Decent company, but not to grow
Buyer (在職中) – Warren, MI – 2018年6月18日
Purchasing is highly structured and everything is to a highly structured process. Individual knowledge of commodities is not valued, just adherence to the process. This means a "certified" buyer with 1 year of experience is just as valuable as a buyer with 20 years of experience and can be moved to any commodity at any time without problems...in theory.
The pay and benefits are reasonable and the people for the most part are friendly.
Based on everything being to process, the only way to get promoted is mostly through playing politics and being popular. As long as you are willing to just do your job and not get involved you will rarely be affected at a personal level. If you do want to get promoted, be prepared for a cut-throat environment for even a small bump.
I recommend GM for people who are comfortable in their careers and are happy to come in and do their job and get compensated well for it. The quality of your manager will vary greatly however because leadership and skill don't drive promotion decisions.
I do not recommend GM for new buyers. You won't learn as much about negotiation, cost analysis or many other skills as you will at an automotive supplier or another industry. Inside GM all these are handled through the process with very little flexibility. Learn those skills elsewhere before coming to GM.
If you still want to come to GM after that, there is a lot of room to rise, but be prepared to fight for it.
Decent Work/Life Balance
Cut-throat politics at every level