General Motors
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General Motors Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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89% Approve of the CEO

General Motors CEO Mary Barra

Mary Barra

(46 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Definitely improving work-life balance as well by allowing more work from home opportunities"
    in 39 reviews
  • "Solid pay and benefits, some good people who know their business"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Issues with work-life balance; company culture needs a lot of work"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Significance of work sometimes requires long hours"
    in 18 reviews
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Senior Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Oshawa, ON

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

ProsFlexible , quality people , quality learning experiences

ConsLarge company , slow to move on new initiatives

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty standard cog in a wheel role

Analyst (Former Employee)
Oshawa, ON

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

ProsCompany brand name.
Fairly set hours for decent pay.

ConsTypical big company environment...very hierarchical.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Projects with lots of overtime

Intern (Current Employee)
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 Senior ManagementManagement in some departments are great and other quite poor

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Engineering coordinator

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at General Motors

ProsGreat people and great working conditions

ConsGM don't hire full time

Advice to Senior ManagementStart hiring new full time employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The Temporary Advantage

TPT (Current Employee)

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 Senior ManagementProvide 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poisonous environment

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
Oshawa, ON

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease treat employees fairly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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High stress that is compensated through a competitive salary

Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Oshawa, ON

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

ProsGM 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.

ConsDue 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!

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at General Motors as a contractor

ProsRespectable 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.

ConsDeclining 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 Senior ManagementReinstate 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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stay away the future does not look bright

Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Oshawa, ON

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

Prosgreat pay and benefits thats all

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

Advice to Senior Managementspend a day on the line and see what we are talking about bet you wont last 2 hours

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fair to good

Senior Buyer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at General Motors full-time for more than 8 years

ProsDecent Pay, ok benefits but nothing is included

ConsConstant restructuring. Automotive is up and down.

Advice to Senior ManagementEngage your employees and trust their judgement

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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