General Motors Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
919 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 46 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes work life balance can be challenging (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Big stupid poopy heads

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    There's no place here for geniuses. Problem solvers are dreaded because their superiors feel inferior. There is a total lack of integrity and a severe shortage of intelligence.

    Cons

    There's plenty of opportunity for big stupid poopy heads. If you have a degree AND are a complete moron, you're set for life. When you screw up the taxpayer bails you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rewarding incompetence: you'll run yourself into the ground soon.

  2.  

    Many opportunities, great people, and interesting, challenging work

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop great products with top notch resources available and opportunities for continued growth and learning.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a strong customer focus. Keep the product portfolio the right size to compete efficiently with other OEMs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    General Motors Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The people that work here are awesome. As an intern, I never had the feeling of being unable to ask someone for help. People are busy but they are more than welcome to take some time to explain things. They will also take time out of their day to explain what their job is or what their function does. Depending on who you get for a supervisor/manager has a big impact on how your experience is.

    Cons

    General Motors is a slower moving company but that comes with size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of your influence to implement what your employees are suggesting. Also, do not put all your effort to reaching the short goals. Try to focus on implementing some of the suggestions from employees and meeting your goals will follow.

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  5.  

    Production assembly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere, typically the supervisors work well with the employees. reasonably good benefits. Tuition assistance benefits. Reasonably secure paycheck. Small clothing allowance.

    Cons

    At times dangerous, exposure to chemical fumes from machining operations, can be noisy depending on where you are assigned. Lunch periods are short so you do not have time to go out for lunch and the cafeteria services are not very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too Many Old Timers still ruling the roost

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

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Senior Management trying to move forward

    Cons

    Many Middle and low level management people have a very warped sense of reality and refuse to do what's good for the company, they are only focused on them selves and the "good old boys" around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in More outsiders and ween the company of complacent mangers who offer nothing but road blocks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    GM IT Austin innovation; a Great Mistake.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits like any other big corporations, 2 weeks holiday in december, and hours of no work and getting paid. Way to go GM!!

    Cons

    Unethical management from the bosses to HR except if you are an ex Dell employee. Would not recommend a young professional to start his/her career here as it lacks direction in every thing including the traning, no room for growth especially if u have a masters degree, bad management in everything including IT projects undertaking. Choose wisely, do not be swaed with the 6 months salary review, is a lie and promised training is a joke especially if management does not want you to follow standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay close attention to the innovation center in Austin it is a place that has a lot of politics and unethical behavior openly displayed which will inhibit talent growth among young professionals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    GM

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

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GM is a very old and conservative company. If you want job security, GM is the place to be. Great benefits, good salary, and good hours.

    Cons

    Co-workers aren't very technical, especially if they are not from an engineering or comp sci background. Management is excellent, but unless you work in an engineering or design team, it is hard to get noticed and achieve promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    50/50

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, work hours seem to be flexible. Okay benefits, everyone has access to company cars. Reallocation package is nice.

    Cons

    Very unstructured, everyone here is new so there really aren't many people to go to for help with BASIC things. I'm fresh out of college I want to be surrounded by people that can help me grown not a ton of other college hires. Too many people here lost and confused. If they offer you a job after one interview be cautious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down. The waves of people being hired are too large, and the increments are too close together. This results in a ton of lost and confused people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work if you have the patience to earn your dues.

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    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor  in  Moraine, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor in Moraine, OH

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

    Pros

    The pay. Why else would you be there. The pride factor. Maybe not nationally, but in the local area where a GM facility is, you will be known to people as that guy / gal that works for GM.

    Cons

    Indecisiveness. Goals and work plans that are supposed to be set in stone change daily. Glorified high school w/ paychecks. Do your job the best you can and you will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are the ones building your product. Quit acting like they are putting you out when they have a problem with the job. Leave your personal problems at the gate. An employee doesn't need to pay for something your spouse or kids did before your shift started.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    From bad to worse

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The softest job, you could do nothing for the whole day, nobody will notice

    Cons

    Boring, the new ideas are shunned, the system is so much backward...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of the management,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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