General Motors Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Company with may opportunities for personal growth and challenges

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance. Opportunities to develop skills. Vehicle use perks (for vehicle development jobs). Flexible hours. Employer sponsored events. Healthcare incentives. Graduate Education incentives. Employee satisfaction programs.

    Cons

    Location (Unless you like arctic winters). Bureaucracy at times. Too much wasted time in meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Interesting & exciting career opportunities with little room to move up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A variety of exciting & interesting careers. Fun work environment if you like cars / trucks. Generous holiday and vacation allowance. Good salary for the industry. Good benefits & 401k match. Flexible hours. Ability to move around the company.

    Cons

    Promotions don't always go to the most qualified people. There are fast track employees and then the rest; High performing, enthusiastic employees are left to claw and scratch their way up the chain unless you're one of the lucky chosen few (helps to be a minority). Highly bureaucratic environment. Be careful where you accept a job; some functions/areas are dead-enders and direct supervisors can make it hard for you to move within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on taking care of your hard working middle tier of employees. Good people are walking out the door.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Good compensation, slow engineering process

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    • 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. GM will ALWAYS be MY Car Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. Engineering

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. Very good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. A big company that's actually alright.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. Freedom to do your job, can be difficult to get promoted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. Great company to work and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people with good technical capabilities! Workload way too high!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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