GM’s Hiring, But Not 10,000 New People

Media reports that General Motors will add 10,000 more people as part of its efforts to insource the bulk of its IT operations turns out to be wrong. The company told Dice News that the widely reported figure stemmed more from a media rush than company announcements.

To be sure, the in-house tech staff will grow substantially as the company brings in-house some 90 percent of its technology work. The IT staff will grow from about 1,500 today to 10,000 over the next several years. That’s 1,500 short of the reported hiring figure.

What Happened

On Sept. 7, the company announced plans to hire 500 IT workers for an innovation center in Austin, Texas, as it scrambles to bring technological advancements to market more quickly.

During that call, a reporter asked CIO Randy Mott to clarify whether the company would add close to 10,000 new staff. Mott casually agreed that was the plan over three to five years. From there, the idea of 10,000 new hires took on a life of its own in media reports, GM’s PR folks say.

Mott also said there would be four innovation centers, each housing 500 tech workers, with three of the locations yet to be disclosed. The company’s PR team now says the number of IT staff needed at the three centers besides Austin’s has not been decided.

Comments

  1. BY Jimmy Lozano says:

    —-”” The IT staff will grow from about 1,500 today to 10,000 over the next several years. “”—-
    —-”” CIO Randy Mott to clarify whether the company would add close to 10,000 new staff. Mott casually agreed that was the plan over three to five years. “”—-
    —-”” Mott also said there would be four innovation centers, each housing 500 tech workers “”—-
    —-””The company’s PR team now says the number of IT staff needed at the three centers besides Austin’s has not been decided. “”—-

    Whom saying the truth…???
    The CEO Randy Mott or The Company’s PR team…???

  2. BY Seriously says:

    You weren’t on the call? How do you know that PR is spinning this?

  3. BY Bob Smith says:

    Simple misunderstanding. Reporter asks about 10,000. CEO agrees, thinking the reporter is asking about total number of employees after hiring binge, not total number of new hires. So it’s off by the number of current employees. On the positive side, GM IS HIRING 8,500 EMPLOYEES!

    • BY Seriously says:

      It’s not as simple as you imply. The PR team confirmed the original count after the fact. The post is presumptuous; it assumes that the reporters got it wrong in the first instance.

      • BY Jimmy Lozano says:

        OK seriously, I’m agree with this comment, but can you explain me “What do you think about: Why —-”” the reporters got it wrong in the first instance. “”—-
        thxs.

    • BY Seriously says:

      The call with Mott only had a few media outlets on it. It was an invite only decision by GM. Other press outlets were confirming the facts afterward. They contacted GM PR for confirmation on the 10K hires. Among them, apparently, was the WSJ, which blogged about it, and wrote in their subscription-only version: “Over the next three-to-five years, the company plans to hire as many as 10,000 people globally to work in its IT department, said a GM spokeswoman.” Note that the confirmation is coming from a spokesperson and not Mott. The WSJ is not the only publication that also fact checked the reports post call.

      • BY Seriously says:

        Sorry, again — just to be clear. What I’m offering is this: The reporters who were on the call with Mott had their facts straight. It was 10K hires. The GM PR team confirmed that for everyone else post call.

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