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  1. "Best Internship I have ever had"

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    Former Intern - Powertrain Intern in Milford, MI
    Former Intern - Powertrain Intern in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hands on experience! Interesting and fun projects. Supportive and helpful mentors!

    Cons

    There isn't much to do in Michigan

    Advice to Management

    Great Job! Keep it up


  2. "Great learning environment for a new employee"

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    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Milford, MI
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay for a recent graduate. Vacation time is amazing.
    Everyone I've worked with directly is competent and helpful.
    Mobility within the company - If you don't like where you are, it's easy to research other groups within the company and move around. Seems like no one stays in one place for more than 5 years, and often less.

    Cons

    Corporate sluggishness -I'd imagine this comes with most companies the size of GM, but it's frustrating how much documentation and review is required for even small software changes. This definitely puts us at a disadvantage when trying to remain on the cutting edge of innovation.
    Upper management feels distant - Again, it's a huge company, but I've never even seen any of the upper execs. Milford is definitely isolated from the rest of the company and in some ways treated as inferior (neglect for facilities, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Let your engineers loose. There are a ton of people working here that are bogged down in paper work when they could be creating.

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    "Great company but a lot of red tape"

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    Current Employee - Algorithm Development Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Algorithm Development Engineer in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, and the culture is always working to improve. Benefits are good, and the pay is very nice.

    Cons

    There is so much red tape in the industry. Many times, the work you have done get's prioritized and pushed off so far that you don't know if it will ever get done.


  4. "Product engineering - controls, integration & calibration"

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    Current Employee - Controls and Calibration in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Controls and Calibration in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits (lots of vacation). Very good career outlook for a stable company. Challenging, and exciting cutting edge work. Quality employees, management (for the most part), products and world class laboratories and test tracks.

    Cons

    Too much paperwork/complexity/overhead to get the job done. Some parts of the organization/managers are stuck in the past and sometimes block career development for their own benefit. Training plan for new employees is insufficient at best. No HR involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce complexity of tools/processes as well as the number of tools involved in releasing vehicle software (without compromising quality).


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    "Adapting to new technologies"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Technical Specialist in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Advanced Technical Specialist in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Automotive is in bull market, so rising tide lift all boats, including the superior ones. New top management seems to embrace technology/innovation etc.

    Cons

    There are still some bad mid level management.


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    "Engineering at its best"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    What is best about working at GM is the variety. For the most part numerous positions are available to move within the company.

    Cons

    Not all suggestions are acted on. Car pass process is a pain. On the job training is not available, usually the person you are replacing has moved into their new position, Your left with figuring out the job on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Smile more, have fun with your life and job. Micro management is not popular any more. Stop going to so many meetings.


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    "Transmission Algorithm Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Transmission Algorithm Engineer in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Transmission Algorithm Engineer in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    healthy group culture
    good management
    effcient workload management
    enthusiastic atmosphere

    Cons

    very tight work schedule
    little room for the innovation due to the tight deadline

  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most groups have very flexible work times. Managers are concerned with work life balance.

    Cons

    Michigan is cold and dreary in the winter.


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    "Vehicle Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Development Engineer in Milford, MI
    Former Intern - Development Engineer in Milford, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun place to work. Employees encourage interns to learn as much about the company as possible. Managers are generally approachable and very helpful. Lots of chances for movement within the company. Interns get a lot of the perks employees do, like vehicle test drive programs. Interns from outside the Detroit area also get a free furnished apartment for the length of their stay.

    Cons

    Very large company, so sometimes communication between departments is lacking. Interns do not have as many opportunities for training classes and don't get benefits or vacation (though they can take days off if they make up for it in the same pay cycle).

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees to actively learn about the industry. Have better employee discounts on the vehicles.


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    "Powertrain Engine Calibration Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Powertrain Engine Calibration Specialist in Milford, MI
    Current Employee - Powertrain Engine Calibration Specialist in Milford, MI

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    Many perks to this job such as a competitive salary, profit sharing, company vehicles, future product exposure, and raises are common if you work hard every day. It is fast-paced and the company is always seeking new advances in engine/transmission/hybrid technology. I am very happy to be a part of General Motors. I would strongly suggest taking a job here if possible. Many people are scared of moving to the area, but if you are interested in Powertrain, it does not get much better than living in the towns around Milford and Pontiac, they are typically low in crime and you have access to a lot of fun areas. It is also easy to drive further out of the populated areas and live in the country if you want to prevent driving in congestion etc.

    Career Development here is outstanding, if you want something, there are many people here that will do anything to help you get there (including Managers and Directors). The company seems to have switched to a "new" model of "put people in the jobs that will make them happy" and you can see the results, no one is leaving and many are coming into GM from Chrysler/Ford. I cant say enough about how supportive and helpful management is to help your self-develop.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload is overwhelming. Upper management is trying to hire more engineers, but it is difficult to find great candidates (something I know from trying to recruit to GM's high standards of GPA requirements and hands-on experience myself). Many of us are hoping this will get better soon, but the nice part is that you are always busy and you generally get pulled into many different roles to help your team get stuff done before deadlines.

    Sometimes the travel is overwhelming with a calibration role, you tend to work from sun-up to sun-down on these trips and get little time to re-charge at night, but if you love your work its not bad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on trying to not overload engineers and try to hire more people to disperse some of the workload. Otherwise, great job listening to the employee surveys, I have heard many good things from my co-workers.

    It would be beneficial for employee-morale to pay more overtime on development trips. There are many complaints about the long hours away from family with hardly anytime to call home and talk to wife/kids when they are away. There are also costs associated with travelling (getting a baby sitter on weekends, hiring a company to keep up with lawn care, having contractor deal with issues that come up unexpectedly at home while you are not around to fix them, boarding pets, etc. that do not seem to be taken into account by managements slight compensation and a vacation day for Sunday work).


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