General Motors Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Great place for good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Large Organization with chances to grow, Excellent Pay and Benefits (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is pretty bad (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Entry Level

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Entry Level Assembly in O Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Entry Level Assembly in O Fallon, MO

    I worked at General Motors (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Peers, Salary was okay, but you are never off to rest or have a normal life

    Cons

    Six or Seven days working, bad mgmt, union dues taken with no representation, lack of information from union rep's, place individuals on horrible jobs with unrealistic expectations, poor working conditions(no air conditioning), peers doing damage to non American vehicles, the vehicles are assembled with foreign parts

    Advice to Management

    Improve working conditions


  2. Helpful (3)

    It's what I image a government job would be like

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Roswell, GA

    I have been working at General Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company that has great benefits. Job security. I like the people personally. Lots of fringe benefits like check out a car for a week.

    Cons

    bureaucratic nightmare. 90% of your job is pushing useless paper. Very political. Lots of lazy people due to being not held accountable because of the paperwork nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    You need quality IT people and not quantity of IT people. Quite hiring 2 college hires for each Senior Hire. If you would make your processes efficient you would be more productive and need 2/3rds or the staff you have now. Too many mangers looking out for their own self. Need a management headcount reduction at the mid to lower levels.


  3. Helpful (3)

    very political

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -chill coworkers -cool cars (if you like gm)

    Cons

    This is definitely one of those who you know kind of places. Too many things are done with looks and secret meetings. A lot of people are unhappy with their jobs but won't speak up due to fear of retaliation. Management can't be trusted, they are capable of doing anything at the drop of a hat. GM likes to talk about how they are changing things, but really you can tell they ache to treat everyone like blue collered employees.

    Advice to Management

    value your subordinates


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  5. Helpful (1)

    New Day

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with mostly.

    Cons

    Lack of true commitment to innovation and values dated principles over people.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a progressive mindset and just do the right thing.


  6. Designer Pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Detroit in Rocklin, CA
    Former Employee - Detroit in Rocklin, CA

    I worked at General Motors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work environment but slow paced with little opportunity for strong input into the final product. Managers tend to spend more time defending their jobs than working with employees.

    Cons

    Very poor pay for designers but this is typical for the Automotive Industry

    Advice to Management

    Less territory protection be more open


  7. IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    job stability in the region

    Cons

    Shifts: morning, evening and nights


  8. Get an education

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The money was very good

    Cons

    It physically became to painful to work there or enjoy the money


  9. Helpful (1)

    Disappointment

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burton, MI

    I worked at General Motors (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Employee Benefits Package and Tuition Reimbursement. The pay is comparable to any job in the industry.

    Cons

    Management does not know the value of the workers in the many plants that service the companies bottom line. The sites are run like a high school and if you are not popular you are out..

    Advice to Management

    If you want actually value your employees you will honor them for 15 years of service instead of bullying them until they are fired. Discrimination should not be tolerated but in Burton, MI it is accepted and encouraged. The three shift rotation should be limited to 2 years.


  10. Helpful (9)

    GM IT - nothing but lies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer/Tester/QA/Junior BA in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer/Tester/QA/Junior BA in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    not many. A good pay for a job right out of college. Young environment since they have hired about 3,000 college hires nationally in the past year for IT.

    Cons

    - do not care at all about career development even though they will preach to you that they do - managers do not care at all about the big picture of the company - treat college hires like dirt and give them no responsibility at all - tell you its very easy to move around within the company if a role is not a fit for you, HUGE LIE - All processes are non existent yet you have to follow them....nuff said - so many people in roles they are not qualified for and no one cares to train them - Training is a joke at this company and non existent for detailed skills - reward employees based on seniority not over intelligence and hard work In the end all the "promises" used to get me to commit were all lies when I actually got to GM.

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about turning around GM. And show this in your actions. Lead by example. You all need to understand that the middle management (the people who are GM lifers 15+ years) have not and will not buy into the IT transformation therefor they should be fired, period. Otherwise the company will go under...again.


  11. Assembler

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Wentzville, MO
    Former Employee - Assembler in Wentzville, MO

    I worked at General Motors full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Starting salary was decent as compared to other manufacturing jobs in the St. Louis metro area. No experience is needed to be hired.

    Cons

    Jobs on the assembly line are overloaded. Jobs start as "temporary" with no benefits and may take quite some time to become "permanent" with benefits. As a temporary employee, you are a floater and are continually moved around to different areas and jobs on the line which doesn't allow you to become fully efficient at the jobs you're on. Management is highly stressed and it reflects on how they treat new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Jobs are not set up in an organized manner. Listen to your employees and set the jobs up so that they can be done more easily with the materials needed close at hand and in a systematic manner.



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