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General Motors Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
1,046 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience to start off career

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

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, but with a drive to get things done. Working as a co-op student, everybody is willing to help you. GM will invite you back if you are competent and willing to learn.

    Cons

    As with the whole automotive industry, projects seem to move slowly and depend on other people getting back to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok

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

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    good health benefits, vacation and bonuses

    Cons

    slow in adopting to new changes.

  3.  

    new name, same ol' GM

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Flint, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    -good pay
    -good benefits
    -not a lot of work

    Cons

    -same ol' GM
    -union environment impedes changes
    -process improvement is slow (snail place)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -work life balance is bad.
    -quit being so worried about upsetting the union.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    ETL Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenges and new projects surfacing, which provide opportunities to pioneer new and creative solutions for the first time within the company. Lots of skilled, intelligent people to work with and learn from. Use of cutting edge technologies are available to use and get experience with. Great benefits and pay, along with generous time off and opportunities to drive high-end GM vehicles.

    Cons

    Poor project planning and a misunderstanding of Agile / SCRUM produces unrealistic expectations from all project team members. Lots of pressure to deliver to the project plan milestones with very poor requirements and constant and significant scope creep. Horrible work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to using either Agile / SCRUM or waterfall projects, but don't mix the two together and expect great results.
    Project planning and requirements gathering must improve if you wish to retain employees, improve work life balance and create realistic project timelines.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hit or miss

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally good people, generous holidays and vacation.

    Cons

    The interview process is ridiculous and irrelevant to a technical job, average benefit package at best, employee discount has been hollowed out, plenty of incompetent middle managers clinging to control. Lots of politics. Avoid anything to do with the dyno lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk on work life balance and the cost-driven culture we are supposed to be eliminating. Reward your key contributors with more opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A promising start that evolved into a never being sure what was expected.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Work life balance, employee benefits

    Cons

    Company culture, personal growth, no desire to actually do anything better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the desire to do better by the customers that support us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Assistance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Assistance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Assistance in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Close to home, like helping people.

    Cons

    pay should be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more time to train new people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to Start a Career After School

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

    I worked at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    Large company with many interesting assignments and projects. Excellent place for a young graduate to learn, gain experience and start a career. Maybe even stay for life if selected for development. Doing well along with the rest of the auto industry and much improved financials.

    Cons

    Many silos, cultural torpor, and misplaced arrogance from an earlier era of greatness in certain circles. Experienced hires cannot make job changes and usually are not selected for development, a side effect of the "frozen middle". So it is a bad place to end a career unless the job offered is really the final job one seeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some "creative destruction" may help in this case. The company has such a legacy that makes it so hard to change its culture, even though everyone agrees it needs to be done. Be nimble, humble and move fast as other competitors are closing in. Acting like GM is still #1 is so out of date, because it is not anymore. Keep in mind culture is what people do, and asking the same people doing the same thing over and over, to just change their culture is not going to cut it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's not bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great work/life balance
    Great perks

    Cons

    Slow paced
    Lots of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire younger talent and start working on real innovation. There is a reason people, are working long hours accomplishing the impossible at Tesla

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    GM Techline HP - Very outdated but easy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok, work is easy in that, this desk does not adhere to any strict metrics, lots of goofing off is common place, was surprised to see what people get away with. Great entry level position - resume builder

    Cons

    Lack of growth / Pay increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cannot believe how inefficient processes are for a tech support desk. Many agents actually HAND WRITE their notes then slowly punch it into the computer because they lack adequate typing skills. Normal process for agents to leave customers on hold for 20+ minutes while they physically get up from their desk, walk across the building to speak with next level up about issues, sometimes agents even have to line up and wait for next level support. Voice mail process involves a level 1 agent HAND WRITING slips of paper with notes, then wandering around the office and handing them out to a level 2 to handle. For being HP tech company with GM, such high reliance on paper and wandering around office is ridiculous.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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