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General Motors Warren Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance culture should be consistent throughout the company (in 80 reviews)

  • long hours and can sometimes be stressful (in 71 reviews)

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  1. "Manufacturing Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work on cars in a fast paced and exciting environment

    Cons

    Located in Michigan, Detroit/Warren area.

    Advice to Management

    I think you are doing a great job.


  2. "Design Release Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Design Release Engineer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good career advancement opportunity, challenge and variety of tasks.

    Cons

    Work life balance in some areas of product development (including mine) is poor, and was not the improvement I was looking for moving from a supplier working too many hours. It is sometimes difficult to get tasks accomplished in a timely manner as the DRE role has all the responsibility but not a lot of authority.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the DREs with more authority and resources to assist in completing tasks, rather than just auditing.

  3. "NA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GM has a very good work Life balance

    Cons

    For most technical personals, there are limit ed career development

    Advice to Management

    Award those who dedicate their career in the technical areas


  4. "Intern Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Warren, MI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Motors as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They put you in a department that really aligns well with your interests and give meaningful work from week 1. There's a lot to learn from such a large company.

    Cons

    Being in Michigan can get quite boring, and also being in such a large company comes with its fair share of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work in developing interns and assigning them to interesting projects and work.


  5. "Trying to do what's right"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing and Product Manager in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing and Product Manager in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Motors full-time

    Pros

    General Motors currently has good leadership at the very top with Mary Barra. They are positioning themselves nicely as a technology company versus an auto manufacturer. In addition, GM pays well, and is a stable, large organization.

    Cons

    I worked in marketing and product management and see them going back to their old, pre-bankruptcy ways. It's all about the price of the vehicle versus building brands or getting a competitive advantage by differentiating the vehicles and making the online shopping experience state of the art. Marketing and Sales at GM talk a good game, but it's just talk. If you want to work for a progressive marketing organization go someplace else.

    Advice to Management

    Forget about the deal of the day and build brands. Invest in the purchase funnel outside of retail advertising.


  6. "Associate Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All travel is paid (fun if single). Great people to work with. Great Benefits. Pays OT/Holiday pay.

    Cons

    Lots of traveling to plants. Work during shut-downs and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    None yet.


  7. "Excellent work at R&D Tech center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Warren, MI
    Former Contractor - Software Developer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at the R&D tech center for a while. Enjoyed working with such talented folks, many of them had PhDs or masters from reputed universities yet were very humble and easy to work with.
    Great brand, good opportunities.

    Cons

    I did not find any.

    Advice to Management

    Get GM back as a top employer of choice in USA!

  8. "Persons with mental disabilities beware."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The "Golden Handcuffs" or benefits if you will, are bar none, the best of any employer out there. 4% donation to your 401K just for showing up every day, plus a 1:1 match up to another 4%, plus BCBS as low as $280 a month with a 3K responsibility until 10% copay to 5K out of pocket maximum is absolutely fantastic. higher level of coverage puts your out of pocket maximum at around 3K but costs more in the end, and is better to go with lower coverage level and put the difference into the HSA in case you don't spend it all. Provides the ability to carry over that money to next year. Also a $1500.00 donation to your HSA from the company if you and your spouse get a physical every year.

    People there are generally friendly, and the cafeterias and break rooms offer a decent variety of food options and places to sit and watch tv while you eat your lunch, of course there are others there only interested in serving their self interests, but overall, the culture is pleasant and there are lots of great people there.

    Cons

    GM is a large company so don't expect to broaden your horizons. You will be corralled into a narrow set of responsibilities, and there are no real opportunities for advancement. You will perform the same repetitive tasks for the rest of your career there. Sure, you can apply internally for different opportunities, but don't expect to get the position. These new opportunities are only posted once the manager has identified the person they want to fill the role, so the interview process is a formality for the pre-selected individual and a facade for all others. Others who apply are out of luck unless the predetermined individual chooses not to accept the new role.

    My advice to you if you're at GM currently looking for a new role, start brown-nosing and get a manager to submit for a position for you, or look outside the environment. Don't let the "Golden Handcuffs" prevent you from looking outside GM for other opportunities either. They are plentiful and often pay better and provide a better overall quality of life / work life balance.

    No comp time or overtime afforded to those who stay up all night for their manager. The response after a 24 hour shift, some of which is from home is typically "come in as soon as you can." IE that next day after 3 hours of sleep.

    Personally witnessed three people develop heart problems after working for one manager who then required medical leave due to his management style, Described by one of them as "a monster".

    The environment is rife with favoritism and politics.

    Reviews are 100% corrective, and borderline abusive, so don't expect to ever know what you're doing well, even if you know there should be some positive feedback. If any positive feedback is provided at all, it is presented half handed and disrespectfully as if your efforts accounted for nothing.

    Per the title, if you qualify under the ADA as a person with a disability, particularly mental, expect no cooperation from your management. HR will require a doctors note for any accommodation request, and if you attempt to circumvent an HR decision about your work situation with an accommodation request from your doctor or complain about your management to the director, despite the zero retaliation policy they say they have, they will target you for termination and find a reason to let you go. They have a team of atty's that will work with HR to find a way to let you go, and block your unemployment and cobra benefits in the process. Simply google "cobra benefits gross misconduct" for an example.

    While my experience with management was terrible, there are very few managers there that are not abusive terror inducing sadists, so you might get lucky. For your health and the benefit of your family, I highly recommend looking elsewhere for employment opportunities. There is plenty of work out there, carpe diem!

    Senior management is either indifferent to the atrocities of the managers below them or pretends to care, then supports HR in the targeted termination effort.

    Work Life Balance at GM means you Live to Work. Your family takes a back seat and your children grow up without you in their lives. They will work you to death given the opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Someone needs to take a closer look at the management styles of some of GM's managers. They are abusive monsters and I find it abhorrent that the abuse is tolerated, nay, supported by HR. Stop retaliating against people who blow the whistle against their own management.


  9. "Nice place to retire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Serviceability of Design Engineer in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Advanced Serviceability of Design Engineer in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company so there's a lot of opportunity to move around and try different functional roles.

    Cons

    Too many silos - departments and teams do not communicate well with each other; very big organization so there's a lot of waste and inefficiencies, too many layers of management, and work does not seem important nor have great visibility.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat and give employees more responsibility and the ability to make decisions on their own


  10. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Sculptor in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Design Sculptor in Warren, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    company understands work life balance

    Cons

    corporate politics stifle great products at times


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