According to a survey from Tier 1 automotive suppliers, of all of the automakers in US, General Motors is the worst to work for. However, take a look at the recent dramas GM has got itself into: the ignition switch recall and the scandal behind it. I have written a blogpost about this scandal in the past. There are indications that GM approved the design of the ignition switch although it did not meet the standards in 2002. This is not the type of company people want to buy cars from. I would think the responsibility for the recall should fall on GM and NHTSA because both organizations were aware of this matter long before the recall and neither decided to do anything until this year. Most suppliers have issues with communications and they question GM’s integrity. Among GM’s competitors, Chrysler finished the fifth in the survey and Ford finished the third. Within the expectation, international competitors, Toyota and Honda, are the first and second place.
I think automaker-supplier relationship is a very interesting aspect that I never noticed. The increasing popularity of international automakers (mostly Japanese) among the market of suppliers might signify a more international friendly automaker-supplier relationship as contrast to a deteriorating relationship between US automaker and suppliers.