General Motors Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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.....


  3. 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.


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    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.


  6. Designer Pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Detroit in Rocklin, CA
    Former Employee - Detroit in Rocklin, CA

    I worked at General Motors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work environment but slow paced with little opportunity for strong input into the final product. Managers tend to spend more time defending their jobs than working with employees.

    Cons

    Very poor pay for designers but this is typical for the Automotive Industry

    Advice to Management

    Less territory protection be more open


  7. Helpful (1)

    Connections matter more than performance. Traditional thinking

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked in advanced technology area so good learning and decent work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    Opportunity to grow was limited and depends on who and how well you know people or may be how many years you spend on each level. Very traditional thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and skills not based time spent at each level or network within the company. Someone else commented that getting to 8th level is a huge deal and again depends on who you know, very true. So make it fair game.


  8. Senior Project Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, lot of opportunity to work in different groups, Easy management access

    Cons

    very slow to change, too much overlap of work between different groups


  9. yuck

    • 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

    I worked at General Motors

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

    Pros

    technical capability is tremendous not allowed to innovate

    Cons

    bureaucratic creah not customer focused ignition switch fiasco


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good, But there's room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work for a global company with many hard-working people. The benefits are very good and the work life balance is reasonable

    Cons

    The company is still heavily invested in previous ways of business. Much of the work is top down and developers are not involved in product development.

    Advice to Management

    Let developers solve the problems that the business owners have. Don't let the solutions be prescribed for development.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Worst Place for an IT worker.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at General Motors

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

    Pros

    Health insurance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work/life balance Pay for New College Grads is very low compared to the average salary given to such individuals in similar roles Meetings tend to be held very early in the morning (9:15am or earlier and you MUST attend in person) The facilities suck (the workplace doesn't even have coffee or handsoap in the cafeteria) They will Lie in their offer letters (I know at least 2 people whose offer letters promised them a role as Business Analysts but they were placed in technical QA roles after!!) They don't do any coding interviews when hiring new talent. If you're a foreign employee, they will not assist with Immigration/Natualization services

    Advice to Management

    Improve the cons.



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