General Motors Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
943 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

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 24 reviews)

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    GM

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

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

    Pros

    GM has very good benefits

    Cons

    Lot of chaos in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very satisfied with the Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer I in White Marsh, MD
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer I in White Marsh, MD

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits with the company

    Cons

    Hours can be challenging at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    Good work experience and personal growth

    Cons

    Work life balance could be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A Shocking Dissapointment

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    1.) Good benefits
    2.) Large relocation bonus
    3.) Good pay for Austin, TX.

    Cons

    1.) Outsourced training, which was effectively worthless for my job.
    2.) Minor enhancements team was in disarray, took several months to get a website csv parser to production.
    3.) Many hires, new and old alike did not know what they were doing.
    4.) Higher management may be overly ambitious with their overhaul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office culture was fine, people had a very laid back attitude, and were fairly social for each other. But, I feel that they were more interested in talking than doing. Training program should be reconsidered, it is a time consuming waste for anyone that has a slight clue of what they are doing. My case may have been atypical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good benefits, Overall depends on department and manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (401k, decent health care, 16 holidays, and 3 weeks PTO)
    Opportunity to shape IT process
    Nice diverse talent with an even mix of young, mid career, and senior staff
    Company is making an effort to turn itself around since restructuring after bankruptcy

    Cons

    While you have a chance to shape IT process, it doesn't exist or has so much red tape it is a headache to overcome.

    The company sells itself as being agile with a lot of opportunity to create new innovation. The reality is much of the work in the immediate term and next 5 years will be cleaning up the mess of decades of contractors and poor coding standards.

    Some managers and departments are blatantly abusing college hires. When hired, these employees are put into a special bucket with decent raises for the first three years. In some instances these employees are given lead responsibilities (or the whole ROLE) and expected to perform at that level. For those that can handle the additional work it is a great opportunity. Unfortunately they receive the same wage and raises as their non-lead college hires counterparts. HR does not allow these employees who take on higher role work and excel at it to be reclassified and given proper compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cut down on the red tape and push for that innovation you strive for.

    Stop taking advantage of college hires. These kids talk and word spreads. You don't want to be known as "that" company to avoid. After three years, these rookie draft picks that took on extra responsibilities and proved their worth will leave for the competition to get PAID!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been with the corporation for a few years now. Not a bad place to work if you want to keep your head low and earn a decent salary. Some rewards and career fulfillment can be gained. Overall I think the corporation mind set is starting to wake up, just slowly. I'm hopeful the new CEO can turn things around.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are there but as with most major employers there are limitations to overcome. Those of us that are not on the short list must over achieve and excel daily. Making sure to go well beyond the boundaries or classification of level before ever being considered for advancement. Some Leaders are and forever will be clueless. How these leaders continue to stay employed certainly makes one scratch their head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes, knock off the nebulous direction that wastes time. You need to consider your workforce and the churn you cause when you drive "Gotta Have" products then don't bother to market the product so NO ONE but your employees know they exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It wasn't all that great but pay was good

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    Former Employee - Material Supervisor in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Material Supervisor in Bowling Green, KY

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, plus overtime

    Cons

    Work life balance, none really

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good company to work for

    Current Employee - Dre
    Current Employee - Dre

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    processes and lots of meetings

  10.  

    General Motors used temporary employees without regard to their health, wellbeing, or long-term welfare.

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    The company offers full time employees who have worked prior to 2007 a good compensation package.

    Cons

    If you are not hired prior to 2007, the compensation is less than what you may give up in health and wellness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to stop using people up and spitting them out without taking care of your workforce.
    All employees deserve a safe, workplace and working conditions that won't cause them permanent damage or chronic health concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Broken Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People at the top can make big money.

    Cons

    Faulty concept is that we are always right and you will buy what we make because you/we are Americans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to break with tradition and reinvent. You are going to need to let the world know you've made some deep and meaningful changes if this company is to survive and thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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