I worked in the Cost Management Group for Delphi's Global Supply Management for 12 years. Many of my colleagues were among the brightest and hard-working people I have known. I enjoyed creating the cost models, working with buyers, visiting suppliers and training others in Cost Management.
Initially my position required a fair amount of travel, something that I found stimulating. I particularly enjoyed the contacts with the buying community in many different countries, and I found that working with suppliers in different countries and locations to be a rewarding challenge. That changed, however, when I took over as manager of the group, since my responsibilities were more general and no longer involved the same level of personal contact. That is, it should have done so, but the culture at the company changed and travel restrictions became an end unto themselves.
In my last year at Delphi, this culture of penury intensified dramatically as the company sold off yet another division and the new executive management, which took over in the early Spring, made it a priority to cut costs in general and personnel in particular.
Competitive salary and benefits, interesting work, good colleagues
Bureaucratic; real promotions generally only for the few.