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Excellent Company

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

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

Pros

The environment is very dynamic and versitile. The engineer interfaces with almost every aspect of the company especially when placed on project early on in the pre-development phase. Quite a bit of knowledge can be gained from peers with several years experience.

Cons

One of the cons is that you may not necessarily be a part of the design activity. You have to manage the project as a whole as well as manage suppliers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower the DRE

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The managers are never straight with employees

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big Company, you meet tons of people
    Nice salaries
    Safe place to work

    Cons

    Very difficult to move around the company
    "Good-Ole Boy" Network. If you are not that, then you are not allowed the same opportunities.
    All employees are not treated fairly. It is about who you know and not about the worker you are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you say you are going to hire on the outside, really hire on the outside. Just don't hire those people are related to current employees. Give everyone qualified a fair shot. Promotions and deciding who to let go should be based on the effectiveness of the employee's work and not based on who they know. But that is how it is at GM. I said so many years, I wonder how that person got this job, but there are a lot of people there like that, especially in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent career opportunities up until bankrupcy - Caution if considering GM given pressures to reduce in future.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Ability to move through various units for a rich career experience. GM enables movement between technical and management opportunities and across units, if supported by your management and with good performance ratings. GM also offers a number of locations for their various units and often. From an empowerment perspective, the more distant from Central Office a unit is, the more decision makers are empoowered. If you managed to have good ratings and a good perceived "personal brand", overseas opportunities will become available to you and GM does a good job helping employess and their families to make that transition. The overseas GM units are very interesting and offer a very rich work culture and experience.

    Cons

    Empowerment has been replaced with more central decision making and micro-management. Decisions that could be made at lower levels with cross-functional teams has been elevated, thus making decision making slower and more detached from the work. The outcome of the elevated decisions, however, are borne by the lower levels - - successes credited to upper leaders, failures relegated to mid-lower leaders. Relative to promotional opportunities, a candidates "personal brand" and recallable performance are considered. If you don't have a champion to help provide feedback during those HR discussions, you may fair worse in being considered for future promotional opportunties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance along won't preserve your high ranking amongst your colleagues. Its important to work perception with higher management although there is limited mechanisms in place to influence your perceived " personal brand". There needs to be a more formal assessment of employee's potential to perform, desired competentcy match for future opportunties and consideration of actual performance during a relevant time period to create a fair and equitable environment. Dispelling the belief that "who you know" is now more important that performance is important for GM to retain or attract high potential employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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