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Gotta love a guy who, in some ways, epitomizes American-style capitalism yet threatens the very American businesses that exploit the same system to their advantage.
And why shouldn't they? GM has had a global presence for almost 90 years, I reckon. That was WAY before globalization became a dirty word. So now it seems it's an affront to our culture, values, and individuality? Hell, the whole world (globe?) has been moving in that direction ever since the Jews began wandering the desert . . . history has given us cars and carriages, ships, cars, airplanes, and now the Internet in uniting the world. This movement ain't gonna stop anytime soon.
To me, one threat that globalism brings to the US of A is that it levels the playing field – no longer do we get to use our might to our advantage since smaller and/or developing countries now have opportunities to exploit positions that they didn't have not too long ago.
So what are we going to do to maintain as many competitive advantages as we can? Hell, if playing in a global environment means having a plant in Mexico for strategic reasons, if not to maintain the bottom line, I'm all for it. What I'm not for are quasi-anti-American threats from a guy who can't create law.
Besides, shouldn't xenophobes be happy with GM having manufacturing operations in Mexico? Elevating the median quality of life for a developing country keeps people happy in their own country and reduces the need to cross the border (which may soon be difficult once the Mexican government pays for the wall).
Another thought: the U.S. once was an agrarian economy. Then we became a manufacturing economy....and those days are long gone. Why must we dig our heels and regress back to an economy that left us 30 years ago? Shouldn't we continue to evolve as a country of ideas and exploit the gumption for innovation that made us great and put us over the top after WWII?
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Honestly I strongly doubt a move to SF is in my future, this had just happened to be a then suitable position with my current employer that happened to be located there. I was prepared for some lifestyle concessions, but frankly surviving would have probably meant living in East Oakland (presuming that's still rough, though my info is ~20 years out of date). I've since progressed past any of the available SF positions being a good fit, only possible CA position with my current employer would be in LA (which I know is completely different than SF, but still expensive). And still a longshot.
What I can't understand is what kind of work they would expect from someone fooled into moving there without knowing what they're getting into. It took them over a year to fill the position, and had to import a foreigner, and he didn't last a year. He went back overseas... Position is open again (and has been for months)
Anyways I get the referral thing, that's how I look at it as well, you only refer people who you know you can stand behind, anything less risks your reputation.
Fit, drive, etc. is crucial, but IMO a lot of old mature industries are set in their ways, limited growth potential I guess will do that. For the available comp, they are frequently lucky to get 50-80% of the hard skills, nevermind the soft things like fit and attitude. Not sure what the answer there is, other than moving to a different industry. If I can swing a move to operations that might be the ticket, as that is a more universal and translatable skillset, from one industry to another, where the products are vastly different, provided the ops are similar.
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NAFTA has proven the give jobs to Mexicans and they won't come here crap was just that, crap. More illegals crossed the border since NAFTA than before NAFTA.
The manufacturing economy didn't leave us, our politicians kicked it out. On purpose for some god forsaken reason. Most countries have public leaders that actually care about their own country. We don't
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In an interview with the Times of London, Trump said quote, "Day one - which I will consider to be Monday as opposed to Friday or Saturday. Right? I mean my day one is gonna be Monday because I don't want to be signing and get it mixed up with lots of celebration."
Making America Great......
Trump is so incredibly sadly mistaken if he thinks he's going to start on Monday.
The work starts after he is sworn in.
If a major event happens Saturday morning, he has to be there to respond. He is the face of the country.
He can't just tweet away his presidency.
I have connections at most major SV firms. Tesla isn't one of them.
"Concessions" to moving to the Bay Area is a nice way of putting it.
There's nothing wrong with living in the East Bay. But it is more suburban with a smattering of large office parks. The downtown core is San Francisco-Oakland. And then south is Silicon Valley proper with the corporate HQ's and large campuses and office parks.
LA is definitely different. It's very very large sprawl. You need a car to go anywhere and do anything. It's also the California that is most often portrayed in the movies and where the California stereotype originates. The SF Bay Area more closely aligns to NYC and its surrounding areas — just smaller and slower paced.
The thing with SV is that if you are really good in your field, more companies are willing to pay for it. So competition becomes tough. It's also competitive because some of the skillets needed are more rare, so the power isn't with the company, it's with the individual worker.
SV really boomed starting late 2009 and kept climbing and still is, though a bit slower. In my experience, I saw my company struggle to find the "right candidate." Often times, they settled on candidate that was pretty good on paper, but he or she failed for one reason or another — couldn't keep pace, poor interaction with teams, improper skill set, didn't understand the how/why of our business industry, etc. And it ultimately put my company in disarray for a time. Today, we are focused on the "right candidate." It is harder to find the right fit, but the company is better for it.
I know the SF Bay Area isn't cheap. It's never been a truly affordable place, but now things are just out of control.
A decent glass of wine at a bar in San Francisco is $8-15, depending on the wine. That's what I'm used to.
I'm in Bilbao Spain this week, and when I got a glass of wine at a hotel bar (should be more pricey, right?), the bill was €2.85. I was in Austria last week, and a glass of wine was €4.
Talk about reverse price shock, right??
A 3 course dinner at my hotel in Bilbao, with a bottle of wine was €66. It is also a 1-star Michelin rated restaurant. In San Francisco, a similar meal, would cost me at least $90 without the bottle of wine.
With the change in hiring at my company, there is almost an equal focus on the hard skill set and the soft skills. We've benefited from that. Teams are easier to work with and coordinate. There's less friction now. And people are "rowing in the same direction" because they understand the business more.
I'm actually doing a slight swing to a new position that requires an entirely new skill set. It's also heavier travel than I'm used to. I've got a heavy travel schedule now until at least July. But the opportunity came from internal. So, sometimes, it's just good to get into a company your'e comfortable at, and they manage a swing to something new internally.
Sometimes, all it takes is getting your foot in the door.
Say you looked at that Bay Area position again. If the company moved you out here. It also at least gets you into a geographical location that has booming industries and a red hot job market. It would make looking for a job at a different company and even different industry easier. You're in the area. Companies won't need to pay moving expenses, etc. And you'll meet new people, perhaps in industries or companies that you're interested in.
The only question becomes one of how much of a concession would you make living in the priciest region of America versus where you are now?
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Only a fool would think he's not starting his new job until Monday, HE77 he's been working almost non-stop since the election.
He did indicate that he was going to wait to do some things until Monday, so they get proper coverage and not lost in the weekend.
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Maybe we should just take the eminently likable Kellyane's Conway's advice and not pay attention to Trump's actual words but somehow listen to what is in his "heart"......
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