Still seems so wrong how a whole lot of people that didn’t get cut were the ones that should have. Especially in the whole IT, GM search, work smarter and chat bot groups. Ones who were useless but kissed up stayed and ones who could actually accomplish things got cut.
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In 2018, GM gave contract 4 months to find a job sometime around Christmas. It was unheard of. In that time, among my department, I said my good byes, and asked friends for a kind reference and endorsement, something I could take into my next job. While that termination had been extended, and eventually disregarded, there was no side stepping the 2019 eliminations we faced, after not enough salaried employees had taken the GM buyout. To get to the salaried personnel, you first must eliminate contract, I understand the game.
Needless to say for those still salaried employed, it's against company policy to endorse anyone at all. However, nearly 25% of my entire department, with both in name and title, chose to write a letter outlining my positive contributions, silently giving a middle finger to GM and their BS policy. Some said you write the letter, I'll put my name to it. While respectable, I still asked for their own words. That's what real people do, for good people, and for real people whom take care of their own. We are not corporations, we have hearts, and we have souls, and we decide whom, and where to reflect that.
These individuals I have no doubt, helped me to achieve multiple simultaneous job offers among both OEM, and Tier 1 suppliers. Because of this, I am paid more than I ever received at GM. I could never accept an offer from GM because they couldn't match my salary today. For this I am extremely grateful.
My only recommendation I can offer, is that each day you step into the office, make it a pleasant, professional, and an advantageous opportunity with your peers. Help them out the best you are able, and do your work. In the end, perhaps in the time of your end should it so be, you will find people standing up for you, as allies you never knew you had. I had 25% of my department in doing so. They in my opinion, helped me to secure a job that pays significantly more, more than GM can ever afford to pay someone such as myself. Salary, bonus, benefits, and vacation. I very much believe that karma gives, and takes away depending upon your character. You can almost see this in your own life. I remain humbled, and very happy with GM kicking me to the curb.
GM gave only two weeks to find a job. Those who took the buyout were the ones who could get a job within that time.
Oh, god - Carly the chat bot!. What a disaster and embarrassment for anyone with IT in their job title.
Most of GM’s “IT” is a total joke.
Honestly if you're a W2 worker and you haven't figured out that you need to s— up to the people who hold firing power over you by now, you need to return your adult card.
GM has a tendency to hire incompetents into management positions. Meaning, those that manage people, have zero clue about how to apply the technical aspects of the daily workload - among their employee workforce in their respective fields. This is true of EGM's, DGM's, Directors, and above. Is it really required to hire an overpriced babysitter to manage people? I've experienced countless managers whom I could walk circles around, and they knew it too. In return, I also saw how incompetent these managers were, and wondered why they were even there.
In my specialized projects, some global scale, I had directors asking me, what do I need to make it happen to achieve "x" result. We ALL want to fit in our positions, and do well, but there are certain type of people that are highly technical, and others who are just there to only fill a position, at all levels. You can't allow the ignorant to manage the brilliant, and expect optimal results given the relationship. The student can not successfully lead the master, which is I would argue is part of our problem in MANY corporations.
While there are exceptions to certain hires, most filling of management positions aren't organically grown. I've only seen one so far that was well deserved. Most are brought in from outside of the field of expertise, with great disappointment.
It has almost been a year. and I feel so blessed to no longer be part of this GM world abomination. I can't begin to tell you how much relief this has been. Despite wanting to grow within the company, and taking nearly two decades of a specialized skillset from them, they didn't want my talents any longer. I didn't hold a specific level piece of college paper to qualify for a direct hire position - despite decades of expertise.
However, three companies "not" GM, saw my resume and references, and wonderfully put up a fight to acquire my talent - OEM, and Tier - one in particular - for salaried benefits that made GM salaried pay and benefits questionable. If you haven't experienced this, I can't tell you how excellent this position is. Needless to say, it would require significant salary and perks to pull me back, but they simply can't afford me today. They had me on the cheap. Not that they would, nor would they have the chance even if they offered.
GM, alienating customers for life. If I was poor and given a GM product, I'd sell it. If I was wealthy and given one, I'd burn it to the ground and ship it back to the Ren Cen, Attn: MB
Karma works both ways. It worked well for me. I worked HARD for GM, trained many dozens, and received more endorsements than anyone I ever knew within GM. GM has a policy that NO one can endorse or recommend anyone else as corporate policy. I had an entire department that said "EFF GM", they ALL gave me letters of recommendations and endorsement upon my exit - despite their jobs being on the line. That's what they valued for an all star quality candidate who help out over the years. They silently gave GM the middle finger, and EVERY one of them were GM salary. Some even said, you write the letter, and I'll sign it. That's the level of professionalism and respect, that existed among men and women, not corporations. Corporations - DO NOT matter.
With GM bailing out of ALL markets non-profitable, it leaves just US and China. Mexico is a non factor in profits. While they continue to alienate customers in the US, and Chinas' market taking a dive, I do believe Karma is working it's due course. Benevolent companies survive, and malevolent companies burn. While I do love to comment on the company, I honestly can say I'm glad to be done with that game.
I remain a joyful watcher from the outside. If it prospers, great to my friends that remain. If it burns to the ground, I wouldn't be the least surprised.
Tell me about it - had to work with the "chat bot" group and it's manager. Man, she is a piece of work! Where do they find these people???