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Does General Electric Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 25, 2019
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Have you ever considered applying for a job at General Electric (GE)? If so, you may have asked yourself: Does General Electric hire felons?

Together, we are going to find the answer to this question and more.

Our team at Relaunch Pad consists of people who have criminal records and those who have worked with felons. We know all too well how stressful finding a job with a felony can be. That’s why we assist other convicted felons in the job hunt.

We tried contacting General Electric directly to ask about their hiring policy for former felons. Unfortunately, our attempts were unsuccessful.  We will continue to try and make contact with them! In the meantime, here’s some information for you from our research.

We will be looking for answers to:

  • What is General Electric’s hiring policy?
  • Has General Electric hired felons in the past?
  • Does General Electric hire people with misdemeanors?
  • What is the recommended approach for applying?
  • Does General Electric do background checks?

Does General Electric hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

Since we were unable to reach GE directly, we thoroughly researched them to see what we could find in connection to GE hiring felons.

After much digging, we were not able to find anything concrete. However, GE does state that they are an equal opportunity employer. That’s great, but does General Electric hire felons? Keep reading to see what we can find on how to get a job at General Electric with a felony.

Has General Electric hired felons in the past?

The only information we could find suggests they may have. Some online sources say a felony that’s five years old one stop you from getting a job, but we found nothing stronger.

Does General Electric hire people with misdemeanors?

Since people with misdemeanors sometimes have a difficult time finding a job, we thought we would look into this as well. Unfortunately, we found nothing on this subject.

Let’s keep investigating to see how to get a job at General Electric with a felony.

Is General Electric on the Ban the Box list?

The Ban the Box campaign is designed to help former felons have an easier time finding a job. This campaign aims to do away with questions about criminal records on applications. It provides those with a criminal record a fair chance at employment — one based on qualifications, not a background check.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is made by companies that are committed to equal hiring opportunities. This includes those with a criminal history!

GE doesn’t support either of these initiatives. But let’s not give up! We are going keep looking to see what we can find about how to get hired at General Electric with a record.

Does General Electric have programs for hiring felons?

They do not.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

uncertain likelihood of being hired

The odds of a former felon getting hired at GE are uncertain. There was nothing found that indicated previous felons have been hired or rejected. Generally, most companies that hire felons make it known. Remember, uncertain doesn’t mean impossible; it actually means it’s possible! So, keep reading!

What are some entry-level jobs?

The best approach for getting a job at GE with a felony will probably be with an entry-level position. These often have a variety of shifts and types of work available, but don’t need a lot of education or experience to do.

For example, you may want to apply for:

  • General Assembler — This position amounts to being able to perform production assemblies and maintaining records. It requires excellent organizational skills, keeping a neat work area, and being able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • General Maintenance — For this job, computer and communication skills will be needed. A forklift license, mechanical ability and being able to lift up to 30 lbs is required.

GE has a limited selection of entry-level jobs. A great number of their jobs require experience in technology or education in this particular field. So, if you have these skills, be sure to check out their job postings.

How to get hired at General Electric with a felony

So, what is the best way to get hired? We recommend you use the steps set out below:


Start with researching GE and their jobs. They provide short videos of what to expect with their hiring process. So take a peek and get the inside scoop. Make sure you are choosing a job that you have skills for — this is so important that they mention it in their video.


Be sure you are using an updated resume. Take a look at our guide for assistance with making an impressive resume! Highlight all skills that match the job you’re applying for. Have a friend or someone you trust look over your resume before submitting it.

It’s important that your resume is ready before you apply. The very first step in their application requires you to upload your resume.


When filling out the application, make sure you fill in every blank. If something doesn’t apply, simply put N/A (not applicable) in the space. This helps to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It also assures them that you took your time filling out the application.

GE is pretty clear with listing the requirements for each job, so make sure you’re applying for a job you have the skills for.


Remember you only get one chance to make a first impression. Take the time to put together a great outfit. Nothing flashy. Check to be sure you are neat and presentable.

Arrive at least 10 minutes early with a smile. Most companies are big on timeliness, and a smile goes a long way.

It is always best to bring several copies of your resume with you. Sometimes when interviewing, you will be asked for a copy.

Do not have gum or candy in your mouth. You will need to be able to speak clearly.

Look the interviewer in the eye. Take time to have a few questions of your own regarding the position and the company. GE actually recommends you ask questions; so make sure you have a few. This shows them your interest.

Take time to thank them for taking the time to meet with you and include a nice firm handshake at the beginning and end of the interview.

Does General Electric do background checks?

Yes, GE will do a background check. It’s done after the job offer.

We would recommend that you make GE aware of your background during the interview process. Honesty is always the best policy. They have an entire section devoted to integrity, so being open and honest is right in line with their values and what they look for. They will find out anyway, so get it out of the way. You will control the narrative this way.

Something to keep in mind regarding background checks:

There are many states that now only look at an offense if it is less than seven years old. Here are those states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington

These eight states do not look at anything that you were not convicted of:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Unfortunately, there are some states that still look at everything. The following are those states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We wanted to see what employees and former employees had to say about GE. When looking on, we found that they were rated 3.6 out of 5 stars. Sixty-seven percent of employees said they would recommend working there to a friend. That is more than half!

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Well, does General Electric hire felons? We are not ruling out the possibility. However, there would be some felonies that may have a hard time getting hired here. Some of those may include:

  • Drug- or alcohol-related crimes — These convictions may be looked at closely, considering the machinery used and GE’s requirement for team work.
  • Theft crimes — Integrity is very important to them, so this would be frowned upon.
  • Violent Crime — A violent crime might have a harder time getting hired because there are numerous machines and a lot of team work involved.

Does General Electric drug test?

Yes. GE performs drug tests, and some positions will require a medical exam. Be prepared!

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Please share your experiences with us! Tell us what you know about getting hired at GE with a felony.

Kristin M
Reentry Educator

Kristin is a Reentry Educator for The Relaunch Pad. After serving 12 1/2 years in prison Kristin enjoys helping others overcome some of the obstacles she also faced after her release. She is an avid supporter of AIM ( Aid to Inmate Mothers) and in her spare time she enjoys making crafts and spending time with her dog Tydus.