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Former Employee - Group Leader (Production Supervisor/Foreman)  in  Lordstown, OH
Former Employee - Group Leader (Production Supervisor/Foreman) in Lordstown, OH

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

Pros

Competitive salary and benefits. Those are the only Pros.

Cons

Turnover is extremely high in the Group Leader position at the Lordstown location. Training is minimal and does not prepare you to work on the floor. Union employees have too much power and many will make your life hell just for the fun of it. Team Leaders (union employees in charge of a group of other union employees) are supposed to assist the GL and run their teams, problem solve, etc. leaving the GL to manage operations at a higher level, however, they and their team members still work under the assumption that they are "Coordinators" whose only jobs are to give "e-breaks" (bathroom breaks) and to fix mistakes as they arise. Many will use giving e-breaks as an excuse to avoid other work. Rather than fix problems as they arise (ex. contact electricians or maintenance), they will try to pass the buck to their GL's. In effect, Group Leaders are unable to do their own work and are stuck doing their own jobs plus that of the TL's. Expect to work over (unpaid, of course) at least one hour per day in order to complete paperwork and any other issues that arose. You will not be able to stay in your office for more than 5 minutes at a time. You will literally run up and down your area responding to help calls and alarms for 9 hours a day. You will also be expected to come in, at minimum, 30 minutes before the start of the shift (usually 1 hr if your Superintendent likes a pre-work meeting). When hourly employees get their ten minute breaks twice a day, you will not. You will most likely have a meeting. When they get their 20 minute lunches, you will likely not. Expect to be hungry, have sore feet and back, and be tired on a daily basis. Also, as soon as you get used to an area and it is running smoothly, you will be moved to another area or shift.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Put the hourly workers in their place. Stop bowing to the union and undermining your floor managers. Train managers better in dealing with the union's tactics. Offer buyouts to those who have been there 30+ years as they are the biggest impeders of progress and efficiency. Do something about the sexist and bullying culture.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Warren, MI
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Warren, MI

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    Meet lots of people, get to see many different aspects of the manufacturing, industrial muscle, be a part of the critical economic fabric

    Cons

    Too many free loaders, folks stuck perpetually int he past, lots of arrogance.

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