“Diverse teams drive more innovation,” says Beth Comstock, CMO at GE. “Hiring people with different styles, backgrounds and experience increases the success of teams. My sense of what makes a successful team is constantly evolving, but these days I look for these four types when I hire.”
As part of Glassdoor’s online company review survey, employees voluntarily and anonymously share what their job and company is like when it comes to career opportunities. GE ranked 22 out of 25 companies that stood out for both high career opportunities ratings and insightful reviews.
While different human operators once introduced slight variations into the final product, the robotically produced items offer better process control. Not only has the rate of returned parts decreased dramatically but the reasons they’re returned are also less significant. The initial fears that workers would lose their jobs proved groundless. The Bromont plant now employs more than 750 people, more than it did when automation was introduced.
Leveraging the available talent pool and lower manufacturing costs, American conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) is planning to make India a manufacturing hub, “but for the world,” said Banmali Agrawala, president and chief executive officer (GE South Asia). “There is an opportunity to step up the India advantage in manufacturing with the ‘India for the world’ concept. If the Indian markets are subdued for other economic reasons, it is an opportunity from an export perspective. We should cash in on this, especially when jobs etc are a major issue. So, that’s the way we are looking at it (India),” he said.
A new and unprecedented partnership between the University of Cincinnati and General Electric will allow students and faculty to work alongside practicing engineers. Officials from the UC Research Institute and GE aviation department recently announced the partnership. The GE Aviation Research Institute will operate out of a $100 million laboratory at GE’s Aviation headquarters in Evendale, Ohio. Four years ago, GE announced intentions to partner with UC on an engineering level and agreements were signed in the summer of 2013. The new laboratory is expected to be up and running by 2015 and the UC faculty hiring processes are underway.