General Motors Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
947 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 58 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 23 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 25 reviews)

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large Organization with chances to grow, Excellent Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    Highly Bureaucratic Lots of Dead Wood (People stay at GM as they know that their market value is way lower than what GM pays them)

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Life at the General

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    Former Employee - Performace Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Performace Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Vacation
    Paid Holidays
    Fellow Engineers (working level)
    Stability

    Cons

    Advancement opportunity depends upon relationship with manager, not necessarily effort/results.
    Very stiff management (genuflect)
    No open door policy (even though management says it has one)
    No consistency between managers (what is good for one manager is not good for another). Perhaps this is common between all companies?
    Stealth raises (some/few get, most do not, on non-merit years)
    High degree of responsibility - Low degree of control
    Raises depend upon - relationship with manager as well as where one sits relative to average market value (which the employee is generally below). There is no incentive to work hard, because effort is often ignored based upon previous points)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who do good work.

    Manage with motivation - not fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Headed in the right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    The culture is continually evolving to meet the needs and wants of employees. The company takes great effort into improving employee engagement. A workplace of choice survey is given and actions are taken to ensure improvement.

    Cons

    Large company pains = lots of IT issues and overly complicated processes sometimes. Job opportunities can seem limited to your "silo" unless you do some serious networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A company sponsored lease program would be great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very good internship experience, highly recommended.

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    Former Employee - Vehicle Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Vehicle Test Engineer

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

    Pros

    I got to work to test actual vehicles every day. I learned a lot about the vehicle development process, from design to testing to production, which was very valuable experience in the automotive industry. Got to do a lot of hands-on work on vehicles too!

    Cons

    Projects seem to move a little slower than you would like, and it's hard to work on projects you may be interested in but are not within your position. It definitely seemed like you would have to be aggressive with projects you took on to be able to move forward within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very supportive of me and my goals, keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work in R&D

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    Former Employee - R&D Intern
    Former Employee - R&D Intern

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

    Pros

    Competitive R&D in automative industry. A lot of state-of-the-art technology is created there every year. As a researcher, you may have a great impact on so many people.
    Also, the working hours are flexible. As long as you work hard, you can just work most of the time at home.

    Cons

    Very corporate and heavily bureaucratic. In a way, GM is very dynamic, especially in R&D which s nicely managed. However, the product developed today, take years before arriving to the market. This can and should be revised by the management.
    Location, even though historical, is not great. When you compare to NYC or CA at least.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Benefits, positive environment

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of travel opportunities if you are a manager; they fly around between offices constantly. Office environment is relaxed, casual and relatively low stress. Work-life balance is good. Benefits are good (except for vesting schedule in 401k).

    Cons

    Horrible 401k vesting; it shouldn't take 2 years just to get to keep 20% of the company match (which isn't exactly off the charts at 4%). Poor communication within and between teams. Some I.T. Managers who were hired as part of the insourcing initiative only care about hiring their friends, whether they are intelligent or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the vesting schedule for 401k so we don't feel like prisoners. Question decisions more so that bad senior managers can't waste hundreds of thousands of dollars paying java developers to develop applications with the same (or less) functionality as applications the company already licensed from HP and will not be portable if the company changes preferred vendors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting and face past

    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Helping the customers with their vehicle concerns and offering assistance when possible

    Cons

    Being able to assist the new hires.

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    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Exciting work with an emphasis on improving the customer experience.
    Great benefits (vacation, health care, holidays, etc...)
    Great people that care about you
    Lots of flexibility around working from home

    Cons

    At times the work load can be extremely heavy, but this is due to all the great things we having going on right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Wentzville, MO
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Wentzville, MO

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

    Pros

    Loved working in a manufacturing environment. The people work as team and there are consistent goals that are met. The salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    We had to work a lot of overtime, but were compensated well for the extra effort. The plant is very noisy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Technician

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    Former Employee - Wind Tunnel Technician in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Wind Tunnel Technician in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    fun job for the first 8 years

    Cons

    hard to advance in job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if someone wants to transfer do not stop them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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