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"Gratifying work in a company that still has significant cultural issues"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Honeoye Falls, NY
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Honeoye Falls, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Complex technical challenges
Ability to contribute to technical leadership of the company
Flexible work hours

Cons

Middle management (Directors down to Chief Engineers) seem to be so "ladder" focused at the expense of corporate competitiveness.
Extrordinary efforts are often rewarded whereas results are not.
Tout "Workplace of choice" when 50 hour work weeks are the expected norm

Advice to Management

The current recognition systems reward individual effort. Need to find a way to reward genuine team efforts.
Instead of demanding 10 hour workdays, create a workplace that entices people to put in those hours willingly.
Focus on rewarding workers for favorable results instead of just effort.
Give genuine accountability and lattitude to directors, chiefs and managers. Carefully review leaders capabilities to produce results and adjust org accordingly. Eliminate/diffuse any "good old boys clubs" and identify those who produce valuable results.

Other Employee Reviews for General Motors

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Okay place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, opportunity to move around and gain new experiences

    Cons

    Poor upper management, no raises, too much process, slow at decision making

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO, let the designers and engineers make world class, high tech products, lead on technology instead of following the competition


  2. "Good experience, unfair treatment; thus, no job satisfaction."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good experience to add to the resume, good assignments to stretch and challenge your skills.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, favoritism, process impovements and complexity reduction are always talked about but nothing is ever done due to middle management being bottlenecks in the process, no work/life balance, in a lot of groups still "the old boys club" tendencies, same mentality as 20-30 years ago, poor performance evaluation process without any valuable constructive feedback (if they want to promote someone - they will find the reasons, if they don't want to promote someone - they will find the reasons as well).

    Advice to Management

    Please refer to "cons".

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