General Motors Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Confusion at the top

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mfg Engineer in Grand Blanc, MI
    Former Employee - Mfg Engineer in Grand Blanc, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They finally got it right when the lady they - the board - selected as CEO was a person with actual car manufacturing experience. Too many accountants had G.M. lose its identity as a design and engineering leader and they lost their role as a world leader in manufacturing. Ike, I believe, once said that whatever was good for GM was good for the country. I wish Mary Barra well

    Cons

    When the U.S. government became the leader of General Motors we were unsure of what was next. People were being released for obscure reasons and were replaced by people not familiar with manufacturing. The Lake Orion, Mi. plant, that produced the Chevt Malibu and Pontiac G6 - both great selling vehicles - was closed and gutted by government demand and replaced by the slow selling Chevy Sonic. Both the Pontiac and Saturn name plates were gone. The Pontiac models sold well and Saturn finally had a design that moved people to their show rooms. The Olds and Hummer badge closing was probably over due, especially the Oldsmobile

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your core. In the early days of the company engineering ran the company, not accountants. This stayed as the norm until the mid '80's when accounting and one infamous account took charge of the company. We also remember Roger Smith and what he did which nearly killed the company prior to 2008. All of the GM vehicles looked like square boxes and the only way to distinguish a Chevy from a Old was by the badging. We do remember the "Cadillac" J car - a Chevy Cavalier that could have ruined the Cadillac image.


  2. Great Company for those who are willing to sacrifice

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overtime pay for salary employees. Opportunities to excel are everywhere.

    Cons

    Demanding work schedules with little room for flexibility if working an off shift. Regular required overtime 7 days a week is the norm only can get about one weekend off a month.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on your existing employees working them to death does not make them feel appreciated.


  3. Intern Global Supply Chain

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Trainee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning was quite good and being a MNC, the work culture was excellent. additionally I was into core supply chain part, hence my learning was great. working with suppliers, material handling team and few JIT suppliers was what learned and handled myself.

    Cons

    none as such, for what i went there, i got there.

    Advice to Management

    None as such, as I learned many things over there related to my field.


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  5. Contract CAE Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - CAE Engineer in Milford, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work and life have a good balance. People are very nice working as team.

    Cons

    Contract employees have many furloung and shutdown days

    Advice to Management

    Fairness is very imporfant


  6. A few things to work on but overall a great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, competitive salary. They truly care about their employees and create a nice work environment that's great for collaborating.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get a promotion and progress in career. New internal roles rarely become available and if they do, employees are not notified. Sometimes the work can get stale and there is not a defined process put in place to create a streamlined workflow.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to get organized. There seems to be a great deal of miscommunication as to what people's job roles are and what their team is responsible for and working on. They need to lead by example and collaborate with other managers as much as they're team collaborates among themselves. You should ALWAYS know the employees you manage, what their names are and what they do.


  7. Senior Manufacturing Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities for engineering disciplines.

    Cons

    Engineers go thru multiple managers in their career. You need to prove yourself for every manager and is very difficult to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Need a collective database for each engineer so new manager know what to expect.


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    Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    good environment great salaries nice people

    Cons

    uncertanity of moving back to detroit


  9. Market research analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice group of peers, good work balance

    Cons

    Old boys club, too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of old boys mentality


  10. GM IT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Scrum Master in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Scrum Master in Detroit, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, people to work with

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't always make wise decisions, college hires are looked down upon, little opportunities to advance

    Advice to Management

    Measure outcome rather than output


  11. Entry Level

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Entry Level Assembly in O Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Entry Level Assembly in O Fallon, MO

    I worked at General Motors (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Peers, Salary was okay, but you are never off to rest or have a normal life

    Cons

    Six or Seven days working, bad mgmt, union dues taken with no representation, lack of information from union rep's, place individuals on horrible jobs with unrealistic expectations, poor working conditions(no air conditioning), peers doing damage to non American vehicles, the vehicles are assembled with foreign parts

    Advice to Management

    Improve working conditions



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