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Fort Worth, TX

Honest discussion about working conditions at GE Ft Worth

GE doesn't rely on temps. There is an interview and testing process to get hired. Once you are hired there is a training period before you start working. Their pay is substantially more than minimum wage. Jobs that rely on temp agencies usually do so due to a large turnover rate. This may be due to low pay or just being a shitty job, I do not know. Metropolitan areas such as Fort Worth tend to have higher poverty rates due to a larger supply of cheap housing. That's a different topic all together. I worked at GE in the machine shop. I left because I did not like their management style. Being a machinist, that is a luxury in Texas. There are plenty of well paying jobs for experienced machinist.  (Jan 11, 2014 | post #36)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

If you noticed I said the one machinist that came from American. He was knowledgable but didn't have as much experience as you would expect from someone with that amount if time as a machinist. He doesn't even work at GE anymore anyways.  (Jun 23, 2013 | post #100)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

I think everyone knew how that was going to turn out. I think for the most part we feel good about it. No offense, that means potential for more work down here. It sucks that there will be layoffs but that's what big corporations do.  (Jun 23, 2013 | post #99)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

I wouldn't say the American guys were the most experienced. GE did hire one that had over 20 years experience. Lets just say 20 years experience at American is like 5 years experience at most of the local job shops around here. It's almost impossible to be a lean manufacturing plant when the parts take a shift or more to produce and assembly need 3-4 a day. Rerun one tool and you're already screwed.  (Jun 21, 2013 | post #96)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

Yeah we got a lot of castings we are having to replace. There were over a hundred on completed wheels that we are having to replace or have x-rayed. It actually helped because we were slow because of the negotiations going on and the mining market.  (Jun 20, 2013 | post #93)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

People leaving just started. I'm sure the 20% more efficient comes from the number of people needed to make the same amount of production. And that's mainly because of the shop layout and machines being used.  (Jun 19, 2013 | post #87)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

People are tired of the upper level management in that building. They are indecisive, more worried about looking good on paper than in actual production numbers. I don't think they realized that when it comes to pay and or benefits that there is a lot of competition in the north Texas area. So if the workers don't like it we can just go somewhere else.  (Jun 19, 2013 | post #85)

Fort Worth, TX

New GE locomotive plant

I don't know about loco but haven't heard that about the ohv wheels. They are having a problem with people quitting on the wheel side. About 10% of the machinists and maintenance with more to come. A lot of the assemblers are trying to transfer to loco too.  (Jun 19, 2013 | post #83)