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Updated July 22, 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. "General Motors; still a Crown Jewel of American society!"

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    Current Employee - Transmissions - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Transmissions - Project Engineer in Pontiac, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Well, I've read some of the other reviews, and frankly some individuals are doing better then others.. I'm doing GREAT! Yeah, its going to be tough for the guys and gals that work on V8s and trucks, but thats the nature of capitalism. I'm very grateful to work on new products (transmissions) so my job is safe (it also helps that I'm a bad-ass; i.e. 3 patents over 2 years, started right after college).

    Cons

    I guess the downside is the constant negativity of the media towards GM. If they knew half the products that WILL come before 2010, they'd change their tune (well probably not, but who wins with the media anyways.. oh yeah, Toyota and the Prius [with stolen patented hybrid technology from an American engineering firm, but you'd never hear that from CNN] ).

    Advice to Management

    Advice? If I were to give Senior Management advice, they'd better get the hell out of the way and let me run things! Any 'Senior' manager that asks for advice needs to be immediately released (an opinion is different, advice is help). About 90% of them should be retired by now (I hope some of the management is included in the 15-20% salaried retirement program before Nov. 1).


  2. "A company currently under the clouds due to markets trends....just waiting for that one chance to shine once again."

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

    Pros

    Very Innovative and aggressive research environment. Interesting innovations are being researched everyday. Product development towards one single goal - to provide an automobile that make the customer satisfied to the extent that he/she is loyal out of free will to the GM brand.

    Cons

    Although I must admit not all make it to production.Reason maybe market trends and most of all bureaucracy on the part of various organization and the Oil companies that try to bottle neck the flow of the innovative technology to production.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and facilitate new technology development and let the work speak for itself. These are hard times currently, but persistence and patience will eventually pay off.

  3. "Rick continues to look for ways to restructure and grow in a globally brutal automotive industry."

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    Current Employee - Director Human Resources in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Director Human Resources in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting new products in multiple markets around the world, which include emerging automotive technology (like the Volt extended range electric vehicle, which runs on batteries, but has a small, fuel efficient 3 cylinder engine to back it up and recarge the batteries if you get too far from your normal charging point); competitive pay and benefits; great discounts on cars and trucks; an opportunity to work globally--there is explosive growth overseas in eastern Europe, Russia, India, and China.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours; fluctuation in the markets can impact resources for accomplishing your mission, and also impact amount and timing of compensation programs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on performance, upgrade the contribution of those who are average to slightly above average, and encourage those who don't want to improve and excell to leave.


  4. "We may not be #1 right now but watch out Toyota!!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, brilliant team of engineers. Global presence is strong with many opportunities for ISP's. Pay & benefits are excellent. Education training thru GMU is targeted and allows for good professional growth. Good team enviroment in Product Development which enables a critical focus on getting it right the first time. Advancement in automotive technolgy is at a lightning pace that is exciting and cutting edge.

    Cons

    Still a conservative white male bastion!! Worklife balance is considered a priority yet there are times that this is impossible due to timing demands. North American automotive market in general is decline and NA opportunities are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking in the mirror for more of the same when it comes to hiring and promotions.


  5. "Take it in stride"

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    Current Employee - Global Process Leader in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Global Process Leader in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    After 15 years tenure, the people continue to be my best reason to work for General Motors. Certainly as an engineer the continuous challenge of new vehicle development and alternative propulsion systems keeps me enthusiastic.

    Cons

    The whole global economic crisis: rising energy prices, commodity and steel price inflation, the possibility of a deep global recession are headwinds out of GM's control. These forces additively amount to uncertainty, constantly imploding human resources, and tough actions which we don't enjoy making. Job security does not exist for my generation, If the playing field was level and we didn't have the costs of all the benefits and unions and all that, it'd be a different world

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the structure. I think a collaborative, open management style produces the best input. Particularly if it's coupled with relentless questions, single-minded sense of purpose and direction and attentive listening. GM needs more of this at all levels. Executive directors need to be more downwardly accessible and approachable.


  6. "You can do it, keep on going and don't give up"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for (in spite of current financial problems). Good pay and benefits, excellent support with essential work equipment and excellent work environment. Neat and clean environment, very attuned to safety of employes. I would have a difficult time thinking of something negative to say about working for General Motors. They are an excellent company to work for and even though they have a huge number of employees, I always felt very close to my group. They were very cooperative and worked well as a team.

    Cons

    Current financial problems make for considerable state of discomfort and concern about future of the company. Newer employees will not receive as generous of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Move more quickly to get new products to market. Be more in tune with what customers want.


  7. "I loved this job, it was the best experience ever!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Blanc, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Blanc, MI
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting IT project, great people. Wonderful environment.

    Cons

    No jobs, bankruptcy pending, leadership clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue - make cars people want to buy, demand tariffs against unfair overseas competition.

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    "GM is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company does not expect your soul. General Motors offers a very liberal vacation program. General Motors offers a very liberal benefits package. General Motors has a very intelligent workforce.

    Cons

    The company is in serious trouble with large legacy costs. The geographic location of GM limits the talent it can attract. The company is stingy with productivity enhancers such as notebook computers, cell phones, virtual offices.

    Advice to Management

    The geographic location of GM limits the talent it can attract. Move to an attractive location and reap the financial benefits (and cull the workforce). The very best employees can work wherever they want. Very few will want to live in the Detroit area.


  9. "GM is a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Grand Blanc, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing in Grand Blanc, MI
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've met work at GM SPO. The compensation is great and the employees truly care about their work.

    Cons

    The public has a negative view of GM and they have been laying people off which has created a lot of worry in the employees about their job security. Also, they are very smart, but many have been working there for at least 15 years and tend to have a hard time thinking 'outside the box.'

    Advice to Management

    Hire some younger employees to get a Generation Y perspective


  10. "GM OnStar as a company"

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    Current Employee - Business Perform Leader in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Business Perform Leader in Detroit, MI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Monetary compensation and benefits are great. Most managers are great at encouraging work life balance and understanding vacation time.

    Cons

    Poor on-boarding. Culture fosters an environment that is overly competitive/ cut-throat. Workload is enough for two full time jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Less finger pointing, more acceptance, help and support could lead to a more creative and productive work environment.


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