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Our Culture

Our culture can be summed up in four words: We are General Motors. "We are GM" is a unified movement throughout our company to be intentional with how we live and work. It reminds us that how we think and behave every day creates a moment, and each moment has a direct impact on our business, co-workers, families and our customers. Learn more about our culture and our behaviors below. 

Work Appropriately

GM is committed to moving our culture forward for all employees and becoming the most inclusive company in the world. "Work Appropriately" is a philosophy that enables us to achieve these aspirations. Depending on the nature of their work, our employees have the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact to achieve their goals and for their individual success.

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Eva Orlang - Product Designer, Customer Experience

​​​​​​​Working from home on Kaua'i, Hawaii has it's perks as well as it's own unique challenges. I'm fortunate enough to have a team that supports my schedule. Since my day is shifted down because of the time zone change, I can take the problems my fellow designers have left for the day and further work on them. It is also helpful to bring my morning energy to sleepy afternoon meetings. When someone new joins the team, I like to mention to them to ignore my late-night messages until they start their day. It is important to set boundaries since working from home can blur the lines of personal and professional life.

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Charles McClendon Jr. - Sr. Manager, Global Culture Transformation

We may be virtual but we are still a community. Be generous to others and they will have your back when you need help. You cannot do it all, so I leverage my network. When I am there for my people, they are there for me and this includes teachers spending extra time with my 7- and 4- year-old reading books, to team members having my back when I cannot facilitate a session.

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Chelsea Zenk - Quality Director, Factory ZERO

​​​​​​​This past year has taught me that it's not necessarily where I'm working from, but how I create value that is most important. As we progress through our journey of launching a new product at Factory ZERO, I continue to ask myself, "where do I need to be to create the most value for my project?" Sometimes I need to be at at the plant to welcome new team members, sometimes I'm at PPO reviewing the Hummer EV, but often I'm at home utilizing every inch of my desk and every monitor that I have to get my work done. As big of a change as it has been for me to work from home, I feel as though I get some of my best work done here. It also helps that I get a few snuggles from my pups every now and then!

How we Behave

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Be Inclusive

We create moments every day that value backgrounds, opinions and ideas that may be different.

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Think Customer

We consider the customers' needs in everything we do.

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Innovate Now

We see things not as they are but as they could be.

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Look Ahead

We make decisions now with the long-term view in mind and we anticipate what lies ahead.

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One Team

We collaborate cross-functionally to achieve enterprise-wide results.

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Be Bold

We respectfully speak up, exchange feedback and boldly share ideas without fear.

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It's On Me

We take accountability for safety and our own actions, behaviors and results.

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Win with Integrity

We have a relentless desire to win and do it with integrity.