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Great Company, Questionable Future

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Designing Engineer in Warren, MI
Current Employee - Designing Engineer in Warren, MI

I have been working at General Motors

Disapproves of CEO
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.

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  1. Great beginner job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer

    I worked at General Motors

    No opinion of CEO
    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.


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    If the company survives the next 2 years, GM will be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

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

    Pros

    This is a large company with many opportunities to work in a variety of roles. The company's transition to a global company is now complete, and working with GM units around the world is a great experience and a way to learn and understand about different cultures. The engineering processes are common, so now even though Americans, Germans, Koreans, Chinese, and Brazilians speak different languages, they all have a common understanding of the vehicle development process and we can leverage each other's strengths to develop the world's best products. GM's recent products have been very well received and compare favorably with any competitors out there. GM employees finally have products they can be proud of.

    Cons

    The current company situation is not good. GM's financials are very precarious and high gas prices and the credit crisis are dramatically hurting sales. As a result, the company is embarking on the most aggressive headcount and cost reduction in its history, and there is lots of turmoil and churning in the ranks. Currently morale is very low due to the large number of retirements and looming salaried workforce cuts. There will be no merit raises and profit sharing for the foreseeable future. Our current mode of operation is survival; i.e., conserve the precious cash and hope things get better before the bank account runs dry.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for more dramatic action to save the company than you are currently doing. There are a lot of sacred cows at General Motors that you don't dare to touch, but now is the time to revisit them. For one, start shutting down the nonperforming divisions. Selling Hummer is a good start, now think about Buick, Saturn, GMC, and Pontiac. GM's market share can't sustain all of those divisions.


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