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General Motors Software Developer Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is amazing (in 207 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 63 reviews)

Cons
  • What I will say to this is that work-life balance is what you make of it (in 83 reviews)

  • long hours and can sometimes be stressful (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Its ok, but your experience really depends on the team you are assigned to"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My management has been great, they are always willing to listen and help if you need it.
    Director is always pushing for better and greater things, this is a good challenge for my organization

    Cons

    Seems to me like we are overstaffed and some resources are not used as they should be.
    Some of the projects are not challenging enough.
    Some of the management in other teams is not as open as it is in my case.


  2. "Solid"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment including flexible hours, work remote, smart and hardworking coworkers, nice facility.
    Many projects are fun and engaging.
    Great benefits like 401k matching, big annual bonus

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, as company would seemingly rather hire an outsider than promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Give more high responsibility opportunities to younger hires that you worked so hard to groom

  3. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You don't get fired easily and human services hear you and help you. Steady pay, increase in salary every 6 months when you are a new hire but manager can hold raises and take away bonus percentages. You get a bonus every year depending how you performed and how well the company did. Also, like I mentioned how much the manager gives you.

    Cons

    LITTLE FLEXIBILITY. Hard to take days off and specially they want you to be there at least at 9am and leave at 5pm. Monday - Friday. Its a very corporate full time job. Sometimes you have to stay on call etc. Takes months to switch your initial position.


  4. "Software Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of good mix of talent to work with on a daily basis.
    - Company on a growth trajectory.

    Cons

    - Organizational churn prevents any projects from completing successfully or with high quality
    - Management more concerned about managing up than caring about their employees or projects at every level
    - No bottom up review process. Managers do what they like to their teams till their boss moves them.
    - Old school management that values time spent in office more than productivity

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on ownership of apps to improve quality.
    - Career development and growth is non existent. Change it or you cant retain any good talent.
    - Train people managers how to manage a team.
    - Create permanent people managers.


  5. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Flexibility, Bonuses, Vehicle Discounts, Opportunity For Movement & Growth.

    Cons

    Typical politics and bureaucracy inherent to large corporations, but the pros outweigh the cons, anything is possible with the right presentation, position and persistence.


  6. "Good Company Headed in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive pay. Lots of people all working towards the same goals.

    Good support from the management, even up to the director level, when discussing problems and solutions at work, or even just career opportunities.

    You can often park right next to the building you work in, so no long walks or waiting for shuttles in a lot of cases.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of bureaucracy and long processes in order to get things done (in some instances), but there is work being done to streamline more and more every day.

    Not a lot of young people in certain areas of the business, but it's getting better.

    No provided coffee isn't a big deal, but kind of a bummer especially in comparison to other companies that offer free drinks and snacks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The company is growing and adapting to market trends in IT, which is very promising for the future.


  7. "Software Developer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to improve the business within for software developers. Since they in-sourced their IT there are many areas where you can be free to innovate and it's encouraged. Since automotive and manufacturing are complex, there is just about anything you could want to do at this company. It's almost a start up feel in the IT innovation centers outside of Detroit.

    Benefits are nice and the bonus can be rewarding especially if the company is doing well.

    Cons

    With how well the company does, it would be nice to see more benefits for cars and services. Or even company paid events of some sort.

    Advice to Management

    Show off car technology and recent successes to other employees to get them excited about the product. People can very much be in their own world. Learn to recognize and let go those who don't participate and do minimum work.

  8. "Great work place"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Good work environment. Great new grad program.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy, which made it hard to rapidly deploy.


  9. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO and Hoidays are amazing.

    Cons

    Currently there is not an option for 4 10s or 9 80s.


  10. "Great company as a whole. Fantastic benefits."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. 401k matching 8% matching. College reimbursements. Vacation is almost 4 weeks to start.

    Cons

    Politics is rampant in several verticals and career opportunities are limited. Nothing new in such a huge organization like GM.

    Advice to Management

    Adoption of Agile and OpEX is a great start, but the company needs to embrace it.