General Motors Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Some Plants Want to Keep Temps Indefinitely

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Flint, MI

    I have been working at General Motors part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Rate of Pay for entry level employees is on par with/better than most jobs requiring next to no education

    Cons

    Minus Holiday Pay* (you need to establish 90 days worked) and regular raises*, you don't receive any perks (vacation time, job selection, insurance, bonus checks, job security, accumulating seniority) until the company decides to make you a full time, permanent, hourly employee. Way back when, you would be one after 90 days flat out. Today, you can be a temp indefinitely. I've been for 3.5 years and I know many who were for 6-7+. You are forced to work the most undesirable jobs in your facility that nobody else wants and you are very much encouraged not to try and take time off, because essentially you are there for absence relief. You may be laid off several times before you are hired, they may also lay you off, and later bring in other people who've never worked for the company before and hire them despite you never having given them a reason not to want you back. *You lose your earned rate of pay established through raises every time you are laid off. Basically you have to start anew. Also you'll have to earn holiday pay back every time

    Advice to Management

    How about you throw your temps a bone and hire them - the hardest working people you have - AT LEAST after they rack up YEAR(s) of straight employment without stops. People are not robots they need vacation time, sick time, job security, and benefits...


  2. GM Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay. Diverse place to work. Management is helfpul. Teammates are helpful

    Cons

    Bigger company can be overwhelming .Dont learn new things often. Can be segmented in a role


  3. Good start but very limited room to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

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

    Pros

    - Young professional and new college hire atmosphere. - Good Pay. - Good company to start or finish your career life.

    Cons

    - If you're a college hire, you're stuck in your role for 3 years. You can't get promoted or change teams. - No room for career development.


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    GM IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician
    Former Employee - Technician

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with your shift. Great people to work with. My immediate manager actually seemed to care about me.

    Cons

    Getting rid of work from home was a great idea /sarcasm. They lost their hardest working employees. They lied and said exceptions would be made, and then denied everyone who put in to be an exception...you had to report to the office or were considered a voluntary quit. It seems that they usually put the idiots in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. Don't blindly follow other companies (HP, Yahoo) with policies. Don't treat your employees like they are a liability.


  6. Design Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to do something different (different areas of the vehicle)

    Cons

    Lots of processes that don't talk to each other. No one tells you how they interact and you are left to fend for yourself to figure out how all of the systems intertwine.


  7. OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

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

    Pros

    Work with lots of people around world

    Cons

    Always in crisis mode, never stable


  8. 100 year old company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company offers employees lots of holidays and vacation days, in large part because unions have negotiated them for manufacturing side of the business

    Cons

    Due to a very "tall" organizational structure with many levels, and the sheer size of the company with its many divisions, the company has many silos -- both across and up/down.

    Advice to Management

    Remove unnecessary layers of management and push more decision making to the front lines


  9. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Much more aggressive after bankruptcy. Often fast paced and exciting

    Cons

    Can have too many politics. Technology adoption is slow but can be surprisingly fast when an exception is made.

    Advice to Management

    Go for innovation, do not try to blindly follow buzzwords like IoT.....


  10. Intern/Tour Guide

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    GM Family Discount, Real Life Experience, Possible transition to working full time salary

    Cons

    Giving tours and days where you don't have much to do.


  11. Helpful (1)

    New Day

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with mostly.

    Cons

    Lack of true commitment to innovation and values dated principles over people.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a progressive mindset and just do the right thing.



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