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General Motors Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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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.  

    No room for advancement

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    Current Employee - General Laborer in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Flint, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    You receive a weekly pay check.

    Cons

    The work is very boring, redundant work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need ongoing training and qualified candidates for management positions. Not friend of a friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Supervisors are not appreciated and never given credit for running the place.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lansing, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay and the benefits.

    Cons

    Too much overtime and too many members of management. Upper mgmt. spends most of their time creating paperwork for supervisors to do. They enjoy creating more work for supervisors to justify their positions. Now they fire regular supervisors to replace them with contract ones at half the cost. You are caught between the hourly and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say thanks once in a while to the people who make the business run. Stop promoting those who shouldn't be just because they can't do their current job. Hard to supervise the operation if you're going blind on paperwork!

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Excellent if you are an Indian Hindu

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    A paycheck is pretty much it.

    Cons

    Beauracracy is heavy. Transparency is non-existent. Many managers with little to do micromanaging their teams. Putting senior talent to work doing junior level work with no chance to advance or learn. Innovation is a joke. If you are Hindu and from India this is the place for you. Otherwise you will be ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of managers that have no purpose except to babysit. Senior level staff does not need to be micromanaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Honeoye Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Honeoye Falls, NY

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was above average for the location. Bonus was unpredictable.
    There are smart people to work with and openly accessible resources.

    Cons

    Management was amazingly incompetent and ineffective at many levels. Great resources are improperly applied. Career growth is almost independent of your actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward intelligence and effectiveness. Reassess reward systems. People are being managed very poorly at big loss to every department that I've come into contact with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    If your looking for full-time stay away!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off and good wage.

    Cons

    Union, coworkers are horrible, unfairly treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great products, great company but dedicated, proven, and loyal employees often overlooked for advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing new and exciting high-quality vehicles. Salary employees are treated very well, good pay and benefits, great work environment. New CEO seems to be doing her best to build the company and regain customer's trust by changing the culture.

    Cons

    Employees who have years of knowledge and experience are passed over for promotions in favor of much younger, less experienced employees who "suck up" to and socialize with upper level management. Training new employees is mostly OJT. Many good people but few posses good leadership skills. Mentorship almost non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people in leadership positions to be leaders. Look to our seasoned, experienced employees for advice and leadership. Get back to the basic fundamentals of GMS. The current foundation and continuous training is gone.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tier 2 Hourly Outlook

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Paycheck but not nearly enough to get by.

    Cons

    Even with degrees management looks at you like you are worthless and have no valuable impact on the business even though you are the one running the business from the ground up. The right people never get promoted no matter what you do if you are not a CHOSEN ONE you will not ascend in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    GM IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer IT Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Summer IT Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic pay for an internship
    -People were very friendly
    -Freedom - no micromanaging
    -Work environment feels like a start-up
    -IT offices have growing younger (20-30) workforce

    Cons

    -Disorganized
    -Questions I needed answered to progress on my projects were never answered
    -The team seems more focused on producing something quickly rather than taking extra time to ensure it's QUALITY
    -Many freak-outs on deadline dates when something goes terribly wrong and halts progress (see above point)
    -Management doesn't allocate its talent appropriately
    -Little to no critical thinking
    -Imbalanced teams -> They keep hiring new people with vague or no plan for what these new people will be doing. Projects could be completed with half the amount of employees they have. Employees who are truly talented are overworked because they're given work most of the other employees aren't competent enough to handle.
    -Corporate environment challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked, no advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer
    Former Employee - Developer

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

    Pros

    The pay is okay, the benefits are workable. For the work that you have to do, though, it's not worth it. My schedule was somewhat flexible, though that was due to my manager more than company policy.

    Cons

    So many 60-70 hour weeks. The division I was working in was so understaffed and over projected that there was no way around it. There wasn't any end in sight, either, with no plans to bring more personnel on. Advancement opportunities are a myth as well. They will tell you that as soon as something opens up advancements will happen, and then nothing happens. Rumor has it they aren't promoting from within, just bringing experience from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the pulse of your employees once in a while, and not with a worthless workplace survey that just leads to more lip-service about how it's a "workplace of choice."

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

    Life at the General

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performace Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Performace Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Vacation
    Paid Holidays
    Fellow Engineers (working level)
    Stability

    Cons

    Advancement opportunity depends upon relationship with manager, not necessarily effort/results.
    Very stiff management (genuflect)
    No open door policy (even though management says it has one)
    No consistency between managers (what is good for one manager is not good for another). Perhaps this is common between all companies?
    Stealth raises (some/few get, most do not, on non-merit years)
    High degree of responsibility - Low degree of control
    Raises depend upon - relationship with manager as well as where one sits relative to average market value (which the employee is generally below). There is no incentive to work hard, because effort is often ignored based upon previous points)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who do good work.

    Manage with motivation - not fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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