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Working for GE

1230wc1230wc Posts: 127Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2008 in Engineering Majors
Well, at least their Olympic commercials were fun to watch :) Does GE offer better wages, benefits, and job security than other smaller companies? (Same goes for Siemens.) Anyone employed by GE?

Thanks! Just curious; I'm about to go into my freshman year of engineering :)
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  • JapherJapher Posts: 1,350Registered User Senior Member
    I know a number of engineers who work for GE and they really like it. GE is very secure, so your job will probably be too (at least more so than with a small company). Also, they have great benefits and offer excellent career assistance. All GE folk get Six Sigma training/certification, in addition they pay for most of any continuing education. With companies in almost any part of the world they also have great opportunity for expat work, if you want to do that.

    There are some large companies that I would recommend shying away from, but GE is not one of them.
  • iloveagoodbrewiloveagoodbrew Posts: 1,681Registered User Junior Member
    Yes. GE wages are actually very good. I wasn't aware all GE folks get 6 sigma though...I intern there right now and not everyone has it.
  • jai6638jai6638 Posts: 1,025Registered User Member
    There are some large companies that I would recommend shying away from

    Could you elaborate on these companies?

    Thanks
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,871Registered User Senior Member
    I wasn't aware all GE folks get 6 sigma though...I intern there right now and not everyone has it.

    Maybe it's optional and not required.
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    What is six sigma?
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,871Registered User Senior Member
    Basically, it's a strategy for eliminating defects and errors in repetitive processes (such as manufacturing for example).

    Google it if you want more information.
  • iloveagoodbrewiloveagoodbrew Posts: 1,681Registered User Junior Member
    Its a bastardization of the Juran trilogy.
  • knightdragon115knightdragon115 Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    I was wondering, how many people are in one team in GE?
  • iloveagoodbrewiloveagoodbrew Posts: 1,681Registered User Junior Member
    Depends. Where I intern, the 'Lean Implementing Team' for example has about 10 members. I'll try to find out more if I can. The Safety Team has about 15...
  • jai6638jai6638 Posts: 1,025Registered User Member

    Depends. Where I intern, the 'Lean Implementing Team' for example has about 10 members. I'll try to find out more if I can. The Safety Team has about 15...

    What was the interview process like and what do you think were they looking for? What kind of questions did they ask you?
  • lil_killer129lil_killer129 Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    ^I want to know the same thing. :)
  • easternboardereasternboarder Posts: 151Registered User Junior Member
    I interviewed with GE Industrial last fall for a summer internship at the operations management leadership program (OMLP). The process was as follows:

    1. On-campus interview

    2. If you 'pass' the on-campus interview, you are invited to take a tour at a plant that may or may not be where you will be working

    3. At the plant tour:
    - First, a tour of the plant
    - Interviews with HR, plant managers, etc. If i remember correctly I did about five interviews. The questions had a bent towards manufacturing, leadership, management, processes.

    4. You hear back in a matter of days as to whether you are offered a position.

    Looking back, at the time I was a naive sophomore eager to find any position at a big company. Frankly I had no idea what I wanted to do at the time and it was during the plant tour that it became increasingly clear to me that manufacturing and all that six-sigma stuff just was not interesting to me as an EE student who wanted to work on more technical things. This obviously influenced my interviews and thus outcome of the visit (I was given a 'no thank-you'). This is my experience with GE industrial--I'm sure things would have been much different if I sought a position in a different GE division. I still think it is a fantastic company nonetheless.
  • jai6638jai6638 Posts: 1,025Registered User Member
    5 interviews, eh?! damn... Sounds like a lot of interviews. lol..

    Considering that you went in as a sophomore, did they expect you have to have experience in management/manufacturing? Did they ask you technical questoins on manufacturing/management?

    Thanks for sharing.
  • iloveagoodbrewiloveagoodbrew Posts: 1,681Registered User Junior Member
    For me:

    1) Campus interview, got hired on the spot
    2) Submit resume online for their records
    3) Got assignment
    4) Visited plant
    5) Started internship

    I went in as a sophomore.

    YMMV, they won't ask you technical questions. They did expect you to have taken classes in management/manufacturing. GE is also a huge fan of the question what is your best strength and what is your weakness.

    This is with GE Rail (Transportation).

    @ eastern. How can you apply for OMLP as a sophomore? All the seniors I work with applied for OMLP. Oh, and its pretty hard to get into that program by the way.
  • jai6638jai6638 Posts: 1,025Registered User Member
    They did expect you to have taken classes in management/manufacturing. GE is also a huge fan of the question what is your best strength and what is your weakness.

    Well as an Sophomore IE major, I probably wont have any management/manufacturing courses as such.. Hopefully, that won't put me at a disadvantage.

    So basically, Iloveagoodbrew, you happy with the internship so far? Did you have a formal training program and which office are you working at btw?

    Thanks much.
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