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General Motors Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is amazing (in 213 reviews)

  • Regardless of what anyone says, the pay and benefits are great for salaried individuals (take it from someone who just relocated to the east coast) (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • What I will say to this is that work-life balance is what you make of it (in 85 reviews)

  • May require long hours on the job (in 76 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Neutral Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefit and vacations

    Cons

    The new college hire program is too long (3 years)


  2. "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vibrant environment, excellent perks and in the heart of downtown Detroit. Opportunities for growth and amazing pay. The ability to work from home some days during the week.

    Cons

    If you're a woman, beware of the catty, crabs-in-a-barrel attitude the women in this company seem to possess. The company is full of clique-ish behavior when it comes to the women.

  3. "Overall nice company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and they try to provide employees with as much info and tools as possible and encourage a fun relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    You will still be working for a large corporation, unfortunately it will not have the same personal touch as a small company.


  4. "Company culture is not so progressive..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is very difficult to come up with pros other than the most generic ones listed below...

    - Vacation days are abundant; 15 days first year, 20 days 2nd year
    - The ability to work from home
    - Access to MSDN
    - Flexible working hours
    - Paternal leave for dads

    Cons

    - Poor process documentation or none at all
    - One person is an expert on a topic causing extreme delay in problem resolution
    - New college grads are slow to ramp up because everyone is "busy"
    - No preferred parking at Austin North (what is the point of buying & driving a GM car)
    - Lack of urgency if issue is not raised by someone of stature
    - Poor eating options (the cafeteria sucks and is inconsistent, replace them!)
    - It takes a minimum of 2 weeks to get issues resolved, because people have "it is not my job" attitude towards problem solving
    - Can't get business cards for free
    - Minimal company perks
       -> no free food/snacks
       -> took away vehicle ambassador program
      -> no ergonomic department

    Advice to Management

    - Make time to develop new college grads, don't just pawn them off and make them someone else's responsibility.

    - Allow new college grads to get experience in other spaces.

    - Offer perks! GM requests so much from us including focusing on increasing EBIT, however ALL perks have been taken away. What is the benefit of working here?

    - I support Mary Barra, but it seems like the managers I see on a regular basis have their own agenda.

    - How is GM addressing diversity? I sure cannot see it...

    - Take a look at GE's College Grad program and see how they continuously engage them and make sure they are groomed to be the company's next leaders.


  5. "GM engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Slow working environment with lots of red tape


  6. "Toxic Top Down Culture - Great front line troops / Teams"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local level management and team atmosphere. Great benefits and pay package.

    Cons

    Toxic top down management culture. Crush input. Unrealistic objectives with their head in the market condition sand. Could not stay the course to save their lives.

    Advice to Management

    Take your own cultural training and BUY IN! Technology was not intended to rule your life but improve it. No 24/7 communications - No 6 or 7 am conference calls so they "Don't interfere with your work day" Give back weekends! No work life balance just work then work harder. Vacation was never meant to be Red - Yellow - Green! Just vacation.


  7. "So much potential, so little results"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    loads of potential cool projects and great benefits

    Cons

    no advancement opportunities, too much bureaucracy to get anything done, how many reorgs are enough...

    Advice to Management

    plan and stick to it, mean what you say

  8. "Disabled Veterans"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was great - No defined pension however 8% towards 401k is nice. Week off at XMas would have been nice.
    Still wonder what the bonus for level 6 and 7s would be?

    Cons

    GM claims to be one of the best places to work for Veterans and people with disabilities. However, GM does not appear overly eager to help these employees that may require a little extra, like a bit more training in this case.

    If an organization is willing to accept Government funding they should go the extra yard.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Veterans may come with hidden injuries that may effect their performance or conduct at work. Know that these hidden injuries are developed from war zones or natural disasters and are no fault of theirs. Recognize that many disabled Veterans are unaware of the severity of their disability or even if they are experiencing difficulties on their job. Being able to recognize when an employee may have a hidden disability effecting their performance may help turn a disabled (employee) Veteran into a good or even great employee and help save the organization money with little effort. Disabled Veterans have sacrificed so much don't they deserve the little extra as they have given to us by protecting our freedom?

    Remember we should not recognize Veterans only twice a year Veterans Day &
    9-11-2001.


  9. "Work/Family EAP Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Work/Family EAP Representative in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Work/Family EAP Representative in Arlington, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great wage and benefits...security, and convenience

    Cons

    Getting older, may want to work less hours.

    Advice to Management

    no advice, much appreciated, please consider real people's lives and situations.


  10. "Greeter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    30 years working at job OK

    Cons

    Great at all working job

    Advice to Management

    Hard. Worker and willing to work at any job or position that is available at the time or place or plan.


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