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great company but burdened by old guard

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

I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

smart analyst. best in class finance and engineering staff and facilities.
great brand name. now have a clean sheet and lot of baggage shed
smart engineers.
finance whiz have been humbled.
many retiring in next 5-10 years.

Cons

too many layers and old General Managers and above trying to protect turf and keep fat in organization. dull HR.
some old guard while necessary will stop GM from being innovative.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

now that you have a clean sheet from Chapter 11, question every major initiative of Executive Director and above that sounds self promoting or process creating. Hire from colleges creatively and when hiring from outside, be opportunistic. Their timing and your timing may not match. Retain good people by giving them important assignments.

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  1. Gratifying work in a company that still has significant cultural issues

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    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 (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.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Large company that provides great benefits with many diverse opportunities, but restraints of a large bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (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.

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    Positive Outlook
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