General Motors Reviews

Updated 30 September, 2014
Updated 30 September, 2014
928 Reviews
3.5
928 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life Balance, excellent colleagues to work with very professional (in 57 reviews)

  • Large Organization with chances to grow, Excellent Pay and Benefits (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge working in a global company (in 21 reviews)

  • Significance of work sometimes requires long hours (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    On the way back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging environment, fast paced, people that are passionate about the product

    Cons

    Lack of career path planning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Release Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Oshawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Oshawa, ON

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible , quality people , quality learning experiences

    Cons

    Large company , slow to move on new initiatives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty standard cog in a wheel role

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Oshawa, ON
    Former Employee - Analyst in Oshawa, ON

    I worked at General Motors as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Company brand name.
    Fairly set hours for decent pay.

    Cons

    Typical big company environment...very hierarchical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Projects with lots of overtime

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Ingersoll, ON
    Current Employee - Intern in Ingersoll, ON

    I have been working at General Motors as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Overtime
    - Good engineering projects
    - Tons of project management experience

    Cons

    - Have to deal with very slow and stupid union workers
    - A lot of politics
    - High workload
    - Very stressful production driven environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in some departments are great and other quite poor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Engineering coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Motors

    Pros

    Great people and great working conditions

    Cons

    GM don't hire full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring new full time employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The Temporary Advantage

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    Current Employee - TPT
    Current Employee - TPT

    I have been working at General Motors part-time

    Pros

    -Highly competitive wages among readily available student employment
    -Schedule accommodates lectures, exams, and study time

    Cons

    -Inconsistent, difficult to predict hours
    -Grimy labour environment with risks of frequent, though negligible injury (e.g. bruises, spark burns)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide as much notice as possible as a courtesy to students; the extra time will allow students to factor the shift into their personal schedules, thus increasing the likelihood that they accept shifts and their overall job satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poisonous environment

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Oshawa, ON
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Oshawa, ON

    I worked at General Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good learning experience in managing large teams as a production supervisor.

    Cons

    Very poisonous environment to work in.
    Management doesn't care too much about production employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    High stress that is compensated through a competitive salary

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Oshawa, ON
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Oshawa, ON

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    GM invests in their employees and empowers them by putting the onus on subordinates to perform. GM takes there employees and the performance they expect from them VERY seriously. If you can manage the stress and performance targets that are regularly reset to be just out of your reach, you will learn how to be very resourceful and manage in industry receiving great pressure from global environment.

    Cons

    Due to GM's declining competitive position as a result of global competition, you are forced to work and perform on targets often out of reach with budgets that don't support your needs. It can be overwhelming for perfectionists who insist on always meeting targets. It can emotionally exhausting causing a higher turnover for managers. Its important to understand that it is VERY difficult for GM to compete with foreign competitors who are either non-unionized or pay their employees a fraction of the salary. Thus, your targets are always reset once they are met to perform at the same level as competitors who naturally have a more cost competitive position due to lower salaries. Here you will feel the heat of global competition. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots to learn but not a good place to stay as a contractor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Motors as a contractor

    Pros

    Respectable corporate culture, openness and honesty are common. Some nice perks including occasional use of company vehicles. Highly collaborative global work force: work with and learn from dozens of very capable professionals from around the world on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Declining benefits packages. Use of contract employees who do the same work as full time employees but with weaker overall compensation, additional bureaucratic hurdles to their jobs, no meaningful performance reviews and no guarantee for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinstate compensatory time off. Hire all of the people that the organization depends on as fully fledged members of the business and support their professional development with performance reviews and reward excellence with pay raises and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    stay away the future does not look bright

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Oshawa, ON
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Oshawa, ON

    I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great pay and benefits thats all

    Cons

    jobs are overloaded management cares only about there job security car plant may not be in Oshawa much longer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend a day on the line and see what we are talking about bet you wont last 2 hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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