But that's their thinking, if you can call it that. Quality of delivery, timeliness of delivery and productivity do not matter to them. All that matters is minimal cost.
If an account crashes and burns because of inferior global resources, the execs compare the savings from using low cost resources versus the costs of account penalties due to delivery failures and as long as the savings are greater than the penalties, they're fine with that.
Net - not only does IBM not value its skilled employees, it doesn't care about the customer either. This is an extremely short term strategy. You'll know the jig is up when the rats (execs) cash-in and jump ship.
The dispute has its roots in HP's takeover of EDS last year. Some 3,400 UK workers have since been axed, and those remaining have been hit with a pay freeze. PCS general secretary Mark Serawotka said: "The ballot result illustrates the depth of anger amongst a workforce who face a second year of pay freezes despite the company delivering fourth quarter revenues of 30.8 billion US dollars."
The union accuses HP of "taking advantage of weaknesses in current employment legislation to remove pay and pension benefits, including a performance bonus scheme worth up to £2000 and the final salary pension scheme". ...
Unite south west regional officer Andy McDowall said: "The members have had an irreplaceable pension benefit removed by a cash rich employer when they had every opportunity to allow it to continue. To add insult to injury, they have also removed our members’ contractual bonus arrangements, resulting in a further cut in wages.
Opponents view H-1B hiring as means to bring in young workers at lower wages and deprive U.S. workers of jobs, which was one of arguments made by the Programmers Guild in its lawsuit challenging an extension of the student visa program. Business proponents say they should be able to hire foreign students as easily as U.S. students. Offshore firms in India depend on the visa to conduct business in the U.S., a practice that may be curbed if legislation by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) if a bill they get that limits visa holders, including L-1 visas, to half of workforce. The Indian firms see any effort to restrain visas as a trade issue; Grassley and Durbin have called it " legal discrimination ."
The bulky IBM 1360 includes this dangerous-sounding device for a good reason. Built in 1967, it was the first system designed from scratch to store over 1 trillion bits (~116GB). Ponder that 116GB is an OK chunk of storage even today. Then puzzle how IBM engineers built it back in the '60s. Answer: Unlike storage systems of its time (and really, any since) the 1360 stored data inside cabinets stuffed with drawers of photographic film imprinted with binary data rather than the usual methods of magnetic drums, platters, or tape. The system even contained its own internal "film processing laboratory," which developed the film automatically. The film and drawers were moved about my means of pneumatic tubes and a robotic arm. Obviously, this was a very complex rig - but it worked. Of the handful of commercial systems built, three were still being used into the late 1970s. ...
IBM's Almaden laboratory in Silicon Valley had previously worked on system using a similar photo-storage concept for the CIA during the 1950s to store the agency's sizable library of microfilm documents. IBM peddled the idea to the Atomic Energy folk and they liked it. IBM was offered a $2.1m contract for two machines: one at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the other at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Later, two more systems were ordered for the National Security Agency and one for the Los Alamos National Lab.
Calling the 2000s "the worst" may seem an overwrought label in a decade in which we fought no major wars, in historical terms. It is a sadly appropriate term for the families of the thousands of 9/11 victims and soldiers and others killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the lack of a large-scale armed conflict makes these past 10 years stand out that much more. This decade was as awful as any peacetime decade in the nation's entire history. Between the West's ongoing struggle against radical Islam and our recent near-death economic experience — trends that have largely skirted much of the developing world — it's no wonder we feel as if we've been through a 10-year gauntlet. Americans may have the darkest view of recent history, since it's in the U.S. that the effects of those trends have been most acute. If you live in Brazil or China, you have had a pretty good decade economically. Once, we were the sunniest and most optimistic of nations. No longer. ...
For the average working stiff, it was a pretty lousy 10 years. The median household income in 2000 was $52,500. Last year (the most recent year available) it was $50,303. And given that the unemployment rate has climbed to 10.2%, income will almost certainly drop again this year. Low-income Americans fared even worse. In 2000, 11.3% of Americans were living below the poverty line. By 2008, that number had risen to 13.2%. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans without health insurance increased from 13.7% to 15.4%. ...
Our economic narcissism was certainly the culprit in the devastation wrought by financial markets, which have subjected us to an increasingly frequent series of crashes, frauds and recessions. To a great degree, this was brought about by a lethal combination of irresponsible deregulation and accommodating monetary policies instituted by the Federal Reserve. Bankers and financial engineers had an unsupervised free-market free-for-all just as the increased complexity of financial products — e.g., derivatives — screamed out for greater regulation or at least supervision. Enron, for instance, was a bastard child of a deregulated utilities industry and a mind-bending financial alchemy.
Historian H.W. Brands of the University of Texas points to the demise of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 as an unfortunate tipping point of deregulation. Glass-Steagall, passed in 1933, separated investment banking and plain-vanilla banking, which some experts argued made markets safer. (Certain restrictions of Glass-Steagall were repealed to allow the merger of Citicorp and Travelers. Let's just say that didn't end well.) "That was the single moment when the seeds for the bad stuff were planted," says Brands. "There was a belief that technology, the Internet and financial instruments had changed things, and the ones selling this idea and these instruments were making a lot of money."
From the CEs, CSEs, PEs and "lowly" ITD sys admins and DBAs , it's been the effort of the people, not the process, that have made our customer's happy. Always hero effort going the extra mile. Now the people are punching a timecard thinking about how to get out. Feels like the stock option execs are riding on the backs of the people working 80 hour weeks. Good job Sam, enjoy your millions. If I were you I would have stopped the employee survey as well. -ComeBackLou-
Alliance Reply: If you don't mind, I'd prefer; and I think other ex-IBMers would prefer, that "Lou" stay where he is. He's the one that started all this firing of IBMers in 1994. I was there, I know. He was the original hatchet man, who taught Sam P. everything he knows about squashing working people. He permanently damaged that feeling you have that it was "your company". No thanks.
Leave of absence: Can IBM lay you off while you are on LOA? By going on LOA do you make yourself more vulnerable and IBM is more likely to pick you for the next RA after you come back? Are you allowed to work for a different company while on LOA (and if not, is there any way around it?)
401K & Low Interest account that IBM used to contribute money to (not sure if it is considered pension): Is there anything to keep in mind/watch out for when leaving IBM? Will the lump sum amount be taxed as income? Are there any other restrictions of how you can use that money? Are there any "gotchas" when it comes to your 401K?
As you can see I've got a lot going on and thus have tons of questions. I would really appreciate it if people can share their experiences and insights. Thanks
Alliance Reply: In answer to your question about LOA: IBM can fire you for ANYTHING, including while you are on LOA. This is because you are an "at will employee". There are NO LABOR LAWS that will protect you from being fired while you are on LOA. IBM's rules most likely, do not allow you to work for another company while you are on LOA from IBM... probably no 'way around it'.
You don't have an employment contract with IBM unless you are in upper management or are possibly a Band 16 or higher Specialist, Engineer, SW Architect, or whatever. You are still an "at will employee". IBM can break it's own rules and there's nothing you can do about it. Join the union, organize your co-workers and grow the numbers of union co-workers until you can legally petition the NLRB to call for an election.
Also, 401k accounts are not considered pensions and are not protected by ERISA. 401k monies are taxed when you withdraw them from the 401k account OR after you have transferred the 401k into an IRA or an annuity and then withdraw money from the IRA or annuity.
Also, it's not a "layoff". Layoff is a term used by union members that get laid-off from their jobs; but get called back at a later time when the company does better. IBM, by and large, does not call you back...you're fired. You don't have a union contract with a stipulation in it that allows for your return to work after you've been laid-off. I hope I have answered some of your questions.
The world is Flat and we need equal pay for our colleagues that work in India, China, Russia, etc. And yes, we would have to see their currency values rise before that happens through attrition. I think it would matter more if the Unions focused on a World Wide Union for fair pay for equal work performed. Our counterparts are grossly underpaid. On another note, if you read the recent articles on how Indians take action in India when provoked, you would see that they have more passion about their jobs then the people here. Why? I believe because they have such a desperate life style where their US colleagues are not desperate enough to take action to form a Union. Maybe what matters is desperation, but the sad part is that no one will be desperate until their last weekly check of Unemployment is spent. -What-Matters-To-People-
As far as what matters to people, I for one couldn't care less what a worker in a BRIC nation makes. It will not pay my bills, Feed my kids or pay my taxes. If you really believe the world is flat then by all means go work in a BRIC country. I am sure the BRIC workers care just as little about what we make. As long as they have jobs and are bettering themselves why should they. Just as IBM has always said they will never be the low cost service provider we will never be the cheapest source of labor. A race to the bottom of the salary ladder will destroy our economy and all the lives to depend on it.
When America signed NAFTA and moved most manufacturing jobs out of the continental U.S. we were sold on the idea that the high tech jobs would more then make up for it. Now those are also leaving under the guise of the world is flat and a world economy. What will replace them? Swindling people on Wall Street only works when people have income to invest. Selling Real Estate only works when people have jobs.
Where do Americans work when ALL the software and manufacturing and services jobs are overseas? Do we become a nation of drones dependent on the government to feed us? We cannot all become farmers . Hunting and Gathering does not work well in the cities. Its called robbery and looting. If we do not organize to protect jobs in America what else do we do? Hanging onto what you have while waiting for the headsman's axe to fall on you is not a good game plan. Pretending it is not going to is just as bad. Resigning yourself to what you believe is the inevitable by saying the world is flat so why bother fighting for what's right is not a long term solution either. -Boulderite-
You assume the President is not well aware of Sammy's doings. Trust me he is. Or at least his advisors are. They simply do not care. Sammy and his ilk contribute big money to Politicians. We do not. Money talks loudest in D.C. Expect no help from there. -Exodus2007-
After my first 6 months there, that 's what I got. My first "3 " since I was hired into IBM 6 years earlier and the last "3 " I had ever gotten in the next 6 years.
So when the PE I "matrixed reported into " on my next account started hitting on me I said nothing. I am sure he was aware of my previous complaints, and the results, and was just ready to have some real fun. He would stand in the middle of the hallway, smile, and block my passage. In crowded client meetings, he would nudge and wink at me. On 2 occasions he threatened to talk to my manager (his peer) about "what to do with me " if I continued to (do my job) and be contentious with him on work-related issues.
Finally, this PE asked me to come over to his place so he could"drive me hard because I wasn't getting enough at home "... I said nothing because I knew the IBM routine. It would be turned around to being my fault. I think I did have 1 other IBM manager as a witness to what he said but that manager reported into this PE. Maybe that manager would admit to it now.
Any other ladies out there with similar stories? The IBM management script is verbatim, I 've heard it in 3 different organizations, all within Global Services. "We 've talked to the team and "EVERYONE" had something negative to say about you. " This can happen right after you've been given a promotion, award, more responsibility/team to manage. No warning, discussion, nothing. I have never, to this day, EVER heard back from HR, management, or anyone else at IBM that my allegations were investigated and were not worthy of my complaint. I never heard anything about whether my allegations were real, warranted an investigation, nothing. I was just removed from my position, very publicly, and then left to fight for my reputation. So much for affirmative action or promoting women in technology. That's just for the women who shut up and put up with it.
Anyway... if you think we can break through the RA release that, frankly, we signed under DURESS (what, not sign and get $0 in this economy?) I'm with you on a lawsuit. If your story is as ridiculous as mine, lets write a book together. I've got a stack of notes and documentation 2 inches thick. HR has seen it all so they can't sue me for slander. Love to see 'em try.
All the rest of you...joining the union is not just about wrongful and illegal (age bias) Job Cuts and PBC ratings. This is about IBM breaking the law, year after year and getting away with it. If you are not looking to leave IBM right now you should join the union. What I 'm saying is true, this is who you work for now. Believe it. It took me 5 years before I did, and now look at me. -Retaliate to the Retaliators!-
>>My last rating, before I was RA'd was a 2. So was mine. Before that it was a 2+ and lowered for no good reason whatsoever by my brandy new manager who didn't have a clue what I did, and I was told I could escalate if I didn't like it. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. IF I had a contract, I would have stood a chance with the managers she sucked up to.
>>For many of the 10,000+ there was no rhyme or reason. I would guess 'most' or 'all'. The execs just wanted to get rid of those who made too much (relatively speaking of course in relation to the overpaid execs and first line managers and suckups), were too old, and were too close to actually USING the employee health benefits that they were going to need because they gave their heart and soul and lives to for three decades. My, my, didn't we need a contract? Damn straight we did.
>>But mine was a result of speaking out about discrimination. My, my, now isn't that interesting. You mean they don't ENCOURAGE the truth? They only reward lies and kissing up? What DO you know? Good for you for not being part of the problem.
>>Any other ladies out there with similar stories? Wow, no, sorry. How horrific. I only had to deal with stupidity and mendacity and backstabbing and humiliation and demeaning and ignorance. I'm sorry your experience was even worse. IF you and I had a contract, think how much better off we would have been. Now's the time (for a contract), 25% who don't kiss a**. If not now (for a contract), then keep reading here and be prepared to tell your horror stories, if you have the stones that is.
>>If you are not looking to leave IBM right now you should join the union. Amen, sister.
>>What I 'm saying is true, this is who you work for now. Amen, sister. After three decades, I couldn't believe what my manager and her henchman team leader did to me. But did it they did, and happily because they kept their jobs.
>>Believe it. It took me 5 years before I did, and now look at me. Once again, amen sister. As the poster on another board said, NOW IS THE TIME TO UNIONIZE. -ignatz713-
No more US layoffs! "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing". Let us not assassinate this country further, Mr. Palmisano. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency? -Joe Punchclock-
John is a sawmill worker from Yamhill County, Ore., where I grew up. He was a foreman at a mill, he felt strong and healthy, and he had very basic insurance coverage through his job. On April 18, he was married, at age 23, and life was looking up.
Ten days after the wedding, he was walking in his backyard carrying a neighbor’s dog — and he suddenly blacked out. That led, after rounds of CAT scans, M.R.I.’s and other tests, to the discovery that the left parietal lobe of his brain has a cavernous hemangioma. That’s an abnormal growth of blood vessels, and in John’s case it is chronically leaking blood into his brain. John began to have trouble walking and would sometimes collapse. He developed spasms and restless leg syndrome, he began to use a cane, and his mind suffered. ...
With John unable to work, he lost his job — and his insurance coverage. Esther had insurance for herself and for her two children (from a previous marriage) through her job building manufactured homes. But she couldn’t add John to her plan because of his pre-existing condition. Without insurance, John has been unable to get surgery or even help managing the pain. When he collapses or suffers particularly excruciating headaches, Esther rushes him to the emergency room of one hospital or another, but an E.R. can’t do much for him. One hospital has told them not to come back unless he gets insurance, they say.
Esther used up her family leave time to look after her new husband. “Then I went back to work, and he fell several times,” she said. “I told my boss that I had to quit. Taking care of John was more important than building someone else’s house.” That meant that the couple had no income — and no insurance for anyone in the family, including the children. Neighbors have helped, and a community program has paid the rent so that they are not homeless. But bills are piling up, and John and Esther don’t know how they will cope.
The doctors warn that pressure from the growth could lead a major blood vessel nearby to burst, killing him. “They tell me I’m a time bomb,” John said. With a touch of bitterness, he adds, “It sort of feels as if they’re playing for time to see if it bursts, to save them from doing anything.” ...
John says the principal obstacle to treatment appears to be simply his lack of insurance. In August, he qualified for an Oregon Medicaid program, but he hasn’t been able to find a doctor who will accept him as a patient for surgery, apparently because the reimbursements are so low. Doctors tell him that his condition is operable — but that they can’t accept him without conventional insurance. He is increasingly frustrated as he watches his family crushed by the burden of his illness. ...
John’s story is not so unusual. A Harvard study, to be published next month in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests that almost 45,000 Americans die prematurely each year as a consequence of not having insurance. John may become one of them. If a senator strolled indifferently by as John retched in pain, we would think that person pitiless. But isn’t it just as monstrous for politicians to avert their eyes, make excuses and deny coverage to innumerable Americans just like John?
Plaintiff Paige Riley, 42, is an extreme example of what can happen as a result. She alleges that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi refused to cover an operation to replace the batteries of a stomach-pain device she had surgically implanted in 2005. As a result, Riley had to fork over the $43,364.27 cost in cash. ...
Her husband's employer, Electric Power Association, covered the first operation and a second operation to put in new batteries in 2007. But by the time Riley needed a third operation to get another set of batteries this spring, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi was the plan administrator for the Power Association. It ruled that the Enterra was experimental and refused to cover the new batteries, the lawsuit says. Appeals were denied, according to the lawsuit filed in federal district court in Jackson, Mississippi on Nov. 10.
In 2005, one analyst group projected annual savings of $77.8 billion through computerization; another predicted more than $81 billion in savings, as well as a big improvement in health. Today, the federal government's health information technology Web site proclaims that the "broad use of health IT will: improve health care quality; prevent medical errors; reduce health care costs; increase administrative efficiencies; decrease paperwork; and expand access to affordable care." ...
"For 45 years or so, people have been claiming computers are going to save vast amounts of money and that the payoff was just around the corner," he said. "So the first thing we need to do is stop claiming things there's no evidence for. It's based on vaporware and [hasn't been] shown to exist or shown to be true." ...
Himmelstein, who was once the director of clinical computing at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts, wrote that the misconception that computerization brings cost savings in hospitals is not new. He pointed to ads by IBM and Lockheed Corp. from the 1960s and 1970s touting computerization as a way to reduce paperwork and improve health care. In the 1990s, experts also espoused the benefits of computerized patient records, saying they would be adopted quickly and yield huge administrative savings.
"But dependency on government has never been bad for the rich. The pretense of the laissez-faire people is that only the poor are dependent on government, while the rich take care of themselves. This argument manages to ignore all of modern history, which shows a consistent record of laissez-faire for the poor, but enormous government intervention for the rich." From Economic Justice: The American Class System, from the book Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn.
This may sound extreme. But when you look at the way the compensation game is played—and the assumptions that are made by those who want to reform it—you can come to no other conclusion. The system simply can't be fixed. Executive bonuses—especially in the form of stock and option grants—represent the most prominent form of legal corruption that has been undermining our large corporations and bringing down the global economy. Get rid of them and we will all be better off for it.
The failings of the current system—and the executives who live by it—are painfully obvious. Although these executives like to think of themselves as leaders, when it comes to their pay practices, many of them haven't been demonstrating leadership at all. Instead they've been acting like gamblers—except that the games they play are hopelessly rigged in their favor.
First, they play with other people's money—the stockholders', not to mention the livelihoods of their employees and the sustainability of their institutions.
Second, they collect not when they win so much as when it appears that they are winning—because their company's stock price has gone up and their bonuses have kicked in. In such a game, you make sure to have your best cards on the table, while you keep the rest hidden in your hand. ...
All too often, financial measures are a convenient substitute used by disconnected executives who don't know what else to do—including how to manage more deeply. Or worse, such measures encourage abuse from impatient CEOs, who can have a field day cashing in that goodwill by cutting back on maintenance and customer service, "downsizing" experienced employees while others are left to "burn out," trashing valued brands, and so on. Quickly the measured costs are reduced while slowly the institution deteriorates. ...
Put differently, executive compensation these days reinforces a class structure within the enterprise that is antithetical to its effective functioning. Because of its symbolic nature, executive compensation as currently practiced sends out the worst possible signal to everyone in the enterprise. ...
Too many large corporations today are starved for leadership—true leadership, meaning engaged leadership embedded in concerned management. And the global economy desperately needs renewed enterprise, embedded in the belief that companies are communities. Getting rid of executive bonuses, and the gambling games that accompany them, is the place to start.
You might think, then, that doing something about the employment situation would be a top policy priority. But now that total financial collapse has been averted, all the urgency seems to have vanished from policy discussion, replaced by a strange passivity. There’s a pervasive sense in Washington that nothing more can or should be done, that we should just wait for the economic recovery to trickle down to workers. This is wrong and unacceptable.
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We all have to play nice-nice with our GR (global resource) peers. and when your GR team lead sends notes to IBM US mgmt that they need MORE WORK from their US counterparts, IBM mgmt. rolls over and gives them more work. Reminds me of an old CCR song: Fortunate Son.
And when you ask them, how much should we give? Ooh, they only answer more! more! more. What a sad, pathetic, f'ng company.
What's more pathetic is how India is not held accountable since they are Sam's chosen ones and how anyone who reports problems with India are considered anti-team, racist and uncooperative.
The sacred cows over in India aren't cattle, they're the "office boys" pretending to be IT professionals working for IBM. What a sad, pathetic f'ng company indeed.
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