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Updated March 30, 2017
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  • Work life balance is non-existent (in 74 reviews)

  • Long hours customers would often become upset if the problem wasn't fixed the first time andbrepairabwerebkimd of slow on technicians part (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "IT has no leadership or ownership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    its a paycheck if that's all your looking for. Forget it if you want to actually make an impact. Innovation is an espoused value not enacted.

    Cons

    No leadership, no ownership. Machiavellian politics at its best. Deflection by management at every level, You have to compromise your work ethic to be here. Nothing is proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Get new IT management, the management you have is awful


  2. "Cheap company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Test Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement plan and vacation.
    Company closes for a week around Christmas.
    No other pros apart from that.
    Car benefits
    No vendors

    Cons

    Poor healthcare
    Pay for coffee
    No company sponsored employee events. Employee had pay to attend company BBQ
    No phone sets on desks
    Company does not pay for employee lunch when traveling on company business
    Micro management
    High employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    This is an IT shop don't run it like a factory floor. Stops being a cheap penny pinching company. You want to be a google like company but don't have any google benefits. Hire more experienced professionals instead of hiring so many college grads. Spend some money on employees!!


  3. "Avoid Treasury department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The GM Treasurer's Office (GMTO) is viewed internally at GM as a prestigious place to work.
    There are some really sharp people here, and a few of them are also nice and interesting people.

    Cons

    TO has an incredibly arrogant culture. I've heard from managers here that it is the "best place to work in GM", and that it is "GM's elite organization". I'm sorry, but Treasury is a risk mitigating department, and its purpose is to protect the company from financial turmoil by managing cash flow. The ultimate failure of a treasury department is bankruptcy. The organization does nothing innovative and really does not contribute to the bottom line, but the impression I've gotten is that this organization thinks it is the brains of the company, and that the company would fail without its expertise. Some of the work might sound interesting at a high level, but in actuality boils down to 1. following the rules and 2. managing bureaucracy. It has an awful, toxic, anxiety-producing culture and if for some reason you find yourself in this department, the best thing you can do for your career and sanity is to quit ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Is this place the absolute worst place to work in the world? Maybe not, but it needs a major course correction to be the best-in-class organization that it thinks it is. The GMTO of old has only placed value on IQ and none on EQ. Management needs to take a good hard look at the culture that is in place, and have honest conversations with employees about the way things are done. As of now, it is an awful place with truly disgusting people.


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  5. "Tactical Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Tactical Operations in Warren, MI
    Current Contractor - Tactical Operations in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay for overtime.

    Cons

    The On boarding process is the worse that I have ever experienced. A lot of antiquated and DOS based management systems. Not what one would expect from an organization this size. If you do have or not want a personal life (they work you 7 days a week) then this is a good job. If you are an older workers, they will not bring you on as a permanent employee so you will only be a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    The message of Change and where GM wants to go is not getting transitioned to the mid and lower level managers. It is the same old GM as pre-bankruptcy. No one cares about problem solving and most of the problems are GM caused.


  6. "How slow can you go..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors as a contractor

    Pros

    1) They invest heavily in junior employees, great internship programs.
    2) Nice offices
    3) Good perks in that you can buy a GM vehicle for a nice discount
    4) Pay is good

    Cons

    1) IT has no clue about what the terms Agile, Lean or partnering with other business units actually means. You have to fill out so much paperwork before you can even start working on a project that your team is dedicate to support anyway.
    2) Why is this, because it is all about protecting the Group CIO and making sure leadership can't be blamed for any problems during the project. It always must be someone else's fault.
    3) And this mindset comes from the fact that a large portion of the IT Leadership at all levels has worked together for over a decade at both Dell and HP, and now GM. So, their focus is on protecting each other... regardless of whether they get anything done or not.
    4) Because new projects take so long to start, developers are often spending half their day either on YouTube or building little robotic cars to pass the time.

    Advice to Management

    1) Break up the leadership clique within IT
    2) Implement Lean / Agile processes, which focus on speed and forming strong partnerships with the business units
    3) Remember the "Peter Principal" and stop promoting great individual contributors into management roles that they have no experience in.


  7. "stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lordstown, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lordstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits,nice to be off at holidays

    Cons

    made the lives of displaced employees a living hell. Got stuck in a catch 22 after multiple moves in one year during their restucturing and got railroaded when I was forced in to stay in a hostile work area


  8. "Dinosaur company in terms of IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Motors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive
    Growing IT

    Cons

    Save yourself the trouble of dealing with the mentality that brought GM to bankruptcy. The honeymoon will be over as soon as you start working with Detroit.


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    "Management terrorists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retired in Romulus, MI
    Former Employee - Retired in Romulus, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay but lacking benefits package that got worse every year

    Cons

    I noticed this for years that as employees become closer to retirement that management would work them harder than ever and seemed they would rather them die than retire them!! No conscious towards employee needs and ruthless. Many years of toiling only to have been recklessly abandoned at the end of my career. I hope anyone reading this will take this to heart!

    Advice to Management

    Try to strike a balance between employees personal life and the needs of the business. Carefully screen middle and upper production and material control management before giving them power to destroy people's lives.


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    "Kiss your family / personal life goodbye"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Motors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Money and benefits. Great place for "minorities"..

    Cons

    They profess to care about their employees and advocate a healthy work / family balance but only to the point that you are willing and able to forego your personal live by working 12 plus hours a day as well as weekends.Expectation is that you will uproot your family at their convenience. Voice any contrasting sentiment and you are no longer a team player for which your career is effectively over.


  11. "Rule by fear!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Data Architect in Detroit, MI
    Former Contractor - Senior Data Architect in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great building and access to executive dining club. Nice areas such as Gross Point to live close to work if relocating to Detroit area

    Cons

    Total nightmare upper management culture that rules by fear. For example contractors under one director were required to attend weekly 7:00 AM meeting. If you were late you were fined $100. If you were late for 3 you were fired.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up



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