General Motors Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. General Motors is a great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    They give employee value, have cook outs, family days, union compensation, and level work load. General motors is an overall good company.

    Cons

    2 Tier pay for hourly employees. Hourly job selection is primarily based upon seniority instead of job qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management would be get rid of the two tier pay wages. time off policies are good. more vacation time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great at first, now there are just too many non value-added meetings!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Paycheck, paycheck, paycheck, paycheck, paycheck...

    Cons

    Meetings, meetings, meetings, meetings, meetings...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Fairly compensated for hard work.

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Worklife balance, fair compensation, company car, and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Competitive with a complex corporate structure and a mixed history to overcome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore the brand and therefore the company, create a forward thinking corporate culture to attract top talent, be a company that is known for staying true to their convictions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Mostly impressed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    General Motors is a great place to work. When writing reviews about such a large company, users need to understand that one person can have it very different than another. It all depends on your specific organization, manager, and etc. I hope to only include elements that apply to all GM employees. GM has a fair and transparent stance on many things including compensation and job opportunities. That impresses me. Salaried employees are given information on their current salary vs the market rate, what level they are, etc. The job opportunity awareness program gives employees a shot of the hundreds of jobs available any given day.

    Cons

    The IT organization is going the micro-management route with tickets, time monitoring, etc. Makes you feel like you are not trusted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. It's a numbers game

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If your in good with the management, your gold. Productivity is not required, only the illusion is important.

    Cons

    Long hours are required with no acknowledgment of personal sacrifice. Expectations are 24 / 7, nights and weekends without compensation, salary covers it... They use you then loose you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't take advice because they know all. The management usually runs around like a chicken with their heads cut off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. great opportunity to learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    encourages decision making and risk taking

    Cons

    can sometimes be a bit political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more to lower level employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. maintenance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    good pay, decent environment, and great coworkers

    Cons

    limited promotions, lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to workers and give them an opportunity to advance and show their worth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Has innovation centers, but there's no innovation inside

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive.
    Start with 15 days of vacation (depending on when you join)
    401k Matching is a max of 8% (assuming you meet the 3 year vesting period).
    HSA incentive of $1500 if you and/or your wife do a physical

    Cons

    This is a big one. If you do not start your job before April, you are not eligible for a pay raise next year, even if you work your butt off. So if you start at April 2015, you will not get a pay raise until April 2017. HR should be more transparent about this, because that is essentially a pay cut. So if you are considering taking an offer, you need to take this into consideration and/or after your final offer, bring up this topic and ask for an additional several percentage increase.

    People are not held accountable for their work, and the work ends up going to those who have work ethic and technical knowledge. It's hard to fire people. The burden is on you to document their incompetence. And even when you do that, they would rather move the person to another team than to deal with HR.

    GM is starting to hire a lot of new college hires. It appears their strategy is to hire a lot of experienced people and throw a lot of money to incentives them to join. It's not easy to insource your entire IT operations so you need to pay people enough to deal with all the BS that comes along with off shored contractors. For example, the off shored contractors are not cooperative when it comes to knowledge transfers. We even have applications that do not have source code and we are forced to decompile the source code! Are the people who ran the projects previously held accountable? Nope, you just deal with it and make it work.

    Now that a lot of the hard work is done, their are hiring a lot of college new hires. They don't pick from top universities with strong engineering programs. GM seems to value EEO and hire from a lot of HBCU...more than I see from other companies. On a few teams I know of, there is on average a 1:1 ratio of experienced engineers to college hires. Some teams more, some teams less. But you will be spending a lot of time hand holding the new hires. Not only are some of them incompetent, but lack professionalism, such as coming in late, long lunches, missing meetings, sleeping on the job.

    In my opinion, once IT is full in-sourced, GM will start laying off the experienced engineers in hopes the new college hires who are paid a lot less will be able to take over. So if your are considering an offer, you should ask how many direct college hires are on your team and how many are experienced.

    Very little small perks. Bring your own coffee or pay $1.50...The company has no license for wireframe tool, so get use to using Microsoft Paint. No Christmas celebration or little perks to boost morale...just come in and work.

    Poor planning. I work in the Georgia Innovation Center. They've poorly planned the hiring process. People are stacked on top of each other, forced to share desks. We ended up renting a facility 15 minutes north, in Cumming to relieve the situation. Wifi is so slow because of the amount of people and poor infrastructure planning. If you can't plan for things you know will happen, how can you plan for things that you know won't happen? From an informal poll, most people live south of the facility so this is more time the company is taking away from you. Other companies I know are moving in town..GM...15 minutes further north. Myself and who joined before me did not have monitors docking stations for several months because of poor planning. Still currently only have 1 monitor.

    Even though they call the centers Innovation Centers, your job really is to take over and maintain poor performing, buggy old applications. And don't even bring up rewriting anything, no one wants to bring GM to 2015.

    The managers are generally non technical. Don't bother asking them what framework their apps use. If you ask them Spring or Struts, they'll think you're talking about the suspension system of a car. Ask them a question on PowerPoint, they can answer that.

    You have unlimited sick days. What this means is, you only take an entire day off if you are on your death bed. Other wise you work from home.

    Everything is slow. Need access to something? Fill out a ticket and wait a week. Need a firewall rule open? Fill out a ticket and wait two weeks. Of course, these blockers do not mean that *your* deadline gets pushed back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT works can pick and choose where they want to work. Make it a fun and productive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Loved the experience of a fast pace and high challenging company.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment never a dull moment, constantly changing and dynamic, a lot of young employees that challenge and keep the motivation high.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is off more work than life, bureaucratic decision process (it's a large corporation not surprising) but still a lot of improvement area, traditional leadership style that can a times lower motivation instead of increasing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should focus more on training of employees, not only through experience but with specialized courses in order to improve knowledge of staff and update concepts ad trends of the industry and area of expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Better vehicles than work environment

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

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Good learning experience, variety of assignments, good benefits

    Cons

    poor management, intelligent managers but no people skills, sometimes no knowledge of the area they are managing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are people too

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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