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General Motors Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    Big company, lots of networking

    Cons

    People need to understand diversity

    Advice to Management

    More diversity training and awareness activities


  2. "Performance Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GM is a huge company, so there are many chances to meet and network with other engineers. Work was very technical; as an engineer, I enjoyed my day-to-day work since there were lots of problem solving, data analysis, and teamwork. Sometimes things were very fast-paced and other times not very much depending on where your vehicle was in the timeline.

    Cons

    The culture is old-fashioned. As a woman of color, I did not appreciate some of the comments and treatments I received. I did not want to argue or cause a scene with those individuals after being told that I was too "young", "woman", "sensitive" and "liked to overreact" and that that those qualities were "too woman-like" or that I "looked and acted very similarly" to other woman of color they knew. I tried to think what I did wrong, but could not find anything other than just being myself. I also don't think I was the only one who received these treatments after talking to my peers at GM.

    I understand that the CEO is a woman and that some parts of the company are very progressive. I also understand that those individuals are from an era where not many women of color were engineers. However, My empathy was not enough to keep me at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Cultural transformation, maybe through promoting positivity and diversity. I understand that GM is a for-profit company, but please try to provide more training and team building activities for people to be more positive, flexible, and accept differences. I don't think annual trainings and resource groups are enough.

  3. "IT Perspective"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - casual dress
    - not strict on hours (get the job done)
    - good work life/balance
    - starts with 3 weeks vacation + 16 holidays
    - opportunities move around in the organization

    Cons

    - too many middle managers
    - very siloed

    Advice to Management

    - hire more experienced developers and trim the middle management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and pay. Strong team building activities.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance. Global support means being on call 24/7 even on vacations and holidays. I can't tell you how many weekends, vacations, and holidays needed to be worked.


  5. "Oracle Database Admin"

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    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Lots of cultural activities, Bold undertaking to build in-house IT infrastructure and software development Lots to learn.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be improved.


  6. "Temp to Term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Hill, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Hill, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Close to home
    Free benefits after 90 days
    Union based

    Cons

    High stress environment
    Vital information isn't clear
    If you are a temp you are the mercy of the company


  7. "Not What it Used to Be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, employee and family discounts, paid time off plus sick days for full-time employees. Retirement and savings plans available. Tuition assistance is also available.

    Cons

    Only taking on temporary employees. Most temps have to work for 3 years or more before getting hired on full-time, then it takes 8 more years to reach full wage. Intermittent lay-offs are becoming common practice, in order to handle product changes and market fluctuations.

    Advice to Management

    Make quality more important that quantity. Make people more important than product. The health, safety, and mental well-being of your employees shows in the overall quality of the products shipped to the customer.

  8. "No opportunity for advancement, antiquated ideals from management"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Accountant in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy workload, interesting work environment if you enjoy the automotive industry. Not quite as mundane as other accounting jobs can sometimes be

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, managers don't want females on the showroom floor unless they are a receptionist/secretary. Unwilling to hear new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Look for defining qualities in job candidates aside from age and gender.


  9. "Last 5 years has seen a turn. Company is starting to run by numbers not what is good for the customers vehicle"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Flint, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most co workers are good to be around and knowledgeable crew

    Cons

    Change is slow to happen. Company isn't nimble to change, still beauratic. .. a lot of Drama still present between co workers

    Advice to Management

    Quit teaching people to be followers..teach them to be leaders and improve the company...


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits package. Above most competitors and other manufacturing companies it's size. The vehicle product lines are very high in technology.

    Cons

    Politics is very rampant and out of control in this organization. Managers with no experience are put into positions based on who they know. Skilled experienced individuals are by passed if they're not playing the politics game.
    Creative and innovative ideas are almost impossible to accomplish due to the slow responses and red tape within the organization.

    Career movement is almost non existent below level 7. GBS constantly reorganizes and the employees are always in a state of chaos trying to recover from the previous re-org.

    Workplace of choice survey results are just smoke and mirrors to make it seem the company cares because their actions go against what they speak.


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