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General Motors Reviews in Milford, MI

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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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.  

    GM will ALWAYS be MY Car Company!

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    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
  2.  

    Engineering

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    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
  3.  

    Very good company

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Team work and coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    Promotion is hard. Internal transfer is not as easy as expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A big company that's actually alright.

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    Current Employee - Hybrid Controls Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Hybrid Controls Engineer in Milford, MI

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

    Pros

    There are definitely some benefits to woking at GM, 4 weeks of vacation, a big company with big resources when they want to use them, good salaries, good bonuses. I worked in the hybrid division and it was a fast paced area that was full of innovation.

    Cons

    Its a really big company so change is slow. Also, you can feel disconnected from upper management cause there are so many levels. Since there are so many levels it seems sometimes upper management doesn't make the best decisions, compared to if they were an engineer working on the actually program. Also hybrids was moving towards being process driven, which is good because it makes sure people think about that they do, but really can slow down work an innovation as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My personal manager was excellent! Helped my career, gave me advice, and I could be open and honest with him. If every manager was like him, GM would be the best place to work at I could think of.

    To upper management, make sure to stay connected to lower level engineers (7 and below) because sometimes your decisions really don't make sense to us, and I feel if you listened to the reasons why, you might agree and not make the bad decisions that later have to be reversed or fixed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Freedom to do your job, can be difficult to get promoted

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, come and go as you need. Large company with many areas to work in.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get promoted. No clear reasons why some people get promoted and others don't. Seems to be more political than anything. Good performance doesn't get rewarded with promotions, just additional work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent how you promote people. Provide clear direction to employees and honor your word. Employees often go around to check the boxes to get promoted and others get promoted without accomplishing anything. Very frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work and grow

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

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

    Pros

    Resources, money almost always there for development projects and studyies. Cutting edge CAD systems and great work areas. Your allowed to learn and grow in many areas.

    Cons

    Michigan, the roads, the wearther, the getto. Cost of living is some what high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people with good technical capabilities! Workload way too high!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milford, MI

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

    Pros

    Excellent technical opportunities. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Filthy office area. Huge workloads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle executive management is old school, good ol' boy club.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoyed my experience at General Motors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brake Development Engineer in Milford, MI
    Former Employee - Brake Development Engineer in Milford, MI

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

    Pros

    The experience, of meeting the NASCAR teams? You do actually become part, of the NASCAR family. The friendships I have made will last a lifetime.

    Cons

    The travel and family life was hard, on my young daughters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the engineers that are actually involved in the project, opinion. Don't micro manage from afar.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good but can be better

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

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

    Pros

    Fair Salary.
    Understanding and accommodating for personal life - Flexible hours
    Opportunities to try different engineering area

    Cons

    Red tape - Since its too big there can be redundant red tape issues
    In many areas, even though you may be an engineer you may not do core technical work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    GM Processes

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

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Company has strong commitment to developing new technologies, in house and to be the best

    Cons

    As the company is such a large organization, project planning and coordination is not as effective as it could be. Paperwork and 'IT systems' are used as a substitute to proper planning. This prevents the engineers from spending their time on real engineering, instead huge amounts of repetitive unnecessary paperwork is created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For vehicle software development cycles, lengthen the development period. This will give the development community time to get things right the first time, and overall in a shorter time.

    Remove the 'not invented here' mentality form all the back office organizations for engineering tools and processes. Too much of the tools GM use for day to day work are customized "GM made" tools that have cheaper better alternatives in the marketplace. This allows better cooperation with suppliers and less ramp up time for new engineers to the "GM way".

    Approves of CEO

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