The Vault Review

Uppers

  • General Motors is a household name with well-known brands, such as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC.
  • The firm recently returned to profitability for the first time since 2004.
  • A recently ratified contract with the UAW was considered favorable to GM, which expects to see labor costs increase by only 1 percent annually.

Downers

  • Rising fuel prices, production snags and senior-level management turnover have hurt the company's stock price.
  • GM isn't doing as well as it would like to in Europe and China.
  • Stiff competition from domestic and Japanese auto makers during a period of global economic sluggishness.

The Bottom Line

  • With 202,000 employees on six continents, General Motors is still a giant among companies. However, questions remain over its positioning relative to industry rivals as it seeks regain the confidence of car buyers and investors.

Quality Of Life

Blue-collar employees are less likely to praise work-life balance at GM than white-collar workers, whose work schedules tend to be more flexible and who are much more likely to have an opportunity to work from home on occasion.  

Both blue- and white-collar workers at GM say...

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