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General Motors Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
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3.4 858 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

General Motors CEO Mary Barra

Mary Barra

(93 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional(in 46 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance can be challenging(in 14 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours(in 22 reviews)

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    I don't know how they stay in business. They are like the banks, too big to fail.

    Product Engineer (Current Employee) Pontiac, MI

    ProsMake some adequate products, sometimes get it right. Some good job and advancement opportunities. Lots of different areas and people to get involved with. Good paycheck.

    ConsEngineering, accounting, manufacturing, testing, development, validation, etc., processes and procedures are inadequate, incomplete, disjointed, ignored, non-existent, out-dated, not communicated adequately,...
    Poor sense of community, comraderie, commitment to company and co-workers, indifference from management, lack of trust and confidence going both ways.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of this matrix management style that it took 14 years to stumble into, nobody knows who owes what assignment, hand-offs are dropped, much shuffling, much information and time is lost, many errors are made on changing assumptions and talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    BEWARE! Misrepresentation of Employment!

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Warren, MI

    ProsCafeterias are great. Co-workers friendly and helpful. Bathrooms clean.

    ConsGM is desperate to hire a LOT of IT resources: developers, network engineers, project managers, and so on. The desperation to hire thousands of technical workers drives questionable things to happen, as its so hard to hire technical talent in the first place.

    GM cold called me to apply at GM. So I listened to the recruiter, applied, got job, loved the hiring manager, and what I was doing...for one week.

    After ONLY ONE WEEK, some other project wasn't going well. Management rotated 1 worker off the project, and told me I'd be reporting to a different manager, and doing something unrelated to my job title and what I was told I would be doing. My offer letter with who I reported to and my job title meant nothing.

    I complained to HR, to management, and to the recruiters...nobody cared to make things right, only to force me to report to someone other than my hiring manager, and do a job far less technical than I was hired for, making several technical certifications and my past technical experience irrelevant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you give a candidate a job offer in writing of who they report to and what they do, don't change that one week later. That's misrepresentation of employment.

    if you can't figure out / project what resources should be on what projects, you have some serious project management problems.

    Keep burning new hires, and you'll get a reputation in the technical community...or perhaps you already have a poor reputation, and that's why I got the cold call because you're having problems hiring technical talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If your tier 2 don't join the union!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Spring Hill, TN

    ProsThe pay is okay 15 dollars an hour. Okay benefits.

    ConsCan be back breaking labor. The union is horrible and doesn't care about tier 2 employees. If your going to spring hill tn then make sure after you get past your 90 days to get out of the union.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about profits instead of your egos.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful experience plagued by lies and broken promises

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsI liked the cause work environment and friendly nature working as a salesman.

    ConsThe dealership I worked for had very deceitful pay practices to the point I had to quit. They did not care and took almost two weeks to pay me my final check. Not only that but they massively shorted me on it. I experienced first hand them deceiving customers and lying about products. I'm a veteran and so in turn a huge American car company buff. I loved gm vehicles... but now I'll never buy or suggest a gm again

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen a worker complains about deceit at a dealership to corporate it's your duty to care when your name is on their check. Dealerships directly represent your company and if you have one with issues that were recorded on file by and ex employee you shouldn't tell them it's not your job to care

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Speechless

    Data Center Network Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsPro veteran? I think......
    Telecommute - also taken away

    ConsLet's see - they hired me based on my experience and a veteran. once they found out I was working 2 jobs to provide for my family, they literally walked me out the door. I asked them if there was a crime against me having 2 jobs and they couldn't answer. Good luck acquiring the talent you need to replace me. I also see you all made the headlines with your crappy product. Good riddance!!

    Advice to Senior Managementstay on track with what you're doing. another bailout will be there for you..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    GM IT Innovation Horrible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvacation days are good in december

    ConsGM does not care about the employees at the IT innovation centers. If you have ANY issues they will not be addressed. you are a worker.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue..cue in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Same old GM

    Engineer II (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsMaking better cars and putting the customer first has improved greatly since bankruptcy. Great non-management co-workers. Quickly becoming a major technology company vs just an automaker.

    ConsVery poor leadership. Management actively tries to keep down individual contributors instead of fostering their growth. Mistreatment and retaliation against employees who speak up is common.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEat a piece of humble pie and be thankful that GM still exists. If it wasn't for the employees that work hard everyday, you would be on the street. Treat them with the respect they deserve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micromanaged CAC that is beyond fair. You will be treated like a child while having to walk on egg shells everyday.

    CAC Tier II (Current Employee) Warren, MI

    ProsI can't think of any... wait... there are a lot of vending machines, but they have bad food, that's all I could think.

    ConsPay, perks, treatment, hostile environment, unapproachable management, schedule, work force, gossip, team leads, computer system that is ten years old.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat agents like children and the turnover should decrease. Provide higher pay and hiring standards. Better coaching and management for the team leads, I don't like it when they stand behind me watching me work and checking what aux code I'm in.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Educational

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExposure to making your own decisions and being held accountable either way it goes

    ConsSome Management levels may not be suited to manage others

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good for short term employment

    Director (Former Employee) Warren, MI

    Prosgood place to learn about the automotive sector business. Large organization - if you are good and lucky it is possible to see more than one location and multiple functional assignments

    ConsNo loyalty by this company or its senior management. If you work outside of S.E. Michigan (especially overseas) - it can be exciting but will not be rewarded. Living the company values, delivering exceptional performance, being loyal, etc will not overcome the "good old boy/girl" factor. Senior management will pick those that have stayed "well within the lines". Staying too long (longer than 6 to 8 years) will be a negative when looking outside as most of the industry does not think much of the GM culture - especially for executives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot really worthwhile to comment. The new management (post 2009) is arrogant and firmly planted in it's S.E. Michigan towers. The advertised internal candidates for the next CEO practice the same unhealthy behaviors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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