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Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
892 Reviews

3.5
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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)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 22 reviews)

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    Sr. Project Enfineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warren, MI

    Pros

    Good people (excluding management)
    Lots of GM holidays near Christmas time.
    Reasonable salary

    Cons

    Career growth is not based on merit but rather on who you know. GM Candidates who meet requirements for job postings are not given opportunity to interview for Global Connected Customer jobs (only non GM are interviewed)
    GM is redesigning cube office space to provide less than half what you receive today.
    Recent employee survey results show employees satisfaction deteriorating
    Leadership is paralyzed, slow to move, and afraid of taking risks after CEO fired many for ignition recall fiasco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get employees a career path or GM will not succeed in long term
    Create a fair process for promotions based on merit
    Ask employees how they will feel when you cut their office space in half

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    Make 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.

    Cons

    Engineering, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE! Misrepresentation of Employment!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Warren, MI

    Pros

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

    Cons

    GM 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    If your tier 2 don't join the union!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Spring Hill, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Hill, TN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think about profits instead of your egos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful experience plagued by lies and broken promises

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Speechless

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Center Network Engineer
    Former Employee - Data Center Network Engineer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Let'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 ManagementAdvice

    stay on track with what you're doing. another bailout will be there for you..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    GM IT Innovation Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    vacation days are good in december

    Cons

    GM 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue..cue in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Same old GM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Making 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Eat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAC Tier II  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - CAC Tier II in Warren, MI

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Educational

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some Management levels may not be suited to manage others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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