General Motors (GM) Career Development FAQ

Read what General Motors (GM) employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

General Motors (GM) has a career opportunities rating of 3.6.

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January 27, 2021

How are career development opportunities at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Forward thinking upper management, good salary, good bonus, good job security, importance given to diversity and employee work/life balance

Cons

Poor promotional opportunity, most of the company had a traditional 30 year career mindset, difficult to get noticed in certain positions, some parts of the company work in a silo. Some positions are too process oriented that will drive engineers away. Engineering is being forgotten.

Advice to Management

Try to understand the passion that drives some employees so the mundane routine of the auto industry does not shatter dreams.

Poor promotional opportunity, most of the company had a traditional 30 year career mindset, difficult to get noticed in certain positions, some parts of the company work in a silo.

January 27, 2021

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August 19, 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

With the proximity of driver-less cars, the automotive industry is an exciting place to be...particularly General Motors where we have a strong leader in Mary Barra and the cultural and strategic drivers in place to be a market leader. Also, particularly for those who are based in SE Michigan, there isn't a comparable employer for offering roles that have the diversity, scale and complexity as those available at GM. Makes for some very challenging opportunities and presents ongoing opportunity to take on new roles across different functional areas.

Cons

Career pathing can sometimes be confusing within a company of this size

Also, particularly for those who are based in SE Michigan, there isn't a comparable employer for offering roles that have the diversity, scale and complexity as those available at GM. Makes for some very challenging opportunities and presents ongoing opportunity to take on new roles across different functional areas.

August 19, 2019

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July 3, 2020

Does General Motors (GM) have any sort of mentoring program?

Pros

Great environment, amazing mentorship, high salary, and great benefits!

Cons

I really had an amazing time with everything, fun internship!

Great environment, amazing mentorship, high salary, and great benefits!

July 3, 2020

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September 2, 2019

Why do General Motors (GM) employees quit?

Pros

I was hired during my senior year of college to work at the Austin IT office. I like cars and GM's offer was higher than a couple of others I received so I was excited to start! As an entry level employee you get to work on real projects that contribute to the company. If you have the drive and determination you can get recognition and get some extra money! The pay is good for entry level hires. For your first 3 years, you get 4.4% increases every 6 months as long as you don't screw up!

Cons

The new college hire program for IT is very luck of the draw. You are assigned to a team based on need and not really your skill set. I came in with JAVA skills and was assigned to a team to do web development. Also, some of the managers are better than others and once you are assigned at random you don't get to pick. Some of the managers like to micromanage and count bathroom breaks while others are hands off and allow you to work from home when ever you like. I got one in kind of in between which was fine. They hire a LOT of recent college grads so if you want to get ahead you have to bust your butt. There are not a lot of opportunities for advancements so even if you do bust your butt it is not guaranteed you will get any promotion, this is the main reason I left. GM as a whole is a very cheap company, so don't be expecting to be trying out the new cars. There are no free meals, no company sponsored parties, and no team outings. If they can save a dollar they will! I often forgot I was working for a car company!

Advice to Management

TRUST YOUR EMPLOYEES! The CIO, Randy Mott, is old enough to be my grandfather and it shows. The company is using old tech and old fashion office practices. Let your employees revitalize so that it can excel! Also, LET YOUR EMPLOYEES TEST DRIVE THE CARS! I often forgot I worked for a car company.

There are not a lot of opportunities for advancements so even if you do bust your butt it is not guaranteed you will get any promotion, this is the main reason I left.

September 2, 2019

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April 11, 2021

How are promotions handled at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Senior leadership has good policies, a good annual bonus, several holidays observed, 4 weeks vacation, unlimited sick days

Cons

Withing each business vertical/unit, a single manager determines an employees fate and are very subjective, directors within each vertical in the company wield too much power and run a class system especially Indian directors, they expect employees to be subservient, Indian managers are ruthless and operate like a mafia, if you don't belong to their mafia or pay obeisance you will never be promoted. Lack of clear career path and progression withing the company makes it possible for the mafia to hold employees on the same spot for years until you get frustrated and quit. Many employees spend 7 years with a consistent yearly rating of 'met expectations' and still not get promoted even though the employeee takes on stretch assignments that should warrant a rating of 'exceed expectations', they deliberately withold the 'exceed' rating to prevent the employee from having a basis for promotion.

Advice to Management

1.Investigate directors and managers who have employees that have not been promoted in 4 years. Employees with good ratings and no disciplinary issues should be promoted at least once every four years. 2. Rotate directors and managers every 3 to 4 years to prevent the continuous perpetuation of their mafia. 3. Define and publish a clear career path and progression and set clear expectations and metrics for each level.

Many employees spend 7 years with a consistent yearly rating of 'met expectations' and still not get promoted even though the employeee takes on stretch assignments that should warrant a rating of 'exceed expectations', they deliberately withold the 'exceed' rating to prevent the employee from having a basis for promotion.

April 11, 2021

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