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Very Good

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Current Employee - Scrum Master  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Scrum Master in Austin, TX

I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than a year

Pros

Exciting changes and opportunities in IT organization

Cons

Complex corporate procedures and infrastructure are a challenge for accomplishing work quickly

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    "Overall an average company to work for..."

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Competitive compensation/bonus and other benefits including 401K (Michigan cost of living is comparatively lower as compared to West coast).
    * Good work/life balance.
    * Job stability is good so a lot of people work the entire life and retire from GM.
    * Tuition assistance is generous.
    * Vacations and holidays are also generous.
    * Access to company cars (if you are in the right group).

    Cons

    * Very mediocre engineering talent (at least the area where I work). A lot of people rely on taking credit for others work.
    * Does not attract competitive engineering talent and hiring/interview process is very poor. You can't hire smart technical personnel by asking behavioral questions.
    * Extremely politically - As a result no one wants to make critical decisions and a lot of unfair promotions are given from my perspective.
    * After a certain level, it's very hard to move up in the company. As a result a lot of employees if they hit that level comparatively early in their career and get stuck in the same level for few years end up becoming very mediocre and unenthusiastic at work.
    * A lot of unnecessary meetings and there is a culture to "look busy".
    * Very bureaucratic - Too many useless processes to get simple things done.
    * Most of the time work is not challenging as automotive industry is not as fast paced as some of the other industries.
    * Very few things to do in Michigan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The company talks a lot about the new GM but that also needs to be reflected internally. A lot of old school mentality that needs to be changed.
    - GM needs to promote young talent who posses a "can do" attitude and focus on delivering quality products.
    - GM may find hard to retain talented individuals if they are not rewarded for their hard work. How can the management expect talented people to keep shining if the mediocre and talented get stuck at the same level after few years with more or less same salary and benefits?
    - Upper management needs to be more willing to hear employee concerns and take criticism. A lot of key decisions are taken just to please bosses/upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, Overall depends on department and manager

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits (401k, decent health care, 16 holidays, and 3 weeks PTO)
    Opportunity to shape IT process
    Nice diverse talent with an even mix of young, mid career, and senior staff
    Company is making an effort to turn itself around since restructuring after bankruptcy

    Cons

    While you have a chance to shape IT process, it doesn't exist or has so much red tape it is a headache to overcome.

    The company sells itself as being agile with a lot of opportunity to create new innovation. The reality is much of the work in the immediate term and next 5 years will be cleaning up the mess of decades of contractors and poor coding standards.

    Some managers and departments are blatantly abusing college hires. When hired, these employees are put into a special bucket with decent raises for the first three years. In some instances these employees are given lead responsibilities (or the whole ROLE) and expected to perform at that level. For those that can handle the additional work it is a great opportunity. Unfortunately they receive the same wage and raises as their non-lead college hires counterparts. HR does not allow these employees who take on higher role work and excel at it to be reclassified and given proper compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cut down on the red tape and push for that innovation you strive for.

    Stop taking advantage of college hires. These kids talk and word spreads. You don't want to be known as "that" company to avoid. After three years, these rookie draft picks that took on extra responsibilities and proved their worth will leave for the competition to get PAID!

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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