General Motors Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Great place for good work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Large Organization with chances to grow, Excellent Pay and Benefits (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is pretty bad (in 25 reviews)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Analytics

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great People, Great starting salary.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, Waiting for promotion...


  2. SQL DBA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies to work for in the auto industry. Great benefits packages and good plan for career growth!

    Cons

    There will always be some naysayers in every company you go to. Luckily, I'm not one of them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the low level employees. They deserve the recognition as much as everyone else.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Relaxed, friendly enviroment

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    Current Employee - Intern in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Intern in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, great work-life balance. Lots of opportunities to advance. The campus is very nice with many green spaces.

    Cons

    Very very big organization. Can feel lost in the shuffle sometimes. Endless cube farm in the larger buildings, with confusing layout.

    Advice to Management

    I approve. I wish that there was more emphasis on less meetings and more doing. It seems like you just go from meeting to meeting all day with almost no time to get things done.


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  5. Great Company to Work for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MP-10 in Burton, MI
    Current Employee - MP-10 in Burton, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Love everything about this job and people that I meet and work with.

    Cons

    This plant that I work at is 180 miles round trip each day.


  6. Design Release Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

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

    Pros

    Managers are super friendly and there are challenges everyday. You don't stick to one task forever. Interesting projects come relatively often.

    Cons

    It is in MI, where the weather is not bearable for everybody. And it is not paying as much as Ford, if your goal is making as much money as possible only.

    Advice to Management

    That is a awesome program and I am feeling I was so lucky that I got the interview. I won't go any other company since I feel really comfortable here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Connections matter more than performance. Traditional thinking

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

    I worked at General Motors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked in advanced technology area so good learning and decent work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    Opportunity to grow was limited and depends on who and how well you know people or may be how many years you spend on each level. Very traditional thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and skills not based time spent at each level or network within the company. Someone else commented that getting to 8th level is a huge deal and again depends on who you know, very true. So make it fair game.


  8. yuck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    technical capability is tremendous not allowed to innovate

    Cons

    bureaucratic
    creah
    not customer focused
    ignition switch fiasco


  9. I like it

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

    I have been working at General Motors

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, no micromanaging. Innovation encouraged.

    Cons

    Sometimes red-tape to get things done. Asinine policies. Need better facilities that encourage creativity (like Google).

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who think outside the box.


  10. opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow in your career. Great people to work with. Work life balance.

    Cons

    GM is a big company and politics exist. Long days, lots of hours tends to be the norm. Retirement plans for younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more work life balance.


  11. Project Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very challenging work. Pay is pretty good. Bonus is nice in good years. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Silos still exist. Basically need to have minority status to get promoted. Amazing how many have been promoted to level of their own competence.

    Advice to Management

    Start walking the talk. Most are just trying to stay out of the way, so they don't get noticed.



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