement.
    Continuous improvement

    Cons

    Constant threat of restructuring and lay-offs.
    Considers itself a "meritocracy" but lay-offs occur without merit.
    Little effort to retain talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Management Program"

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    Former Employee - GE FMP in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - GE FMP in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of GE was the resume building power. The program provided exposure to different areas of corporate finance.

    Cons

    competitive environment, pressure to do Corporate Audit Staff, not easy to find jobs internally across different businesses if different location is desired


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Research Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting diagnostic medical imaging technologies.

    Cons

    80+ hour work weeks and work extended into the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear pathway for advancement and career opportunities

  8. "Good and stable company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Program Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Software Program Manager in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security is good in some groups. Benefits are rhe average. Huge company, you can move to other busdiness easy.

    Cons

    Lower pay than other competitors. Long work hours. Late night and early morning calls with india teams

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, but great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Buyer in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be pushed to be better than even you could have expected yourself to be. I am constantly challenged and surrounded by incredibly intelligent people which helps motivate me to win.

    Cons

    They will beat you up and put a drain on your life if you let them. Your goals are often set high to inspire you to achieve more, but sometimes are ultimately tough to reach.

    Advice to Management

    In my experience GE seemed to try to run before it could walk on certain things. In my role in particular we would tackle a project without the proper infrastructure in place to efficiently tackle it and deliverables were often set high. My suggestion would be to recognize that delivering and developing are different and must be done individually. Don't ask me to eat an elephant without atleast giving me a fork.

    GE Response

    Mar 26, 2015 – Recruiting Coordinator/ Talent Recruitment Social Media/ Event Planning

    Thank you for your transparent feedback! We appreciate your response and will certainly include your feedback and advice in looking at ways to improve our company. Thanks!


  10. "Great company with good learning opportunities. The organization is very large though. You get to work on cool tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Waukesha, WI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great company with good learning opportunities. The organization is very large though. You get to work on cool tech

    Cons

    -Very large organization, hard to change career directions.


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