• Aug 21, 2008
A few months back, Chrysler threw a wrench in its employee vacation plans by mandating that all white collar workers take the last two weeks of July off. The move wasn't very popular due to the short notice provide, and didn't save much money, but team Pentastar has decided to do it again next year. This time, however, employees have 11 months to plan their trip to the Magic Kingdom or a fuel-saving staycation (sorry, we'll never use that term again).
Chrysler spokesperson Shawn Morgan says synchronized time off is good for helping the struggling automaker to become more efficient. The idea is that cutting down on randomly timed vacation will help projects to stay on course while also keeping different project teams from getting ahead of one another. Employees actually like the idea of getting a two week chunk of time off right in the middle of summer, provided that ample notice is given to them to plan accordingly. It also helps workers from worrying about work that is being done in their absence, helping to make the time off more enjoyable.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about Chrysler, but the absolute BEST time to go to Disney World is during Gay Pride week. Most of the travel agents know about it and specifically schedule around it. One year my family went and our agent apparently didn't know. Park was freaking EMPTY. My brother and rode Space Mountain at least 4 times in 45 minutes. Get on, ride, run from the exit all the way through the nearly EMPTY line, ride again, repeat. Those who know Space Mountain know that this is unheard of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about just "Stay away from Chrysler"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must be scary working for Chrysler considering the mess it's in.

      The company is looking for alliances with other auto companies--reminds me of how American Motors circled the drain for years and was finally bought by Chrysler.

      Maybe Nissan or a Chinese company will put Chrysler out of its misery.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My friends in the Chrysler Design Office didn't take 2 weeks off in July this year. Neither did the ones bustin' a$$ on the Chrysler/ Nissan joint venture project.

      Perhaps this story can be even a bigger pile of dog$hit by summer'09??? If you are working on something important... the "shut down" is OPTIONAL.

      Same rings true @ GM... 2 week shutdown (which most employees I know HATE) but only one if you are on a "hot" deadline.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's paid vacation they didn't save a penny. It just makes things easier.

      And, FThorn--exactly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler has always done this. They re-tool for the new model year.