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Highlights—November 21, 2015

  • Bidness Etc.:

    IBM To Slash 3,000 Jobs In Germany. By Martin Blanc. Excerpts: International Business Machines Corp. is reportedly planning to lay off nearly 18% of its workforce in Germany over the next two years. The news was first reported by German business weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche a while earlier. Around 3,000 jobs are reportedly being cut from IBM’s operations in Germany, currently employing 16,500 people.

    The report cited Bert Stach, a labor union representative who was on the supervisory board of IBM Deutscheland. Almost 2500 of the jobs being slashed have been ‘relatively’ decided. It is still unclear as to when these layoffs will be conducted, and if they will be through pink slips or voluntarily resignations.

    Selected comments from Seeking Alpha follow:

    • That's OK, and I'm glad IBM is doing what it has to do. Who needs on-site consultants if the business is moving to the cloud? It is more important to hire new talent for the cloud than maintain a 55 year-old outdated consultant with shrinking number of clients.
    • And who is going to develop those cloud applications? In-house developers? Companies have been trimming their IT staff since adopting ERPs because they thought that would solve all their IT problems. Now that a new technological trend is changing everything once again, traditional companies do not have in-house resources to adapt change and that makes them a target for startups who have a lot of technical talent.

      As a result, companies can choose to hire consulting companies like IBM or try to rebuild their IT staff (they could also choose to do nothing and we will miss them). Option 2 seems like a no-go since CIOs are generally business managers who have lost touch with technology.

      For what it is worth, I am a 50 years old Chief Architect and I can assure you I am not outdated. During the week-end I play with Swift and Node.js projects. During the week I work on serious stuff.

    • German tech workers are among the most productive and innovative. Sad to see IBM teaming up with bottom of the barrel Indian outsourcers like TCS. It's all about margins for them but they fail to realize that running a tech company from a spreadsheet is no way to compete.
    • Perhaps they should consider strike action like their Spanish colleagues. Strike in IBM Spain on Nov 25th.
  • Employment Law Daily:

    Former IBM employees sufficiently allege fraudulent inducement in signing of separation agreements. By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D. Excerpts: Although separation agreements signed by two laid-off IBM employees on their face complied with the OWBPA’s first seven requirements, a federal district court in New York could not determine, without further fact-finding, whether the company correctly identified and defined the decisional unit that it considered in terminating them. Accordingly, the court denied IBM’s motion for judgment on the pleadings on their claims that it engaged in discriminatory practices in violation of the ADEA. Their allegations that IBM fraudulently stated it was streamlining its workforce and that it had no other employment opportunities for them when it intended to recruit and hire college graduates to take their jobs were also sufficient to state a fraudulent inducement claim (McCormack v. IBM, November 9, 2015, Karas, K.).

    Nationwide campaign. The three former employees sued IBM on behalf of themselves and a class of similarly situated current and former employees alleging that it violated the ADEA and the NYSHRL when, in 2013, it cut its older workforce and then engaged in a nationwide advertising campaign to replace the older workers with recent college graduates. They also alleged that IBM offered two of them severance packages that they could access only if they signed general releases within 30 days freeing the company from liability for, among other things, age discrimination. They contended that IBM offered the packages fraudulently and in bad faith because the premise of the offer was that it was engaged in a nationwide “resource action,” not that it was intentionally replacing older employees with younger employees.

  • Glassdoor IBM reviews. Selected reviews follow:
    • “A Company in Transition — Not a Good Place to Be Right Now”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Helpful, friendly workers who want to do the right thing for customers. High brand recognition, a proud history. Cons: So much short-term trouble that the organization seems hunkered down in CYA mode. If you aren't directly working in the Watson Group, continuous layoffs (euphemistically called "resource actions") are the norm — never-ending. Advice to Management: Stop lying to your employees, start increasing the transparency, and articulate the vision for why IBM is still the place to work and will be in the coming years.
    • “Stability and benefits but a horrible experience”

      Former Employee — Public Sector BA&S Consultant in Arlington, VA.

      Pros:

      • Strong focus on innovation and working to truly improve the planet
      • Kind and intelligent coworkers who really care
      • Consulting by Degrees (CbD) has great training and opportunities to connect with other consultants who are also right out of school
      • Great benefits and salary

      Cons:

      • Public Sector contracts are currently in testing and quality assurance even if you're in Business Analytics and Strategy. I was put in a position where I was supposed to have at least a BS in Computer Science or Engineering.
      • Huge mismatch between employee's skills and project placement. The emphasis is putting lower bands who are cheap labor onto projects that need bodies ASAP.
      • Horrible experience working at the USPS and was required to be on the project for a minimum of a year and most likely two years. Worked 6 days a week including Sunday mornings on client site at 4:00 am.
      • Inability to move from project to project. I had almost 10 IBMers leave the company during my 9 months on my project because movement to another project was so impossible, and I did the same.
      • So many young consultants are having issues with their projects that it is falling on deaf ears. The managers and upper management are overwhelmed and don't listen and are surprised that young consultants are leaving.

      Advice to Management:

      • Increase mobility within the company when a project is being poorly managed and consultants are being treated horribly by clients
      • Young consultants may be cheap labor for the time being, but there will be no one left if they continue to be treated horribly.
      • Sometimes, there is more to life than money and no money in the world will make someone stay in a horrible position.
    • “Diverse work opportunities, but not terribly exciting”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: For those who enjoy large, B2B software systems, and having a diversity of technologies to choose from, IBM's storied history and wide-reach allows you to become involved among many differing focuses. Cons: Very old-school software developer environment, i.e. it is not very social, and has a very white-collar atmosphere. Definitely not the most exciting place that I have worked. Advice to Management: For newcomers to the team, seek to create a vibrant atmosphere that attracts the top upcoming talent from throughout the world.
    • “The best company to work for.”

      Former Employee — Executive in Bangalore (India). I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year). Pros: The people are amazing to work with, the staff really open up to you. Whatever the job, you will always feel at home. Cons: There aren't any. IBM has helped so many find their individual talents and respective careers, opening doors to many. Advice to Management: Keep up the good work.
    • “Production Support Analyst”

      Current Employee — Systems Analyst in Bethesda, MD. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: Great company, proud history, challenging projects, awesome people to work with. Cons: The way employees are treated, constant fear of layoffs, lying to employees. If they have a bad quarter, no one is safe from layoffs. Everything is being sent off shore to save a buck. Advice to Management: Stop lying to your employees and treat them better.
    • “Market Advisor”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT. I have been working at IBM (more than 8 years). Pros: Flexibility is great. Numerous full-time work from home jobs. Lots of opportunity to move around the company and try new things. Cons: Compensation is terrible. Even the highest rated employees are not given yearly raises to out pace inflation. The company doesn't even offer complimentary water and coffee for employees. Advice to Management: Start paying employees fairly. Every smart, ambitious person ultimately leaves the company because of compensation. That just leaves a ton of under performing workers.
    • “Employees are machines not intellectual capital”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Work at home, direct colleagues. Cons: Lots of jobs being sent off shore as people leave remaining employees are expected to absorb the work, compensation package dwindling, recent reduction of 401k match. Advice to Management: Take care of your employees. You are losing a great deal of intellectual capital.
    • “Very variable work experience depending on business unit”

      Current Employee — IT Architect in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland). I have been working at IBM (more than 8 years). Pros: Excellent opportunities to change profession, industry and skill sets. Some excellent business units — well motivated, good leadership, collaborative atmosphere — Watson, software group, analytics team. Cons: Some business units are very old fashioned; hierarchical, bureaucratic and political — GTS and GBS. Advice to Management: Desperately needs better gender balance and a younger management cohort to introduce a healthier culture of teamwork and collaboration.
    • “IBM Boulder, TSM Admin”

      Former Employee — TSM Administrative in Boulder, CO. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: Good team members in my small team. Great first-line manager. Close to my house. Slightly above average benefits. Cons: Evil managers in most departments. Boulder site is a pit of despair; it's where careers go to die. Benefits being cut yearly. Never a raise. C-suite execs are complete morons. Advice to Management: Treat employees like human beings. Cut the red tape and about five levels of middle managers. Care about something besides the dividend and your golden parachute. Stop lying about the "IBM way" and BS programs for "success". Try valuing employees instead. Outsourcing is a dead model, employ qualified people, not drones with 2 weeks of classes.
    • “Greatness diminished”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: The people, particularly those that are customer-facing in the field. Cons: This is an example of what happens when a large company loses its way, doesn't have strong leadership and becomes mired in bureaucracy and internal inspection. So much time is wasted on reporting, cadence calls, mandatory inspections...and the customers suffer for it. Advice to Management: Allow the field managers more decision-making capability.
    • “GTS sales”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX. I have been working at IBM (more than 8 years). Pros: Great benefits. Lots of little companies within one, so many areas to explore. Making good changes to modernize. Cons: Minimal career direction...some folks stay at the same level for years. It is a big company, so you have little impact on making changes to strategy, etc. At times, it's a more of a finance than an engineering company. Advice to Management: Focus more on talent management and career progression.
    • “IBM Global Business Services”

      Former Employee — Associate Partner in Boston, MA. Pros: Working across businesses with some of the latest tools and leading partners. Cons: Constant change in position expectations and evaluations. Poorly scoped projects with a real mix of resources. Intense utilization and billing pressure causes a lot of people to game the system in many cases not delivering value to the client engagement. Closing down of many offices increases work at home resulting in little or no office culture. Advice to Management: Find a solid way to be competitive and treat employees as people, not cost reduction targets.
    • “OK Place to work”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA. I have been working at IBM (less than a year). Pros: Big company, lots of cool and exciting products and solutions being developed. Company strategy is good and headed the right direction. Execution is the main concern. Very smart people. Important to retain talent. Cons: Culture is eroding very quickly. Low employee morale. Need to find ways to to retain top talent. Negative press. Not the most exciting place for a young person to work.
    • “Development engineering climate”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: The people, the people, the people. The engineers are the cream of the crop. I cannot say enough about the quality of the workforce here. It's always been a pleasure to be a member of any of the teams I have been lucky to work with. Also, management seems to be listening to us, ratings systems are changing for the better. Cons: It's a big company, of course you have to watch out for bureaucracy. Managers' hands have been tied on rewards, promotions, and raises and has led to employees looking elsewhere, but I do believe things are changing enough to curb exits and actually re-attract people.
    • “Not what IBM used to be”

      Former Employee — Associate Partner in Houston, TX. I worked at IBM (more than 5 years). Pros: Smart people, leading solutions, decent benefits, above market base salary (but don't pay bonuses). Company name still has positive recognition Cons: Not a collaborative atmosphere. Expectations don't always match market realities. Constant need for everyone to go above and beyond. Bonuses are often not paid. 401k intact paid at end of year, so if you leave Dec 1, you get nothing. Advice to Management: Think beyond the next quarter; commit to your people; remember that the people make the company and stop treating them like throw away
    • “You make a difference”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Poughkeepsie, NY. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: I have worked in IBM Poughkeepsie for many years now in software and hardware development. I have been both an individual contributor (coding, design, test and client support) and in management. What I love here is working with brilliant people on very challenging and innovative projects. You can make a difference with clients, business results and sometimes the world.

      Cons: Some of the people here feel entitled (you need to keep your skills relevant as technology and the industry transforms).

      Advice to Management: Get rid of the people with outdated skills and an entitled attitude. Continue to bring in people with skills, passion and a drive to excel, learn and grow our business.

    • “Great company, hard culture shifts”

      Current Employee — Internal Communications.

      Pros: I love that I get to work with some of the smartest people in their respective industry. I work on a great small team that allows me to be creative and do things on my own. There are tons of opportunities to shadow people, take on stretch assignments and learn about other parts of the business without having to leave...it's very easy to make a big career change and most of the time it's encouraged. Compensation in my field is unmatched anywhere else. Also, the flexibility to work from home is a plus.

      Cons: It's very difficult to get groups to follow cultural changes. A lot of IBMers have been around for a long time, and to get them to change the way we do things is like moving a glacier. I will say that there are great efforts IBM is trying to change, but it really is impossible to make any sort of change until upper management steps in...and even that takes a long while.

    • “Major structural changes needed for long-term success”

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

      Pros: Good work/life balance. Exciting marketing announcements and investments. Front line employees have good intentions. Brand recognition on your resume. Ability to work from home.

      Cons: Very low employee morale. Customer relationships and influence eroding due to legacy products/services, archaic pricing models, company inflexibility, lack of agility, employee turnover, and customer audits.

      Very high employee turnover, often times within the ranks of the best and brightest. Company culture does not encourage sticking your neck out, transformative ideas, ways of doing things.

      Getting things done internally takes a herculean amount of effort due to stifling bureaucracy. Tribal knowledge as a substitute for thorough training. No one has any real decision making ability until you reach the Vice President level.

      Centralized directives oftentimes ignore local market realities. Constant threat of layoffs creates a culture of desperation and fear.

      Advice to Management: Invest more time and resources in our customers — stop breaking relationships through reorganizations and audits. Empower first-line managers and front line employees with more decision making authority — they see customer market realities firsthand (decentralize).

      Trust your people. Be transparent about strategy within the divisions, don't keep us in the dark.

      Be clear about layoffs — when, why, and how deep.

      Encourage career growth — stop hiring freezes and manager blocking.

      Kill the quarterly focus madness — this drives our customers crazy and incentivizes behavior that mortgages the long-term future of the business units.

      Refocus on the core company values — current company culture needs a major overhaul. Turnover is killing the business.

    • “Great company but lags in long term salary compensation”

      Current Employee — Senior Financial Analyst in Somers, NY Doesn't Recommend Negative Outlook CEO I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: The following review is depend on one's immediate management chains. With few exceptions, IBM's policies and management are very flexible when it comes to working remotely or accommodating various life situations (sick days, doctor visits, etc.) Additionally one will work with great colleagues who are extremely talented and committed to transforming the company.

      Cons: Although IBM has committed to change the performance evaluation, the jury is still out as the program is not fully implemented. But under the old system IBM uses the "normal distribution" rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as a top contributor (5%), above average contributor (15%), average contributor (~75%), and bottom contributor (5%). This curve is difficult to apply as one can have a team of high performers and end up being "average contributors" at the end of the year, because there just isn't room for all to be top contributors.

      This ultimately has a negative impact on salary raises as I have been a consistent "above average" rating in the last 10 years, and my raise and performance bonus were ridiculous mere 1.0-1.5 % of my salary. To further compound the issue is that IBM provides you a "market range" for your job class family. Even though I have 10 plus years of "above average" rating, I'm still at at the low end of the range (73%) of the market mid point.

      It's unfortunate, but IBM does lose a significant talent base due the Performance Evaluation and Salary guidelines. Career opportunities, while enormous, are typically limited as one needs an 'executive' sponsor who has the pull to promote one through the ranks.

      Advice to Management: Continue the efforts with transforming the company and focus more on employees. We are your number asset and all non executive job opportunities must be open to all and not the selective few.

    • “Sales specialist”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland). I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year). Pros: Great incentives and high commission. Cons: You pay for everything here. No free coffee of food, no gym, no health care. Advice to Management: Not enough first-line management, too much second line managers.
    • “A career, never a job”

      Current Employee — Vice President Engineering in New York, NY. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: Over 27 years, 4 Divisions and now a new Unit across 5 different locations, IBM has been an exciting and dynamic place to work. A new challenge around every corner from a company that has been supportive of myself and my family through 5 moves. This is a place where it is never about the job, but the career; what you have delivered, are delivering, and will deliver, while the company invests in you for the future. Cons: Work-life balance is fabulous when you need to take time or work really odd hours, but it is an always on and accessible environment.
    • “Proud to be an IBMer”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: I work for a 100 years company that has been able to transform several times and will transform many many more. I work for a company that reinvents and keeps making a different to the world. Endless career opportunities. The smartest people. Cons: This company is so big that some times it takes too much time to change things, however with this new transformation the speed is leading the way. IBM will be leader in the market another 100 years.
    • “IT Specialist”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK). I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year). Pros: It's good for your CV as it's a big company. Cons: It's horrible...a lot of bureaucracy, difficult to get a pay rise...you are just a number.
    • “A great place to learn. Too much politics.”

      Current Employee — Senior IT Architect in Singapore. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years). Pros: Learn new things everyday. Structured. Great flexibility. Good work-life integration. Innovative. Great pedigree. Enjoyed most of the time here. Cons: Negative politics is very deeply rooted. Managers only want to please executives and don't care much about the clients. Managers are not technically savvy and take technical decisions. Need to be with the right team to enjoy IBM. Difficult to move lateral. Advice to Management: Cut down the mid-management. Most of them don't add any value. Develop a culture of truly treasuring wild ducks.
    • “Innovative Company with Interesting Products”

      Current Employee — Sales Specialist in Los Angeles, CA Doesn't Recommend Negative Outlook CEO I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years).

      Cons: IBM is still focused on mainframe. From a sales perspective, most of what we do is work on projects to wrap around mainframe. Seems like that technology is the cornerstone of what we work on.

      Advice to Management: Younger employees are not used to mainframe technologies. Should focus on more modern technologies. IBM is still focused on mainframe. From a sales perspective, most of what we do is work on projects to wrap around mainframe. Seems like that technology is the cornerstone of what we work on.

    • “IBM Review”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC. Pros: The employees are all very talented, the respectful workplace, new challenges and opportunity for a new role/job every 2-3 years. It's never a dull day in IBM! Cons: The long hours needed just to stay current on email and work on projects. For example, we are on conference calls and in meetings all day and the only time to catch up is late at night. Advice to Management: Respect employee's time off on weekends and vacation time.
    • “IBM — decent place to work.”

      Current Employee — Advisory Software Engineer in Littleton, MA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: I enjoy the people I work with. The compensation and benefits are above average in the field. Most managers will allow you to work from home at least one day a week. Cons: Management incompetence is rampant. Will not make a major impact in an non-senior role. The morale can be low with people who have worked at smaller companies who have been absorbed by acquisition. Too many pointless meetings. Advice to Management: Think out of the box.
    • “Great employer.”

      Former Employee — Computer Programmer in London, England (UK). I worked at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: Good salary. Good benefits. Great opportunities and nice people to work for. Offices are clean and spacious and equipment is new and up to date. Cons: Toilets need to be cleaned more often and the premises is far from good public transport so it took me long time to get to work each day. Advice to Management: Be more communicative with employers and be more visible.
    • “Would not want my worst enemy to work here”

      Former Employee — Digital Sales Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland).

      Pros: 1) If you don't have a degree or if you have a criminal record, this is the place for you. They will hire you. 2) You can do nothing at all for your entire 'career' and still get paid. Nobody cares what you do. Performance is not acknowledged so you might as well do nothing. 3) You cannot get fired. Even if you commit a crime in public, even if you never hit your targets, no matter what you do, you will not get fired. Simply because nobody cares what you do or who you are.

      Cons: 1) Management has all the power and will go to incredible lengths to destroy the whole organization. 2) Long, cumbersome processes for literally everything. Getting my P45 form took 4 months. 3) 90% of the employees have been there less than 1 year. They cannot retain employees because it is a horrible, depressing place. The 10% who are there more than 1 year either have no degree, a criminal record, or are too old to be employed anywhere else. 4) Food is disgusting and crazy expensive. 3 euro for a coffee, 8 euro for lunch. 5) It's in the middle of nowhere (Mulhuddart) and you have to pay 7 euro a day for the shuttle bus. 6) No health insurance, no benefits, no stock plan, absolutely zero benefits. 7) Would not even want my worst enemy to work here. The IBM Digital Sales Centre in Dublin is worse than death.

      Advice to Management: Wake up. Realize that 90% of your employees are walking away because you treat them horribly. Management is the worst I have ever seen in my entire career. They are arrogant and lazy. Completely no idea about how to run a company. They stay at IBM because no other company would ever hire them. This is the reason why IBM revenue has been declining for 12 quarters in a row.

    • “A legacy company”

      Current Employee — Senior Consultant in Austin, TX. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years).

      Pros: If you are at your 40s, don't expect growth for your career, like to have easy, lazy workdays and have the mindset: "it's not my fault". IBM is the best for you.

      Cons: Legacy of IBM is not in the business, product or strategy; it's in the people. IBM campus are filled with 40-60 year-old employees, managers, executive who have been working with IBM for their whole lives. There is very a small percentage of new hires and employees with 3-4 years of experiences who are the only actual productive part of the company. The new hires and young engineers are the main force to create any products, since they are inexperienced, lack of of guidance and so building bad products until IBM buy companies that have the same products with much better quality.

      Beside mainframe, WebSphere, IBM can be considered as a high-tech Best Buy, or Target, not a innovation company as its marketing and executives claim. It's true for all business divisions, at Software Group, juniors engineers are the main coder, at GBS, junior consultant come to customers and make them mad because of the lack of skills.

      Trust is built at IBM from the history, not for the current skillset and performance. Even the same applies for executives. It was a very sad day to see Lance Crosby left the company, he was the only hope to get IBM Cloud up to the level of Amazon. But the CEO chose someone she has been working with for awhile instead of someone can actually bring fresh air and innovations to the company.

      Existing employees are so laid-back, they like to work more on PowerPoint, and join meetings than think and be productive. Managements = process, executives only 'execute', not much of thinking, and the CEO is talking about 'bets'. Any new strategy is a bet for her, so she is herself not confident about what she is doing and where the company is going.

      Advice to Management: Learning is the key; don't let IBM processes stop you to learn. Learning and driving your team. Don't just try to please upper-management with some made-up numbers, product milestones with very bad product quality and ... lies.

    • “Sales”

      Current Employee — Sales Specialist in New York, NY. I have been working at IBM (more than a year). Pros: Decent salary and that's about it. Cons: No hope, no chance, no support. The blind leading the blind. Actually that would be an improvement. IBM is a disaster. Advice to Management: Hire from outside IBM
    • “Decent employer.”

      Current Employee — Senior Software Support Analyst in Ottawa, ON (Canada). I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 8 years). Pros: Work from home is common. Compensation is fair, and can be negotiated higher if you have leverage. If you're good, you will advance. Cons: Bureaucratic; nothing is done to make lives of employees easier. Too many meetings, too many buzzwords. Change is promised, nothing is ever done. Advice to Management: Micromanaging is way too common. Anyone who has been there for 5+ years knows what they're doing; simply guide them.
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  • Comment 11/14/15:

    Job Title: I was a loyal employee; Customer Account: The One that Will be Gone Soon; Business Unit: GTS; Product Line: SSO. Message: It feels great to purge my home office of everything IBM. Books, papers, manuals, business cards, awards, pens...basically anything that I had gathered over the years. In the trash. Good riddance. I feel like I wasted over a decade of my work life on IBM. Only happy memory is the nice friends that I will never lose.

    When I first joined my blood was so blue. I was extremely proud to be an IBMer. Slowly that eroded as the corporate greed spread like a violent cancer among my team and every other team that we worked with.

    I have a feeling that one day we will all watch an episode of"American Greed" featuring the current IBM's fuzzy non-GAAP accounting methods and how they ran an American icon into the ground. What a bunch of idiots running IBM.

    Go ahead and keep sending the jobs to third world countries. In fact just hurry and sell to TCS, might as well be Indian run anyway. Jerks. So smart and yet so dumb. -Gone and Happy-

  • Comment 11/18/15:

    Job Title: IT Specialist; Location: Colorado; Business Unit: Global Services. Message: I was RA'd last month, after 12 years with IBM, after getting a 3+ rating, and earning two top GSD monthly awards for Customer Care Excellence! Ten of out twelve of my peers were also notified, but a couple of them got an extension until the end of the year, but were not notified of this until their last day! At least they got their 401K match where the rest of us got screwed. What was even more irritating is that we were forced to cross-train the Indians, who were taking over our jobs, if were wanted to get our severance pay!

    Ginny kept pushing people to take the Cloud certification training, as well as the monthly Friday seminars, but the company would not make any of these new technology areas available for those of us who wanted to stay with the company.

    I contacted TV stations and networks about reporting ongoing IBM layoffs, but none of them have the motivation to do it. You wonder if IBM has media held by the balls, that they will not report anything.

    To Ginny we are nothing but numbers. Perhaps we should all send (bombard) pictures of our families to Ginny, so she and her fellow henchmen (henchwomen) can see the faces of who are getting impacted by these layoffs. Maybe this will give her an ounce of humility! -Anonymous-

  • Comment 11/18/15:

    For those of you losing your jobs to H1B Visa holders, overseas or being forced to train your replacements, contact this organization, http://protectusworkers.org/ Heard them this morning on the Laura Ingraham Show on the radio. There was a guy who had to train his replacement at Disney on as well as an attorney working with the group. They want to hear from others who have lost their jobs in this manner. You can keep your identity anonymous if you want to. -longtimebeemer-
  • Comment 11/19/15:

    IBM Spain on will be on strike on Nov 25th. 10% of salary decrease to be applied from December 1st. Besides, 135 employees will be fired, plus >400 AMS consultants to be transfered to contractor company from January 1st. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 11/19/15:

    Time to show some solidarity and support IBM Spain if they do strike. Hopefully IBM management will see the light. Hopefully IBM Spain does not have to strike. If they do, show solidarity: join the Alliance now, and respect any dealing you might have to do if you work with any IBM Spain staff. Respect their wishes and support them. We are all in this together! IBM Workers United! -IBMUnionYES-

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