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"I thrived on Saturn... and then 2009? Gone..."

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Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Houston, TX
Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Houston, TX
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

o Opportunities and the belief that the better your performance... the greater your value to the company.
o Great vehicles and awesome technology at a viable price-point for the majority of the U.S. population.
o Resources and tools are available.
o Training is a 'part of life' and is integrated into performance reviews.
o Business metrics and expectations are clearly articulated.

Cons

o Number of employees - is massive. In the downturn of the economy - 2009 - 'cuts' were made along product lines and were not applied to performance reviews or business metrics.
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Advice to Management

Walk the talk and value those who perform versus penalizing with forced early retirements when our 401Ks took a beating for believing and support the company.

Other Employee Reviews for General Motors

  1. "Have to work for it"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Managment rewards talent, and fosters an environment that thrives on teamwork and relationship building. You do have to put in long hours on occassion, but this is a company with endless possibilities, including rotations outside of the States, several legal business entities the size of fortune 500 companies, and cross-functional experiences.

    Cons

    HR still has an old-school mentatility and often fights upward movement for employees that are "too inexperienced" (e.g. too young), and still pushes a seniority-based instead of talent-based retention model. Management fights the battle, and often wins, but still difficult to manage a business when you cannot make the decisions that need to be made on the personnel side.


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    "Leadership inconsistencies"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid pay and benefits, some good people who know their business. Some of those people are trying to turn the company around, but it is a big challenge in light of the entrenched bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Bizarre leadership focus too often; inconsistent and frankly too low performance expectations. There are too many mindless bureaucrats within the organization that plod along, working to avoid any responsibility. Too often, it seems like the main objective is to avoid making any decision that might mean responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Too many times "team" is used as a cover for lack of individual responsibility and accountability.

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