Field Engineer @ GE struggling to switch

Aug 16 12 Comments

I graduated undergrad a year ago with a dream to go into management consulting. But unfortunately, I attended a non-target school and had a decent GPA. I got a job at GE and been trying to switch for 8 months.

Why?
My role was supposed to be a development program, where I would have all the training I need to succeed. The company said I would go to France for training but no training has ever happened. I don’t think GE is the right company for me.

I really want to get into a more business role at a company with a supportive culture. Ideally any sort of consulting that includes travel.

My resume looks good, any tips on how i can finally get a job that makes me happy?

anyone else feeling stuck in their first job?

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TOP 12 Comments
  • Bain & Company / Consultant SCup
    There are a few folks at Bain who made the switch to Bain from GE's internal consulting arm. I would suggest doing work within the company that might be more similar to consulting.
    Aug 16 3
    • OP
      Awesome! Thank you! Would being an associate consultant for GE Healthcare be useful as I pursue a career at a consulting firm?
      Aug 16
    • Bain & Company / Consultant SCup
      I would imagine! No guarantees. The most important thing would be to be a rockstar at GE.
      Aug 16
    • OP
      I really want to be a rockstar! I’ve been pursuing it but in my current position and dept the lack of resources + comeback the senior level management don’t trust us graduates :( in my internship with another company I felt empowered to make impactful changes but here it’s like they don’t want to give me chance bc it might ruin what they’re trying to salvage :/
      Aug 16
  • GE / Product BYEGE
    Have you applied for CAS within GE? That sounds like much closer to your career alignment goals. Are you on an existing leadership program?
    Aug 16 3
    • OP
      I really want too but I still need to wait another year before I fit the two year requirement :(

      Not a corporate leadership program but the role was called graduate field service engineer then they immediately changed it to field service engineer
      Aug 16
    • GE / Product BYEGE
      Therein lies a lot of your problem; any role GE advertises as “Graduate” which isn’t within a leadership program track is essentially their way of filling a role with cheaper resources. More experienced folks won’t apply to graduate listed roles, then when you join you’re folded into the standard bands and categories but with a lower comp. It’s rough. Best recommendation is to apply to your traditional consulting firms and to also find and reach out to the most relevant CAS executive audit manager, they can pull strings on occasions to get folks a pilot despite the requirements. Certainly can’t hurt.
      Aug 16
    • OP
      Ohhh okay. Yeah they promised a bunch of stuff to me but never followed through on any of it. On the compensation side of things they’re underpaying me the entry level engineer salary at my city by $10k. Oooo that’s really great to know!! I’ll see what I can do. Thank you so much!
      Aug 16
  • Uber whiptest
    Which GE business is it? Energy?
    Aug 16 1
  • What's GE TC?
    Aug 16 1
    • OP
      I honestly never heard TC before! Sorry I’m not much help.
      Aug 16