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Great Company, Questionable Future

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Designing Engineer in Warren, MI
Current Employee - Designing Engineer in Warren, MI
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The people that work for GM are generally capable, respectful, and congenial. It is a great place to work if you are looking for a nice and welcoming work environment. People are always willing to help one another on projects or with questions. The managers also genuinely care about their employees and want them to be happy and successful as much as possible. There is also a great technical education program for those who are interested. It is possible to complete advanced degrees and improve one's skills conveniently and at very little cost. Finally, the working hours can be very flexible for those who have special circumstances or when unexpected events arise.

Cons

In general, GM is not a well run company with many obvious areas for improvement that senior management seemingly chooses to ignore. Additionally, there are very few opportunities for advancement even for talented employees. The reason for this is that as the company has gotten smaller it has also gotten very top heavy. There are a large number of managers and senior executives with seemingly little responsibility. Many of these managers have few employees that they supervise and their responsibilities are only slightly greater than those of the employees they supervise. As a result, it is difficult for younger employees to be promoted to leadership positions because there are already too many managers and not enough employees.

Advice to Management

GM should get out of the business of fighting fires and get into the business of having a real vision and strategy for the future.

Other Employee Reviews for General Motors

  1. Great beginner job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company and could learn about how to manage politics. It is cool to work on things that are about four years out and get to see from start to finish. General Motors is quite a powerful company name to use while working with suppliers or other engineering forums. Most people think you have to be quite talented to be accepted at one of the big automotive companies vs. a supplier.

    Cons

    Politics could get in the way of advancement. The company is so large that you can become a number quite quickly if you don't know how to work the system or get involved in internal organizations to become aquatinted with leadership. The leadership is on the conservative side and runs more on a old school business style. Example: If your a female, do not be too trendy/tailored in your suits, wear more than a base in make-up and wear your hair styled. The organization is big on you knowing what level you are within the company and not working with people above your level unless approved. Very layered company.

    Advice to Management

    If you see talent, nurture it and don't hold it back even if you need the talent for your own needs. Also, if you have people that are not capable of the basic requirements for the job, remove them or transfer them into an position more suited to their talents.


  2. We may not be #1 right now but watch out Toyota!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, brilliant team of engineers. Global presence is strong with many opportunities for ISP's. Pay & benefits are excellent. Education training thru GMU is targeted and allows for good professional growth. Good team enviroment in Product Development which enables a critical focus on getting it right the first time. Advancement in automotive technolgy is at a lightning pace that is exciting and cutting edge.

    Cons

    Still a conservative white male bastion!! Worklife balance is considered a priority yet there are times that this is impossible due to timing demands. North American automotive market in general is decline and NA opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking in the mirror for more of the same when it comes to hiring and promotions.


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