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Highlights—May 16, 2015

  • ABC 17 News:

    Investigation: How many jobs at IBM in Columbia and where are they going? By Jillian Fertig. Excerpts: "These credits, when used properly, will mean jobs for decades," said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on May 17, 2010 at a press conference in Columbia.

    Those jobs Governor Nixon was referring to five years ago are the 800 jobs promised to the state by International Business Machines, or IBM, when the company opened a facility in Columbia in 2010.

    In return, the company would get $28 million in tax breaks.

    But IBM has not fulfilled that promise, according to the state, and some of those state incentives were suspended just weeks ago.

    And that's not the only thing ABC 17 News has learned. Some jobs are being created, but may not be going to the people you think they are. ...

    In January, a spokesman for IBM said the company layoffs were part of a "$600 million restructuring." But he would not provide job numbers.

    Fertig then filed an open records request with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

    After several calls and emails went unanswered, the department finally provided her with documents that showed the current number of employees at the Columbia facility is just 453. That's down from 610 in January of 2014.

    In a letter from the DED dated April 22, 2015, the department informed IBM that "reducing the number of jobs at the Columbia facility below 500 constitutes a suspension event," meaning the state will no longer be giving tax credits under the Missouri BUILD program. ...

    One employee, whose voice has been concealed to protect their identity, said the 453 number of employees at the facility is far from accurate.

    "It's hard to count 300 in the building at any one day," the employee told Fertig. "There are people that work from home and some of those homes are not even in Columbia. They're in different states. It looks as if they're here in Columbia, but in reality, they're not." ...

    But this employee said while the layoffs are concerning, they said it's what the company is doing to replace those workers who are laid off that's more disturbing.

    "IBM will bring Indian people over here to work," the employee said.

    "So you're saying they're replacing American workers with foreign workers?" Fertig asked.

    Yes," the employee said. "In the case of training the folks from India, to do whatever the person is doing here, that would be an accurate statement because that's exactly what's happening."

    Another employee who did not want their voice recorded told Fertig the same thing. They said some people in the building are currently training the foreign worker who will take over for them when they finish their last day. ...

    The same allegations have been made at the IBM facility just 300 miles away in Dubuque, Iowa.

    In fact, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley even sent a letter to IBM questioning why the company was petitioning for H1-B visas when it just laid off hundreds of American workers.

    IBM told an Iowa newspaper last month "In order to serve the evolving technology needs of clients in high-growth area such as cloud computing, data analytics, social and security, IBM and the tech industry must utilize a global talent pool. Today, there are simply not enough American workers with expertise in these areas to fill the thousands of U.S. job openings IBM currently has available." ...

    While government leaders at the state and local level may or may not know about what could be going on behind closed doors, IBM employees said the reason they're coming forward is because the taxpayers have a right to know.

    "Unless the state of Missouri, you know, grabs themselves by the boot straps and says, 'This is taxpayer money, this is not some sort of fluff money from Washington,' nothing is going to happen," the employee said.

  • ABC 17 News:

    Follow up: A closer look at Columbia's investment in IBM. By Jillian Fertig. Excerpts: After Monday night's story aired, Fertig received calls and emails from other former IBM employees, including IBM employees from Dubuque, Iowa. ...

    On Tuesday, ABC 17's Jillian Fertig took a closer look at the Columbia taxpayer's investment in the building that houses IBM.

    "They're [IBM] not required to be transparent with the city," Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said in Monday night's report.

    Fertig asked him if he felt IBM was being misleading to the taxpayers by not being transparent with job numbers and that the 453 employees at the facility was far short of the 800 jobs promised.

    McDavid said IBM's obligation is to the state as far as employment numbers go, and that his main interest was IBM paying for upgrades to the building.

    "We purchased it for $3 million," he said. "We owe $300,000 a year for 10 years. IBM was required, and did, put $10 million into it, so we own a building now worth $12 or $13 million that we bought for $3 million."

  • The Register:

    IBM trades cold comfort for hot air in Microsoft-AWS slugfest. Feeling good about yourself in the cloud IBM? Oh, dear... By Matt Asay. Excerpts: IBM is at it again. Earlier this year IBM claimed to be the world’s largest cloud provider, trumpeting a $7bn cloud run rate. By conflating a variety of definitions of “cloud” (including, ironically, hardware), IBM hoped to earn itself a place on the cloud computing podium.

    It didn’t work.

    And so, despite Amazon and Microsoft announcing tangible financial results that show the exact opposite, IBM is now flogging a Microsoft-sponsored 451 Research survey (PDF) which purports to show IBM “as the company most likely to win cloud business”.

    While that might make the folks in Armonk feel better about themselves, there are a number of reasons to be suspicious of the results. ...

    So it’s a two-horse race, however you quantify it (and The Register’s Gavin Clarke makes a valiant effort to do just that). Those horses are Amazon and Microsoft. IBM is growing slower than Amazon, and on a much smaller base.

  • IT News Australia:

    IBM suffers massive Aussie revenue fall. By Tony Yoo. Excerpts: IBM Australia's revenue plunged more than half a billion dollars in 2014, falling $594 million from the previous year down to $3.5 billion.

    According to the vendor's figures for the year ending 31 December 2014 – made public last month in a filing to corporate regulator ASIC – its largest division, services, took the biggest hit. ...

    While the Australian arm of the US vendor declined to comment on the results, ANZ acting channel leader Paul Richardson referenced IBM's recent investment in new markets.

    "As part of our transformation, IBM is investing in cloud, analytics, social, mobile and security that deliver higher value and innovation to our clients," he said. "The strategy is paying off, with these strategic imperatives now representing US$25 billion and 27 percent of our revenue. ...

    In February, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty acknowledged the hardships of transformation to partners, while predicting growth in the year ahead. In the same month, the vendor brought back performance bonuses for its top executives, including Rometty, which had been voluntarily frozen the previous year.

  • WRAL TechWire:

    Sources: Lenovo will be laying off workers at x86 server business in RTP. By Rick Smith. Excerpts: Lenovo will begin laying off workers at its server business in Research Triangle Park today, according to sources within the company. Lenovo won't talk about what's happening, but workers say employees were told last week that those being let go would be told Monday.

    According to these sources, the primary targets of the job cuts are former IBM employees who were transferred to Lenovo last September when the deal in which Lenovo bought IBM's lower-end x86 server business closed. The servers are used for a wide variety of functions ranging from supporting corporate networks and cloud computing. ...

    Another source noted that those targeted to be laid off "are the people that came over from IBM in October." Some 2,000 IBMers were transferred to Lenovo last fall, and more than 6,000 employees worldwide were absorbed in the deal.

  • WRAL TechWire:

    Lenovo confirms layoffs, says 235 people lose jobs in server group. By Rick Smith. Excerpts: Lenovo confirms that it is cutting jobs in its x86 server business with 235 people being told Monday they were being laid off. Of those, 155 are based in the Triangle, Lenovo corporate spokesperson Ray Gorman said in an interview. ...

    Many of those let go in what Gorman called a "resource action" are former IBM employees. Resource action is a term used at IBM for layoffs and reorganizations.

    Lenovo only cut jobs in the U.S., he added. The affected workers are eligible for severance and also can apply for open jobs within the company, Gorman said.

  • ETF Daily News:

    International Business Machines Corp. (IBM): Don’t Be So Quick To Buy This Stock. By Jim Bach. Excerpts: IBM has no shortage of announcements it makes tied to vague developments in the “strategic initiatives” of cloud, analytics, mobile, security, and social. And typically, none are very exciting. It’s generally some statement about how IBM is going to invest some billions of dollars into one of these areas with little added details.

    It’s a PR gambit more than anything else. So generally, Wall Street is right to not send IBM stock soaring on a press release.

    But what’s worrying is that if ever there was a time for the markets to get excited – even with a slight jump – it would be on this Facebook partnership. Instead, the IBM stock price got a huge lift last month that was entirely unwarranted. ...

    Here’s the problem, though…

    In IBM’s earnings release just three days before, the company reported its 12th consecutive quarter of declining sales. The IBM stock price fell 1.1% on the day. ...

    IBM seems to be in the cloud because it has to be. It can’t survive as an IT solutions company if it’s not branching out of its traditional legacy systems architecture and providing a cloud platform for its Fortune 100 clients to migrate to if and when they abandon the mainframe. Cloud for IBM is about survival, not growth.

  • New York Times:

    IBM and Facebook in Marketing Partnership. By Steve Lohr. Excerpts: On Wednesday, IBM and Facebook are announcing a partnership to take a step closer to the ideal. The partnership stems from how the companies bring complementary strengths to the lucrative business of data-fueled marketing.

    IBM’s data analytics business caters to major retailers and big consumer product brands. And Facebook, the social networking giant, does too. IBM’s data scientists do a lot of social media and sentiment analysis, but not with the vast laboratory of human behavior and preferences that Facebook has.

  • Washington Post:

    How IBM Watson will impact our fight against cancer. By Dominic Basulto. Excerpt: At the inaugural World of Watson event in New York Tuesday, IBM announced a new Watson Genomics initiative that will utilize the computing capabilities of Watson to make it easier and faster to fight cancer. It will now be possible for clinicians at more than a dozen cancer institutes around the nation to apply Watson’s data-crunching abilities to sequence the genome of a cancerous tumor and then access the most relevant information in the medical literature to recommend a treatment option. The goal is an ambitious one: personalized medicine for cancer patients everywhere based on their unique genomic profile.
  • Glassdoor IBM reviews. Selected reviews follow:
    • “This company will do whatever it needs to do in order to accomplish it”

      Current Employee — Accountant in Somers, NY. Pros: Flexibility. There are interesting jobs. Cons: Little opportunity to get promoted and make more money. Management has been less than truthful on many occasions. Advice to Management :There is nothing they don't already know. They continue to proceed with little regard to what employees suggest to make working there better.
    • “Seriously went downhill over my 12 year career there

      ” Former Employee — IT Project Manager in Boulder, CO. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: Excellent experience, and having IBM on your resume does wonders.

      Cons: Morale is TERRIBLE after all the outsourcing that happened; constant fear of being laid off. Clients started dropping like flies post-outsourcing. There was a massive brain drain, as well. Really great employees left because they were so unhappy

      Advice to Management: Recognize that you need happy employees in order to have happy customers. Focus on your employees.

    • “Great for a decade, not so great at the end”

      Former Employee — Senior Software Engineer. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: I worked with some very high-caliber people dedicated to producing a high-quality product for more than 14 years. I had some very good opportunities to grow my technical skills, to mentor new team members and to grow a team to a high level of performance and professionalism. We were building world class technology and it was fun doing it.

      Cons: All of the good was undone by the companies single minded policy of only thinking of shareholder values. Nothing else mattered and all costs that could be cut were; to ludicrous extremes. Between the shareholder-only policy and an army of project managers/executive project managers/program managers all requiring status updates on a daily basis for their respective VP chains it became difficult to actually get any quality work accomplished.

      I was glad when I was selected for a severance and layoff from a team that I had loved, within a company I had grown to despise. The atmosphere had morphed from one of fostering creativity to one of instilling fear. Fear of the constant layoffs, fear of the stack ranking system and fear of being asked to work just one more weekend (like so many other weekends). I had coined IBM as having a siege mentality for years and this is how it felt. Barring the door from even good opportunities because the teams were so overloaded trying to keep up with current workloads with greatly reduced resources. Reduced not just in numbers but also in terms of capability.

      After being laid off and actually slowing down was I able to look at the situation objectively for how "nuts" it had gotten. I talk to my former colleagues frequently and they tell me that it's only gotten worse. I can't imagine — I'm glad that I no longer work there full-time although I do miss working on the product I'd spend so many years pouring my life into.

      Advice to Management: If you don't value your highly-skilled technical contributors, someone else will; it's as simple as that.

      At the end of the day in software development, one person does not equal one other person. A very good programmer/designer is worth much more then then 2 or 3 even 5 who can't think out the box. This is what you're creating by laying off the "old and expensive" (read experienced) and putting your entire "bet" on off-shoring — and it shows in IBM's lack of leadership in the industry.

      My advice, reduce the levels of management and VPs — in other words, half of management should resign. The "troops" have been decimated, it's time to decimate the generals who drove the company into this state. Start to value PEOPLE again.

    • “Starting Gate, Not a Finish Line”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years).

      Pros: Project-flexible schedule. Loose local management. Looks good on resume. Excellent opportunities for fresh college graduates without families to support.

      Cons: Compensation is sub-standard. Corporate culture exalts mediocrity. 44-hour minimum work week. Despite high standards of self-improvement, tuition reimbursement is not available for degree seekers.

    • “Clueless greedy executives”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee.

      Pros: Work from home is generally allowed.

      Cons:

      • Raises are almost nonexistent.
      • Constant fear of layoffs.
      • No rewards for hard work.
      • Constant chipping away at benefits — elimination of pension, 401K match is now once per year, and many more.

      Advice to Management: Share the wealth. Value and reward your employees.

    • “Great place to work if you have the right manager”

      Former Employee — Service Planner in Boston, MA. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros:

      • There are boundless opportunities and it is one of few companies where the sky might be the limit.
      • There is a real commitment to work/life balance and the company provides opportunities for volunteering.

      Cons:

      • This is one place where one person holds their career in your hands. If the manager does not like you, your career is pretty much over.
      • There is a constant fear of being RA'd (IBM's term for laid off).
      • The relative contribution metric pretty much assures that you will in fact not share your accomplishments with the team.
      • Instead of making the slice of cheese larger, an increasing amount of people compete for a smaller slice of cheese while the executive ranks get the big bonuses.

      Advice to Management:

      • They really need to do away from the relative contribution model.
      • STOP bleeding mid-career talent in favor of college kids! Today's millennials are taking jobs and training and then leaving in two years because they are not afforded any opportunities. The middle management needs a vigorous shakedown.
    • "IBM is HUGE”.

      Senior Management Culture & Values Career Opportunities Current Employee — Account Executive in Lincoln, NE. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year).

      Pros: The IBM brand opens a lot of doors as a seller; benefits are great.

      Cons: Management is poor and decentralized. It takes forever to get anything done and many times knowing who to work with to get things done is harder than winning the business. IBM is so big that it is slow to react to market changes and smaller more nimble competitors can poach business because of it.

      Advice to Management: Remove road blocks, not build them. Add a human perspective to the engagement and put someone in charge that sincerely cares about their people.

    • “Change Needed @ IBM”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in East Lansing, MI. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years).

      Pros: The only pro I have seen is the company has flexible work culture.

      Cons:

      • IBM is such a huge company but implementing a change or getting an approval takes for ever. If you need a single thing to get signed off none of the management folks would take responsibility to make it happen.
      • Every one feels it's not their job to get it done. Additionally management tries to preach a particular culture and they never follow.
      • When it comes to promotion they recommend doing Career Framework and all crap and finally they provide peanuts for their employee who works 18 hours a day.
      • In my center please have experienced managers. Do not bring in in experienced rookies as managers for senior employees.

      Advice to Management:

      • Please have a different rating system for your employees who work really hard.
      • Identify the managers who are not productive and find a way to remove those unproductive people.
      • Please pay your employees and remove those time-taking unproductive Career Framework tools.; doesn't add value.
    • “Finance Manager”

      Former Employee — Finance. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: Great people with a depth of knowledge and expertise. Cons: Short-term focus on quarterly earnings per share. Limited promotions, raises, bonuses, travel for internal education and team building. Advice to Management: Focus on the long-term. Invest in the people and clients. Earnings should be an outcome of good business practices, not the sole goal.
    • “Not your father's IBM”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA.

      Pros: It's still an impressive company to have on your resume. Benefits are generous, but not as good as they used to be. People are still proud to be IBMers.

      Cons: Nobody gets raises any more. IBM is actively trying to move every job possible out of the US. Don't expect much financial appreciation. Expect to work long hours. There is an annual bonus plan but it only pays off to the very highest of performers, as rated by their manager. You have to practically get VP approval to buy a pencil, expenses are so tightly controlled. Bean counters galore!

      Advice to Management: Try to learn to appreciate and reward good employees instead of giving it all to stockholders and the C-level people. Even small improvements will buy you big rewards in employee morale, which is beat down and has been for years now.

    • “Reducing Sales Force”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Hanson, MA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: Work/life balance. Name recognition. Enormous portfolio. Cons: Sales is slowly being outsourced to business partners, LDR's, MDR's. College grads for half the pay are taking over the mid-market space. Field/enterprise are being reduced. Advice to Management: Tell the truth. Get rid of the LAYERS of managers/director/executives.
    • “Copy Writer for ITSO”

      Former Employee — Marketing Writer W/18 Years Experience in Remote, OR.

      Pros: Great technology, smart product managers, good communications and knowledge development.

      Cons: Highly political in places where here is little oversight due to high level of contractors; perhaps. Many managers seem more interested in impressing each other than developing good processes and deliverables because they actually care about quality.

      Advice to Management: Don't give group managers a pass just because they're popular or have been at IBM forever. I think contractors should be included in 360 reviews as well. You'd be surprised at what you discover.

    • “IBM”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX.

      Pros: Incredibly talented and dedicated workforce.

      Cons: Over the last 15-20 years, IBM has been moving from the "Exceptional Excellence" model company to the "Middle-of-the-Road Mediocre" model. All driven by the financial executive wieners trying to squeeze another 1/2% of margin out of the financial reports. This model has been slowly sucking the company dry of dedicated go-the-distance workforce talent.

      Advice to Management: Company executives treating employees as disposable assets and used to manipulate the company's Wall Street performance. Hardware and software manufacturing are no longer the core backbone of IBM. High-margin consulting services and technical delivery services are the core business. The IBM employees are the life-blood of this service-oriented business.

    • “Great company that is changing”

      Current Employee — Senior Managing Consultant in London, England (UK). I have been working at IBM (less than a year).

      Pros: Big organisation that has a lot of history, and is looking to grow and change so they can continue to be an industry leader. Opportunities are also what you make of them here. if you are a go getter this is the place for you.

      Cons: There is a lot of history and old school thinking, so sometimes change can be slow. There are a lot of people who are frustrated in their jobs, so there pockets of negativity, but don't let it discourage you. Look for like minded colleagues and good things will happen.

    • “Software Client Leader (SCL)”

      Former Employee — Software Sales Representative in Little Rock, AR. Pros: Vast portfolio of products. Great pool of resources to tap for expertise. Cons: Management is totally driven by transaction-oriented business versus focusing on building long-lasting client relationships. Advice to Management: Invest in your people; stop making constant changes every 6 months. Clients have little confidence in their sales team being long lasting.
    • “Get the name (if you need it) and head out”

      Current Employee — Managing Consultant in Herndon, VA.

      Pros: Great group of professionals to work with and for

      Cons:

      • Forget about your life; your utilization targets are 110%...not sure if that is even legal
      • When your executives are not closing deals, you get bad ratings which means no salary increases and no bonus, even though you could be working around the clock
      • When your executives are closing deals, you barely get any meaningful bonus because you are the delivery guy (or what they started calling it past couple of weeks "client service professional)".

      Advice to Management: Everyone, including our first-line managers are under a lot of pressure for unrealistic utilization targets driving morale and loyalty for many of employees down.

    • “GDS”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Nothing now, no pros. Everything terrible. Cons: Benefits dwindle every year, plus much more. Advice to Management: Retire
    • “They don't care about you — Penny-wise, pound-foolish”

      Current Employee — Senior Consultant in Herndon, VA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years).

      Pros:

      • Great exposure to senior roles/responsibilities when starting your career.
      • Provide you professional skills to take elsewhere.
      • High-value name brand.
      • Friends/future employers think "ooh big blue"

      Cons:

      • They do not stick to commitments. They will consistently go back on their word.
      • Lie about promotions and salaries
      • Delay your raises
      • No payout bonuses
      • Resource action (fire) valuable resources on your project and make you pick up the load.

      Advice to Management: Focus on the long-term business (client satisfaction from adequately staffed projects and invest in employee appreciation and community building. Take short-term losses to drive long-term rewards may be a better strategy. Driving via exigent account metrics may not be the best strategic approach to driving long-term value.

    • “High stress culture”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Ayer, MA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years). Pros: The flexibility to be able to work from home. Cons: High stress work environment with nonstop fire drills and very little reward.
    • “Application Developer”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year). Pros: Good vacation/holiday/sick time, nice building, friendly co-workers, manager, free training. Cons: Straight salary (beware hourly pay based on 40hour/week), required to work 44 plus hours without extra compensation, low pay, hard to move up.
    • “Delivery Project Executive”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: Exposure to various organisations, industries and geographies. Lots of opportunities. Cons: IBM's priority is shareholders ahead of its employees. Advice to Management: Look after your employees; they are your assets.
    • “Sea of cubicles”

      Former Employee — Assistant Project Manager in Dubuque, IA. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years). Pros: This is not a well run company. There was almost nothing enjoyable. They should bolt the windows closed so nobody jumps. Cons: I carried quadruple the expected work load, earned one of the highest ratings at evaluation time and never saw one raise in almost three years. Advice to Management: Promote from within, increase pay with performance reviews if justified, offer better programs for employee development.
    • “Promotion process is worse than senate confirmation!”

      Current Employee — IT Architect in Fairfax, VA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years). Pros: Lots of well-educated, experienced colleagues. A good company to put on your resume and move on. Cons: Promotion process is very bureaucratic. Average years to be promoted is 8 years if you are lucky. A lengthy process followed by a board review makes the promotion process lengthier than Senate confirmation! Advice to Management: Learn how to be nimbler in promotion and rewards. Do something for employee morale. Use Watson
  • FiveThirtyEight:

    Enough Already About The Job-Hopping Millennials. By Ben Casselman. Excerpts: As more and more millennials enter the workforce, companies are scrambling to figure out how to retain their younger employees. Or at least so says The Wall Street Journal, which is the latest contributor to a long line of stories in many outlets about a generation that, as the Journal puts it, “won’t stay put in a job for long.” ...

    The myth of the job-hopping millennial is just that — a myth. The data consistently shows that today’s young people are actually less professionally itinerant than previous generations. In fact, millennials — and the U.S. economy as a whole — would be better off if they’d live up to the stereotype and start switching jobs more often.

    Changing jobs is a key way for workers to make more money. That’s especially true for younger workers, who often need to move around to find the job that suits — and pays — them best. By entering the workforce during a period of prolonged economic downturn, today’s young people missed out on years of potential wage gains, a setback from which they might never fully recover.

  • CNET:

    Women in tech: The numbers don't add up. The percentage of female employees working at large technology companies is oddly consistent. But drilling down finds the problem is worse than the numbers suggest. By Roger Cheng. Excerpts: There's something about the number 30. It's the age Silicon Valley considers workers over the hill. It's how old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now.

    And it's the average percentage of women working in the tech industry, based on diversity reports published by 11 of the world's largest tech companies last year. In comparison, women make up 59 percent of the US labor force and almost 51 percent of the US population, according to the US Census Bureau.

    Is 30 percent really so bad?

    It is when you drill into the percentage of women filling leadership and technical roles -- that's when the numbers get downright depressing.

  • Washington Post:

    Millennials want a work-life balance. Their bosses just don’t get why. By Brigid Schulte. Excerpts: Workers around the globe have been finding it harder to juggle the demands of work and the rest of life in the past five years, a new report shows, with many working longer hours, deciding to delay or forgo having children, discontinuing education, or struggling to pay tuition for their children.

    Why?

    A big reason is the economy: Professional workers in companies that shed employees in the Great Recession are still doing the work of two or more people and working longer hours. Salaries have stagnated, and costs continue to rise, according to a new survey of nearly 10,000 workers in eight countries by Ernst & Young’s Global Generations Research.

    But another big reason? The boss just doesn’t get it.

  • The New Yorker:

    Fiorina Has High Name Recognition Among Thousands She Fired. By Andy Borowitz. Excerpts: One day after the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, a new poll shows that she enjoys extremely high name recognition among the tens of thousands of former H.P. employees she fired.

    According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, Fiorina’s name recognition stands at a hundred per cent among the legions of employees she terminated, with many of them calling the former C.E.O. “unforgettable.

    Additionally, a broad majority of the laid-off workers described their feelings about Fiorina as “intense,” and noted that very few days go by when they do not invoke her name in a vehement manner.

  • Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert. This week's topics include:
    • Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich Spells out the Need to Expand Social Security
    • Senate Starts Debate on Trade Promotion Authority Bill (Fast Track)
    • New York State Alliance holds Convention, Elects New Officers
    • Medicare Turns 50: Still Here despite the Efforts of Rick Santorum
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  • Comment 05/10/15:

    I keep reading all this commentary about IBM's business plans. Where it might grow. Where it might fail. Who it may merge with. Who it may sell things to. Who its shareholders are and why they would like this or that. As an employee or a retiree why would you even care? It's not like any of the megabucks are going to shared with you. Quite the opposite actually. More will be taken from you to fund these moves. If you have a contract defining your salaries, bonuses, hours and benefits up to and including retirement then maybe you could waste brain cycles worrying about these things you have no control over. Otherwise you better use those brain cells to figure out how to better your life and your financial position. Why would you care if the Buffet family can afford the Russian caviar or have to settle for a slightly lower grade when you can't afford bacon to go with your stale toast? Stop trying to pretend you're one of the snobbish upper crust. Unless you have managers reporting to you, you're just rank and file like the rest of us. Come down off your high horse that's really just the fence you're sitting on and join the fight for a better life for us all. -Exodus2007-
  • Comment 05/11/15:

    "Massive layoffs coming up for India and Brasil. Pay attention band 9 and 8 employees...you are going to be the first ones. First line managers deciding who leaves or stays. If you are a good worker, do not worry. You will be relieved when you are gone! -Anonymous-" I have read about Brazil; there are layoffs in GTS and GBS. But what about India? I haven't received any news on this. -anon-
  • Comment 05/11/15:

    Instead of NY State Department of Labor demanding me to show up for a mandatory meeting after I was employed in NY State for over 20 years in IBM, and then after always receiving PBC 2 or better appraisals IBM forced out with an RA and now unemployed and looking for better work than %$#@ IBM provided, why doesn't the NY State Dept. of Labor force IBM executives or at least IBM HR to show up for mandatory meeting and demand that they give proof why they need to downsize USA employment in NY State, need and require H1B visa replacements, and still want to get the PILOT agreement which they appear to have broken? New York State has been taken for a rough ride by IBM. As a taxpayer IBM needs to answer questions from the USA State I pay taxes to! -Anonymous-
  • Comment 05/12/15:

    First the IBMers who supported and serviced the xSeries are transferred and sold to Lenovo then they are scrapped and fired (RA). Modern day paid slavery it seems. Lenovo is only Big Red born from Big Blue. Same 'ole; same 'ole. What goes around, comes around. Lenovo employees also need to join the Alliance and NOW. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 05/12/15:

    After reading this board and seeing all the complaining about IBM, I guess most IBM employees don't understand, but IBM is an at-will employer. Without a union contract, the corporate elites at IBM can do whatever they want. You work at the pleasure of IBM. They can decrease benefits, have massive RAs, or change the performance reviews any way they see fit, and you as an IBM employee can do nothing about it. The entire system rots and is rigged against the employee, but without a union contract, IBM US employees have no say in their future.

    Executives and board members make millions of dollars every year in stock options bonuses and salaries, and the average IBM employee is lucky to get a 1 or 2 percent raise if any. The only way to stop this corrupt and greedy company is to have a union contract. As long as IBM is an at-will employer this will continue and all the bitcXXX and complaining will not make any difference in the lives of the employees and there will be no changes. IBM does not give a rats ass about their employees.

    Join the union and get rid of these corrupt and greedy executives and board members, or continue to work for a corrupt and greedy organization. Wake up IBM employees and join the union today. RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL IN IBM IS HISTORY. -ANA-

  • Comment 05/12/15:

    Brazil- 900 people to be dismissed until August 2014 at IBM Horrolandia GTS and 200 from GBS. It is a rumor but the employees are scared here. Toxic environment...I guess not everyone knows about this site in Brazil. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 05/14/15:

    To those who are treated badly by IBM management and think HR cares, they don't. The open door policy in IBM is a huge joke, and all IBMers realize this. HR is part of Corporate and they are as bad as the entire executive team all the way down to first line manager. They all drink the same Kool-Aid and have their zippers implanted into their heads at Armonk. This has been the history of IBM ever since Lou became CEO.

    If an IBMer really wants someone to show respect to them, and have their backs, the only thing that will do this is a strong union contract. The way it is now, IBM can get rid of you for any reason, and treat you like crap and you have no recourse. IBM is an at-will employer. Thank you Mr. Conrad for all you have done in trying to organize a union in IBM. Without the employees of IBM deciding they want a strong union contract, the attitude and abuse of IBM management toward the employees will never change in IBM. -ANA-

  • Comment 05/15/15:

    So when is the North Carolina governor going to ask for an explanation from IBM why more RAs and more of its citizens hitting the unemployment roles in the Tar Heel State due to the Lenovo RTP firings? Certainly it doesn't help the Raleigh/Durham/Cary/Winston Salem employment figures. So does the NC governor just deny and ignore it now? Isn't this the same governor who only allows 19 weeks of unemployment benefits when other states allow 26? And thus denied those in the past from getting EUC during the Great Recession? So where is the rub working in NC now? -CarolinaBlues-
  • Comment 05/16/15:

    To -CarolinaBlues-, the North Carolina governor, Pat McCory, just gave $20 million dollars to an Indian outsourcing company called HCL to hire salesman to send tens of thousands of high paying high tech American jobs to India. That's on top of $5 million they gave them in 2008. They have a shell building in Cary, NC with an empty parking lot to qualify for the incentives. They must be laughing their asses off at us dumb ass Americans. http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/techflash/2014/10/cary-nc-approves-incentives-for-hcl-tech-1237-jobs.html -anonymous-
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