General Motors Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. 100 year old company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company offers employees lots of holidays and vacation days, in large part because unions have negotiated them for manufacturing side of the business

    Cons

    Due to a very "tall" organizational structure with many levels, and the sheer size of the company with its many divisions, the company has many silos -- both across and up/down.

    Advice to Management

    Remove unnecessary layers of management and push more decision making to the front lines


  2. Helpful (1)

    Connections matter more than performance. Traditional thinking

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked in advanced technology area so good learning and decent work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    Opportunity to grow was limited and depends on who and how well you know people or may be how many years you spend on each level. Very traditional thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and skills not based time spent at each level or network within the company. Someone else commented that getting to 8th level is a huge deal and again depends on who you know, very true. So make it fair game.


  3. Hybrid Algorithm Engineer

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good Company for working for. Work you hard but have family values at heart and are accommodating.

    Cons

    Company is so large that moving up is a battle. Few % of employees make level 8 in their lifetime.

    Advice to Management

    Keep product in mind above all else, including process. Don't mocromanage.


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  5. GM is back in the game

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GM has loosened up and now put more effort into work/life balance, flexible schedules and a more casual approach to the dress code.

    Cons

    GM still needs to start hiring from within their experienced contract pool.


  6. I like it

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, no micromanaging. Innovation encouraged.

    Cons

    Sometimes red-tape to get things done. Asinine policies. Need better facilities that encourage creativity (like Google).

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who think outside the box.


  7. Senior Process Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    there is a positive attitude

    Cons

    i worked so many hours


  8. Project Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very challenging work. Pay is pretty good. Bonus is nice in good years. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Silos still exist. Basically need to have minority status to get promoted. Amazing how many have been promoted to level of their own competence.

    Advice to Management

    Start walking the talk. Most are just trying to stay out of the way, so they don't get noticed.


  9. Executive Secretary to President Director

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

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    have a good management and benefit

    Cons

    good opportunity and good team work


  10. Best automotive company to work for in Michigan

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We work by process. Work is not demanding and provide balance in work and personal life. Benefit is good.

    Cons

    Work is not exciting and there are many people who doesn't work, which discourages us. There will be competition from Asian company.

    Advice to Management

    GM needs to be more goal oriented instead of process oriented.


  11. Helpful (2)

    clay modeler

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

    I worked at General Motors

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

    Pros

    good place to learn design field if you have the time.

    Cons

    most employees are related to, or brought in by managers



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