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General Motors Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
1,046 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    new name, same ol' GM

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

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    -good pay
    -good benefits
    -not a lot of work

    Cons

    -same ol' GM
    -union environment impedes changes
    -process improvement is slow (snail place)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -work life balance is bad.
    -quit being so worried about upsetting the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ETL Developer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenges and new projects surfacing, which provide opportunities to pioneer new and creative solutions for the first time within the company. Lots of skilled, intelligent people to work with and learn from. Use of cutting edge technologies are available to use and get experience with. Great benefits and pay, along with generous time off and opportunities to drive high-end GM vehicles.

    Cons

    Poor project planning and a misunderstanding of Agile / SCRUM produces unrealistic expectations from all project team members. Lots of pressure to deliver to the project plan milestones with very poor requirements and constant and significant scope creep. Horrible work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to using either Agile / SCRUM or waterfall projects, but don't mix the two together and expect great results.
    Project planning and requirements gathering must improve if you wish to retain employees, improve work life balance and create realistic project timelines.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company to Start a Career After School

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

    I worked at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    Large company with many interesting assignments and projects. Excellent place for a young graduate to learn, gain experience and start a career. Maybe even stay for life if selected for development. Doing well along with the rest of the auto industry and much improved financials.

    Cons

    Many silos, cultural torpor, and misplaced arrogance from an earlier era of greatness in certain circles. Experienced hires cannot make job changes and usually are not selected for development, a side effect of the "frozen middle". So it is a bad place to end a career unless the job offered is really the final job one seeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some "creative destruction" may help in this case. The company has such a legacy that makes it so hard to change its culture, even though everyone agrees it needs to be done. Be nimble, humble and move fast as other competitors are closing in. Acting like GM is still #1 is so out of date, because it is not anymore. Keep in mind culture is what people do, and asking the same people doing the same thing over and over, to just change their culture is not going to cut it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Customer Assistance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Assistance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Assistance in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Close to home, like helping people.

    Cons

    pay should be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more time to train new people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's not bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great work/life balance
    Great perks

    Cons

    Slow paced
    Lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger talent and start working on real innovation. There is a reason people, are working long hours accomplishing the impossible at Tesla

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Meh

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Steady hours, decent wage, decent workers

    Cons

    Been a temp for almost 3 years, still no benefits, supervisors play favorites pretty heavily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of LINC management for Subassembly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Resources and the people you work with

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities if you want to remain in a technical position ... I wouldn't stay with this company for more than 5-10 years if I had to do it again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was going through a turn around , can see real change happening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    A brand name across the world well recognized

    Cons

    A slow changing huge company in the face of nimble competition

  10.  

    GM management issues remain ingrained.

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    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great products to be proud of. Design environment and historic campus is huge which is a pro and a con. There is great leadership at the top and cronyism is gradually being weeded out by rechallenging leadership in new positions. There is hope and opportunity.

    Cons

    Warren is run down. Contract employees have no personal time, few holidays, little chance to advance, get a review, raise, or increased vacation time. This is dictated by each contract house but runs through a common HR filter. It is symptomatic of the industry and may be the same at other OEMs. So much experience was either let go, retired or moved on. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental functionality is strained. Communication is complicated and made more so by self serving leaders who control rather than enable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Juvenile behaviour in management is corrosive. Lifers show up to bank days until retirement. Union workers, contract employees and direct hires have entirely different motivations, bosses, and opportunities which incapacitates common goals, teamwork, and true cultural development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor culture for work environment. Childish games between management and Union members.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Lordstown, OH
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Lordstown, OH

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

    Pros

    Health benefits. Fixed schedule. Very simple physical labor (requires little training or knowledge).

    Cons

    Medium to low pay for Tier 2 assembly workers ($15-19) compared to "traditional" Tier 1 employees who do the same or often better jobs for nearly $30/hour. Repetitive actions/jobs can cause mental strain and anxiety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal work - equal pay (message for management & UAW)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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