General Motors (GM) Culture FAQ

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General Motors (GM) has a culture and values rating of 3.8.

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October 9, 2019

What is the company culture at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Benefits; - 401k 3% match, - High quality health insurance coverage for as little as $25 a month + HSA - Vacation days start at 15 for new hires, 1 year service 18, 5 years service 20 - maxing at 30 days. -Holidays; MLK, Day after Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Floating Holiday between Election Day and veterans day) Thanksgiving + friday after. Last week of December - Day after New Years (roughly 9-13 days) off. - Several opportunities for growth / to climb the corporate ladder - Yearly profit sharing + previous year performance Bonus - Salaries are competitive and are often far above the median and what other companies pay for the same position. - The benefits are what keeps people, even if the job is killing them

Cons

- Each year the first 2 weeks of July is shutdown period. plants shut down and vacation days are mandatory to be used during shutdowns if the business warrants. You often don’t find out if you will be working or not the week or two leading up to shut down period, each year is different. - Old company and old employees make progressing into the new age difficult and slow. The culture had changed little, if at all before Mary Barra came in. The workplace culture is significantly behind most other companies but has shown signs of slow improvement in some areas under Mary’s leadership. - The outdated culture is typically shown in management styles, leadership styles, employee behaviors, and decision making. - Discrimination is a real thing, most of the company including executive leadership, and most higher up leadership roles in the company are run and led by white males. When women or minorities get promoted into such roles, whispers of “they only got that position because they’re XYZ” start to happen. They will put people into positions that are not as qualified as other candidates based on the diversity of the teams current headcount. 70:30 ratio of men and women employees. Women make up the majority of the HR functions (previously known as secretary positions/type of work) of the company. - Salaried politics are worse than UAW politics-- and both are the absolute worst part of working here. Nothing gets done efficiently. You are not trusted to make decisions on your own unless XYZKISG have all approved it. - Do not disclose if you have an invisible illness disability unless it is absolutely necessary, make sure to document everything going forward once you have disclosed. ADA, disability and FMLA regulations are not always followed or enforced, and it can (in my case it did) hurt or end your career. - There is little to no training for new hires, employees, and newly appointed leadership roles. It’s sink or swim, and good luck finding a life vest. - Make sure you fit the mold. Dress conservative. Women- hair and make up done. Make GM your life, so you can get 2 months of work done in 2 weeks with no resources. aka put 12-14 hour days in and than go home and work until bed. -Terrible work life balance. Many obligatory events throughout the year outside of work hours. - In operations/plants there are 1st, 2nd, 3rd shift - you do not get to pick which one you work on or for how long - If you are a attractive, highly motivated, type A personality, Extroverted, or can pick up on corporate politics - you will excel and do well.

Advice to Management

Actions speak louder than policies.

The workplace culture is significantly behind most other companies but has shown signs of slow improvement in some areas under Mary’s leadership.

October 9, 2019

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March 15, 2021

How was the interview at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

- Interview process follows the Lominger competency model and questions predictably - Salary and benefits competitive

Cons

Too much detachment of management to subordinate levels in team: A worker should not be completely beholden to his/her boss without upper management review and oversight. Abuse occurs because incompetent managers don't lead or manage their workers effectively and they receive neither adequate training nor restraint/constraint from their own leadership.

Advice to Management

Do not be detached and insular from your second and third level subordinates. Get to know your people. Take an interest in their careers and personal development. Review each and every one of their performance reviews and mid-term feedback reports and question negative comments in said personnel reports.

Interview process follows the Lominger competency model and questions predictably

March 15, 2021

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December 10, 2020

What is the hiring process like at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Friendly stuff, great atmosphere, challenging tasks

Cons

There wasn’t any, the hiring process is lengthy

There wasn’t any, the hiring process is lengthy

December 10, 2020

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January 23, 2020

How do employees feel about the requirements to work at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Good benefits, bonus for college hires, annual raises

Cons

The purpose of the college hire program is to give them experience and have them leave before the 3 years to a mid-level position is complete. If they don't leave, they are forced out. When GM undergoes an automobile downturn, they fire employees who did good work for them for years, sometimes even more than 5-10 years. Most of the seniors, tech leads, developers, and college hires have left. Last year, GM fired many people in front of their own colleagues. There is favoritism by certain managers intentionally giving out negative reviews so those favorite managers can keep their job. The hr and favorite managers are doing a terrible job. The culture is so bad. Fairness is gone and when they fire you because of their automobile downturn they turn it on their former employees. There are multiple negative reviews of GM.

Advice to Management

Fire your HR and managers giving out negative reviews intentionally to fire people so they can keep their jobs. Be fair with your employees. GM's culture changed because of favoritism and bad HR hires.

The purpose of the college hire program is to give them experience and have them leave before the 3 years to a mid

January 23, 2020

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