Intense Bowel Movement
From management to staff, as usual.
IBM is preparing a redundancy chute for the good folk working in its Digital Business Group (DBG), The Register can reveal. Employees in the unit received an email from company execs early last month seeking volunteers to leave the business with "an ex-gratia payment equivalent to statutory minimum redundancy terms". Despite …
It's the craziest thing I've heard all day. Clearly it won't persuade anyone to leave if they wanted to stay, so all they've ended up doing is paying off people who were going to leave anyway for free.
I guess in a tight employment market there might be a case for wanting first pick of the alternative jobs, but IT work is a seller's market right now.
...low wage developing nations. Until local wages rise, in which case we'll move on, and eventually consider hiring lower order primates.
Sounds like they already have, in management.
Non sales roles, huh?
What exactly will they be getting this remaining elite sales and experienced staff to sell when they have naught but fresh faced cheap staff on the other side of the planet - Hope and dreams and fairy dust.
Seen it many times, staff on the way out the door are too checked out to handover systems to the incoming bods very well and when the client is desperately trying to claw their systems back after a decade, the process is repeated. A shadow of knowledge is handed over, a shadow of a shadow is handed back, and the manuals haven't been kept up to date for seven years.
"...low wage developing nations. Until local wages rise, in which case we'll move on, and eventually consider hiring lower order primates."
I'd like to confirm that IBM DOES NOT have any intentions to hire lower order primates.
We have found moving jobs to a country with lower wages is the first step, with the second step being moving jobs to lower wage country AND NOT HIRING ANYBODY. It's all the way over there * points *, no one will realise for a few years...
Customer service? What do you mean? Our customers sign long contracts and once we've dismantled their IT they can't move back easily without an embarrassing increase in costs. If they had enough money to pay for that, they'd probably pay our extortionate project fees...maybe...if they think we'll deliver anything...
What's the point of going on IBM? The "innovation" comming out of Watson these days is shite. You got rid of your brain trust and replaced them with some MBA's. But hey look Ginni, you bought back all those shares so Aunt Shiela got her dividend check.
The bright side is that IBM will be in the future textbooks at college - The story of an epic FAIL.
"We have reinvented our workforce and skills base during the last five years to lead in the emerging, high-value segments of the IT industry." .... IBM wonk
Dare you care to share the identities of those emerging, high-value segments of the IT industry? Or would a simple misidentification spook informed markets and threaten a catastrophic collapse of stock price and options and consumers with customers and clients trading futures and virtual derivatives?
I believe the "IBM of old" started disappearing round about 1984, under guidance of Cary, Opel and Akers
it was going to be a 100 billion $ company by 1990!! I actually heard them say it when they visited us down South. Think it was Opel at the time.
After their disastrous leadership they brought in an outsider (first time ever) and he started the merry-go--round of fire and hire that seems to have been IBM's mode of operation ever since. (other very large organisations seem to have copied them ad nauseum).
IBM is a perfect example of a global business and the requirement for global trades/technology unions. One could also suggest that globalization without competent governmental regulation has caused this shift in the work force from the developed economies to the under developed economies. OPOTUS is against government regulation except when it suits to put pressure on wealthy potential donors.
My manager has just informed me that "they" said that I should be preparing a handover to someone in India.
8 years of experience to be handed over in 4 weeks to someone in India (who has still not been hired)
Still, as silly as the above sounds, the teleporter I have been working on in my spare room might now get finished...
Among the customer base are Defense Sector/Contractors. So the 'Defense Sector' is going to be happy with some moron in India/Egypt/Malaysia/China getting to know ANYTHING about their systems without filtering through 'on shore' hands first?? This company is unbelievable!! It seems to me that with the demise of TSS, IS, DBG (and others), sending the surviving elements of these groups to 'low cost' centres that IBM is not really serious about retaining customers. So, what is IBM (what is any company come to that) without customers.
Ginny - you idiot! - where is the money coming from once you have robbed the company blind with your outrageous share 'purchase' (at $0:00) then sold that day at market value. In truth we all know the answer to that ..... you don't care because you'll be long gone with purse stuffed full of ill-gotten gain
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