Thread regarding General Motors layoffs

Those who have built an entire career here

I don't understand people who have built a long career here and are about to retire and have no or very little experience from another company???
It must be that this company was very different in the past or some people are simply loyal in spite of everything. I have only been here for a little less than five years and I am already very bored and need a change. I’ve already gotten some offers and can’t wait to leave

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Post ID: @OP+1akRfyNH

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The sad truth is that GM is filled with dinosaurs unwilling to give up their seat at the table even though it would be best for everyone involved if they just faded away. Only people I've noticed staying are those who have something to anchor them down (are from the area or married and own property).

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Post ID: @1fvzs+1akRfyNH

The pension comment above is right on. In the old days (pre 1986 or so), every additional year of service increased your pension. I think the best path for folks starting out now is 3 years or so at a firm, then move on to another company. Rinse and repeat.

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Post ID: @Voth+1akRfyNH

Now retired, spent my 45 year career at GM. The culture changed a lot from the way it used to be. Back in the 70s-80s, there really was a feeling that GM management cared about the employees. Back in the days of five separate car divisions (Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac, Buick), there was the general feeling in each of those that you were part of a close team. Working at one of those engineering departments, I can remember that at Christmas time, the Chief Engineer would walk around the entire building shaking hands and wishing employees a Merry Christmas. There wasn't a lot of office politics to navigate, we were all just there doing our best and enjoying the work.

Don't really know why or how the culture changed, perhaps it just evolved with the times. Technology may have played a part as well. In the pre-cell phone and computer days, when you went home for the evening or weekend, it was then family time. Pre-Covid when we were going into the office to work, if you were sick, you would stay home sick. With laptops and cell phones now, the expectation is that if you're sick, you can work from home. Evening and weekend phone calls, being expected to check emails while at home, etc, all have contributed to the culture change.

Glad to be retired now.

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Post ID: @puap+1akRfyNH

Pension. Now there is no incentive to stay at any company long enough – the minute you're bored or don't find opportunities for growth, you switch companies altogether. But again, when you realize how an employee gets treated here, you'll stay for 3 years at least (401k vesting period) and move on.

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Post ID: @bwzm+1akRfyNH

Many people here don’t know any better, many of them have not even been outside of the state. So yeah that explains why there are some who have made a career at GM. Now the younger generations are less loyal so we will see if the trend continues outside Boomers and Gen Xers.

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Post ID: @1ezb+1akRfyNH

"Good bye"

That sounds like typical a GM attitude. That and "They're just not cut out for GM." If you have a problem, good bye. If somebody is better at your job, treat them poorly and if they get upset...good bye. General Motors in a nutshell...good bye!

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Post ID: @1xtx+1akRfyNH

Good. Bye. Make room for someone else whose family’s lives could be changed drastically by employment with GM.

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Post ID: @1ucc+1akRfyNH

I have worked in 4 other fortune 10 companies and I can say this is the worst one of them - culturally speaking. I am glad to have left!

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