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5 October 2020

What is health insurance like at GE Power?

Pros

Name on resume (but as the company does worse, it means less and less), travel

Cons

Lower than market average salary (10-20%). Poor training (empty promises made in the interview). If you had to travel to the client site, they would make you stay weekends and you will not be compensated for being away from home on the weekend (if you aren't working, which is 50% of the time). So you will be away from home, in a hotel room, (usually in the middle of nowhere, so not much to explore), without being paid. They tried to minimize how often you could go home even though most companies that require heavy travel try their absolute best to get you home for the weekend. Health insurance is poor and they make it worse every few years. Managers are stuck in an old-school era of management that doesn't promote a fun, collaborative workspace that encourages innovation. Faced a lot of toxic coworkers/managers... shockingly a lot. It's evident that employees only care about themselves and there's no passion for technology and improving on everyone's experience. This is evident by everyone leaving GE. While I was there, almost every week someone left GE. I saw some people leave within months of being hired. Overall, it was a horrible experience and I'm so happy to have finally moved on. It sad to see such a strong brand focus so much on the bottom line they forgot how to take care of their employees.

Advice to Management

They aren't going to listen, while I was at GE they asked for employee surveys on how they can make the business better... I was honest and very detailed in every one... nothing changed. With the few non-toxic coworkers I befriended (all who agreed with my sentiments), most of them ended up leaving (in one way or another). If they even read this my advice would be - Fire a lot of middle management (even senior management). Start with more passionate individuals who actually care about the vision and about the employees. Fix the culture, the culture is worse than one you'll find in hell. The offices I have been to remind me of a jail (I'm serious). Tall grey cubicles surrounded by grey walls... no one socializing and no one smiling. Pay your employees AT LEAST market average for the role, improve on the benefits (instead of making them worse), and put your team first instead of the bottom line. There's a reason why the best companies in the world today focus so much on employee happiness - it leads to a better bottom line. Stop being old school - just because GE's old strategy was successful, that doesn't mean it's successful now (newsflash, it's not).

Health insurance is poor and they make it worse every few years.

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29 May 2018

Does GE Power offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

-Tuition reimbursement: Got my masters through GE -Leadership rotational programs: Lots of great experience in a short amount of time -"Unlimited" vacation: moved to "permissive time off" so you can take any amount off so long as you have managerial approval

Cons

-Far too much instability: Leadership changes daily; my direct supervisor has had 4 different bosses in less than 2 years -Lack of fair compensation: GE Power froze all raises this year, and they continue to ask why they can't keep talent? Many employees are already doing 3 jobs because of layoffs, but are not compensated for their hard work. -GE will always protect itself/shareholders first. You have no idea if you will be laid off or have your entire site closed down in order to keep costs low artifically. -GE Power is spread out in several locations, countries, and time zones. It even has two official HQs right now. It's a disaster to have any sort of consistency especially in regards to company culture. Too many aquisitions and divestitures have gutted any semblence of what it means to be GE. -Too many managers: I have several different departments I have to directly or indirectly report to. I feel like we have more managers who hold meetings than employees who actually can get things done. -Too many meetings: I regularly have days with 5 hours of meetings, and they ask me why I have trouble getting things done with two days notice.

Advice to Management

-Compensate your employees and value the work they do. -Need consistent company culture -Do the hard work of figuring out the strategy for the business and communicate that with transparency.

-Tuition reimbursement: Got my masters through GE

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26 December 2018

Does GE Power offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Work/Life balance and benefits are great. Unlimited vacation is a great benefit, use it wisely. Interesting projects and challenges which will take you places.

Cons

People. Egos are increasingly difficult to manage depending on groups. Lots of bureaucracy and mindset of the past.

Advice to Management

Management needs to have vision and a reality check. We are no longer in a 2001 Power bubble and need to understand that improving the business starts by improving the dynamics of each individual team.

Unlimited vacation is a great benefit, use it wisely.

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23 November 2018

What is the retirement plan like at GE Power?

Pros

Good pay, decent benefits, great 401k match...compensation was top notch in manufacturing field. Hard to do better

Cons

As a manager working with the deep rooted union teamsters could prove a major pita most of the time. Higher managers failed to back front line managers with disciplinary actions which undermined our authority.

Advice to Management

Back your managers and supervisors instead of backdoor catering to union employees who milk the system . Praise the good ones and the teamsters reps will play along.

Good pay, decent benefits, great 401k match...compensation was top notch in manufacturing field.

23 November 2018

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9 October 2020

How are the career development opportunities at GE Power?

Pros

Challenging career opportunities, flexibility for work/life balance

Cons

Reorganize constantly, lacks clear communication on company direction

Challenging career opportunities, flexibility for work/life balance

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