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Updated June 30, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Race to the Bottom/Manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great; Amazing amount of potential. With actual long-term goals in place, would be an amazing place to work for. Products themselves can be hit-or-miss, but are usually interesting.

    Cons

    At least in the manufacturing realm, the #1 motivator is fear. Anyone that can't be intimidated is eventually squeezed out to make for a compliant salaried workforce. Primary measurement in effect is Cost-per-unit: which is silly when you consider that the only lever that can be pulled at a plant level to adjust this is labor (hint: Understaff on purpose and enforce 'casual' overtime). I've worked or Co-op'ed in several GM manufacturing plants, and this is the case in pretty much every one.

    Rumor was, my current facility was dead-last of all manufacturing facilities in the Workplace-of-Choice survey in 2015. What floored me was that the 'interview' portion (which used an outside firm to gather anonymous feedback) was scheduled during a week where the plant was in shutdown: meaning that there weren't any employees around other than the select few that 'just so happened' to be in working overtime projects. To my knowledge, we have not been given the opportunity to do another plant-specific survey since.

    Arbitrary measurements: goal plans and glide-paths generally don't reflect real business conditions. Most of the Level 1/2/3 production measurements are set up on a weekly/monthly cycle which greatly rewards short-term decision making. This is especially frustrating for a maintenance expenditure: there's absolutely no way to amortize a large maintenance cost (i.e., a $30,000 motor) on a monthly budget. [Case in point: A machine was failing, replacement part cost was $15,000, but because the plant would have been 'red' for the monthly maintenance budget, instead of planning the replacement and purchasing the components, it was band-aided and continued to run. When it eventually failed the next month, the damage caused an additional $20,000 of collateral damage, and incurred several shifts of downtime until it could be repaired. There was no effort to acknowledge that the additional cost was due to a failure to act, because by the measurements it was a better outcome]

    Systems that are put in place for standardization never seem to be evaluated for efficacy in a closed-loop manner: the end result is a lot of motion that creates the illusion of work. Sad part is, every time there's a 'critical failure' we manage to add yet another required system on top of the 8 that were already there. Why this appears to work: the fear of having to go through another GMS/5-Why/Fishbone/RedX/Root Cause Analysis/Problem Solving Tool/Diagonal Slice/TPM/Six-Sigma/OpEX exercise causes employees to either avoid doing *anything* involving risk, or to hide the mistake and hope no-one finds out (I must point out that Bob Lutz acknowledges and nails this fact very, very hard in one of his recent books).

    Advice to Management

    I've seen enormous changes in the way corporate organizations (i.e., engineering/sales/marketing) is handling operations. Colleagues in Warren and Milford tell me that the workplace is drastically better now than they can remember. The 2020 events, the corporate leadership, all of the top end happenings are unrecognizable from the GM of 10 years ago.

    What I don't see, though, is that attitude and those expectations getting to the manufacturing facilities, at all. But then again, there seems to be a branding crisis where GM wants to be seen as a "tech" company rather than a manufacturer (100% serious: even HR and corporate recruiters are explicitly told not to refer to GM as a manufacturer anymore, but as a tech company "like Apple or Facebook"). If GM is giving up on being a manufacturer, fantastic. Otherwise, get serious about pushing the 'culture change' to the plants.


  2. "Disorganized and Out of Touch"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great people

    Cons

    Major issues off the bat, like not having a computer for the first 6 weeks of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Get more organized

  3. "Work schedule and lack of respect"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lordstown, OH
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Lordstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting technology and equipment. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects and install new equipment and optimize processes.

    Cons

    Treated with no respect. Work way to much overtime with little regard for your life outside of the plant life

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with basic human decency


  4. "Throw money at all the problems"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great compensation and benefits for the area, low cost of living, insane job security

    Cons

    union regulations effect everybody, no real meaningful work, forced lateral movement constantly, all leadership came from the same contractors before the insourcing/bailout

    Advice to Management

    hire in new young talent and actually retain them, give them meaningful work, and get rid of all the dead weight. stop wasting money for no value added.


  5. "Compensation is competitive however if you're not ready to retire and a senior you can get really dragged down."

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    Current Employee - Senior UI Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior UI Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits. If you like oversized teams, you'll fit in.

    Cons

    Oversized teams, bad management of technical debt, horrible integration between distributed systems.

    Advice to Management

    get your systems working so that you can trust your deployments instead of fearing them.


  6. "Good if you get a good team"

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    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company so you get exposure on latest technologies

    Cons

    Bad Scrum Masters, Many layers to go through


  7. Helpful (7)

    "IT Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - Several weeks of time off, lots of holidays, paid winter shut down, health insurance is fantastic.
    New College Hire? - This place is for you. They'll pay for you to move and give you a raise every 6 months.

    Cons

    If you're an experienced hire like myself, you'll find this is a typical corporate company. It's the same red tape, same good ol' boys club, same politics, groups are extremely siloed. Promotions within the same group are almost non existent. In most IT groups, you can't be promoted unless you dedicate every waking moment of your life to your job - instead you have to leave the group to get the promotion you need or have someone leave. They let really knowledgeable workers walk out the door. The infrastructure is a mess. They go with whatever brand/products are the cheapest. They are trying to hire a bunch of new college hire developers to develop 80% apps in house and throw them into a group, train them and have them do repetitive tasks over and over again. It's very common to walk around and see people hanging out on Facebook or playing games. There are a massive amount of people that are not technical at all and I have no idea how they got the job. Cubical areas are short so it's very loud. Do not expect any privacy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a pat on the back once in awhile. Don't let good people leave. Figure out how to retain good people. Believe it or not, there are a ton of very passionate people that you let leave every day.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Serious Software Developers BEWARE!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Java Systems Developer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Java Systems Developer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay very well and have the excellent benefits. The downtown location is pretty nice.

    Cons

    If you are serious software developer then you steer clear of this place. You would think that a company that is trying to get into the Automated Car business would be cutting a top notch technical environment. You would be mistaken. The technology they are using was outdated before I began my career. For instance a java project I worked on wasn't using a dependency management system, it literally had dependent jar files checked into SVN.

    Another project I worked on kept falling over because it was trying to remove records from a database via JDBC... it was actually going through all the records, reading them into memory, and then going through them one by one to issue a delete... millions of rows... I watched a very senior level employee spending hour upon hour trying to trouble shoot this thing. How would you solve this? Well you'd just double the CPU and memory of course (True story)

    The consensus amongst employee's is "it pays very good", now picture yourself with a bunch of coworkers all with this same mindset. If that's that seems like a compromise you are willing to take then go for it, you will get paid very good!

    Note for new college grads (I was not one, but feel I need to put out a PSA) If you are told you will be doing software development... you won't... You'll be writing test scripts... all day every day... and not using some cool scripting language... think 3rd party gui tools like SOAP UI.


  9. "Skilled Support Technician"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Fraser, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Fraser, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people you work with are fantastic. They have decent benefits and it's not a back breaking job. Safety conscious.

    Cons

    The union politics, back stabbing, and cilqs seems like High School all over again. Senior union members have no work ethic because they are afraid to lose jobs and don't want to see others succeed.


  10. "If you don'the mind that it WILL be years before you might get hired & have benefits"

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    Current Employee - General Assembly in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - General Assembly in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ok starting pay him wily paychecks

    Cons

    *DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE UNION(They are just taking your $$)Until you are hired. They are required to assist you regardless of if you are hired or not. Jus be careful who you talk to & tell things too. Everyone IS NOT there to help you.
    *U won't get hired for 3 or more years.
    *U will get medical(per 2016 contract) but when there is a lay-off that lasts past the 1st day of the next month. You will lose your medical until you return back to work full-time & it could take a week before it shows back up that u have Benifits.
    *U won't get any Bonuses, Incentives or even get treated as a full-time worker. 3days time off a year(UNPAID) & has to be pre-approved.
    *Not able to do OT unless it's mandatory for the plant or specific shift. (Not jus your job, cause senior employees will complain).
    *Ask lots of questions(many will take advantage of you if they can). Especially Management

    Advice to Management

    Quit being such jerks & work with people.... Life happens


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