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Wednesday
Feb192014

A Rotation in a GE Hub: Houston, TX

When I found out that I was moving to Houston for a rotation, my first thoughts were to become immersed in as much American culture as possible, especially with all things Houstonian and Texan. After some research, I found out that Houston is the 4th largest city in the US (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are bigger since I knew you were all curious), that Houston is also the O&G pole of the country, that it is known as the largest group of healthcare institutions worldwide, and of course “Houston, we have a problem” – it’s home for the NASA Mission Control Center. Boots, cowboys, guns, the southwest feeling, and a touch of Mexico… All things that make Texas Texas!

From my experiences, I've found all of these things to be true. All of usual aside, I also learned that Houston has many museums, is a very young city (with many of those being professionals in O&G), has Latin American culture everywhere with typical grocery stores and “taco trucks” on many corners, as well as terribly annoying traffic.

Walmart, outlets, the car-culture, big families, red velvet cupcakes, churches, war veterans begging for money in the streets, trucks… All these American dreams (or nightmares) are here.

What I didn’t know was that it wouldn’t be just an American experience but also a very international one. Since the biggest energy and O&G companies in the world are centralized in Houston, it’s a common location for expats and of course, CLP rotations. I was able to meet people from all around the world: India, Canada, Russia, Spain, Algeria, various South and Central American countries, China, etc.

Florence is another popular location for O&G rotational programs, and in a short while London will be as well since we’re moving headquarters there.

Let’s take this opportunity to learn more about “GE geography”: Where else do we see these hubs in GE?

Written by: Fernanda Danielle Rodrigues (Oil & Gas / São Paulo, SP, Brazil)