General Motors Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
928 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 57 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company (in 21 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 23 reviews)

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    Design Cars and Trucks

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    Former Employee - Creative Designer  in  Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Creative Designer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Various Design Opportunities for each brand.

    Cons

    Excellent work-life balance, not overloaded but taking off sharp at 5pm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, Overall depends on department and manager

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hiring and firing culture! Grad students are being shaped to be monsters!

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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

    The benefits are amazing! Great salaries and opportunities to own a GM vehicle (which I would never replace for my Mazda) but the perk is there if you want it. Profit sharing benefits are also great but good luck with these recalls. Good working hours.

    Cons

    Hiring lots of new kids and firing those who are a threat to lead, supervisors, and management. There is a culture of envy and those who came from Dell are ruining the Innovation Center. Too many meetings and people looking busy. Too many 'gatherings' after work and heaven forbid if you do not assist, they want to know why but I never told them. I take care of my disabled father and can't be socializing, drinking, and spending money after work hours. If you do not give them your personal life, there is a problem. If you go to Human Resources, they will not help you, they will either make you feel incompetent or worse off, they will fire you. As soon as I did not owe them my moving expenses, I ran from the company where I though I was going to grow and be proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervise Austin. My other colleagues in Arizona and Georgia are happy. You will not make it with the hiring and firing all the time. Check your management credentials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - GPSC  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - GPSC in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere, the opportunity and the people

    Cons

    The IT group needs some much advancement but they are getting there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep continuing to challenge your employees, GM is a great place to if we want to continue to 'design, build, and sell the worlds best vehicles' continue to challenge us even more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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.

  7.  

    Morale issues

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great perks, driving nice cars, work life balance is great

    Cons

    Everyone works <= 8 hrs, leadership isn't there, and the biggest issue is that morale is completely out the door. GM Recalls happened for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the client more than your future promotion or monetary gain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    GM

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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

    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    Overall a big company has a lot to offer.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn. Many online and in-class training.
    Compensation is good, at least begin with. ( Good 401k and health plan)
    There are some really good people to work with and learn from.
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Office culture is more conservative. Not a big support for innovation.
    Lots of complexity in product design, spent tons of time on tools.
    Political culture.
    Managers tend to hold on to the employees and not let move.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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