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Former Contractor - Forklift Operator in Marion, IN
Former Contractor - Forklift Operator in Marion, IN

I worked at General Motors as a contractor

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Lots of nice people- Many lines form their own bonds and often have their own parties and group actvities
Management isn't too bad-most of the supervisors are nice and work with you
There is a lot of breaks

Cons

Temporary employees at the Marion, IN plant have no chance of ever getting hired and generally work harder than the full-time employees.
I really enjoyed working this job even as a temporary position, but when offered the chance I didn't return due to the fact that I knew there was no chance of getting hired. As a temporary employee you get no benefits and have no union representation although they make you pay union dues.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    GM somehow cannot take the leap to be a great company.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    GM still pays better than many companies around Detroit as well as nationally. If you are lucky to be in a good group, you get to do interesting work. For a Mechanical Engineer, cars are among the most interesting things to work on. Detroit suburbs are boring but have many good schools, affordable housing and the state of Michigan is home to good universities.

    Cons

    GM is a company to become a "one trick pony." Most employees end up doing the same stuff year after year. It is important to be placed in an important product development group. Otherwise, career can quickly become meaningless. There are many bad managers. Promotions are generally reserved for people involved in cost cutting. Detroit is not a fun city either.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be empowered and rewarded. It is important to get rid of old boys clubs within the companies.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A good company with lots of engineering talent, trying to do the right thing but sometimes gets in its own way

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - If you are an engineer developing future products, your work will literally affect thousands if not millions of vehicles, which can give you a sense of accomplishment / satisfaction.
    - If you are an engineer and you work somewhat hard and show that you are be capable and proactive (self starter), you can move up the pay scale quickly. And you will get the support you need to in order to make the changes you envision.
    - The company is very flexible in helping you deal with life events that come up.
    - In my time there I have not observed anything "evil" about the company - they are in it for the long haul, they want to do the right thing and not cut corners just because customers might not notice. GM seems to have a strong corporate conscience, even if it means we have to sacrifice profits in the short term.
    - The work culture is overall good - the managers are trained to resolve disputes and to conduct themselves fairly. They care about your career, prod you to try to define where you want to go, then they help you to get there.

    Cons

    - The weather in Michigan isn't for everyone.
    - It often feels like there are many "silos" within GM, and engineering work / findings are not shared readily and transparently among the engineering teams. Frequently redundant work is done simply because team B wasn't aware that team A had already done that work. Information is not organized, shared, and made searchable.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century by bringing IT up to par: rather than silo'ing information off and only granting access to folks on a case by case, need to know basis, open up access and allow all the engineers to share a lot more of their information with each other - it will accelerate product development.


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