General Motors Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
953 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 59 reviews)

  • Wide variety of career possibilities, excellent pay and benefits, fun products (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company (in 24 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    challenging work, get to use my creativity, great coworkers, good work-life balance and flexible hours.

    Cons

    stressful at times, big company bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put decisive leader in middle management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An exciting time to be at GM!

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

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots being done to increase company culture and the new direction in products is awesome. Lots of opportunities for young engineers. High level of responsibility and mobility. The benefits, including trying out different GM cars, is neat. The salary is great and everyone that I worked with was a pleasure. Teamwork was imbedded in everything.

    Cons

    The midwest is quite a con unless you are from the midwest. Much of the company is fighting to free itself from some old structuring that creates a lot of red tape and forces operation as silos. This means that communicating across departments is often a lot less than it can or should be. There is a need to establish itself as a more diversified company that is aimed at a larger range of buyers and that holds environmental issues at a higher position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos, they make more work and decrease synergy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Hamtramck, MI
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Hamtramck, MI

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

    Pros

    Was always challenging and learning

    Cons

    To many levels and red tape to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    GM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Great pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    work- life balance horrible. no consistency

    Recommends
  6.  

    Making a Comeback?

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

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

    Pros

    Global company and even if you work in Detroit, your experience will go beyond the U.S. The focus currently is to evolve from the old GM and start growing into a new, more resourceful and employee encouraged company.

    Cons

    While they're trying to retool their image, they're also chasing after China as all the big 3 are now doing. Problem with that is, focus and priority too much into pleasing and drawing that market that you forget about your biggest base market here in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving lip service to saying that you encourage transparency, and actually show us by your actions that you support the lower level employees concerns.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Huge company, little opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good employe benefit and woking environment,

    Cons

    Everything follow the book, slow growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It's a big company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and benefits. Pockets of good, effective leadership with decent work/life balance providing learning and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Overall experience is varied and very leader, functional area dependent. Various disciplines and functional areas apply the corporate "direction" differently. Some areas can have poor leadership with poor work/life balance. Not always supportive of employees . . . expediency can overwhelm accuracy and fairness. At times it is clear that senior leaders have little comprehension of what is really going on in their organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership perception of their own actions is often perceived differently by the company's employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A company modernising it's ways coming out of a very tricky period.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Creative Designer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Creative Designer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Products are going from strength to strength. Great people on all levels. Some suburbs of Detroit are seeing dramatic rises in property value.

    Cons

    Management was confused on what products they needed to focus on first to re-build the brands. Detroit can only get better.
    A lot of dead wood being carried by the hard working few who care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and enable the staff working for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok company to gain work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Software Developer in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work Environment
    Good work Benefits

    Cons

    IT Processes are not well established yet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    GM IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer IT Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Summer IT Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Fantastic pay for an internship
    -People were very friendly
    -Freedom - no micromanaging
    -Work environment feels like a start-up
    -IT offices have growing younger (20-30) workforce

    Cons

    -Disorganized
    -Questions I needed answered to progress on my projects were never answered
    -The team seems more focused on producing something quickly rather than taking extra time to ensure it's QUALITY
    -Many freak-outs on deadline dates when something goes terribly wrong and halts progress (see above point)
    -Management doesn't allocate its talent appropriately
    -Little to no critical thinking
    -Imbalanced teams -> They keep hiring new people with vague or no plan for what these new people will be doing. Projects could be completed with half the amount of employees they have. Employees who are truly talented are overworked because they're given work most of the other employees aren't competent enough to handle.
    -Corporate environment challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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