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Comment 12/18/14: An interesting article from the Alliance Archives -Dec 8 2001 :
Fortune: Warren Buffett on the Stock Market. In this article, Mr. Buffett compares the pension fund future return assumptions used by IBM, GE, GM, and Exxon in 1982 to those used in 2000. In 1982 when returns on long term government bonds was 10.4%, IBM assumed a conservative 5.5% return on its pension funds. In 2000 when long term bonds yielded only 5.5%, IBM assumed a 10% return.
Excerpts: "I'm a sporting type, and I would love to make a large bet with the chief financial officer of any one of those four companies, or with their actuaries or auditors, that over the next 15 years they will not average the rates they've postulated." ... "Heroic assumptions do wonders, however, for the bottom line. By embracing those expectation rates shown in the far right column, these companies report much higher earnings--much higher--than if they were using lower rates. And that's certainly not lost on the people who set the rates. The actuaries who have roles in this game know nothing special about future investment returns. What they do know, however, is that their clients desire rates that are high. And a happy client is a continuing client." -Annon99-

Comment 12/18/14: GBS Gal - surprise, surprise - ex PWC guy fails again. Joining Jim Bramante in the good ol PWC boy promotion to failure route no doubt. -Anonymous-
Comment 12/18/14: Aswath Damodaran, a professor at N.Y.U.'s Stern School of Business, has long argued about the danger of companies that try to return to the growth stage of their life cycle. These technology companies, he said, are run by people afflicted with something he calls the Steve Jobs syndrome. "We have created an incentive structure where C.E.O.s want to be stars," Damodaran explained. "To be a star, you've got to be the next Steve Jobs - somebody who has actually grown a company to be a massive, large-market cap company." But, he went on, "it's extremely dangerous at companies when you focus on the exception rather than the rule." He pointed out that "for every Apple, there are a hundred companies that tried to do what Apple did and fell flat on their faces."-So true-
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Comment 12/18/14: Peace be with you all this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa. Oh, by the way, that peace will be shattered in January when some of you reading this will find out that you will lose your jobs in the forthcoming RA that will be announced. Please join the Alliance NOW. Is $15 a month worth it? I think it is. Thank you to Lee, Tom, Earl, Rick, Jim and all the others fighting the good fight! -International Bowel Movements-
Comment 12/17/14: -x- You can find your elected representatives here: and
Comment 12/17/14: IBM continues to crumble:
Comment 12/17/14: IBM stocks dropped again something tells me it's Karma. You can't treat your employees like garbage and not expect a backlash. IBMer's better unionize while there is still a IBM left. -Glad To Be Gone 2013-
Comment 12/16/14: Stop the bleeding. Fire the execs now! Elephants can dance. Use the FHA money for Medicare supplements, the IBM health insurance was over priced and useless anyway. The exchange offered much better rates. Gone from IBM and happy -Good will-
Comment 12/16/14: Steve Bingham has been left or been pushed out from IBM Australia. He previously was the head of GBS in Australia & New Zealand. Next round in Jan 15. -GBS Gal-
Comment 12/15/14: -Stan- You cannot move FHA and you can only use it for the IBM medical plans. Not what you wanted, but that is how the plan was set up from the beginning. -Anon2-
Comment 12/15/14: "Ginormously Huge" SEC probe of IBM... -JT-

Comment 12/15/14: " if it does that you, should push your neighbors to boycott products that are made by companies that are hostile to American workers and also those that repatriate to Ireland to avoid paying their fair share of US taxes"
Make sure you complain to your representatives in Congress. This is even more important. If 400,000 IBMers called there reps in government and complained they can't shelve it. Also complain to the White House if you can. -x-

Comment 12/15/14: I am very fuzzy on this... But .. I will start being un-fuzzy.. now .. I am no longer a Member,I left IBM a year or so ago, but was a member for many years (I even requested a Union Card, :).
I do have a question though, for the FHA Future Health Account" persons that left IBM and had this available, did you ever try to move it out of IBM's Control? I mean, we are gone, it was vested as part of a Pension loss provision? Had anyone tried to move it outside of IBM for use outside of IBM's Health INS Programs? Tks
Comment 12/14/14: The 50 happiest places to work in America --
Not so shocking at this point of course, but IBM not even in the Top 50. . .
-@N0NYm0U$ -
Comment 12/14/14: To retired 05. This is from the FHA documentation on Fidelity. As of Jan1, 2014, Medicare-eligible retirees will be eligible to enroll in individual coverage supplemental to Medicare through ...(OneExchange).. Such retirees who have a remaining ballance in their FHA at the time they become eligible to enroll in coverage through OneExchange will have their FHA converted to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). Retirees who enroll in a medical plan through OneExchange can use their HRA to reimburse eligible expenses, including the cost of coverage through OneExchange, until it is depleted...... -Justretired-
Alliance reply: A good place to discuss this further would be our IBM Retirees comment section. We've had comments from pension and retirement experts, that have helped IBM retirees. Here's the link: IBM Retirees Comments

Comment 12/14/14: @-Silver IBMer-, wifi connect problem is related to a rollout from the CISO. Deleted posts are not new, try commenting on an IBM post on LinkedIn. If it's not blue kool-aid rah rah it's deleted. We've laid off skilled technical folks and hired self described"Passionate Social Media" types in their place. Noted too are re-posts by managers particularly in the Security Services organization who don't seem to do anything other than that. -gone-
Comment 12/14/14: You need to clarify my point. If I was able to buy AARP as a secondary med ins, my 50k would last about 10 years when I start it. As is now, My health account could be wiped out covering out of packet costs if I had a major illness with 20% deductibles for example cancer treatment with surgery. -retired 05-
Comment 12/14/14: All that is great but remember it is a combination of unionizing and public awareness that will help the most. Public awareness of the evils that a corporation does to its customers or employees is what will hit its cash flow and hence make the final difference. You should spread the word of what IBM really is about. Otherwise it will just shift everything to Ireland and leave you hanging high and dry. Hence if it does that you, should push your neighbors to boycott products that are made by companies that are hostile to American workers and also those that repatriate to Ireland to avoid paying their fair share of US taxes. -X-
"It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize reforms_n_6312100.html? -Anon-"

Comment 12/14/14: On Planet Ginni all is well. Internally she is getting hit on her 3Q message with posts being deleted and likes being removed from a man that is now a legend, and if I say "drop kick a moose" those with access will know what I mean ! At the moment we cannot connect IBM devices to IBM wifi, OTR is now looking exotic compared with a piece of garbage that is now called TRIPS, we are light years behind in the apps world and the Apple deal will not save us from the incompetent morons tat push put apps that a 5 year old coded in the 90s. Morale remains appalling - people are not going the extra yard and will not. They/we do the job and then shuffle off home and that's it. Planet Ginni and her execs worldwide do not comprehend what a team is or how to motivate their staff. Most people are leaving for much higher jobs or hiding out in plain sight not caring whether they get the bullet or not. This company will not turn around despite the platitudes coming down the line internally. All managers have to "blog", and 90% of them remain unread apart from the brown-nosers that "like" the post to ingratiate themselves with management. Our code is so far behind it is not funny. Our hardware is breaking with regularity. And that is why the stock will continue to slide. It cannot and will not improve. An puh-lease do not say "it is just as bad elsewhere" - that is the lamest argument anyone can offer. -Silver IBMer-
Comment 12/14/14: Now the IBM Board of Derelictors and the IBM upper management will award themselves with more stock options and order another stock buyback since IBM stock is cheap. Then come first thing 2015 do the RAs. Which will boost the stock price since Wall St. is a bunch of thieving morons whom the SEC let's run wild. Unless we organize and get a union, IBM will waste itself into oblivion. Our jobs and any benefits we still have will also pop like a floating bubble. -IttyBittyMachine_Corp-
Comment 12/13/14: ok, IBMers. Listen up. The rules have just changed enough, for all of you to step up your organizing actions. Who changed them overnight? Justice Clarence Thomas. Check it out: -woulda-coulda-shoulda-
Comment 12/13/14: It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize -Anon-

Comment 12/13/14: I think it's time to join the union everyone! It looks like IBM stocks are dropping faster then a Ho's underwear on the strip. -Glad To Be Gone 2013-
Comment 12/13/14: Wow, quite a nosedive for the IBM stock yesterday, down $5.69 in one day, a new 3-year low! And, Ginny is 2nd on this reporter's Worst Tech CEOs of 2014
There are now renewed rumors of some kind of Carl Icahn type activist takeover attempt. Can't wait to see how many people leave this week,after they qualify for their 401k match. I see that thermometer needle moving, 8 new members, keep it going, join the Alliance! -LowMorale-

Comment 12/13/14: GBS China just offially announced Dec.9 that all AI/AMS team be transfered to GD. This impacts 1/3 GBS employee here 200+. If the employee do not like go to GD, then N+1 RA package become only choice. -anon-
Comment 12/12/14: How do you like IBM now Warren? As of this post IBM has lost $45 in the past year. It's 52 week range was from 199.21 high down to current $155.48. That's about $20 lost per share you purchased. In other words you've lost about 1.3 BILLION dollars under Ginni. -Anon-
Comment 12/12/14: -Non-Hipster- and -Gonein2013-: Yes, I know the rates for family coverage have gone up a lot (and I said so in my posting), but I still think the IBM insurance costs are competitive, especially for a large company. My point was that some of the earlier postings about IBM screwing us on insurance aren't really justified, in my opinion. And for the record, I'm not a "single hipster web developer" (but thanks for the compliment :-) -- my wife gets insurance from her company and my children are adults. -Survivor-
Comment 12/12/14: I retired from IBM in 2005 at age 55 with broken service time. I was laid off and rehired back which means IBM put almost $50K in my Health Account. For the past 9 years, I have not used any of this money and was recently told by Fidelity, I can only use this Money for out of pocket cost for medical co-pay reimbursements when I go on Medicare. I was going to use this account later in life if I needed secondary medical coverage with Medicare. They now have changed my retirement Medical Benefits too. -Retired05-
Alliance reply: If "secondary medical coverage" is supposed to cover what Medicare doesn't cover; wouldn't that be what Fidelity was telling you about using your "Health Account money" to pay for out-of-pocket medical co-pay reimbursements? In other words, isn't your $50k in your health account expressly there for you to use as a supplement to Medicare?

Comment 12/12/14:
WalMart employees have been fighting the good fight. Exercising their labor rights which is USA law. We have to stand with them NOW! The Alliance is much the same as OurWalMart: we just work for different corporations who are greedy rich and are not acting fairly with their employees or associates. IBMers: if WalMart employees want to unionize why can't we??? Are IBMers that scared of losing their jobs to not stand up to management and demand fairness in the workplace??
Comment 12/12/14: -Pete-
Comment 12/12/14: @Survivor, your data may be correct for an individual, but you need to run the same numbers for IBMers with a family. It is a dramatically different story. When I left, my combined family medical for PPO was $1,000/month, with copays and deductibles continuing to erode. I now pay $400/month for better coverage. And, on top of that making more money and got a 3% annual raise. Just before I decided to leave, I did an analysis of the last 10 years of my time at IBM. My net usable income (after medical & taxes) had dropped 33%. I was a consistent 2+ performer through that time. That analysis opened my eyes that it was time to leave. -Gonein2013-
Comment 12/12/14: I'm surprised that IBMer's are not running to join the union. I'm really surprised that some IBMer's are actually relying on HR Reps to help. I mean I think we all know HR reps are merely used car salesman's that will lie their rear-ends off to protect the company. Its sad the company could be saved with a union. -Glad to be gone 2013-
Comment 12/12/14: "To "Math" - I believe Martin Schroeter said there would be "up to" a $600M charge in 4Q14. Apparently exec mgmt has decided that there will be no major or even minor RA in 4Q14, after all, we're now only 20 or so days from EOY. And, the rumored 50K headcount reduction in India never occurred either. So, it remains to be seen what will come in 1Q15 (likely RAs'), but please don't muddle this board by saying 4Q14 RA's will occur. Very little chance of that happening now. -Big Bob-"
Taking a charge for RA expenses in 4Q14 doesn't mean they will use it to RA in 4Q14. It is booked to 4Q14 and could be used in 1Q15. The reduction in India is over 3 years and could happen any time. -Big Joe-

Comment 12/12/14: Most of you are sitting around waiting for the next round of petty d*uchebaggery from the inept IBM management that know how to do petty cuts to your coffee and toilet paper but lacks the TJ Watson entrepreneurship skills and brains to grow revenue.
Don't leave it to chance. Form a union or have a German style "works council" with a seat on the board. This will benefit IBM as happy workers benefit the company and shareholders in the end. Alliance please layout the roadmap to do this so that everyone can see it.
Comment 12/12/14: -Survivor- These are individual rates. Most of us are not single hipster web developers without any responsibility. We have families. IBM plans are expensive relative to benefit especially if you are on a family plan. Wait till you have a pregnancy in the family and a delivery. I had to pay in excess of $6000 out of pocket and more because it went across fiscal years. Then IBM and my idiot FLM/SLMs laid me off and left me with big medical bills to pay. Luckily it was a benevolent Catholic hospital and it forgave my debt because of my provable unemployment. I will be giving them a large charitable contribution once I make back some reserves now that I am re-employed. -Non-Hipster-
Comment 12/11/14: RA or redundancy as it's called is happening in Q4 in the UK......why, since the roadmap has been supposedly 'ditched' then, why the cuts? It's shameful for a company that makes billions of dollars in profit can ruin a special time of the year (Christmas) for so many families purely for shareholder greed . Our founders The Watsons would never allow such behaviour under their watch -Lifer-
Comment 12/11/14: Dear -Survivor - Having left IBM in 2013 and having a wife who still works with IBM, I beg to differ. My small company offers equivalent or better health care benefits across the board at a fraction of the cost. The side by side comparison is staggering. You may be working under the perception that the steady increases are acceptable, but when you compare to what others offer, well, there is no comparison. -Walked Away In 2012-
Comment 12/10/14: Some people have reported that IBM is screwing employees by reducing medical benefits or or shifting a large portion of the cost to employees. IBM is guilty of many things, but to be fair, IBM has not increased the cost of insurance for individuals that much over the last few years, and everyone I know who works elsewhere pays a lot more than I do. The cost for insuring other family members has gone up a lot, but that's true at most companies. For example, I've had individual coverage for IBM PPO (United Healthcare) and IBM Dental Plus for several years, and here are my monthly contributions from 2012-2015:
2012: $0 medical/$30 dental
2013: $0 medical/$31 dental
2014: $10 medical/$51 dental
2015: $15 medical/$52 dental
My out of pocket expenses for medical/dental services are pretty low, though some prescriptions are expensive.
Comment 12/10/14: To all at Alliance: You all have been fighting the good fight. Good luck to all this holiday season. IBM has a way of ruining your holiday. -Gone_in_07-
Comment 12/10/14: Math ... I have no doubt that there could very well be an RA in Q1. But they are rumors and nothing more. Everything that you stated is by inference and frankly, the answer to the question of whether anyone can confirm anything here is "no". -Maybe-
Comment 12/10/14: To "Math" - I believe Martin Schroeter said there would be"up to" a $600M charge in 4Q14. Apparently exec mgmt has decided that there will be no major or even minor RA in 4Q14, after all, we're now only 20 or so days from EOY. And, the rumored 50K headcount reduction in India never occurred either. So, it remains to be seen what will come in 1Q15 (likely RAs'), but please don't muddle this board by saying 4Q14 RA's will occur. Very little chance of that happening now. -Big Bob-
Comment 12/09/14:
IBM Is Playing A Game Of Hot Potato With Goodwill.
There is a hot potato being passed around at IBM. It is called goodwill. Goodwill has grown from less than 1% to more than 25% in the last fourteen years. IBM's shareholder value is a negative $8 billion without goodwill - one intangible asset. It took forty-two years for Tom Watson Sr., IBM's traditional founder, to get goodwill off the books. This is a prime example of IBM's financial engineering.
Comment 12/09/14: Look what happens when a company doesn't invest in upgrading its "technology" ... "A year ago IBM would have been the third-ranked vendor, but its revenues fell 7.2 per cent to $866m, giving it fourth place. Not so Big Blue is failing to keep up with modern storage technologies and its aging product set has less and less appeal to customers." From article ... -Blue Knight-

Comment 12/09/14: IBM used to tell their employees that their benefits were part of their salary, and that is why salaries at IBM were lower than market averages. Now IBM employees are told to go to exchange and IBM has no responsibility to their retirees for health care. IBM continues to screw the IBM employees and its retirees in health care. This is why IBM needs a union. Executives have a contract the rank and file IBM have no contract. We are getting the shaft. -ANA-
Comment 12/09/14: To "CanYouConfirm" and anyone else talking about RA "rumors":
They're not rumors. In October, Ginni said flat-out that there would be an additional "$600 mil restructuring charge" in 4Q. The CFO confirmed in November that's on top of the 1 bil restructuring charges already taken in 2014. So if the terms stay the same, math says that the next round of layoffs will be about 60% as large as done in all of 2014. So there you go: they're not rumors. Ginni herself says there will be a layoff, and it will be a big one. Feel better now that you know? -Math-

Comment 12/09/14: Pensions under attack again. -anon-

Comment 12/09/14: Everybody wants to read this web site, but hardly anybody is willing to put up a few dollars a month to keep it going. Be fair, pay your share! Otherwise you're one of the reasons why IBM can afford to ignore the Alliance. -PayYourFairShare-
Comment 12/08/14: Only THREE new members so far this month? C'mon IBMers, what R U waiting for? Certainly it isn't the Holidays and New Year and don't say it is the next RA. Those that want to get RAed usually don't. And don't make the assumption that you'll get the standard severance on your way out. NOTHING is in writing LIKE A CONTRACT stating you will get a severance from IBM! -Wasup?-
Comment 12/08/14: As an 8 year employee coming to IBM with an acquisition, I am not getting the pension and HFA hit that some of you are. However, I am tired of losing out in other areas, especially the 401(k) match now only at the end of the year. What's next after the Q1 RA's? Join the Alliance....I finally did.....New Member #3 -Anonymous-
Comment 12/08/14: Market observers finally taking notice?
Comment 12/07/14: Harper (canada prime minister) visits SWG lab to announce 1.5 billion investment in technology -tommy-
Comment 12/07/14: Its amazing that IBMers continue to put up with this BS, here we go again, blame the worker while executives continue to make millions. Stock and morale continue to fall. This has been the history of IBM since the early 1990s. Have a large amount of RAs in the fourth quarter or first quarter and tell the press that IBM is becoming lean and mean. What a bunch of BS. Join the union and refuse to work for this greedy and corrupt company. That is your only hope, Executives and managers at IBM could care less about you and your family. Merry Christmas. I'm sure that three top previous and current top executives will have a nice Christmas on the backs of the IBM employee. -Respect for the individual-
Comment 12/07/14: 3 Reasons to Sell IBM Stock at Its 52-Week Low --

[FLASHBACK, Jun 15, 2012]
IBM: Improving Health Care Value and Innovation Through Integration, Benefits Coverage and a Focus on Primary Care --
"Focusing on an employee-centric allocation of IBM investment providing zero premium benchmark PPO for employees, competitive premiums for dependents and buy-up options for those with predictable high health care needs;
Ensuring employee cost sharing keeps pace with inflation by using coinsurance and increasing fixed dollar cost sharing by plan trend;"
Anyone compare the cost of their healthcare plan now as compared to 2012? -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 12/07/14: -Stuck at IBM - "Knowing that you CAN'T leave". Sorry but that's just BS. You can leave anytime. As to whether you can 'afford' to leave is another question but IBM is not forcing anyone to stay. It took me about 4 years to find another job that suited my skills but I found it in the end so it is possible and sad to say, I am glad to be out of that hell hole. -Glad To Be Gone-
Comment 12/07/14: Dear IBM Management, It was clear you wouldn't know a smarter planet if it bit you in the PBC the moment you axed me in favor of three younger coworkers who collectively knew less about innovation that matters than either of my pinkies. Way to age discriminate your way into irrelevance, you greed-blinded ignoramuses! -how did you plan on doing it without me?-
Comment 12/06/14: Why is it that management makes all the decisions, and employees take all the blame? -Peter-
Comment 12/06/14: In GTS the RA announcement date is Jan 2, Sources tell me 15-20% of US based delivery resource. They will color it as productivity due to automation....what BS -XIBM-
Comment 12/06/14: It makes sense that the RAs (firings) were moved from mid-Jan to mid-Fed. The reporting date and meetings with the analysts for 4Q results are Jan 21. After announcing those even more disastrous results than 3Q, Ginny (through her CFO mouthpiece) will proclaim that the company is cutting itself to the bone, eliminating all dead weight (us), and "reinventing itself" by then rising up through the ashes like the mythical Phoenix. More BS and marketing engineering, but based on the recent long string of highly critical articles by analysts, everyone is hip to this dope. Only, they won't rise up, because they got nuttin'. No plan, no technology, no inspired employees. I can't wait to see how many good people say sayonnara after the Dec 15 date to qualify for the 401k match. As a Band 10 DE candidate with a long string of PBC 1's and patents, I'm hoping to be among them. How sad, I used to love this company and my job. Those left, please, please join the Alliance and fight back! -ItsATrap-
Comment 12/06/14: Brother Lee, it is a shame that people won't join the union. I have tried to get people to join the Union in the UK and it is like pushing an avalanche back up the hill. All I will say is they will be squealing like stuck pigs when their number comes out of the hat and they realise that they have no-one to represent them or give them advice. -IBM UK-
Comment 12/06/14: How very sad. Just 2 new members willing to take a stand. I do not work for IBM never have. My neighborhood though is littered with former IBMers all who left before their time. Those remaining live with the hope they won't be next or someone else will cause change just not them! I belonged to a labor union for more than 30 years I now live in part from a union pension. Are unions perfect? Hardly but after watching what IBM is capable of what other choice is there other than hiding under your desk hoping they don't come for you this time. To the folks from Alliance for years of effort I admire your willingness to stay in this fight while so many you are willing to fight for prove unwilling to fight for themselves. Whining, complaining and hoping thinks will change accomplishes nothing. IBM employees were once viewed as fortunate and respected. Now the company has become a cesspool and poster child for corporate misbehavior all fueled by greed. And yet just 2 people can muster the courage to join. Sorry but you will get in the end what you deserved. -Bingo-
Comment 12/06/14: What's worse than waiting for the RA axe to fall at IBM? Knowing that you CAN'T leave. IBM has notified hundreds of employees in Albany, Fishkill, Burlington and even employees already working at GF in Malta, that they are now stuck at IBM on "blue team" and blocked from being hired by Global for 3 years. To continue working in your highly skilled profession, to get out of IBM, you have to leave NY state for fabs in the southwest US or overseas owned by competitors. No financial consideration is being offered to IBM employees now trapped. Most never signed a non-compete deal. Only hope is that RA will free you from no-hire rule. IBM now has a huge team of people that must lower their performance in hopes of a RA so they can move on to greener pastures. Good for employees that want to stay as others will take the fall to fill RA quotas. Good for employees that will have an extended work vacation getting qualified for their RA, ending up with a severance check and freedom. Not so good for IBM. Idiotic Business Morons. -Stuck at IBM-
Comment 12/06/14: Sony Struggles to Fight #GOP Hackers Who Claim Stolen Data Includes Stars? IDs, Budget and Contract Figures -- "Sony's computer system is tied to a massive IBM server."
Hmmmmmm, would be very interested to know where the weaknesses were that the hackers exploited, as sounds like another customer that IBM will be losing. . . -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 12/06/14: Alliance, can you confirm any of these RA rumors? If so, can you outline the dates, numbers, packages provided? -CanYouConfirm?-
Alliance reply: If rumors could be confirmed, they would cease to be rumors. We post comments from our visitors as a way to start dialog re: Job Cuts. Alliance receives information from IBM employees and contractors, from inside, regularly.
We can't confirm all the information, because many of these sources are anonymous.
FYI... there are no more packages provided, as a rule, IF there are RAs in works. IBM no longer releases numbers of IBMers RA'ed. All of this activity of "guessing" when, where, and who will be RA'ed would disappear if IBMers were unionized and bound with IBM by a written contract. Consider that alternative, rather than confirming rumors of impending RAs.

Comment 12/06/14: The IBM PBC appraisal system is a damaging farce. How is it possibly fair to assign a QUOTA (yes, it is a QUOTA) of "3" (implication of poor performance - YES, it is!) appraisals on a group of people that has already been decimated by layoffs and already has 80% of its workforce overseas? That quota of "3" appraisals has to be eaten by the remaining 20% of the US workforce in the group, of which you know, all were once the 1 and 2+ category. How completely UNFAIR is this? Why not lay them off and give them severance instead of sticking them with poor appraisals and the negative repercussions of that which they did not deserve? This is just a nasty, shameful, deplorable maneuver. Really, if there's a hell, those IBM executives who came up with this scheme will fry. -Anonymous-
Comment 12/05/14: Whats killing IBM other than the obvious: IBM Management's abject stupidity: -foo-

Comment 12/05/14: ok, we all had to LOL reading about "Mandarin lessons at Lenovo"....but yes, we were still crying a little inside. -Anonymous-
Comment 12/05/14: Hearing from multiple sources today that managers had to enter names into the HR tool for RA in February, exit in March. Word is that the standard packages will be provided. Words like "Ugly","Big" were used to describe, but no indication of how far reaching or a specific %. -Bracing For the Blues-
Comment 12/05/14: Although I'm busy with my Mandarin lessons at Lenovo I just can't look away, it's like a train wreck. Lee and Alliance staff, I commend your continuing to try to help those who refuse to help themselves even in the face of adversity. It's a shame that that membership drive thermometer isn't full as it certainly should be. Anybody who is reading this message, are you a dues paying member? Or are you merely a leech that drops by to get the useful information to you but unwilling to fork over the measly $15 a month to pitch in? I was a dues paying member during my IBM tenure, if you EVER visit this board, you should be too. My advice to the alliance is this, lock down this message board to dues paying members to weed out the riff raff from anybody who actually gives a damn. There's not a resource like this at Lenovo nor do I ever expect their to be given the communist ties. I wonder if GSK had an alliance type movement given they just whacked 900 people in RTP, or if anyone there cared. As much as I can't stand Lenovo it is actually is tremendously better than IBM. Either organize or get out (and please do what you can to float the stock back to 170 so I can cash out). Corporate America rocks does it not? I sincerely wish you guys the best of luck as you're certainly going to need it... -IPaidMyDuesDidYou?-
Comment 12/04/14: I knew all of this sudden PR had to be a bunch of BS. Is there no end to the deviousness of IBM? Why aren't they using all of this creative energy to build great products and employee morale instead of financial and market engineering? Since they got called out on the financial engineering trick, I guess the focus now is on market engineering. So happy to see this article: -LowMorale-

Comment 12/04/14: Do Not Be Fooled By IBM Cloud Contract Announcements. IBM is signing "baseball" contracts, using length to increase the apparent size of the deals. These are "outsourcing" contracts, not real cloud deals. They are replacement revenue. To grow IBM needs to create new markets, not serve its old markets for less. -Anon-
Comment 12/04/14: Your gov't as well as your employer are abandoning you. Wake up and organize. Congress is declaring war on retirees -Anonymous-
Comment 12/04/14: When did AMS FLM's convert back to PDM's? I have no clue what FLM's do now other than push for the completion of administrative tasks. FLM's need to have a vested interest in the success of a project. Why does this layer of management exist if they don't add any value? They charge a percentage of their time against our projects but don't contribute anything towards the project. How is that considered accurate time reporting? -PDM-
Comment 12/03/14: Yep, that's what IBM's finance folks and empty suits have been doing alright! -ibm_spiral-

Comment 12/03/14: -HereItComes-, my company recently hired an ex-IBMer whom you would classify as being in the "third wave." He was an Ivy-League educated engineer with 20 years experience. In the interview, when asked why he wanted to leave IBM, he mentioned the narrow scope of his job role, and under-utilization of his skills. We were surprised by his low salary, and offered him a position at a 15% increase in salary. After he was hired and started his position, he talked about the unfair rating system, and living in constant fear of unjust, illogical lay-offs. Disclaimer: My company did not hire him to gain confidential information about IBM, IBM customers, or IBM products. -Anonymous-
Comment 12/03/14: -No contribution #done- Remember this; THOSE THAT CAN, DO; THOSE THAT CAN'T, MANAGE. Never more true in IBM. -anonymous-
Comment 12/03/14: IT IS TIME IBMers to join the Alliance. IBM is hurting and it is because of pathetic upper management direction. WE CAN turn IBM around if we unionize and be and force to set this inept IBM management in the right direction! DO SOMETHING positive this HOLIDAY SEASON and DO IT NOW! Make it a New Year's resolution! Join now! -IBMUnionNow-
Comment 12/03/14: To Refreshing This is the typical response from IBM management,"it's like this everywhere". I have friends who work for a large chip manufacturing company and their management team treats their employees with respect and loyalty. This is no longer evident with IBM management. IBM needs a union to restore high moral, salaries, and benefits. Respect for the individual -Respect for the Individual-
Comment 12/02/14: Only 42% of IBMers submitted IBM Engagement Survey. Only one more day to go. Does it say anything? -Anonymous-
Comment 12/01/14: To -MBA_IS_A_JOKE- It's complete. Only a select few in CAMSS will receive MBA this year. It is up to FLM to give you the news. -MBA_ALL_DONE-
Comment 12/01/14: Fairness 101:
That is the problem with IBM management and executives. There is no longer experience, vision or personality with IBM management or executives today. It is all based on politics and BS. There is no longer respect for the individual and full employment is no longer there in IBM since Lou was CEO. IBM needs a union to stop the corrupt practices done by IBM management to their employees. -ANA-

Comment 12/01/14: I mentioned two waves of exodus (one after folks qualify for their 401k match after Dec 15 and one with the RAs in feb) but I forgot a third - one when the folks who have been worried about getting RA'd and have been looking at other jobs 'just in case' decide they are sick of the stress of worrying about getting cut in the next culling, the impact on their families and health and performance, sick of worrying whether they will make it to Dec 15 each year to get the match, and just leave to take one of those other jobs in a better place. IBM is inadvertently exposing its best, the ones IBM would not RA, to the job market and losing them. Idiots! -HereItComes-
Comment 12/01/14: The general consensus of comments regarding Managements education and morals and ethics is that management is somehow inferior to you. If so, why are they kicking your collective butts day after day, year after year? Simple. They are organized. You are not. -Exodus2007-
Comment 12/01/14: -ItsATrap- There is no chance of IBM trying to rebuild morale after the January layoff. They have never done so before and they won't start now. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 11/30/14: "Reliable source says US cuts only 12% of work force."
The Allance estimated that IBM would have about 80,000 US employees after the Lenovo sale, so "only" 12% means 9,600 people -- seems a bit incredulous. In the past, IBM has avoided mass layoffs that would attract publicity and require 60-day public notice under the WARN act. In addition, IBM has been hiring people in Cloud and other strategic areas, and a lot of that work is in the US. Unless IBM is planning to sell off another division or two next year, it seems highly unlikely that there will be anything close to a 12% reduction in the US. -Survivor-
Alliance reply: Not only are IBM workers being moved to Lenovo but IBM chip workers are being moved to Global Foundries and at least 4000 were cut in February.
Our front page count estimate has had US IBM employees as 83,000 listed for 2014, for several months before the Global Foundries and Lenovo sales.
Comment 11/30/14: If anyone at the highest levels of IBM has half a brain (which I've come to doubt), after they are done with the massive slash in January, they will then try to build the morale of whomever is left by re-instituting pay raises, bonuses, 401k match in each paycheck. That would make sense, so I doubt they'll do it. But if they do, please don't get all warm and fuzzy. Those left need to protect themselves and organize, because it will just happen again and again. This company has no plan, no leadership, and is doomed. Remember how you were treated, support the alliance no matter what. -ItsATrap-
Comment 11/30/14: There is no chance of this ship turning around with morale as low as it is. As they say in football, the entire exec teams worldwide have lost the dressing room. It really is as simple as that. This ship will sink. -IBM UK-
Comment 11/30/14: I saw some comments about managers and college degrees. You can generally assume that the more MBA a person has, the more things are managed the way IBM and other big corporations do. In that respect it would be better to have a manager without college degrees and a background of running a plumbing business. I think that all problems related to treating your employees (e.g. resources) are BECAUSE of what students get taught in places like Harvard. So, actually, college degrees don't do that gets you started...but after that it is only experience, vision and personality that count!!! -Fairness101-
Comment 11/30/14: Did anyone get a MBA review this year? Last year they changed it and said MBA's will be done in October and in effect December 1. Was it really skipped without any communication? Is this an IBM practice now? Pretend it doesn't exist. I'm really dissapointed I didn't get to listen to the IBM pays competitively speech only to be told I'm not eligible for an MBA. That's what happens when you have multiple merit review cycles that don't keep up with inflation. Wake up people. Organize! What do you have to lose? -MBA_IS_A_JOKE-
Comment 11/30/14: What does a FLM do at IBM now other than check a box? Think 40 done, PA done, PBC's done, claim done, hours plan done. Do IBMer's really need a babysitter? They charge X% of their time to each project but what do they really contribute to the goals of a project? #nothing -No contribution #done-
Comment 11/29/14: Rochester STG Contract Employees Furloughed. Unsure of numbers, Non critical STG contractors furloughed until Jan 5th 2015. -member of Alliance-
Comment 11/29/14: Interesting article about Mr. Buffet's investment in IBM. -16YearsAndCounting-

Comment 11/29/14: I recently spent time at some West Coast tech companies (large ones, not start-ups), including the company that I went to work for after quitting IBM. The difference in atmosphere is astounding. I really didn't appreciate just how downtrodden IBM engineers had become over the years. The vibe I was getting is that products and customers are what matters, and the only way to excel in those areas was to empower the people that make them. It felt like HR and Finance were a team with the Engineers and doing everything they could to allow them to do what they are good at and remove any obstacles slowing them down. I even spoke to a CFO who said he didn't focus on the share price, but was more concerned about the pipeline of products as they meant long term sustainability rather than one quarters numbers. I speak to people still at IBM who tell me their managers say "it's like this everywhere" when they complain, but from my experience, that's not true. -Refreshing-
Comment 11/28/14: No matter how many shrines IBM builds in NYC to promote the Watson Platform, or delve into CAMSS, it is bound to fail. One thing I noticed about business is that there are basic fundamental things that have to be in place for business to succeed long term such as respect for the employee and honourable management. IBM management is juvenile in thinking Cloud and Watson will save them without fixing fundamental, cultural and organizational problems. Thinking about the intangibles and fixing them takes intelligence and hurts the brain. It is easier to put together a fancy website.
Also Cloud is a race to the bottom. Watson technology will be made redundant by other entrants that will come forth and dominate. IBM will not be able to compete with them. Like the city of New Orleans, it has serious, fundamental problems that need to be taken care of but ignored such as corruption and injustice. This is my opinion only.
Comment 11/27/14: As far as first line managers and lack of education go. Many.. many are in a technicial management position without a lick of technical background and little other education either. The issue is with me ( I'm in a tech position) is my manager just doesn't "get" the issues we have to deal with. She's so into charts and graphs, that's all that counts... not how to manage our workload in an intelligent way. -Vermonter-
Comment 11/26/14: Just got the news that IBM announced furlough today. Does anyone have more info on that? -jim bob-
Comment 11/26/14: @N0NYm0U$- One should also ask how many of the 4000 were US based applicants and how many passed the test. This seems to be quite is a fair way to assess any candidate. -Bob-
Comment 11/26/14: Happy Thanksgiving to all. I would be more happier if I knew I had a union contract! Why can't we make it happen before the year end holidays are just a memory as possibly our IBM career? A contract can try to protect ourselves in some way from the next RA. -Vote4UnionContract-
Alliance reply: While we understand your passion, the reality is that there is no way to get a union contract before the end of the year or the next RA. This is a process that has many levels: organizing, majority sign ups, petitioning the government for a vote, the back and forth between the union and the company and the government.... and then if everything goes right the vote takes place.
And by the way we have to win the vote before we can negotiate a contract.
Lots of work and few willing to push it forward.
In the meantime, the Alliance can represent the issues of IBM workers and challenge the company before the vote.

Comment 11/26/14: -T2R2013- I agree with you. I spoke to one of the MoneySmart"advisers" one time and quickly determined these were kids straight out of college that knew way less than me about financial matters. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 11/26/14: IBM GTS UK (formerly ITS) have announced a consultation period today. -AngryMan-
Comment 11/26/14: To -Big Bob- I know of first line managers without college degrees. We had one manager who bragged about her drug and alcohol abuse to a few of us. She never came to work; she worked from sametime. She couldn't read or write everyone had to do her work for her. If you said anything about her you were fired. We went to HR and reported her and the ones that reported her were RA'D (blatant retaliation)and she got by with it. See upper management will use idiots as first line managers to do their dirty work. Better join the union if you haven't. -Glad to be gone 2013-
Comment 11/26/14: As a portfolio in gts, I see that a major restructuring is coming to Brazil in 1st quarter. Do you know what GTS new director plans for Brazil? the morale here is too slow. It seems that IBM is inducing employees to ask for the pink slip in order to avoid more severances. The new hr tool has an option for the employee to request on how to ask to go and leave company.i never seen that in my whole life working with so many USA companies? Someone from brazil to share some light here? -sabrinaty-
Comment 11/26/14: The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist --
"The real issue, say Salzman and others, is the industry's desire for lower-wage, more-exploitable guest workers, not a lack of available American staff."
Yep, article lays-out the truth in no uncertain terms. -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 11/26/14: @Ex IBMer - I am no longer
" 'hoping' IBM will change and revert back to recognizing the value of its human resource..."

I am only hoping for a full RA package. -Mark1-

Comment 11/26/14: About to be RA'd: "If an RA comes in Jan, what should I expect for severance?"
Expect NOTHING. Then you won't be surprised. Cannot believe you even had to ask this question. WE DON'T HAVE A CONTRACT!!!!!!
-Anon in Boulder-
Comment 11/25/14: IBM's Watson gets new coworkers --
"IBM's Watson computing system is shown during a press conference in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in this Jan. 13, 2011 photo.
Getty Images IBM's Watson computing system is shown during a press conference in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., in this Jan. 13, 2011 photo.
IBM's Watson is getting some new co-workers. The tech giant recently went on the hunt for talent to help boost its super computing system, which defeated "Jeopardy" champions more than three years ago.
The company, which received almost 4,000 applications, decided to approach the hiring process in an nontraditional way. Chosen candidates answered a series of questions on video, and then participated in tasks such as building exercises and a scavenger hunt."

Of the 4000 resumes, I wonder how many were from H1B-holding applicants & overseas based applicants? -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 11/25/14: -About to be RA'd?- Or rather if we can organize and have enough of a majority for a vote early next year what will my union contract look like? It will be MUCH, MUCH better having a contract than what you are getting for working for IBM now! -IBMUnionNow-
Comment 11/25/14: @longtimebeemer: Well, that's how we found out that MoneySmart advisers really aren't "money smart". Moral of the story- get a "second opinion" when using them. We are OK otherwise, but the health insurance issue was very disappointing (to be kind). -T2R2013-
Comment 11/25/14: Are there really mass firings in India? 50K is the number I read. Why is no one posting about that? Last time, there were many many postings about the callous RA's in India. -Really?-
Alliance reply: We posted the aricle on our front page in the Articles section (right side). The date of the article is 11/04/14
. There is also a comment posted on 11/06/14 in this section, by -workforce_fried-

Comment 11/25/14: To -About to be RA'ed-, I know ex-IBMers who were RA'ed and received 1 week of salary for each 6 months of service. They were both part of an acquisition that occurred 8 years prior to the RA. Thus, they received 4 months of salary as severance. However, I do believe there is a maximum of 6 months severance. Nevertheless, IBM is not legally obligated to provide you with any severance or notice. I think RA'ed victims are bribed into signing waivers to receive the severance. -Anonymous-
Comment 11/25/14: To -Big Bob- I know for a fact that there are first and second line and directors who worked for different divisions in IBM that have had no college degrees and some of them have no college courses at all. I could name who they are but I wont. IBM management is made up of the good old boy network and politics. That is the trouble with IBM management. No respect for the employees and constantly wanting to give the employees the shaft. IBM management is in desperate need of a union. -Big Don-
Comment 11/25/14: As a dues paying member since 2008 I would like to ask the ALLIANCE a question. Why doesn't IBM have to follow the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 when determing FHA eligibility?
AGE: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, protects applicants and employees 40 years of age or older from discrimination based on age in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment.
If you apply the law it seems anyone 40 years and older with 15 years service should be eligible for their FHA upon leaving IBM for Global Foundries. By the way this law is posted on bulletin boards across the Burlington site and suspect the same should be true in EF. I have gone to Burlington HR to discuss but received a cookie cutter response that IBM does not discriminate and follows all laws, regulations. Any comments?
Steve Dragosljvich, Burlington

Comment 11/25/14: I think a major part of the issue is that employees are"hoping" IBM will change and revert back to recognizing the value of its human resource. Not going to happen. Sadly IBM serves Wall Street and that is the only stakeholder that matters. You want to matter, join the Alliance. If not then perhaps you have choosen your fate. -Ex IBMer-
Comment 11/24/14: Stock goes up on rumor that Icahn wants to dump IBM management.
Report: False Icahn Rumor Moves IBM
John Seward, Benzinga Staff Writer November 24, 2014 3:17 PM

International Business Machines Corp.'s (NYSE: IBM) 2 percent gain earlier Monday was touched off by a false rumor that activist investor Carl Icahn had been buying shares, a CNBC TV reporter said. Citing unnamed sources, the report at about 2:30 p.m. ET, said Icahn"has absolutely no involvement in IBM."
Sources tell me @Carl_C_Icahn has absolutely no involvement in $IBM. Stock had moved earlier on rumor that he did. -anon-

Comment 11/24/14: STS UK organisation enter into voluntary separation package leave date is 5th Febuary Involuntary same date -Road kill Uk-
Comment 11/24/14: -T2R2013- I also am using the FHA money as quickly as possible for the same reason as you. I don't understand how your FHA expenses increased to the point that you now don't have enough money to fulfill your original plan. The FHA amounts I saw for 2015 are exactly the same as they were for 2013 and 2014. I think your advisor may have miscalculated how long it would last. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 11/24/14: -Over55-, I was RA'd in March 2012 at age 57. I took the year of IBM-paid COBRA then paid for six months of COBRA myself. Instead of using FHA funds, my wife and I bought a "bronze" policy through the ACA exchange ("ObamaCare"). With only my pension check as income, we received a substantial assist with the monthly premium. That's the good news. The bad news is that with the exception of preventative care, the first $12,000 of medical expenses this year (and $14,000 next year) is completely out of pocket. It's really just catastrophic insurance; but, I'm grateful...before the ACA we couldn't have gotten private insurance, and the private insurance then available would still allow for us to be bankrupted in the case of a major expense like cancer. My strategy is to hope that the FHA funds stay in place, and then use them for Medicare supplemental insurance. -RA'd and Retired in 2012-
Comment 11/24/14: If an RA comes in Jan, what should I expect for severance? -About to be RA'd?-
Comment 11/24/14: This board loses credibility when folks are allowed to post statements like "most IBM managers don't have college degrees". That has not been true for 20 years, maybe 30. I doubt a B6 or higher manager has been hired in 25 years without a degree. If so, it's a rarity. -Big Bob-
Alliance reply: See the comment and our reply, below. We post comments from our visitors, that are primarily opinion based, many times. We don't necessarily endorse EVERY opinion as representing Alliance@IBM's. Therefore, credibility is attached only to the comment's author. Our position is and has been the same for 15 years: Regardless of what and how IBM management intends to operate; Alliance@IBM advocates for IBM workers and for a contract between unionized IBM workers and the IBM corporation, agreed to in writing.

Comment 11/24/14: Not only do most IBM managers and executives have no college, they display and have no integrity left and loyalty to their employees. They also display no organizational skills. Most of them have learned to be deceitful while attending their manager training at Armonk. This is why IBM needs a union. To get rid of the lies and deceit. I agree, This era of managers and executives are no TJ Watson. -ANA-
Alliance reply: Apparently, the lack of statistical evidence, of your comment, that "most IBM managers and executives have no college" seems to be controversial. However, the lack of integrity and loyalty by IBM management would most probably be agreed upon by anyone that has worked at IBM. We appreciate your comments of advocacy for a union contract to protect IBM workers. Thank you for your continued support.

Comment 11/23/14: Insightful observation in Forbes.
"This week IBM announced the signing of a deal with Lufthansa for $1.25 billion. Over 7 years that is $178.6 million per year. In the spreadsheet on this page I have collected IBM's revenue from services (both its Global Technology and Global Business divisions) for the last 4 years. I've estimate the year end numbers for 2014 and converted the revenue lost to the number of equivalent Lufthansa deals. Over the last 3 years IBM has lost 24.4 Lufthansa-sized deals. Every six weeks IBM loses a Lufthansa-size customer."
Comment 11/23/14: Does not matter how many are resourced. The problems will persist as the management layer is dysfunctional. It needs to be streamlined. Just walk through Blue Pages and see how many VP's and executives there are. There is so much overlap and redundancy. -Ginny Tookus-
Comment 11/23/14: What is the difference in benefit being RAd vs Retired? -Anon-
Alliance reply: There are many factors that make the difference. You may want to ask this question on our IBM Retirees comment section, OR review the comments on this comments page and the Archives re: retirement and/or RA in circumstances where someone anticipating an RA, is retirement eligible.

Comment 11/23/14: Unfortunately there is no honor, integrity or trust that is why the ship is sinking. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Hopefully GF will look into the good old boy network and change things around. -Anon-
Comment 11/23/14: Received notice from my contracting company yesterday that for the month of December I'll be "receiving" a 28.5% per hour salary reduction. I'm not an IBM'er, just a subcontractor. -Albert-
Comment 11/22/14: 'US cuts only 12% of work force' Even ONE person RAed is TOO MUCH! (Unless it is Ginni) Join the Alliance now, PLEASE! Let's TRY to do something to stop this IBM implosion. -IBMUnionNow-
Comment 11/22/14: Another reason the RA didn't happen in 4q is that the empress wants to first see how many abused employees leave on their own, saving money for the Corp. Plus the 600 million set aside for layoffs in 2015 hasn't kicked in yet and the 2014 funds were used. We'll see two waves of exodus, one voluntary in Dec after folks get their 401k match, then the firings in Jan. -HereItComes-
Comment 11/21/14: -Anon2- is incorrect about statements on how accrued vacation works at IBM. The manager separation tool automatically prorates the number of eligible vacation days for the manager. All the manager does is enter the actual number taken between Jan 1 and the separation date. If it's less than the prorated accrual, you get a second vacation check in addition to your last paycheck. If it's more than the prorated accrual, then the difference is taken out of your final check. However, Personal Choice Holidays (usually six) are NOT counted or prorated. You get those on Jan 1 and they're use 'em or lose 'em. So use them first! Log your first six days off of the year in vacation planner (and ILC, if applicable) as Personal Holidays, and only THEN start using your vacation. -How Vacation Works-
Comment 11/21/14: Reliable source says US cuts only 12% of work force. Plans do however include almost 100% cuts in Chicago for SPSS with pretty much everything moving to Canada or India in "maintenance" mode. Stats and modeler are being killed off. -Jello Biafra-
Comment 11/21/14: Since we just finished the 2nd "annual" Engagement Survey, I thought I'd post my experience last year.
Results were never reported in my business unit. Then, a few months after the survey, I got an e-mail from a company IBM had hired to do a "deeper dive." About 25 people were on the call I attended. Questions were in five categories:
1)Feeling Valued,
2) Opportunity for Growth,
3) Inclusion,
4)Future Vision & Alignment, and
5) Communications, Ethics & Trust.
The responses were scathing and I joined in. I hoped the "deeper dive" meant mgmt was serious about improvements, but no such luck.
However, I've also had no repercussions about my answers, -- a dinosaur
Comment 11/21/14: "If you notice in IBM, most managers do not have college degrees, yet they want their employees to update skills. IBM management is based on the "good old boy" network and nothing else. Join the union to stop this BS."-ANA-
BTW, you don't have to have a college degree to be a good manager. You have to have high EQ (emotional intelligence), be able to relate to human beings, and have organizational skills. You also have to have honour and integrity, so people are willing to trust you and follow you. That's it. Most IBM mangers do not. TJ Watson did not have a college degree. Tom Jr. barely made it out of college. They were the greatest managers of all time. -TJ-

Comment 11/21/14: RAs have come to the UK. All departments under immediate threat and non-disclosure confidentiality clauses. Meanwhile Ginni has sold all this year's share options just before announcing the ship was sinking. See
Her fellow 'executives' did likewise. See
Comment 11/21/14: Seems like some layoffs are coming in the sales ans technical sales areas. Two in my group have already "transferred" and two more are interviewing now. That's over half of the TSS team. -Nanya Biznes-
Comment 11/21/14: -littlepaleblue- You rarely see a big layoff in the 4th quarter because the savings is just not enough. The senior execs issue a "challenge" that a certain group has to reduce their spending by x amount of money for the year. If they layoff in December they only get 1/12th of the cost of that person for the year towards that goal. If they layoff in January they get the cost of that person for the full year towards that goal. That is why you will see most big layoffs done in the first quarter. You might get smaller ones later in the year but rarely in Q4. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 11/21/14: "UK IBM software group just announced consultation for 30 days. Staff hopefully cut will be with fat management layer, not a nice Christmas present!" What does this mean? Thank you -anonymous-
Comment 11/20/14: If you notice in IBM, most managers do not have college degrees, yet they want their employees to update skills. IBM management is based on the "good old boy" network and nothing else. Join the union to stop this BS. -ANA-
Comment 11/20/14: "IBM is a company that takes away their employees civil rights through EMPLOYEE FORCED ARBITRATION."
Well, yes, actually being an "At Will" employee means the USA Bill of Rights does NOT ACTUALLY apply when you work for a corporation (like IBM). It is true. That is why employees unionize to get workplace rights spelled out in a contract!
Alliance reply: Correct. And to elaborate re: Bill Of Rights; it is important for every American to know that when they are on "private property"; such as their employer's office or manufacturing building, their "freedom" of speech, right to assemble, etc. does not apply. The "rights" that protect employees of a company such as "speech" and "assembly", etc. are part of the National Labor Relations Act of 1938. The NLRB is the organization that operates as a neutral body to review complaints and practcies of unions AND employers to determine if any actions by EITHER unions or employers have violated any of the sections of the NLRA regulation. If employees believe that their "labor rights" have been violated; but they take no action to organize or unionize or file complaints, then the company wins by default.

Comment 11/20/14: Is IBM Suddenly Vulnerable To A Takeover? -Anon-

Comment 11/20/14: I created the RA'D by IBM T-Shirts if any present, past or future IBM'er would like to purchase one go to this link Remember showing RA'd visually in numbers will let people know what is going on. I still would suggest joining the union. Jobless for almost 1 year now. -Glad to be gone 2013-
Comment 11/20/14: For those who will be losing their jobs in the next few months, pay attention to where you stand on vacation. While we've all heard that it's use-it-or-lose-it, the accounting when you're RA'd is a little different. You've actually earned all of the previous year's vacation and IBM has to pay you for it. (If you stay with IBM, they just limit how much new vacation you earn the next year.) At the extreme, if you get 20 days of vacation and take none of it this year, and, IBM dismisses you on Jan 2, they will pay you for those 20 days. In practice, must people only miss 5-10 days, but they're entitled to those, plus any earned for the partial year. -Anon2-
Comment 11/20/14: When I retired at the end of May 2013 (T2R and happy), my adviser figured that my FHA would last until 2 months of my 65th birthday. Well, surprise, surprise for 2015 - not going to even come close to that target because of expense. So, spouse (Medicare eligible) and I decided for 2015 to get the super expensive low deductible, save our own cash, and spend down the FHA account as much as possible, since it probably will go away. We decided we'd deal with 2016 in another way. It breaks my heart to think of all the broken promises. At this point, I am so embarrassed to be associated with IBM that when people ask me what I did before I retired, I just tell them I was with a large technology company. -T2R 2013-
Comment 11/20/14: Cringely hits the nail on the head again in this article titled "Death of the (IBM) Salesman. -CJ-Roc-

Comment 11/20/14: FHA - magic numbers are 15 years of service, age 55. If either one is missing, you lose it. -gone in '13-
Comment 11/20/14: -littlePaleBlue-, in "At-Will Employment" states, an employer can terminate any employee for any reason (except for race, nationality, age, etc.) or no reason at all, without notice. IBM need only pay due wages and any vacation accruals. The 30-day notice was just a "generous" gesture by IBM, but it is not legally required. IBMers are not out of the woods yet. Yes, it would make financial sense for IBM to RA employees before December 15, but then maybe there is a Public Relations cost consideration that management is considering. -Steve-
Alliance reply: You are correct re: At Will Employment. IBM has never really been impacted by "public relations" costs, when it comes to firing people. What is needed, are IBMers to unite and organize toward a collective employment contract. Once that is achieved, "At Will Employment" no longer applies to unionized IBMers.

Comment 11/20/14: -sbywillie- The FHA account only applies if you have 30 years AND are 55 years old. If you have, for example, 32 years and leave IBM when you are 53, you do not receive the benefit of your FHA account. Most people aren't aware of this nuance. I know I wasn't until I researched it. -Anon-
Comment 11/20/14: Over55 is correct. With these rates your FHA may cover you and your spouse for 2 to 3 years. I retired at 59 and my FHA will run out between the age of 63 to 64 just covering me only. Thankfully my spouse can go on her own insurance retirement plan which will cost her about $200.00 a month. -Use Your FHA or Lose It-
Comment 11/20/14: How do they determine the resource actions when some managers, being managers for so long did not go back and finish their education in this so called competitive world that needs updated skills all the time. Maybe that's why all the good employees are gone. -Anon-
Comment 11/20/14: It appears that since no RA was announced on 11/14/14 (one would figure IBM would do one at this date since 30 days out to employment separation date means they don't have to match 401k for those IBM resource participants) that the standard separation package will change. IBM is in too big a mess right now trying to make 4th QTR numbers not look bad and spent plenty of Armonk effort on the EFK/BTV plant sale to GF (BTW,Abu Dabai is a big stakeholder in GF and they get the NY State StartupNY tax breaks for 10 years) they apparently will have to RA either in December or more likely early 2015. The longer you wait to not unionize the worse it is gonna get. That is a fact jack! -littlePaleBlue-
Comment 11/20/14: A lot of us are going to lose our jobs in the next few months. Be prepared and make it as hard as possible for the evil empire by reading the GREAT checklist provided here by the Alliance And contribute something, this list is worth a contribution alone! I have to laugh, now that this news is out, we're being hammered by even more desperate emails saying "Read my blog!" since everyone's value is being measured by blogging. So even less productivity, half the workforce is spending time creating useless blogs, the other half spending their time reading or deleting. Where's this wonderful new email product? Apparently not worthwhile enough for IBM's own employees! -WaitingForACallFromMyManager-
Comment 11/20/14: -ANA- I was laid off due to age discrimination. 4 of us were RA'd in our dept, all in our 50's and 60's. I'm still not sure how they are making age discrimination legal? The IBMers that are left better join the union. -Glad To Be Gone 2013-
Comment 11/20/14: IBM is a company that takes away their employees civil rights through EMPLOYEE FORCED ARBITRATION. Disgusting. -lizzy-
Comment 11/20/14: To -sby_willie-, My point on the FHA was that there is not an asset there to transfer, its just a liability, and therefore maybe GF does not want to deal with it. Maybe it is all wrapped up in the 1B+ dollars IBM is to pay GF. It must be in the fine print somewhere. -TexMex-
Comment 11/19/14: from a newspaper article over the weekend..."Most big employers can expect only a moderate increase in their health insurance burden next year ? about 3.9 percent according to Mercer, the benefits consultant...."
Well, not at IBM. My same plan as last year will now cost me 26% more thanks to the greed of IBM executives. Roadkill 2015 is still alive and kicking no matter what Ginny says.
-Tired of Ginny-
Comment 11/19/14: -Over55- I hear ya! It stinks. I had 29 years in with IBM and was only 54 years old when forced out of IBM and asked to "retire" by IBM..then I told my manager them I am not retirement eligible since I would lose my FHA. Guess what? I got RAed instead. What is really rotten is those that got RAed at 54 years old and get NO FHA. That's right.. a big fat O. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA. SHUTOUT. IBM's way of saying thanks for your many, many years of dedicated employment service and we care less how you helped made IBM money when you were working now you will go away.. I should have joined the Alliance when I had a chance so I would not just go away.. -Under55-
Comment 11/19/14: @-Anon- RE: Project Chrome. What's your source for this info? Any other details about which business units will be hit? 23% is a TON of people. that's scary. And only 4 weeks severance is also scary. -Trey-
Comment 11/19/14: i was contacted by my manager that i did not have enough utilization i have tried to get on several projects but having been promoted to level 9 against my will, was not $ competitive against offshore/landed level 8s doing the same job the letter suggested?.. if i can get on a project within a few weeks, and show high utilization and a great PA, i could keep my job. if i resigned, i would be given severance plus 6 months assistance on medical insurance. if i did not resign, and did not meet their requirements, i could be let go without any benefits. if you get such a letter, save it off-line. it will be helpful when you apply for unemployment and ibm claims you left on your own. -mark mywords-
Comment 11/19/14: I am old plan and will transition to GF after retiring and I recently spoke to Fidelity and was told that the FHA will be available to use if needed once you retire from GF. So you do not lose those funds according to what I was recently told. -GF bound-
Comment 11/18/14: -ItsATrap- ... it is not that that IBM is refusing to release the shares ... the shares that are not shown as available are used to cover withholding against the income tax liability created at the time the shares vest. -FinancialGenius-
Comment 11/18/14: Microsoft AND Oracle Are Now More Valuable Than IBM. -anon-

Comment 11/18/14: New resource action underway - Project Chrome. Overall company target is 23% of US resources will be impacted. Separation payments limited to 4 weeks. Resources to be notified in mid January will separation in February. Bigger is question is how does IBM support current and new customers with this reduced workforce. Interesting enough, no senior manager higher than a director is impacted. Merry Christmas -Anonymous-
Comment 11/18/14: -TexMex- Steve D. and I know that the FHA is not real money, as most if not all Alliance members know, BUT the vast majority of IBMers and retirees (I'd say over 75%) think that it is real money and making 30 years means you get the FHA automatically regardless of age at termination or retirement. I do appreciate your emphasis in stating FHA is not real money, but just credits: like poker chips, or the old S&H green stamps. Maybe folks will finally understand this!? Surely IBM HR will not finally make it clear what the FHA is and is not. -sby_willie-
Comment 11/18/14: UK IBM software group just announced consultation for 30 days. Staff hopefully cute will be with fat management layer, not a nice Christmas present!! -Anonymous-
Comment 11/18/14: Looking at Plan year 2015 for Retiree Medical Plan using my so called lifetime FHA benifits. Its criminal how IBM can charge these rates and not let you shop on the open market for a plan. With around 40k in my pocket with a ibm hole in it the rates are as follows for self +1 per month:
IBM High Ded PPO Anthem $1196.76.
IBM Med Ded PPO Anthem $1431.24
IBM Low Ded PPO Anthem $1945.42
High Ded PPO with HSA $1381.36
IBM EPO Anthem $1639.88.
This doesn't even count adding Dental. Another IBM lie. After spending most of my working life with IBM, this is my reward. Ibm had really stuck it to the people who made Ibm once a great company to work for. I wish a news corporation would put this out for everyone to know. Ibm belongs on the wall of shame. -Over55-

Comment 11/18/14: RA hit in GTS US.Not sure how many impacted -donetryin-
Comment 11/17/14: Dear Steve D., please realize that there is no real money in the FHA accounts. They are "notational" accounts only. IBM has to cough up the money each quarter from earnings as charges come into the FHA accounts. So that means that GF would likewise have to do the same or put real money into the FHA up front. So you are likely correct that the FHA's will not transfer to GF. More liabilities removed from IBM. Even if over 55, its unclear what may happen there. -TexMex-
Comment 11/17/14: -Anon- You are incorrect. All the rebates are still available. You'd know this had you bothered to read the information that was sent to your home (pages 15 - 17). I don't use IBM medical but I took a few minutes to look it over and I already qualified for a $150 rebate in 2015. The rebate options vary based on what medical coverage one chooses but personal vitality and physical activity are there for all. I'd suggest you read the information that was sent to you.
-Steve Dragosljvich-
GF will be picking up, to some extent, the FHA of persons who have not yet met eligibility at the time of the transition from IBM to GF. How much so remains to be seen.
"GLOBALFOUNDRIES will determine the overall value of the outstanding account balances at the time of close. Considerations for any replacement amounts will include the number of years remaining until these balances would have become vested in absence of this transaction, the timing of when these amounts would likely be paid and the means of providing any replacement amounts." -Jim-

Comment 11/17/14: For those of you looking for the health rebates for open enrollment. In the enrollment email you got you have to go to the Health and wellness connections community link. Then click on earn incentives. The instructions to earn the encentives are there. You don't sign up for them on the open enrollment page. Hope this clears it up for you. -Anonymous-
Comment 11/17/14: Interesting article. No expectations here that the stock will rebound! -16YearsAndCounting-

Comment 11/17/14: Apparently Morgan Stanley has been getting lots of calls from IBMers who have shares that vested but haven't been released yet by the company, making them unavailable to exercise. I bet Ginny and her crew didn't have that problem when they exercised their zero cost options. Just the poor working men/women trying to get the measly few bucks out of the well devalued company stock (thanks to the aforementioned). Can't wait to see the exodus when people get their shares sold and 401k match and say buh-bye IBM. We lost some good people last year just after Dec 15. I'd like to be one of them this year. The rich keep getting richer, organize! -ItsATrap-
Comment 11/17/14: re: the $300 incentives ... from a link in the sign-up email, you get to the Health and Wellness Connections Community. From there is a link to the incentives page:!/wiki/W0ca002a1e1f2_49a5_86d8_a21d89aa4356/page/Earn%20incentives

Comment 11/17/14: Seems there is no other way to sell services apart from some sort of sale fraud? -sales_fraud-

Comment 11/17/14: Regarding the vitality rebates - I too thought they were discontinued, they ARE NOT selectable during online enrollment as in past years. So I went back and double-checked the benefit documents for this year. They are still mentioned in the benefit documentation
PDFs. I do not have the specific wording from them, but it was something of the effect that we will be able to enroll with them through the Wellness for Life website at the beginning of the year. I am still somewhat skeptical this will be the case at the beginning of the year, but wanted to try to help clarify issue. -new2rchland-

Comment 11/17/14: -Kept in the Dark- The incentives for 2015 are still there, but you don't have to choose at signup time. Everyone gets to chose them no matter which options you choose. The details are in the Guide to 2015 IBM Benefits Enrollment for Active Employees on page 17. The Fitbit choice is also still there as well. -HP-
Comment 11/17/14: To -Anon- and others asking about the missing health rebate incentives: Sorry for giving -Anon- grief, since apparently IBM did make it harder to find those incentives this year - instead of choosing them when enrolling on NetBenefits as before, you do it separately on the incentive program web sites in 2015. The benefits enrollment e-mail sent on 11/11 contained a link to a new Health and Wellness Connections Community with 2015 benefits info, and that page has a link to another page about earning incentives, which includes details on the healthy living rebates and other options for 2015. There's too much to post here, but employees can see the info at!/wiki/W0ca002a1e1f2_49a5_86d8_a21d89aa4356/page/Earn%20incentives
I suggest you review that info before enrolling, because some of the incentives depend on which medical plan you choose. -Survivor-
Comment 11/15/14: TPP, worse than NAFTA: -Alliance-

Comment 11/15/14: A U.S. judge on Friday put on hold a $2.5 billion lawsuit by Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV accusing IBM Corp of fraudulent misrepresentations, citing a pending arbitration launched by the U.S. technology giant.
Comment 11/15/14: Dear Survivor, I believe it am correct. Both the physical activity and personal vitality rebate appear to not be available. They are not listed as options this year but were on last years benefit listings. If these programs do exist where do you find them? -Anon-
Comment 11/15/14: I guess Wal-Mart workers are striking and they are trying to keep it out of the news. Maybe IBMer's should follow suit and join a union an strike while they have jobs. -Glad to be gone 2013-

Comment 11/15/14: ATTENTION IBM SHEEP at Burlington and EF. If you will be part of the IBM to Global Foundries transistion in 2015 please read and understand the following. EVERYONE UNDER 55 YEARS OLD on the cash balance pension plan will lose their FHA account, REGARDLESS the years of IBM service. This is a fact. GF may or may not pick it up. If you don't mind losing your FHA do nothing but please stop complaining. If you are concerned it is in your best interest to schedule a one on one meeting with your site HR to discuss "The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967." Letters to State Senators, Govenor explaining what IBM is doing to their employees would also be quite beneficial. If you are reading this post and considered joining the ALLIANCE now is the perfect time. -Steve Dragosljvich, Alliance member since 2008-
Comment 11/15/14: Power cloud, a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the titanic. It's being run by K. Nallapati and co. The same exec team who sank AIX after years at the head with no clear direction or investment. -Inside scoop-
Comment 11/15/14: As usual we are in the dark on the $300 incentives. In past years we chose our options on the netbenefits enrollment page. This year those options are indeed missing. No clue if there will be some different method to sign up... I saw nothing out there providing any detail. They did have the options to declare whether we smoke or not tho... -Kept in the dark...-
Alliance reply: Anyone being "kept in the dark" , can easily decide to seek the light and find out things on their own. And if help is needed, Alliance can be there to give information and tools to organize IBM US workers so that these kinds of IBM corporate favored and anti-employee manipulations can be eliminated with a union contract. FYI...
food for thought.
Comment 11/14/14: --Glad To Be Gone 2013- I was laid off by IBM because of age discrimination, yet Ginnni can become member of Augusta National because she firmly believes that there should be no sex discrimination in the workplace and in any organization. We don't want to upset Ginni. -ANA-
Comment 11/14/14: Canadagirl we had so many resignations in AP that the planned RA has proved unnecessary! This is what the "business" relies on. A mass RA, denied payrises, lower pay than the market, constant battle cries for values that aren't practiced, no communication and unachievable kpi targets will usually drive a massive natural turnover. People are voting with their feet. Often into the arms of clients - and guess what - they hate us when they get there. And do everything they can to hurt us. And many will because I know a few who were treated very badly and had family breakdowns due to the pressure IBM managers put them under. Remember you are a resource not a person, an exposure not an asset and a cost not a contributor. And many dont forgive that. -BlueMax-
Comment 11/14/14: How could non US employees contribute to you? I am from India and alliance@IBM discussion board is the only trusted source of information for workers. There is no union in India nor do I think there is any effort anywhere to make one here in India. In any case, I want to express my thanks for the stellar efforts you are doing to organise. Is it possible for someone not in IBM US to be part of Alliance? Thanks -IndiaIBMer-
Alliance reply: The best way for you to help Alliance would be to go to our donate page and make a donation of your choice. You are correct that there is no union in India, for now; but we are working on linking IBM India workers with a similar Alliance type organization.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to keep IBM workers all over the world, informed.
There is a link on the right column of this page.

Comment 11/14/14: I'm so glad Ginni got her green golf jacket.
We wouldn't want her upset with any kind of sex discrimination going on at the Augusta Nation Gulf Club. Since IBM's is great at their age discrimination lol when it comes to RA'D. -Glad To Be Gone 2013-

Comment 11/14/14: -Anon-: You said: "Annual enrollment for medical and other benefits has started. Apparently the incentives to exercise have been eliminated. Another $300 of benefits gone and not one sentence in the enrollment packages about this."
That's not correct. Apparently you didn't look at the enrollment materials before you posted this. Please don't post "facts" that you don't know to be true. There are already plenty of real issues for people to be upset about. -Survivor-
Alliance reply: So what are the "facts" that imply what you know? If you are going to disagree with -Anon's statements, and you want Alliance to post those disagreements, then you need to include the information that you claim is correct, from the enrollment materials.

Comment 11/14/14: Have the RAs begun today as predicted by some? I have not heard of anything... unfortunately the resignations continue. -canadiangirl-
Comment 11/14/14: Nice stock sale at/before Labor Day, Ginni! Gotta admire your usual PERFECT TIMING! So we'll all pay for it before YE 2014 with another (ahem) RA??? Can the Alliance ask the SEC to investigate her? Rometty is just another Martha Stewart in a corporate CEO wrinkled skirt! We need a UNION NOW! Please join everyone! -InsiderTrading?-
Comment 11/14/14: -De-Risked- Maybe one of the union folk can chime in, but I don't think the union can do a think regarding a retiree who is collecting a pension. Beyond that, I seem to recall that I signed a piece of paper saying that I retired, and my pension would be XXX per month.
interestingly so, IBM only ditched the wafer fabs, the capital intensive pieces. I didn't see any mention of the fact that the packaging and test pieces of the division were sold. -gone in '13-

Comment 11/14/14: Former employee here who's wife is still with IBM. We compared 2015 Benefits last night, and all I can say is OMG. I work for a small private company now, and last year our benefits were better than IBM's, so she went under my plan. The cost of my benefits are going down slightly, while the cost of the IBM plan, which was not competitive in 2014, is going through the roof. We actually joked about the fact that the Sr. Execs probably were patting themselves on the back at not including a provision that all medical benefits have to be paid back to IBM in the event you are no longer an active employee on Dec 15th. Maybe someone should mention that to Ginny and whatever puppet is supposedly running IBM HR as a cost savings opportunity for 2016. -Left On My Own Terms In 2013-
Alliance reply: IBM executives and the CEO do not need ideas nor strategies any more egregiously anti-worker, than they already have in place.
How about recommending that instead, IBMers join forces with their co-workers and work toward a collective employment contract? What a concept!

Comment 11/14/14: Some day today, with probably most of the company on pins and needles like me. Today makes all the sense in the world to give employees 30 days notice and get out of paying the 401k match and get people off the books by the end of the year. The money has been set aside, the CEO answered directly that it will happen, probably now and then again in January. Even if it's not today, what are so many IBMers like me doing all day? Looking for another job, watching this board, sitting anxiously waiting for a call or visit from their manager, watching the stock, backing up things from their workstation that they want to take with them or for evidence, despising the company for putting them through this stress. Is that a productive workforce, I ask? Join the alliance out of spite, if not for any other reason! -LowMorale-
Comment 11/14/14: Annual enrollment for medical and other benefits has started. Apparently the incentives to exercise have been eliminated. Another $300 of benefits gone and not one sentence in the enrollment packages about this. UNREAL! -Anon-
Alliance reply: you need to be more specific and list the details. You are being challenged in an above comment.

Comment 11/14/14: Here is the simple scoop on restricted shares:
1. They are yours on the vest date only
2. You pay taxes on the total value on the vest date as regular income. This is typically done by the selling of shares. Therefore 2-3 of the shares will be sold on the vest date to pay the taxes owed.
3. The remaining shares are now yours on that date. If you hold them it is like you purchased them at the price the day of vesting. Selling them at a later date will be subject to standard capital gains taxes.
The short of this is you will get roughly $600-$800 after taxes if you sell all shares on the vesting date.
Comment 11/14/14: "Looks like IBM's Pension may be in trouble and not pay its future and current retirees?"
Well if IBM goes bankrupt, that is a sure possibility. More likely it *can happen* this way. It's called pension de-risking. It works like this:
IBM sells the pension trust and the annuities to an insurance company. Then the pensions are no longer protected by ERISA and IBM no longer has pension obligations. The pensions can then be reduced, or could even be held from the pensioners if the insurance company goes bankrupt (where the pension assets can be used to satisfy creditors in a chapter 11 or worse business liquidation). If any IBMer with a pension is worried that their pension is at risk, they should be! Protect yourself by unionizing NOW! A union contract is the only way to go.
Comment 11/14/14: For the people currently working in GTS, they are forcing SubK to furlough till the end of the year, and probably they wont ever comeback. As Mike RoChanel said, GTS management being told to suggest to retirement eligible employees they should leverage their personal "exit plan" before year end. -Future-ExIBMer-
Comment 11/13/14: @Tex. Your advice regarding annonymity may be correct, I can't say for certain.But working for IBM is like taking a bath with the plug pulled out. Sooner or later you will have to stand up. -RA'd in 2010-
Comment 11/13/14: To the point that GBS_AP points out, the Exec's 'urge' billing extra hours. They don't ask if the customer has additional work that could be billed, they just expect these hours to be billed which is falsifying labor reporting to the customer. -TMC-
Comment 11/13/14: To further comment on Exec's "urging" additional billing hours. The same thing happened last year. The directive comes from your FLM to put the hours in your forecast, then you bill them. This is a direct falsification of time reporting. -PM-
Comment 11/13/14: -downunder- "..Quantas never crashed.." - Rainman
Quantas knows better when dealing with IBM! Rainman needs to be IBM CEO!
Comment 11/13/14: Global Foundaries says East Fishkill and Essex Junction will be profitable. Then why did IBM sell it to them?
I guess Virginia can't get a loan from Abu Dabai?! -GF'd-

Comment 11/13/14: To -Tex-. You are 100% correct, I was a TA so was in on management meetings... they get together and figure out everybody they can who gave negative answers on the "selected cooperate questions". The answer is to UNIONIZE , not keep your head down... just saying. -Janice-
Comment 11/13/14: The survey mostly just asked you to affirm Ginni's 9 principles. 'do we treasure wild ducks' etc. The back part is where you are asked if you rate IBM and would recommend to a friend/family for a job. Scoring low here and making negative comments - you may as well line yourself up for a RA. Why? Check out the privacy policy button. It takes you to a general IBM statement on the web. Basically saying we will protect your data with a managed id. If you think this is anonymous then think again. Better to avoid as a protest. -Tex-
Alliance reply: So your advice is don't protest and don't make waves, just keep your head down and the RA's will pass you by, right?
How's that been working for IBMers, so far? Your advice sounds like an FLM's advice.
Are you an FLM?
IBMers should do the opposite, en masse. Don't shut up, SPEAK UP! ..... In large numbers, too.
The company may not respond to you, or they may RA you, or they may "THINK" of some other negative anti-worker-profit-only-driven program to put against you; but they can't ignore you in large groups of IBMers, standing up for themselves!
Besides, Does anyone still working at IBM believe that Corporate *really cares* what their employees think? Seriously?

Comment 11/13/14: Gherson is planning massive RAs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ever year its the same BS at IBM. Executives need to show a profit at the end. Then they have massive RAs so they can get their bonus. IBM needs a union. -ANA-
Comment 11/13/14: The employee engagement survey is probably totally anonymous (ie your manager will never see the names). Last year I answered everything honestly, questions like 'would you recommend ibm as a good place to work?' I marked 'strongly disagree' and it was never held against me. I received a promotion and a salary increase this year. Do not be afraid to answer that survey honestly, it's one of the few ways we can be heard. -canadiangirl -
Comment 11/13/14: Rumour has it that 18% of IM group in Toronto will be gonzo. Nothing like a great Christmas present from IBM -Crazy Canuck-
Comment 11/13/14: GBS B10 here. US based. Received word from our Partner that we are issuing PIPs Friday 11/14. 30 days. Do the math.
12/14 is one day before 401k match on 12/15 right? Additionally, all deferred vacations are to be done away with for workers who have delivered over weekends etc. and executives are asked to "urge" workers to bill an additional 16 hours to clients prior to EOY. I wonder what the clients would think if they saw the 16hr billing email? In my opinion, our ethics have been demolished.
Comment 11/12/14: That $1000 stock is not stock options, but Restricted Stock Untits (RSUs). I have some as a reward/award back from when IBM gave a crap about employees. You're granted X number of shares worth $Y dollars based on the stock (closing?) price of some set date. So $1000 of IBM stock on whatever date equated to 7 shares. Once vested, you can then sell those shares for whatever 7*current_stock_price is, probably minus fees and whatnot. -Gone 2 years and counting-
Comment 11/12/14: >> the complex company's strategy for investors <<
Anytime a corporate exec indicates to investors that their company's strategy for anything is complex.... watch out....
Enron's execs said this... look where they are now (not that I am implying IBM will suffer the same fate)
Apple never indicates their strategy is complex.... look where they are now... Just sayin... -Anonymous-

Comment 11/12/14: Bloomberg nails IBM again: What Would an IBM 3.0 Look Like?
Comment 11/12/14: IBM Loses Quantas Business. Qantas has moved its core Oracle-based ERP platform out of IBM's Sydney data centre in favour of a new software-as-a-service model hosted by Macquarie Telecom, as part of its push to cut $2 billion out of its costs in three years. IBM - Qantas? key data centre partner since 2004 - had hosted the airline?s Oracle E-Business Suite R11 platform out of its Sydney data centre, with Tata Consultancy Services providing application support, until May this year.,qantas-moves-erp-out-of-ibm-and-into-mactel.aspx
Comment 11/12/14: Gherson's note did not say the survey was anonymous.. it said it was confidential. Caveat emptor. -Big Bob-
Comment 11/12/14: I received the internal survey this week, with assurances that it is anonymous 'due to concerns last year'. Probably not, but regardless, I filled it out honestly. I had a few questions about my work group/manager, and then IBM as a whole. I indicated 'strongly disagree' on the questions about whether I am proud to be an IBMer. Let them know the truth. Management extremely quiet these past two weeks, I guess if they want to give 30 days notice and get rid of people before the 401k match the notices will have to be done this week. Fight back, donate or join the alliance now. Show them we're mad as hell and not going to take it any more! -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 11/12/14: @Nick Verbitsky, please post the date (and time) your documentary will be shown on FRONTLINE. I for one would like to see it. -Mark1-

Comment 11/12/14: IBM pulls out of 450MM in Albany/CNSE FAB. Employees pulled back, for now. -GotMine-
Comment 11/12/14: I always thought that stock option was for $1000 worth of stock at whatever the price was at the time of vesting, not a specific number of shares. So if the stock price goes down you get more shares, then it goes up (ha ha) and you sell at a profit.
Anyway when I left, $1000 (even had it been cash in my hand right there and then) was not going to make one jot of difference to how I felt about that place or the decision to leave. Execs get millions in zero cost options and they seem to think that a paltry insult like $1000 of stock is going to make people stay on. Makes it clear how little they understand the workforce. -Glad To Be Gone-

Comment 11/12/14: I was part of RSD (Retail) and when it was preparing to sell off and we all got hit with a 10% pay cut, we were paid our 7 stock shares early as a gloss over deal. This was in 2013. I waited until the matching funds were paid that Dec 15th and said adios. This past year being away from Big Blow has been an eye opener and long over due. More pay, bonus and raise in first year plus cheaper health care insurance. Dont stay -Played it My Way-
Comment 11/11/14: IBM doesn't plan to lock itself into another precise earnings forecast after ditching its long-held goal for 2015 profit.
Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter said IBM is unlikely to put in place another "absolute" earnings-per-share roadmap. He said there's still value in laying out the complex company's strategy for investors.
Comment 11/11/14: I am a documentary filmmaker working on a project for FRONTLINE, the documentary film series on PBS, and am interested in speaking with former IBM employees laid off during the past 5 years.
I'd be grateful if interested parties could get in touch w me via All comments will be off the record.
Very respectfully,
Nick Verbitsky
Blue Chip Films for PBS FRONTLINE
-Nick Verbitsky-
Comment 11/11/14: While IBM is busy with its financial engineering of borrowing billions of dollars to buy back IBM stocks, laying off its developers and basically bankrupting the moral and future of the company for some short term gains, -- GOOGLE just spend $1.2 B for:
"space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies". -StopGinny-

Comment 11/11/14: I think it's finally time for everyone to fill out this engagement survey with complete honesty. I think most have masked their true opinions/feelings for some time. Anyone concerned the submissions are not anonymous even though HR feels the need to specifically point out that responses are anonymous. -SurveyThis-
Comment 11/11/14: I'm shocked at how much concern is being expressed over roadkill 2015 stock grant of 7 measly shares. Get over it. That 'award' was a slap in the face. 5 years of work and then 5 more years to get the payout and it is worth less than $1,200. Do you realize that if you flipped burgers for 1 hour a week for those 10 years that you'd earn 4 times that much? That is how valuable IBM thinks your contribution to roadmap 2015 was. When I decided to leave IBM, leaving behind 7 RSU shares was the least of my concerns. If you are really concerned for your welfare spend your time more wisely. Become a paying member of Alliance. I still am. My vested interest is a retirement benefit that I don't want to see turned over to the PBGC if IBM can't make good on their responsibilities.
The management of IBM is broken. It will only be fixed through force. That force can only come from a few sources.
A) Total collapse and reorganization with new governance.
B) A strong union forcing change.
C) An activist shareholder overthrow of the BOD and C suite.
I don't want to see A happen. B or C are the only options that could stop the decline. It will not happen naturally. The leadership required does not exist in the IBM of today. If you are not part of one of those agents of change then your energies will be better rewarded elsewhere. -Anonymous-

Comment 11/11/14: Friend from Rochester (MN) was telling me yesterday about IT situation that illustrates how bad it is at IBM. On October 26, directory/HR/intranet ID, etc. records/UserID's were deleted for about 1700 employees. Was told it was everyone whose last names were in the range F - Z. This also impacted an additional unknown number of employees in Switzerland. It has been a mess, a fiasco. IBM Global Delivery or what ever the Help Desk and the folks behind it are called these days, cannot even restore full access to Connections and Communities. Obviously Connections is not ready for prime time. At least they reacted in time so payroll was not screwed up. Not sure about other benefits, but there have been rumors. -Ginny Tookus-
Comment 11/11/14: When I left, the only conversation I had with my manager went along the lines of,
"You know if you leave, you will lose your restricted stock, right?"
... to which I said something like, "yeah..." with a pregnant pause afterwards. -ResignedOct2013-

Comment 11/11/14: Forgive my possible ignorance here, but I was under the impression that the stock option everyone is talking about was dependent on hitting the $20 earnings number. Am I wrong? If not, that ship has sailed... -Anonymous-
Comment 11/11/14: Regarding the questions about how RSUs are handled once you separate from IBM. I was laid off a couple of years ago (retired permanently) and part of the deal was that they gave me a BRIDGE to retirement. So I stopped actual working (gave back the PC, etc) in Feb. and they bridged me to Feb of the following year. During the"Bridge period" I had a significant amount of stocks vest and there was no problem once they vested I was able to cash them out. -Jen-
Comment 11/10/14: Here's what the RSU Stock Grant document says about vesting and retirement:
"If you retire from the Company, this Award will continue to vest in accordance with its terms only if your retirement is required by law or a Company written policy, in each case as reasonably determined by the Company."

So if you are required to retire by law or by company written policy before the vesting date, you continue to vest, otherwise you lose the grant. Doesn't seem like this would be applicable in most cases. -Survivor-
Comment 11/10/14: I'm afraid I have little hope for IBM. Rometty and her underling criminals have no clue and little chance to save IBM, i.e.. too late to the dance. Given that, I suspect their only mission, and action going forward, is to save themselves and pad their retirement accounts. Goodbye to IBM as a viable company. Thank you Senior Executive criminals, i.e. PIGS. -IBM is Doomed-
Comment 11/10/14: Been at IBM GBS for almost 8 years. Always delivered, got 1 and 2+ ratings, exceeded my utes target each year, keeping tech skills fresh and customers happy. For the past 18 months been trying to move into mobile and analytics and guess what? Denied training (too expensive), denied project involvement (too busy to onboard), denied any clear path except some nebulous advice from the APs to "blog" (about what?!?) 2/3rds of my practice wants to get RA'ed as they think there's a Golden Payout coming. Fat chance with that! Loved being an IBMer but I'm moving on. -OnwardUpward-
Comment 11/10/14: Regarding the RSU's.... good grief people... do you not know what vesting means??? If you're not an active employee as of the vesting date (12/1/15), the RSU's go away.... key words..."restricted" and "vest". Be an informed employee please. -Big Bob-
Comment 11/10/14: I retired last year and looked into the 2015 stock option deal before I left. The majority of people do lose these options if they leave for any reason before 2015 (including retirement) There is, however, a small portion of employees, that do keep them even if they leave. I don't remember the exact criteria but I do remember reading it. I don't think I have access to that information anymore since I am not in IBM anymore so I can't verify it. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 11/09/14: We must recognize that US unions were very instrumental in getting such niceties such as paid vacations, sick leaves, 8 hour working days and even the concept of severance. Although the concept of unions have been ruined in the US because of its associations with organized crime in the past, it is a necessary evil. Unless of course you would like to see all of you benefits erode every day etc. It is a necessary evil. Although a union can only be powerful in a global workforce if the union is global. In other news .. because of all the H1B flack. They are bringing in"guest" workers into Mexico and having them do outsourced contracts from there. This will skirt hot button issues for politicians and also you can take advantage of lax labour laws in Mexico for maximum human exploitation. It is called near-shoring. It is outsourcing to cheap labour markets without actually drawing the ire of Americans. Because they are not here but south of the border. -RT-
Alliance reply: We do not consider unions to be evil. Saying so just plays into the hands of corporate execs. By the way there is a global union alliance of IBM unions:

Comment 11/09/14: I retired from IBM in 2012 after 35 years with the company. I was not asked to leave or forced out, but decided I had enough of the growing BS at IBM. My manager also stated that if I retired at that time and was not a active employee in December 2015 that I would not receive the Stock Grant. -Happily Retired-
Comment 11/09/14: To LB. I would like someone to confirm, because I understood that whether the stock is yours or not, if you leave before vesting, for whatever reason, they're gone. That's how the options worked. -Sackedin2012-
Comment 11/09/14: I was talking with a partner at EMC. We both support the same client. We got to talking a little bit about my tenure at IBM. When he asked what happened I told him I was released by IBM for beinga poor performer, went through my PBC ratings the last year and such. The laugh from that person was memorable. -Anonymous-
Comment 11/08/14: Re Stock Equity Grant: . LB, I hope you are correct and I will hear some good news when I call MSSB Monday. BUT, here is a reprint from the ADMG Resource Action Employee Information Package, Part 2 - Questions and Answers for Employees: Q10. What happens to my IBM Special Equity Grant? A10. Essentially, the special grant will work the same as other equity grants work today. Typically, equity grants are cancelled if the grant-holder leaves IBM, either voluntarily or involuntarily, before the vesting date in December 2015. -Deb-
Comment 11/08/14: "Employees are not assets". Correct employees are considered expense items. IBM does not grasp the concept that by eliminating one US employee and replacing them with nine cheaper off-shored ones they are better off. You can not speed up a pregnancy by having nine women labor for one month. -anonymous-
Comment 11/08/14: @LowMorale. I was involved with a high visibility customer Crit Sit matter where they cancelled a multi year high dollar value outsource contract for documented justifiable reasons. An IBM SVP personally called on the CIO who happened to be an ex IBM exec and with a wink wink, hush hush buried the matter to the outrage of customer staff. It would have been a major black eye if it became public. The CIO moved on not too long afterwards. -anon-
Comment 11/08/14: To LB....Concerning To "Anonymous" relative to your response to Concerning: "Will my 2011 IBM $1000 stock bonus still vest on 1/1/2015 if I am RAed on 1/1/2015?"
If you cease to be an employee of IBM or its subsidiaries prior to the Vesting Date (except as described below), this Award will be canceled. Except in the case of Death or Disability. Leave of Absence or Retirement. Seems to me that if you are RA'ed. You are No Longer an Employee. Please tell me If I am interpreting the Grant Document Correctly? -Anonymous-

Comment 11/08/14: to LB - thanks for the info! If you, or anyone who is still employed, can post relevant info on the IBM special equity grant, please post it for those of us who are already gone. -RAtired-
Comment 11/08/14: To -LB- and -anonymous, from the IBM document describing the 7 share RSU grant: If you cease to be an employee of IBM or its subsidiaries prior to the Vesting Date (except as described below), this Award will be canceled. (the exception referred to is retirement, death and leave of absence in which case the shares will vest) -ExIBMofCourse-
Comment 11/08/14: RE: "Ensure you have the correct information before you respond to folks questions! -LB-"
Sorry to say this but YOU ARE WRONG, If you are not a active employee when the stock bonus is issued in December 2015 you DO NOT get the stock bonus. This includes retirees who were employed when the bonus was announced but have since retired. I don't know where or who you are getting your information about the bonus, but is is completely incorrect. -onewhoknows-

Comment 11/08/14: US GTS: management being told to suggest to retirement eligible employees they should leverage their personal "exit plan" before year end. The axe will swing the first month of the new year. -Mike RoChanel-
Comment 11/07/14: I too spent many yrs at IBM. I bled BLUE. So proud to be an IIBMer. They no longer are different from the run of the mill. So many layoffs they do not even have the right skills to execute anymore. People live in fear of being next to be let go and everyone is trying to get out. So very sad on what it has become. -Julie-
Comment 11/07/14: @Mark1: I was a solid 2+ performer for decades, but I was RAed back in March 2014. It was about being old and working in the US.. On the employee survey in 2013, there was also the question about getting rewarded for doing a good job. HA!!!! -Yes, Virginia that was a failure-
Comment 11/07/14: Watch out... GF started ASIC company.. IBMers on onus now. -ASIC-

Comment 11/07/14: There is now a mandatory 'customer satisfaction' video and test. It said we should never include customers in our surveys that have high severity support tickets open, have legal action pending, basically no upset customers. Huh? Head in the sand 101. Also said the primary reason for customer sat is "they will pay more for our products". Somebody is clueless, shows the attitude that got us here. Money first, customers and employees last. I hope someone from IBM exec level is monitoring this and taking note of the price you pay when you treat your employees like chattel - they will throw you under the bus at every chance, in public, to customers, to the media, to competitors. They will be inspired to organize or leave. Support the Alliance! -LowMorale-
Comment 11/07/14: The "technology transfer" mentioned earlier, the acronym actually used is "TT". Products, services, deliverables are presented in a best thing since sliced bread format ignoring the maggot mold infested flour they are made with. -beenthere-
Comment 11/07/14: To "Anonymous" relative to your response to Concerning: "Will my 2011 IBM $1000 stock bonus still vest on 1/1/2015 if I am RAed on 1/1/2015?"
The answer is your 7 RSU's (Restricted stock Units) dont become yours until 12/15/15. If you are not here on that date or beyond, You Get Nothing -Anonymous-
You are totally incorrect! Those employees who were employed on Dec. 31, 2010 - it is YOURS - it doesn't VEST until Dec 1 2015. Just do a W3 search on IBM special equity grant for information. You need to go to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and set up your acct. You can call MSSB @ 210-677-3662. Ensure you have the correct information before you respond to folks questions! -LB-

Comment 11/07/14: Interesting bunker analogy @gone mentioned, it is more appropriate than the Emperor's New Clothes parable. I've witnessed too many issues that as they worked their way up the management chain being filtered, massaged, the message changed. Passing word on that this deliverable is a piece of s**t, becomes, "Manure, it will help fertilize and grow your business". -anonymous-
Comment 11/07/14: No More Pay Day - & - anon - Prior to being put on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), you have 30 days to decide if you want to be placed on such a plan or to take a severance package. If I remember correctly, the PIP package was for up to 13 weeks of pay (at least that is what it was at the beginning of 2013). This is not part of an RA, but being put on a PIP could make you a target if (when?!?) there are cuts down the road in your area. A PIP can bet set-up for 30, 60 or 90 days (perhaps even longer with HR approval). If at any time while you are on a PIP your performance drops below the target rating cited by your manager (normally a 2), then the PIP ends immediately and you are terminated without severance pay. Normally, PIP's are only used when someone has been rated low in successive years (e.g. two PBC 3 ratings in a row). Of course, "times they are a changin" (credit to Bob Dylan). -OutIn2013-
Comment 11/07/14: A manager at IBM always told me. Employees are not assets, IBM considers all of us liabilities. He was not joking. -anonymous-
Comment 11/06/14: I am (was) a 2nd generation IBMer. I was so happy to get hired (at 20 yrs old) that I didn't even need to know the salary. I lived through the days when you could tell an IBMer by the way they dressed and conducted themselves OUTSIDE of work, when an IBMer would work overtime without being asked and didn't worry about being compensated because we knew we would be taken care of. I worked at IBM when the leadership knew the value of an employee and there was a bond of trust. Don't get me wrong, I understand the business need for having a lean workforce, but even a lean workforce can be dedicated to "the cause". The leadership today doesn?t understand or appreciate the value of a dedicated workforce and until (or if) they do they will not succeed. I love IBM like a child behaving badly, I still love them but wish they would realize the error of their ways. -Mike-
Alliance reply: Most likely, your experience will never be understood by today's new IBM employees. That era of IBM is long gone and IBM will NEVER "realize the error of their ways" in this century. One perspective is that, "IF" the US IBM workers decided to organize and be serious about collectively taking "real action" , there would be hope that a long overdue paradigm shift would engage. This is still possible, but it must take a great deal of effort by IBM workers to make it happen.

Comment 11/06/14: The only cloud offering that IBM is now a leader in, is the big, dark cloud Ginni and her minions have over the entire company. It is so refreshing being out of IBM and away from the tactics they use on employees they no longer value. My advice is to start looking hard outside of IBM and don't let them subject you to their evil ways -RA'd in March-
Comment 11/06/14: As IBM Commits to New (and Counter-Productive) Share Buybacks, Employees Are Starting to Speak Out. -JustSaying-

Comment 11/06/14: You will no doubt soon be selected for layoff by IBM Analytics in the near future, if the recent payrise announcement is anything to go by. IBM has run analytics against its staff to identify Cloud Analytics Mobile Security (CAMSS) 'skills' to be eligible for a rise. It looks at who is blogging, who says they have skills and have taken courses. Not who is actually doing CAMSS work!!! So, another scheme that can be manipulated by social braggers. A manager I know has a list of 5 eligibles and only 2 of them do CAMSS work!!! The others just wised up to the need to blog and put skills up on their profile pages!!! If this is the quality of central HR analytics then imagine what it will be like when used for layoffs!!!-Mr Analytics-
Comment 11/06/14: Looks like IBM's Pension may be in trouble and not pay its future and current retirees?$110B_More_to_DB_Plans_.html-Old Guy-

Comment 11/06/14: A new Cringley article that states what many here know already - -glad2BeGone-

Comment 11/06/14: For those who wish to protect themselves, here's what I use in order to ensure that I don't lose anything I need if I get my laptop taken away suddenly. I use an open source backup solution called Duplicati (use 1.3.4 not the 2.0 preview, I couldn't get the latter working) to encrypt and back your files up to an external drive of your own. I use it on my personal laptop too, to create encrypted backups on google drive, since they are one of only two solutions I could find where my private encryption key is known only to me (the other, Spider Oak, was too expensive). Can anyone getting RA packages please let us know what the terms are? Thanks! -LowMorale-
Comment 11/06/14: This doesn't seem a macro issue like Ginni indicated in her interview.
"Pricing is one reason but, perhaps more importantly, top customers also cite IBM's arrogance and weaker partnership capabilities as key reasons. In other words, IBM is seen as lacking price competitiveness, operating flexibility and customer intimacy. These are a complex mix of interrelated challenges and overcoming these can take years to resolve," -ibm_losing_ground-
Comment 11/06/14: 50,000 culled in India. Seems this is about 50% of the workforce. IBM disputed the report of exec transfer to US. For any one interested in immigration : Execs get their greencard in 6 months & pathway to citizenship within 5 years.

Comment 11/06/14: Sam Palmisano: "How to become a truly global company"
None of the comments are in agreement with Sam the scam man. -justsayin-

Comment 11/05/14: @BackUpThis, don't concern yourself about this. Armonk execs have for decades their own dedicated servers and support staff. They do not see nor are impacted by the daily infrastructure outages we see. -LongTimer-
Comment 11/05/14: @canuck, regarding CAMSS. What Ginni and the other SVP's don't admit to is they have monthly "Technology Transfer" sessions. Where key technology sectors spends several months, involving dozens of people preparing a deep dive presentation so exec's learn all the applicable key words, buzz phrases, and talking points. These presentations are created by the business area VP or GM in a manner that a former colleague described accurately as a May 1945 Berlin Bunker Mentality with optimistic visions and reports of what will save the day. There are dedicated staff in Armonk to guide the creation of these presentations. Mind you she and the others do not take a 10% pay cut for this. -gone-
Comment 11/05/14: Ginni, Here's your legacy:
Seems as Lenovo has hit rock bottom. Your laptops are now no longer wanted. -Gone and in Peace-

Comment 11/05/14: IBM is in the FOG when it comes to the CLOUD! IBM's vision is so myopic even prescription glass will not help at this point. Not even a corneal transplant! Admit it Virginia and just move on now pleeze! -JoeJaneIBMerPunchClock-
Comment 11/05/14: I worked in Boulder, CO as a contractor and was cut loose yesterday. I found out I was laid off at the end of the day because I received an email that my AT&T access was being deleted. Then 10 minutes later I received another email that my accounts were being disabled. Went to go ping my manager and she was not online. Got a hold of my contracting company and was told I had been let go. I feel relieved and so happy that I will will never have to use lotus f-ing notes ever again. -hatelotus-
Comment 11/05/14: Magnus Carlsen (world chess champ) would beat WATSON at chess so IBM better dust off DEEP BLUE! (considering IBM dismantled DEEP BLUE after humiliating and not offering a rubber match to then former champ Garry Kasparov who I feel was right that IBM "cheated") -CheckmateIBM-
Comment 11/05/14: To No More Pay Day...could you define 'minimized separation package' in terms of weeks offered and maximum? -anon-
Comment 11/05/14: Re: accounting. Our Brand execs would be driven insane when our products were "given away" as part of a deal that included a struggling product IBM was trying to push and make look successful. -NumberSchnumber-
Comment 11/05/14: Concerning: "Will my 2011 IBM $1000 stock bonus still vest on 1/1/2015 if I am RAed on 1/1/2015?"
The answer is your 7 RSU's (Restricted stock Units) dont become yours until 12/15/15. If you are not here on that date or beyond, You Get Nothing -Anonymous-

Comment 11/05/14: Yep, you guys are right. I will save my ST contacts and only that. Would be nice if I can save my emails too. oh well -AfraidOfRA-
Comment 11/05/14: The cloud will not replace eroding margins and revenue at IBM. Cloud prices and margins are being driven down every day by Amazon and Google. They can and are built to live on thin margins. IBM is not. Watson will fail as others enter to provide cheaper and more innovative solutions. -1K-
Comment 11/05/14: -AfraidOfRA- Back up everything you can before they shut off your internet access as they walk you out the door. Back up all of your Sametime contacts and also do screen shots for all of the people you might need to reach out to in the future from Bluepages. Save copies of your PBC's, awards, salary history, job titles, sales acheivement if you are In sales, names of internal classes you have taken, certifications received and anything else related to your success. Back up everything and then get it off site for your protection. -Vaughn-
Comment 11/04/14: Anonymous - You are 100% correct when it comes to the method used to tally up and distribute profits and revenue. Since there is no legal or accounting rules to oversee this, IBM is free to do this at their will. I know from my 21 years at IBM that this point alone drives much internal discussion and debate, no doubt due in large part to Execs and BLMs who's compensation depends on this. It is a lead-pipe cinch that G-Rom and her minions are assigning anything that is within ICBM distance to "Cloud Profit". What do you expect, that is ALL the Armonk gang has to offer now. -Gone & Happy-
Comment 11/04/14: @AfraidOfRA - None of what you're talking about is your property. That's IP of IBM. I advise not even having personal email or pictures on a company asset. You should be in a position of being able to walk or be walked at a moments notice without regret of leaving something behind. You've already answered your question by asking it. Is it a common practice? People do it. Should you do it? No. -Ed-
Comment 11/04/14: I did not see anything reported but I was offered a minimized separation package last Thursday. It gives you 30 days to sign to receive the severance package. If you do not sign you can go back to the manager for a Performance Improvement Plan. I had a 2 rating so was caught totally off guard with this Resource Action. Prior to that many inside IBM were informed, I was one, that we needed to work 32 hours and study 8 hours per week for 10% less pay. Skills improvement...I was already working on a complicated SoftLayer bid. The employee is nothing at IBM anymore! -No More Pay Day-
Comment 11/04/14: manager email today that the CAMSS challenge is now mandatory. Matches with what others have said about this being part of the basis for next RA round. -canuck-
Comment 11/04/14: To Deb Kelly -- Thanks for writing this about Lee Conrad, Kathi Cooper, and the tireless reporting and editorial staff of Alliance and its web pages. I am in awe of their courage in the face of antidemocratic forces that would love to silence them. Go union! -ProudAllianceMember-
Comment 11/04/14: @AfraidOfRA: You're not allowed to keep any work related material from your machine, since that all belongs to IBM. That's the policy, what you do with it is up to you. It's not customary for RA victims (in the US anyway) to get walked out the door, they usually get 30 days. If you're really worried about it, make sure you offload any personal data on your machine. By the way, I think you're giving the CIO's office too much credit if you think they're watching what you copy from your laptop, not because it isn't technically possible, but because they're not getting the funding to do more important things they need to do. -Survivor-
Comment 11/04/14: I have been tasked with validating US STG cloud revenue on a quarterly basis. This revenue is counted MANUALLY using spreadsheets and probably only 50% of the recipients that I ask to validate their data actually respond. So yes, the cloud revenue data that is reported externally by IBM Finance is bogus. If Herman Hollerith could automate the entire US Census in 1890 why can't IBM automate it's cloud revenue validation process in 2014...124 years later? -Anonymous-
Comment 11/04/14: AfraidOfRA, Buy an external USB drive (500GB should work) and use a free program like VMware Converter or some other P2V program to make a virtual machine (VM)of your system. Save the VM on the external disk without encrypting the external disk. Use a program such as VMware Server or VirtualBox to mount and use the VM. If and when you leave IBM, use a self booting "disk wipe" CD to remove your data. before you return the laptop to IBM. -Was4Blue-
Comment 11/04/14: @waitingforacallfrommgr: If Ginni lost her files and TSM backups were corrupt or did not back up key files I think she could care less and if she did it wouldn't hurt IBM as much as one would think. -BackUpThis-
Comment 11/04/14: to AfraidofRA, link from Alliance on things to do: -member-
Comment 11/04/14: -Deb Kelly Proud IBMer- I sure get your message! You are so right! How about the IBM ex-employees that were organizers and fought the good fight who lost their job by RA? I think they are right in that superhero category too! Can't forget the present Alliance President who still works at IBM as a Superhero too! I think anyone in IBM who joins/joined the Alliance is a hero! What do you think? -sby_willie-
Comment 11/04/14: -AfraidOfRA- IBM equipment like laptops and storage are for IBM Business Purposes Only. So it is up to you if you want to risk copying any files of a personal nature. If IBM catches you you might not be RAed but simply fired with cause since you broke a rule of in IBM Business Conduct Guidelines if an IBM file copied off for your own use is deemed for business purpose. -da_facts-
Comment 11/04/14: Will my 2011 IBM $1000 stock bonus still vest on 1/1/2015 if I am RAed on 1/1/2015? -StockingIBM-
Comment 11/04/14: As IBM reports their ever greater Cloud success one must ask what IBM is counting as Cloud. I hear through the grapevine that non Cloud workloads are being counted as Cloud so that middle and lower levels of management can make their numbers. I doubt Ginni has any idea how corrupt the counting has become over the years but she and her peers probably do not care as long as they can report an improving Cloud business to the analysts. Again Wall Street is being misled as to the health of IBM but they may finally be realizing that IBM's numbers are not to be trusted. -Anonymous-
Comment 11/04/14: Hi guys, the silence of the managers is deafening. I am not only bracing for no raises and no bonuses (being 2+ ranking) but also bracing for the possibility of being RAed. There's something I want to get advice from you guys: I want to know if it is appropriate for me to back up my emails and work from the ThinkPad. I don't intend to steal anything from the company but there's a lot of code, communications I want to take a snapshot at for future reference. When I do get RA'ed, I wouldn't get that chance as I'd be escorted out immediately. Is this common practice? If so, do you simply copy everything to an USB stick? I am pretty sure there are things in the ThinkPad that catches these things and reports it to the management. Anyhow, if you guys think it is inappropriate for me to do, then I'll just not do it, but I want to hear your input first. -AfraidOfRA-
Comment 11/03/14: Hmmm, Buffet or someone is dumping IBM? Since the bad 3Q numbers looking at real time NASDAQ trades, there have been ongoing 100 share transactions occurring multiple times a second throughout the day no matter what the price is. -Anon-
Comment 11/03/14: Really Sam? Don't know if anyone else saw this, but Sam is spewing crap again: -Anonymous-
Comment 11/03/14: Regarding the 2013 Engagement Survey, our manager went over the results late summer. The output she was given to review with us was a farce. They compared our department results to the "teams scoring in the top 25 percent on the IBMer Engagement Index". So the only company wide results that were shown were of the highest 25%. I wonder how long it took them to figure out how to spin that. I had also heard the results were pathetic and was surprised to see any results. It still amazes me that they waste their time on these surveys. -East Fishkill member-
Comment 11/03/14:
Sound familiar to anyone else here for whom innovation that matters never seemed to matter? -very old writing on a very blue wall-
Comment 11/03/14: Dear fellow IBMers.. I just wanted to sincerely thank Lee Conrad for his tireless, superhero efforts on our behalf and his wonderful voluntary team that I cannot thank personally because I do not know all their names. Kathi Cooper is also a Superhero. I have been a proud IBMer for 33 years and a staunch supporter and member of the Alliance for only 18 months - SHAME ON ME !!! My health is not great.. so I really needed to post this. I would not have traded my years at IBM - for anything in the world. So lets give a shout out to Lee Conrad and Kathi Cooper Also you have to read the Robert Cringely book - and the Peter E Greulich Book.. on IBM. They are spot on . And finally my friends I posted the first reply to SAM this morning on his article.. so the least I could do was to call out to our own Superhero Lee ( Lee do not edit this down) You rock !! Respectfully -Deb Kelly Proud IBMer-
Comment 11/03/14: @Mark1: No, getting a PBC rating of 3 does not mean an automatic RA, nor does it entitle you to less severance than others get if you happen to be an RA victim. If you're put on a performance plan because of your rating, that's when your severance is limited, but that's different from an RA. -Survivor-
Comment 11/03/14:The survey results were so bad even IBM couldn't spin them. FLMs got a summary of their results and told "to fix the problem", which is hilarious given FLMs have zero power to do anything, they're just there so more senior managers don't have to talk to the plebs. -Can'tHearYou-
Comment 11/03/14: Rumor is that 3rd party company is taking over India microelcetronis team.GF do not plan to setup center.Trusted persons of Sanjay will acquire and manage this team. -stgindia-
Comment 11/03/14: @SteveGaylord, my experience was similar to yours. I was with IBM for over 31 years and in the last 10 years saw only a couple of raises that totaled a few percent. During that time, our share of medical went up, retirement plans became only 401K, taxes (especially SS) went up, and my calculated effective take home by my estimation went down about 35% during that time. I left on my own terms a little over a year ago... vs. waiting for a package. I got a 25% pay increase in my new job, and after 1 year I just got a 3% raise. My share of medical is reasonable, and the company values the employees. In fact, or VP of HR during annual appraisal time told the managers that he would never go to a forced ranking system. There are better options out there than waiting for IBM to fix their management problems. -GoneIn2013-
Comment 11/02/14: @waitingforacallfrommgr: This is why IBM is losing customers left and right. No backup solution yet they own TSM backup?? Umm, wake up IBM and you FLM's everywhere. The writing is on the wall, IBM's future is toast. Softlayer cannot save them. They are hardly competitive in "the cloud" with enterprise accounts. No client in our building are using Softlayer cloud solutions. Customers are not going to just shut down their datacenters and move them to Softlayers because then they know they are stuck with IBM support, which is 5 managers for every technician. Not a good thing for a paying customer. Ginni should start cleaning house in middle mgmt first and hire more priv users who can actually help out supporting the clients. Cringely got it right, why cant IBM?? -justFit-
Comment 11/02/14: There was an employee survey last fall...and the results were supposed to have been shared in jan-Feb 2014 -Yes, Virginia that was a failure-
Comment 11/02/14: Apparently IBM execs in india sent a mail claiming the report of scaling down the business is not accurate. -ibm_threw_towel-
Comment 11/01/14: Does a PBC rating of 3 automatically mean RA? And if so, does that mean less than two weeks of severance/year of service (e.g., maximum of 4 weeks severance)? By the way, I haven't heard of RA's this quarter in GBS where I am. Does that mean they are being pushed into 1stQ2015 to make 4thQ2014 look better? Or should I say look less bad? -Mark1-
Comment 11/01/14: @Alliance & @Very worried. The last Corp wide Employee Survey was 4Q 2013. There was much rah rah and constant haranguing to participate. It turned out to be about a dozen questions along the the lines of "we're doing a great job, tell us what a great job we're doing." There were no discernible valuable take aways from it. The best question was "Would you recommend IBM as an employer to your best friend?" From the little that filtered back to 1st levels, there was pitifully small response (number of employees that took it). The feedback was so negative that instead of finding why, the survey was discarded. -anon-
Alliance reply: Thank you for the information.

Comment 11/01/14: -Very worried-: And if IBM did an employee survey they potentially know who took the survey since even if they say you were anonymously selected and assure you of it they can find your hostname and IP on the 9. IBM network where the survey is sent on internal e-mail. If a survey happens it is sure to get more candidates for an RA or find the brown nosers to keep and replace with the critical of IBM ones. Join the Alliance. That is more productive of your time than taking a useless IBM survey! -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 11/01/14: -Rusty IBMer-: Just means IBM is cancelling purchase orders (PO). That is all a IBM contractor is in Canada, USA, Anywhere! You are just a cost RESOURCE to IBM and IBM is cutting all costs now. -sby_willie-
Comment 10/31/14: To the ats guy... Yep, travel has been restricted since the early 2000's, but execs and mgrs travel multiple times a year to far away lands. You want to drive to NJ with your own car, and that request is denied... Use the phone, we are told over and over -Yes, Virginia that was a failure-
Comment 10/31/14: @WaitingForACallFromMyManager The laptop is IBM supplied, configured and managed system used for IBM business. If there was a system failure, loss of data. It was IBM's responsibility to fix, restore not my mine. Ditto for servers. How many times do you find your Notes running or replicating from one or more back up systems till the primary was restored. The latter illustrates systemic infrastructure failures and of IBM Global Account to provide quality service. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/31/14: "IBM scaling down in India.. MD to return."
If it does return to USA soil, it will soon be offshored to Communist Indochina or Africa.
Alliance reply: Don't hold your breath waiting for MD to return anywhere. BTW.. IBM is already in Indochina.

Comment 10/31/14: Talked to a close friend today who is a second line manager. Being told that IBM Canada is laying off (not a furlough) many many contractors. Looks like Ginni is going to stay the course. Put your seat belts on folks. -Rusty IBMer-
Comment 10/31/14: I work in Engagement Solutions Management at IBM. It is pretty much understood that if you are working a deal that needs you, you may have to give up your Christmas or Thanksgiving Holiday, etc. Getting a potential signing by year end is more important to IBM than employees spending time with their families during the holidays. There are still a few managers that try to minimize that from happening. Our Productive Utilization policy expects us to work on average more hours (2153) than there are working hours in a year. While it appears you can still take Christmas, Thanksgiving, other holidays and your "earned" vacation, if IBM doesn't need you on those days, you are expected to work enough overtime hours to make up for any non-productive time such as vacation and holidays, plus another 73 hours a year. Is it any wonder we have seen attrition rates in the 20% range and most of those who haven?t quit because they need a job, are looking elsewhere? -Steve Gaylord-
Comment 10/31/14: Another Example that IBM doesn't care about their Employees Concerns:
What ever happened to the last Employees Survey that was taken? Has ANYONE seen the results of the Survey? I have NOT! Maybe the Comments were not what Ginny wanted to Hear?
-Very worried-
Alliance reply: IBM's employees survey never mattered much, anyway. When was the last survey taken?

Comment 10/31/14: I wonder how many customers are aware that IBM has no backup facility or policy for its employee workstations. I've always been amazed at this. There's the useless MyHelp app which does backups, which are often corrupt, but IBM offers no external drives or cloud/external storage (where's all this cloud stuff we talk about?). Every consultant I've worked with (and I do ask often) does not back up their machines. That's a lot of billable customer work at risk, especially when you have employees that are disgruntled or just told they are canned. Unionize and fight for better working conditions! -WaitingForACallFromMyManager-
Comment 10/31/14: Are there currently any major tech companies (within the same industry as IBM in the United States) that have Union Representation? In other words, has there been any other tech companies (or well known ones) over the last several years that the employees rose up to have established a Union representing the employees? -anon-
Alliance reply: Yes. Go to this link for an example:
Comment 10/30/14: I had the satisfaction recently packing up my technical knowledge, skills, expertise seeing the writing on the wall and left on my own terms. IBM came calling: We need you, WE REALLY NEED YOU! Come back!, COME BACK!. Sorry, my dance card is filled. The deliverable will fail. You saw to that when you eviscerated the development and test organizations. Customers will be displeased, GTS will loose contracts. You have salted the earth, now reap what you have sowed. -gone-
Comment 10/30/14: Ginnie, bless your re inventive heart. Could you please answer this simple question. Yes or No. Would you fly in a airplane or sail a ship that IBM wrote the code for? -Magnolia-
Comment 10/30/14: Ginni, you probably are unaware of how the Roadmap affected business so let me provide an example. When I joined Advanced Technical Support in the US I was appalled that I could not visit a customer without 3rd line expense approval. My job was Technical Sales. I was supposed to sell technical solutions to customers DIRECTLY. My ATS management was so proud that he made his expense budget every year. Conversely, the rank and file were shocked at how little customer interaction we had. It was like having a heavy weapons reserve unit that was prevented from going into battle because bullets were too expensive. So, Ginni, your directions on expense control were carried out by your management structure without regard for the need to actually sell something to a customer. You totally mismanaged the primary responsibility to the shareholder and that was to promote a healthy growing profitable business and not a crafty financial engineering business. Peter Principle in action. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/30/14: Is IBM RATIONAL up for sale? Any one any ideas? -Going crazy-
Comment 10/30/14: Ginni, the most basic question needing to be addressed by IBMers to customers is why to do business with IBM. IBMers of the past could articulate answers to this question because they were part of something that was important. As you and your predecessors shifted focus solely to the shareholder the IBMer became nothing more than a resourced to be actioned whenever EPS required. IBMers no longer have the passion needed to answer the question about why to do business with IBM. Ginni you and your colleagues lost focus on the customer and the employee, two of the other three legs of the stool, and now you have damaged IBM to the point that the third leg of the stool, the shareholders, have now been impacted. Because of your complete lack of competence in running IBM it is time for you to step down. You have become the poster child for the Peter Principle. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/30/14: "-johnh- I assume someone from the Lenovo transition will speak up but I have been led to believe all retire-able IBM'ers will retire by 12/31 and will be offered a job by GF in January 2015.Those eligible for pensions can start drawing on them. -lastdino1-"
I for one would not retire from the company prior to being accepted by GF. If you can retire, then you can call the ESC and start the process after you have the new job. If you do retire before the transfer, you are no longer an active employee and what would make anyone think that you would then be part of the deal. Until it is in written in stone that you are retained by GF, I would be very careful. -Ich Bin Muede-

Comment 10/30/14: PBC 3 doesn't necessarily "deserve it". Remember that there is a quota for PBC 3 recipients. Despite the fact that IBM has RA'ed anyone remotely a PBC 3 years ago, HR is FORCING managers to stick employees with PBC 3s. Yes, FORCING. There is a quota. A certain percentage will have to eat the PBC 3, deserved or not. The appraisal system with its negative quotas is beyond useless - it is demoralizing and damaging. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/30/14: I've been with IBM 35 years and finally joined up. 29 raises in 35 years but only 2, 2% raises in last 10 years while incentive and overall pay declines almost every year. Management says my experience is not inconsistent with others. I guess I should be happy they haven't cut my salary yet...maybe after this post. This week my manager sent us a PowerPoint showing our productivity targets. Exempt employees are expected to record 103.5% productivity or 2153 productive hours a year. If you have earned five weeks vacation, you are expected to work an extra 200 hours overtime to make the ratio. It appears the same applies to sick days, etc. What a way for IBM Management to MAJOR in the MINORS vs. focus on improving morale and revenue. My solution was to join the union. I hope more do. IBM Profits have tripled in the last ten years while non executive employee compensation steadily declines, even before inflation. Feel free to use my name. -Steve Gaylord-
Comment 10/30/14: I hear Keven Spacey was the guest speaker at a IBM dog and pony show is Vegas. Makes sense as so many IBM execs aspire to be like Frank Underwood - too bad they're not smart enough. -HouseOfCards-
Comment 10/29/14: And just how long did "they" know the Roadmap was a failure? Guessing long enough to line their pockets and strap on their parachutes. I find it so ironic: AMERICAN GREED..followed by THE PROFIT, and finally SECRET LIVES OF THE SUPER RICH. -Ginni in the Cloud with Diamonds-
Comment 10/29/14: It's been a while since I've looked at your web site, Alliance. I must say that you seem to be doing well and are continuing to reach IBMers all over the world. It's just too bad that US IBMers cannot see the value in what you keep telling them. I really don't understand US labour policies or their laws well, but from what I see, Americans are being "divested" of their labour rights by their own government. Is that the case? One thing I also noticed is that the IBM Alliance union seems to be ahead of IBM executives in their ability to understand Cloud technology! Bravo Alliance. We're all watching you do your best, over here. Keep up the good work! -UK former IBMer-
Comment 10/29/14: The reason India is shedding jobs is because it got too expensive for them in India. A few years ago, India was outsourcing their work to other SE Asian countries so they could get it done cheaper. Now IBM will cut out the middle man and offshore directly to China, Laos, Cambodia...wherever they can get it done the cheapest. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 10/28/14:
IBM scaling down India business. A decade after IBM put India at the core of its global strategy for software services, by building an army of engineers, the company is shedding staff, scaling down investments and even shuffling the top leadership in the country. As IBM attempts to script another turnaround in over a century of its existence, lowcost software services are no more the silver bullet that helped it come out of "a neardeath experience" in the late nineties. With aggressive disruptors such as Amazon and Google, cloud computing is the new battlefront, threatening models that rely on low-cost labour. -anon-

Comment 10/28/14: Seems India is getting the boot .. Workforce reduction by a third. -India_hit-

Comment 10/28/14: A report says IBM India will be laying off 13,000 more (total will be 65,000 over 3 years) by March 2015. Note: "lakh" = 100,000 -yestrodamus-
Comment 10/28/14: Seems as though another layoff might be in the air. Receiving LinkedIn requests from the very few folks that I know who still work for IBM. Not surprising given IBM's last quarterly report. In retrospect, there is no way that IBM 2014 even comes close to resembling what IBM 1994 looked like. So sad to see a dinosaur die because IBM management did not care about the people who got the corporation to where they were in the marketplace. NO doubt, it is all about GREED! -Former IBM Accountant-
Comment 10/28/14: PBC 3 ratings mean nothing when it comes to RA's. In DBQ we had a guy who had 2 consecutive PBC 3's, several failed changes and abuse of corp card. Yet he still had a job for 2 more years. They RA who they want, not who deserves it. -mayatimehascome-
Comment 10/28/14: Ginni, a motivated work force is worth its weight in gold. You have an unmotivated work force. I left IBM in 2013 and for the last 2 of my remaining years I finally figured out that there was no reward from IBM for going the extra mile. While I did not have a raise for the last 10 years it took me quite a bit of time to realize the lack of rewards. I left IBM voluntarily in 2014. Ginni, there was a purported old saying during the Soviet era that the government pretended to pay and the employees pretended to work. IBM is mimicking the old Soviet Union and history will tell you how that works out. Lastly, either you learn to reward your workers or suffer from their lack of performance, your choice. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/28/14: Don't even concern yourself with the Rometty August stock sale... Concern yourselves with organizing and join the Alliance NOW! -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 10/28/14: "The decision about which divisions will be hit is made in the stratosphere somewhere."
Nah. I think the decisions, if you want to call knee jerk reactions that, it is in the FOG. IBM can't soar too high and is still not into the CLOUDs as a major player!
Comment 10/28/14: After 36 years of giving my life to IBM, I must state that you must join the union. My departure was all about age, and the IBM legal system made you sign all forms about age. I pray and beg you all remaining souls to JOIN THE UNION. Too late for me! -Anonymous-
Comment 10/28/14: There is probably a correlation between the rise of layoffs at IBM and the decline of capital spending. CapEx is now less than depreciation and amortization, as profits are quickly upped via acquisition and stock buybacks using cheap loans, instead of the traditional reliance on business development via innovation from existing employees. Blame excessively low interest rates tempting greedy, myopic managers. -Dave-
Comment 10/28/14: @16YrsAndCounting - very accurate, but you missed the all-Managers call with HR (the one where you have to identify yourself to the operator and verbally provide a password) where FLM's are instructed they must "own the decision" when telling their staff they are RA'd and not pass the buck to more senior managers.... -MoraleDied-
Comment 10/28/14: This year's MBA will not be based on previous year PBC result, instead only those employees with key skills will get the salary adjustment. Key skills being CAMSS. It is up to HR and management to decide whether or not a particular employee possess such key skills and deserve the pay rise. -MLF-
Comment 10/28/14: @HeatSink: The decision about which divisions will be hit is made in the stratosphere somewhere. Once that decision is made, GMs and VPs are given numbers. Those numbers are broken down into directors, and then again into second-line managers. By the time it gets to the first line, the message is "RA in ?Q. Reminder: you may NOT speak of this to anyone. I need one name from you." (or two names, or three names. Whatever.) (THe FLMs argue. They lose the arguments, in most cases.) All of those names are submitted back up the chain, adjustments made as needed, and Voila! the RA list. -16YrsAndCounting-
Comment 10/28/14: All losing FHA and on cash balance plan need to send a reminder to Cuomo and officials in Vt.. Cuomo is "monitoring the deal" while we pay for state pensions that are not taxed if you stay in NYS.. We all lost pensions.. Now same group may lose FHA $$ IBM will save millions.. Paying global will be a wash.. -Da-Leaker-
Comment 10/28/14: -Anonymous-

Comment 10/28/14: How long since the Lenovo deal closed? Lenovo is launching a full assault on the z and Power business. The Lenovo sales and marketing folks who came from IBM are now unleashed ... this is something they have wanted to do for years. -G Tookus-
Comment 10/27/14: Do we really still have "tremendous resources and knowledge" as the Forbes article states? The "SCAMS" initiatives (Security, Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, and Social) required (among other aptitudes) the very skills that were laid off in the STG RA of March 2014: technical specialists in security, software, and networking architectures and technologies. The ignorant managers responsible for the final RA selection were lacking the skills to identify required skills and yet landed as curriculum managers for the 10% of the remaining IBMers whose skill sets were deemed deficient. (Was their pay docked by 10% for not knowing which skills were required to promote SCAMS?) Ginni says Services are essential and yet the skills are hardly there to support them. Whoever tries to right this ship had better focus on resurrecting true technical education that began its slow death in 1992 so that IBMers can begin again to delight their customers. -Soothsayer-
Comment 10/27/14: Something to consider as James McNerney Boeing CEO is on the IBM Board
Decision time for Boeing pension-buyout offer Former Boeing employees who have not yet retired have until Oct. 31 to tell the company whether they want a lump-sum check in December or a monthly annuity payment that begins the same month, or reject both options. -Warning-

Comment 10/27/14: -Canuck-, my department was also asked to submit ten-month PBC progress outside of the PBC tool. We were told that this would be used to decide who gets RA'd and who doesn't. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/27/14: -Heat Sink-, RAs in IBM are determined by three main areas, your age (If over 50 you will most likely be RA'ed, your PBC rating if three or worse, and how will did you play the political game with management. Without a union contract and being an at will employee your at the mercy of management if you get RA'ed or not. Join the Union now, before its to late. -ANA-
Comment 10/27/14: Forbes bashes IBM plans and strategy, just what the alliance and all of us have been saying for years. It's about time they started looking under the covers at the realireality of today's IBM! Forbes Now: IBM's Potemkin Prosperity. -jsl-
Comment 10/27/14: IBM = a Potemkin Village
See this article in Forbes about IBM's misguided decisions:
Read how IBM's talk about its values was never backed up with pertinent actions. I hope that the author's closing remarks are true: "Yet the case isn't hopeless. Despite the profound problems IBM now faces, the firm still has tremendous resources and knowledge, in particular in R&D." *Longtime Alliance Member* -Hoping for the Best-

Comment 10/27/14: To>>>-johnh->>>If you all are retirement eligible; you should announce your retirement BEFORE the "give away" is completed. Then you will get your FULL IBM RETIREMENT and be FREE to hire on to GF, if they want you, and get an additional, completely separate, Retirement process from GF. -Huggie-
Comment 10/27/14: Many good articles out there. But I found this one particularly interesting... calling for a management overhaul if IBM is serious about change. -16YrsAndCounting-
Comment 10/27/14: Great infrastructure. Bunch of BluePage records were deleted last night. Including many in the Rochester's (NY and MN). So anything Intranet is not accessible including Sametime, Connections, etc. -G. Tookus-
Comment 10/27/14: Early PBC's being required for my group, not sure about others. Being asked to submit results but just by email, not using the PBC tool. Due today for Manager alignment meeting on Thursday. Seems like a bad sign of upcoming RA. -Canuck-
Comment 10/27/14: Quite a few IBM intranet IDs were deleted from Bluepages. A honest mistake or did someone update Bluepages a little too soon. -Anon-
Comment 10/27/14: -johnh- I assume someone from the Lenovo transition will speak up but I have been led to believe all retire-able IBM'ers will retire by 12/31 and will be offered a job by GF in January 2015.Those eligible for pensions can start drawing on them. -lastdino1-
Comment 10/26/14: If there are to be layoffs in will they decide which people will "go"? -HeatSink-
Comment 10/26/14: Ginni's stock sale record is interesting. Remember that in January she told us all that there were not bonuses (except for 1's). She then immediately sold $7,000,000 of stock (zero cost basis) and took home over $3,000,000 after setting aside for taxes. To put that in context, that's more than any non-executive will earn in a 30 year IBM career in one move, after calling for joint sacrifice. They just don't teach leadership skills like that. -Don'tForget-
Comment 10/26/14: What ever happened to IBM's ON DEMAND services? I guess Sammy boys marketing farce has been redefined by Ginni to mean ON DEMAND cost savings and RA services. No wonder I don't see the "I'm an IBMer" commercials on cable TV no more. Guess they can't show them since those in them are probably ex-IBMers!? -anonymous-
Comment 10/26/14: It is indeed intriguing that Ginni sold her stock at the opportune moment a month ago and made a killing. My gut told me that IBM earnings are headed for disaster and I sold my stock 192. Today its at 162. So Yay! -StockGap-
Comment 10/25/14: It's becoming increasingly clear to me that this strategy Palmisano had, in part, was selfish intentions.
Given the fact that Ginni cannot sustain what Palmisano started in earnest what I see is a concerted effort on Palmisano's part to improve the stock and overall his retirement package; which one can say was definitely underwater when he took the helm. So he sold the stock analysts pills over the course of his tenure to secure his retirement package; all under the guise of "we are doing everything right for the world". Now, the planet does seem to be smarter, and many are firing IBM as the months and years go by.
Comment 10/25/14: I AM a member of the Alliance and work in EFK and soon will no longer be an IBMer. Until the transfer, does ANYONE have a guess what will happen to people who are eligible for retirement with IBM, will they push us out before GF takes over??? -johnh-
Comment 10/24/14: Alliance, first of all good work on keeping up the pressure and information the disasterous affect Roadmap has on employees. OK, so with all the news this week did we get new members? -Aon-
Alliance reply: Thank you. We have had a small uptick in members but nowhere close to what we need. Thousands came to this comment section this week.

Comment 10/24/14: According to the table: Ginni sold 70,822 shares for 14.878 mil from 12/12 thru 8/14. Sounds like Ginny might have known something. Didn't Martha Stewart get jail time for doing something similar? -Glad To Be Gone 2013-
Alliance reply: Don't waste your time, energy, or breath deciding whether Ginni is a criminal or not. Spend your energy organizing IBMers.

Comment 10/24/14: Instead of participating in the IBM ECCC can we contribute through the Alliance or CWA? -anonymous-
Alliance reply: You could contribute through Alliance/CWA if there was a contract between the workers and IBM management. But there isn't and you can't.....yet!

Comment 10/24/14: About IBM Cloud offerings: IBM has been lost in the fog for years. They can't even rise to the low level cumulus level, let alone the cumulonimbus or cirrus levels. Too late to the dance IBM: your an elephant for sure and you see mice all around! And you should be frightened to death now. No strategy. No vision. No leadership. WE ALL KNOW what it means: RAs. Join the Alliance and TRY TO DO SOMETHING about it! -UncleWeatherbee-
Comment 10/24/14: -LowMorale-, what you are witnessing is the degradation of the infrastructure and support organization caused by lack of funding and investment. In other words, the IBM house is falling in on itself due to neglect. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/24/14: Attention Everyone on IBM CASH BALANCE PENSION plan who turned 40 AFTER June 30, 1999. In order to receive the money in your FUTURE HEALTH ACCOUNT (FHA) you must be 55 years of age with a minimum of 15 years service when you separate from IBM. I will have 30 years service @ 51 years old and receive NO retiree medical benefits from IBM when the Global Foundries sale is completed. Folks are concerned about losing the stock shares and matching 401K for 2015. This is nothing compared to what is in your FHA account. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/24/14: IBMers: This ship will never set sail in the right direction without a union contract for the "at will employees" of IBM. There will continue to be more RAs so executives can get thy their bonuses at the end of the year, no raises and more loss of benefits. Join the union and get a contract just like Rometty has and Lou and Sam had contracts. -ANA-
Comment 10/24/14: I'm convinced that the primary reason IBM announced the end of the Roadmap is so executive comp for 2015 won't be build around $20/share. From what we've seen on insider trading, the real money isn't in salary, or even bonus, it's in option prices. -Anon2-
Comment 10/24/14: For those no longer in IBM, or industry types or press following along with this soap opera, here is a glimpse of 'business as usual' inside IBM. This morning there was an important internal webcast on our new Internet of Things on the cloud offering. Nobody was savvy enough, and the internal tools are so decrepit, that they couldn't even get the webcast started and working. So it turned into a cluster-* of sending out the slides, or trying to. Then the primary speaker wasn't even on the call, who knows where he was, probably looking for a new job somewhere. This happens time after time. The internal 'cloud' meeting crashes continually, and can't scale when more than a few people join. The audio over 'cloud' is horrendous, so people are told to 'dial in'. The internal infrastructure people need to do their jobs, starting with that horrible piece of you know what called Notes, is counter-productive. Unionize and demand better working conditions, if you plan on being around! -LowMorale-
Comment 10/24/14: Of course nobody has a strategy or motivational things to say, -ShipGoingDown-. For starters, they got rid of people like *me*, who struggled for decades in what was far more an obedience school environment than a place that championed innovation. The corporate innovation belief really should have read "Obedience that matters" all those years. In the meantime, younger people who who couldn't innovate their way out of a paper bash shell bag were retained to exchange buzzwords like "going forward" while imagining that doing so constituted innovating. Forget it. It needs to burn to the ground before renewal is possible. -watching-the-shares-sink-
Comment 10/24/14: Employee Charitable Contributions (ECC) are basically you donating some of your salary to IBM marketing. By all means give generously, but do it outside of IBM. -MarketingBudget-
Comment 10/24/14: Cringely has been spot on for years about IBM!!! If it wasn't for the Alliance, only Cringely mentions OBM RAs and the real plight of IBM! Despite criticism, skepticism, and near constant pasting by CAs (corporate apologists) on IBM's side, Robert Cringely has proven prophetic in what has happened to this IBM. If the IBM executive management and the Board of Directors just glanced at his articles with an open mind over the years, they could have gotten some ideas, vision, and maybe an ounce of leadership...they still don't have. -anonIBMer-
Comment 10/24/14: Roadmap 2015 reminded me of the movie Braveheart in one respect when English king Longshanks was fighting the Scots and when he felt the battle was going his way as planned he turned to his general and said "..bring up the archers again.." The general replied "But Sire we have our own infantry over there!" The king shot back "WELL we do have reserves don't we?!" Raodmap 2015 was the battle. Actually it was Roadkill 2015. RAs anyone? IBM executives have treated us employees much the same way. Now it must stop! Roadkill 2015 cannot become the Roadmap to Hell! We want out RESPECT and deserve FREEDOM on the job at IBM without having to constantly look over our shoulders at a mongering and callous management. -WallaceForTheAlliance-
Comment 10/24/14: HP Enterprise is poised to go more rapidly down the same disastrous road as IBM and upper management appears to be blind to the perils. If anyone has caught wind of a US union effort for HP, please reply. I've been roadkill once at IBM and don't want to be again at HP. -ex-CDI_Drone-
Comment 10/24/14: It's amusing to me that it's almost a full work week later, and I've been on many of the usual strategy calls that we have to start a new quarter, at every level of management up through exec level. Not one 'leader' has had a motivational thing to say. It's all downcast reflection on the horror of 3Q. They all know it will get worse, because nobody has a strategy or motivational thing to say. I'm getting bombarded with canceled client meeting notifications and amusingly, hammered by demands from every level of management to participate in the employee charitable contributions (ECC) program. Don't they realize people haven't had raises in years, making less money due to inflation, and concerned about their impending firings? *This* is what they are worried about and spending energy on and pestering demoralized employees about!?! Ship adrift in Dilbertland. -ShipGoingDown-
Comment 10/24/14: After 10+ years at Big Blew, my manager did me a great favor. RA'd in 2013. Working in Pharma now.
Do you really believe GF will absorb all the workers at BTV/EFK? Do you believe IBM won't have another RA in STG before the deal is finalized with GF? Don't forget 12/15/14 (401K). Join the Alliance or sink. -Vermont Woodchuck-

Comment 10/24/14: The vampires (as Cringley calls them) struck in August. Right in the middle of 3Q. -Blue Knight-

Comment 10/24/14: Look at what Ginny did at the end of August. IBM Insider Trading shows she dumped a bunch of IBM Stock. Maybe? She already knew what the Numbers held?
27-Aug-14 27,678 IBM Option Exercise at $92.12 - $101.33 per share. (Cost of about $2,677,000)
27-Aug-14 10,819 IBM Sale at $191.79 - $191.93 per share. (Proceeds of about $2,076,000)
27-Aug-14 10,518 IBM Sale at $191.57 - $191.78 per share. (Proceeds of about $2,016,000) -Very Worried-

Comment 10/23/14: Forget about Rometty's fate. You have no control over it. She has a contract. You have control over your fate. Join the Alliance! Get a contract. -IBMUnionNow-
Comment 10/23/14: ibm executives first, corporate profits second, to hell with IBM employees third. All of this started under Lou. He Laid off 100,000,s of IBMers at the same time he hires a chef for himself at $100,0000 per year. Sam and Rometty are the same Corrupt and Greedy people. Without a union to protect workers rights, IBMers will continue to loose jobs, wages, and benefits . Wake up IBM employees join the union to protect your families. With these executives in charge, you have no other option but to join the union. -ANA-
Comment 10/23/14: Gotta love Cringely, he's right on the money.

Comment 10/23/14: -Anonymous-
Comment 10/23/14: Message from Alliance and IBM Global Union Alliance on Roadmap 2015 -Alliance-

Comment 10/23/14: This guy is spot on -Jonny2times-

Comment 10/23/14: Given the mess that IBM has become, and its repair will be difficult, it can only start with across the board firings, Rometty and all her direct reports. This mess can't be fixed until this collective garbage is removed. -Fire The Crap-
Alliance reply: ok let's review: The BoD of IBM is composed of people that are assembled on behalf of the BoD. The shareholders would have to demand that the BoD be fired first; which would include the CEO. The problem is that the shareholders are not demanding that. So, whatever dissatisfaction you have with IBM, don't expect anyone at the IBM executive or Board of Directors level to take your advice. They operate in their own little vacuum. This mess requires more than just fixing management and the BoD. Alliance stands for the workers and their interests; but IBMers must unite to proceed ahead with a union. It can be done. It has been done before. IF IBMers take that step, collectively, there will be a number of changes that will ultimately restore confidence in the market with customers, and in the workplace. The change we recommend is IBMers organizing. Step one: Join the Alliance. Step two: get as many non-management IBMers to join as possible. Go public with your demands to IBM. Demonstrate that the workers making the products (whatever are left, that is) and providing the services for IBM's customers can make the company some revenue, instead of the past idiocy of stock buy backs and massive RA's. Do all that, and then this could turn out to be a good story, instead of a doomsday story. It's up to you.
Comment 10/23/14: I doubt this will get published, but my concern is what is stopping IBM from shipping people over from Asia, house & feed them, for significantly less than a person from US/Canada? If everybody did join the Alliance, IBM will just say "Screw you all we will bring our own labor." -ibmphantom-
Alliance reply: What will stop them? Organizing, mobilizing, public and worker outrage. Sitting passively by is NO option.

Comment 10/23/14: -member-
Comment 10/23/14: Akers = Rometty = Incompetence. I suffered IBM's abuse as you are now. Your family dynamic is threatened.
My Empathy is with you. All (except 1) of my colleagues have since exited. You will NOT be the exception ! Your time is fleeting.
My own Financial Engineering : Stock "Short & Puts" = Profiting by IBM Share Price Annihilation. When you enlist your Union, I will invest "long" IBM. Dismissed in 1991 (pitiful IBM management fabrications) after 10 years' Loyal Service. Retained Canada's most notable Labour Lawyer (Levitt) = $$$ettlement for Unjust Dismissal. Eventually I secured employment in the Unionized Private Sector. Unions mandate is to represent Labour.
The Union Movement originated to fend off Abusive Management Practises. Unions 1st obligate management to act responsible & accountable. Union & Management can then cohesively align on Joint Business Strategies. In providing Representation, your Union's Agenda IS for IBM's Success. You need to methodically intelligently & collectively Mutiny, via a Negotiated Employment Contract. Historically when provoked, Americans DO mobilize for Rebellion. Stop Being Abused ! Save your Career ! Collectively Embrace your Union. -Irish-American-Canuck-

Comment 10/23/14: You know things are not good when brand executives are worried about tiny transactional software deals. So much pressure on Sales ... and quotas do not reflect reality ... then again, did they ever? This company cannot get out of its own way. The upper echelons of executive leadership needs to be shelled, from the top down. Then maybe IBM will get back to being an innovative company that is guided by engineering & sales vs. Finance & shareholders. Oh well, "BOHICA" ... -Cubicle Cannon Fodder-
Comment 10/23/14: IBM pays Global Foundries 1.5 Billion and 3100 employees to take the chip division off their hands and they are calling it a sale? Sounds more like some kind of settlement! IBM drops Roadkill 2015 after they have gotten rid of all senior employees who helped build IBM (by age discrimination layoffs or retaliation by managers) and replaced them with inexperience contractors or workers. Warren Buffett loses 900 million in one day and Ginny claims to be a victim in all this. Whenever a company gets as greedy as IBM and treats their employees as horribly as IBM has treated their employee of course IBM will spiral downhill thanks to Karma. Now IBM wants to reinvent their selves. l IBM better take care of the employees they did dirty and maybe Karma will let IBM reinvent their selves. If not I see the doors closing at IBM everyone needs to join the union or polish up their resumes, because Karma has come ah knocking on IBM front doors and it doesn't look pretty. -Glad To Be RA'D 2013-
Comment 10/23/14: Gloomy Diwali for about 400 families in STG India.No where GF commited to take India employees. Management is clue less. In a month India STG will be half empty -Anonymous-
Comment 10/22/14: Whats wrong with IBM today' Louis Gerstner at IBM: $189 Million. In 2002 Louis Gerstner stepped down as CEO of IBM. IBM paid him a severance package worth $189M. As a group, the 21 most highly compensated departing CEOs received $72.5 million in bonus payouts as part of their severance packages. IBM needs a union to stop this greed and corruption -ANA-
Comment 10/22/14: -Mike- "Jack Ma at Alibaba" does have it right with "customers first, employees second, shareholders third". Great article you posted the link to. At IBM, it's been "IBM execs first, shareholders second, and have we forgotten anyone' Nope..." You will never succeed when you bring the hatred of your employees upon yourselves. They are the ones out there in the trenches with your customers. And if your customers aren't truly your focus, as they never were despite the ridiculous 3-3-9 propaganda, you're really screwed. Your company might lose 13% of it's value in mere days. Someone ask the band to get on deck and play. Those of you who hope to remain on board would be foolish to not find a lifeboat. That lifeboat is the Alliance. -HelpYourself-
Comment 10/22/14: Outspoken billionaire investor Mark Cuban told CNBC on Wednesday that he would "absolutely not invest in IBM".
"IBM is no longer a tech company," Cuban told CNBC. "They have no vision. What they've evolved into is a company that does [arbitrage] on acquisitions. It's stock buybacks. Who is IBM anymore?" -anon-

Comment 10/22/14:
The Nature of the IBM "Crisis"
A.M. Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research asked the money question during IBM's conference call on Monday: "Is there a crisis at IBM?"
The reply from Virginia M. Rometty, IBM's chief executive, was by turns measured and impassioned. The technology industry, she said, was going through a period of 'unprecedented change' but IBM was taking a 'series of very bold actions' to successfully navigate the transition in the long term, despite the company's financial setback in the third quarter. "We've got to reinvent ourselves," Ms. Rometty said, "as we've done in previous generations."
Comment 10/22/14: With IBM in crisis mode expect the employees to take the bulk of the pain. The execs will protect themselves. We have to be organized and strong. Now more than ever we need the Alliance and more members! -member-
Comment 10/22/14: I believe there is a vicious cycle where every time we get to this 'pre-crisis' stage where we know a lot of people are going to get RA'd (fired) folks hold off and say to themselves "If it's not me this time, I'll join the Alliance". And then the smoke clears and people are so relieved they just forget or put it off. Help to stop the cycle of stress on your life and your family's life. We can get traction, every great movement started with the brave initiatives of a few people. At the lower right of this page is a link to join. Just do it, fight back, you'll feel better and motivate and inspire others to do so. -HelpYourself-
Comment 10/22/14: Billionaire investor Mark Cuban told CNBC on Wednesday he believes IBM is now a financial engineering company, not a tech company anymore. Couldn't have said it better myself. -RAtired-
Comment 10/22/14: Nailed it!! -Mike-

Comment 10/22/14: Nothing to be concerned about at IBM. IBM's version of Steve Jobs, Rosamilia The Dunce, asserts all is grand given IBM is just so busy 'reinventing' itself. And, per Rometty The Clown, the mass of layoffs soon to come is just 'simplification' Perhaps too late to save this mess, but only a unified workforce can save IBM from this inept Executive crap. -No Hope Remaining-
Comment 10/22/14: I understand why so many people want to focus on what Rometty is doing wrong: if Ginni is the problem, all we need is a new CEO and then IBM will be fine! But if you expect some white knight CEO to ride in, replace Ginni, and sweep you off to a fairy tale IBM devoted to trust and personal responsibility and respect for the individual, you haven't been paying attention. IBM isn't going to get better without organized action from the employees. You can't rely on the executives - their interests are not your interests. -Cassandra-
Alliance reply: Thank you.

Comment 10/22/14: Ginni comes to her senses, but too late for IBM? -anon-
Comment 10/22/14: Here is a one-minute clip from PBS News Hour.. about what happens when management thinks of "labor as a cost to be minimized"... -yestrodamus-
Alliance reply: It's amazing what was obvious 15 years ago, is finally being discussed out in the open as though it's a new "revelation". Yet, IBMers still can't decide to act as a group, rather than individuals, and organize toward a collective employment contract and a strategy that actually works for unionized companies all over the world. Who knew?

Comment 10/22/14: -Raised eyebrow-: What are you talking about? IBM has been off-shoring work for years. Countless coworkers have had to train their replacements. I was ra-ed in March because they would not fund a US person for my old position. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/22/14: @-dafacts- Partners and APs used to have power but they simply don't have power anymore. It's been stripped away from them since 2010 - which is the time the slide started to occur. Power is now vested in the offshore delivery centers. All the partners and dpes do now is sell deals for these centers and take the blame when they can't deliver. 18 years ago when I joined IBM band 8s would have 400-600 people easy reporting to them. But now that's not the case. The biggest reason for the collapse is simple. The denuding of the technical capability of the company in terms of front line consultants who can actually deliver. Sacking of consultants, or selling their roles to Manpower, and even partners while on client engagements which led to massive losses of faith and airing of dirty linen in front of clients. In many cases this has been done to people on cams engagements - so that puts the lie to the strategy the top brass put out there. -BlueRover-
Comment 10/21/14: Regarding the 4.7B write off - much of that is depreciation of the 300MM fab and tools. -gone2gf-
Comment 10/21/14: IBM's Woes Highlight a Major Risk to the Market
Comment 10/21/14: -IBMUnionYES- Actually, we're told regularly to give any small deals to business partners to focus on the big ones. I agree, it's a mistake. I believe it's done to facilitate moving *all* deals to partners and get rid of the sales and tech sales force, to as large an extent possible. If we had done what Apple had done, and continue to make the best keyboards, printers, PCs, laptops, other 'business machines' in the world, instead of selling them off, who knows, IBM may have survived. -LowMorale-
Comment 10/21/14: Perhaps I missed it, an explanation why $4.7B write off charged against 3Q? The GF deal is $1.5B to be paid in $500M installments over 3 years. Cost of buying chips? Doubtful. The last two years there was a $2B write off against 1st or 2nd Q's to cover "resource reallocation" aka RA's. One can read into this massive (tens of thousands) RA's planned for 2015 taking the financial hit now trying to boost numbers then. -anonymous-
Comment 10/21/14: Alliance. I'd disagree. the Execs and the workforce need to work together to drag this company out of the mire. The problem is that only the execs can really initiate that currently. Obviously the solution to organize but it's a lot more complicated than that and I think that fear plays a big part in the lack of sign ups. Certainly, when I was there I did not want to risk painting an any bigger target on my back than was already there. The philosophy is very much keep your head down an hope the bullets go overhead. And we should be concerned about what SHE does (at least until she is gone) because it affects us all, even those of use that have left but are still in related industries and thus have a dependence on what IBM does. -Glad To Be Gone-
Comment 10/21/14: I haven't seen anyone pick up on this comment in the earnings call yesterday by CFO Martin Schroeter. What he's in IBM-speak is that IBM hasn't used off-shoring as much as other companies, and they're going to step it up now:
"From a culture perspective around the shift to -- around the shift to global delivery centers, quite frankly we've not been as aggressive here as others have been. So we think we have an opportunity -- we have an opportunity move more that work to where we can put it into a more common platform.
So yes, the overall -- yes the overall headcount is coming down and yes, we will be moving more aggressively into the global delivery centers, but again we have not been as aggressive as others and then the other thing I point out is that reduction in overall headcount also allows us now to think about how we simplify our business and some of what you heard in my prepared remarks were around trying to simplify the business."
-Raised eyebrow-
Comment 10/21/14: This guy nailed it (like so many others) back in May with the excellent cover story in BusinessWeek. I love his GPS analogy here. Unfortunately, we are now a ship adrift. Protect yourself, unionize, because the shaft is about to get a lot bigger. -WaitingForACallFromMyManager-
Comment 10/21/14: What ever happened to IBM's commitment to grow business in the small business sectors? Wasn't that KEY to the Raodmap (now officially Roadkill)? IBM always go for the BIG $$$ mega contracts in the millions and even billions and not the littler ones in the thousands of dollars. You can't grow business or revenue organically without a broad revenue stream. Look at most companies with a union. The union workers are the ones that get in and work to the smaller markets (i.e local businesses, etc.) and organically sustain the company, not executive management's direction. -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 10/21/14: -BLueRover-: If the associate partners, IBM directors, DEs, DPEs etc if they are frustrated they have more authority to make change in IBM where a non-management, non-executive can only do so with a union. The middle management of IBM are afraid of making positive waves or losing their position or job. I'm not calling the cowards but they are like teetering support beams to the IBM business platform. Employees too are the nails to the support beams but also are scared of losing their job but they have no power in keeping their job without a union. It's simple: to improve IBM now employees must organize and unionize. We need a strong support. Before it is all too late. -da_facts-
Comment 10/21/14: It amazes me to see the level of discourse as key events happen, then it quiets down until the next event. With IBM's 3rd Qtr results and their stated goals of reduction, again, of headcount, there should be enough people signing up for a union. Of course they haven't as they just like to squawk on the Internet instead of doing something positive for themselves. Only thought that I can think of for this strange behavior is that the average length of service for an employee has gone from a average of 15 years to 3-5 years. The older employees long gone, the newer employees think they can survive or move to another company... -Thefielder-
Comment 10/21/14: Finally the press are catching on. The video segment in this article even mentions employees called it Roadkill 2015.
Comment 10/21/14: I can foresee GF taking what they want from the Essex Fab and shutting the doors. The equipment is antiquated and unable to work with any of the new technologies...22nm,14nm etc. Join the union or polish that resume.-Anonymous-
Comment 10/21/14: -da_facts- Of course it's her fault. She could quite easily say that they are not doing it this way any more and they are going to revert to 'real' values rather than the lip service to the values they currently implement, but she hasn't and she has not done that because she is Sam's girl that has bought into the notion that the company was successful because of things 'they' did rather than for its people and products.
Even if the board forces her to step down (they won't fire her as such because she has a 'contract') she'll still walk away with a nice bonus and probably walk into another top job (god help them though) without too much trouble. -Glad To Be Gone-
Alliance reply: Why the concern about what ever Rometty does? Isn't it obvious that the IBM workers need to develop their own strategy collectively, rather than as individuals, if they want to continue to work at IBM? CEO's come and go at IBM and they all have "piddled" on their workforce in total disrespect with avarice. Why waste energy on any of them? Organize and build a large group of IBMers that can actually change things for the better?

Comment 10/21/14: I can forsee a LOT of 3 PBC's next year so for future RA's there is less of a severance to give out ...if there is a severance at all ....glad I am out of there and not having to worry and sweat it out now like the rest of the soon to be ex IBMer's -anon-
Comment 10/21/14: The Truth Hidden by IBM's Buybacks -anon-
Comment 10/21/14:
Future tax status of IBM plant generates concern. The potential sale of the IBM Corp. site in East Fishkill would have ramifications to the local taxing jurisdictions.
Comment 10/21/14: The IBM CEO is a good example of "empty calories". Time to shed her and her cronies. What have they done besides financially engineering IBM right into the ground? Roadkill 2015 finally comes to an end. And the idiot who started it? Will he be fired and placed on a pedestal of stupidity as an example to others? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Former IBM CEO (and Rometty's mentor)Sam Palmisano initiated Roadmap 2015. He's retired and long ago insulated from any "firing" suggestions. Any other ideas? How about focusing on the workers getting organized? Never mind 'time to shed her and her cronies'.
Focus on the workers. Orgainze them
. We can help.
Comment 10/21/14: It's funny if real senior managers really read this page or heck did something innovative like speak with their own employees then this ongoing debacle could be avoided.
I'm a non manager band 9 consultant who gets to work with a lot of partners, associate partners, DEs, DPEs etc and if they were allowed to post here I assure you they'd post the same as many of you. Their frustrations are the same.
In fairness though I've been to the U.S. to work with my American collegues five times in the last 12 years. Each time it's clear: the U.S. situation is worse and getting worse and each time it's clear you guys don't recognise it.
Also I think the next stage after hitting roadkill 2015 would have been to break up the company for profit (of buffet and the directors not you). That's probably still the plan. Best of luck from your friends in AP.
To those who say sack middle managers that's an illusion. For starters they really don't exist in most places anymore, except by label only because all basic bean counting and resource management is offshored and all project, people managers and partners since roadmap 2015 have the same or higher utilization targets than us plebs.
Best yet all IBM related project and people management time is counted as non productive or disallowed in cost cases to disincentivise proper management of employees yet have scapegoats ready if things go wrong.
Also calling someone a manager or having large numbers of unnecessary people managers is a union busting method used in the us. Ibm has so many "manager" titles because managers cannot be in a union by law even tho the roles are not really as such.
Comment 10/21/14: Was a proud IBMer for 5 years, and then the Feb2014 RAs happened. I survived it, but thought it better to leave the once-brilliant ship for a smaller but smoother sailing one some time this year. Looking back, I miss IBM. The exec screwed it, but the grass-root IBMer is still the same: hardworking, sincere, dedicated and (most important of all) a fun person to work with. It saddens me to see the great Blue floundering under a misguided leadership, and pains me to see the IBMers bearing the brunt and taking all the blame for stupid "strategic" decisions the management makes. Do the folks in the Alliance have any plans for non-US IBMers and how they can contribute to the Union? Would be interested to know if it is active in non-US geos. -exIBMerFromBangalore-
Alliance reply: Alliance@IBM is a member of the IBM Global Union Alliance. There are a number of unions and works councils
within several IBM locations outside the US. However, their country laws and regs regarding unions are different than the US labor laws and how they are applied. The Alliance@IBM focus is on US IBMers; but we are also active with our IBM-GUA membership and activities in those country's locations.
Here's the link to the list of IBM unions outside the US: IBM Global Union Alliance
Comment 10/21/14: 3Q was bad, but 4Q may be worse. Beyond the weakness in the marketplace Ginni referenced in the earnings call, her employees are going to be lacking motivation. They announced to the world they're cutting variable pay (again), setting aside $600m to fund firings (again), and that we're empty calories. Of course, those firings will come just in time to avoid paying 401k matches, and, they go that much deeper since X and the Technology Group are out of play. -Anon2-
Comment 10/21/14: Biology provides many examples of succeeding yourselves into extinction. Here's a riddle for the IBM "C-Suite" to contemplate: What does success mean? Glad you popped me, you've been trashing the place ever since the gen-xers told you how badly your corporate culture um, needed fixing - a member of an earlier generation. -nothing changed in 20 years-
Comment 10/21/14: Buffett doesn't suffer any losses when IBM's stock market price changes. Buffett doesn't care. He won't sell the stock so there is no loss. He keeps collecting his >$70M / quarter dividends for years to come. Of course he might get worried at some point if the revenues don't stop declining at some point in the coming years. -Teukka-
Comment 10/21/14: GBS will reorg but the problem isnt the organization but rather the cost to client. Why so high to pay for all the execs. Cut execs first. SWG will reduce headcountin sales reps. Wrong approach reduce HC in execs. Lastly why shouldnt buffett sell. The execs sell every chance they can. -grabthelifejacket-
Comment 10/21/14: Oh, rats! There goes my $1000 worth of stock...which might be worth $500 by the time 2016 rolls around. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/21/14: Another "workforce rebalacing" coming:
"..Additionally, as we execute some of our plans to drive simplification and accelerate productivity in our business, we expect to take a workforce rebalancing charge in the fourth quarter. We are starting to work through our plans, but at this point we'd expect to take a charge of up to $600 million. We have also had a dramatic move in currencies, and we've taken into account an impact based on current spot rates." -anon-

Comment 10/20/14: Wonder how long he'll hold onto his IBM stock?
Investor Warren Buffett may suffer a $1billion loss due to plummeting IBM stocks Company Berkshire Hathaway, of which Buffett is CEO, currently has 70,173,978 IBM shares The news comes just weeks after Berkshire Hathaway lost millions on supermarket chain Tesco -Anon-

Comment 10/20/14: If you think this 3Q was bad, wait till the 4Q results. Nobody's buying what the leadership is selling. Money talks, bulls**t walks. -Smarterthanyou-
Comment 10/20/14: Net income: $18 million 2 cents a share. It is better than losing 2 cents a share. I guess what goes around comes around, huh, IBM. Keep screwing your workers over. -Glass-Still-There-
Comment 10/20/14: Rest assured IBMers: Ginni just slept fine and enjoyed her weekend. Why you think they delayed the expected 10/16/2014 (she doesn't really work you have to) announcement and gave 3rd QTR final guidance when she woke up this AM? She needed a few days and the weekend to get her exit contact in place. Now can you? -IdiotsBecameManagement-
Comment 10/20/14: In some defense of Ginni: it's not all her fault. The IBM culture eroded under Gerster, was on life support under Palmisano (Junior CEO at best), and now has just about died with Rometty. Ever onward to oblivion I'm afraid International Business Machines. UNLESS you folks UNIONIZE RIGHT NOW! IBM needs real rank and file direction since current IBM executives are a greedy, wealthy, but a BIG joke as far as IBM leadership and direction is concerned. -da_facts-
Comment 10/20/14: RAs most likely to come before December 15, 2014, so that IBM can avoid having to match 401K contributions. Nothing personal, just business. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: "Just" business??? Nothing "just" about it. IBM has been sacrificing their workers and their workers' benefits for some time now. It shouldn't be any surprise to any IBMers still with the company.

Comment 10/20/14: Folks, the odds of the 401K match being ELIMINATED took a turn for the worse this morning. IBM has nothing to lose and everything to gain by doing this. When times are tough cash is king. -Zeke-
Comment 10/20/14: Ginny, do you think you're running Dilbert's company, calling employees "empty calories"?
Part of the solution for IBM is to shed some of those older businesses, what CEO Ginni Rometty calls "empty calories." Besides Monday's sale of the chip unit, earlier this month the Armonk, New York company sold its low-end server business to Lenovo Group for $2.1 billion. At the same time, it has been making new investments to catch up in cloud computing. IBM opened a new center in North Carolina last month that provides cloud services to help companies keep running in the event of a disaster. -Anon-

Comment 10/20/14:
IBM CEO Rometty Hints to CNBC About Layoffs; "We Are Playing to Win"

DF: "Are there going to be layoffs?"

GR: "We'll announce some restructuring actions we'll take. That will increase our speed and simplicity. I was with 30 of our biggest clients a few days ago. What they were talking about is the role IBM can uniquely play about being the navigator. When it comes to an enterprise, you've got to emigrate them. We always said three things would make a difference on cloud: hybrid; data; security. All that is coming together now." -Anon-

Comment 10/20/14: "They could start by a significant resource action of the excessive number of middle managers and V.P.'s instead of the workers."
Absolutely the right call and action!..But Ginni will vilify and scapegoat the common worker picked for 10% pay reduction for training. These will be the first to be purged in the very imminent next RA. PLS FOLKS READING THIS: JOIN THE ALLIANCE NOW! DO SOMETHING positive for your IBM!
Comment 10/20/14: I've read the news reports about the employees that have been sold off as part of the GF deal. My question is, what happens to those employees that are entitled to their traditional pensions? Can they collect it immediately now that they're working for GF and not IBM? I guess the same question would apply to those IBM'ers who were sold off to Lenovo as well. Just wondering. -Alliance Member-
Comment 10/20/14: Way to go Ginny, IBM may be dropped from Dow:
Comment 10/20/14: The board is not going to fire themselves but they should divest themselves of that woman. As for the crew of the good ship IBM, god bless all that sail in her because you're gonna need all the help you can get. -Glad To Be Gone-
Comment 10/20/14: Its all about corporate greed and corruption Rometty has taken over $35 million out since taking the helm, insiders in just the past year have taken out over $50 million according to their Form 4 filings. IBM needs a union or there will no longer be a IBM with this type of greed and corruption. -ANA-
Comment 10/20/14: IBM EMPTY CALORIES in the biz hurting IBM revenues?!?! How about EMPTY EXECUTIVES and their leadership IBM! -NOVirginia-
Comment 10/20/14: RAs are inevitable since IBM has just backed away from Roadmap 2015 EPS. No real details of RAs and when they will occur but past recent history is our continued lesson. 3rd QTR supposedly to be announced on 10/16/2014 after 4PM and was"stealthy rescheduled" to 10/20/2014 after 4PM but Ginni just dropped the ball this AM. It is not too late to join the Alliance. We told you it was Roadkill 2015 and we are on a Roadmap to Hell. Now we might only have a year to save IBM with a union since IBM Executive Management, though greedy and rich as heck still is as inept and clueless on what REVENUE is an how to grow it. -RAsComingASAP-
Comment 10/20/14: Wow, IBM is really tanking. For Ginny to abandon Roadmap 2015 indicates some serious organizational problems. Anyone who is still employed at IBM better be scared, after this news I can assure you there will be an RA blood-bath this coming fall, so get out while you can. Most of all, I wonder how many employees were sacrificed for the sake of $20 EPS? By now I'm pretty sure that the casualty count is in the tens of thousands, probably more if you count all the contractors and international workers who were laid-off. In the end, all IBMer's are casualties in Ginny's failed cause. -Just another RA casualty-
Comment 10/20/14: -Alliance-
Comment 10/20/14: -another Alliance member-
Comment 10/20/14: Now that the ugly truth is no longer possible to hide, I expect IBM to do huge business rearrangements to try and get all the negativity completed in as short a news cycle as possible. If they no longer feel they need to be sneaky about layoffs, then expect them to be much more aggressive. -UglyTruth-
Comment 10/20/14: Torched STG and many fine employees for the sake of a couple of dollars on the share .. down 12.82 points as I write this .. If you're anywhere in IBM, sales/software/hardware, and you haven't signed up with Alliance, it may be too late now .. good luck to all of you .. -Bad_Karma-
Alliance reply: It's never too late to take action and organize; BUT there's more to it than just signing up. Signing up is step ONE. Nevertheless, step ONE needs to occur, NOW.

Comment 10/20/14: So our "leadership team" has finally acknowledged what the rank and file has been saying for years. The 2015 roadmap is unsustainable. Do you suppose there is any hope that our "leaders" will start listening to those who are closest to our customers? They could start by a significant resource action of the excessive number of middle managers and V.P.'s instead of the workers. -Alliance member-
Comment 10/20/14: Ginny on CNBC for interview. The more she talks the lower the stock goes.She needs to go. IBM needs a union to stop all the BS she is giving the press this morning. -ANA-
Comment 10/20/14: In case anyone thought that IBM's official decommit of the 2015 EPS Roadmap would allow them to bring back some sanity back to resource management, they wasted no time booking additional "productivity" gains in the outlook (rhymes with resource actions). Later, they mentioned a $600M provision for 4Q. Here we go again. -Anon2-
Comment 10/20/14: @AllianceIBM tweet: "IBM Abandons 2015 Earnings Forecast as CEO Divests Assets:
But IBMers R "roadkill" just the same. @IBM #THINKunion" Good one, Alliance! -BlueEyedBlindness-

Comment 10/20/14:
Roadmap is dead?
Alliance reply: At least the Roadmap 2015 is dead; but ironically, the 'Roadkill' of IBM workers is still alive.

Comment 10/20/14: Ginny said this morning in her depressing video to employees that we will simplify and streamline our company. Yup, we all know what that means. Buckle up and sign up, or bend over. Read those tea leaves, people. It sucks to see your company crash this badly, but there is some gratification in knowing at least one of the causes is treating your employees so horribly an underestimating the impact of the low morale you have brought upon yourself by those actions. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 10/20/14: IBM abandons "at least $20 Operating EPS" in 2015 in latest earnings report. Maybe we'll start looking at the long term. -Anon-
Comment 10/20/14: wow what a big earnings have to see a major RA in the near future to make up for so such a big loss in earnings! -big stock hit-
Comment 10/20/14: IBM is first-rate at ditching employees and avoiding legal repercussions. The sale of the chip business is the "legal" way to do this. The buyer of that is under no obligation to honor previous employee promises or warranties. Smooth, seamless, legal. And all IBM. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/19/14: -member-
Comment 10/19/14: Looks like tomorrow is the big day for IBM and Global Foundaries. Nicely timed to tie into 3Q results. Market will likely be happy IBM is getting all that extra overhead off the books for 2015. Looks like the "price tag" for IBM is going to be about $1.5B. So long and best of luck to all out friends in Burlington & Fishkill. -Anon2-
Comment 10/19/14: IBM agreed to pay Global Foundries 1.5B to take chipmaking unit according to Bollomerg. Announcing that and earnings Monday morning. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/19/14: IBM to make major business announcement 7 a.m.,Monday. Imagine we at EF and BTV are about to learn our fate -Screwed in EF-
Comment 10/19/14: Shocked to hear about the departure of a "bleeds blue" tech from the Fab in Essex. Working for GF now in Malta. Inials...GP. They walked him when he gave notice. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/18/14: Electronic cigs are subject to surcharge as well peeps."Under the rules, use of any tobacco product four or more times a week on average in the past six months could subject someone to the tobacco surcharge." << this disclaimer is on Kaiser/BCBS/Humana and any other HC company that IBM uses. -slimandtrim-
Comment 10/18/14: -16YrsandCounting-
Comment 10/18/14: "We found out that this person is a manager. It is illegal for managers to ask for membership numbers. Let this be a fair warning."
It is well known that management cannot interfere with union activities by federal law and is so posted on the Alliance site. I think the CWA should make this manager an example and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. I?m sure that the executives would rather fire him then go to court again like they did over the ?Banner on the Van? at the Poughkeepsie plant, which by the way the company lost the case. -A non-mouse-

Comment 10/17/14: Bless their withered hearts! Management just sent out their utilization requirement email for 4Q quarter. 3 weeks into 4Q. Leaving 9 weeks left to get to 110% utilization overall. Oh, by the way, Saturday the 18th of October was declared a work day (on Wednesday the 15th). And, how can we forget the QIS Summit on Saturday November 15th! (Is QIS latin for "it will hurt when you sit down"?). Plus, plus, we get the privilege the actual privilege of making up all holidays in 4Q in addition to any vacation days shifted into 4Q (at their request to make numbers in earlier quarters) to meet their goal and get their bonus! Wow, aren't we all just so fantastically lucky!? Maybe we will be asked to make bricks without straw! I would ask for God to have some mercy on their corrupted souls but I don't think he will be able to as they sold them to the Devil. -Joshua-
Comment 10/17/14: Hearing rumors of US SWG cuts end of the month, whether we make earnings or not. -hereitgoes-
Alliance reply: And what do you suggest you and your co-workers should do about it?

Comment 10/17/14: -waitingforRA- My contacts are hinting next RA round will likely be in early November with early December departure. SWG to be most heavily hit - STG was cut to the core earlier this year and is barely functioning. Many STSMs and DEs are finding it easier to join other companies, business partners, or strike out on their own that hang around and fight for a union. Unfortunately these folks, along with customer facing marketing and tech sales (*NOT* services or manufacturing, they are seen as a commodity) are the ones that have to be convinced to allow the union to get any traction in IBM. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/17/14: I don't really get this EPS drama that Ginny and her pets are up to. Why can't they just buy back all shares except one, then pay $20 to the shareholder who holds that one share, declare the milestone or whatever as done, and get back to actual business? -EPS is BS-
Comment 10/17/14: Alliance says: "We found out that this person is a (IBM) manager. It is illegal for managers to ask for membership numbers."
IBM management doesn't release employment numbers in the USA and also doesn't announce exact RA numbers.
Dirty pool IBM!!! You're not to ever be trusted! What further proof does anyone reading this comments section need to know why a UNION is NEEDED NOW? And if you haven't joined the Alliance what R U waiting for??? -IBMUnionNow-

Comment 10/17/14:
3rd QTR results were NOT announced yesterday afternoon. Now IBM says 10/202014. No reason or explanation given or even a "we just gave out wrong date" Do you believe them? What the heck is going on? One might think a new flavor of Kool-Aid has been delayed by WATSON coming from Armonk(?)
Comment 10/17/14: As a warning to anyone who thinks it would be a cleaver idea to lie about being a smoker to save $50.... Know that lying can totally invalidate your insurance coverage. Even if you come down with something totally unrelated to smoking, IBM can refuse to pay AND fire you with no severance and no unemployment. There is case history on this. -Anon2-
Comment 10/17/14: "How exactly can they put a surcharge on smokers if they don't know you smoke? - bennythebouncer-"
This is not an IBM policy but rather the policy of the stricter health insurance plans IBM has made available. Whether or not you choose to disclose your smoking habit, it is between you and the health insurance provider. IBM does not care. If you lie about your smoking and later on need medical attention that could be associated with smoking, the insurance company can deny benefits. It has nothing to do with IBM.
-The Doctor-
Comment 10/17/14: I agree with others that we shouldn't divulge our total number of members for IBM to see but that we do say how many join every month to spur others on to join. -another member-
Alliance reply: Good suggestion. We also want this comment section to know that recently we were being pushed by a commentor to say how many members we had. We found out that this person is a manager. It is illegal for managers to ask for membership numbers. Let this be a fair warning.

Comment 10/16/14: I thought the 3Q earnings call was supposed to be tomorrow, looks like it got moved to Monday. Guess we needed more time to move the shells around. Can't wait to see how that comes out. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 10/16/14: Why IBM's 3Q results were rescheduled from today Oct 16th to Monday Oct 20th the last moment just like that? Any ideas? -NotGood-
Comment 10/16/14: I left in May 2007. It's now October 2014. I still see the same posts on here I've seen for the past 7 years. You are fighting the good fight, but the people posting are still not joining up. I give credit to Alliance for hanging in there but it's clear the workers at IBM are not willing to do anything about the abuse. All I can add to this is that there IS life after IBM. Good luck to all this holiday season. They like to get rid of lots before Christmas. -Gone_in_07-
Comment 10/16/14: "But first and foremost, we're about people. Discover Life@IBM"
IBM has not been about people since Lou was CEO. He destroyed the entire culture of IBM. Sam and Ginny have followed in his steps. We need a union. Respect for the individual no longer exists in IBM. -ANA-

Comment 10/16/14: Anyone heard if layoffs are coming for Feb 2015 or sooner? -waitingforRA-
Comment 10/15/14: How exactly can they put a surcharge on smokers if they dont know you smoke? Just lie. Enrollment is done by each IBMer privately and your manager has no way of seeing your info. What smoker in their right mind would pay this? A dipsh*t maybe? -bennythebouncer-
Comment 10/15/14: -non-smoker-: Hear ya! Next will be if you are male and drink more than 2 drinks a day or female and more than one drink a day IBM will make you pay more since that is over the considered healthy daily ethanol allowance. IBM will make you pay more, for say, if you are diabetic, or have another chronic pre-existing condition would shortly come next. All this can be used for RA demographics for the next roadkill group. -non-drinker-
Comment 10/15/14: I don't see anything in this forum about the two week furloughs imposed upon U.S. employees. Has no one reported, on this? -dinotwo-
Comment 10/15/14: non-smoker At my wife's place of employment they put a policy in effect which raises the insurance costs for smokers v non-smokers. They have you sign something that says you do not smoke and it authorizes them to test you at anytime to verify it. They have never verified my wife but legally they can since she signed the form. I wonder if they are going to also do away with the healthful living rebates? -longtimebeemer-
Comment 10/15/14: Great music video about offshoring jobs and unemployment -member-
Comment 10/15/14: This is from an IBM job posting on LinkedIn:
"At IBM we're developing new ways for people to think, interact, manage their businesses and govern their lives. But first and foremost, we're about people. Discover Life@IBM"

I find it very sarcastic - first and foremost, we're about people. Yeah maybe shareholders. -CanadianStaff-

Comment 10/14/14: So, I don't smoke, but saw notice that for 2015, IBM is imposing a $600 surcharge on smokers for health care premiums. Not really job-cut related, but what's to stop them from surcharge on any manner of private, lawful lifestyle choices? What's next? a BMI premium? Is it fraud for people who deny they smoke and are later"outed" by information contained in medical records, what Doctors put in your electronic records or the profiles on webmd or health rebates? This is creepy. -non-smoker-
Comment 10/14/14: Changes coming..announced in an executive blog. It seems that services groups are being "consolidated". Not sure what this means yet but expect more axe work in time for earnings announcement. -time_to_move_on-
Comment 10/13/14: After several years with IBM I have come to the following conclusion it is CEOs and Executives practice at IBM to have massive RAs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is done so CEOs and executives can get their bonuses at the end of the year. IBM US employees need a union to stop this corrupt practice. -ANA-
Comment 10/13/14: For those of you still left at IBM, for goodness sake, wake up. The Senior Executive team, in their quest to stumble and successfully destroy IBM, while mounting their own fortune, will come and get you. Unless you join together and unionize, they will get you. Nothing to stop them and they do so seeing you all as helpless and dumb. Unless you join together soon, prepare for your last day in the company coming sooner than you plan. -Wake Up Everybody-
Comment 10/13/14: Highly Educated, Unemployed and Tumbling Down the Ladder --

Wayne Little can attest to this. An MBA who worked in sales at IBM for more than three decades, the 60-year-old has been looking for work after being laid off more than two years ago. Of the poor folks whose plights are highlighted in this article, only one of them actually had the employer from which they lost their lucrative job mentioned by name (& not only once, but twice): IBM. Mr Little (in Southbury, CT) is also featured in the embedded video. More positive PR for IBM.
Comment 10/12/14:
IBM sees Watson as moneymaker, but only in the long term
About 10 months after creating an independent business unit for Watson, IBM is still figuring out how to derive significant revenue from the computing system into which it plans to invest at least $1 billion.
Comment 10/12/14: I was cut in the contr pool in Austin. Do not know for sure how many were cut. I am not the only one that is for sure. -Cut in the Contr Pool-
Comment 10/12/14: " longer post membership numbers on this comment section. It gives IBM too much information."
I Hear your point here but...The Alliance has nothing to hide so they are willing to announce their numbers.
The Alliance is not afraid of IBM learning the Alliance member NUMBERS ONLY (and believe when the Alliance says if you are a member they don't ever disclose your name to IBM since it would further hinder and even destroy the Alliance union movement being actively done as I text this by the Alliance@CWA union organizers in IBM and not at IBM). Does IBM release it's employee numbers? Heck no! What is IBM afraid of if they do? Giving us too much information? IBM continues to obfuscate and hide their numbers information and the question is a big: WHY? So join the Alliance so they can give out higher member and supporter numbers!
Comment 10/12/14: Another D-Day for IBM on 10/16/2014 after 4PM EDT USA: 3rd QTR results announced Prepare for the inevitable to follow: RAs -da_facts-
Comment 10/11/14: @Anonymous Coward, STG is not the only division STSM's and DE's are leaving from. PhD's are also bailing from Research taking jobs at Google and private sector. Big Data and Analytic's are the hardest hit. -GoneToo-
Comment 10/11/14: Not all new hires are waiting to see which side wins. Some of us 2014 new hires are supporters of the Alliance. But for a first job the salaries are very high and there still IS lots of opportunity. Personally, I am looking forward to getting just enough experience and leaving IBM by the 5 year mark. No long term careers at IBM will exist without the Alliance, that's why I'm planning my next move. -anonymous-
Comment 10/11/14: Just an FYI, IBM trimmed the fat on us USA-Based sub-k / contractors a few weeks ago. It was a total slaughter. I was cut even though we had a budget for 3 more people and numerous external and internal customers.
IBM is definitely cutting every which way they can, if you are a contractor, GET OUT NOW! If you are a full-time IBM Employee, you better start looking for a new job or get your fellows to join Alliance en masse. Now that a ton of contractors are gone, who do you think will be next? Good luck! ~ -Ex-IBM-Contractor-

Comment 10/11/14: -lastdino1- First, as an Alliance member, let me ask you 2 questions point blank:
Are you a member? Have you ever been one? I'd like to know that. I can tell you that I never had any IBMers tell me they wouldn't join because the numbers were low. I never had anyone say why they wouldn't join. Either they signed up or I never heard from them again. And I'm not talking about 100's of IBMers. Between 8 and 15 out of a department, or so. I never got a serious NO. Most comments were, "Ok. thanks for the information." Or " Yeah I'll check it out, because I agree that we need to do something". Those kind of comments. Nobody I talked to was worried about numbers. Most wanted to know what the rules for organizing were, so that they wouldn't get fired for breaking them. But most of all, they all were open to DOING SOMETHING!
So this is why I asked you, -lastdino1-. Is it worth it to take a risk or not?
Because at the end of the day, being a member of Alliance is a hell of a lot better than sitting around waiting until the numbers or the enthusiasm gets better from other IBMers. Once I saw a little sign that my manager put up in her office:
"Some people Make it happen.
Some people Watch it happen.
Some people Wonder what happened. Which one are you?"
And that sign was in a manager's office! Can non-manager IBMers "Make it happen"? You tell me. -membertoo-

Comment 10/10/14: DE's and STSM leaving on droves everywhere in STG. Those remaining are frequently popping up in new organizations. Looks strange. I should divest from all IBM stock in preparation for for 2015. I suspect it's going to take a hard fall. -Anonymous Coward-
Comment 10/10/14: -Membertoo- has pretty much hit it on the head. Its the new IBMers way to only join in an action once they are sure its going work. They must be very cautious to only team up with the winning side. Take a chance? Not a chance. Congratulations IBMers . You have dawdled and procrastinated long enough that you are pretty well irrelevant now. 2015 is here in less then 3 months and you have done nothing to slow the roadmap to your own destruction. Do not dare to complain about anything that happens to you in 2015. You were warned and cajoled repeatedly. Reap what you have sown. -Exodus2007-
Comment 10/10/14: I would suggest that we no longer post membership numbers on this comment section. It gives IBM too much information. Let us build the alliance everywhere and spring onto IBM a dues paying membership in the thousands by new years day! -another member-
Comment 10/10/14: To MEMBERTOO: 100% agree. Thanks. I do not understand all these IBMers who continue to stick their heads in the sand about the greed of IBM headquarters and what they have done to a once-honorable company. They are blind and deaf to what their inaction on behalf of the union is doing to all of us who are not executives. It rankles to think that many of these people are Americans who have forgotten what we are supposed to be standing for and still accept the tripe of Milton Friedman's economics (a fallacious and dangerous redefinition of "free market") when his theories have proven so destructive to the promise of America and have only encouraged the rapacious IBM Board and executives. It's a crude stretch to make this analogy, but I think of Martin Niemoeller: "and then they came for me...." I laugh when I think that Friedman himself probably agreed with Niemoeller but never thought that his theories were the very antithesis of what Niemoeller was saying. -Fed Up-
Comment 10/10/14: -membertoo-: you mentioned you tried to recruit new members but what were the reasons that people would not join. Find out what the general consensus was should be helpful in how to target employees to join. -lastdino1-
Comment 10/09/14: I've been a member for over a decade. Paid the dues, tried to get IBMers to sign up and have gotten more from Alliance than they have from me. Never was I concerned that the numbers were too low to join. And never did I hear ANY IBMers, when I was trying to get them to join, ask "How many members you got so far?" Any IBMer that asks that question is NOT seriously considering anything except mocking Alliance. I say join Alliance and fight for a union, or just Shut Up and take an RA or a paycut or a furlough or a benefit loss or any abuse that IBM management can dish out. Or just quit IBM and go work at Wal-Mart if you don't want to stand up to the FUD that IBM continues to spread about unions and a written agreement to make your work life better. Go on. Get out of here or join the union. Quit the interrogation and false interest. That pisses me off. -membertoo-
Comment 10/09/14: Actually, it's not 20% of your time will go to training, it's"up to" 20% of your time. So you could only be given time to do 1 hour a week of training and still get your pay docked 10%. And the CAMSS training is IBM-specific, so don't dream that this will help you in the industry in any way. -AtBigBlueWithTheBlues-
Comment 10/09/14: To the people who keep asking for membership numbers, know this: Most unions would have walked away from you years ago because of your low support. CWA and the Alliance have stuck with you. -member-
Comment 10/09/14: All STG design and manufacturing employees must complete a CAMSS skills questionnaire this month. 5 will get you 10 that within the next 6 months, STG will see the same 10% pay cut nonsense they're seeing in GTS because we're not properly trained. -KindofBlue-
Comment 10/08/14: Can we please get an answer to my question posted on October 1, as follows:
"A question to the Alliance: You state that 51% of non-management employees need to sign up to prove there is a majority in support of a union. Please tell us, what percentage have signed up so far? Maybe this information will motivate others to sign to reach the goal! Thank you." -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: We have answered this question numerous times in the past.
We have about 280 dues paying members and 5200 supporters. Not all are current employees.
You do the math. We are very far away from 51% anywhere.
This information, which IBM also sees, has not motivated IBM workers to join. Why haven't you joined?
Last month the Alliance web site had 165,000 visits and 48,000 unique visitors. Lots of interest but little in the way of membership building. IBM managment is laughing at you for not supporting the only organizition that supports IBM workers.

Comment 10/08/14:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today, Wednesday, the state is "monitoring" negotiations between IBM Corp. and GlobalFoundries as IBM looks to sell its chip manufacturing facilities, a move that would have a dramatic impact in New York and notably in East Fishkill.
New York plays a critical link between the two companies: They are both heavily invested in the research at the Albany nanocenter, giving the state unrivaled leverage in a potential sale that could affect many of the roughly 14,000 IBM jobs in the state.
Comment 10/08/14: The "2 Indians for 1 American" thing is all about headcount. Department size and project teams are measured in headcounts, not salaries. A few years back, the rule was that if you had approval to hire one headcount, you could hire one American engineer, or two Indians, or three Chinese. And we were encouraged (in many cases, compelled) to go for Indian or Chinese engineers. -16YearsAndCounting-
Comment 10/08/14: Take this article in perspective
Consider T2R (Transition to retirement folks) work less them 30 hours, the folks needing education come close, if you add in lunch time (4x45min) they meet the criteria of less than 30 hours. What is to stop IBM from dropping their health care? -Anon-

Comment 10/08/14: IBM's Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson?s Future --
"She also had Watson run a test to determine whether alternative energy should replace fossil fuels."

How about asking Watson how to create positive revenue in a quarter? -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 10/08/14: Overheard at RTP: Bld.205 is going to be torn down. if true this is really sad. IBM going to great lengths to cut costs. With x86 gone its quiet at RTP. -anonymous-
Comment 10/07/14: @longtimebeemer. The internal burden rate for a Yorktown Research employee used to be $200K/yr. It did not matter what the employee band level was. -Anon-
Comment 10/07/14:

IBM Said to Resume Talks to Offload Chip Unit
IBM and Globalfoundries Inc. have resumed talks for IBM to offload its money-losing chip-manufacturing unit, according to a person familiar with the matter. Negotiations had broken down in July after IBM offered to pay Globalfoundries about $1 billion to take the unit, a person familiar said at the time. IBM is now willing to pay Globalfoundries more to take over the operations, the person said yesterday, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.
Comment 10/07/14: Please be advised in Australia this week there will be a large contractor cut likely to hit on Friday possibly up to 1/3 of the work force for GTS SO delivery. It has been reported to the DPE community that this is due to a large short fall in projected revenue in Q4. We have been told that there will be further cuts during Q4 and this is just the start. We are to begin looking at how we have "Go Slow" delaying and deferring customer revenue generating RFS and BAU work into next year. -AUSDPE-
Comment 10/07/14: An interesting book on IBM of yesterday and today ...on Amazon:
A View from Beneath the Dancing Elephant -joe-

Comment 10/06/14: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty gets past the Big Blues --
Oh, such a rich trove of points to attack; I'll just highlight one:
"Ginni's Rules
1. Don't protect the past.
2. Never be defined by your product.
3. Always transform yourself."
Definitely succeeded on #1 -- the past has been totally destroyed & with it, all the good was learned...
Comment 10/06/14: @IBM$uck$ A few years ago the burden rate for a US employee was about eight times what the burden rate was for an Indian employee. I don't know what it is today but I am sure you can still get a lot more that 2 Indian employees for 1 US employee. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 10/06/14: Seems like almost all the firms are following IBM's path. wonder who is the worst amongst the lot. None the less this financial engineering will not work when rates rise. The imputed loss of EPS works exactly in reverse as how the EPS has risen during buybacks.
Comment 10/04/14: "IBM's 2 for 1 Deal: 2 Indian employees for every 1 American employee."
It is LESS than 50% that IBM pays an Indian to do a same American IBM job.
Comment 10/01/14: x86 sale to Lenovo is a delayed cloaked IBM RA. When you deal with China corporate you have to try to trust a communist government. Do you? China only cares about politburo members and the NWO filthy $rich$. So you think Lenovo gives any thought to a transferred IBM American employee? -DeadRed-
Comment 10/01/14: IBM used to pay for training and even encouraged employees to take courses to stay current with their technical skills. Employees even were paid 100% of their pay when taking IBM Education courses. IBM managements decision for a 10% education pay cut is foolhardy. Ok, IBM management when you go to the hollowed grounds of the Armonk MDC you should also be getting at least a 10% pay cut too! Not only new IBM manager training but the experienced ones too that never see a PBC 3 just because they are IBM management and "better" than the PBC 2+ or higher employee (double standard). -WatsonTraining?-
Comment 10/01/14: Why doesn't the Alliance try to segment the IBM population to achieve the 60% needed for a Union? That is an achievable goal within Microelectronics/STG, but not within IBM as a whole. If the Alliance tried to Unionize IBM division-by-division, it would have a lot better chance of succeeding. -RA'd in 2014-
We have attempted that in Fishkill and in Vermont and at some stand alone sites. We haven't gained enough verifiable support.
And what we mean by verifiable support is workers taking the step of joining the Alliance in any of our 3 membership categories. We can't base support on wishful thinking.

Comment 10/01/14: Alliance, would you please explain what you mean about signing a card in favor of a union? I'm a member, but I've never seen any kind of card. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Signing authorization cards is further into the process and we haven't got there anywhere. They also have a shelf life of about 6 months. Authorization cards get signed when the location or site is very hot to organize.
What the Alliance does is gauge that support by those joining the Alliance and then working to get others signed up.
For instance we had one location where we had 2 organizers inside. They tried to get others to join the alliance as a show of support for moving the organizing along. It never reached the critical mass we needed.
It is up to IBM workers to visibly show their support for a union by joining the Alliance in any of our 3 categories of membership. There is also a lot of info on the main page of our web site on the left pull down menu that says "organizing".

Comment 10/01/14: A question to the Alliance: You state that 51% of non-management employees need to sign up to prove there is a majority in support of a union. Please tell us, what percentage have signed up so far? Maybe this information will motivate others to sign to reach the goal! Thank you. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/01/14: 'Blue Points" are not what they seem. You have to pay a tax on the points and in the US it is 25 cents per points. Once you accept the points, the tax is automatically deducted from you pay. So with 9600 points, you would pay a tax of $2400. If you look at the catalog, almost all of the items that you can purchase with your "points" are worth less than the tax you paid to get the points. Shame on IBM even offering this great deal. -Anonymous-
Comment 10/01/14: During the tough time of the great depression, Thomas Watson actually increased investment in employee training - and he did it without stealing money from employee's pay packets. -Ginni_is_No_Watson-
Comment 09/30/14: What do you do with the 9600 blue points? -Yes, Virginia that was a failure-
Comment 09/30/14: Concrete proof a union would be beneficial: "DAYTONA BEACH? General Electric, which at one time employed thousands of workers in Daytona Beach, is dropping health benefits for salaried retirees, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The changes by GE will not affect retired hourly employees whose benefits are covered by union contracts." NO UNION, NO RETIREE BENEFITS, EMPLOYEE UNION = RETAINED BENEFITS. WHICH PART DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? -CONCRETE PROOF-
Comment 09/30/14: In Microelectronics, things are not good. The time may be ripe for a vote. Rumors abound regarding the sale of the division with unknown consequences. In East Fishkill, managers are leaving the company en-masse. Employees are leaving. "Dear Colleague" letters appear in my in-box on a weekly basis. Years of personnel recruitment efforts are vanishing before our eyes. Morale is horrible. It wasn't this bad in '93. It is very bad. When directors and middle managers resign, things are not good. From my observation and in my opinion, a significant majority would have no problem approving CWA representation. Now is the time. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: You are spot-on...except for one detail: We (CWA) need to *prove* that a majority (51% or more) have signed up or signed cards in favor of a union. We need to *prove* it to the National Labor Relations Board. That's Federal Law and we MUST obey it or we cannot request a union election any other way. Problem: We (CWA) don't HAVE 51% or more of the IBM workers (non-management) signed up for the Alliance@IBM CWA Local 1701. We've preached this and reiterated this point, over and over and over and over, for 15 years. When IBMers realize that they have the power to make this happen, that's when it will happen. If you support a union for IBMers; then do your best to organize your co-workers and tell them what we've said here. It's up to you and all the supporters and members of Alliance@IBM to get this message out. We will continue to do the same as long as possible.

Comment 09/30/14: Can some someone please explain these IBM "blue points"? Are the same as S&M green stamps? Redeemable? -Huh?-
Comment 09/30/14: IBM cutting workers pay by 10% for training. Gee, I wish all of you WHO got 'selected' for this had Lotus Notes MAIL EVIDENCE from your manager's saying you were DENIED training when you signed up for up the training in the not to distance past. Then if you release the notes maybe the word is out on this IBM sham pay cut and soon to be RAed ploy. ANY UNION would back for signing up for job training. -did_U_save_R_U_brave?-
Comment 09/30/14: to -BeenAroundTheBlock- Actually instead of repurchasing $14 Bilion in stock true leaders would invest in your future by growing your business, making acquisitions, and increasing revenues which leads to having to hire MORE employees. At any other company if you heard that EPS would double within 5 years from $10 - $20 per share the employees would be doing somersaults because that would mean the planned increased revenues would mean hiring big time to support the increase. In IBM it means sell MicroElectronics to GF so they can take thousands of employees off the books, lose their Future Health Accounts, and get downsized within a year if you wont relocate to Malta. But you can only blame yourselves, you refuse to take that first big step by not signing on to a Union. It's very clear that this isn't going to end well for the MD employees. -BuyBacks-
Comment 09/30/14: Last day for most System x folks at IBM. Good Luck and God Speed.. -NoBody-
Comment 09/29/14: Dear Alliance, sorry I don't really get your point. You say that if a Union is formed, IBM will sign a contract with the employees which would help us fight back against their hostile treatment of employees. Why would they sign the contract? What would you do if they refuse the sign the contract, and hire other people who are willing to work without the contract? Can you shed some light on this? I am thoroughly confused. -Anon2-
Alliance reply: Forming a majority of IBM workers (non-management) that request CWA to be their bargaining representative is the first step. Once 60% of the IBM workers request CWA to be their collective bargaining representative, an "election" or vote is held by the National Labor Relations Board (Federal gov't agency). This is the law that ALL unions and company management must abide by. ALL IBM workers would have the opportunity to vote, "for" a union or "against" a union. When the vote is tallied and the union wins, the IBM workers become a certified union. From that point on, IBM would have to negotiate with the CWA Union representatives, on behalf of the workers, for a contract. The union members can have meetings to decide what things will be negotiated, i.e. salary, wages, benefits, pensions, etc. Then, both the company and the union sign the negotiated written contract. For further information and explanation of how a union gets a contract, please use this link:
If you need even more details, send an email to:

Comment 09/29/14: You don't actually GET the 9,600 Blue Points for taking the SSCAM "Challenge". You are entered into a drawing to WIN the 9,600 Blue Points. Cheap sneaky bastards. -LifestylesoftheRichandSlimy-
Comment 09/28/14: Repurchase of $14 billion in shares annually from 2010 through 2013...Now imagine instead of buybacks, no layoffs, cost of living raises for all, bi-weekly 401k match, and some real employee education. Happier employees, happier customers, higher stock price. With a Union contract this would have been possible. -BeenAroundTheBlock-
Comment 09/28/14: Corporate values are principles under which it operates. IBM DOES have corporate values --- namely $15/share. -Anon2-
Comment 09/28/14: "Then there are the post-growth blue chips who need to substitute financial shuffling for true profit progress. Consider International Business Machines Inc. (IBM), an aggressive buyback player for years. The company repurchased an average of $14 billion in shares annually from 2010 through 2013, materially shrinking its supply of stock. Over that span, its net income grew only 4% in total (not per year - in total), yet earnings per share in 2013 were 14.4% above 2010 levels."
"That's a total of 91 percent of their profits that America's leading corporations targeted to their shareholders, leaving a scant 9 percent for investments, research and development, expansions, cash reserves or, God forbid, raises." -Stop Roadkill 2015 Now-

Comment 09/27/14: Funny to read these statements here:
The "funny" part here is that on the one hand side IBM tells people to educate more, to be better, and reduce salary for that. On the other hand side I heard from colleagues that their expected utilization was not reduced, expecting that they take the education in their sparetime.
Come on Ginni ... do you think IBMers are still having "passion" for that type of business? Do you want to win deals with such a crew? Ok ... I assume you are gone after 2015 anyway. -oliverro-

Comment 09/27/14: IBMer Challenge CAMSS Privacy Statement:
Information about you such as your name, employee serial number, email address, location and business unit will be used to register you for this program. This information, along with your program completion status and as permitted by local law, the number of attempts you make at completing each of the test's modules, will be recorded, and shared with your first-line manager(s) (in-country and functional managers as applicable) to assist with coaching and development discussions. This information will also be available to the program administrator, and it will be anonymized before it further shared. Any survey you elect to answer will remain anonymous.
Completion of program activities will be recorded in IBM CareerSmart/Talent@IBM and credited to Think40.
Comment 09/27/14: Don't be suckered into taking the IBM CAMSS Challenge for 9,600 Blue Points. If you don't pass, you will be candidate for 10% pay cut. -Anonymous-
Comment 09/27/14: First, I feel really bad for those who got pinched for the"training". I wish you all the best and I hope that you get through it without too much stress and strife. Six months is a long time to be losing 10%. Personally, it would ruin my financial life, as I haven't had a raise in a LONG time. Second, just curious if anyone who was selected did NOT do the CAMSS training? Was it based solely on that CHALLENGE? I sense a lawsuit. If it were a challenge, then it was implied that you were not being graded or judged on your answers. So unfair. -Z1NONBIL-
Alliance reply: So you "sense a lawsuit". That will not help at all, here. Suing IBM for it's manner in which it hurts the employees with its own rules and processes, won't fly. Once again, you must understand that you (IBMers) are "At Will Employees". US labor laws; whether State or Federal do NOT protect you from IBM's decisions regarding their own programs and rules. They make those rules and they can break them whenever they please. However, once they sign a contract with the employees, collectively, then the rules are written down for everbody to obey; especially IBM execs...and they are legally binding, too.

Comment 09/27/14: I follow the discussions regarding "IBM is testing if they will get away with that...". In my opinion we just all need to stay professional when doing business: We work with a dedicated team towards specific customer requirements. Delivering such customer requirements will drive business (revenue, profit, etc.). If we are now told by upper mgmt to reduce headcount, we just need to be straight enough to say: Ok, reducing headcount by N% will lead to reducing profit by X%. It is on us to make these statements! In such a situation lets see if upper executives still want to layoff people in such situations. -oliverro-
Alliance reply: The question is, do you also want "upper executives" to take you seriously as a group? "We" can accomplish that if "we" decide to band together and make these demands known as a collective voice. That takes organizing. So why not organize and form a union to to get these goals accomplished? "We" can be professional while we're doing it, too.

Comment 09/26/14: ToJerks: IBM doesn't have any values anymore -Yes, Virginia that was a failure-
Comment 09/26/14: To Rusty IBMer: "no funding" is definitely the story in at least 2 divs. OTJ only (and fake-fake-fake diet cola Think40 education) for mf and IBM i technical trainees fresh out of university? Recipe for disaster. Then you have poor TSS staff having unbelievably low salary caps to replace the trained people who are now deemed too expensive, then when they are brought in they cannot get training until there are unit wide efforts supported by brands. The training and education curriculum is a sad joke GTS matter or not. -Asst Mgr SCAMS-R-Us Inc.-
Comment 09/256/14: I wish this company had the same creativity in developing new revenue producing products as they have in stiffing the working man and saving their way to roadkill. I am a rep in the field and SO is understaffed and demoralized to the point they can't meet slas and we can't sell new products. The SO employees are not allowed to travel to conferences, briefings, or get educated. I can't see how this can be good for anyone. Revenue will continue down along with the death spiral. IBM services are the joke of the industry. Nobody wants to work for IGS. My client laughs at the inexperienced new hires they bring in, they should be trying to keep loyal employees not drive them out. -On the Titanic-
Comment 09/25/14: IBM is pulling out all the trump cards to get to the 2015 plan. The 10% pay cut is a test vehicle, if it works, others will follow. Can't you see by now - IBM does not want or need US workers! This is why jobs are being offshored, 401k held hostage, RAs for no reason, pbc 3's at the peak of the bell curve. Before long everyone will take a pay cut or be cut! Gone from the rat hole and happier than ever. -X-Ibmer-
Comment 09/25/14: For those being subjected to this somewhat meaningless training, I would highly recommend taking every ounce of course time you can. And then promptly put it on your resume. Organization from within or no, there are better options than being unhappy in your job. -LeftInJanuary-
Comment 09/25/14: Don't know about the rest of you but for the last 6 or 7 years anytime I ask for training its "Nope, there's no money for that". And I'm not alone, we've all been subjected to it. To then hear that IBM is saying people lack training? Boy, that takes a certain level of nerve that I wouldn't have thought possible. If it was me selected in that group, I'd do the training of course. But I'd also be sick an awful lot and forget about after hours work. No OT, no work, I'm training. -Rusty IBMer-
Comment 09/25/14: Although already retired, I support the Alliance through monthly donationsand have done so for years. I am now curious about how a union protects retirees. Is the fight for a union only for current employees or can it also help those of us who have left the company? -CURIOUS-
Alliance reply: Unions fight for retiree benefits during contract negotiations. Most unions also have Retiree Councils. See CWA's here: Thanks for your support!

Comment 09/25/14: Will Obama's new legislation wreck Ginnis 2015 roadmap? Now 2017 roadmap or what? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Even if the new anti-offshoring regulations have some effect on IBM's method of doing business, IBM workers will still need to organize. IBM executive management will continue to find ways "around the regulations". Don't rely on the government to force IBM to do anything on behalf of the IBM workers. Rely on organizing and unifying the workforce. It's the only real option.

Comment 09/24/14: I suspect IBM is testing the waters with the 10% pay cut "for training". If they get away with it (which they likely will with their positive spin machine), they might next do across-the-board cuts and ratchet up other new and creative cost-savings mechanisms. They want you to voluntarily quit as they keep twisting your arm harder and harder. Are you strong enough to stop the tormenting, or will you just put up with it? -ex IBMer-
Alliance reply: Yes IBM is testing the waters. They have been taking actions like this for years. Why? Because employees keep letting them get away with it. We offer the alternative if people are willing to take it. Organizing and unifying IBM US workers makes it extremely difficult to "twist your arm" when there are so many arms for IBM management to twist at once, when they are together. Organize.
Comment 09/24/14: IBM employees stop your infernal whining! You need to take action now. If you have been identified as one needing training, start looking for a job outside of IBM today, as you are now officially an IBM RA target. While at IBM do not work overtime, take your one day a week to train, talk to your clients about how your treated at IBM talk to consultants about the negative culture at IBM. They should intern. Let prospective new clients know that IBM outsourcing will have a negative impact on outsourced employee morale. Get organized. Slow deliverables down. Do nothing to avoid SLA are not helpless just unorganized! This will hurt business not help. Be specific on how much a demoralized work force will cost!...This is business. Fight fire with fire. -ex IBM exec with integrity-
Alliance reply: Disparaging the company to IBM's customers will not make organizing IBMers happen quicker or any easier. It is true that IBMers in the US are not unifying their efforts to push back against IBM Executive management; but it is not the customers' fault. Instead, do the job that will help the customers realize that the IBM workers want to do right by them, in spite of what IBM management wants you to do. Executive management training seems to teach how to divide people, rather than unite them. This is why executive management is failing. IBM workers are the only ones that can collectively bring back "respect" to their workplace. That respect can come from the customers, if IBMers can unify around that principle of doing right by customers.
Comment 09/24/14: ha ha -ha-

Comment 09/23/14: Ginni what retraining classes have you taken in the past year or so?
Have you taken:
IBM091 HOW TO BE Persuasive AND get away with it every time
IBM100 How to manipulate corporate profits without revenue growth
IBM1010 How to Manage Stock options for your benefit
IBM201 Make your own dreams a reality for IBM executives
IBM301 Real Vision; Real Leadership
Sounds like you need a 10% pay cut Ginni or maybe a PBC 3 improvement plan?!
Comment 09/23/14: A reduced hourly wage can be a "training hourly wage" under some US State laws. But to lower a salaried, exempt, PROFESSIONALs pay might be something lawyers might look into since usually professional employees are already QUALIFIED (i.e trained, certified,etc.) for their profession via degree or acquired job training or accreditation. -Think2X-
Comment 09/23/14: It's been 15 years since the Alliance came in to inception! And more if we consider it's roots with the Binghamton Resistor labor movement! The Resistor movement did not go away and the IBM Alliance isn't going away either. But we need YOUR support and help! Let's all unite now and make it a real anniversary. Let's organize now! Let's show IBM we want to be treated fairly and we don't play with historical dates. Not like the one Palmisano crafted saying IBM was 100 year's old when it really was not. -IBMUnionNow-
Comment 09/23/14: I am one of the people chosen for training. I have already completed my training that I was told about, plus much more. I don't understand how they can force me to pay for training that
1) I have already taken &
2) That is nothing special that anyone is not taking.
I don't see how this is legal. I know you are going to say "they can do whatever they want", but that isn't true. They can "try" to do whatever they want. BTW I am over 60. -Just1waiting-
Alliance reply; It IS true. Yes they CAN do whatever they want and they continually try and they are continually successful at doing whatever they want. It IS legal because they make rules inside their company that are not affected by Federal and State labor laws. IBM can break their own rules whenever they wish, to suit teh needs of the business. IBM is careful not to deliberately break labor laws of the States and/or Federal laws on the books.
You are an "At Will Employee". You have NO mutually agreed upon written employment contract; regardless of whether it is a "collectively bargained" contract or an individual one, UNLESS you are an executive who has negotiated an individual contract with the BoD. The guess here is that you aren't an executive. When you are able to see that without a written contractual agreement, that states specifically what IBM can and can't do in regard to its employees; you will then understand why a collectively bargained union contract is the only answer to your dilemma...whether you're over 60 or not!

Comment 09/23/14: How about executives? And the board? The GTS group is being retrained in CAMSS? cloud, analytics, mobile, security, and social? IBM spokeswoman Trink Guarino is quoted as saying in the Computerworld article. Given that many IBMer's have been with the company for decades, odds are that other folks have also lacked expertise in these areas.
For example, those technologies certainly weren't around when CEO Ginni Rometty joined IBM 33 years ago. So, did she give up 10 percent of her salary while going through that learning curve? And how about the board? With an average age of 64, they surely required some technical updating? But did they pay for it with a cut to their $250,000 annual fee? This company needs a union NOW TO stop this bull s###t. -Ana-

Comment 09/23/14: The law on pay cuts: -anon-
Alliance reply: This is good information; but it is incomplete. There is a glaring omission in this data: Nothing is said about the employees/worker's right to organize. Nothing is said about "At Will Employment" vs. an employment contract. Many of these situations, such as furlough, layoffs, etc. can be negotiated in a collectively bargained union contract. Any employer that does not have to abide by a union contract, can use the laws and the rules mentioned in this link, to their advantage and not the employee's.
Be sure to look through the link listed in the above article for more information on "Your Rights In The Workplace". Here's that link:

Comment 09/23/14: Dun dun dunnnnnn. "I would imagine within the next month there will be more activity in there," Bullard said. -FourthQTR-

Comment 09/23/14: They may "decline to comment on speculation .." - but they rent real estate?
-RAtired BTV'er-
Comment 09/23/14: Perhaps the pigs (also known as IBM management) have made a grave error in the pay for training debacle.
This has taken on legs of its own:
"All in all, it's hard to determine the broader implications of this decision. Nevertheless, here are a few suggestions for the IBM executive team:
1) Develop and enforce training policies consistent with IBM values,
2) Do not make employees pay for education required by the company,
3) never tell people about pay cuts or performance problems in an email, and
4) Don't be jerks."
Comment 09/23/14: Two good articles on IBM latest effort in education. "Advice to IBM management: Don't be jerks" and "IBM Offers Workers Training and Pay Cuts" and

IBM only provides education now if it does not cost them anything. Most of their offering are like "Think 40" and "Lunch and Learn" are vaporware. You get what you pay for...-Joe-

Comment 09/23/14: article called Advice to management: don't be jerks. -Anon-
Comment 09/22/14: -yestrodamus- Low interest rates is what is driving the record high stock market on Wall St. With low interest rates the only way to make money is to put it in stocks. If interest rates are higher then a saver investment is bonds with a more predictable more stable return. But bonds are at historical low interest rates. Not much bang for the investment buck.
Some have said in order to make money in this post Great Recession era you need to already have money or money waiting on the sidelines.
No wonder the middle class is shrinking since they don't have that money to invest or even to gamble with (surprised that Atlantic City NJ casinos are closing?). And it kinda makes sense about the "having money already" to be able to make more money in this economy.
If the Fed Reserve manipulating the interest rates without real regards to the present economy and job market? You decide.
The way I see IBM likes it just the way it is as long as they make Roadmap 2015.
Comment 09/22/14: I read this on a Zolman site ... can some one comment on this or verify this? The products certainly feel in decline from the outside. It feels like IBM is sucking the life out of its own products like you beat dead horse to get an extra feet without ever feeding or watering it.:
"IBM software and mainframe business is already in steep decline. New applications are invariably being put on low cost IaaS cloud, or specialized PaaS or DB engineered systems. Lotus has been a basket case for years, Tivoli is being eaten by the likes of ServiceNow, IM and Cognos suffering from lack of investment and Oracle/SQL Server superiority, Rational long ago lost to HP, services losing out to far cheaper Indian companies and in-sourcing to internalise profit margin. Nowhere for IBM to go from here, particularly with an unmotivated/uncompensated workforce." -Reader-

Comment 09/22/14: 8 hours a week of training for 6 months? 208 hours? Impossible. Any details of the training curriculum released yet? -BeenAroundTheBlock-
Comment 09/22/14: If my manager even thinks of suggesting me for that training initiative I hope he is wearing a cup. IBM has hired technical leads and PM's that don't have a clue about technology, those are the people who need the training and the 10% pay cut. Actually, they are not needed at all because they have no "value add" to the client. They are all a drain-waste, which we are supposed to be eliminating. IBM = top heavy = epic fail Get rid of middle mgmt already, its costing the clients way too much. -johnny2times-
Comment 09/22/14: The geniuses who thought up the retraining program did not factor in that people from different departments support the same account. So as each manager identified people for this program they decimated account support. We have accounts where their entire GTS technical support team will be at training one day a week. Will the customer be told of this new 4 day a week model?? The SLA penalties alone will exceed any savings from the pay cuts! -CAMSShaft-
Comment 09/21/14: I am curious as the why none of the comments posted here make the mainstream media. Alliance@IBM, any feedback or better yet guidance? How do we tell the world what is "really" happening to the workers at IBM? I think the effort will both bring the effort to the forefront of labor relations AND publicize that the union is ready and willing to organize. -Ex IBMer-
Alliance Reply: You need to ask the corporate "Main Stream Media" that question. In the mean time, one suggestion would be to start organizing. Don't sit around waiting for the MSM to get "curious'. They never will, unless a large group of US IBMers decide to publicly make noise and take some action. FYI...Alliance has its own Facebook account and Twitter account. We use them both to connect with IBMers in the USA AND the rest of the IBM world. Our web site has nearly 10 million hits and gets about 100,000 per month on average. The not-so-big media outlets run our press releases without any hesitation. Yet, the MSM will not "bite", as in the past. What we have said over and over and over and over for the past 15 years is still true: The IBMers must rise up and organize in large numbers and stop sitting around waiting for someone else to do it. YOU are the union, if you choose to be.
And we can help you.
If you choose not, then no one else will really care; most especially the Media.

Comment 09/21/14: Just wondering if anyone has any data about how interest rates affect the current IBM profits, buybacks, borrowing, etc. The reason I ask, is that if the US Fed raises interest rates next year as expected, what will that do to IBM's financial engineering? And if the impact is negative, is there any way to compute just how many jobs would be needed to be cut for every interest rate percentage increase? -yestrodamus-
Comment 09/20/14: People have missed the fine print in IBMs offer. They are giving 'up to' 1 day of training per week. If you only get 15 minutes of training per week IBM is still covered. Boils down to a 10% pay cut, period. -Zeke-
Comment 09/20/14: I was on another site and saw this and it best descibes IBM employment in my opinion:
"IBM acts just like a pimp. They hire out their employees (keeping a nice juicy cut), slap them around a bit to keep control then drop them as soon as their skills are no longer required. If you are happy to remain in an abusive relationship then good for you, but I've got more respect than that and chose to leave for much happier pastures." -dd-
Alliance Reply: And organizing a union of IBMers to address these issues is also an option. There's a lot more effort involved, that's true. But the reward that comes from that effort is much better than just letting IBM win and continue to pimp.

Comment 09/20/14: >>> The 'Re-train or die' memo is so much more offensive given that IBM has effectively frozen investment in most of its employee training for the last 10 years. IBM management have created the problem and then turn around and blame the workers for not keeping their skills up. Sick <<<
Oh how true this statement is!!! It's the ultimate irony; and the street says IBM is making a good move. Such a silly facade out there. -Anonymous-

Comment 09/20/14: This is the kind of crap the pay cut has spawned. -anon-
Comment 09/20/14: Training. I recall in my past I had taken more courses then I can remember. Some were on IBM's dime but most were on my dime. We didn't have a skills inventory but every time I completed a course I would record it with my FLM. I guess the trick was if you want to advance you need to take the initiative to get the training. Remember the kids coming out of school today have the new stuff so you need to keep up. -lastdino1-
Comment 09/20/14: Maybe Ginni should be the next NFL Commissioner? Both IBM and NFL is brand marketing and image. And both clearly are much the same in how they are going about it (or not). The more things might change the more things remain the same. -ya_think?-
Comment 09/20/14: The 'Re-train or die' memo is so much more offensive given that IBM has effectively frozen investment in most of its employee training for the last 10 years. IBM management have created the problem and then turn around and blame the workers for not keeping their skills up. Sick. -Anon-
Comment 09/19/14: To Alliance: Thanks for the message about American Airlines agents and the CWA union. Perhaps the ex-IBMers and IBMers who are still sticking their heads in the sand instead of learning the lessons taught by IBM since Gerstner and currently being taught by PBS's and Ken Burns's series on the Roosevelts will join the move for a union!! -Fighting Mad-
Comment 09/19/14: As a former IBM FLM let go last year I would suggest that everyone who received the note make their FLM put in writing the deficient skills and any rejections they receive regarding classes they can't take due to spending freezes. May not save you but will tie the FLMs and 2ne LM up in knots -Mike-
Comment 09/19/14: In the press release Trinky says "A few hundred people in the technology services outsourcing business in the United States..." NO WAY!! The numbers are much higher. Can the alliance take a poll to get a better count? -CAMSShaft-
Alliance reply: We've done "polls" in the past and they are not a reliable way to collect real data. In the past, we were able to calculate the numbers very closely, using the RA packages. We don't get that information anymore, either.

Comment 09/19/14: To "Who Came Up with that Bright Idea." -- IBM Education is a sham and has been for years -- go to
and try finding courses outside of "Conferences" that are actually scheduled. When I advised one department of IBM to stop linking to those "impressive-looking" pages with no substance behind them and suggested that they bring this to the attention of higher-ups in IBM so that the education system in IBM could be fixed, I was reprimanded by that department's VP and by my own manager and told to stay out of it. Received a "3" at next appraisal. Moral of story: forget about trying to fix things from within; managers on the inside just try to cover up the truth. Instead, join the union who will make VPs, Directors, Armonk pay attention! From FIGHTING MAD. -Fighting Mad-

Comment 09/19/14: Ginni's Rules
1. Don't protect the past.
2. Never be defined by your product.
3. Always transform yourself
Ginnis Rules says nothing about how to treat IBMUS employees. Maybe she should take a history lesson about IBM. TJ Watson would never reduce salaries, reduce benefits, and have RA's. Under TJ Watson, IBM did not need a union, he had respect for the individual. Sammy, Lou, and Ginny have no respect and don't care about the IBMUS employees. Join the Union. -ANA-

Comment 09/19/14:
IBM, Global reportedly working toward chip deal IBM Corp. and GlobalFoundries are said to be headed to arbitration as early as next week in the latest effort to strike a deal for IBM to sell its semiconductor manufacturing operations.
A source involved in the discussions between the companies told the Journal's Albany Bureau on Thursday that the sides are optimistic that an arbitrator can iron out the details. An agreement has stalled in recent months, including failed negotiations in the past few days, the source said.
Comment 09/19/14: If the executive team all took a 10% paycut, and took training on Leadership, Business Conduct, People Skills, and of course SCAMS, that would actually INCREASE the number of workers solving customer problems, since we wouldn't need so many people sacrificing 10% for the corporation. Can someone provide a list of classes that are required? I actually tried to take some classes on SPSS, but the classes were not existent. ha -Who came up with that dumb idea-
Comment 09/18/14: It took 19 years to win a union election here but they did! -Alliance-
Comment 09/18/14: On April 1st, 2015, SCAMS employees will receive their regular pay. On April 2nd, 2015, they will have been identified as"distracted" for the past 6 months and promptly RA'd. Why haven't people been organizing and joining the union?? What's next? Employee pays for 100% of their medical costs and receive 401k matches only if they've been employed for 5 years?!?! -Shawn-
Comment 09/18/14: Heard directly from a 2nd line manager, as soon as the smoke clears from this next bad quarterly result, that since "headcount numbers are too high" in SWG (and probably other divisions), that many folks will be "encouraged" to sign up for a new program where you join a business partner but are "still an IBM employee". Take the hint. -LowMorale-
Comment 09/18/14: To grateful, Since Lou became CEO, the IBMUS worker has lost benefits, retirement benefits, salary increases, lay offs, a greedy and corrupt group of CEOs and executives. When will the IBMUS worker wake up these guys have their own contracts, without a union contract protecting the workers, these ba*****s can do anything they want. They and their families are well taken care, while the IBMUS employee continues to get the shaft. Join the union. -Ana-
Comment 09/18/14: Ginni and her executive team should take a 10% cut and get the necessary LEADERSHIP TRAINING they totally lack! -cut_this_out-
Comment 09/18/14: The memo states that workers will need to dedicate one day per week to training so that they can "focus on learning and development". It sure is strange that IBM CEOS are going to cut IBM salaries because their skills are not up to date. Yet, IBM hired the cookie man Louie to be CEO who knew nothing about computers but came from Nabisco. It is just another ploy to cut salaries. IBM needs a union -Ana-
Comment 09/18/14: my team took a 20% cut earlier this year, so I feel for those taking a 10% cut now. everyone here needs to understand that this pirate ship is being looted by the captain and it is not going to turn around until the pillage and plunder is complete. 2 choices, 1: mutiny 2: get another job. my choice is get another job, i am not a sleazy pirate criminal like the bastards currently running this ship.... -grateful-
Comment 09/18/14:

Comment 09/18/14: Another article on the pay cut -Alliance-

Comment 09/17/14: Another spin on the 10% pay cut: -Alliance-
Comment 09/17/14: Here is an article published in Computerworld.
Comment 09/17/14: I hope the folks affected by this retraining really understand what is going on. You have just been handed your 6 months notice. You are now working during your severance period. You need to start looking for work outside of IBM now. Good luck. -BeenAroundTheBlock-
Comment 09/17/14: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Acquires IBM Semiconductor Unit? -JustSayin-

Comment 09/17/14: For those being required to acquire new skills, are they being told what skills to go after and what classes they should be taking; or are they at risk of spending six months acquiring skills only to be told they took the wrong classes? -Glad_to_be_gone-
Comment 09/17/14: I am reminded of a Sonny and Cher song. And the beat goes on. Undeserving people have been getting fired for the sake of new profit records since 1999. Do not act surprised because the only thing surprising most of you is your affected this time. Every time a " Resource Action" is announced you are all told about it even if its to say you are not affected. Did you all really drink the kool aid and believe that everyone let go before you was a low performer and deserved it? Time to wake up and smell the coffee in the Union Hall people. -Exodus2007-
Comment 09/16/14: For all those who were flagged as being camss deficient: If your IBM manager (FLM) or IBM second line asks you a favor to help with their computer "problem" (having problem with Lotus Notes, Sametime, Excel spreadsheet, printer driver, internet question, etc.) tell him/her to join you in the cmass training classes! It's not crass or curt; it's strictly business. Your IBM management should understand. -IdiotsBecameManagement-
Comment 09/16/14: @Lacking Skills: The only skill you are lacking is that of finding a better job. Well, yes, if you really want to leave IBM. I say the only skill is not waking up and organizing by joining the Alliance! If you want to take IBM back as your company! You do have the power under USA Section 7 Labor Law, but you have to exercise it. -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 09/16/14: SCAMS is just another cost reduction initiative, intended to encourage attrition and avoid costly RAs. IBM wants you gone. Get the hint? -Anonymous-
Comment 09/16/14: The SCAMS training is on top of Think40 hours? What proof will there be that one has learned, a surprise exam in April? Required pasing "certification"? What happened to Ginni's 24hr customer response turnaround demand from a year ago, if one is out on mandated 8hr off work, and a customer CritSit comes up and remaining workers already overloaded can't handle?. Bet none of the board members including GINI have any real SCAMS knowledge except for buzz word -LongGone-
Comment 09/16/14: Friday when I was told I was "not affected" by the SCAMS action, I was also told I would get to pick up my SCAMSed colleagues' work. And no, I'm not getting their 10% paycut added to my pay. So ALL of the US GTS employees are getting the CAMSS-shaft, one way or the other. This company is screwing its employees once again, yet most of you are acting surprised and still waiting for your fairy godmother to come rescue you. Quit yer belly-aching and join the union. Then at least you will have paid for the honor of coming here to b**ch. -Suffering-in-GTS-
Comment 09/16/14: @Lacking Skills: The only skill you are lacking is that of finding a better job. The so-called training is probably going to make it worse. -Anonymous-
Comment 09/16/14: As I read the memo, I interpreted the 90% as what you get paid *while training* ... and full salary otherwise. For folks in GTS that are hourly anyway, isn't this a good thing? Get your full billable hours then also get paid to train at 90% -anonymous-
Alliance reply: In the past there was no pay cut while you took classes and there shouldn't be one now. It is just another means to squeeze money out of workers to help in the goals of Roadmap 2015.

Comment 09/16/14: At the end of 2008 IBM announced record profits. In January 2009 IBM fired thousands of employees. It has continued for more than five years. This is getting to be absolutely ridiculous. Wake up and do something, get a job elsewhere, or hide in the shadows until your turn comes. But don't act surprised when something happens to you when the writing has been on the wall for the past 15 years or more. -BeefSquatch-
Comment 09/15/14: Many hit in Boulder (10%). Really exceptional employees. The best of the best. Same story from all. IBM, you get what you dish out. This will certainly have a heavy impact on IBM SO customer sat. What IBM did was dumb, dumb, dumb. Totally self-defeating. -Boulder Based-
Comment 09/14/14: For all those who were not flagged as being camss deficient - and I mean no disrespect to those who were - will they be given a 10% pay increase as they will now have to pick up this work? -CAMSShaft-
Comment 09/14/14: Current **rumor** around EFK: Intense negotiations with GF, GF to buy fab but IBM pay for 14nm production. Maybe announce oct timeframe. Heard from multiple sources. Will this correspond to layoffs if it happens? Possible! -bongo-
Comment 09/14/14: The lastest SO action is definitely a SCAMS. I'm an SO employee and was notified 9/12 of my salary reduction and the 6 month timeframe to improve my skills. Funny thing is I have spent the whole of 2014 improving my skills and my manager has reviewed and approved my "skills Update". I have received recognition this year for sharing my expertise and offered to be a mentor when asked. So just where are my skills lacking? And btw I have not been offered any assignment to utilize my new acquired skills. -Lacking Skills-
Comment 09/14/14: I don't think that hiring people in their 20s is done so that during a layoff the avg. age is reduced. I think that managers look at new hires as more mobile and able to find other jobs quicker and it saves someone in their mid to late career a job who has a family and a house to pay for. I think that new hires should be guaranteed employment for their first 2 years at ANY company. Otherwise, it is just a waste of everyones time (mentor's training, new hires investment and IBM's money). Here's to hoping I stay employed. -btvNewHire-
Alliance Reply: Speculation whether IBM uses ages of new hires to lower the "RA" age average to avoid age discrimination allegations will never be proven. However, if you believe that IBM "
saves someone in their mid to late career a job who has a family and a house to pay for", then you are not aware of IBM's layoff history. If you think new hires should be "guaranteed employment"; then the only way IBM would ever agree to that would be through a written employment contract---which can only happen if IBMers, organize and fight for a contract in the first place. We hope you stay employed too; just like we hoped the thousands of IBMers of the past that were fired for no reason would have kept their jobs....But hope doesn't guarantee anything. A contract does.

Comment 09/14/14: -fighting mad- I think it is to late to restore the old IBM culture. The changes have been made over time and are not reversible.If there is success in starting a union the best you could do is to develop a new set of working ground rules. Ask your fellow IBM'ers why they are reluctant to join up and then work to convince them to join. You need to get some benefits explained to them that will entice them into joining. Unless you press them the present membership will not grow. Start the hard sell in the field. -lastdino1-
Comment 09/14/14: Ibm announcing 10% salary cuts for approximately 75% of there SO employees. Ibm is offering them to work only 80% of there current workload. The remaining 20% is to be used for up training on new products and services. This is clearly a cost cutting measure disguised as a benefit to the employees. Statement is this is through April '15 at which time employees would get their full salary reinstated. Only time will tell if that is true. Either way affected ibmers are in a tizzy. -Bob-
Comment 09/13/14: I don't know if this is considered appropriate but yesterday. 12 SEP 2014, the "GTS US SO SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PLAN" was deployed. Many, I have heard up to 70%, of SO staff were informed they were deficient in (client) SCAMS skills (Social, Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Security (SCAMS) - of course "big blue" prefers CAMSS"). For 6 months starting in October those affected are required to dedicate one day a week (23 total) to skills augmentation. Target skill levels were provided along with an rduction path. For the same 6 month duration all people affected will have their salary reduced by 10% (affecting 401K payouts and bonuses). Supposedly day-to-day work will be rebalanced to accommodate the reduced day-to-day staffing. -Anonymous-
Comment 09/12/14: -Blue no more-: Nice and totally correct observations and suggestion! You are much, much wise and I wish more people in IBM would heed your advice! The Alliance has been trying to get folks to see things this way, for a long time. But you know how tough it truly is... -da_facts-
Comment 09/12/14: IBM announces internally a mandate of 8 hours training per week for the next 6 months along with a 10% salary reduction during that time. Can you say cost cutting and furlow manipulation? -Anonymous-
Comment 09/11/14: Economic and political systems are *reflections* of the attitudes and behaviors of people. Instead of trying in vain to clean the reflection itself, clean up your own heart with respect to receiving in accordance with what you give, and teach it to others (especially your kids). People with less self-centered attitudes magically do the right thing by others. That's how it works.
Until a significant majority of Americans no longer harbor greedy attitudes of money earned through means other than supplying something of value, until they wouldn't do any differently were they running the show, the system/environment will either remain the same or get worse. That's how it goes when a majority has an attitude of wanting more than a reasonable share, and will do anything to get it. America, you're experiencing exactly what you collectively *are*. Make the supreme collective bargain with each other: change your selves, and the cart (system) will follow you to a nobler place.
-blue no more-
Comment 09/09/14: Of course IBM is hiring in the US. They do a large hiring of unnecessary young workers right before a major layoff. I had a young lady, maybe 25 hired into an office next to me. Her job was VP Communication Liaison. She was so excited and felt great. I asked her to think about her role and what was coming shortly. Sure enough, 6 weeks later there was an RA. She was let go and many like her. The brought in about 40-50 20-somethings and they were all let go in the RA to bring down the average age. So, if IBM is hiring, watch the age. If they are young, they are getting ready to RA. Not that this is news because the cash from the Lenovo sale will go straight to RAs. Ginny has been blocked from IBM cash to do RAs. Thus the desperation for the sale to go through so she can push an RA through. -Anonymous-
Comment 09/09/14: One thing that the Alliance needs to consider is that there are a great number of current IBMers who are conservative. I am talking about the home-school parent, Bible believing, anti-government, anti-union types who are willing to take their chances and drink the blue Kool-Aid. I left IBM after 8 years. Best decision I made. No more PBCs, no more games, no more lies. -Martin-
Alliance reply: We *have* considered the multi-political and religious beliefs of IBMers, all over the US and the world since we began. Our former treasurer made no bones about being a conservative. BUT, he will always be a strong supporter and advocate of fighting for a union contract, just like the rest of us. The long history of unions also includes members' strong religious beliefs as well as Labor and Religious coalitions that stood up for working people and did what they could to organize workers toward a union contract.
The bottom line is that unions and beliefs in religion are not at odds with each other. Corporations try to divide people by using "wedge" issues, to keep them from organizing. Alliance@IBM's position has not changed in those regards. Our focus has always been to unite workers and bring their collective voice to the bargaining table and protect their rights in the workplace to form a union. And that is a decision that we want the IBMers in the US to understand that they have the right to make, collectively and openly in a union election. Getting to that point is more than half the struggle; whether you are a Christian or an atheist, it doesn't matter.
Comment 09/09/14: Peter Greulich exposes the betrayal of the employee-owner, and the myths of IBM's "leadership" beginning with Gerstner and his board and of the Harvard Business School model to maximize shareholder value.
Join the Alliance, vote your stock against the current board, support the amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision, and it may be possible to restore the real IBM culture by removing power from the rapacious claws of those who would restore America to the days of the robber barons. I am "Fighting Mad." -Fighting Mad-

Comment 09/09/14: Any one heard of Qualcomm setting up a center in Fishkill, NY and hiring lots of ex-IBMers? -anonymous-
Comment 09/08/14: Talking to an IBMer (SWG), they tell me all previously approved expenditure is canceled for Q3 and must be entered for approval again... IBM cut the fat a long time ago. Now they've gone through bone and are harvesting vital organs. All to hit a number that is supposed to be an indicator, not a target. Gross. -quitter-
Comment 09/06/14: This article claims that hiring is happening in the US, maybe they're just pitting workers against one another. -Barb -
Article in India's Economic Times ... comments from Indians exposing the facade of H1B workers -anonymous-

Comment 09/04/14: I thought this video needs to be shared again, since there are rumors of layoffs coming. So glad to be RA'ed in 2013: IBM/Sterling Commerce Manager Holds Team Building Project (Employees Color Easter Eggs 2013). Granted it was two days after Easter and the manager didn't boil the eggs. My manager gave me permission to take the pictures of our colored Easter eggs. I made a YouTube video and wanted to share it with past/present and future IBM employees. I hope you like it and feel free to share it. The whole Easter egg color fiasco took about 2 hours of IBM time. This happened about 2 months before we got our RA'ed notices. So if your manager has you doing crazy things, it MIGHT just mean the layoffs are coming. I would really suggest organizing a union, now and please feel free to share the video I would like to see it go viral: -Glad to be RA'd in 2013-
Comment 09/04/14: Gorman, executive director of external communications for Lenovo, about the union's claim. Gorman worked for IBM says that Alliance union lies that there will massive layoff in 2015. This guy does not know what he is talking about. That is the IBM way, send IBMers from IBM to another company and lay them off within a year. All of these guys are greedy and corrupt. Join the union. -ANA-
Comment 09/04/14: I know a job cut or cuts is totally inevitable in IBM before YE 2014. And this site will expose it again and again. I wish more people and the news press will notice it when it happens. Where is the collective conscience of this conniving, lying, greedy, corrupt, and morally bankrupt IBM executive management team???? How do they even sleep at night???? -Roadkilled-
Comment 09/03/14: Anyone else find it hilarious that IBM had a global SameTime outage this week? It already happened for a couple days last week. It's almost unheard of for a large corporation to have such a large scale communication outage. Gross incompetence. I bet they outsourced all the good IT people to dirt cheap East Asian subsidiaries (Note: I am also an East Asian) -Anon-
Comment 09/03/14: To all the posters from US about fake jobs: This might make you feel "better". Jobs posted by STG India seem to be fake too. I have had a couple of friends being contacted by an IBM recruiter about"exciting job openings" in STG. They respond with their resume, and never hear back, despite having all the qualifications. Sounds pretty normal, but here's what makes this suspicious: these so-called job openings have been open on external job sites (monster, et. al.) for over 6 months, and yet, they dont even want to have a telephonic screening round with a potential candidate. I have even had a couple of friends who reesigned from the exact same job apply for the same job opening (just for the heck of it), and they were apparently found to be "not matching requirements". Bottomline is, this is not a case of IBM management deceiving US employees to grow business outside, but rather a worldwide betrayal of employees to meet their own ends. We should stop fighting among ourselves. -Anonymous from India-
Comment 09/03/14: -BlueEyedBlindness- Thanks for the story. IBM seems to be nearing the Pullman company everyday in its perceived abuse of labor. I suppose stories of past labor struggles should be taught over and over to prevent needless repeat of history. I suppose it is inevitable considering the population are ignorant Starbucks drinking buffoons who do not appreciate the benefits they enjoy are being removed under their noses and how past labor struggles afforded them this. Once it is all gone, don't expect another FDR to bail you out of eternal serfdom for a long time. The bloody struggles will continue for a long time. -Seeker-
Comment 09/02/14:
On Tuesday, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich said these long-term projections are not worth doing in this era of tech realignment and that IBM needs to focus on long-term strategy instead of EPS goals. IBM?s trailing twelve month EPS is $14.85, so it has a tough row to hoe between now and the end of its fiscal 2015, which would be Dec. 31, 2016. -Anon-

Comment 09/02/14: The majority of US jobs posted on the IBM Global Opportunity Marketplace are fake. Every time I apply internally, I am told the job had to be "pulled". IBM is full of LIES and LIARS. I'm looking forward to finding a job elsewhere, and I really don't care if it doesn't pay as well. -Anonymous-
Comment 09/02/14: This is a belated article, since Labor Day is "over"; but it still serves as evidence that the more things change, the more they stay the same:
"The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage" -BlueEyedBlindness-

Comment 09/02/14: Soon Ginni will be sucking the Morgan Stanley Bonus Stock dry. This is earned bonus money that many employees won't see. Another company lie. -Over55-
Comment 09/01/14: BTV is hiring. Linkedin has been sending me a job notice for an Advisory Engineer job. It looks like an H1B "fake-posting" (only one person, the H1B already in hand, can possibly fit the detailed job description). The fab is also hiring, I know someone who went [back] to IBM to work. -NotherBtv'er-
Comment 09/01/14: -RAtired BTV'r- it could be a phantom job hiring campaign. I see IBM "jobs" in the newspaper classifieds all the time and the qualifications are generally ridiculous for a single human to possess. So then IBM says they can't fill these "jobs" so they can get more H1B's. IBM can do this since the State of VT and other States like NY do not know the exact number of IBM employees and where they are located since IBM does not disclose employment numbers due to "competitive reasons" (whatever that means I still can't figure out). If IBM doesn't have to disclose IBM will not disclose and will obfuscate whenever possible. When was the last time IBM was forthcoming with vital public information??? -FishFooled_in_EFK-
Comment 09/01/14: "Ginni just sold $6.7M worth of stock on 8/27"
Ginni needs it to pay for her summer vacation and for her Labor Day vacation plans!
Just concern yourself with things you can control: getting organized, get a union vote, get a contract. Make money and live better! -JohnBoy Walton-

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