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GM CIO Says HP Hiring Probe "Not the Best Use Our Legal System" 101

dcblogs writes "General Motors CIO Randy Mott Thursday said the automaker plans to have the 'best jobs in the IT industry' at its four 'IT Innovation Centers' in the U.S., as it announced its third one in Roswell, Ga., near Atlanta... As part of its effort to insource its IT work, GM recently hired 18 HP employees from its IT organization, who left 'en masse,' prompting HP to go to court to seek depositions from two former IT managers who left for GM. Mott, the CIO at HP before moving to GM last year, said HP's move is 'not the best use our legal system.' Mott called HP's court filing a 'fishing expedition' that 'feels very retaliatory and harassing to the individuals. I think talent will go where talent sees opportunity.' GM is building a tech staff of about 10,000. As part of it, HP is transferring over about 3,000 employees. HP is a longtime services provider for the automaker via its services unit, the former EDS."
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GM CIO Says HP Hiring Probe "Not the Best Use Our Legal System"

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  • by rubycodez ( 864176 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @07:22PM (#42552517)

    overpriced products lagging behind and becoming less robust, workers leaving in droves, talent being driven off......only a matter of time. HP the has-been is circling the drain

  • Ha (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @07:46PM (#42552697)

    These companies that don't value talent should not whine and cry foul when said talent leaves for greener pastures.

    Heads up, companies. You want talent to stay? Then stop resisting reasonable raises, deserved promotions, and piling on extra work for no reason other than you feel you can get away with it because the "economy is bad and you should feel grateful you even have a job, prole!"

    Greed is doing this to itself and I have ZERO sympathy.

  • Outsourcing (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Loopy ( 41728 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:00PM (#42552811) Journal

    Considering how HP has been shedding business groups and teams to China, India and Dell after upper management screwed with their unit managers, I can't believe anyone thinks these people are surprised the rats are fleeing the ship. If HP wants outsourced, bottom-dollar employee costs, they're gonna end up with outsourced, bottom-dollar employees. And when you fuck over people who were saving the company millions of dollars per year and were almost universally respected by colleagues and appreciated by their direct reports, it's no wonder those teams feel marginalized and like they're next of the potential chopping block. 12 straight years of layoffs/outsourcing takes a toll on the best of us.

  • "non compete" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mbaGeek ( 1219224 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:01PM (#42552815) Homepage

    Mr. Mott doesn't make a very convincing defense. Sounds like "Yeah, we did what we are accused of - but so what"

    this is probably a very simple case - assuming HP made their employees sign some form of "non compete" or other employment agreement/contract, but proving collusion or conspiracy and getting damages is going to be hard for HP. Sure, the employees in question were free to "'resign en masse and without notice' but were probably contractually limited from going to work directly with GM - (which is why HP wants to talk to the people involved).

    my IANAL opinion is that no matter how this plays out, HP looks bad and "loses."

  • by Lord Ender ( 156273 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @08:17PM (#42552925) Homepage

    It's like they're trying to shoot themselves in the foot. They are having trouble attracting and retaining talent? So they sue their former employees? Who would want to work for a company that does that? Do they think they can keep their current employees from leaving using fear? Disgusting.

  • by sootman ( 158191 ) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @09:31PM (#42553511) Homepage Journal

    All day long, HP tries to make cheaper computers than Dell and GM tries to make cheaper cars than Ford, because that's what they exist for -- to make as much money as they can. But when GM offers some HP employees (I presume) more pay, all of a sudden they want to make a federal* fucking case out of it? Fuck them.

    They've been laying off literally thousands of employees -- what the fuck is this "NO! You can't leave! Stay here until we fire you!" shit?!?!? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT GODDAMN MIND would wait around to be treated like that? If you can get a good job, go get it, because HP sure as shit doesn't have any loyalty to you. Who knows when their CEO-of-the-week is going to wake up one morning and decide to shitcan your whole division? [] Again I say: Fuck them.

    * OK, Texas, but still... "state case" isn't a catchy impression.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:14AM (#42555189)


    I guess someone should tell this guy:

    Akerson's GM outlook cautiously bullish []

    "General Motors Co. is poised to post 12 consecutive quarters of profits and shed remaining government ownership, but Dan Akerson sounds like a CEO who needs more."

    ooops what were you saying again? get some new talking points.

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