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General Motors Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,005 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All the good and the bad of a large corporation

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    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Opportunities to grow in a big corporate environment.
    Management very understanding of your needs.

    Cons

    Work load varies widely from time to time.
    Leadership seemed confused at times.
    Not sure how the company will stand against competition in the long run.

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

    It's a mess

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

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    I don't find anything exciting specially for seasoned developers here at GM.

    Cons

    The management is clueless other than they know how to talk non-sense. Most of the management are coming as wholesale from Dell, HP and company alike and most of the people are worthless. The main qualification to become manager is to NOT know IT. If you haven't been to India then this is the place where you should join where you see husband/wife/friends working there. The managers are corrupt specially working with outsource companies and/or making hiring decisions because they get some kickback. GPSC is another corrupt place in the whole organization. It's SAD!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for making a mess. You don't own the company as the company was bailed out by the tax-payer (US tax-payer) therefore for you guys don't care I guess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    If you have internal connections, you may be able to attain employment with GM.

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    Former Employee - Temporary Hire Line Worker (Prior to Plant Closing) in Janesville, WI
    Former Employee - Temporary Hire Line Worker (Prior to Plant Closing) in Janesville, WI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hourly rate of pay is excellent. It's a unionized company which "can be" a good thing for the hourly employees. They offer decent benefits and time off (during shut-down, which happens to be during the Christmas holiday through New Years).

    Cons

    Work is highly repetitive with little opportunity for advancement, once hired into your initial position. The robotic movements of one's on-the-job performance (long hours, day-in & day-out), can result in negative physical consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing job rotations (on the line) that allow one's muscles on "one job" to catch a break while assigning them to another job for ergonomic purposes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Excellent if you are an Indian Hindu

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    A paycheck is pretty much it.

    Cons

    Beauracracy is heavy. Transparency is non-existent. Many managers with little to do micromanaging their teams. Putting senior talent to work doing junior level work with no chance to advance or learn. Innovation is a joke. If you are Hindu and from India this is the place for you. Otherwise you will be ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of managers that have no purpose except to babysit. Senior level staff does not need to be micromanaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    summer intern

    Current Employee - Summer Inntern in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Summer Inntern in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Working in GM, you can get a lot of support. If you want to make something out, you can live very well. If you want live a comfortable life, this is also a good place for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes it looks like nobody care what you are doing. You are just a small nail, the company can run very smoothly without you. You may not exist in some people's eyes especially when you are working in the r@d.

  7.  

    Bad experience at GM. Contract engineer for three years. GM Powertrain Tonawanda, NY

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor in Tonawanda, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer/Maintenance Supervisor in Tonawanda, NY

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

    Pros

    I see absolutely no pros to working for GM.

    Cons

    Very insolvent company. Poorly managed. Contracts are paid very poorly. Extended hours, weekends, holidays, and no prospects for ever rolling over. This company is not worth it! Try your experience and talent elsewhere where your degree will get challenged and your not babysitting of bunch of UAW cry-babies making over a third your entry-level salary!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much micro managing. Every department head seems to have a very myopic perspective on the business. They're just concerned with their little role and fail to see the bigger scheme of business operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Honeoye Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Honeoye Falls, NY

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was above average for the location. Bonus was unpredictable.
    There are smart people to work with and openly accessible resources.

    Cons

    Management was amazingly incompetent and ineffective at many levels. Great resources are improperly applied. Career growth is almost independent of your actual work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward intelligence and effectiveness. Reassess reward systems. People are being managed very poorly at big loss to every department that I've come into contact with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    If your looking for full-time stay away!

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off and good wage.

    Cons

    Union, coworkers are horrible, unfairly treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great products, great company but dedicated, proven, and loyal employees often overlooked for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Lansing, MI

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

    Pros

    Amazing new and exciting high-quality vehicles. Salary employees are treated very well, good pay and benefits, great work environment. New CEO seems to be doing her best to build the company and regain customer's trust by changing the culture.

    Cons

    Employees who have years of knowledge and experience are passed over for promotions in favor of much younger, less experienced employees who "suck up" to and socialize with upper level management. Training new employees is mostly OJT. Many good people but few posses good leadership skills. Mentorship almost non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people in leadership positions to be leaders. Look to our seasoned, experienced employees for advice and leadership. Get back to the basic fundamentals of GMS. The current foundation and continuous training is gone.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tier 2 Hourly Outlook

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Paycheck but not nearly enough to get by.

    Cons

    Even with degrees management looks at you like you are worthless and have no valuable impact on the business even though you are the one running the business from the ground up. The right people never get promoted no matter what you do if you are not a CHOSEN ONE you will not ascend in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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