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General Motors Pontiac Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance culture should be consistent throughout the company (in 82 reviews)

  • long hours and can sometimes be stressful (in 72 reviews)

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  1. "GM engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. If you want to get promoted you have to play the game. Good vacation policy. Good holidays.

    Cons

    If you want to get promoted don't expect to get it from just hard work. Learn to play the friends and family game.

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking people out for promotion 6 months after they show up. People should have to perform at.thwir assignments not just put in their time before moving on.


  2. "Worker-SPO plant, Pontiac"

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    Former Contractor - Production Worker in Pontiac, MI
    Former Contractor - Production Worker in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours were great (6am - 2pm)
    You could also pick your shift you wanted to work
    I wasn't constantly supervised
    I liked working with my coworkers

    Cons

    In the beginning I was a temporary employee so I had to pay into the union although I wasn't able to benefit from them.

  3. "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Test Cell Technician in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Test Cell Technician in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good future and career with countless opportunitieis to grow and advance.

    Cons

    Leadership is misdefined and distant.

    Advice to Management

    Strive for team environment on a smaller level. Observe train and promote people who are leaders. Leader is not a title. It is a set of character traits.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with room for growth"

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

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

    Pros

    The future of GM is great!
    A lot of opportunities
    Job can be exciting based on what you do
    GM is getting way better over the years

    Cons

    Bureaucracy still remains
    Managers still frown upon letting you try different positions
    Hard to speak up and get noticed
    Job growth can take years
    No free food, cafeteria can be expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees grow, if they want to try out different things, help them find a opportunity.

    Hire EGMs wisely rather than how much experience or how old someone is. Having a Phd doesn't necessarily mean he is fit for managing a whole team.

    Have rotational programs available for all employees rather then new college grads.

    Let your employees at least drive the cars they are helping to build. A lot of employees dont even know what they are working for until it shows up in a car. And then again they never even get to drive them.

    Have the ambassador program(keeping a company car) back!


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    "algorithm engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends

    I worked at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training. Good orientation. wonderful work life balance

    Cons

    engineer is doing very specific assignment. doesn't have exposure to the big picture and the real product if you are in the PD department.

    Advice to Management

    rotate the employees so that they have the opportunities to understand the real product.


  6. "Fuel Cell"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people that make an the environment interesting. A lot of things to do and position that need filling.

    Cons

    It like a military structure and management will fire you quick if you step out of line or do not follow chain of command. They will do any thing in their power to get rid of you...


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Good bonus if you can complete your goals and company profits well. Continues to expand into hybrid and autonomous technology.

    Cons

    Changes can be slow at time. Managers can be a bit selfish and put themselves before product development. Company will preach mobility but does not always encourage employees to learn new skillsets and move onto different roles.

    Advice to Management

    Help younger engineers develop careers. Current rotation program is an experiment at best. Need more leadership in the hybrid area. Force managers to stay at least 2 years in a current role before moving on.

  8. "Senior project engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work good benefits

    Cons

    Mangers take all the credit

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Automated Calibration Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Automated Calibration Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Automated Calibration Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great teamwork. This team is by far the best I have ever been a part of
    - Fast paced environment
    - Great learning opportunities
    - Large amount of freedom in decision making
    - Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

    Cons

    - Workload can be oppressive at times
    - 10+ hours of casual overtime required per week to get the job done

    Advice to Management

    Add additional personnel to the team to improve the work life balance of the team. Currently there is not enough time to execute test setup, update work instructions, and participate in improvement projects


  10. "powertrain structural engineer"

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    Current Employee - Powertrain Structural Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Powertrain Structural Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relaxing and professional environment! good benefits, established analysis procedures, knowledgeable colleagues!

    Cons

    Too many experienced employees around you, so it is hard to become a manager or a technical specialist!


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