General Motors Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
898 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 46 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance can be challenging (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 22 reviews)

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    GM

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GM is a very old and conservative company. If you want job security, GM is the place to be. Great benefits, good salary, and good hours.

    Cons

    Co-workers aren't very technical, especially if they are not from an engineering or comp sci background. Management is excellent, but unless you work in an engineering or design team, it is hard to get noticed and achieve promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work if you have the patience to earn your dues.

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    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor  in  Moraine, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor in Moraine, OH

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

    Pros

    The pay. Why else would you be there. The pride factor. Maybe not nationally, but in the local area where a GM facility is, you will be known to people as that guy / gal that works for GM.

    Cons

    Indecisiveness. Goals and work plans that are supposed to be set in stone change daily. Glorified high school w/ paychecks. Do your job the best you can and you will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are the ones building your product. Quit acting like they are putting you out when they have a problem with the job. Leave your personal problems at the gate. An employee doesn't need to pay for something your spouse or kids did before your shift started.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A fine designer and manufacturer of automobiles.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    There are some great people at the top and bottom.

    Cons

    There are quite a few bozos at the supervisor, engineer and DLT positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the people with the school yard pecking order mentality. I've been to design reviews and seminars and had ideas shot down. The very next design review, with regard to the same product, I've had my supervisor echo the exact suggestion I had previously made. And he was the one that shot the idea down to begin with! I consider this a character flaw and doesn't belong in a professional workplace.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    From bad to worse

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The softest job, you could do nothing for the whole day, nobody will notice

    Cons

    Boring, the new ideas are shunned, the system is so much backward...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of the management,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall a big company has a lot to offer.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots to learn. Many online and in-class training.
    Compensation is good, at least begin with. ( Good 401k and health plan)
    There are some really good people to work with and learn from.
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Office culture is more conservative. Not a big support for innovation.
    Lots of complexity in product design, spent tons of time on tools.
    Political culture.
    Managers tend to hold on to the employees and not let move.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    General Motors is a multinational company with unlimited opportunities for people with the right attitude. The work I challenging and complex.

    Cons

    It is a company still in transition and transformation. The culture is archaic but it is changing. However, the size of the organization slows its ability to effect change throughout the company creating a disconnect between executive leadership and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average Place to work, limited learning opportunities

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Work schedule
    Work location
    Good team
    General Motors has options to have a flex work schedule, the commute is reasonable. Team members are usually good to work with

    Cons

    Micro-management
    Unclear expectations
    General Motors bad press usually affects morale
    Sometimes negative press is cumulative - you feel like you're getting a lot of it at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning and communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Company needs to Change

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Bowling Green, KY

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced, quick decision making, team atmosphere due to great manager and fellow supervisors

    Cons

    Cut throat mentality, lack work/life balance, old school mentality, slow to adapt, lean in the wrong areas of the company, lazy HR department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on recruiting and retaining top talent. Ditch the old school mentality and realize that top talent doesn't need you. Better companies are working harding than you to get the best students out there. Great companies are run by great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    like working for the GM in general

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    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 for 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
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    General Motors Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The people that work here are awesome. As an intern, I never had the feeling of being unable to ask someone for help. People are busy but they are more than welcome to take some time to explain things. They will also take time out of their day to explain what their job is or what their function does. Depending on who you get for a supervisor/manager has a big impact on how your experience is.

    Cons

    General Motors is a slower moving company but that comes with size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of your influence to implement what your employees are suggesting. Also, do not put all your effort to reaching the short goals. Try to focus on implementing some of the suggestions from employees and meeting your goals will follow.

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