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General Motors Reviews in Warren, MI

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pay, difficult to be promoted without major connections....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good vehicle discount purchase programs
    Decent do-workers

    Cons

    Still clinging onto the O.B.N.
    Promotions based on "who you know" rather than formal credentials
    Some of the ethical challenges seem to have carried over from the "old" GM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth and try to rate employees based on contributions rather than level of connectedness.

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

    Good for younger employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Make great products, working hours are pretty flexible and the vacation time is real good, along with the holidays.

    Cons

    Make great products, although the employee discount could better or have a lease program for employees similar to the other auto companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fair and equal treatment not given.

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

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

    Pros

    It is an ok company and I enjoy my position. I do like the people I work with in the lower level positions but I don't know what much of the higher up people are like.

    Cons

    I feel that as a contract employee the company treats you much differently than a salary employee. I am not happy how as a contract employee I have to go around figuring out how to get access to everything when all the salary people get it when they start and they also get trained much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating your contract employees more like salary employees and things would move a lot simpler and better. The employees would also feel more part of the company and there would be less issues going wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Contract Work at GM

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    Former Employee - Product Engineering Technician II in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Product Engineering Technician II in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy. Things are constantly changing, so you have to stay on the edge.

    Cons

    Large corporation environment that supports its direct hire employees, but not so much its contract employees. Lower level employees are treated as expendable people rather than assets to the corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing everyone's contribution to the company. Recognize and reward talent, rather than remind them that they can be fired at any time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the right "time" to be at GM R&D

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Researcher in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    GM R&D has a good reputation extending from the past, so when you work there you enjoy outsiders appreciating where you work, even though this only comes from the past. with no real present impact.

    Cons

    Absolutely no vision for the development of new hires. You're basically on your own. If you are lucky enough to have a manager who is a good person and believes it is his/her job to help you develop, you can stay where you are for years.

    R&D in the recent decade has always been struggling with constantly (justifying our existence).

    Full lack of transparency in promotions and bonuses.

    Leadership in the last 4 years has been more concerned with inter-company politics than with actually achieving prosperity for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your young caliber who are ambitious and hungry for achievements, but just are not receiving proper coaching. I have seen many smart people while working there who have been there for around 10 years and still waiting for a chance because they are not aggressive enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Get your foot in the door, Good company and Great Opportunities!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    Offers many opportunities for change, good pay, and many benefits. Management is very helpful, and there are many great resources.

    Cons

    More opportunities for contract employees would be nice, other than that I am pleased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources to assist contract employees wanting to make a move to "full" GM status.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Intern Research

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, Good set of problems to work on.

    Cons

    In Detroit! Research is not very well tied to academia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hear to your researchers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great career building opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Warren, MI

    I worked at General Motors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse functional and educational opportunities - personal and professional interests may be pursued as one develops and builds their career.

    Cons

    Overly rigid adherence to external political pressure, especially since federal involvement. Union work rules and social promotion are excessive and onerous. The culture at GM has become far less personally referent over the last two decades.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced.Can be too fast. There is a precarious balance between a mature product and a fast to market one.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Sculptor in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Design Sculptor in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Creativity, great people, and challenging work. Good benefits, compensation, and it can be fun at times.

    Cons

    Behind the times technologically, and a dismal work environment. Old facility, barren grounds, can make it feel like an abandoned campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain environments stifle creativity, others promote it...its nothing new, hire a consultant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE! Misrepresentation of Employment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Warren, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cafeterias are great. Co-workers friendly and helpful. Bathrooms clean.

    Cons

    GM is desperate to hire a LOT of IT resources: developers, network engineers, project managers, and so on. The desperation to hire thousands of technical workers drives questionable things to happen, as its so hard to hire technical talent in the first place.

    GM cold called me to apply at GM. So I listened to the recruiter, applied, got job, loved the hiring manager, and what I was doing...for one week.

    After ONLY ONE WEEK, some other project wasn't going well. Management rotated 1 worker off the project, and told me I'd be reporting to a different manager, and doing something unrelated to my job title and what I was told I would be doing. My offer letter with who I reported to and my job title meant nothing.

    I complained to HR, to management, and to the recruiters...nobody cared to make things right, only to force me to report to someone other than my hiring manager, and do a job far less technical than I was hired for, making several technical certifications and my past technical experience irrelevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you give a candidate a job offer in writing of who they report to and what they do, don't change that one week later. That's misrepresentation of employment.

    if you can't figure out / project what resources should be on what projects, you have some serious project management problems.

    Keep burning new hires, and you'll get a reputation in the technical community...or perhaps you already have a poor reputation, and that's why I got the cold call because you're having problems hiring technical talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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