General Motors (GM) Senior Leadership FAQ

Read what General Motors (GM) employees think about senior leadership and the CEO at the company.

General Motors (GM) has a Senior Management rating of 3.5, and Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors (GM), has an approval rating of 84% across the organization.

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March 6, 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Company obviously has good name recognition with prospective future employers

Cons

Everything else. Company is a total mess, thanks to everything revolving around petty office politics. Departments don’t speak or cooperate with each other, as they tend to be managed by inexperienced arrogant young folks the company has deemed as having leadership potential despite their utter lack of management capabilities and led by Mary Barra’s BFFs (the old boys club basically being replaced by a culture and level of maturity that is worse than what I experienced in my college sorority). Performance reviews are based on total fluff criteria rather than legit metrics. Commitment to “sustainability” and an electric future also total marketing fluff as internally staff are assigned to efforts to prop up gas guzzling truck market and stifle growth of electric vehicle market to protect company margins. Left job after 2 months due to being totally disillusioned about company claims re innovation and 0-0-0 mission (Mary Barra is indeed great marketer but sadly incompetent leader too entrenched in the GM way- nepotism and optics over substance). Leadership & HR like to play up the value of working for a “Fortune 10” company when recruiting you, but once you’re stuck in Detroit it’s oh so hilarious to find out your health insurance covers nothing (went from paying $60 a month for medications at a DC non profit to $600 a month working for GM and $10/month to $180/month for doctors visits thanks to the highest deductible I’ve ever had to pay), that you actually lose money investing in their 401k plan, that the “discount” on vehicles is less than what you could get if you simply negotiated with a dealership instead and ultimately still leaves you overpaying for a terrible (in terms of both performance and desirability) car bc you can’t be seen driving a significantly more affordable, better quality Honda Civic without being called out on the company’s yammer feed, and that despite being entitled to 3 weeks of vacation, when they say “use it or loose it” you’re actually being encouraged to do the latter and will be penalized for doing the former. Company is so obsessed with cutting costs at the expense of employee benefits and well being that you will get mocked for asking where to find Kleenex when you have a cold (the answer I was given: “there’s a CVS downstairs as you know...”) or for ANY supplies or tools beyond a laptop and spotty internet connection (when asking for file folders and a place to put paperwork related to my work, was belittled for suggesting piling everything I’d need for my job on the table top that posed as my desk was not sufficient, and was forced to use research tools and subscriptions provided by my recent alma mater to do my job after requesting and being denied access to information resources beyond what I could google- including subscriptions my manager had access to but refused to share due to the aforementioned sorority culture). Basically you are being set up to fail, and unless you have an engineering degree and/or amazing contacts in the auto industry you’re screwed once they’ve tricked you into moving to Detroit only to find out working for GM is nothing like what it’s marketed to be, from culture to benefits to the impact and mission of the work.

Advice to Management

You’re no Tesla, so stop pretending like you’re competing with Elon Musk for the same caliber of employee. Those of us that genuinely care about the mission of a company will indeed run themselves into the ground with exhaustion and sacrifice a lot to see it fulfilled, but they will not tolerate that level of sacrifice at GM when they quickly realize the alleged 0-0-0 mission is a con to trick investors and millennials into thinking the Mary Barra GM is not simply the same of GM that got bailed out during the crisis under shuffled, but effectively the same, leadership. Either provide recruits with better benefits, including work life balance, or purpose, but don’t starve them of both.

Departments don’t speak or cooperate with each other, as they tend to be managed by inexperienced arrogant young folks the company has deemed as having leadership potential despite their utter lack of management capabilities and led by Mary Barra’s BFFs (the old boys club basically being replaced by a culture and level of maturity that is worse than what I experienced in my college sorority).

March 6, 2019

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October 16, 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at General Motors (GM)?

Pros

Good medical coverage, 401k marching, paid time off and holidays.

Cons

Too much politics, lacks training, no clear direction, disengaged leadership. Direct quote from VP when asked if we can have coffee at the office: “Be glad you have a job here”

Advice to Management

Care about your employees so they might care about the company.

Too much politics, lacks training, no clear direction, disengaged leadership.

October 16, 2019

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