General Motors Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
949 Reviews
3.5
949 Reviews
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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 25 reviews)

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    Senior Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Great culture and career opportunities

    Cons

    Some process needs to get leaner for faster implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, boring city

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Human Factors Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Good pay, vacation, and benefits

    Cons

    Recalls affecting morale across all departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company, Great Products. Just have to be a self starter and willing to build some clientele.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Moab, UT
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Moab, UT

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities and decent sales training. Lots of practice selling.

    Cons

    Most jobs are purely commission based. It can be hard to support a family without an assured income in tough economic conditions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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
  6.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good Place to Learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EAI Developer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - EAI Developer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Will have hands on Multiple Technologies and the latest

    Cons

    Management changes are very dynamic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategies should be for long term. Change in senior management should not impact too much on the low level programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Just OK

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    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

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