GM still hiring Austin tech workers

Dec 27, 2013
Austin Business Journal

General Motors Co.’s planned technology center in Austin is still looking for 139 tech workers — more than a year after the company said it would staff the new North Austin facility with 500 employees


On its website job board, the Detroit-based GM (NYSE: GM) lists Austin jobs that include software developers, a business intelligence analyst and a mobile telecom solutions engineer. It’s unclear if the jobs are part of the 500-worker goal or additional slots


In September, GM disclosed plans to build the center as the first of four it would open nationally to develop technology in house rather than by outside contractors. The initiative, commonly called “in-sourcing,” would result in GM eventually employing more than 10,000 technology workers


GM officials subsequently confirmed the Austin tech center was based in a former Dell Inc. building on East Parmer Lane at the Tech Ridge Boulevard intersection. GM later unveiled the locations of the other tech centers in Michigan, Arizona and Atlanta


The company previously outsourced 90 percent of its tech work and California-based Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) was a major GM contractor. Three months after its Austin announcement, HP filed a complaint Travis County District Court against former HP managers who allegedly orchestrated a “mass exodus” of 18 workers to GM


A county judge subsequently denied to provide HP with a court order to depose former workers who quit to work at GM’s Austin tech center


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