The people who can compete and succeed in this culture are an ever-narrower slice of American society: largely young people who are healthy, and wealthy enough not to have to care for family members. An individual company can of course favor these individuals, as health insurers once did, and then pass them off to other businesses when they become parents or need to tend to their own parents. But this model of winning at all costs reinforces a distinctive American pathology of not making room for caregiving. The result: We hemorrhage talent and hollow out our society. ...
Bad work culture is everyone’s problem, for men just as much as for women. It’s a problem for working parents, not just working mothers. For working children who need time to take care of their own parents, not just working daughters. For anyone who does not have the luxury of a full-time lead parent or caregiver at home.
Pros: Experience. Opportunities to get certifications. Get your experience and RUN. You can work from home (2 days a month).
Cons: Underpaid. Very misleading. Training is inconsistent. Management/HR says one thing and does another. Fresh college hires are placed on projects requiring experience by managers, then penalized if they're released from the project due to lack of experience and sometimes terminated from the company. Some former employees are still being paid after notifying management for months after quitting so the turnover rate doesn't seem so awful. The performance rating system is terrible.
Advice to Management: At least pretend to care about the well being of employees rather than project placement. Don't be evasive to the point that employees can't approach you. Don't lie to employees.
Pros: Great technology and lots of smart folks. 100% self direction, no micro-management. A company big enough to have expertise in nearly everything and if they don't they carry enough influence with partners to assure someone gets on a plane to help finish a difficult project if needed.
Cons: These are near endless, just like the hours, phone calls and failure of the internal systems. Most folks with any tenure work in international teams. This means continual early morning or late night conference calls that when added up will equal 70+ hours per week. In the extra time an employee has between 6 am and 11 pm calls, one must fit in time for expense reports, booking travel and answering emails. The travel booking system is abysmal, the expense report system is very difficult to use when it works at all, and the email system is extremely flaky.
Advice to Management: I've been trying to fill mid-level SE positions. Given the ongoing "resource actions" that happen every 6 months there is no one with any skills that seriously consider IBM anymore. You have been so flip about firing people the last 10 years we don't get good candidates anymore. Please change this corporate perception.
Advice to Management:
Pros: Good colleagues, project teams bought out the collective best in delivering solutions to our clients. IBM is infused with deep knowledge accessible when required.
Cons: Large anonymous corporation driven by share price earnings and lead by dubious managers with their own agendas. Little respect for staff and career ambitions; very poor at providing training and career growth. Does not walk the talk and is very good at spinning and window dressing. For all its talk about being 'agile', IBM is a lumbering behemoth struggling to reinvent itself and is constantly throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Has not learnt that offshoring for cheaper rates doesn't equal high quality work.
Advice to Management: Get back to your roots of being an innovative company not run by bean counters!
http://www.endicottalliance.org/thedisintegrationofemploymentinIBM.htm To all Alliance supporters, send and share the above link to the article "The disintegration of employment in IBM" far and wide. Put it on your FaceBook page; send it to newspapers; send it with comments to your political reps and send it to your co-workers. Help break the secrecy of IBM job cuts. Put some pressure on IBM. -Alliance-
It creates a cobbled together patchwork of stuff that of course doesn't work well or at all (see IBM's SaaS offerings). It's a false facade to impress (who else?) the financial writers and shareholders, while the execs cash out, cover their butts, and the band plays on.
Think of where IBM would be if they had spent that acquisition money on their own R&D (imagine — actually designing and building good stuff from the ground up, instead of cobbling!) and rebuilding employee morale. The new "revolutionary, ground breaking" email system they bragged about called "Verse" is a massive failure. It's the same old pig (Lotus Notes) with lipstick. Employees are unable to attend meetings because it 'loses' them; emails get lost, and you can guess the chaos from that.
In fact, internally this is referred to as "you've been Versed". The execs continue to send emails begging people to go read their useless blogs, and the band plays on. If we had representation, we could help to fight against these horrible misuses of corporate funds. Please join the Alliance today! It takes a few minutes, can be anonymous, and is only the price of a Starbucks per month.
The IBM Global Account (IGA) is integrated in the IBM internal CIO organisation. The alignment to domains with global allocation of responsibilities leads to further synergies on the one hand—but to over-capacities on the other hand.
The optimisation and globalisation in the CIO organisation will foster and accelerate this situation. Against this background the strategic decision was made not to serve the client IBM out of Germany any longer, but to use global services going forward.
Additionally, the German IGA would be in global competition with further—for the CIO organisation—strategic locations, without being a strategic location itself. Therefore, the business model of IGA—grounded in the IBM Deutschland Enterprise Application Solutions GmbH—will not be pursued going forward. The delivery for the CIO organisation will be discontinued. The projects will be transferred to the CIO organisation on global level. This is why we plan to close down the Enterprise Application Solutions GmbH as of 31/08/2016. As a consequence it is intended to terminate the employment relationships of the affected employees.
Late Monday night I get a phone call on my personal cell phone from my manager about a high visibility account that inexplicably has no defined on call schedule but expects assistance 24x7 365. My cell phone is in the kitchen right where I left it and I'm in bed right where I normally am at that time of night and miss the call. I get an email the next morning chiding me for not responding the previous evening. I replied that I was not on call and didn't have my phone nearby when the call came in and thought that would be the end of it.
The next thing I receive is a one-on-one meeting notice. In the meeting I'm told that it's a requirement that I be 'available' 24x7 365 if he or anyone else needs to get in touch with me. I reply that being 'available' 24x7 365 is just another way of saying 'on call' 24x7 365. He says he doesn't understand my viewpoint and that it's just a requirement of the job. When I asked when this had become a requirement the reply was 'oh about 6 years ago'. I must have missed that memo.
The conversation degraded from there into something that I can't say I'm proud to have been a part of. In a followup email I summarized our meeting discussion and asked him to reply confirming what he told me were the requirements of the job that I had somehow misunderstood until now. I received no confirmation. I'm sure if he were to tell his side of the story it wouldn't sound anything like what I described here. It sounded to me like he really believed what he was saying.
It's almost a week later and I'm still shaking my head over the whole thing and left to wonder if I'm the one that is out of touch with today's reality. Either way it's just very sad for me to see where this is all headed. -Anonymous-
Since joining they have hired 10 new grads. They only hire (full time) or consider candidates that have graduated within the past 2 years. Because they hire people at a low starting salary the quality has suffered. Some are smart, some barely made it through undergrad. Sad situation, lots of smart people, issues at levels beyond the 2nd line. -Anonymous-
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