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General Motors Reviews in Michigan

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
1,046 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 60 reviews)

  • Salary employees are treated very well, good pay and benefits, great work environment (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company (in 25 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work with minor annoyances

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Release Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Design Release Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Generous 401(k) match (100% to 4%, + extra 4%). Very family friendly. work can be as hands on as you like. Proactive toward making changes for the better.

    Cons

    Some antiquated systems and hierarchies still exist that can slow everything down. Engineering change management system is absolutely abysmal and requires too much manual work to process a change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good company Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Great people, work day flexibility, wonderful vacation days. The company has recognized that career development is important and has initiated new programs to assist employees.

    Cons

    It's easy to get stuck in certain roles especially if you perform well and others don't have those skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Learn their talents, skills and career aspirations. Manage the organization's goals along with employeesx goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good compensation, slow engineering process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Engineer in Milford, MI

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

    Pros

    I feel that compensation is very fair for the industry and the region. There is significant amount of flexibility in you schedule, as long as you get your work done and attend all of your meetings. The best part is that you get to see what you work on every day on the road in the hands of our customers.

    Cons

    It can take a lot of meetings to get things done sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove some of the levels of approval to make things happen faster. This requires some trust in your employees, but that's ok because they know what they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Powertrain Engineering Co-op

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Powertrain Engineer Co-op in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Powertrain Engineer Co-op in Pontiac, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Challenging projects
    - Helpful coworkers and managers
    - Excellent pay (Senior students make about $30/hour), plus student housing is provided
    - Time spent as a co-op counts towards seniority (relative to vacation days only)

    Cons

    - Slow turn around time for decisions
    - Not all groups challenge you with interesting projects initially
    - Cannot choose rotation path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help students create a rotation path that will allow them to get the experiences they want, even if it means going outside their homeroom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSE Systems Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - RSE Systems Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Always learning new things every day

    Cons

    A lot of administration work required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great to be part of the team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Good to the people who are not broken

    Cons

    Whipy leadership skills and the need to set direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a set

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Designer, Styling Department, General Motors Technical Center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Good experience to start off career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    new name, same ol' GM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Flint, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    -good pay
    -good benefits
    -not a lot of work

    Cons

    -same ol' GM
    -union environment impedes changes
    -process improvement is slow (snail place)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -work life balance is bad.
    -quit being so worried about upsetting the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hit or miss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally good people, generous holidays and vacation.

    Cons

    The interview process is ridiculous and irrelevant to a technical job, average benefit package at best, employee discount has been hollowed out, plenty of incompetent middle managers clinging to control. Lots of politics. Avoid anything to do with the dyno lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk on work life balance and the cost-driven culture we are supposed to be eliminating. Reward your key contributors with more opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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