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GM Design merits “Cool Places to Work” designation

GM Design, reportedly the industry's first and largest automotive design facility worldwide, has been named one of Crain's 2011 "Cool Places to Work," based on the ability to communicate with employees, attract/retain talent and create a productive work environment, among other criteria.
Posted: September 7, 2011 - 5:03PM
Author: Don Bain

"Our commitment is to create an environment that empowers its people and provides the technology and tools they long to work with and places a premium on creativity and passion," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of Global Design. "It's a privilege for me to work with the talented team of designers, sculptors, engineers, skilled trades, imaging and business personnel that make the GM Design Center an award-winning place to work."

This annual award is limited to Michigan companies with offices in the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. During a two part process. online nominations are accepted from non-executive employees followed by a qualitative survey of promotions, hiring practices, compensation levels, benefits and more.

"Our employees also appreciate GM's rich design heritage and the historical significance of the Technical Center campus," said Welburn. "It's pretty cool to have a front-row seat to the company's future as well as access to a past so rich with iconic brands and buildings recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and 'Most Outstanding Architectural Achievements of its Era' by the American Institute of Architects."

A team of Crain's editors, reporters and representatives from the American Society of Employers evaluated hundreds of companies to pick the winners. Formal honors will be given at the official award event Nov. 10.