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Highlights—March 21, 2015

  • The Register (United Kingdom):

    Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling. Things may not always be that way, mutters Big Blue. By Paul Kunert. Excerpts: IBMers that take voluntary redundancy ahead of a High Court ruling on the firm’s pension scheme will still benefit from any remedies set out should they leave, according to an internal document.

    Staffers who were refused salary increases because they railed against changes to pensions were told they are able to claim damages in a ruling set out recently.

    The case is related to Project Waltz, implemented in 2009 to help Big Blue achieve its 2010 targets for earnings per share and slash costs, which saw 25 per cent of UK staff booted off the final salary pension scheme.

    A ruling last year stated IBM breached its duties by offering workers the option of signing the non-pensionability agreement or receiving no future pay rises.

    Selected reader comments follow:

    • I'm surprised... ...by now that anyone still works for IBM. (former disgruntled IBMer)
    • Re: I'm surprised... They do keep buying up new employees in outsource deals.
    • Future of IBM. When the engineers became in charge, IBM grew and prospered.
      When the accountants became in charge, IBM became just another company.
      When the marketing dept. became in charge, IBM died.
      What stage are they in now?
    • It ain't over... ...until the check clears.

      It's outrageous the way some companies treat retirees who worked all their lives to earn their pensions and then have some unscrupulous company use bankruptcy or other bogus claim to deprive these people of their due retirement or to retaliate against those who protest unfair treatment in the work place. The CEOs and some of the other execs at these companies who are reaping millions in annual compensation, should spend five or more years in the slammer and be fined five years salary so they understand they did wrong.

    • IBM are scumbags. I was a Sequent employee when IBM acquired us. As part of the acquisition, our length of service with Sequent was grandfathered into IBM. A while later out of the blue, our terms were changed so that length of Sequent service no longer counted. Two weeks later most of the ex-Sequent folk were downsized, with their severance pay based on (you guessed it) length of service. So instead of some long term Sequent people getting 15-20 years severance, it was reduced to around the two years we had worked for IBM. Like I said, scumbags.
    • Indeed they are. We "outsourced" all our mainframe developers and admins to, you guessed it...IBM. There was much said in the way of promises and they kept them for about 6 months. Then suddenly, that area of the building started getting empty...a year later there was only 2 guys left...an admin and a developer because somehow, they got the keys to the kingdom and were kept to "coach" the outsourced tech.

      They didn't even outsource from the US pool; certain subcontinent types were brought in and rotated out on a monthly basis. No continuity of development or anything else. It's still pretty pathetic over in that area as by contract, we're not allowed to bring in more than "a few" permanent staff. I suspect that once this contract is over, IBM will be out the door.

  • Glassdoor IBM reviews. Selected reviews follow:
    • “Redundancies a plenty”

      Current Employee — Consultant in Perth, Western Australia. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years).

      Pros: Good training courses in the first half of the year. Exceptional co-workers. Big ticket clients and projects. Career opportunities for graduates are great if you don't mind getting underpaid for years.

      Cons: Round after round of redundancies while they are battling to restructure and embed their new strategy. Current morale is very very low. EXTREME focus on billable utilisation hours with push for 110%+ utilisation (reflected in performance metrics). Experienced (and hence more expensive) consultants are the first to be made redundant leaving an inexperienced workforce. Pays well under market rates for specialised consultants.

      Advice to Senior Management: Enough redundancies! The depth of knowledge in the consulting business is being drained.

    • “IBM Design: a place for people who like talking about design”

      Former Employee — User Experience Designer in Austin, TX. I worked at IBM full-time (more than a year).

      Pros: Decent pay, good vacation and benefits, great work/life balance. Your peers are generally friendly and competent, but the best people are leaving and nepotism is rampant. Which brings me to...

      Cons: If you're being recruited to IBM Design, you'll probably be told about all sorts of amazing projects you can work on at IBM. You will be wined and dined and told how you are going to be part of a major movement to bring design to the forefront of this formerly iconic company.

      If you accept their offer, you will participate in a 3 month long Design Camp which is supposed to prepare you for working in one of the big projects at IBM.

      At the end of Design Camp comes "Deployment," which reminded me a lot of the sorting hat scene from Harry Potter. Basically, the senior leadership locks themselves in a room for a week and secretly decide your fate (I kid you not, they even put big pieces of paper over the windows so nobody can see what's going on inside).

      At the end of it all, they read off people's names and which projects they are being deployed to as part of a big public event. You have NO input on where you will be placed and, unless you are really good at sucking up to the leadership, most people get put on horribly dysfunctional teams working on boring projects they certainly didn't mention when they were recruiting you.

      Once you are on a project it is virtually impossible to leave before you've put in a full year at the company. At that point, people are faced with the choice of schmoozing their way into a better project or leaving IBM altogether (I chose the latter and could not be happier).

      IBM Design, which was started with the goal of changing the culture at IBM, is really just a microcosm of what's wrong with the company in general:

      • Rampant nepotism and favoritism in hiring and project placement (I've seen people review their own friends in the hiring process)
      • Total lack of meritocracy (people are judged not on their design talent but instead their talent to talk about design)
      • Seniority and cliques being more important than skills and talent (those who stay for more than a year or two are either totally risk-averse, more interested in being schmoozers than designers, or completely delusional)

      The only "culture" being created at IBM Design is one of sycophants and charlatans.

      Advice to Senior Management: If you believe even half the things you say, then I have little advice for you.

    • “Good at start, not so great later on”

      Former Employee — Managing Consultant. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: Some of the best people I have ever worked with — smart, savvy, helpful, and driven to excellence. The people (at the project/worker bee level) are just awesome. First line managers are almost all good. Upper management — meh — not so impressed.

      Cons: Utilization is a god — and the targets are usually insanely high. If your vacation or sickness, holidays or training drop you below the target, you are expected to make it up out of your own time — which means vacations are not the time away you wish.

      Plan on finding your won projects after you have been there a while. And hope sales and marketing have sold enough contracts to keep you busy. You miss your target, you can pretty much plan on leaving IBM.

      A lot of RAs (Resource Actions — layoffs to other folks). They are past cutting the fat, they are cutting into the muscle and bone. I spoke to one manager — he had 3 contracts to staff, no one to staff them with, no one on the bench, no bench expected in less than a month, and they had just laid off some of his people.

      Pay/promotions — well last few years have been sparse for a lot of people (unless you are a superstar, or in a large office and know all the bigwigs). Me — I am remote, no raise in 9 years, no promotions — ever (over 15 years).

      Bean counters seem to be in charge, and they don't care about people, only trying to get the money.

      Still for starting out, it isn't bad. You get to meet some incredibly amazing people, learn lots of team and technical skills, and it looks great on your resume. Just be aware, and know when it is time for you to move on.

      Advice to Senior Management: Start cutting your own fat — instead of the people who do the work for you. Telling "all hands" to work harder, bill more, and letting everyone know how awesome you are is not going to keep working. I have met too many upper level managers who couldn't do the job their people are doing — but who are willing to cut those people.

    • “Difficult to succeed”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Ability to work from home office. Cons: Internal struggles between management, implementation and sales execution.
    • “Project Manager”

      Current Employee — Project Manager in Remote, OR.

      Pros: There are a lot of opportunities; they are moving or have moved into the critical IT fields, cloud, mobility, big data analytics, security, networking.

      Cons: Very cost conscious; most employees have not seen raises, bonuses in years.

      Advice to Senior Management: To retain employees, you have to compensate employees for their efforts.

    • “Global Business Services Unit: Good people but terrible collaboration. Top management is clueless”

      Current Employee — Anonymous Employee.

      Pros: You are surrounded by good people. You are treated well and in a respectful way.

      Cons:

      • Extreme silo orientation — every group is for itself. Reason — incredibly poor KPI system discouraging people working together. Very tough if you are a new employee.
      • Close to zero team spirit; not even a Christmas or a Thanksgiving Day team building activity.
      • Isolation — everyone works from home. Close to zero visibility to a pipeline.
      • Top leadership — unethical. (CEO took a bonus for underperforming 11 straight quarters and is laying off tens of thousands of people).

      Advice to Senior Management: Resign.

    • “Barely IBM any longer...”

      Former Employee — Staff Hardware Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC.

      Pros: Still unbelievable resources, breadth of scope and fantastic people on the lower levels that not many companies can match, no matter how much they talk about it.

      Cons: Need to change the name to ISS, International Support and Services, because it is barely a Business Machines business any longer. And I don't know any other company that would see the kind of results they have seen for the past 12-13 quarters and continue with the "leadership" that is basically destroying one of the great success stories of the past 100 years.

      Advice to Senior Management: You can name a machine Watson and still not have one clue what stood behind that name. Try reading and memorizing A Business and It's Beliefs for a refresher on what IBM used to be.

    • “Good company to work for”

      Former Employee — Managing Consultant in Austin, TX.

      Pros: They give a very good salary, great benefits. The pace of the work is usually not very hectic. On the campus, the dress code is very lax.

      Cons: The leadership is messed up with too many managers in a matrixed environment. People are treated as dry resources as objects, rather than as humans.

      Advice to Senior Management: Treat people as humans, not just as "resources" to be deployed to tasks/assignments. People are more than just resources, and only treating them well will motivate them.

    • “Not good enough to work with, especially if you want to learn something.”

      Current Employee — Associate Systems Engineer in Pune (India). I have been working at IBM full-time (more than a year).

      Pros: Work/life balance. It is a good company for retired people or ladies who want part time work.

      Cons: You get to learn nothing. Literally nothing! I am one of the frustrated engineers working in IBM and neither do I get a work where I can learn something and grow nor do I get any salary hike. So basically I am getting nothing out of this place. Also you are supposed to work day and night on support work where you have to create reports for your seniors and be a part of politics.

      There are some managers who even extend probation of their employees for 6 months and expect them to work whole-heart. When time comes for promotion, they give average rating. For onsite opportunities, you need to lick their boots; doesn't matter how much you know them. Yes, welcome to IBM GBS!

      Advice to Senior Management: Please sir/madam, instead of talking manipulatively all the time on issues raised by people working UNDER you, kindly think logically and be concerned about their problems.

    • “Would not recommend joining GTS”

      Current Employee — Anonymous.

      Pros: Flexible hours (if and only if your manager allows them).

      Cons: Not known for high salary ranges, except maybe if you're in sales. GTS has terrible work environment. Everyone is stretched to the limit, paid badly and people do not really care about their colleagues. If you like to work at a place where people are friendly don't join GTS. If you're stuck with a bad manager on top of all this, your life will be miserable.

      Advice to Senior Management: Your focus on cutting costs and removing all benefits is going to lose you all experienced employees. It is ridiculous that employees need to predict a month in advance that they will need to work late and get approvals before they can take a taxi home (even if it is past midnight!). Employee morale is low and people are quitting. Maybe for once you should focus on employees and not only on shareholders!

    • “IBM had provided me a great 25 year career but in the last 10 years, IT Outsourcing became too cut-throat.”

      Former Employee — Advisory Project Manager. Pros: Good benefits, good people to work with. Work from home option was terrific. Cons: No work/life balance. The last thing the company wanted was employees. Too many lay offs. Lack of salary increases. The environment was heinous. Majority of people working there are now contractors.
    • “Not what is used to be — Caution”

      Former Employee — Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years).

      Pros: Well educated workforce. Most employees work from their home. Autonomy. Starting salary. Opportunity to change departments. Negotiate for your salary upfront during the hiring process as that is when you have the best leverage and power to negotiate. Salary ranges at IBM are huge.

      Cons:

      • Low salary increases with several years of no salary increases during my 18 years of employment with an MS degree. Twice I had to take pay cuts to keep my job by moving to a different department.
      • Minimal commitment to continuing education through internal or external education.
      • Little support for external industry certifications which are valued by companies.
      • High management churn as I had 14 managers in 18 years and only two of those managers are still with the company.
      • Benefits have been cut over the years.
      • Stock purchase plan is poor.
      • Many groups compete against one another.
      • Many patents but few new products.
      • The company changed greatly during the 18 years I worked there.
      • Most of the company growth is through acquisitions.

      Advice to Senior Management:

      • Treat employees like you would like to be treated.
      • Be committed to educating your employees to keep up with current technology that is valued by industry.
      • Eliminate layers of management that can be as high as eight to thirteen layers.
      • Innovate with new products rather than bragging about patents.
      • Eliminate overlapping products that compete against themselves.
      • Be a trend setter rather than follower, me too type of company.
    • “True Blue”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 3 years).

      Pros" Talented employees, very interesting projects and clients, competitive salaries but nothing more. Extremely smart people work there but are sometimes hard to find.

      Cons: Doesn't value the employee. Will extract as much as possible from the employee without much appreciation for their hard work or dedication. Very difficult to change a company as large as this. They know they are lagging behind and are trying to remain competitive but are failing under current leadership.

      Advice to Senior Management: Invest more in the employees. Show that you appreciate them and all that they give to the company. In turn, the quality of work will be higher and turnover lower.

    • “Stay away; far from the company image most people have of it. Not the same company it once was. Current CEO has no clue.”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Work/life balance, ability to adjust work schedule to meet family needs. Cons: Lost respect for the individual. Too many upper level managers; accountants run the business which makes it difficult to meet customer needs. Too many furlough days. Laid off a lot of people then gave the CEO a bonus and big raise. Don't get sick your you will loose your job.
    • “Great Company!”

      Current Employee — Brand Specialist in Atlanta, GA. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 3 years).

      Pros:

      • From a sales perspective, you never have to explain who IBM is, what they do, the company's financial health, etc.
      • If you can be part of a growth/investment area within IBM (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, Security) then you have the benefit of some of the most powerful minds, R&D activity and customers behind you to help sell.
      • Good culture and workplace — there are jerks here, but they seem to get noticed and dealt with pretty quickly. I've never had a boss that was incompetent and/or a jerk for more than a few months.
      • Mobile work — can go to an office or work from home
      • Good work/life balance opportunity
      • Benefits are pretty good and there are many perks at retailers, parks, etc. for IBMers
      • Bring your own device for mobile and laptop

      Cons:

      • Quota plan is split into halves — so you have a first half quota and a second half quota. These can vary greatly from one half to the next and it often thought that management uses this leverage to keep commissions lower. Or you can look at it as two opportunities to hit accelerators, but as we all know in sales, customers buy on their schedule, not yours.
      • There are many layers of middle management that are paid handsomely, but I could not explain to you what they do other than take data from the field and communicate it up. Past my third-level manager (and I have six people between me and the CEO), I have never seen or had any involvement with these managers other than seeing them at conferences or all-hands conference calls which are all fluff.
      • Getting help at IBM with things like payroll or benefits or IT assistance can be daunting — the joke is that IBM stands for "I'm By Myself"
      • For all the people and resources available at IBM, sometimes you have to raise your hand pretty high to get noticed, but the help is good once you get it.

      Advice to Senior Management:

      • At the highest levels — keep up the good work! No job or workplace is perfect, but after 4 years here at IBM in my 21 year total career, IBM is one of the best and more balanced places to work. It's a good culture.
      • Reduce the layers of expensive management rather than front-line and customer facing employees.
    • “Sales”

      Current Employee — Inside Sales. I have been working at IBM full-time (more than 5 years). Pros: You can make money but ONLY if you have a realistic quota. Cons: There is no CRM tool. You live in spreadsheets. If your quota is unreasonable, you can't make any money.
    • “IBM State of Georgia Account — Total waste of time. From the Senior Management Layer down there is no structure.”

      Former Employee — Systems Administrator in Atlanta, GA.

      Pros: There was nothing positive I can offer.

      Cons: Day one on the job there was no orientation to get you acclimated to the environment. Team lead was a contractor and provided no leadership. The permanent employees didn't share information to assist you in performing your job functions and they were pretty disgruntled with the work load. In short, this is a sweat shop.

      Advice to Senior Management: Welcome new employees with information so they won't feel overwhelmed. Provide team members with someone to shadow, walk them through the process, show them how to perform their duties and meet their objectives.

    • “IBM is not what it used to be...”

      Former Employee — Anonymous Employee. Pros: Compensation and benefits are on par with the industry. (They are no longer "industry leading".) Well-developed processes and documented expectations. Vacation, work/life balance practices. Cons: Little investment in long-term employee development. (Education, career growth/planning, etc.) Working in an enormous corporation can be complicated and tedious. Advice: Management at IBM is not encouraged to be advocates for their employees.
    • “Not like the good old times”

      Former Employee — Service Delivery Manager. I worked at IBM full-time (more than 10 years). Pros: Ability to work from home. Cons: Company is trying to attract new employees at the expense of older ones. They also depend too much on global resources which are not as dedicated or dependable as US employees. Advice: Go back to caring and treating your employees fairly and you will get more productivity.
    • “Company was good before but now deteriorating.”

      Former Employee — Software Engineer. Pros: Flexible since you can work from home and can move to different job roles within the same company. Cons: The salaries are not at par with market value and a lot of missed yearly raises over the years due to the company not doing well. Advice: Reward or compensate employees fairly.
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    • Medicare Turns 50
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  • Comment 03/14/15:

    -Free at last- Were you a T2R (Transition To Retirement) participant? I wonder if you don't remind IBM HR of your situation that IBM management will remember to give you GDP when you retire based on last PBC rating; I was NOT a transition employee. I had been a manager in the past, so I knew the ropes. I did remind HR that I was to be rated on my last PBC. Also, I set up my own retirement party and I chose the manager I wanted to host it (not my current one). When you retire, you need to be aggressive and handle it like you handled you career, or you won't get what you are entitled to. And the retirement gift? I recall an employee I had many years ago who retired and chose a Grandfather's Clock. HA! I got a new food processor. It was probably the most valuable item in the catalog. -Free At Last-
  • Comment 03/16/15:

    As IBMers continue to be RA'ed and raises are non existent in IBM this has been reported as it relates to Rometty's salary. This outrage will continue in IBM without a union. TJ Watson would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that this CEO not made any profit per quarter since the person became CEO and was making this kind of money. Rometty's total compensation for 2014 was $19.3 million, mostly from about $12.5 million in restricted stock grants, according to documents filed Monday with the SEC. While IBM says she took home $0 in a "bonus", it also says she took home $3.6 million from her "non-equity incentive plan compensation" which is basically a bonus.

    This pay package is up from nearly $14 million she made in 2013. That was the year that IBM stumbled and she and her senior staff voluntarily turned down the money known as the "non-equity incentive plan compensation." Most of her pay came from $11.7 million in stock grants.

    IBM has already given her a raise for 2015. Her base salary has been boosted by $100,000 to $1.6 million, and she'll get $13.3 million in restricted stock units. And she's eligible for a bigger $5 million bonus in 2015. Join the union to put a stop to this greed and corruption. -ANA-

  • Comment 03/16/15:

    To -Free At Last- I retired (pushed to retire) in 2014. The ESC was not even aware that I was a retiree when I called to inquire about my retirement gift; I had to fight for that too! It's not the gift it's the principal. I selected a cheesy bike. I looked it up on Amazon;valued less than $130 USD. That's what I got for 32 years of dedication and hard work (long days, weekends, holidays, unused vacation which they did not pay). Where's the justice! IBMers NEED TO UNITE since it'll only get worse with this cloud strategy. For those on the old pension, SEND LETTERS to Congress to protect the pension. With WATSON TOWERS handling things, I don't trust them one bit! The morale inside continues to degrade with very weak first line managers! Signed -Glad I am Gone Too!-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    Who writes the reviews on glassdoor.com? Are they real? I have not met anyone in IBM in the last 5 years or so who likes working here, yet more than half the reviews shown on glassdoor.com are positive. I added my two cents, but can't find it there. It was definitely not positive. -Mark1-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    The RA has been largely done and now the IBMers left get a few scraps more from GDP. Now the relief and outrage has been felt and now the IBM resources go in to their collective non-Unix shell and wait for the next RA. Why not take some of your GDP and join the Alliance? What is your excuse not to join now? -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    Band 8, PBC 2, also received pocket change: 1.1% GDP. Got the check in the mail yesterday...less than $700 after taxes, and I worked my ass off on the last engagement before I got the axe. Part of a small team of 5 doing the work of 10; logged ridiculous hours for an entire year. Utilization rate always north of 115% for the entire year, but what did it net me in the end? No job, and a lousy bonus!

    By the way, I still haven't received my severance payment. I'm due 24 weeks of pay. My last day on payroll was 2/27. My now former manager doesn't respond to messages I leave for him, and no response from the RA Project Office either. Anybody else running into issues collecting their severance? -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS-

  • Comment 03/17/15:

    I would rather have my raises and bonuses be defined by my contract than rely on greedy executives to maybe give me the crumbs from their tables. So what if my coworkers doing the same job get the same thing. It's better than we both get nothing. -Exodus2007-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    Over the past month, our division lost 4 to the latest RA. Last week, in a weekly team meeting, one of our L2 Managers announced "Great News, we were approved for 4 new hires". It would be nice if our government could step in and regulate employment practices to prevent employers from ruining lives like this. I am so ashamed to be an IBM'er. -Angry IBMer-

    Alliance Reply: The government will not "step in and regulate" employment practices, on the employee's behalf. Why? Because IBM is not unionized in the US, and all IBM employees in the USA are considered "At Will Employees". And, if your IBM location is in a "Right To Work" state, i.e. Georgia, then the government of the state of Georgia has already "stepped in" on behalf of your employer and any other company that resides in Georgia. Essentially, labor laws have been changed and skewed in favor of employers and NOT in favor of employees or workers.

    The best advice that you can get is to join Alliance@IBM and fight for a union contract. Organize, and become publicly recognized as a worker that believes in a collective employment contract for IBM workers across the entire USA. Get busy fighting for your job, or get busy losing your job.

  • Comment 03/17/15:

    OK, just so y'all don't feel like you're missing out on some special GDP pool. Band 9, PBC 1, 2.5% GDP. I'm taking my kids to Sizzler, baby! Apparently, I'm not in a growth area. So, yeah, it's better than nothing...but if I can just put forth minimal effort and get a 2 or a 2+ for 1.5-2%, who gives a $%*K? So I finally get a PBC 1 and then get crapped on. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    Band 8, RA'd with GDP 1.1%. Left for a better job; joined the union, toxic environment. -Left Last month-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    India - GTS B8/2+ - 1.9% bonus, 0.9% TCR. India inflation is in double digits. -Indian-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    Hello Friends ... I hope you all had a nice St Patrick's Day. Dear -Mark1- I do believe the GlassDoor posts are real. I posted one that was not positive at all but scathingly honest. It did take a few days for it to show up though on GlassDoor Maybe either yours is backlogged or there was some kind of technical glitch. Don't give up! Respectfully, -Deb Kelly, Proud Alliance@IBM Member-
  • Comment 03/17/15:

    -Mark1- Maybe IBM has hired Corporate Apologists (CA) types to post on GlassDoor or encouraged IBM managers to boost the image of IBM? -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/18/15:

    Band 6 software engineer, ~3 years. Laid off. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/18/15:

    Just RAed in Austin (SWG.) -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/18/15:

    RAs are happening today (notices) in Systems and Middleware (formerly WebSphere) DataPower. Anyone else hearing about them in other areas? Maybe IBM will hit Cringely's numbers after all (I think they already have if you factor in the world-wide reductions). For those of you who were feeling 'safe' after Jan 28 and crawled back into your safe cocoon and didn't follow through on your promise to finally join the Alliance this time, it's not too late. You could be next and probably will at some point. Fight against this horrendous greed, the huge piles of cash and vote of confidence in Rometty and her gang is disgusting. Do something about it. Join here and enter your ranking of *them* on GlassDoor today. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
  • Comment 03/19/15:

    To Angry IBMer who said: "Over the past month, our division lost 4 to the latest RA. Last week, in a weekly team meeting, one of our L2 Managers announced "Great News, we were approved for 4 new hires"." Were the four who were fired Americans in their 50s? And how much do you want to bet that the new hires will be H1-B visa holders in their 20s and 30s?

    The Alliance repeatedly says "at will employee" means you have no rights, but that is not entirely true. You do have rights in theory, but they are no longer enforced.

    Companies are not supposed to be allowed to hire H1-Bs unless they cannot find Americans to do the job, thus in theory they should be the last hired and first fired, but it's hard to find any Americans working in IBM engineering anymore. -Anonymous-

    Alliance reply: A union could monitor the use of h1b and L1 visa workers.

  • Comment 03/19/15:

    RA reported today in Tivoli. Unknown size right now; my contact just had the "you are not affected but your 2nd line area is" meeting. Sorry for sketchy details; it's all I've heard right now. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/19/15:

    RE: Angry IBMer who said: division lost 4 to the latest RA, approval for 4 new hires, and the reply that suggested the new hires will be H1-B visa holders. The practice of replacing US workers with H1-B visa holders is being scrutinized by the US Senate, and a bipartisan bill is being proposed to protect US workers. Can lightning at least strike once in the US Congress? Will Senators and US House Reps put aside partisan bickering and do something for Americans? Is this possible? Here is an interesting article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/workers-654594-edison-committee.html The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is mentioned. -Stephen-

    Alliance reply: The Alliance also sent in a statement to the committee. Here it is:

    "On January 28, 2015 IBM embarked on another of its regular "resource actions" or job cuts at sites and divisions around the US. This has been almost a quarterly experience for IBM employees. One of the biggest drivers of the job cuts is off shoring and bringing in guest workers from other countries. In fact even while the recent job cuts in the US were taking place, IBM was bringing in 900 guest workers from India to take over US jobs.

    In February, workers at IBM Dubuque lost their jobs as their work was off shored to India. These tech workers are now in the unemployment line as Congress seeks to increase the use of guest workers by US corporations. This is outrageous and needs to cease. No US tech worker should be in the unemployment line while tech jobs are filled with guest workers.

    In order to have a viable economy for American workers, the replacement of US information technology workers by guest workers from other countries must cease. Furthermore no company doing business in the US should be allowed to hire guest workers while terminating US workers. It is up to Congress to make sure American workers working in their own country are not penalized and discriminated against by companies seeking to replace them with low cost, "indentured" guest workers. It is time for Congress to look to protect the interests of US workers."

  • Comment 03/20/15:

    Band 8, PBC 2, STG, 2% GDP. POK/Fishkill. One SWG co-worker laid off yesterday, 3/19/15. -Anonymous-
  • Comment 03/20/15:

    Take heed to this message...I had to learn it the hard way with one or two bad bosses who can ruin your career and almost make a person die! It's a shame that in IBM these last 10 years, most of the real leaders have disappeared with only a few good ones left! http://lifehacker.com/the-company-you-work-for-is-not-your-friend-1692113529 -Glad to be Gone-
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