General Motors Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
949 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, Overall depends on department and manager

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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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    It wasn't all that great but pay was good

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    Former Employee - Material Supervisor in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Material Supervisor in Bowling Green, KY

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, plus overtime

    Cons

    Work life balance, none really

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    General Motors used temporary employees without regard to their health, wellbeing, or long-term welfare.

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    The company offers full time employees who have worked prior to 2007 a good compensation package.

    Cons

    If you are not hired prior to 2007, the compensation is less than what you may give up in health and wellness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to stop using people up and spitting them out without taking care of your workforce.
    All employees deserve a safe, workplace and working conditions that won't cause them permanent damage or chronic health concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company to work for

    Current Employee - Dre
    Current Employee - Dre

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    processes and lots of meetings

  6.  

    Broken Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People at the top can make big money.

    Cons

    Faulty concept is that we are always right and you will buy what we make because you/we are Americans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to break with tradition and reinvent. You are going to need to let the world know you've made some deep and meaningful changes if this company is to survive and thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learned so much during my first year.

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Within IT, large opportunities to grow and learn technology in the area you are interested in. Great employees to work with, large amount of training (1-2 months) offered to everyone, great atmosphere, excellent place for new hires.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is pretty bad. There are many initiatives within the company and some individuals are overworked & way too many organization changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If managers have teams/employees around the globe/nationwide, make sure to look over their workload and offer assistance. Communication is important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    "Overall an average company to work for..."

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

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Competitive compensation/bonus and other benefits including 401K (Michigan cost of living is comparatively lower as compared to West coast).
    * Good work/life balance.
    * Job stability is good so a lot of people work the entire life and retire from GM.
    * Tuition assistance is generous.
    * Vacations and holidays are also generous.
    * Access to company cars (if you are in the right group).

    Cons

    * Very mediocre engineering talent (at least the area where I work). A lot of people rely on taking credit for others work.
    * Does not attract competitive engineering talent and hiring/interview process is very poor. You can't hire smart technical personnel by asking behavioral questions.
    * Extremely politically - As a result no one wants to make critical decisions and a lot of unfair promotions are given from my perspective.
    * After a certain level, it's very hard to move up in the company. As a result a lot of employees if they hit that level comparatively early in their career and get stuck in the same level for few years end up becoming very mediocre and unenthusiastic at work.
    * A lot of unnecessary meetings and there is a culture to "look busy".
    * Very bureaucratic - Too many useless processes to get simple things done.
    * Most of the time work is not challenging as automotive industry is not as fast paced as some of the other industries.
    * Very few things to do in Michigan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The company talks a lot about the new GM but that also needs to be reflected internally. A lot of old school mentality that needs to be changed.
    - GM needs to promote young talent who posses a "can do" attitude and focus on delivering quality products.
    - GM may find hard to retain talented individuals if they are not rewarded for their hard work. How can the management expect talented people to keep shining if the mediocre and talented get stuck at the same level after few years with more or less same salary and benefits?
    - Upper management needs to be more willing to hear employee concerns and take criticism. A lot of key decisions are taken just to please bosses/upper management.

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

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional

    The pay and benefits are good and the ambassador program lets you check out many of the products

    Cons

    Sometimes work life balance can be challenging

    Long hours can sometimes make optimal work/life balance difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more career opportunities for career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start with, not enough room to grow.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    A lot of talented people, you can learn from the guys around.

    Cons

    Meetings every day, actions items, emails fly around, typical big company.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    like working for the GM in general

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    *Great* people to work with, as an engineer,
    Good work/life balance,
    Compensation/Job security in general is better than competitors

    Cons

    Promotion opportunity is limited and does not go to the right person necessarily
    "Diversity" simply does not apply when it comes to promotion to executives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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