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General Motors Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,006 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Good teamwork, nice managers, company gave everyone equal chance

    Cons

    Nothing to talk about yet. Everything is good so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Engineering projects impact several million people, personally on a daily basis. Full reign to try new things. Limitless opportunities. Decent benefits. Hands on fun.

    Cons

    As old as the company is I would have assumed there might be several really good processes in place for menial tasks in order to spend time on things that matter. Not so - but this can turn into easy opportunities to contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep new hires highly engaged. More hands on/car interactions to see the big picture. Need to get competitive products in front of all to see the truth on where we stand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Core Validation Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Core Validation Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    work environment, things to know about the vehicle, professional

    Cons

    getting full time, no respect to contract employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Controls Engineering Intern, Manufacturing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    GM really knows how to impress its interns, letting them borrow any production car they want, and taking them on tours of testing facilities, design studios and to sporting events in the Detroit area throughout the summer months. Compensation is higher than its competitors, and working in manufacturing gives the added benefit of earning overtime. Apart from this, GM presents a great working environment, with some of the smartest group of engineers and assembly workers you will ever meet. You will at times learn more from a stamp-press operator, who has been doing that job their entire life, than you would from school. Yes, GM is still reeling from the bad press of the auto-bailout, but after working there for a few months, you will realize that this company is much more than just a punching bag for political pundits, and is genuinely a great company to work for.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is the work-place shock of working in a unionized environment and seeing the hourly-salary divide at times. Hours in manufacturing can also be difficult, as standard work hours are from 5AM - 3PM, and you may be asked to come in as early as midnight at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales, Marketing and Aftersales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Excellent, personal development, training and growth opportunities across the globe

    Cons

    Ability to handle ambiguity, changes in strategic direction, unclear management direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply and upkeep consistent medium to long term strategies, and communicate direction to the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    GM is great. A great company to start your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Everything is great about GM. Simply great.

    Cons

    Far from home. I wish they had an innovation lab closer to my home state.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineering

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    • 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
  10.  

    Was going through a turn around , can see real change happening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    A brand name across the world well recognized

    Cons

    A slow changing huge company in the face of nimble competition

  11.  

    GM management issues remain ingrained.

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    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great products to be proud of. Design environment and historic campus is huge which is a pro and a con. There is great leadership at the top and cronyism is gradually being weeded out by rechallenging leadership in new positions. There is hope and opportunity.

    Cons

    Warren is run down. Contract employees have no personal time, few holidays, little chance to advance, get a review, raise, or increased vacation time. This is dictated by each contract house but runs through a common HR filter. It is symptomatic of the industry and may be the same at other OEMs. So much experience was either let go, retired or moved on. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental functionality is strained. Communication is complicated and made more so by self serving leaders who control rather than enable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Juvenile behaviour in management is corrosive. Lifers show up to bank days until retirement. Union workers, contract employees and direct hires have entirely different motivations, bosses, and opportunities which incapacitates common goals, teamwork, and true cultural development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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