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64 English questions out of 64

28 May 2021

Does General Motors (GM) offer relocation assistance?

Pros

-The people are by far the best part about GM. Everyone on the team I was put on was super welcoming and happy to help when I needed help on things. I was assigned a mentor who was pivotal in helping me learn the systems and get work done. -The benefits in general are pretty good, although with the financial benefits like the 401k match and HSA and relocation benefits all have a long vesting period before you get to keep the extra money. -Lots of days off, with GM being a company that has worked with unions, there are nice extra days off you get off you would not get at most companies, like the two days off around easter and a couple weeks of lighter work in the summer when the plants go down. -GM is willing to help people learn, in terms of offering lots of free resources for you to explore what you would like to if you are in to that, and they offer a subsidy for any advanced education you attend while working at GM -Work life balance was very good, never had to work more than 40 hours, although did have to work at some odd times sometimes, but not a big deal. -The overall company is going in the right direction, they have fully embraced the EV future and are very passionate about it

Cons

-The misuse of the Software Developer title. When hired for the job, they gave me very little information about what I would be doing. They gave me the name of the team I would be joining, but nothing more about the general tasks of the job. I assumed it would be software development given the title, but it was not. The team I was assigned to was focused on IT work and admin work. While at GM, I barely touched any code as a software developer whether it be developing or testing. I feel like this really left a sour taste in my mouth as I felt I was misled the whole time I was there. There is nothing wrong with IT work, however, there is a clear difference between IT work and software development and it was not made clear what the position entailed. -Lots of red tape. It felt like I was spending more of my time getting permissions to do things than actually doing any work. I feel maybe 80% of the the time I spent was navigating the system to do something rather than just doing the work easily. I understand that big corporations have policies that they need to follow, but it is easy to see why startup EV companies like Tesla move much faster and are able to gain a competitive advantage because of this. -Too many meetings. Many times there were meetings set up that could have easily been an email, but a 30 minute meeting had to be set up instead. This led to many team members having their full day just packed with meetings, many of which are general team meetings. For example, the daily standup, which usually takes 5 minutes at other companies took us 30 minutes every day. For this project there were too many people in the standup and too much talking about what peoples problems were during the meeting leading to more time spent wasted if the problem wasn't relevant to you. -Too many systems to learn. There are so many systems at GM to learn, an uncountable number of them to me. It seems like every week there was new fire to put out from something I had never heard. In addition to this, there is no documentation on what system is used for what and how to use the system, leading for more meetings needing to be set up and more time wasted of those who have to explain what a system does and what it is used for. -Pay is low. I get the feeling GM was able to use the pandemic to hire a lot of students at the salary that they could not otherwise because the job market was so tight at the first couple months of the pandemic. I certainly fell into this as I accepted this position at a salary I probably would not have taken if I had other options. Although I can't fault GM for this, they were still hiring while other companies were scared to.

Advice to Management

Be very clear about what the job responsibilities are for people before they take the job. Also, try to cut down on the red tape and number of meetings. So much time is wasted that could be doing real work.

The benefits in general are pretty good, although with the financial benefits like the 401k match and HSA and relocation benefits all have a long vesting period before you get to keep the extra money.

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2 September 2019

Does General Motors (GM) offer massages?

Pros

I was hired during my senior year of college to work at the Austin IT office. I like cars and GM's offer was higher than a couple of others I received so I was excited to start! As an entry level employee you get to work on real projects that contribute to the company. If you have the drive and determination you can get recognition and get some extra money! The pay is good for entry level hires. For your first 3 years, you get 4.4% increases every 6 months as long as you don't screw up!

Cons

The new college hire program for IT is very luck of the draw. You are assigned to a team based on need and not really your skill set. I came in with JAVA skills and was assigned to a team to do web development. Also, some of the managers are better than others and once you are assigned at random you don't get to pick. Some of the managers like to micromanage and count bathroom breaks while others are hands off and allow you to work from home when ever you like. I got one in kind of in between which was fine. They hire a LOT of recent college grads so if you want to get ahead you have to bust your butt. There are not a lot of opportunities for advancements so even if you do bust your butt it is not guaranteed you will get any promotion, this is the main reason I left. GM as a whole is a very cheap company, so don't be expecting to be trying out the new cars. There are no free meals, no company sponsored parties, and no team outings. If they can save a dollar they will! I often forgot I was working for a car company!

Advice to Management

TRUST YOUR EMPLOYEES! The CIO, Randy Mott, is old enough to be my grandfather and it shows. The company is using old tech and old fashion office practices. Let your employees revitalize so that it can excel! Also, LET YOUR EMPLOYEES TEST DRIVE THE CARS! I often forgot I worked for a car company.

There are no free meals, no company sponsored parties, and no team outings.

2 September 2019

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22 July 2019

Does General Motors (GM) offer dental insurance?

Pros

GM like any big company has better than average benefits including life insurance, disability, health, dental, and vision insurance

Cons

Bosses can be a little heavy handed. We are told not to give negative reviews (Workplace of Choice), to only post positive reviews of the company online, and to generally avoid speaking our minds

Advice to Management

Rather than trying to censure employees, it would help to address the underlying problems that are causing so many concerns

GM like any big company has better than average benefits including life insurance, disability, health, dental, and vision insurance

22 July 2019

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20 August 2021

Does General Motors (GM) offer parental leave?

Pros

Good benefits, 401k matching, excellent parental leave for both men and women for the most part

Cons

Poor management, low employee engagement, constantly pushing a political agenda that not all employees buy into, never see a silver lining

Advice to Management

Change the management style so that supervisors take care of their people. When the people who do all the work are taken care of the business will take care of itself

Good benefits, 401k matching, excellent parental leave for both men and women for the most part

20 August 2021

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29 October 2019

Does General Motors (GM) have a pension plan?

Pros

Great pay , benefits, pension, great supervisor

Cons

Job security, loss of jobs in Canada

Great pay , benefits, pension, great supervisor

29 October 2019

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