What's the company culture at GE?

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Every business has it's own style. What is the office environment and culture like at GE?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at GE?

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Former POW of GE in California

21 months ago

Anon111 in ., Texas said: Er

There is an apparent mass exodus at the location I worked at, especially managers & officers who had been there up to twenty+ years (not with GE; with the company that got taken over). All the people who knew the products and the customer base very well are leaving. When you start seeing that group of people leaving, you know it is time to get out.

I hear you Anon111! It's like nothing I've ever seen! I"m so glad I'm outta there!! Their whole "image" is nothing but smoking and mirrors which has started to CRUMBLE!!

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Anon111 in ., Texas

21 months ago

Michael Tresca in Fairfield, Connecticut said: I actually wasn't assuming these posts were from employees -- being that no one is using their real names, I have no way to tell. The ombuds process is for ALL concerns regarding the company, regardless of whether you're an employee or not, and if you aren't an employee it seems to me that if you're passionate enough to post here, an email to the ombuds person would be the next logical step to address your concerns.

But I'm not anonymous; I'm a real, current employee using my real name. So to answer your questions: Yes I do believe actually believe what I posted and I do not believe I am talking by rote. I'm not sure if "the person you are already talking to" statement is a reference to me, but if it is I'm happy to direct any questions or concerns.

Michael- I do hope you truly want to help, but for those who are still employees, listing their names would guarantee retaliation. As for those who are no longer working for GE, I know that I don't trust that there still wouldn't be some sort of retaliation. Almost every single person on here is either a current or former employee.

The people on the other end of those links & emails you listed will just refer the employee to yet another link. Then once it was figured out which link should be selected, there wouldn't be a whole lot of anonymity if the person was signed in at the time with their SSO number.

GE just isn't a people-friendly place, and if what you said was true that you are known by name to many of the people that need to be addressed, then you already know this also if you have to do anything to get their butts in gear to come up with resolutions.

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Former POW of GE in California

21 months ago

GE Employee in Florence, Massachusetts said: GE bought our thriving company several years ago. They immediately fired the sales staff that knew how to sell our instruments. Then they trained a global force of dolts to service the instruments poorly at a very high cost. In three years, our sales have plummeted and they have announced we are closing and moving our manufacturing to Sweden to keep their unionized workers busy. They destroyed us.

GE does not innovate; they buy innovators and then destroy them.

I have been around many high tech companies from the biggest to start-ups; I have never seen a bigger mess of an organization as GE Life Sciences. I agree with many of the posts that stated forced EMS tiers are still used. I have experienced it. Quality is talked about, and talked about, and that is it. Meanwhile, there are compliance holes you can drive a truck through but nobody wants to do anything about them.

Worst of all, it is an organization desperately in need of leaders. Most managers are not leaders and good leaders are squashed by managers who see them as a threat.

Do yourself a favor. Look elsewhere. Find a smaller company that is actually innovating and pray GE does not buy you.

Oh,... and their pay is significantly below market.

Very well said!

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Better.luck.next.time in Albany, New York

21 months ago

Kay in Louisville, Colorado said: I disagree with this statement; it's not gender based or biased one bit these days. I know plenty of women who also piggy-back their identity and self-worth base upon their career and career achievements. And not everyone has children.

I think this is true and not well known. Now that I've lost my job, I fell like I suck for 3 reasons: loss of career, loss of being the breadwinner and now being a lousy mom because, I'm so burnt out, it's a struggle to be supportive parent.

In a way, the kids are irrelevant. If I didn't have them, I would also be utterly devasted over screwing up my career.

Maybe people assume it's less stressful for a mom because she can look at her kids and at least feel some accomplishment. But that aspect should be the same for a man if he's been a good dad.

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GE Employee in Florence, Massachusetts

21 months ago

Former POW of GE in California said: God - do you actually believe what you just posted?? As a former "victim" of utilizing the exalted "Ombudsmen Process" the only thing I can say is once an employee takes that path, their career is in jeopardy! I should know!! I was at the retaliation end of it once the Ombudsmen investigators left! Employees SHOULD NEVER use that process unless they've got another job somewhere else waiting in the wings!

I can't agree more. I suffered the same exact fate. Retaliation has gone on for months and ironically had put them into yet another noncompliance situation because the product manager was so spiteful he refused to communicate with me or my group. The spirit and the letter is a joke. Until coworkers see someone walked out the door, it is not taken seriously.

I agree. Their OMBUDSMAN program does not hide your identity or protect you from retaliation. If you use it, consider it a WMD and look for a new job. You just killed your GE career.

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No name in Silver Grove, Kentucky

19 months ago

I have worked at GE for 5+ years right out of college and can tell you this is the most awful place to work. I am at Corporate and work for a group of unskilled professionals who do nothing and yet can get away with murder. I've seen morale fall and yet, there is nothing being done about it.

Can't wait to leave. IF you value your mental well-being, run in the opposite direction.

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Former POW of GE in California

19 months ago

GE Employee in Florence, Massachusetts said: I can't agree more. I suffered the same exact fate. Retaliation has gone on for months and ironically had put them into yet another noncompliance situation because the product manager was so spiteful he refused to communicate with me or my group. The spirit and the letter is a joke. Until coworkers see someone walked out the door, it is not taken seriously.

I agree. Their OMBUDSMAN program does not hide your identity or protect you from retaliation. If you use it, consider it a WMD and look for a new job. You just killed your GE career.

Absolutely!!!

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Former POW of GE in California

19 months ago

No name in Silver Grove, Kentucky said: I have worked at GE for 5+ years right out of college and can tell you this is the most awful place to work. I am at Corporate and work for a group of unskilled professionals who do nothing and yet can get away with murder. I've seen morale fall and yet, there is nothing being done about it.

Can't wait to leave. IF you value your mental well-being, run in the opposite direction.

YES!! No name - you are still young enough to kiss them good-bye and work for a REAL company that isn't about being a bunch of sock puppets that are pretty much clueless!!! UPDATE: DAYTON, OHIO PLANT IS NOW ORGANIZING AFTER 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS (NOT OWNED BY GE UNTIL 2007) They can stand it no longer under MP the "site leader" and I use those words loosely. They've had OSHA violations, unreported injuries in the plant, and have subtley 'encouraged employees that cut the tips of two fingers off to take some "paid time off" and not report it to BWC!!!!!!!

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Jonny in Weare, New Hampshire

18 months ago

Former POW of GE in California said: YES!! No name - you are still young enough to kiss them good-bye and work for a REAL company that isn't about being a bunch of sock puppets that are pretty much clueless!!! UPDATE: DAYTON, OHIO PLANT IS NOW ORGANIZING AFTER 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS (NOT OWNED BY GE UNTIL 2007) They can stand it no longer under MP the "site leader" and I use those words loosely. They've had OSHA violations, unreported injuries in the plant, and have subtley 'encouraged employees that cut the tips of two fingers off to take some "paid time off" and not report it to BWC!!!!!!!

Hello everyone,
I'm doing a report about how GE communicates to the employee's. By reading all of these post it seems the concensis is all the smae. I was wondering if anyone could be a little more spesific about there experiance with communication from there managers and higher-ups. How did they let you know about lay-offs, injuries, raises, changes and anything else you can think of would be great.

Thanks!
Jonny

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Jonny in Weare, New Hampshire

18 months ago

Jonny in Weare, New Hampshire said: Hello everyone,
I'm doing a report about how GE communicates to the employee's. By reading all of these post it seems the consistence is all the same. I was wondering if anyone could be a little more specific about there experience with communication from there managers and higher-ups. How did they let you know about lay-offs, injuries, raises, changes and anything else you can think of would be great.

Thanks!
Jonny

Did not spell check in time! :P

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Anon111 in ., Texas

18 months ago

Jonny in Weare, New Hampshire said: Did not spell check in time! :P

Jonny, you didn't do your grammar check either (there vs their). I believe it has been pretty clear what our communication experience has been. Very specific details could pinpoint one's location and/or dept and put their job or their co-workers jobs in jeopardy which belies the anonymity GE always claims to offer.

As for one of my opinions that GE hires people for useless positions, your's would be a prime example. I have no doubt you are happy to be employed, but there are already a ton of questionnaires that are emailed constantly to the employees, mandatory courses to take (because they have so much free time cough, cough) that are supposed to be compiled into a comprehensive report as to the quality of communication managers have with their employees. So make up your report from what you already see here and combine it with the mandatory questionnaire answers and you will have your report. No sense in making people have to repeat themselves because GE didn't read the original answers in the first place.

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skisbis in Warren, Ohio

16 months ago

Michael Tresca in Fairfield, Connecticut said: GE takes integrity concerns very seriously. If you have an integrity concern please send all details, including the names of all GE employees involved, to gerecruiting@corporate.ge.com and we will promptly investigate.

Hi Mike,

I worked for GE for 6 years and had a good track record. I got on the wrong side of a certain biz CFO and they made my life hell until I quit. Have you ever heard of anyone on a PIP for 9-10 months? When I executed flawlessly on the PIP projects, I was told I failed leadership intangible qualities but could point to any behavior or traits to demonstrate failure. I was demoted and run into the ground. This all happened because I was a vocal advocate of doing the right thing and questioning "questionable" accounting practices. I got tired of being targeted relentlessly and finally quit. Not sure if I can do anything now, but someone should answer for the hostile environment. thanks

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skisbis in Sidney, Ohio

16 months ago

skisbis in Warren, Ohio said: Hi Mike,

I worked for GE for 6 years and had a good track record. I got on the wrong side of a certain biz CFO and they made my life hell until I quit. Have you ever heard of anyone on a PIP for 9-10 months? When I executed flawlessly on the PIP projects, I was told I failed leadership intangible qualities but could point to any behavior or traits to demonstrate failure. I was demoted and run into the ground. This all happened because I was a vocal advocate of doing the right thing and questioning "questionable" accounting practices. I got tired of being targeted relentlessly and finally quit. Not sure if I can do anything now, but someone should answer for the hostile environment. thanks

Mike,

would you be willing to speak with me? If so, I would give you a private email with contact info.
thanks

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Michael Tresca in Fairfield, Connecticut

16 months ago

skisbis in Sidney, Ohio said: Mike,

would you be willing to speak with me? If so, I would give you a private email with contact info.
thanks

Hi Skisbis,

Please forward all information to ombudsperson@corporate.ge.com. You're welcome to CC me at michael.tresca@ge.com as well.

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pink_poodle in Missouri

12 months ago

Michael Tresca in Fairfield, Connecticut said: GE takes integrity concerns very seriously. If you have an integrity concern please send all details, including the names of all GE employees involved, to gerecruiting@corporate.ge.com and we will promptly investigate.

Oh and then expect to be Blacklisted by GE HR to where you can never work in the company again.

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pink_poodle in Missouri

12 months ago

skisbis in Warren, Ohio said: Hi Mike,

I worked for GE for 6 years and had a good track record. I got on the wrong side of a certain biz CFO and they made my life hell until I quit. Have you ever heard of anyone on a PIP for 9-10 months? When I executed flawlessly on the PIP projects, I was told I failed leadership intangible qualities but could point to any behavior or traits to demonstrate failure. I was demoted and run into the ground. This all happened because I was a vocal advocate of doing the right thing and questioning "questionable" accounting practices. I got tired of being targeted relentlessly and finally quit. Not sure if I can do anything now, but someone should answer for the hostile environment. thanks

The PIPS are a way of letting you know to go immediately and look for other work. Once you are on a PIP at GE there is no surviving it. Just start looking for another job outside the company. Once this happens, not even a 360 peer review or other HR person or Manager can save you. They have quarterly meetings and talk about how many people they have gotten rid of and how many new people they are bringing in. It's a numbers game. If you have been put on a PIP for whatever reason, there is no sense in thinking you'll recover. Just immediately begin looking for new work and hang onto the job as long as you can until you get another offer. Don't let it rankly you mentally so you can interview well with new companies. Leave before the PIP is up or they'll just fire you. Again, a PIP is the 'GE HR Way' of saying, 'Heads up! You're out. Start packing your office stuff - REALLY - get your stuff out of the office, start collecting any documentation and emails to support a claim after you are fired if it should come to that, and start collecting names/phone numbers and emails of folks you'd like to stay in touch with or use as references while you are on the PIP. Be ready to be escorted out if you are put on a PIP for any reason

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Alastair Crowley in Niterói, Brazil

11 months ago

I am proud to had never choose working for GE - instead my company was acquired. It was ridiculous change - they allocate many people to be managers of some stupid subject (like "simplification") and overfill the structure. What was a slim and profitable business becomes a public bureau. Margin becomes loss, clients complains and new orders go away. Still those arrogants are "proud just to be GE", no matter how insignifficant is their REAL contribution to the business. Being acquired, I am always "the colony"...

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Alastair Crowley in Niterói, Brazil

11 months ago

They manipulate pay raise with this idiot EMS system - all assessment is done in vague terms and vague criticism from your boss. HR doesn't give attention to it. The company sais she is fair in working relations, but this is bogus. Nobody ever gives attention if you are mis judged in an unfair EMS, although they say someone will give attention to. I am day by day learning to LIE by my mentor. They tell you suck on the EMS but will not fire you - reason is a poor grade on EMS means bo pay raise.... all mgrs (not only me) got poor results but still there is money for top mgmt car renewal. My department struggled to hire new people because local market know the truth, still incompetent and arrogant hr refuses head hunting, while the ones giving blood to run the business struggles. There is more, much more but GE does not deserve such attention. Every capable and intelligent individual I knpw (like engineers) are searching for a new job.

Think twice if you have the right skills to be a real GE - are you capable of telling lies? Dont care about family life? Will pass over people to reach the top? Then, wellcome to GE!

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Alastair Crowley in Niterói, Brazil

11 months ago

I am not surprised at all my words apply to any region, any business. This is clearly top-down GE culture.
Learned a lesson - never will believe in someone that is always polishing the own medals and being too proud of itself - if the company states too often "employee of choice" "best of the best".... probably is because maintaining an image is more important than real values.
every intelligent person knows Coke is a black mix of loads of suggar and acid that harms your health. Still their ads tells "enjoy coke" and show slim people. Like cigarette adverts on people practicing sports.....

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Alastair Crowley in Niterói, Brazil

11 months ago

I am really stupid - well, still work there... told would not waste my time, but... here goes another
in my region, inflation is a big deal, circa 7% a year. Ge ems rated "strobg contributors" had been given 7 to 8% raise (so in other words, 0 to 1% REAL AND MERIT BASED RAISE). "Excellent" was given some 10% (3% real). So if you are clever enough to play ems game and be at least a SC all your life, you will grow 50% real income through your lifetime.... math was not invented by ge hr, so math rules can't be bent!

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Bill Waters in Alpharetta, Georgia

10 months ago

So GE just got rid of all turbine field service reps worldwide.

Of course they still need their services so they:
Put a hold on all Oil and Gas jobs so reps could not move within GE,
forcing people to go to Granite, a GE labor company,

But, they must take 2 months off per year at Granite so we would not be deemed a full time employee, no benefits or pension.

And....at about 1/2 current wages.

Class act GE
Lots of money to pay krenecki $84,000/MONTH not to compete against GE
Lots of money for the execs
Customers are pissed...duh
What a joke
Defend that tresca

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former p&w ge employee in Aurora, Ontario

3 months ago

Joe in Alpharetta, Georgia said: This compay sucks, they buy up other companies wreck the customer base and refuse to take responsibility for it. If your not a GE imbred your not wanted and they make that very clear

I raised a concern regarding unqualified personal(NEPOTISM HIRES) and product safety,that effectively was the end of my career at ge Peterborough.if the Clowns at the senior management level were in charge of anything to do with the aircraft industry I would never fly again,thank god they are only in the Nuclear industry.
yes Ge does Suck,I would not purchase their products or stock

G.E. stands for "good enough"

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WhatISawnHeard in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

3 months ago

While I was at GE I worked on a particular peoject that would have brought the cost of a part from $40 to $11. I tried to bring this forward but the part happened to be included in a "kitting" project by a OMLP. I discussed with them pulling the part but they became abusivly angry as without that part they would not meet their OMLP project goal. They, along with the managers I spoke with, were VERY ok with hiding this savings ($300,000+) until that person moved on. I will never foget this future plant managers comments "just god damn do what I say......"

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