I was a contractor at General Motors.
Pros: Training, training and more training.
Cons: Lunch breaks are only a half an hour long
1, A great place to work.
2. Contractors are treated like second class citizens. For example, a flood occurred at GM last summer and flooded all of the tunnels to all of the buildings. So, how did they pay for part of the tunnel flooding? They gave the all of the contractors random UNPAID furlough days. The direct people still got to work their 40 hour work week. Then in April, all of the direct employees got a profit sharing check for $9,300.00. Does this seem fair?
3. Then there are the annoying little things like putting the "C" next to your name in the phone directory. Why don't they just make us all wear "Day-Glow" orange shirts to discern the contractors from the direct employees.
4. Other than the last two gripes, GM has a very positive working environment. You work hand in hand with your engineers and mentor other designers.
5. Management has a total open door policy and were always extremely cooperative and flexible.
6. The hardest part of the job were release dates. Even though management drew a line in the sand that said the designers were not to make any changes a week before the release date, the engineers still tried to impinge on that date.
7. The working conditions were great.
8. The people were always friendly and pleasant, both direct employees and contractors.