Isn't that some sort of VD?
As we reported earlier today, HPE's enterprise services unit will merge with CSC. An HPE staffer, who has asked to remain anonymous, forwarded us the letter sent to staff, prefaced with the sentiment that "God HPE is a joyous place to work right now :(" The letter is signed by "Mike", almost certainly Mike Nefkens, the …
This isn't the first time that CSC have absorbed HPES staff. HP lost a major contract some years ago and the HP staff who didn't run to other HP contracts, once the writing was on the wall, were migrated to CSC. It wasn't a happy time for either the staff or CSC and staff turnover has been significant. This will leave CSC with more government contracts in hand and they've had problems in the past sourcing enough appropriately skilled people to do the work they already have. It's now a gamble for CSC. If the people from HPE stay with CSC it may solve their recruitment headache. OTOH the contract market is strong at the moment and the most capable individuals may well decide to go freelance.
So the first fact he reveals about a major re-org is it's "Tax Free"
No mention of numbers impacted, site closures or movements. The stuff you would expect a manager should communicate with their staff to quell any rumours just ain't there...
Forget any career grade techy skills you might have, if you want to impress this guy don't pay tax.
So CSC are going to try and pick up the shambles HPE's blood letting has caused clients. I hope the board of CSC have people on it actually competent at IT Services because that lack of passion and skill on HP's board has been HP's single biggest short coming ever since it bought EDS.
Sadly for HPE staff I sense yet more staff being clubbed like baby seals on the Canadian ice shelf !
I doubt that CSC's board can be considered as more competent than HP's when it comes to IT Services. The CSC contract to supply Lorenzo patient record systems to the NHS has been an omni-shambles with CSC being described by the chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, as a “rotten company providing a hopeless system” during a hearing on 12 June 2013 (see UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL EVIDENCE To be published as HC 294-i).
CSC also had to eat humble pie and pay a $190m fine to the US Securities and Exchange Commission after the SEC charged the firm with "manipulating financial results and concealing significant problems" related to its massive IT contract for the National Health Service.
Like all companies it is a curate's egg. The parts I worked for were still struggling as recently as last year and I don't recall any significant change leading to a "rather different company". I know some staff consider CSC hard done by and state, often, that the company sticks to its guns, doesn't let customers down and finishes the job. Which is laudable in some ways but it would be better not to get into a mess in the first place.
Well it does not come as a surprise. HP have been shedding jobs and best shoring to try and look like a going concern. In reality, the company is a hollow shell, unable to support it's existing accounts. It's going to get much worse before it gets better. Glad I got my redundancy money out of them when I did. The people left behind are the ones who are suffering. The next redundancy round will see a hell of a lot more voluntary requests, hopefully those that want out can get out.
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