GE
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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.6 1,767 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt

(819 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great Work/ life Balance and above market perks and benefits in a global company"
    in 86 reviews
  • "Lots of opportunities to advance if you're willing to move around a lot"
    in 39 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-Life Balance can be challenging if you choose to climb the corporate ladder"
    in 101 reviews
  • "Can be long hours but if you are good at planning your day, you will be more than fine"
    in 63 reviews
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Best place to work

End User Support (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at GE as a contractor for less than a year

ProsCordial environment to work, and the people are friendly

Consvery hard to be made permanent

Advice to Senior ManagementHiring procedure should not be diffucult

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A decade at GE

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GE full-time

ProsBar none the foremost leadership development organization in the world. If you are seeking to develop into a respected well rounded general manager this is the Harvard Business School for that. The GE culture is ideally suited for results driven, high achieving professionals. The diversity of experiences and challenges you are exposed to along with the highly-involved grooming provided by seasoned veterans and the the formal GE management training ensure a polished, sharp future business executive.

ConsRigid and out-dated compensation structures:

During the Welch era lucrative stock options and generous bonuses were common; that's no longer the case. Which has led to the overall compensation model for GE to be un-impressive in the past decade.

Employer Brand equity not the same for the younger generation:

- Not in touch with "What Really Matters" for the younger generation
- This has led to retention issues particularly with the younger demo with 3-5 years of GE experience. People are not looking at building a 30 year career with GE, job security is ni longer a primary motivator

Work/Life Balance

- Non-existent, ideal for some hard charging types but not for everyone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pure tech and idea driven company, simply relationship, the Best every worked

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GE

ProsTech and idea driven, lead by the best idea
Flat org structure, no BS no politics
Pure people, easy to get on with
Work is work, no fancy decorations

ConsPay
70-20-10 (isn't it also the good thing?)
Frozen head counts
11 months

Advice to Senior ManagementJust keep the way it is, and give some credit to Nicola Tesla

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A decent place to work

Software Architect (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at GE full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAn organization of large scale and scope, that can bring considerable resources to bear when it is serious about going after any one market or solving a particular problem. When the organization gets behind an idea and solution it is able to be very innovative. Generally offers a good work life balance. Also offers opportunities to really learn and develop your leadership abilities.

ConsAt times is not agile enough, takes too long to make basic decisions, especially by the management. The management can be risk adverse to the point of undermining itself and future growth and opportunities. The organization also can behave like a relic of the past and be too top down driven and this negatively affects the individual initiative/ownership and common sense of employees. Also there is sometimes too much focus of growing margins/profitability through bottom line growth/cost cutting at the expense of sacrificing top line growth. Their is a need to better understand the law of diminishing returns in the organization in regards to cost cutting measures and more focus needs to be put on customer satisfaction.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe levels of management have grown to fat and seems the solution to many problems is to add more management when the reverse is needed, more resources need to be allocated to getting best in class contributors for marketing and engineering.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was a great experience working for GE

Risk Management (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at GE full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWorking for GE provided a learning platform that has propelled me to achieve excellence in my professional life.

ConsMy time was too short. I would have liked to stayed with the company permanently.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Huge Org.

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at GE full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLearn commercial and risk management
Good place to develop your Leadership skills

ConsBureaucratic and political environment
It depends on who you know not what you know

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower the employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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GE was an ok place to work

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at GE full-time for more than a year

Prosthere was a great work life balance

Consfull of underachievers and people with agendas

Advice to Senior Managementfire bad employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place to be

Sales Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at GE full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Challenging , dynamic, opportunity for growth

Conspeople management in some divisions

Advice to Senior ManagementLong term goals are needed for sustainable results and competitive advantage..sometimes you act too fast in a reactive fashion

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful place to work, exceptional people

Manager (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at GE full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople are smart, ambitious, hard-working
Management are fair, supportive, collaborative
Flexibility with working from home and hours
Investement in your career advancement
Good benefits and pay

ConsToo many hoops to jump through to get things done due to strict approval processes

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Large company, many opportunities

Assistant Account Manager (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at GE as an intern for more than a year

ProsLots of networking opps....exposure to all levels including executives
International...
World-renowned..
Fun culture that cares about health and environment

ConsHierarchy
Pay
Politics
Slow to implement changes
Bigger is not always better

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, don't fear bad news, act on feedback.

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