General Motors Reviews in Detroit, MI

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
919 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 46 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance can be challenging (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 22 reviews)

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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Exciting work with an emphasis on improving the customer experience.
    Great benefits (vacation, health care, holidays, etc...)
    Great people that care about you
    Lots of flexibility around working from home

    Cons

    At times the work load can be extremely heavy, but this is due to all the great things we having going on right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting and face past

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

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

    Pros

    Helping the customers with their vehicle concerns and offering assistance when possible

    Cons

    Being able to assist the new hires.

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    Technician

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    Former Employee - Wind Tunnel Technician  in  Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Wind Tunnel Technician in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    fun job for the first 8 years

    Cons

    hard to advance in job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if someone wants to transfer do not stop them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Engineer

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture and career opportunities

    Cons

    Some process needs to get leaner for faster implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, boring city

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    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Good pay, vacation, and benefits

    Cons

    Recalls affecting morale across all departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    GM

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    GM has very good benefits

    Cons

    Lot of chaos in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional

    The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products

    Cons

    Sometimes work life balance can be challenging

    Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more career opportunities for career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    like working for the GM in general

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Great* people to work with, as an engineer,
    Good work/life balance,
    Compensation/Job security in general is better than competitors

    Cons

    Promotion opportunity is limited and does not go to the right person necessarily
    "Diversity" simply does not apply when it comes to promotion to executives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Design Cars and Trucks

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    Former Employee - Creative Designer  in  Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Creative Designer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Various Design Opportunities for each brand.

    Cons

    Excellent work-life balance, not overloaded but taking off sharp at 5pm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 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 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

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