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General Motors Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
1,012 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 60 reviews)

  • Salary employees are treated very well, good pay and benefits, great work environment (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company (in 25 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    I don't find anything exciting specially for seasoned developers here at GM.

    Cons

    The management is clueless other than they know how to talk non-sense. Most of the management are coming as wholesale from Dell, HP and company alike and most of the people are worthless. The main qualification to become manager is to NOT know IT. If you haven't been to India then this is the place where you should join where you see husband/wife/friends working there. The managers are corrupt specially working with outsource companies and/or making hiring decisions because they get some kickback. GPSC is another corrupt place in the whole organization. It's SAD!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for making a mess. You don't own the company as the company was bailed out by the tax-payer (US tax-payer) therefore for you guys don't care I guess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Bad experience at GM. Contract engineer for three years. GM Powertrain Tonawanda, NY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor in Tonawanda, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor in Tonawanda, NY

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I see absolutely no pros to working for GM.

    Cons

    Very insolvent company. Poorly managed. Contracts are paid very poorly. Extended hours, weekends, holidays, and no prospects for ever rolling over. This company is not worth it! Try your experience and talent elsewhere where your degree will get challenged and your not babysitting of bunch of UAW cry-babies making over a third your entry-level salary!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much micro managing. Every department head seems to have a very myopic perspective on the business. They're just concerned with their little role and fail to see the bigger scheme of business operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extreme Discrimination, if you are not an indian hindu

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Roswell, GA

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great management at the top. Director level or higher. Everything blow that sucks.

    Cons

    To many to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Randy Motts crew is good and so is Marry Barra and her team. It is the middle management that is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Old Boy network-Union driven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money and time off was good

    Cons

    No work life balance in a plant. Union holds all the cards. Hard to get anyone to do their work that they are supposed to be doing. Labor Relations in the plant in Parma, OH was not supportive to salary organization. No one wanted to go to Parma, OH. My advice, don't! Very old school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the old upper management. This plant will be more successful with new and younger management ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Shocking Dissapointment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at General Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1.) Good benefits
    2.) Large relocation bonus
    3.) Good pay for Austin, TX.

    Cons

    1.) Outsourced training, which was effectively worthless for my job.
    2.) Minor enhancements team was in disarray, took several months to get a website csv parser to production.
    3.) Many hires, new and old alike did not know what they were doing.
    4.) Higher management may be overly ambitious with their overhaul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office culture was fine, people had a very laid back attitude, and were fairly social for each other. But, I feel that they were more interested in talking than doing. Training program should be reconsidered, it is a time consuming waste for anyone that has a slight clue of what they are doing. My case may have been atypical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hiring and firing culture! Grad students are being shaped to be monsters!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing! Great salaries and opportunities to own a GM vehicle (which I would never replace for my Mazda) but the perk is there if you want it. Profit sharing benefits are also great but good luck with these recalls. Good working hours.

    Cons

    Hiring lots of new kids and firing those who are a threat to lead, supervisors, and management. There is a culture of envy and those who came from Dell are ruining the Innovation Center. Too many meetings and people looking busy. Too many 'gatherings' after work and heaven forbid if you do not assist, they want to know why but I never told them. I take care of my disabled father and can't be socializing, drinking, and spending money after work hours. If you do not give them your personal life, there is a problem. If you go to Human Resources, they will not help you, they will either make you feel incompetent or worse off, they will fire you. As soon as I did not owe them my moving expenses, I ran from the company where I though I was going to grow and be proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervise Austin. My other colleagues in Arizona and Georgia are happy. You will not make it with the hiring and firing all the time. Check your management credentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big stupid poopy heads

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    There's no place here for geniuses. Problem solvers are dreaded because their superiors feel inferior. There is a total lack of integrity and a severe shortage of intelligence.

    Cons

    There's plenty of opportunity for big stupid poopy heads. If you have a degree AND are a complete moron, you're set for life. When you screw up the taxpayer bails you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rewarding incompetence: you'll run yourself into the ground soon.

  9.  

    Morale issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great perks, driving nice cars, work life balance is great

    Cons

    Everyone works <= 8 hrs, leadership isn't there, and the biggest issue is that morale is completely out the door. GM Recalls happened for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the client more than your future promotion or monetary gain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    GM IT Austin innovation; a Great Mistake.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits like any other big corporations, 2 weeks holiday in december, and hours of no work and getting paid. Way to go GM!!

    Cons

    Unethical management from the bosses to HR except if you are an ex Dell employee. Would not recommend a young professional to start his/her career here as it lacks direction in every thing including the traning, no room for growth especially if u have a masters degree, bad management in everything including IT projects undertaking. Choose wisely, do not be swaed with the 6 months salary review, is a lie and promised training is a joke especially if management does not want you to follow standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay close attention to the innovation center in Austin it is a place that has a lot of politics and unethical behavior openly displayed which will inhibit talent growth among young professionals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Old Timers still ruling the roost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Senior Management trying to move forward

    Cons

    Many Middle and low level management people have a very warped sense of reality and refuse to do what's good for the company, they are only focused on them selves and the "good old boys" around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in More outsiders and ween the company of complacent mangers who offer nothing but road blocks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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