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General Motors Reviews in Pontiac, MI

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
39 Reviews
3.6
39 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.  

    Design Release Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, challenging work.

    Cons

    IT systems are outdated. Great internal turnover leads to poor responsibilities transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease internal turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company. Lots of opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, and opportunity to grow in different areas of Engineering and Business.

    Cons

    As with large companies, you have to watch out for yourself or you could get lost in the mix.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    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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    Powertrain Engineering Co-op

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

    GM Techline HP - Very outdated but easy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Rotation Program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Engineers rotate within company 3 times after graduation with bachelors degree. Great growth opportunity, especially after being in the internship program for two rotations

    Cons

    There are older systems that take some getting used to and some overlap with each other. Otherwise, this is a pretty great place to start working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and career opportunities

    Cons

    Some process needs to get leaner for faster implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    like working for the GM in general

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

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

    Pros

    *Great* people to work with, as an engineer,
    Good work/life balance,
    Compensation/Job security in general is better than competitors

    Cons

    Promotion opportunity is limited and does not go to the right person necessarily
    "Diversity" simply does not apply when it comes to promotion to executives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great! Probably because I have an amazing supervisor and manager!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Design Release Engineer Support in Pontiac, MI
    Current Contractor - Design Release Engineer Support in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    EVERYONE is so nice and helpful. Very warm and friendly atmosphere. Positive energy here!

    Cons

    Rules are generally glossed over

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I don't know how they stay in business. They are like the banks, too big to fail.

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

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

    Pros

    Make some adequate products, sometimes get it right. Some good job and advancement opportunities. Lots of different areas and people to get involved with. Good paycheck.

    Cons

    Engineering, accounting, manufacturing, testing, development, validation, etc., processes and procedures are inadequate, incomplete, disjointed, ignored, non-existent, out-dated, not communicated adequately,...
    Poor sense of community, comraderie, commitment to company and co-workers, indifference from management, lack of trust and confidence going both ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this matrix management style that it took 14 years to stumble into, nobody knows who owes what assignment, hand-offs are dropped, much shuffling, much information and time is lost, many errors are made on changing assumptions and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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