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Learned so much during my first year.

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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 (more than a year)

Pros

Within IT, large opportunities to grow and learn technology in the area you are interested in. Great employees to work with, large amount of training (1-2 months) offered to everyone, great atmosphere, excellent place for new hires.

Cons

Work/Life balance is pretty bad. There are many initiatives within the company and some individuals are overworked & way too many organization changes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If managers have teams/employees around the globe/nationwide, make sure to look over their workload and offer assistance. Communication is important.

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    It's a chance to make a significant contribution as the IT division just opened up.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    -The workload offers a good work life balance, it's rare that an individual finds him/herself working more then 45 hours a week.

    Cons

    -Since GM itself isn't an IT company you miss out on some benefits that other IT companies offer (ie. flexible working from home policy, a personal company cell phone).
    -Some middle management personnel have no IT background. This makes it difficult to acquire resources that maybe standard across all IT companies as you really have to provide compelling arguments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring middle management personnel who have an IT background.

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (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
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