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Gratifying work in a company that still has significant cultural issues

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Honeoye Falls, NY
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Honeoye Falls, NY

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

Pros

Complex technical challenges
Ability to contribute to technical leadership of the company
Flexible work hours

Cons

Middle management (Directors down to Chief Engineers) seem to be so "ladder" focused at the expense of corporate competitiveness.
Extrordinary efforts are often rewarded whereas results are not.
Tout "Workplace of choice" when 50 hour work weeks are the expected norm

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The current recognition systems reward individual effort. Need to find a way to reward genuine team efforts.
Instead of demanding 10 hour workdays, create a workplace that entices people to put in those hours willingly.
Focus on rewarding workers for favorable results instead of just effort.
Give genuine accountability and lattitude to directors, chiefs and managers. Carefully review leaders capabilities to produce results and adjust org accordingly. Eliminate/diffuse any "good old boys clubs" and identify those who produce valuable results.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for General Motors

  1.  

    Large company that provides great benefits with many diverse opportunities, but restraints of a large bureaucracy.

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with the industry.
    Many different career opportunities for a growing or ever changing career path.
    Great access to automotive benefits such as the opportunity to drive the vehicles, access to service documents, and more.

    Cons

    Work environment can be impersonal.
    Job Application process is impersonal.
    Engineers do more project management than engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for Engineers to engineer and apply their skill set and be creative; align employees with careers that take advantage of their skill sets and career goals.
    Transparency and interaction with employees is of great importance in retaining and encouraging the best talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GM is the place to go

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice people
    A lot of freedom

    Cons

    little incentive to be promoted, more technological than I'd like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep those people come and going

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