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General Motors Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,046 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.  

    Corruption at it's large

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    GM is making money despite the recall

    Cons

    IT is a mess and it's become unemployment center just because the IT managers are (mostly) incompetent. They are mostly coming as a bulk from HP, Dell and/or relatives. The interview process so bad that only people they will pass this is people who can talk not work therefore you see all kind of worthless people at GM. Politics is at it's large - and it's Indian politics where other races are either discriminated or not given opportunities. The whole IT for the most part are Indians so you can't tell a part whether it's US or India. There is a reverse discrimination in GM IT department against even white or minorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Test your management and have a process to collect direct feedback from the employees regarding their managers and their capabilities. The worthless managers should be fired as they are not helping but making things worst. STOP outsourcing today because these IT managers are abusing the resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Steady hours, decent wage, decent workers

    Cons

    Been a temp for almost 3 years, still no benefits, supervisors play favorites pretty heavily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of LINC management for Subassembly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Engineering

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Resources and the people you work with

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities if you want to remain in a technical position ... I wouldn't stay with this company for more than 5-10 years if I had to do it again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk

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

    Was going through a turn around , can see real change happening

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    A brand name across the world well recognized

    Cons

    A slow changing huge company in the face of nimble competition

  6.  

    GM management issues remain ingrained.

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    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Design Studio Creative in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great products to be proud of. Design environment and historic campus is huge which is a pro and a con. There is great leadership at the top and cronyism is gradually being weeded out by rechallenging leadership in new positions. There is hope and opportunity.

    Cons

    Warren is run down. Contract employees have no personal time, few holidays, little chance to advance, get a review, raise, or increased vacation time. This is dictated by each contract house but runs through a common HR filter. It is symptomatic of the industry and may be the same at other OEMs. So much experience was either let go, retired or moved on. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental functionality is strained. Communication is complicated and made more so by self serving leaders who control rather than enable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Juvenile behaviour in management is corrosive. Lifers show up to bank days until retirement. Union workers, contract employees and direct hires have entirely different motivations, bosses, and opportunities which incapacitates common goals, teamwork, and true cultural development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    No room for advancement

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    Current Employee - General Laborer in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - General Laborer in Flint, MI

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    You receive a weekly pay check.

    Cons

    The work is very boring, redundant work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need ongoing training and qualified candidates for management positions. Not friend of a friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor culture for work environment. Childish games between management and Union members.

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Lordstown, OH
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Lordstown, OH

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

    Pros

    Health benefits. Fixed schedule. Very simple physical labor (requires little training or knowledge).

    Cons

    Medium to low pay for Tier 2 assembly workers ($15-19) compared to "traditional" Tier 1 employees who do the same or often better jobs for nearly $30/hour. Repetitive actions/jobs can cause mental strain and anxiety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal work - equal pay (message for management & UAW)

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

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    all good, not too bad

    Cons

    don't give any warning when letting you go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to people, communicate

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

    Pretty Decent

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    Former Employee - CCA Engineering in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - CCA Engineering in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern

    Pros

    Very lax atmosphere, coworkers were friendly, and superiors didn't make you feel pressured

    Cons

    Exactly the pros. It sometimes felt like no one got anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely need to pair up interns with a stronger mentor-program. I felt as if I was on my own most of the time (which is fine, sometimes that's just the way it is) but for someone who was new to this industry and wanting to learn more, I felt like I was on a stranded island.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ups and Downs

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Bankruptcy and restructuring have given it a new lease of life. New management is turning the company around.

    Cons

    The Bankruptcy restructured the Financials, Manufacturing Footprint and event the Top Management. However, the culture of bureaucracy, boss worship and complex coordination remain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customer; not on the boss. Provide more autonomy to employees and let them flourish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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