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    Designer, Styling Department, General Motors Technical Center

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Opportunity for close interaction with top executives of the company.

    Cons

    Low probability of long-term employment through retirement, due to high turnover in company strategy to gain fresh ideas from new and different designers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is preferable to select key creative people early in their careers who have excellent opportunity for growth, and to direct, sponsor, and guide their personal development so they can perform at their maximum potential through continuous improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience to start off career

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, but with a drive to get things done. Working as a co-op student, everybody is willing to help you. GM will invite you back if you are competent and willing to learn.

    Cons

    As with the whole automotive industry, projects seem to move slowly and depend on other people getting back to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's not bad

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great work/life balance
    Great perks

    Cons

    Slow paced
    Lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger talent and start working on real innovation. There is a reason people, are working long hours accomplishing the impossible at Tesla

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    GM Techline HP - Very outdated but easy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is ok, work is easy in that, this desk does not adhere to any strict metrics, lots of goofing off is common place, was surprised to see what people get away with. Great entry level position - resume builder

    Cons

    Lack of growth / Pay increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cannot believe how inefficient processes are for a tech support desk. Many agents actually HAND WRITE their notes then slowly punch it into the computer because they lack adequate typing skills. Normal process for agents to leave customers on hold for 20+ minutes while they physically get up from their desk, walk across the building to speak with next level up about issues, sometimes agents even have to line up and wait for next level support. Voice mail process involves a level 1 agent HAND WRITING slips of paper with notes, then wandering around the office and handing them out to a level 2 to handle. For being HP tech company with GM, such high reliance on paper and wandering around office is ridiculous.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Core Validation Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Core Validation Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    work environment, things to know about the vehicle, professional

    Cons

    getting full time, no respect to contract employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Controls Engineering Intern, Manufacturing

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

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    GM really knows how to impress its interns, letting them borrow any production car they want, and taking them on tours of testing facilities, design studios and to sporting events in the Detroit area throughout the summer months. Compensation is higher than its competitors, and working in manufacturing gives the added benefit of earning overtime. Apart from this, GM presents a great working environment, with some of the smartest group of engineers and assembly workers you will ever meet. You will at times learn more from a stamp-press operator, who has been doing that job their entire life, than you would from school. Yes, GM is still reeling from the bad press of the auto-bailout, but after working there for a few months, you will realize that this company is much more than just a punching bag for political pundits, and is genuinely a great company to work for.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is the work-place shock of working in a unionized environment and seeing the hourly-salary divide at times. Hours in manufacturing can also be difficult, as standard work hours are from 5AM - 3PM, and you may be asked to come in as early as midnight at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales, Marketing and Aftersales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Excellent, personal development, training and growth opportunities across the globe

    Cons

    Ability to handle ambiguity, changes in strategic direction, unclear management direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply and upkeep consistent medium to long term strategies, and communicate direction to the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    GM will ALWAYS be MY Car Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Milford, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Milford, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career Advancement was supported and encouraged. Education & Training was a part of GM Work Life.

    Cons

    Working with Hourly UNION workers were difficult due to union mentality. Also, too many layers of management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    GM management issues remain ingrained.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI
    Former Contractor - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great products to be proud of. Design environment and historic campus is huge which is a pro and a con. There is great leadership at the top and cronyism is gradually being weeded out by rechallenging leadership in new positions. There is hope and opportunity.

    Cons

    Warren is run down. Contract employees have no personal time, few holidays, little chance to advance, get a review, raise, or increased vacation time. This is dictated by each contract house but runs through a common HR filter. It is symptomatic of the industry and may be the same at other OEMs. So much experience was either let go, retired or moved on. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental functionality is strained. Communication is complicated and made more so by self serving leaders who control rather than enable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Juvenile behaviour in management is corrosive. Lifers show up to bank days until retirement. Union workers, contract employees and direct hires have entirely different motivations, bosses, and opportunities which incapacitates common goals, teamwork, and true cultural development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineering

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

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Resources and the people you work with

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities if you want to remain in a technical position ... I wouldn't stay with this company for more than 5-10 years if I had to do it again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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