General Motors Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. You will gain a lot of knowledge working here

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Buyer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Have met really nice people. Acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience. Excellent professional development courses offered. Lots of community involvement and giving back.

    Cons

    Leadership is the worse. Many supervisors and managers in people leader roles who are not people leaders and developed themselves. Lack of education and knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people in leadership roles who are leaders. Have had leadership training.


  2. Competitive Atmosphere, non-competitive pay

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Startup feel, new projects and concepts being completed from scratch, cutting edge technology/frameworks. Great teams that have experienced, seasoned senior developers.

    Cons

    There is a focus to bring in a large amount of new college hires for which to nourish and grow to become the company's core IT work population. However, there is not enough focus on the mid to senior level in terms of keeping talent for which the college hires will learn from. Without a competitive pay for the area, you'll continue to see a mass exodus of these employees which will severely impact the ability for GM to reap the benefits of their seeded college hires.

    Advice to Management

    Crunch the math, at a minimum the company should match the average pay for the IT professional in their city of employment. The cost associated with training due to hire turnover does not even come close to the cost of adjusting salaries to align with local averages.


  3. Looking forward to the future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    GM truly seems to look ahead on a business wide level and a personal professional level -- that is if you're willing to seek extra work and opportunities.

    Cons

    Have to work hard to get noticed, but it makes you work harder and do a good job. Overall, I've been happy with my experience and love the company

    Advice to Management

    Have a more clear path to advancement and what you want and see in new hires, mid career, etc. Help everyone understand the goals and objectives.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Poor treatment of contractors

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere in the tech center. Good sized cubical to work. Excellent cafeterias. Lots of parking around the complex. Nice camps for walking.

    Cons

    In the department that I worked, contractors are treated like second class citizens. Personally saw direct employees receive preferential treatment. Management was much more critical of issues. Mgmt did not treat contractors with mutual respect.

    Advice to Management

    Need to check your ego at the door. Focus on the program and the metrics. Need to be consistent and fair in all decisions that effect employees and programs.


  6. IT Security Engineer II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, unlimited sick days, tons of vacation, yearly bonus

    Cons

    culture is a problem, new employees are looked down upon


  7. 2015 GM

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    General Motors has a lot of different employment opportunities. There are chances to change your career several times over.

    Cons

    General Motors is a large company. As such, there can be those typical bureaucratic interactions. With skill, employees can manage to get through these challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Provide support, advice and encouragement to employees. It is better to lead by skill than to manage by spreadsheet alone.


  8. Helpful (1)

    finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture - good working hours vs. wall street, global company, debt-free balance sheet due to bail out, international assignment opportunity

    Cons

    Company lives in powerpoint, silos, groups compete with other groups for management attention, it's all about pleasing the boss instead of doing what's best for the business

    Advice to Management

    deliver on what you write in the job descriptions, incentivize employees to work more for the company vs. just collecting a paycheck, enable more cross-functional collaboration and engagement


  9. Group Leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, decent raises for performers. Generous vacation time, 20 days after 3 years plus many holidays. Good discount on new vehicles.

    Cons

    Work hours can be long (often 10+). Slow development. There wasn't a clear path for advancement and individuals often had to push the issue as leadership did't seem eager to move/promote anyone. Not uncommon for people to remain Group Leaders for their entire careers.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a rotational program for manufacturing.


  10. Don't value previous automotive expierance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people , fun place to work

    Cons

    Convert people with no previous automotive expierance . Huge pay gap for contractors and direct employees for same position

    Advice to Management

    Value employees who have previous automotive expierance


  11. So so

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of fields to work in.

    Cons

    Hard to move around to company to try different positions



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