• Feb 19, 2009
Chrysler's sweeping efforts to save cash have resulted in a few drastic measures that are currently being implemented at its corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Turning the heat down from 72 to 68 degrees strikes us as reasonable, as does cutting its budget for Christmas decorations from $10,000 to $1,000. But the cuts go much deeper than that. For instance, removing all wall-mounted clocks to cut down on the expense of batteries ($20K for batteries... seriously?), as is removing a full 50% of all the lightbulbs at its headquarters.

Other cost-savings efforts include canceling snow removal on the top level of Chrysler's parking garages and cutting back on food services in the main cafeteria, while closing down satellite cafes entirely. Late last year, General Motors made similar common sense moves to cut costs, lowering the heat, shutting down escalators and turning off the lights when the last worker leaves.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If the women where I work are any indication, Chrysler's electric bill is about to skyrocket. The thermostat is set to an annoyingly balmy 74 degrees as it is, and half of them still run 8-million BTU space heaters at full blast all day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah whats the deal with that anyway? And the funny part is, when stepping out on a winter day they refuse to put on a heavy jacket/gloves/caps. Umm...hello...yeah it's cold. You're not wearing anything warm lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those cost savings don't amount to that much money, and is a sign of utter desperation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i used to work for GTE, and was there during the BA merger that made Verizon. Once the fluff was gone, and stock prices started declining, one way to cut costs was to turn off the ac in our 24 hour building after 10pm, another was to remove every other light bulb or bar in the entire building, also the hall lights were turned off at every other step.
      the biggest and best though?
      they turned off the lights on all the vending machines.

      that should help pay for chuck lee's compensation (not to be confused with salary)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how many jets Chrysler (Cerberus) still has...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better ideal: turn the heat down to 50 degrees so the pipes don't burst and last person out turn off all the lights, lock the door and don't let it hit you in the butt on the way out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no toilet paper no soap in bathrooms
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey you two, no enjoying manwiches on the job.

        GET BACK TO WORK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        poop at home and don't pee on your hands. its not that hard people!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uncle Scrooge is back. However this time it is justified.
        • 5 Years Ago
        eddie's grandma. I love it.

        The shame is that so many on here probably dont get the reference.

        and for the record, it was she was cold, not hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet they still fund their NASCAR efforts. That big pile of waste should be the first to go. Instead, they have turned their headquarters into a dimly lit Vegas casino and probably won't get anywhere near the savings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all of you who have said that money is the root of all EVIL! SPELL EVIL BACKWARDS AND THEN RETHINK YOUR STATEMENT! IT'S "LIVE" DUMMY!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know of alot of places/stores that cut down on lights

      I work in a best buy (not for em tho!), and they took down 90 lights in the store (to save on energy costs). Unless you had known that in advance you would've never seen any difference in lighting. I see this as a common practice to save $$
      • 5 Years Ago
      This reminds me of that old expression about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

      And H4MM3R, that remark about the shoe size got the first laugh of the day out of me, and it's 3:30 in the afternoon here; not a good sign.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bankruptcy, bankruptcy, bankruptcy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey stupid! Have you ever gone through the rigors of "BANKRUPTCY?" If not then untill you have walked in those worn out shoes keep your lousey statements to your self and your spouse! WE WILL ALL SUFFER IF ANY ONE OF THE BIG THREE GOES INTO BANKRUPTCY! If one goes down then all three and their suppliers go down resulting in the loss of over 3.5 million more jobs which will trigger the total collapse of all the countries in the world iuncluding the good old U.S.of A. making the 1929 collapse of the stock market look like a big birthday party and you might as well get ready to start fighting for a crust of bread! After WW II it took two wheel barrows full of German Marks to buy a loaf of bread and then they had to fight to get it home! Is this what you're wanting for our country? If so I suggest you go to CUBA where it already exist!
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