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Comment 04/18/15: "Has anyone run in to the issue of being denied your FHA money because when you were let go on an RA you were less than a year shy of program eligibility?" Yes. The same thing happened to me. "Has anyone had any success in turning a similar situation around?"
No, I don't think it's possible to turn this around unless perhaps through sympathetic courts, but I wouldn't count on that. On another topic, re managers getting RAd, yes it happens, but it's rare. Too bad; the management is full of incompetent suck-ups who do no meaningful work, and getting rid of 1/3 to 1/2 of them might help the company. Certainly it would be better than what happens now, which is RA the people who actually do the work. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: There are plenty of comments on here and the "archives" comments sections that discuss FHA. Check them out.
Even if you think there's a "sympathetic court", you would have to get a lawyer to find a "law" that IBM broke to file a case in that
"sympathetic court". The problem is that the FHA plan is an IBM creation, based on IBM's rules. It's not federal or state "regulated". As we have said before many times; IBM makes their rules and IBM can break their own rules whenever they please. No laws against that. However if you have a union contract, then you WOULD have a legally binding document that specified all the benefits and requirements agreed to by the union employees and IBM. THEN you'd have a strong court case....But now, you don't.

Comment 04/18/15: "..Seven people from the Watson group just recently left IBM.."
It is the "ya can't stand the heat, then get outta the kitchen" that must apply to the Watson group.
Well I guess Watson just is not cooking with oil these days! We need a union to keep technical vitality and training before all of IBM's intellectual talent is long gone.
Comment 04/18/15: > "Certainly true, but at IBM how many people in IBM get the opportunity or chance to work with the latest technology?"
There's plenty of open source technology that's just a download away. Prospective employers like to hear that you're motivated to be learning new things on your own, especially things relevant to their needs. It does require your spare time, but it beats being stuck with a resume full of useless Blue Stack bloatware that almost no one outside of IBM cares about. -irrational-
Comment 04/17/15: I'm confused. Why would your counselor be surprised that you got FHA? From what I'm reading, with >15 years and age 55, you were eligible. What's this 6 month limit you are talking about?
"I was let go April 1 2014 with 18 years of service, I turned 55 in August and was given the bridge to retirement including FHA. On the books I suspect it looks like I willingly retired early. My FHA is worth less than 1 year of IBM healthcare. Ginny R sent me a congratulations letter in August for retiring. I also had $2500 retraining. The retirement counselor from IBM benefits said he was surprised I got the FHA. Maybe 6 months is the limit. -BobK-" -whatever-
Comment 04/17/15: Seven people from the Watson group just recently left IBM to join Dave Ferrucci at Bridgewater Associates. Ferrucci is leading a new AI unit according to this: -Anonymous-

Comment 04/17/15: I was let go April 1 2014 with 18 years of service, I turned 55 in August and was given the bridge to retirement including FHA. On the books I suspect it looks like I willingly retired early. My FHA is worth less than 1 year of IBM healthcare. Ginny R sent me a congratulations letter in August for retiring. I also had $2500 retraining. The retirement counselor from IBM benefits said he was surprised I got the FHA. Maybe 6 months is the limit. -BobK-
Comment 04/17/15: "I think the most important aspect is to keep your skills up to date with the latest technology."
Certainly true, but at IBM how many people in IBM get the opportunity or chance to work with the latest technology? You work with IBM's technology with is now not even state-of-the-art, let along cutting or"bleeding edge". It is more a bureaucratic behemoth self serving disaster now (lost in the cloud anyone?). That is the problem with IBM.
Comment 04/17/15: After 25 years at IBM, I'm leaving for another job. Only took me 19 years to find a suitable alternative. I'm 54, no degree, and taking a position outside of I/T that pays substantially more than my SSR position at IBM. I mention all this only to offer hope to those of you who hate your job as much as you hate your employer, and are looking for a way out. There are other opportunities out there, and interestingly enough, the IBM mystique remains intact at many organizations outside the I/T industry; -they don't realize how much things have changed within IBM and still think it's a great company. My advice: get a resume together that focuses on your ability to form and maintain relationships with clients, and your ability to adapt to change. The actual I/T knowledge you have is increasingly worth very little outside of IBM, (and increasing worth very little inside IBM as well). Don't be afraid to take a part-time job. For me, taking a part-time job for $15 an hour for most of 2014, when added to my resume, enabled me to land a full-time job in the same industry making nearly $60 an hour in 2015. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/17/15:

Bad tidings. Headwinds for Hardware Earnings. Cost-cutting could help offset some, but not likely all, currency pressures in the coming quarters.
Comment 04/16/15: US worker suing Tata consulting for discrimination against non-Indian workers.

Maybe we can get a class action lawsuit against IBM and all tech firms that discriminate against US workers. -Anonymous-

Comment 04/16/15: I doubt IBM can do too much to destroy the economy in Rochester. Mayo Clinic is the dominant employer and IBM has never even been close. Even the state knows it as they do not offer IBM any tax breaks anymore, giving them to the Mayo Clinic instead. -Long_Gone_From_ROC-
Comment 04/16/15: Has anyone run in to the issue of being denied your FHA money because when you were let go on an RA you were less than a year shy of program eligibility ? I was laid off in February 2014 at age 54, 7 months shy of my 55th birthday in September when I would have made it to FHA eligibility. Since I was retirement eligible, they "retired" me. I wasn't asked if I wanted to bridge to my 55th birthday. In fact they keep telling me there is no bridge available if you are already eligible based on years of service. I've already been denied by the plan admins once. A second letter is in the works. Has anyone had any success in turning a similar situation around? Thanks -Anonymous-
Comment 04/16/15: The Alliance has IBM employee numbers by site here:
We need more information. If your site is not listed please locate the OSHA 300 form for 2014 for your site employee number. It is usually posted with other legal documents that are required by law to be visible to all employees. Send information to -Alliance-

Comment 04/16/15: "You want to better your chances of surviving an RA?-Anonymous-"
I think the most important aspect is to keep your skills up to date with the latest technology. Then, if/when the RA comes, it does not matter. You will be able to find a new job somewhere else. IBM made it so that seniority in the company doesn't matter much anymore as far as benefits (with the exception of the Future Health Account blue $ - and even that is a shrinking benefit every year since the IBM cost is higher, blue $ stays about the same) IBM is not the only game in town. Not in this town anyways. -boulder-

Comment 04/16/15: Sadly like Endicott. I remember Kingston, Manassas, Boca Raton, Tucson, San Jose, and Charlotte all as major sites. Soon Fishkill will add to the list. -recentretired-
Comment 04/16/15: Another great example of a confused, lost behemoth struggling without direction in the tar pits. IBM decides to have a big "Digital Experience" conference in Atlanta. First, confusing name. What is 'digital experience'? As opposed to what, analog experience? They took the legacy portal server product, which was always horrendous, ancient crappy product based on ancient technology and UI paradigm (portlets, anyone?), rename it Digital Experience, have a conference with the same name, right after the big Interconnect and mobile conferences, all very bad decisions. Guess what - 6 weeks to go and only 12 clients registered for this big IBM conference! Uh-oh. Colossal waste of time, money, resources. Very dumb idea and shows the cluelessness of those in charge at this company, and lack of interest in its products. Maybe spending that money to re-invigorate your employees would have been a better idea. Investing in cookbooks and tape technology? I hear that death knell slowly ringing. Activists need to push this board and executive team out, and employees need to work from our side to organize and ensure that we have a voice, before we let them drive the company ship into the reef. Analysts say expectations are so low for 1Q, IBM may actually meet them. I doubt it though. -ShipGoingDown-
Comment 04/16/15: Where is 63? Do we have to wait for the next IBM atrocity (like a pay or benefits cut, forcing remote, work-at-home-office resources to work at a designated IBM office 100% of the time, another RA, etc.)? -still62-
Comment 04/16/15: Seattle CEO cuts his pay so every worker earns at least $70,000. He's already gained new customers, too.
"We're showing people you can run a good company, and you can pay people fairly, and it can be profitable."
When it comes to gaining employee loyalty, Ginni couldn't hold this guy's jockstrap. -CoffeeDrinker-
Comment 04/16/15: I am an ex-Ibmer in India and never I have seen such state of IBM as what I am seeing nowadays. Some of the L1 support team people are getting paid less than the salary of security guard of the office where they are working. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/15/15: In retrospect I'm kinda glad in a way I got RAed back in 2009. Before I got the RA, a few years before, I joined the Alliance. I'm still glad I did. I now know the sick, sadistic lack of logic, decisioning and leadership that became IBM management. At least now when I look for a better job than the one I have, I can always say I was not around with the "bottom of the barrel" folks still hanging on by their broken fingernails, the ones still scared beyond belief to do anything to make IBM what it was when the interviewer or potential manager asks me about it on my resume. The sorry ones still left in IBM will find their resume entry for work in IBM is now less valued the longer you don't do nothing but still want to be employed by this IBM management. -BlueWho-
Comment 04/15/15: You want to better your chances of surviving an RA? You can do two things:
* Get or stay in IBM management. IBM managers have more "staying power" when it comes to RAs. It is absolutely true no matter what an IBM manager will tell you. Once you get above FLM survival in IBM increases logarithmically. Once you are in middle management YOU pick who goes and who stays and you'll ensure your survival. You'll have to live with yourself knowing you mess up employees lives by firing them unjustly comes an RA, but it you can handle it...then your running with the devil anyhow.
Or join the Alliance. Work for an employment contract. A promise and in writing. A much better alternative! -Anonymous-

Comment 04/15/15: Any information on current or expected RAs in Canada? -notimportant -
Comment 04/15/15: Someone posted a comment that 3 managers were RAed. Does IBM RA managers too? Really surprised. I thought FLMs are the ones choose who to be RAed. -FLMRA?-
I've had 2 FLMs RA'd in the past 6 months. I do not believe that either one chose to be RA'd. Both were 2 of the better managers I have had. The last one was 60 and was with IBM for 30 years.
Comment 04/15/15: Mr. White, I am an Endicott resident and my family had a history of working for IBM.
Thank you for the chronological order of what has happened to IBM Endicott. Endicott's economy has suffered dramatically since Lou destroyed a once great upstate Village. This section of upstate NY was once called the Great Southern Tier.
If IBM executives can destroy the home of IBM, they can destroy the economy and lives of any town they are located.
IBM needs a union to fight this greed and corruption.
I hope Lou enjoys his millions on the backs of the residents and IBM employees of Endicott, New York that he destroyed. -ANA-

Comment 04/15/15: In response to comments re: IBM Endicott, here is a summary of details, facts and perspectives regarding the sale of IBM Endicott in 2002. Some of the facts and perspectives:
Comment 04/14/15: To -ReadTheTeaLeaves-"The smart and talented are moving on, they understand this ship is sinking and it's hopeless. IBM isn't even acknowledging this with the usual 'organizational announcements', it's all being kept mum, probably so that others don't get the same idea. People are just here one day, gone the next. So we lose the best and brightest to the competition"
Quite true, it's been quite demoralizing in Research to learn so and so is gone. From Yorktown many have gone to Google. Two that left are now Microsoft Fellows. It used to be put forth that those leaving are spreading IBM's gospel in the industry. Now, silence, management will not announce that someone has left let alone where they've gone. It's up to the individual. David Chess left the best manifesto - it was on his w3 wiki, what was wrong with IBM and why he was leaving. We have had recognized industry SME's (subject matter experts) leave. Women at the top of the STEM chart leave. The list goes on. -anonymous-

Comment 04/14/15: Someone posted a comment that 3 managers were RAed. Does IBM RA managers too? Really surprised. I thought FLMs are the ones choose who to be RAed. -FLMRA?-
Alliance reply: IBM has fired (RA'ed) FLMs and SLMs for years. There were managers that were fired
, when "layoffs" began in IBM in the 1990's. However, the percentage of managers fired vesus workers has always been very very low.
Comment 04/14/15: @Exodus2007 ....."They would have had to do research to know that."....
Not so, FLM's have all direct report employee details at hand. I guess you never received a happy birthday or congrats on x anniversary with IBM note or comment from your manager. Where employees fit what criteria are simple SQL queries that HR or Sr. division mgmnt (SVP/staff) can make.
Remember the "skills matrix" you had to fill out? Employees were told that was to allow for locating needed skills, uh huh.
Reality was Corp HR could use the data assigning a cost basis for location and result showed what could be performed where at lowest cost, hence criteria for RA. IBM no longer in particular business, skills no longer needed? Neither were employees. -gone-

Comment 04/14/15: Is it possible to hve a reply option......? This would make it easy to reply to individual posts and keep track of peoples input/opinins !!? Thanks -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: No.
This board is strictly moderated and updated manually, and frequently. The Alliance has no plans to change the nature or design of this board.
Comment 04/14/15: I can't mention this enough to everyone that is RA'd in the states. Please petition with the Federal Trade and get your trade. Trade will pay for 2 years of college and a few other things. Plus make sure when Trade contacts you to get their email and tell them everything IBM did to you and others (Trade will be glad to give your their email). That is what I did and they listen and wanted me to send them anything I knew or had. I'm in my 50's and enjoy going to college. The management, instructors and counselors at college are more professional then IBM management team or HR Reps ever could be. Never Too Young to go Back to School. -Never Too Young to go Back to School-

Comment 04/14/15: More and more layoffs coming in Brazil... GTS, GBS... PBCs 3, years of experience, does not matter at all since you are just a number. Get out of there while you can!!! -Anonymous-
Comment 04/14/15: I am not sure why no one is reporting RAs from Canada. Maybe we are too discreet! I know at least 3 of the managers from my previous group are getting RAed. People keep on disappearing. If you are young and marketable I would suggest you look for another job ASAP before IBM sucks you dry. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/13/15: I just read the article about the IBM female employee in Australia that lost her lawsuit to IBM
I was wondering if anyone is looking into the case? Smells like IBM paid off the judge or he is just really ignorant to the fact on how IBM treats their employees. -Glad To Be Gone in 2013-

Comment 04/13/15: Interesting -Over-it-in-Oz-

Comment 04/13/15:,ibm-softlayer-slammed-for-failing-on-every-level-after-outage.aspx
MAJOR SOFTLAYER OUTAGE! Australian-owned e-commerce platform provider Bigcommerce has written a scathing blog post criticising IBM SoftLayer over availability problems affecting its customers.
An incident in early April resulted in some Bigcommerce storefronts failing to load correctly due to missing content such as issues, styles and other assets, as well as slow response times, according to Bigcommerce status updates.
The incident resulted in service disruption affecting five percent of Bigcommerce stores, a spokesperson told CRN. It is understood that Bigcommerce uses IBM Softlayer facilities in the US.
Scott Baker, Bigcommerce's head of site reliability and operations, also directed his unhappiness at IBM SoftLayer.
“Our engineers placed too much trust in IBM SoftLayer and that's on us. Unfortunately, our trust in IBM SoftLayer was misplaced. They have failed at every level of an operations team, they have failed as a business unit, they have failed in caring about how their customers are affected."

Comment 04/13/15: The exodus is well under way. Heard about some key defections to cloud competitors recently, actually only found out while looking for people to CC on an email and not finding them on the internal blue pages directory. The smart and talented are moving on, they understand this ship is sinking and it's hopeless. IBM isn't even acknowledging this with the usual 'organizational announcements', it's all being kept mum, probably so that others don't get the same idea. People are just here one day, gone the next. So we lose the best and brightest to the competition, many others through self-inflicted rules like RA, PIP, PBC, and what's left? A lot of unmotivated, company hating individuals. Not exacty a recipe for success. Very bad for morale to have people just 'disappear' and not give their former coworkers the benefit of a heads up. But, that's the kind of thing that happens when a company is dying. We're stuck at 62 because we've saturated the audience here. Let your coworkers know about the Alliance and this site, let's bring in new blood and keep some momentum going. Can't wait for the 1Q financials next week, to see what kind of excuses and further bloodbath results from that. Amusing that we sold off the low-end servers and called that 'cloud revenue'. Amusing but not surprising. Spread the word, join the alliance, rate the company on CEO on glassdoor so we can outnumber the shills that HQ is putting on there to try to dive the ratings up. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 04/13/15: "So will IBM close this site and RA all 1500 who work there and then sell the site for a $1 to rid themselves of it".
Appears IBM doesn't own it anymore. Huron Real Estate Associates owns it whoever they are. Could have been a PILOT thing IBM arranged with NY State(?) If so, it's just like that $1 sale you mentioned. Could this be a superfund site soon perhaps? Kingston, NY ex-IBM location did look like a superfund site the last time I looked at it about a year ago or so. IBM East Fishkill supposedly paid to cleanup up the neighborhood well water where people in the Wiccoppee, Lime Kiln (East Fishkill) have homes and neighborhoods. Once common denominator is IBM eventually abandons it's workforce (by RAs) and the sites that they work out once they pollute it. -Anonymous-

Comment 04/13/15: Using IBM's newly acquired AlchemyAPI, using natural language processing to analyse the opinion of IBM's 2014 Annual Report -anonymous-ex-ibmer-
Comment 04/13/15: Dear -Formeribmer- who commented on 4/13/2015: Your story is so awful... as a woman and an IBMer- I am so deeply ashamed of IBM. I do believe there was a fairly recent Age Discrimination court case against IBM - where the Judge in fact ruled that.... the IBM Open Door Process was very biased.. and an independent process should have been established as first and foremost IBM should have investigated ....... for establishing the truth. IBM is appealing this verdict.... which is truly shocking. I can be a bit sarcastic once I get my Irish up... I am rooting for you friend as I am sure many on this forum are ...Respectfully, -Deb Kelly Proud Alliance@IBM Member-
Comment 04/13/15: -Anonymous- writes " It is odd that after having a one on one with my manager in early January where she asked what my plans for the future were, I indicated that I had to get to March 2016 to hit 15 years in order to qualify for the Health Spending Account. After that I had options going forward. Shortly after that discussion I was given my first "3" rating.".
Why would you consider it odd that after telling the enemy exactly how to hurt you and your family the most they immediately do so? Odds are great that your Management team had no idea you were one year away from actually getting something from IBM. They would have had to do research to know that. Actually work. Submit a query or something to generate a report. That isn't going to happen in most cases because most managers use a team lead to pull reports and have no clue how to do so. People. Stop thinking that Management or HR are on your side. They are not and will never be. Only your elected union representation will be on your side. Always. -Exodus2007-

Comment 04/13/15: I found myself in an incredible situation after 29 years of service at IBM. As a result, I was rated my first 3 after receiving a 2+ (without a salary increase) the year before. As it turns out, I retired rather than fight the situation. Much of the situation had to do with my management. I can't go into details because of an agreement I signed, but even the person assigned to conduct my exit interview implied something was amiss considering the 29 years of long, hard hours of service I had given. Recently I reconnected with someone who I had lost contact with but had retired from another IBM division. Without any prompting, this highly accomplished person said that the root problem at IBM is its management. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/13/15: A cautionary article on suing IBM. From Australia -member-

Comment 04/13/15: Can the Alliance get some demographic data on how many IBMers got RAed that just miss qualifying for the FHA (not quite 15 years of employment and not quite 55 years old)? I bet the number would show clear AGE DISCRIMINATION!
I know our best way of fighting IBM is to unionize and still agree it is the best way to go, but if we can expose IBM's dirty and unfair discriminatory practice of getting rid of workers who are, let's say, 50-54 years old with 10-14 years of service, we can help use that finding to entice more members to join the Alliance, particularly those in that demographic which is still rather sizeable. -FutureHELLAccount-
Alliance reply: There is no doubt there is age discrimination at IBM in job cuts. Has been for years. We got a lot of media attention on this a few years ago when a member did the stats on a job cut in STG. The problem is proving it in a court of law.
IBM employees know that discrimination is going on. It is no secret anymore.

Comment 04/13/15: "I indicated that I had to get to March 2016 to hit 15 years in order to qualify for the Health Spending Account."
Correction: Health Spending Account should be Future Health Account.
Comment 04/13/15: Discrimination in the workplace at IBM! Covert Discrimination: No Subtle Matter -Formeribmer-

Comment 04/12/15: Dear -anon- and Worldwide IBM family regarding your comment -anon- on 4/11/15 ...
I have also asked the wonderful Lee Conrad and all the amazing superheroes at the IBM Alliance who have worked relentlessly and tirelessly for all of us for so many years about LinkedIn. And shame on me... I visited this IBM Alliance site for about 5 years before becoming a dues paying IBM Alliance member two years ago. How sad is that? I am very ashamed of it to be brutally honest. I do believe LinkedIn is a powerful forum as it targets many of our IBM customers, IBMers past and present, our fellow IBM Contractors, and our IBM shareholders. But fundamentally, we have far far too few Alliance members considering the depth and scope of the critical information provided to us. My health is not great... so I do not visit social media often.... but I am in awe of the power of social media..... It only pales in comparison to the awe I have to the unionized efforts of these wonderful worldwide IBM friends and colleagues of ours Respectfully, -Deb Kelly Proud Alliance@IBM member-

Comment 04/12/15: For those of you being RA'd and who are remote, don't give your stupid remote manager the satisfaction of doing a remote close out. Try to find a local ibm manager who would be willing to close you out. That way your stupid manager has scramble to get your check to the remote manager before the close out date AND they also do not get to laugh at you, or continue to insult you, as you are leaving. I put in over 35 years and I HATE ibm!!!! -ihateibm-
Comment 04/12/15:

So will IBM close this site and RA all 1500 who work there and then sell the site for a $1 to rid themselves of it?
Comment 04/11/15: Informed I was being RA'd on the day of my 14th anniversary with the company. Manager was not even aware of the anniversary. It is odd that after having a one on one with my manager in early January where she asked what my plans for the future were, I indicated that I had to get to March 2016 to hit 15 years in order to qualify for the Health Spending Account. After that I had options going forward. Shortly after that discussion I was given my first "3" rating. Told I was under performing. I am a team lead. I was put on a performance plan that was to run until April 20. January and February production numbers showed I was exceeding my goals under the plan. On March 19, 2015 I was informed that I was being RA'd even though I was well ahead of plan expectations. Another member of my team under a plan similar to mine, was also given the news the same day as well.
Managers are not allowed to talk about how many or even indicate who was being RA'd on their individual teams. So far I am aware of four of us that were affected by the action. Of the four, three of us are over 55 and were considering retirement in the future, just not in 2015.
Spoke with a first line manager in our group that was also RA'd after delivering the RA message to a member of her team. She indicated that in management discussions where they discuss employee ratings several people that were near to or had indicated the possibility of retirement in the not too distant future were to be given "3" ratings just because of their comments to their individual manager regarding future retirement plans. A good indication of the selection process for being selected.
It appears that IBM is performing the RA's a little at a time across different divisions in order to hide the number of affected people. They are further concealing the information by not being truthful in their announcements concerning someone leaving a team. The announcement reads something like "so and so has chosen to retire will be retiring on (date). Or so and so has decided to accept an opportunity with another company and will be leaving...
They won't even tell the truth to their own teams. It is amazing how deceitful and untrustworthy the company and it's management has become.
Comment 04/11/15: To Anonymous S&D: Apparently there are no *rules* around packages for individuals with failed PIPs. You MAY be eligible for 13 weeks of separation pay - this is up to your manager. Good luck to you -16YearsAndCounting-
Alliance reply: There ARE *rules*. They are IBM's *rules*, and IBM can break them or enforce them anytime they want to, whenever it serves THEIR interests...and NOT the IBM employees. This is what it means to be an "At Will Employee". You said it exactly right, " ...this is up to your manager." Here's an idea: Unionize and negotiate what those *rules* will be on union terms, and not IBM alone. Organize. It's up to YOU!

Comment 04/11/15: -fg- yes, we know it stinks and it hurts. So let's get our union to fight back! The Buffett's of the world have so much $$$ they can lose billions and still be way to greedy, filthy rich. The only way to fight power and greed is to unionize as one force. -fg-
Comment 04/11/15: "..layoffs this week in Brazil.."
And there were large layoffs in India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, China so next country please now step in line.. After Brazil I can see the Eastern Europeans getting impacted. See, IBM really does stand for INTERNATIONAL Business Meanderings. They are an equal opportunity offender to world job security through these unjust resource actions! We need an INTERNATIONAL or global IBM UNION!
Alliance reply: We DO have an IBM Global Union Alliance. It has been written about on this Job Cuts Report section (see archives), on the main page, and in mass emails to IBM employees (list of unions link). What we need is more workers joining HERE.

Comment 04/11/15: Anonymous in S&D - Just show up to work for the next 60 days for 8 hours a day and do nothing special if you are sure you can't meet the objectives anyway. Take all the money you can get out of them and move forward to a new life. I don't know if there is a way out but use the next couple of months to find a job while still collecting a paycheck. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 04/11/15: With GE announcing yesterday that it is selling off GE Capital its financial component. Don't forget, IBM has it's own 'IBM Credit Corp' subsidiary that generates revenue offering financial support to customers for buying hardware. With IBM's hardware sales in steady decline, ICC becomes a vestigial entity that can easily be sold off. ICC is based out of the old IBM HQ white elephant building in Armonk. The parking lots there are so empty, so empty. -anonymous-
Comment 04/11/15: Add to the social media list - LinkedIn. Follow and comment on the various IBM boards. You will reach a professional audience, act accordingly. Many customer exec's, current and former IBMr's are there. -anon-
Comment 04/10/15: IBM is making good use of social media and we should engage IBM in the social media environment. I want to suggest that Facebook and Twitter users interact with IBM on its social media feeds. We can get the message out about RAs, H1B visas, unionizing efforst, and mistreatment of employees by commenting directly on IBM social media feeds. For example, there is the @IBM Twitter feed that is ripe for commenting. Let us get our messages included within IBM's. Consider this a new way of disseminating information for the new ages. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Good idea. As a matter of fact, Alliance has been active on Facebook and Twitter for a few years now.
If you have a Twitter account and/or a Facebook account, consider following us at @allianceibm on Twitter and Allianceibm Cwa on Facebook. Also, to keep it consistent with Alliance, we recommend using @IBM #THINKunion whenever you tweet re: IBM
. We have 1522 followers on Twitter, and we have 1753 "likes" on our Facebook page. Not a huge following, but there is room to grow and potential to reach, if you really want to organize with social media. Thank you for your comment and your support.
Comment 04/10/15: 20 layoffs this week in Brazil... GBS and GTS. The managers want discretion but the blood bath is just starting...Shame on you IBM. Another massive layoffs coming discretely. Cringely was right...wish this company best luck because the environment is toxic. Brace yourselves -Anonymous-
Comment 04/10/15: With all the Cloud back and forth. lets not lose sight of the fact that before Amazon wiped IBM's *ss and they discovered religion and bought Softlayer. There was IBM's own in house developed "Smart Cloud" that exec's had no idea what to do with, how to market (before the CIA fiasco). Details at:
There are some exagerated claims as to how wide spread it was actually used. If a company got an ID on it to give it a try it was considered a"customer". To IBM Cloud Computing was viewed and treated as a passing industry fad as "Thin Clients", and Virtualization. "Smart Cloud" was a kludge, a poor step child of SWG. It was offered to the public as a freebie try me Test Cloud deal. Virtually (no pun) all the exec's, VP's, DE's involved with it have left IBM. Cringley would have a field day writing about it. At the same time Research had it's own toy clouds (RC1 & RC2) that was never implemented in any scale. -CloudyDays-

Comment 04/10/15: Looks like the media and some government officials are starting to wise up on H1B Visa abuses to replace American workers with cheap labor. Wish they would mention IBM as one of the culprits... -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: As posted a few weeks ago, the Alliance did participate in congressional hearings on the use of foreign workers to replace IBM US workers.

Comment 04/10/15: Finally!!.....Senators investigating VISA abuse with regards to layoffs... -anon-

Comment 04/10/15: -recentretired- If these IBM population counts are right we have to demand the State of NY and Dutchess County of NY revoke the PILOT agreement with IBM! IBM has not kept the jobs up to fulfill the PILOT. The Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation needs to answer to this finding! -FishFooled_in_EFKnPOKedn'nPoughkeepsie-
Comment 04/10/15: I hope Warren Buffet loses his shirt on the IBM investment. Because of his and IBM management greed I lost my job when I needed it most - after the birth of a child. Rot in hell you greedy bast*rds! May you find yourselves in the hottest most raging part of the inferno. It won't be long! -fg-
Comment 04/10/15: 8 weeks of Friday mandatory cloud education for a number of sites in canada (not sure if all). This requires coming into the location in person for 2 hours for CAMSS education , awareness and meeting with IBM Exec and SME's. With travel - 3-4 hours of the day used up for many, this strikes me as a very odd choice of training methods and questionable use of time. Seems like there is more to this than is said. -canuck-
Comment 04/10/15: Analyze this, Amazon screws IBM again. Amazon delivers its answer to IBM Watson Analytics.
Amazon is ready to take the fight to IBM Watson Analytics' artificial intelligence through an easy-to-implement machine learning service geared toward developers. Unveiled on Thursday, Amazon Machine Learning gives developers the chance to extract much more meaningful insights from their Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosted data without needing a background in data science and it is charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. -Anonymous-

Comment 04/10/15:
IBM is losing it in the security space also. Not only are CEOs vulnerable but the traditional safe haven — buying from IBM — is no longer seen as an insurance policy. Instead of buying an all-in-one solution from IBM, a Boston-area venture capitalist argues that companies are looking more to the best-of-breed point solutions to their information security problems.
As ironman competitor Jeff Fagnan, a partner at Atlas Ventures, explained, “IBM struggles to sell security solutions because companies want to buy from best-of-breed vendors like cyber-attack defender, FireEye, network security vendor, Palo Alto Networks, endpoint security provider, Bit9 + Carbon Black, and application security supplier, Veracode. Companies want to buy from companies that have security in their DNA.”
Comment 04/10/15: Regarding DOE supercomputer wins, IBM won two out of the three contracts. I believe the government could not award all 3 to the same vendor. IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers -Anonymous-
Comment 04/10/15: To -anon- I'm not surprised at all with the supercomputer news. As you might know BlueGene Architect Alan Gara left IBM and joined Intel in 2011, and lots of his team members in IBM left too. -Cloudless-
Comment 04/10/15: "statistical analysis of data" + "fuzzy math (i.e. "financial engineering")" = IBM -I'veBeenMisled-
Comment 04/10/15: I first wrote on 3/25/15 about receiving PBC 3 and 90 day PIP (Performance Improvement Plan), after many years at 2+. I am over 55, with over 30 years at IBM. Close to finishing 1st month on PIP with no chance of reaching impossible list of objectives outlined on PIP template. Does anyone have experience with being placed on 90 day PIP, and then being offered reduced ISAP (Individual Separation Agreement) prior to the end of 90 days? I am doing the best I can to anticipate my forced retirement...having the extra 90 days, rather than being forced out with 30 days notice under RA, has been helpful, but still painful. -Anonymous in S&D-
Comment 04/10/15: Poughkeepsie journal reports 3,004 people in Poughkeepsie and East Fishkill with 3,101. East Fishkill will go to GlobalFoundries this year. That will leave only Poughkeepsie for IBM. Far cry from the numbers 10 or more years ago. -recentretired-

Comment 04/10/15: Has Warren Buffett Made a Mistake With His IBM Stock Purchase? --
Just look at the charts. . . -CEOaaS-

Comment 04/10/15: Faith in IBM.... is lacking.... Cray?? Really??? lol
Comment 04/09/15:
IBM blows it in the supercomputer race. Future Intel Chips Shine in 180 Petaflops Argonne Supercomputer. No room for cloud here. For the first time in over twenty years of supercomputing history, a chipmaker, as opposed to a systems vendor, has been awarded the contract to build a leading-edge national computing resource. This machine, expected to reach a peak performance of 180 petaflops, will provide massive compute power to Argonne National Laboratory, which will receive the HPC gear in 2018.
Comment 04/09/15: "...away from the worst executive management I've worked for in the past 30+ years..."
Amen, The myth of IBM is that they still have effective executive management. If Ginni is the leader then they have no real executive leadership, let alone any management and direction.
Comment 04/09/15: Relating to the OUCH / Cloud comments. An article in Eweek delves into the issues. -Anonymous-

Comment 04/09/15: Q. When Will IBM Become a Cloud Leader? A. IBM is clearly lost in the Fog. -Pravda-
Comment 04/08/15: >> To -Pravda- analytics is just a fancy way to say "statistical analysis of data". Nothing new there. <<
Disagree here. Analytics/Big Data is the next evolution. IBM's problem here is that it is big, expensive and cannot be a large contributor to revenue until it becomes more automated and mainstream. That's a decade away.
Comment 04/08/15: >> OUCH! When Will IBM Become a Cloud Leader? While IBM reinvented its cloud unit with a reorg and new services, it seems the company, like Rodney Dangerfield, still can't "get no respect" in the cloud. <<
What new services? Just because they market something doesn't mean it exists. It's the same people using different language. Had they not purchased SoftLayer they would still have ONE Strategic Outsourcing account running in their old cloud... a client (Baccardi I think) that was leaving IBM's cloud anyway. They get no respect because they are inactive, not engaged and totally ineffective in this space. Is that going to change? Probably... When? Who knows.... Impact? No one is waiting for IBM to get their act together.
Alliance reply: What IS certain is that IBM workers will continue to be fired, en masse, according to IBM's continuous "plan" to leave their "resources out of the equation". IBM workers were the FIRST to "get no respect". And the IBM workers will continue to "get no respect" until they unite and stand up for themselves.
Step 1: Join the Alliance and get more IBM workers to do the same. Step 2: Publicly declare, in a unified large group of US IBM workers, that IBM must deal with their workers as *keys* to IBM's success; regardless of what "services" they choose to offer their customers. A union *could* make a difference in the way IBM operates as a company....But the IBM workers have to WANT it, and DO it. Organize. Get busy fighting for your jobs, or get busy losing your jobs and continuing on the same path as before. Your choice, NOT IBM's.

Comment 04/08/15: To -Wondering in NY- In terms of hanging in there or leaving for another job that is a personal choice based on many factors (e.g., age, skills, relationship with your FLM... etc.). What I can say is that it is easier to find a job when you are still employed vs. after a layoff. IBM is a large company and I don't see major changes (improvements) soon. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/08/15: -Pravda- if analytics is handled by the Rational line of software products IBM uses then I say it is definitely IRRational for a statistical analysis set of tools and products! I have used Maximo and TSRM and they are the worst for use as anything I could ever image even though the GDFs still uses them. -GDF'ed-
Comment 04/08/15: -Mark1- I am under the inkling that Warren Buffett doesn't concern himself with the IBM stock price. He only cares for the dividend he gets on the IBM stock shares each quarter which he thinks is a good return on investment. I know it makes little sense but that is my take. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/08/15: @WonderingInNY, The "shareholders" have been quite happy with IBM cutting benefits, cutting employees, and self-cannabilization for many years. They are only unhappy now because its no longer driving the stock price up. If IBM his now hiring and advisor, its to "spin" the situation... not to reverse their strategy. I've been out of IBM for almost two years. The tech market is pretty vibrant and most other companies don't treat their employees like IBM. If you get an offer, I'd highly advise you to take it and run. IBM experience still has value in other companies but that may not last forever if the house of cards falls. Its wonderful post-Blue. -GoneIn13-
Comment 04/08/15: Band 9 guy- i left on my own discretion and getting fed up by incompetent management. My First line was a joke. I got sick of moving one side to another hearing blah blah from executives and shuffling resources to cloud for no reason. I got sick hearing chef watson news as if it meant anything. If IBM cared any technology news, they could have highlighted many good case studies STG and RES did over the years but banged up Chef Watson was the only thing to harp on. A lot of new things exist outside IBM managers have no clue and unmotivated IBMers can not help all management getting the promised lands. It is slow death. Beware -Anonymous-
Comment 04/08/15: The blood bath has been started in Brazil. Next round is scheduled for Friday. Good luck to all!!!! -Anonymous-
Comment 04/07/15: ..and that is how it all ends...Legal (dept) rules all. No matter what, once you sign the document, you are bound. The company is not. Hurts when I take a seat. Give me my money and good riddance to "cloudy" trash. I will sing your praises wherever I go. I will start with Queensland and end with the State of Texas, and Indiana, and all the other successes that you have had. Watson oh Watson please open the pod bay doors and join me... -HAL9K-
Comment 04/07/15: All team members received this in an email this week.
"There is an initiative to help improve morale across the business. To help support this initiative, a TSS National Morale team has been assembled".
Morale issue? You think? To actually see them admit it speaks volumes. signed -'Fool me once'-

Comment 04/07/15: The blood bath has been started in Brazil. New round is Friday. -ibmbr-
Comment 04/07/15: I just wanted to add my name to the list. I was RA's at the end of February -- a band 10 manager in GTS Marketing. Like many of you, I feel I was managed out of the business, having been rated a '1' and then, over a few years, taken down to a '3'. Officially I had 31 years with the business, but IBM did not count the time I worked as a Branch Office Sales Assistant (supplemental) while I was in college. Counting that time, I would have had 33 years. I am terribly relieved to be out of the cesspool, moving forward again in my life and away from the worst executive management I've worked for in the past 30+ years. -Glad That's Over-
Comment 04/07/15: So I have been reading the news that IBM hired advisers with interest. I am not sure what that means for current IBMers. I have been interviewing with other companies and think I am close to getting an offer, but would prefer to stay with IBM if it can course correct. Anyone have an opinion? -Wondering in NY-
Alliance reply: What appears to be going on is that some stockholders are not happy with the past 2 years of Rometty's rule and are organizing. IBM in response is to fight them. In the middle are the employees which BOTH sides will NOT represent. It is up to the Alliance and IBM employees to make our voice heard loud and clear. Join and organize!

Comment 04/06/15: OUCH! When Will IBM Become a Cloud Leader? While IBM reinvented its cloud unit with a reorg and new services, it seems the company, like Rodney Dangerfield, still can't "get no respect" in the cloud. -Anon-
Comment 04/06/15: Why are we still stuck at only 62 new members. Hello??? Do you know when the next RA will happen? If you don't join, you have no way of stopping it. And you might not have any way of saving your job if you have no contract and are selected for RA. If you think keeping you head low will avoid an RA ask the TENS OF THOUSANDS that adopted the same strategy only to fall to the evil Big Blue Empire (BBE) Resource Actions! -Ynot63+?-
Comment 04/06/15: To -Pravda- analytics is just a fancy way to say "statistical analysis of data". Nothing new there. -justsayin-
Comment 04/06/15: Would it be possible to get a question about Warren Buffet's (i.e., Berkshire Hathaway's) support and justification of that support of IBM management in front of their annual shareholders' meeting on May 2, 2015 and in so doing in front of the global financial news media? That is, have him/them justify the support of IBM management's treatment of domestic employees and the large scale export of good paying US jobs to other countries. To get meeting credentials, one has to own stock in Berkshire Hathaway which is currently about $215,600/share. I think very few people, if any, reading this website owns Berkshire Hathaway stock. Nonetheless, is there another way to confront Buffet in a public way with this question at the share holders' meeting? -Mark1-
Comment 04/06/15: -Pravda- Isn't "analytics" the company COGNOS that IBM purchased a few years ago? As with notes, IBM is pushing cognos as an internal analytical tool. Clunky, and not intuitive, and likely a bad investment. -gone in '13-
Comment 04/05/15: "IBM is continuing to execute on our strategy - making investments in growth areas such as analytics and cloud, reinventing our core franchises, and returning capital to shareholders. We are managing the company for the long term."

Execute on our strategy? RAs..RAs..more RAs. analytics? Not a word in Webster's dictionary. IBM has no definition of it other than --->WATSON?
No other company harps on this word so it is anything IBM wants it to be... cloud? IBM Is under a big rainy, stormy one!
Notice the "c" is not in a CAPITAL letter. Re-inventing our core franchises? Re-inventing..what..huh?
Well IBM what did you FORGET that you need to re-invent? Make a rounder wheel? Has anyone bought into an IBM franchise..also what is it???
Returning capital to shareholders? Stock price has went down almost 20% so the only return of capital is a stock buyback? We are managing the company for the long term? That is 91 days or so tops. Quarter to Quarter report.
IBM word-speak is confusional language. Nothing much and nothing more. -Pravda-
Comment 04/05/15: Massive layoffs coming up for India and Brasil. Pay attention band 9 and 8 employees... You are going to be the first ones. First line managers deciding who leaves or stays. If you are a good worker, do not worry. You will be relieved when you are gone! -Anonymous-
C Comment 04/05/15: To -Union YES- IBM had all of us 'brainwashed' thinking that if we worked hard, 12+ hour days, weekends, holidays, we would always have a job... and most of us did! I, like many others were hesitant to join the Alliance because we all thought it could NEVER happen to me... well sooner or later it does ... all it takes is one or two pycho managers... Managers who are weak leaders, don't have confidence, steal your work and try to promote themselves vs their people, etc etc... If you are employed JOIN the Union! It costs very little and they can and will help you! -Glad to be Gone!-
Comment 04/04/15: I was in the wave 2 of cuts at IBM Toronto Lab in Canada. Got the notification on March 23rd and my last day is April 10th. I thought I will be in the wave 1 of cuts. Anyway I know this day will come. From what I know there is another wave coming, most likely in May. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/04/15: Where is my Easter egg IBM? I worked all last night doing your Cloud business and now my manager wants me to come in tomorrow after I get some sleep to "finish up". Yeah, I got a 1% raise recently but would rather forgo it if this is what is "expected". -Anonymous-
Comment 04/04/15: To -Anonymous- of "given a 3 for the first time in 31 years, on a PIP that was totally unattainable."
Sorry to hear of how you were treated. Seems to be the norm rather than the exception by this post-Gerstner IBM. I hope you are at least 55 years old so you at least get the FHA. If not, I believe that was the real reason for the PBC 3, PIP: the measured mile that you had to run in a minute flat to prove performance improvement.. -Anonymous-

Comment 04/03/15: To Band 9 about to leave... although you might be giving them two weeks notice, they do not have to allow you access to their systems for those to weeks. Be prepared to be completely disconnected from IBM's IT infrastructure on the day you give notice. Any contacts, personal data, etc. make sure it is in a place on a non-IBM computer, BEFORE you give notice. Also, be aware of where you stand in terms of vacation time and what not. You would not want them to say you owe them money for unearned days offs. Kudos on choosing to leave, and best wishes on your the future prospects. All-in-all, you do want to depart in a professional manner, regardless of how they might have treated you. -Anonymous-
Comment 04/03/15: "Also looks like internal email moving to IBM's Cloud... is this more Cloud 'revenue'?"
There used to be a tool where one could see what charges were associated to an employee. The most outrageous charge at the time was that IGS was charging departments $500 for support per Notes ID - PER MONTH! IGA (IBM Global account) exists solely to wring as much money out of divisions and deliver as little in return to maximize "revenue" even though it's blue funny money not real customer dollars. -anon-

Comment 04/03/15: I know many of you are asking yourselves why isn't the Government doing something about the situation at IBM. They did. They gave you the right to organize and recently the right to use company email to do so. Take the hint. Like the Minutemen of old, you must stand in front of the enemy to stop them from advancing. Be an organizer. Passing out flyers is like passing out ammunition to your co workers so they can fight back also. Putting on a blindfold and pretending its not happening is a good way to wind up in front of a firing squad. -Exodus2007-
Comment 04/03/15: To -Band 9 Research- re: notice. "At Will" works both ways so unless you have a contract to the contrary there's nothing to stop you just shutting up shop and quitting on the same day. That said, waiting a couple of weeks gives them time to get all your paperwork and final paycheck etc together. When I left I gave them two weeks notice just because that seemed like the 'right' thing to do to me in orderto hand everything over. Of course, it depends where you are going to as well since if you are moving to a major competitor and they find that out (or you tell them although there's no obligation to do so) then they may well just walk you off site there and then. It has happened. -Glad To Be Gone-
Comment 04/03/15: Surprised this hadn't occurred sooner:
Also seeing IBM push internal groups to use IBM's Cloud for hardware needs rather than making capital expenditures and then being charged monthly rates for Cloud usage... is this more Cloud 'revenue'? Also looks like internal email moving to IBM's Cloud... is this more Cloud 'revenue'? -Anonymous-

Comment 04/03/15: "To Band-9 in Research": Advice based on my experience. A terse 2-week-notice email to 1st, 2nd and 3rd line managers, maybe two sentences at best. Then drop off Sametime. The process will work itself out rather quickly. Offer very little info re: new opportunity, less is better. Exit interview is just a cordial good bye between parties because remember, you are just a 'resource', they don't care what you think. Enjoy your two weeks, and yes, the grass is much, much greener on the other side. -Misty-
Comment 04/03/15: "When Lou became CEO, he destroyed the city of Endicott by causing massive layoffs."
Yes, and he also fired the IBM company music band based in Endicott/Johnson City as well.
Gerstner couldn't whistle a tune if it didn't have something sung about himself. And then we see his hand picked successor Sam and now Sam's hand picked successor Ginni further wreck IBM in many other IBM work sites. IBM was born in Endicott and I'm afraid regrettably it will die there soon if we still sick back and be apathetic and not do anything about it. Join the Alliance!
Comment 04/03/15: -HelpYourself- In the 2000's when I was employed by IBM as an Alliance member (I am still proud member!), I regularly passed out plenty of fliers and our THINK TWICE newsletters in various IBM site cafeterias and snack and break areas. I know hundreds and thousands of IBM's still know the Alliance exists or at least wonder "where did the Alliance go?" well, it hasn't gone; it's still around as proven here! I still can't understand IBMers paralysis and fear of joining the Alliance. You have the right under USA labor law to join without retribution by the employer. You will not lose your IBM job by joining the Alliance; but you will certainly lose your job to an RA. I joined in 1999 and was RAed in 2009. So if IBM wanted to fire me for joining the Alliance why did they wait about 10 years?! I wasn't fearful of losing my job in IBM; I was more fearful of working for a declining tech company that has lost all respect for it's employees and management that has no clue on how to manage and lead without greed and ignorance and disrespect taking over. -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 04/03/15: -ANA- You can't compare Dubuque to Endicott even though it is a shame what is happening out in Dubuque.
They have a much smaller amount of employees and have not been part of IBM since its beginnings. IBM pulling out of the Endicott area devastated not only Endicott, but the entire region. Endicott, at its peak, had about 15K employees when you added in the Glendale Lab. It supported approximately 45 - 60K people directly in the community through paychecks to employees. In addition, much of Endicott and surrounding areas were kept in business by IBM employees spending those paychecks. I left the area in the early 90's when they shutdown most of the Glendale Lab after having grown up in the region and transferred to RTP. I still had a job but I had to uproot my family, leave behind relatives and friends and start a whole new life. This happened to thousands upon thousands of us at that time. When I go back to the area now it is depressing as it has all gone downhill so badly. This has also happened in other flagship locations due to the high taxes in NY State and elsewhere. -longtimebeemer-
Alliance reply: The "high taxes" excuse was what IBM used for Endicott, too. However, the REAL reason IBM left Endicott and multiple other USA locations was CHEAP LABOR in the "3rd World", coupled with few or non-existent labor laws and environmental restrictions in other countries. "High taxes" affected small businesses more than corporations such as IBM. And as a clarification: John Akers and IBM's "brain trust" at the time had no idea how to deal with the 1980's, 1990's business of "consumer machines" aka 'Personal Computers', among other huge mistakes because IBM had been the world leader and ahead of every other tech company for so long with "Business Machines"; hence their name (think Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and The Hare") that Lou Gerstner's "hatchet man" strategy seemed like the logical move as far as the IBM BoD was concerned. This is when the old IBM began to disappear, as ANA points out.

Comment 04/03/15: Given a 3 for the first time in 31 years, on a PIP that was totally unattainable. No mgmt support at all from any levels within the business. FLM is totally against me, he has never been a sales person & as far as I know never been through IBM Sales school, yet he has been made a Sales Mgr !,,,worst still, he has had several HR grievienaces against him as a bad people manager.....yet still appointed as FLM in a business that is key to IBM success & part of CAMSS. A totally messed up situation waiting to blow up......unbelievable how it can carry on. Luckily for me I asked for the redundancy package & offered & accepted. Sad to end my 31 years association with IBM in such a manner. I was not even sent a note of thanks or even given a chance to say good bye to my colleagues as all my ids were revoked !!
A very sad situation for a company to get into. I have teenage daughters & many friends, who over the years have seen how much of a company man I have been. What impression are they taking from me now after seeing how I am being treated? Do you think they will encourage their friends, sons & daughters tomaplynfor an' career' at IBM!? I think not! 11 quarters of missed revenue forecast and you get a payrise, one bad half & I get a redundancy package !!....that is called INTEGRITY my friends!! -Anonymous-

Comment 04/03/15: Exclusive: IBM hired advisers to deal with restless investors - sources (Reuters) -
Some top shareholders of IBM, disappointed by 11 straight quarters of falling revenues, are seeking help from activist investors to shake up the company, but have been turned down by both Bill Ackman's Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben's ValueAct, according to people with knowledge of the matter. International Business Machines Corp is concerned about a possible attack by prominent activist hedge funds, and is working with two investment banks to formulate a defense plan, according to the people, who declined to be identified.
Full article:
Comment 04/03/15: To -Anonymous Band 9- leaving Research: the industry is smaller than you may think.... do not burn any bridges. Leave on good terms with your manager and your colleagues. Give two weeks notice. Complete your work, and plan and execute transition plans for work that you cannot complete before you leave. And yes, you need to complete paperwork, hand in your badge and laptop, etc. You may think that you have not been treated well as a professional... but do yourself a big favor and leave as a professional anyhow. -16YearsAndCounting-
Comment 04/02/15: Lot of IBMers are leaving on their own too, thinking that IBM is a low performer. IBM is laying off people who they think are low performers. These are the two leaks in a ship. It might drown any time. When IBM left India in the 1970s, the Indian govt. formed a corporation called CMC (Computer Maintenance Corp.) to service IBM machines that were sold in India.
I think each country should form an entity similar to CMC before this ship goes under water. Remaining employees and customers are going to face lot of problems during this transition.
Comment 04/02/15: IBM is working on a defense plan against activist investors Some top shareholders of IBM, disappointed by 11 straight quarters of falling revenues, are seeking help from activist investors to shake up the company. IBM is concerned about a possible attack by prominent activist hedge funds, and is working with two investment banks to formulate a defense plan, according to the people, who declined to be identified. -Anon-

Comment 04/02/15: -ByeByeIBM!-, this is almost my exact experience too. My new place has a higher base salary and I received a 19% bonus for the last 6 months of 2014. I regret staying with IBM for as long as I did. I'm so glad to be working for a tech company again. -Grass is Greener-
Comment 04/02/15: It's frustrating that the thermometer has been stuck, but let's keep in mind that the people on this board are only a small fraction of IBMers. We may well have saturated the numbers here as far as board followers joining the alliance (at least those who were not as of when the thermometer went up in December or whenever). What does this mean? Instead of being frustrated at the thermometer not moving, we need to socialize this site and the Alliance's efforts to our fellow IBMers. Let's build their awareness of both, and that will in turn help to build membership. Those who don't join because they are skeptical about ever achieving enough members to have a union are wrong. We should all be joining because of what the Alliance is doing *today*. They are fighting for us with their letters and efforts to government, by holding IBM accountable for their egregious actions against employees, and by providing this board; which is invaluable to us all. That's why it's important to pony up a few bucks a month. They are our advocate. Help spread the word today, the next RA is probably not far away and it could be you next time. There is no more sitting back knowing you are safe for another year. It's continuous now, so act. -HelpYourself-
Comment 04/02/15: "600 people in Dubuque building layoffs in Dubuque".
I know how you feel, IBM employees of Dubuque. I worked at IBM Endicott and there were approximately 12,0000 employees . We were responsible for circuit board manufacturing and substrate manufacturing. When Lou became CEO, he destroyed the city of Endicott by causing massive layoffs. To this day, Endicott has never recovered economically by the havoc Lou caused to the IBM employee families of Endicott. Today, there are approximately 500 fulltime IBM employees left in Endicott. IBM workers are in desperate need of a union. Executives in IBM don't give a rats axx about the IBM employee. Its all about greed, corruption, bonuses, and stick it to the IBM worker. -ANA-

Comment 04/02/15: -Anonymous- Federal tax law states "If severance is paid separately from your regular wages, your employer may withhold at a flat 25 percent"
In one post, you have summarized what happens time and time again to software companies that IBM acquires. I am glad you made the decision to leave in such a short period of time and are reinvigorating your career. Many acquired essential employees receive retention bonuses that forces them to stay for a certain amount of time after the acquisition if they want to collect the bonus. IBM usually loses at least 1/2 of that top talent after the bonuses are paid out. -longtimebeemer-

Comment 04/02/15: I'm a band 9 from IBM Research that recently lined up another job. Any advice on off-boarding would be great: do I really need to give 2 weeks notice, sign departure forms, do exit interview etc. Anything to watch out for? -Anonymous-
Comment 04/02/15: -FDB- All of the proposals by stockholders part C of the voting proxy are usually condemned by the Board of Directors every year. If a stockholder has or had a good proposal, then the BOD adopts it or asks the proposal writer to withdraw it so they may "consider it". You are dealing with a Politburo which is essentially what runs IBM. Ordinary Stockholders are treated like indigent fools and if you waste your time and money going to an IBM stockholder's meeting you get the peon treatment. -Pravda-
Comment 04/02/15: If I had to ask a question to Ms. CEO at the IBM stockholder meeting it would be:
"Why is the percentage of IBM managers getting higher compared to the IBM resources? It makes no sense that this is so since IBM management failed miserably with Roadmap 2015 and the RAs decided by IBM managers based on PBCs and other factors has not helped IBM's financial outlook".

You think I would get a long pause or even an answer?
Alliance reply: The best way to find out is to attend the meeting, if possible, or get someone that owns some stock to ask that question on your behalf. Your question could even be considered "rhetorical" because everyone already knows the real and obvious answer: IBM Management is operating in an "unfriendly-to-workers (resources)" mode, and they intend to continue to do so.

Comment 04/02/15: Another blow to IBM's reputation for woman and technology. It was announced the Joanne Martin Distinguished Engineer, former VP of Technology, past president of the IBM Academy of Technology, and most recently IBM CISO - has left to pursue other initiatives. She joins a list of other distinguished, highly recognized women in technology who have left IBM in recent times.,-Ph.D.-Distinguished-Engineer-and-Vice-President-of-Technology-IBM-Corporation/ -anon-

Comment 04/02/15: -SurveySays:X- I have seen the feedback provided to my 1st line. It wasn't positive. I can only talk in general terms but 2/3rds of the respondents were more negative than positive across the board. The only plus point were related to internal team dynamics. I don't believe any other manager has shared this information at my location, so I've assumed that 1st line is either angry or had the best looking results. I guess IBM management are in Emu mode and won't share the poor feedback. Then Ginni doesn't seem to care about "resources" in any case. -Anon UK-
Comment 04/02/15: Very upset... FLM in Brasil. GTS tower...near SP city - Hortolandia. I have a list of employees that are great to work with but I need to let them go. Need to choose 3 FTEs to fire in April... New restructuring coming. Fasten your seat belts... This one will hit harder than last year... Join the union NOW and start looking for other jobs!!! Do not wait for the storm to come in, act now! -Anonymous-
Comment 04/01/15: IBM gets busted today trying to make it sound like we took Amazon's cloud business away at the Weather Company. IBM PR/Marketing put out a very dishonest post that was corrected publicly by both Amazon and Weather Company executives. How embarrassing, this company has no moral integrity any more. Wait until wall street finds out that the cloud revenues are all lies and greatly inflated. Nobody is buying this crap, it's all smoke and mirrors, cloud vapors. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google cloud offerings are all home-grown and designed from the ground up. IBMs is a cobbled together pile of acquisitions. Figure it out. Join the alliance and vote the company and CEO down on so that we can influence change in the leadership and save the company and our jobs. The people in charge are driven by greed and completely immoral and couldn't care less about you. Sell your stock now while you can still get something from it. 1Q results are coming in a few weeks, expect more of the same, ship has sunk further since last time, we're taking on water, cap'n. -LowMorale-
Comment 04/01/15: I worked for IBM for over 2 years under a recently-acquired division. I witnessed first hand the swift decline of division.
At first, we were excited about the acquisition because IBM had a big name. Then slowly, we lost our coffee, milk, office parties, and other things. Then by 1.5 year mark, we all realized that we'd be lucky to get more than a few % of raises and bonuses every 1.5 years.
One of the more extreme examples we had is a senior developer spending his time in office 24/7 (for weeks) to crunch for a deliverable that an idiot sales rep promised to a client (so that he could close the sale). Then when it came to performance review time, that senior dev was not even compensated for his dinner (let alone raises).
As for work in general, IBM opened up several new products in our division and diverted most of our core developers to them. Then just as one of the products were about to succeed, the upper management over in the east coast decided to 'can it', wasting the efforts of our best engineers.
And what of the old money-making products? The upper management shoved loads of new grads and co-ops into them to compensate for the brain-drain to other products. And of course, replacing quality with quantity almost never works in software. So now we got an ever-increasing amount of sev-1's and sev-2's because these lower caliber engineers were tripping all over themselves. I almost feel bad for the clients and the CSRs' that have to constantly deal with this sh**.
Flash forward, I left IBM last month for a Big 4 company in Seattle. At the time of my departure, morale was at all-time low. Upon arriving the new company, I realized how much I stagnated in IBM. I was overwhelmed with the vast amounts of new technologies, new mindsets, new workflows, etc. More importantly, the people working there are actually good compared to the mediocre talent that's swimming all around the IBM offices. And just as importantly, I got a massive salary raise.
My advice for good people still in IBM: The union is a good idea but it is a very long shot. Rather than crossing your fingers and waiting for a miracle to happen, you are much better off looking for greener pastures. -ByeByeIBM!-

Comment 04/01/15: Rometty was at the White House at least twice last year: on March 12 for an unspecified event and on June 19 for a meeting of the President’s Export Council, which she’s a member of. Obama chaired the meeting. I hoped she discussed with the president how to stop RAs, stop giving CEOs huge bonuses and salaries, how to keep retiree pensions and how to keep IBM health benefits. I'm sure she made recommendations to President Obama to pass a law to stop the corporate greed and corruption that she is part of. -ANA-
Comment 04/01/15: I've just received my 26 week severance check and the fed tax is 25%, why is it so high? Is IBM getting in 0ne final stab in the pocketbook? -Anonymous-
Comment 04/01/15: "600 people in Dubuque building" So much for the Big Bleu promise to the State of Iowa and Dubuque. IBM are just plain habitual liars. It is a recurring action: they have lied over the years to Austin TX, Tulsa OK, RTP NC, EFK and POK NY, Essex Jct. VT, Rochester, MN..etc. about headcount and employment commitment. Now that it is a new fiscal year the first priority of business for Iowa and the City of Dubuque is to go after IBM. -anonymous-
Alliance reply: The local and state politicians in Dubuque and other areas that gave IBM tax breaks and public money think IBM can do no wrong. They need to be educated. Here is a letter we sent to Dubuque politicians:

Dear Iowa political leader,

As you know job cuts have happened at the Dubuque IBM site for the past few years. Workers are losing jobs while IBM offshores key contracts. This will continue and more jobs are targeted for job cuts at the end of June. I have asked IBM Dubuque workers if there has been any response from political leaders. They say the response is slim to none.
It appears everyone wanted to be at the grand opening but when jobs are cut political leaders are missing.
Are you willing to take a stand with IBM workers and challenge IBM on the offshoring of jobs from IBM Dubuque? Will you tell IBM that they broke their deal by sending work out of the state and out of the country? We and the workers await your response.

Comment 03/31/15: Only 62 new members since about the beginning of the year? HELLO. Do you know when your next RA will be? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Join us! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/31/15: -Mark1- "TECH's highest paid women" Ginni doesn't even know how to bring up a simple UNIX server with a diskette or standalone kernel bootable CD/DVD ROM! What a joke! And so goes IBM without a union... -Anonymous-
Comment 03/31/15: @LowMorale- Yes, I totally agree with your comments on ISSW which I am still part of. Used to be a great place to work and we were doing a lot of good for the IBM customers. But today it is a struggle, morale is extremely low with the leftover good people talking to leave every day for employers that will really value and use their skills. Shame on IBM! As far as owning IBM stock, I also agree that there is no point for that anymore. There is only downside to do that. -LowMorale ALSO-
Comment 03/31/15: In ISSW as well and also on a 90 days PIP. I am Band 9. PBC 2 for 2014. Already found a job outside IBM and I will be leaving soon. Just tired of this IBM lack of respect for people. There are plenty of companies out there that value people and their skills. Good luck to everybody! -Anon-
Comment 03/31/15: good thing IBM is getting into weather forecasting. Where else can you be wrong all the time and still make a living.... -used2bone-
Comment 03/31/15: "There was an employee survey near the end of last year. Did they ever release the results and what corrective actions they would be taking?" -anon-
LOL!!!! Really now! The ONLY thing any IBM employee survey done by IBM HR (Human Resources is there to protect IBM and it's management) is to find out the disgruntled resources by "anonymous" survey selection (if it is truly anonymous how come they invite and select resources to take it?) and accelerate another RA. Forget IBM management "action plans": they never come to fruition if there are any plans. The only plans are to throttle the resources more and more and reward greedy and more incompetent IBM upper management. -SurveySays:X-
Comment 03/31/15: GTS BRAZIL - 30% job cuts. Starting april... 125 cuts. End of 3Q 2015. Total 900~1000 ftes/ employees gone.
Low morale, good employees leaving... So Cringely was not so wrong about the cuts. Ibm is trying to strangle this topic as part of the new reestructuring. Would like to hear about GBS... Positions being cut in US too. Client satisfaction not good, best of my employees are leaving or looking for another job. A shame. -Jack mine-

Comment 03/30/15: Probably for the past 10 years, I have made it a point to vote my IBM shares 100% contrary to whatever the Board recommends. It makes me feel better to let them know I have ZERO confidence in their executive management abilities. I am glad to see other people have been voting the same way, and the Alliance also recommends voting contrary. Without a union, we are slipping closer and closer to corporate feudalism. Join the union and fight back! We can be a force to be reckoned with if enough people join the union. -FDB-
Comment 03/30/15: -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD- Drive up the membership thermometer, break the top off of it today! -HeatWaveBoilingPoint-
Comment 03/30/15: -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD- I hear ya and applaud you, but I sent Armonk in US Mail a pair of white socks back in 1999 to Armonk after Tom "Socks" Bouchard gave his "we (at IBM) have to do this (reduce pension benefits) to remain competitive" speech in from of a joint Congressional committee. Nothing has much happened since. Well at least the pair of socks was not returned in the mail. THE BEST WAY to MAKE A NOISE THAT WILL BE HEARD is to organize, organize, organize and UNIONIZE NOW! -WhiteSocks-
Comment 03/30/15: Excellent must read article!: -Anonymous-
Comment 03/30/15: Also in ISSW and got put on a 90 PIP end of January. PIP will end at the end of March. Not sure what will happen then. Also there are currently a significant amount of people on the Transition to Retirement plan in ISSW with an exit date of 12/31/2015, including many FLMs. Not sure where this ORG is going... certainly not in the right direction! My take is that ISSW (Lab Services) may very well be gone soon unless we organize to change things. -Anon Scared-
Comment 03/30/15: "Tech's Highest Paid Women". Guess who is number 4 on the list.
I guess this is IBM's new version of pay for performance. -Mark1-

Comment 03/30/15: Have you guys seen the reviews on Obvious plants by the IBM social media police. Anyone with 1/2 a brain would notice this from the text. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/30/15: Hopefully GF will do better when it comes to First-line managers, keep only those who are qualified with education. -Anon-
Comment 03/30/15: ISSW was actually a great idea once upon a time. They were the highly trained 'special forces' consultants in the Software Group, who knew the products inside and out. The training was amazing (I was one) and deep. We had access to development, support PMR info, source code, everything. We were used to parachute in to blown IBM assignments and product problems that customers were having to 'make it right', usually on IBM's dime. They when our reputation grew, customers began demanding ISSW rather tahn other consultants, so in turn the rate charged was much higher. Customers didn't mind, because they got what they paid for. Then, some bean counter looked at the rates we were getting and said 'why the hell are we spending all this money flying these people around for training, we could get more profit if we don't'.

So hence, ISSW became watered down and just as bad skill-wise as the rest of the company, which resulted in even more angry customers given they were paying a much higher rate for the same result - blown assignments. And worse, now nobody to bail stuck customers on the buggy products out. You are seeing college students being hired, but to the one comment/question about why would they work for IBM - these are not the cream of the crop, that's why. Probably bottom of the barrel, since the usually do their research well and the best do read and other sites.

So your reviews of IBM and Rometty there are crucial. Please join the alliance and vote IBM and Rometty down on glassdoor, it's at 3.0, a little more nudging into 2.x land which is a horrible rating. And who on Earth would still own IBM shares as an employee, seeing first hand what's going on with this company?? Selling them sends an even bigger message, your votes on the stock are worthless. Only joing us here in Alliance and voting down on glassdoor make a difference. -LowMorale-

Comment 03/29/15: To the person questioning if 591.6 of NYS Unemployment Law can be challenged. Unfortunately, probably won't matter..... check the footnote at the end of the section.
Subd. 6 as added by L. 2013, Ch.57, effective January 1, 2014.<<<
I was RA'd by IBM in June 2012 and my benefits began 2 weeks after I was laid off; regardless of the severance I received. It's a shame NYS restored to this tactic. I can see the logic, in that the economy now is a bit better than 2012. It's just bad publicity though. The $405 I received per week was helpful and I was out of work for 9 mos. I was literally at the tail end of my liquid savings before I landed a contracting gig; which then led to a f/t job with a competitor. Without that weekly stipend I would have been in trouble a lot sooner.
Comment 03/29/15: This quote:
"Future of IBM. When the engineers became in charge, IBM grew and prospered.
When the accountants became in charge, IBM became just another company.
When the marketing dept. became in charge, IBM died.
What stage are they in now? -Highlights—March 21, 2015 The Register (United Kingdom)"
--> is the essence of the point of entry for a global IT workers union. IBM is the perfect host for the transformation.
It was once postulated that IT professionals and workers *could* be (if they decided to be), the 21st century's "Masons".
After all, masons; whether they're "free" or not in a 'club' sort of way, had complete control for the job and the responsibility to "lay foundation" to the buildings and institutions of the world, for tens of thousands of years.
Whether monarchies came and went slowly or in a matter of years, that 'matter of years' was occupied initially by the masons must do job: Build the castle, build the the protection and erect stone in immoveable fashion to extend the life of that monarchy with mortar and brick.
The idea of IT's as the new masons of the 21st century is fraught with possibilities. Failures, too.
But here's the thing (and I'm switching metaphors), Blood is food for the brain and every other piece of hardware in the human body.
It's the software. It is required for human life to continue.
For technology, IT workers are required to make it work and make it progress.
All the marketing, management and corporate boardroom debauchery cannot change that.
IT workers are blood. IT workers are the masons of century 21 and beyond.
IT workers MUST unionize globally.
Globally unionized IT workers MUST be the next "stage" in charge. IBM is the prefect company and place for that idea to be realized.
Do it.
-Blue-eyed Blindness cured-
Comment 03/29/15: TO ALL IBM CUSTOMERS: INUNDATE Ginni Rometty, all of ARMONK and the BUSINESS PRESS with comments about how IBM's layoff and redundancy direction is seriously damaging customer support and your loyalty to IBM products and services. You could post such observations here as well, as thankfully one "IBM Government Customer did on March 28, 2015. PHONECALLS, LETTERS, EMAILS directly to IBM CEO, IBM Directors. Senior Vice-Presidents, BOD members, and BUSINESS JOURNALISTS can have a great effect in saving your own business by changing direction in IBM itself. -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD-
Comment 03/29/15: Come on people there are a LOT of us who own IBM stock. We should ALL vote against Ginny and her cronies in the upcoming election and opposite the Directors' recommendations on executive compensation. Then we should all join the Alliance. If you continue to do nothing, nothing will happen! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/29/15: There was an employee survey near the end of last year. Did they ever release the results and what corrective actions they would be taking? -anon-
Comment 03/29/15: FORCE CHANGE TO COME TO IBM! REMEMBER THAT YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS KEPT ANONYMOUS and so JOIN THE UNION -- ESPECIALLY WHILE YOU STILL WORK FOR IBM. And then VOTE CONTRARY to whatever the IBM BOD recommendations are! TAKE COURAGE from comments on this blog and also from where one insightful reader of the "UK's "The Register" said the following and hit the nail on the head:
"Future of IBM.
When the engineers became in charge, IBM grew and prospered.
When the accountants became in charge, IBM became just another company.
When the marketing dept. became in charge, IBM died.
What stage are they in now?"
Highlights—March 21, 2015 The Register (United Kingdom) -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD-

Comment 03/29/15: Good article on IBM losing its way -Anon-
Comment 03/29/15: -Dear Long Time IBM Government Customer-, Thank you on behalf of all of us for taking the time to write in Your comments were honest and spot on. We know it is heartbreaking to witness the rapid downward spiral and inexcusable decline in our service levels to our IBM customers. Respectfully, -Deb Kelly, Proud Alliance@IBM member-
Comment 03/29/15: -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD- Yes! I can't believe that the former head of American Express, Kenneth Chenault, is on the IBM BOD! How can he an independent director if the ONLY corporate credit card IBM issues in the USA is American Express from what I heard? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/29/15: I can remember in the 90's Steve Mills coming to a development lab in Texas and saying in front of the entire lab "we will never close this lab". Two weeks later, the lab was closed. Every ibm manager is like this. All they care about is kissing the axx of those above them, no matter how many families below them are devastated. -ihateibm-
Comment 03/29/15: To "Anonymous" from 3/27, regarding turned down for NY Unemployment. NY State requires a 6 month waiting period if you received 6 months severance. This is true even through you may be receiving an IBM pension, as long as you were RA'ed, as the IBM pension was frozen back in 2008. Check with NY unemployment authorities again to make sure you were not "delayed" vs. "turned down" for unemployment payments. -Buckysparks-
Comment 03/29/15: Bad management is the reason for unionization. I read all these comments and the number is greater than 60, which indicates even this thread is not joining. Go read Upton Sinclairs "The Jungle", finally make the association to your current position and then perhaps you will join. Bad management in this case is financially invented to stay bad. Change that, change your destiny or stop complaining. -Ex Ibmer-
Comment 03/29/15: Would please like this posted to website comments. IBM Dubuque is having another round of layoffs. Reduced from 1101 to appx. 600 in 2/15. Next round of layoffs coming in May/June. RA entire teams including INTEL.... Supposed to be a "net" reduction of 78 people. UGH!! How many lives do I have left? I've survived 3 rounds of cuts in past 1-1/2 years. PB's of 2 or 2+ since I've been with IBM for 6 years. Doesn't look good for surviving much longer. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: And where are all the political figures who were at the opening of the IBM site? Nowhere to be seen when the jobs are cut. Call them and tell them come voting day their jobs will be on the line if they don't stand with IBM workers.

Comment 03/28/15:
Steve Mills Executive Profile*:
Steven A. Mills
Executive Vice President of Software & Systems, International Business Machines Corporation
Age 62 $8,270,052 total compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014

This is amazing, one man can obtain this kind of wealth in IBM, and have the audacity to RA IBM employees in his division. IBM is in desperate needs of a union . This entire management and executive team is greedy and are totally corrupt.
Comment 03/28/15: -Irish-American-Canuck- And if you don't vote your share proxy, IBM votes for you and that is FOR the BOD and their shareholder proposals! Politburo anyone? -WorseRedthanBlue-
Comment 03/28/15: It does not matter how you vote your paltry sum of shares. The CEO and BOD have enough shares to outvote you every time and they will. If you want your voice to be heard Organize and amplify your voice through your fellow union members. That's a voice the BOD will not be able to ignore. -Exodus2007-
Comment 03/28/15: Long time IBM Government customer here, still am. But, these last 5 years from my perspective have been absolutely horrible from a customer perspective. I have worked with some of the finest talent from IGS services on many projects. On occasion I will reach out to them for Q and A's. Well just happened I reached out to a long time IBM'er in services that was very good at his job, always asked for by customers. Sadly he responded that it was his last day. Same happened to another local CE. All great at their jobs, but from what I understand both were being rated less than favorable prior to being let go. Lousy if you ask me, just plain lousy. Also, the loss of those individuals has hurt me as a customer now left with a less than adequate resource pool for future projects. So from a customer perspective, the demise of IBM by ripping apart bit by bit is sad. Sadly in my lifetime, I can see the end of IBM coming, To all those employees keep up the good work. From this customer, you are; truly appreciated. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/27/15: Talk about bait and switch! Original release date of 04/30/15. Told today changed to 04/17/15 because of "contract re-negotiations". I say B$! Let's see what lawyer says! -Midwest Account-
Comment 03/27/15: I was RA'd in February. I have been declared ineligible for unemployment benefits in NY State. They are citing Section 591.6 of the Unemployment Insurance Law due to receipt of severance payments. Has anyone been successful in challenging this in a hearing? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/27/15: Layoffs ---- 2 or more last month in IBM Systems (Digital Experience) test department (RTP) More this month. 2 layoffs in IBM Systems Digital Experience development department this month (RTP). PureSystems group also had layoffs (RTP). Morale awful everywhere. Product quality suffering due to lack of experienced workers. However, there has been new college hires in many departments in the past month. Why would any college student work for IBM? -Suffering in RTP-
Comment 03/27/15: Since some people asked about layoffs in ISSW. I have seen so far 4 other colleagues getting RAed on the same date. 3 Band 9 and 1 Band 8. The problem with ISSW these days is that rates for services are outrageous and no customer wants to pay these rates anymore. So bench time is becoming the norm. This organization is close to be gone. Once the darling of Steve Mills... where is Steve Mills by the way? I think he is on his way out too... Good luck for the ones still with IBM! Organize now or get the hell out and find yourself a better job. -Anonymous ISSW-
Comment 03/27/15: Addendum to Employee / x-Employee Shareholder Protest Vote in Defiance of IBM’s Illustrious CEO & Board, the measurable Voting tallies are restricted to consist of Votes “For” & Votes“Against” each of the Stockholder Proposals. Choosing a Vote to “Abstain” is NOT of any Beneficial Consequence. Also, assigning your Voting Proxy Rights to your Broker will likewise NOT be of any Tactical Protest Purpose. Proxy / Voting calculations only include Votes “For” & Votes“Against”.
For Shareholders who support the Pre-requisite of Competence & Accountability for the CEO, Board, & Management (isn’t that all of us?), lets align our Voting efforts! Therefore let your Stockholder Proxy / Voting be Contrary to all of the Boards Recommendations! Search Frequently Asked Questions 16, 17, 18, (bottom of file) at the following Link:
Here you will note – Voting Abstentions & Broker Discretionary Voting Do NOT Count as Votes Cast! Vote your own Proxy Card, or Contact your Broker to Ensure your Right to Vote! VOTE your IBM Shares & Join the IBM Union!! -Irish-American-Canuck-

Comment 03/27/15: -Irish-American-Canuck- I've voted my shares like that since the 1st year "All for Lou and none for you" Gerstner was CEO. Makes me feel better. -jsb2b-
Comment 03/27/15: The Alliance comment yesterday about the CEO & Board of Directors only caring about lining their own pockets was right on the mark. So was the comment about the company going beneath the waves, just like Kodak and other behemoths who were lost in the tar sands of greed and lack of innovation.
This article at
hits the nail on the head about what's happening behind the gilded golden curtains. They are wasting shareholder money to line their pockets as the ship sinks and the band plays on. He states "...the company's management continues to sit idly by as Rome burns..." I believe the only hope is that we, as employees, step in to rescue the company and our jobs. Join the Alliance, and vote down your confidence in the company and CEO on, and for God's sake if you have any shares, sell them today. How could you hold IBM stock after reading something like this?? -ReadTheTeaLeaves-

Comment 03/27/15: Dilution of shareholder value, the damage done by the stock buybacks. IBM Spends $70 Billion To Retire $45 Billion Worth Of Shares. -Anon-
Comment 03/27/15: My 2015 IBM Annual Report had it's cover upside down. Is this the message that IBM is upside down? Nice job IBM execs, not! -Stockholder-
Comment 03/26/15: Brazilian bad news - GTS - 900 employees gone until 3Q 2015 (300 domestic + 600 gr). The blood bath begins april...layoffs occuring on a monthly basis. The big blue ship is sinking....FLMs will let go as well. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/26/15: To -Irish-American Canuck- and -Fed Up- Right on! I have been voting my shares the same for years now and it does FEEL GREAT! Let's get the number past 24% AGAINST any BOD-RECOMMENDED Proposal except for the one (#2) about the accounting firm, FOR any Proposal NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE BOD - and FOR any reasonable Stockholder proposal! (Yes, at times there are "silly ones.") I usually automatically single out any BOD Director on the Executive Compensation Committee, and then I read up on the others who are worthy of my NAY-VOTE. At this point I will vote AGAINST ALL of the DIRECTORS up for election. During all my years in the Alliance and even before, I would explain this strategy to my colleagues, but I noticed that most refused to listen. This has been most disheartening, but perhaps even such IBMers are finally waking up to reality. -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD-
Comment 03/26/15: -Fed Up- Agreed. I say reduce or downsize the BOD from 14 to 12. Also outsource some BODs from America to BODs from India, China, and other countries. Heck, they have to create the correct example, right? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Those are all suggestions that many IBMers would agree with; however, the reality is that the BoD will never act against its own interests. The key to changing IBM for the better is Organize the IBM workers, and unify their strength. The IBM BoD will then have to pay attention to things besides the BoD interests and greed.

Comment 03/26/15: As a Shareholder, I received my 2015 IBM Annual Meeting Proxy / Voting Card.
Examining the details, Corporate Board of Director Policies always Recommend a Vote For or Against certain Proposals.
IBM Stockholder Employees (& x-Employees like me) can voice our Antipathy (disgust) with the CEO & Board by Voting Contrary to ALL Board Initiatives. This Protest Vote would gain Public Scrutiny & can affect Corporate change.
IBM Shareholders can register our Disapproval of CEO Virginia M. ROB-UR-MONEY & her Board. For Proposals Recommended by the Board, be sure to Vote “Against”. For Proposals Not Recommended by the Board, be sure to Vote “For”. It is a moral obligation (for me) to engage this annual ritual; it feels GREAT !!! Here is a link to 2014 IBM Shareholder Voting Results:
Note the 24 % - 31 % Vote “FOR” regarding the 3 Stockholder Proposals that the IBM Board Recommended a Vote “AGAINST” ! Collectively we Shareholders can Spike this Percentage this year! Most notable methods to PROTEST IBM Management:
1) Join the Union!
2) Stockholder Protest Vote Contrary to all IBM Director Initiatives!
3) Bad Press - Glassdoor, etc. -Irish-American-Canuck-

Comment 03/26/15: As posted on this board 3/25, Wave 2 of cuts has hit in Canada. Reliable source reports multiple waves (plural) coming after Wave 2, throughout 2015. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/26/15: @-Anonymous ISSW-. Correct, I am in ISSW (not sure if we are called that anymore with that REORG going on) and I was put on a 90 days PIP with totally unachievable goals. I have already started to look for another outside of IBM since as you said I have no doubt that at the end of the 90 days I will get RAed, most likely with no severance or a much lower severance package. I am just not willing to wait to see what it is going to look like. For my other colleagues, organize or get the hell out as there is nothing left at IBM. -Another Anon ISSW-
Comment 03/26/15: RAed on 3/25/15 (effective 4/24/15) - Project Manager - Band 8 - Age 59 - 30 years at IBM - 2+ for 2014 and past 10 years. Live in North Carolina but reported to organization in California. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/26/15: "Credit Suisse sees years of painful transition ahead for IBM." Everyone seems to assume that IBM will still be around long-term. The way the current leadership team is steering the ship, it will be beneath the waves before too many more years pass. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: hi -Anonymous ISSW-, Any idea how many were laid off in ISSW?. Were you on PIP?. Good you got severance. There is so much re-org going on, managers are saying they do not know anything and all the names came from the top. No one knows who in the top decided. Any more info is appreciated. Did you hear people on PIP will be laid off eventually? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: Follow up on lower PBC rating and 90 day PIP. I am a non-manager with many years at PBC 2+. Recently given PBC 3, and placed on 90 day PIP with almost impossible expectations. Expect to be offered a reduced (13 week) Separation Agreement on day 91. Over 55 years old and over 30 years with IBM. Sad way to end an otherwise successful career. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: IBM And Rising Rates? Not A Good Combination
IBM has an enormous amount of debt coming due in the next few years. This debt will undoubtedly need to be refinanced, as the business continues to shrink. This could potentially cause a negative shock to earnings that the company's already declining EPS cannot handle. -Anon-

Comment 03/25/15: We should be getting at least a new member every day at a minimum. IBMers: Take your paltry GDP and do something with it: join the Alliance with it, at least as an associate member. Those that are IBM management (like FLMs) and want to help us: just contribute what you can. The Alliance will not rat you out. Promise. We are all in this together, except for Ginni and her Armonk posse of SVPs and VPs. -Solidarity4Ever-
Comment 03/25/15: Code Red for Big Blue? More bad news, Credit Suisse sees years of painful transition ahead for IBM.
"Big Blue plagued by‘underinvestment and internal dissatisfaction’ "
In Credit Suisse’s “32 Contrarian Stock Ideas” report published on Wednesday, Big Blue is the only stock that analysts used “alarming” to state their case why investors need to steer clear.“We find alarming evidence of underinvestment and internal dissatisfaction which suggests in almost all scenarios IBM is set for a painful multiyear transition,” wrote analyst Kulbinder Garcha. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: Anyone have an idea how big the Broadridge impact will be? -Broadridge?-
Comment 03/25/15: On the topic of the Broadridge account being blown apart and its support services shifted from the U.S. to India: That is IBM SO Delivery’s SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), and I suspect has occurred <insert triple-digit number here> times. I was in the thick of 2 of them, and observed many others during my 5 years. Damn the contract parameters, the quality of service, and especially the people — because attaining that oh-so-coveted minimal cost basis as expediently as possible (i.e., “shareholder value”) is the only relevant factor. -FormerIBMer-
Comment 03/25/15: IBM just made Forbes best places to work list. It bottomed out at 452 from a list of 500. IBM expects to compete in a market that Google and others dominate. Google came in a number one on that list. I can't see a trove of unhappy employees at IBM so disenfranchised from an organization that is full of company yes-men hardliners who's first inclination is to chuck jobs overseas. Let's face it, everyone at IBM is on stand by for the next RA. IBM can't possibly compete having an HR model like that. At best I see this company as a niche, mid-tier firm, a shadow of its former self, marginalized not by what they love to build, but by what they can tear down and take. -Humming Along-
Comment 03/25/15: Interesting videos regarding "fair hiring" in America: Americans need the "First Shot" at jobs on U.S. soil (a project of Bright Future Jobs) -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: RAed on 3/19 from SWG services in the US. Band 9. I also know that several of my colleagues were put on 90 days PIP. So, I guess they will unfortunately but likely be laid off when the PIP expires. This company is out of control. Glad to be out with my severance! -Anonymous ISSW-
Comment 03/25/15: Each year is different with respect to GDP payouts. I remember one year I had a 1 and nobody got any GDP pay that year. I have received GDP payouts as a 2+ and I have received nothing as a 2+. It is all based on whatever management feels like doing that year. They come up with these abstract definitions of what they will pay or will not pay on each year. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 03/25/15: Interesting...class action over stock losses:;_ylt=A86.J7xAphJVnSMAy4UnnIlQ -sacrificial lamb-

Comment 03/25/15: "In NC you CANNOT collect until six months after you leave IBM."
And you only get 20 weeks max. unemployment benefits (most US STATES give 26 weeks) since your governor thinks the economy and labor market is booming in North Carolina..with no data to back it up. Surely he doesn't think IBM letting go hundreds at RTP has anything to do with positive employment and living conditions in his State? He says even working at a minimum wage job is a job and an "entry back to employment". Maybe he should be on the IBM BOD when he is voted out of the governorship. He would fit right in. Or if he can't find a job maybe he should be a waiter at a diner off the interstate and learn something called empathy.
Comment 03/25/15: Cuts at Toronto lab that I know of are in Information Management (old SWG), specifically DB2 software, now part of IBM Analytics. Heard of Websphere team being hit too, but unconfirmed. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: Corporate board elections in the US are like Soviet style elections. you can vote for the ruling party's candidates, or you can withhold from voting for them but you cannot vote for anyone else as there are no alternative parties on the ballot. But if enough voting shares withheld their votes it might at least reach make it into the financial press for a day or two. The next RA shold be of the entire BOD -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: Got RA package recently and info says consult a lawyer, but is there really any reason? Assuming I'm not planning to file a lawsuit, is there really any value to me? I'm sure they included that"instruction" for legal reasons but ... -Anonymous-
Comment 03/25/15: I recommend to all IBMers remaining, Band 10 and below is just watch your back. I personally was caught in a very nasty game which landed me in the hospital. IBM Managers, if they want you gone they will even stoop so low as to accuse you of things you did not do and then lie about it to make what they are saying appear true. They may even'trick' you into saying negative things about other team managers and team members! It's a very caustic environment! I tried to fight it but the lies went deeper. So watch yourselves if you want to remain an IBMer... and most importantly don't ever argue or have a different opinion than your manager... Again, another example of a caustic environment. How do you fix things that are not working if you are not able to debate with a differing viewpoint!! Ask yourself, is it worth it? There are many worthwhile smaller companies looking for great experienced people! Good luck to those remaining! -Glad to be Gone!
Comment 03/24/15: Per the stockholder vote: There are 14 people on the board of directors ballot. The alliance would not recommend a single one of them? Certainly some must be better than others? The only proposal I consider going *with* the BOD's recommendation is #2:
"Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm" -Fed Up-
Alliance reply: We have seen no evidence over the years that they care what happens to employees or retirees. All they care about is the stock price and dividends.

Comment 03/24/15: Whopping 2% GDP as 2+ in Band 8, SWG. -What's in a name-
Comment 03/24/15: -You Are Kidding-: No problem! I understand. Peace. We are all in this together! We all need to join the Alliance. We have to stand in solidarity with each other regardless of IBM band. I would love to see IBM forced to make the real market based pay, not dictated by what IBM considers "fair pay"! Sure I know the lower bands are taken advantage of pay wise even though I have never been an IBM manager! -Band10NonManagement-
Alliance Reply: And joining is the first step. The next step is getting co-workers and other IBMers to join; while also informing IBMers that their alternative to IBM's abuse is uniting efforts and publicly showing IBM that we will stand up and speak up for each other, at every opportunity.

Comment 03/24/15: "In some years, IBM announced GDP would not be paid to anyone rated 2 or less."
IN SOME YEARS???! How about IN ALL YEARS a PBC less than 2 got nothing!!! An usually got an RA!
If you got a small GDP and are a PBC 2 why not use some of that GDP and join the Alliance. It might save your job for awhile longer. Otherwise, you are probably going to lose it rather soon. This is not a threat: it is reality in IBM. Wake up and don't drink the kool-aid! I've joined the Alliance!
Comment 03/24/15: -FDB- IBM stunk up the results the past year! In previous years, when IBM had slightly better yearly results, it's PBC 2's generally got ZILCH. So why did IBM soften now and give PBC 2's GDP now with a dreadful 2014 yearly performance? Your right the PBC IS A TOTAL FARCE! Let's throw the majority of the resources a next to bare bone to chew on. Or give them crumbs to peck on. They give the PBC 2's crumbs but beware those crumbs consumed will soon lead to be an RA meal ticket! Join the Alliance now before it is too late!!! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/24/15: IBM is going to announce a stock buyback at the Stockholder's Meeting in April. What this means for you as an IBM resource? IBM will soon RA more resources (you used to be called IBM employees) to pay for some of the stock buyback. It is like IBM selling out it's family tr keep the head of household (CEO Ginni and her cohorts, including institutional stockholder investors like Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway) content. It is not right. We need to make this clear to the world. Join the Alliance! Make it known that IBM is doing corporate financial engineering by continually manipulating it's EPS and has so little regards and value for it's best, true product, and service agents: it's employees! -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 03/24/15: With regard to IBM selling or sharing its technology to China. Let's us hope that one day it will not be liked at in historical context As was IBM's sale of Hollerith (punch card) equipment to the Nazis. Who will be the first western financial institution or government, military compromised because China exploited a weakness or backdoored IBM technology they were given by Ginni. Caveat not that they have not already stolen the technology based on the number of Chinese nationals working at IBM along with development labs in China. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/24/15: Regarding:"New round of layoffs started today in IBM Toronto Canada Lab. Extent is unknown yet, but 5 technical writers from the same team that lost 2 back in February were notified. -Anonymous-"... which product or team is being hit? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/24/15: To -ANONYMOUS- about voting your shares against the BOD. Your numbers may be correct, but the point of voting against the BOD is not to effect a positive change for workers DIRECTLY through this vote. A large percentage of votes against the BOD and its Chairman raises the profile of the issue in the press and in Congress. See how a large percentage of over 28% nay-voters in 2000 at least caused press releases:
So at least a large percentage like this can INDIRECTLY effect a change. Yes, it is a difficult process, but we should be voicing displeasure in some way that hits the media. Joining the Alliance is even more effective if we can get the membership significantly increased. Please join the Alliance as a voting member if you have not already and encourage others to do the same. -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD-

Comment 03/24/15: RA Littleton MA ClearCase/middleware yesterday (on top of 2 recent voluntary moves), no further details yet. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/24/15: Question for those training their replacements ( like on Broadridge ): is your severance package tied to your willingness to train? I have seen that happen at other companies. Folks, please don't flood the forum with recommendations not to train. That isn't my intent. I am just curious about what is formally or informally demanded. -JOIN THE UNION-
Comment 03/24/15: As more and more employees get 2s (easier to explain a 3 and RA later), it doesn't mean we aren't performing. Whoever thinks they are immune from getting a lowly 2 needs to think again. I am a B7 and got a bonus and deserved every penny. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/24/15: New round of layoffs started today in IBM Toronto Canada Lab. Extent is unknown yet, but 5 technical writers from the same team that lost 2 back in February were notified. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/23/15: "in our organization only 2+ and above got GDP".
In some years, IBM announced GDP would not be paid to anyone rated 2 or less. No such announcement was made this year. That means every organization could set their own policy. I'm going to guess the GDP pool of money was small and some organizations wanted to maximize the payout for 1's and 2+s. I was rated a 2, have 30+ years with IBM, and I received a 1.5% GDP. To the person who wrote,
"Why in such a lousy IBM financial reporting year would a PBC 2 even get more than a 0% GDP? Though GDP was based on ROI (return on investment and turning a profit)? PBC 2 means you just made commitments, kinda "average" or middle of the IBM resource pack by band":
I guess you have not realized yet that the entire PBC rating system is a TOTAL FARCE? Management is forced to adhere to skews and has limits on the number of 1's and 2+s given. For the majority of employees, the rating has little to do with the employees actual contributions or performance. -FDB-

Comment 03/23/15: -anonymous_retiree- said...
"If eligible be sure to print out proof of the pension plan freeze before you leave so you can send it in if requested."
I believe document USHR113 demonstrates that and can be found in the files section of the IBM Yahoo Pension Group:
"Note that the Plan was frozen as of December 31, 2007. Service and earnings after that date are not taken into account in the calculation of your benefits (except for determining retirement eligibility and for special rules applicable to disabled participants)." -HomerS-

Comment 03/23/15:
IBM selling out to China. Consider if you are a western company worried about Chinese espionage, backdoors. No Problem - IBM will share technology with Chinese firms and will actively help build China's industry, CEO Virginia Rometty said in Beijing as she set out a strategy for one of the foreign firms hardest hit by China's shifting technology policies. IBM must help China build its IT industry rather than viewing the country solely as a sales destination or manufacturing base. -Anon-

Comment 03/23/15: Cornered into taking voluntary redundancy - unfair pbc, unachievable pip, non supportive management & no time to look for another role ! Stitched up 100% Management are spineless, afraid to be human & act like lemmings......their time will come too !
Not the company that Mr Watson would have wished for. -A_Lifer_So_I_Thought-

Comment 03/23/15: Best way to work together with Band10/STSM (non-management) is not to argue about it any further. Let us focus on alliance goals. So many people lost jobs last Thursday and no one knew about it. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/23/15: To -Gone- and to -Band10NonManagement- It is good to know that there ARE Band 10s who were or are full members of the Alliance! And I am glad to see that you are speaking up. There are differences in the different divisions of IBM. As I alluded to in a 3/17/2015 post, I worked in Marketing and Sales under crony managers where people who should have had influence refused to voice the need for change. FYI ... from my other posts it should be clear that I am the exact opposite of the an "F.U.D. monger of Fox news." My obvious anger over the situation I described and frustration at the Alliance membership numbers must have made me sound like one of those people. Thanks for letting me know to be more temperate in any further comments. -You Are Kidding-
Comment 03/23/15: UPDATE: Broadridge account decimated. all Unix, Wintel, and SAN resources put on notice that last day is 6/30 and it is time to train offshore replacements. Locations are Jersey City, NJ, East Fishkill, NY and Dubuque, IA. Offshored to India. -Alliance-
Comment 03/23/15: Interesting article re 401k vs defined benefit pensions -Dave-

Comment 03/23/15: People need to be careful when giving comments on unemployment..every state is different. In NJ you CAN collect UE right away the day you leave IBM you can apply. It is done on online and very will get your first check within 2/3 weeks. In NC you CANNOT collect until six months after you leave IBM. Hope this helps. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/23/15: Vote for the ouster of the IBM Board of Directors before the annual shareholder meeting on April 28, 2015. ???
FOUR companies hold 25% of IBM, according to the proxy statement, The Oracle from Omaha nearly 8% Reality is... what they want, they get.
Comment 03/23/15: OSHA numbers for East Fishkill: 3101 -Anonymous-
Comment 03/23/15: RA'ed on 3/19, band 8, Systems & Middleware (previously SWG). -Anonymous-
Comment 03/23/15: -Dragon- Unemployment rules vary from state to state. While some will not start benefits until a persons severance runs out a number of them still require you to file within a certain time period of being laid off or forfeit future unemployment payments. Likewise many states allow laid off employees to collect unemployment while collecting their pension. The common provision for these states is no benefit accrual based on age and service has occurred in the past 18 months. Since IBM froze the plan at the end of 2007 most laid off, retirement eligible IBM'ers will qualify. The best advice is as soon as you know you are being laid off contact your state employment security office to determine what you need to do to collect your benefit. If eligible be sure to print out proof of the pension plan freeze before you leave so you can send it in if requested. -anonymous_retiree-
Comment 03/23/15: "in our organization only 2+ and above got GDP"
Yes, Yes, that is what I have heard and seen for many, many years. Why in such a lousy IBM financial reporting year would a PBC 2 even get more than a 0% GDP? Though GDP was based on ROI (return on investment and turning a profit)? PBC 2 means you just made commitments, kinda"average" or middle of the IBM resource pack by band. PBC 2+ that means you exceeded in some areas. PBC 1 means you exceeded in most, if not all, areas. It makes no sense that PBC 2's get any GDP unless these posts are from IBM management (likely, since they are mostly dunsels) or the GDP and those that get it is an electronic ouija board programmed by Jeopardys! WATSON.
Comment 03/22/15: "Does the Alliance make any recommendations on the upcoming stockholder votes for directors and proposals?"
Does Ginni and the other Sr. VP's care about IBM employees? Clearly NO! So the stockholder proposals that the IBM Board
of Directors recommends a vote for is most likely totally opposite of the Aliiance's voting guidance on the same proposals. -SupportIBMAlliance -
Comment 03/22/15: Last week I decided to become part of project juno in the netherlands, So Iwill be parting from IBM as of the 1st of April 2015 and due to our social plan the works council in the netherlands got, I have a severance payments of the max of 24 months. So looking for a new job. Wish you all the best -dutch IBMer-
Comment 03/22/15: To "Anonymous 03/20/15: Band 10 non manager"-you were fed a line and was shafted. Even though I recently retired, I still received a 2% GDP. I was a B10 and PBC 2. -IBM_Pauper-
Comment 03/22/15: Let's get the Alliance membership up! And let's start voting in local and national elections for the side that our bread is buttered on. And if you still hold IBM stock, vote for the ouster of the IBM Board of Directors before the annual shareholder meeting on April 28, 2015. Despite the anti-union vote (Thursday, March 19,2015) of a particular set of senators and representatives in Congress, there is likely to be a veto of the bill that was attempting to kill new union election rules.
Let's unite against the forces that continue to threaten our once-great company and the livelihood of the middle class. Can we finally take our fate in our own hands instead of thinking that the USA operates like other democracies where workers have stronger protections against corporate corruption and greed? THE UNION AND A VOTE AGAINST THE BOARD are the way to have OUR VOICES HEARD. -LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD-

Comment 03/22/15: Dragon said "I want everyone to know the new laws on unemployment. If you get a seperation package, then you must wait to receive unemployment checks."
This I believe is a state by state situation. In NJ, it specifically states as long as the separation is based on past service and not an ongoing payment, unemployment can commence. -HomerS-

Comment 03/22/15: -Dragon- You are wrong. It is state by state. -GTS -PM-
Comment 03/22/15: To -You Are Kidding-, your comments here are divisive and not helpful to our cause. It's not good go generalize. Same with other comments about Band 10's. I'm a Band 10 and I've been in trouble plenty of times for saying what I think, regarding IBM's actions/policies to my manager and other and on any other topic, such as technical or customer related issues. I am not and never have been a kiss-ass, I just work hard, always have. I've been very vocal here under several tags, for years, and yes, I'm an Alliance member and encourage it within the ranks. I know there are several others here on this board just like me, we've heard from some of them. Let's stand together, OK? The Alliance's communications to the US Government on our behalf should motivate *anyone* who is not a member to join now. They are working for us, please join! -Band10NonManagement-
Comment 03/22/15: @You Are Kidding - Your comment regarding non management Band 10's:
"in my experience these were the influential types who talked down the union activity and intimidated the gullible into believing that no UNION was needed".

Speaking for myself as an Band 10/STSM, you sound like a hype hysteria, F.U.D. monger of Fox news. In my position one, and other STSM's/DE's I worked with one does not have any influence as you put forth. The work was purely technical. Battling at times - more frequently than you know with management to do things right. To the other person who implied that STSM's are given out like dog treats. Look up the corporate wide STSM requirements on W3. It's an arduous process that requires signoff by up through your SVP and review by an independent board not associated with your division. Try it, see what you have to go through, how long it takes. After 35 years I got fed up, took my skills, knowledge, experience and walked. IBM's been compared to an Ocean Liner slow to be able to respond vs faster more agile industry vessels. My job required me to work in the engine room so to speak dealing with a rotten hull, unskilled foreign crew members, aging failing equipment, glossy brochures promising a wonderful cruise while the reality was other that was hidden from view. If only Cringley and Greulich knew, if only they knew. -Gone-

Comment 03/22/15: RA'd Thursday 3/19. I was given a new position and fancy title in February but no real assignment. The RA comes as no surprise. Looking forward to life after IBM. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/22/15: -Dragon- Incorrect statement : : : In the US unemployment benefits and rules vary from state to state. In many states you can and should file immediately to receive unemployment benefits. If you wait to file you may be disqualified for benefits. Check specifics for your state. -BobK-
Comment 03/21/15: Does the Alliance make any recommendations on the upcoming stockholder votes for directors and proposals? -Fed Up-
Comment 03/21/15: -Stephen- I hear ya! Forget the USA Congress to do anything good for the worker. The Alliance, and even the pre-Alliance worker advocate group called the Resistor, has been saying this all along. The only thing we have in the USA at this time is the right to unionize under Section 7 as defined by NLRB law. We not only have to keep this law on the books, but need to EXERCISE IT by USING IT! Otherwise, nothing will change for the better for the USA worker in IBM! We need to organize more and more (which is what this site and the Alliance, currently a non-collective bargaining union), get at least 50.00000000000000000000000001% union paying members (N.B. this is a key action) then get a vote with over 50%+1 member to make the IBM Alliance CWA Local 1701 changed to a collective bargaining union by the NLRB. Then we can get a labor contract collectively bargained for with IBM management which is enforced by NLRB laws. -da_facts-
Comment 03/21/15: Around 10 guys RAed in our dept (SWG). This time it is very silent and unexpected. No one predicted in Alliance site too. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/21/15: To -ANONYMOUS- Do we need non-management Band 10s to join the UNION? Of course we do. But in my experience these were the influential types who talked down the union activity and intimidated the gullible into believing that no UNION was needed -- that IBM would respect its employees and customers. I would love to see a significant percentage of Band 10s joining the ALLIANCE and speaking out to others to do likewise. However so many of their ilk reached Band 10 by keeping their mouths shut instead of trying to improve the situation. I want to see some MORAL COURAGE from their ranks. Those in a position of "leadership" and "influence" should start upholding worker and customer rights and ENCOURAGE ALLIANCE FULL MEMBERSHIP/VOTING MEMBERSHIP while they still have jobs and can make a difference. I would love for someone to prove me wrong about the number of Band 10s who are full voting members in the ALLIANCE. YES!! WE NEED BAND 10s in the ALLIANCE -- and not just the ones who deserved the ranking! -You Are Kidding-
Comment 03/21/15: I recently left IBM. 28 years of the place, and the people I miss very much. I want everyone to know the new laws on unemployment. If you get a seperation package, then you must wait to receive unemployment checks. The time you wait is equal to the number of weeks pay you received. After that you can start collecting. -Dragon-
Comment 03/20/15: To the Alliance -- thank you, thank you, thank you for sending your statement to the Senate committee against H1-B visa abuse. The big tech co's have been left too long without any enforcement. It's supposed to get worse in May when the administration will start allowing all spouses of H1-B holders to also work! This will further drive down wages, not only in the tech industry, but in other industries as well. It is bad enough having thousands of guest workers already taking American's jobs when there are plenty of "RAed" American tech workers availble, but now their spouses will be competing for those burger flipping, table waiting, and bartending jobs that are all that is left for many experienced American engineers. And they won't have to pay the original visa holder as much either because now they don't have to fully support a spouse, as now the spouse can work too! We need a union! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/20/15: Band 10 non manager (never have been) 2 rating, 0 GDP. Yep big fat goose egg. No explanation, had to chase down my manager to ask. Told that "in our organization only 2+ and above got GDP". -Anonymous-
Comment 03/20/15: Take heed to this message... I had to learn it the hard way with one or two bad bosses who can ruin your career and almost make a person die! It's a shame that in IBM these last 10 years, most of the real leaders have disappeared with only a few good ones left!
-Glad to be Gone-

Comment 03/20/15: Band 8, PBC 2, STG, 2% GDP. POK/Fishkill. One SWG co-worker laid off yesterday, 3/19/15. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/20/15: I've heard about RAs in Systems & Middleware this afternoon. It's still too early to get more details -Beemer for now-
Comment 03/19/15: So Ginni just announced the "Best of IBM". Take a wild guess how many of them are managers. Way above 18% , that's for sure. What an insult. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/19/15: RE: Angry IBMer who said: division lost 4 to the latest RA, approval for 4 new hires, and the reply that suggested the new hires will be H1-B visa holders. The practice of replacing US workers with H1-B visa holders is being scrutinized by the US Senate, and a bipartisan bill is being proposed to protect US workers. Can lightning at least strike once in the US Congress? Will Senators and US House Reps put aside partisan bickering and do something for Americans? Is this possible? Here is an interesting article:
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is mentioned. -Stephen-
Alliance reply: The Alliance also sent in a statement to the committee. Here it is:
"On January 28, 2015 IBM embarked on another of its regular "resource actions" or job cuts at sites and divisions around the US. This has been almost a quarterly experience for IBM employees. One of the biggest drivers of the job cuts is off shoring and bringing in guest workers from other countries. In fact even while the recent job cuts in the US were taking place, IBM was bringing in 900 guest workers from India to take over US jobs.
In February, workers at IBM Dubuque lost their jobs as their work was off shored to India. These tech workers are now in the unemployment line as Congress seeks to increase the use of guest workers by US corporations. This is outrageous and needs to cease. No US tech worker should be in the unemployment line while tech jobs are filled with guest workers.
In order to have a viable economy for American workers, the replacement of US information technology workers by guest workers from other countries must cease. Furthermore no company doing business in the US should be allowed to hire guest workers while terminating US workers. It is up to Congress to make sure American workers working in their own country are not penalized and discriminated against by companies seeking to replace them with low cost, "indentured" guest workers. It is time for Congress to look to protect the interests of US workers."

Comment 03/19/15: The US government has already given us a tool to use. It's called a union. Is it perfect? No, but WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET A DIFFERENT OPTION. Either join us and figure out how we're going to use this tool (the union) to change our situation, or quit whining about how unfair life is and how 'someone should do something'. WE are the 'someone', and ORGANIZING is the 'something'. -JOIN THE UNION-
Comment 03/19/15: RA reported today in Tivoli. Unknown size right now, my contact just had the "you are not affected but your 2nd line area is" meeting. Sorry for sketchy details; it's all I've heard right now. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/19/15: The Alliance needs band 10 non-management to join. We can't alienate them for being where they are and how they "got there". From non-exempt hourly and exempt salaried, commissioned or not, for all band 2 to 10 non-management, we have to join together and get a union in IBM where their is no union and contract! -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: We agree. Insulting each other, group or individual is divisive. Alliance@IBM wants all non-management to join.

Comment 03/19/15: To Angry IBMer who said: "Over the past month, our division lost 4 to the latest RA. Last week, in a weekly team meeting, one of our L2 Managers announced "Great News, we were approved for 4 new hires"." Were the four who were fired Americans in their 50s? And how much do you want to bet that the new hires will be H1-B visa holders in their 20s and 30s? The Alliance repeatedly says "at will employee" means you have no rights, but that is not entirely true. You do have rights in theory, but they are no longer enforced. Companies are not supposed to be allowed to hire H1-Bs unless they cannot find Americans to do the job, thus in theory they should be the last hired and first fired, but it's hard to find any Americans working in IBM engineering anymore. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: A union could monitor the use of h1b and L1 visa workers.

Comment 03/18/15: RAs are happening today (notices) in Systems & Middleware (formerly WebSphere) DataPower. Anyone else hearing about them in other areas? Maybe IBM will hit Cringely's numbers after all (I think they already have if you factor in the world-wide reductions). For those of you who were feeling 'safe' after Jan 28 and crawled back into your safe cocoon and didn't follow through on your promise to finally join the alliance this time, it's not too late. You could be next and probably will at some point. Fight against this horrendous greed, the huge piles of cash and vote of confidence in Rometty and her gang is disgusting. Do something about it. Join here and enter your ranking of *them* on glassdoor today. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 03/18/15: Just RAed in Austin (SWG.) -Anonymous-
Comment 03/18/15: Band 6 software engineer, ~3 years. Laid off. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/18/15: IBM Management has a much, much better chance of not being RA. Look at the history of USA headcount. The ratio of IBM regular employee to IBM manager is growing. The percentage is now over 18% which would mean about ONE IBM MANAGER FOR EVERY 5 EMPLOYEES!
Obvious IBM learned absolutely ZIPPO when Akers was the CEO. IBM lead everyone to believe it would streamline management. If I was on a diet to streamline myself I would be gaining weight! Sam and now Ginni take care of all those "in the club". Those not management you get a big bullseye on your back and the red circle in the middle is getting larger for you!
Want to know why IBM is doing badly? Not too hard to figure out: Too many fry cook flunkies (managers), not enough waiters (employees), lousy ingredients (services, offerings), and an expensive menu (because of IBM manager salaries and billing rate for them).
Comment 03/17/15: PBC 1, GDP=1.3%, IBM India Band 7A Thoughts? -How long?-
Comment 03/17/15: -Glad I am Gone Too!- Towers Watson was once Watson Wyatt who designed the IBM cash balance pension conversion ripoff scheme for those who had no pension choice back in 1999. IBM pays this CEO to be the modern day Peter More (of Monty Python) and rob from the workers and retirees to give back to the rich corporations and their executives. Yeah, he regrets working overseas; I bet he is lying since he would not be as wealthy and influential if he did go overseas at any point. Why don't he volunteer to work overseas now for overseas CEO salary? HA..HA..HA.. No FAT CHANCE OF THAT! He still is heading up a company that is thinking up conniving ways to make corporate USA richer on the backs of it's retirees and gets PAID nice $$$ for it. Pension De-risking is an issue every non-executive should be concerned with. It is real. Towers Watson is evil. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/17/15: -Mark1- maybe IBM has hired Corporate Apologists (CA) types to post on Glassdoor or encouraged IBM managers to boost the image of IBM? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/17/15: Hello Friends ... I hope you all had a nice St Patrick's Day.
Dear -Mark1- I do believe the glassdoor posts are real. I posted one that was not positive at all but scathingly honest. It did take a few days for it to show up though on glassdoor . Maybe either yours is backlogged or there was some kind of technical glitch. Dont give up! Respectfully, -Deb Kelly, Proud Alliance@IBM Member-

Comment 03/17/15: India - GTS B8/2+ - 1.9% bonus, 0.9% TCR. India inflation is in double digits. -Indian-
Comment 03/17/15: dept in raleigh. Down from 8 to 2; care to guess where the managers have gone to? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/17/15: B8, ra'd with gdp 1.1%. Left for a better job; joined the union, toxic environment. -Left Last month-
Comment 03/17/15: OK, just so y'all don't feel like you're missing out on some special GDP pool. Band 9, PBC 1, 2.5% GDP. I'm taking my kids to Sizzler, baby! Apparently I'm not in a growth area. So, yeah, its better than nothing...but if I can just put forth minimal effort and get a 2 or a 2+ for 1.5-2%, who gives a $%*K? So I finally get a PBC 1 and then get crapped on. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/17/15: Over the past month, our division lost 4 to the latest RA. Last week, in a weekly team meeting, one of our L2 Managers announced "Great News, we were approved for 4 new hires". It would be nice if our government could step in and regulate employment practices to prevent employers from ruining lives like this. I am so ashamed to be an IBM'er. -Angry IBMer-
Alliance Reply: The government will not "step in and regulate" employment practices, on the employee's behalf. Why? Because IBM is not unionized in the US, and all IBM employees in the USA are considered "At Will Employees". And, if your IBM location is in a "Right To Work" state, i.e. Georgia, then the government of the state of Georgia has already "stepped in" on behalf of your employer and any other company that resides in Georgia. Essentially, labor laws have been changed and skewed in favor of employers and NOT in favor of employees or workers.
The best advice that you can get is to join Alliance@IBM and fight for a union contract. Organize, and become publicly recognized as a worker that believes in a collective employment contract for IBM workers across the entire USA. Get busy fighting for your job, or get busy losing your job.

Comment 03/17/15: "Anybody else running into issues collecting their severance?"
You should have been given the severance check on the day of the exit interview after you sign the papers. I would make sure the manager had the check with them before signing.
Comment 03/17/15: Band 10's and DE's deserve those titles? You have to be kidding. In my entire long career at IBM the only valuable non-management Band 10's and DE's I met were -- with the exception of 2 individuals -- in Development. The others in Marketing and Sales "earned their way" there by being darlings of management. It was sheer cronyism in action. Slime floats. -You Are Kidding-
Comment 03/17/15: I would rather have my raises and bonuses be defined by my contract than rely on greedy executives to maybe give me the crumbs from their tables. So what if my coworkers doing the same job get the same thing. Its better than we both get nothing. -Exodus2007-
Comment 03/17/15: Band 8, PBC 2, also received pocket change 1.1% GDP. Got the check in the mail yesterday...less than $700 after taxes, and I worked my ass off on the last engagement before I got the axe. Part of a small team of 5 doing the work of 10, logged ridiculous hours for an entire year. Utilization rate always north of 115% for the entire year, but what did it net me in the end? No job, and a lousy bonus!
By the way...I still haven't received my severance payment. I'm due 24 weeks of pay. My last day on payroll was 2/27. My now former manager doesn't respond to messages I leave for him, and no response from the RA Project Office either. Anybody else running into issues collecting their severance? -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS-

Comment 03/17/15: The RA has been largely done and now the IBMers left get a few scraps more from GDP. Now the relief and outrage has been felt and now the IBM resources go in to their collective non-Unix shell and wait for the next RA. Why not take some of your GDP and join the Alliance? What is your excuse not to join now? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/17/15: Who writes the reviews on Are they real? I have not met anyone in IBM in the last 5 years or so who likes working here, yet more than half the reviews shown on are positive. I added my two cents, but can't find it there. It was definitely not positive. -Mark1-
Comment 03/16/15: To -Free At Last- I retired (pushed to retire) in 2014. The ESC was not even aware that I was a retiree when I called to inquire about my retirement gift... I had to fight for that too!'s not the gift its the principal... I selected a cheesy bike ...I looked it up on Amazon - valued less than $130 USD... That's what I got for 32 years of dedication and hard work (long days, weekends, holidays, unused vacation which they did not pay)... Where's the justice! IBMers NEED TO UNITE since it'll only get worse with this cloud strategy...For those on the old Pension, SEND LETTERS to Congress to protect the pension. With WATSON TOWERS handling things, I don't trust them one bit!!! The morale inside continues to degrade with very weak first line managers! Signed -Glad I am Gone Too!-

Comment 03/16/15: As IBMers continue to be RA'ed and raises are non existent in IBM this has been reported as it relates to Rometty's salary. This outrage will continue in IBM without a union. TJ Watson would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that this CEO not made any profit per quarter since the person became CEO and was making this kind of money. Rometty's total compensation for 2014 was $19.3 million, mostly from about $12.5 million in restricted stock grants, according to documents filed Monday with the SEC. While IBM says she took home $0 in a "bonus", it also says she took home $3.6 million from her "non-equity incentive plan compensation" which is basically a bonus.
This pay package is up from nearly $14 million she made in 2013. That was the year that IBM stumbled and she and her senior staff voluntarily turned down the money known as the "non-equity incentive plan compensation." Most of her pay came from $11.7 million in stock grants.
IBM has already given her a raise for 2015. Her base salary has been boosted by $100,000 to $1.6 million, and she'll get $13.3 million in restricted stock units. And she's eligible for a bigger $5 million bonus in 2015. Join the union to put a stop to this greed and corruption. -ANA-

Comment 03/16/15: Band 7, Softlayer 2% GDP, Band 6, Softlayer 2% GDP, Band 3, Softlayer $425 GDP -Anonymous-
Comment 03/15/15: "Your a Band 10, so I assume you can do the math. B8's & B9's are reporting a 1.1% GDP. So your 2.5% is more than 2x."
Let's not hate those that are band 10 non-management. Most earned their way there. IBM Band 10 is a goal of many of the exempt non-management IBMers have, the top of the rung, is to make it to band 10. Supposedly band 10's have more of their salary "at risk" or not guaranteed since they are part of the top skilled group involved in key projects and business deliverables so that explains, to some extent, more chance of higher GDP. Just because most, if not all, band 10 non-management make over $100K is not a reason to tell them if they don't like it leave. -Anonymous-

Comment 03/14/15: -Free at last- Were you a T2R (Transition To Retirement) participant?
I wonder if you don't remind IBM HR of your situation that IBM management will remember to give you GDP when you retire based on last PBC rating I was NOT a transition employee. I had been a manager in the past, so I knew the ropes. I did remind HR that I was to be rated on my last PBC. Also, I set up my own retirement party and I chose the manager I wanted to host it (not my current one). When you retire, you need to be aggressive and handle it like you handled you career, or you won't get what you are entitled to. And the retirement gift? I recall an employee I had many years ago who retired and chose a Grandfather's Clock. HA! I got a new food processor. It was probably the most valuable item in the catalog. -Free At Last-

Comment 03/14/15: Voluntary offers in Ireland for those with PBC 3 end date April -Anonymous-
Comment 03/13/15: I thought you had to be a PBC 2+ or higher to get GDP? Some PBC 2+ and even 1's get RAed and PBC 2's stay and get a GDP when bands and job roles are equal. It makes no freaking sense! Who is running IBM? Nurse Ginni Ratchett? It is worse than an Insane Asylum! -McMurphy-
Comment 03/13/15: @Frustrated Resource - Your a Band 10, so I assume you can do the math. B8's & B9's are reporting a 1.1% GDP. So your 2.5% is more than 2x. If you don't like it then leave. I did a year and a half ago. My bonus pay for the last 4 months of 2013 was 18% of my gross, and my bonus for 2014 was 15% of my gross. That's with a 45% pay increase. Moral of the story is this: Either leave or do something about it (i.e. unionize). -RAed2013-
Comment 03/13/15: More bad news from Walls Street:
5 Reasons Why You Should Sell International Business Machines Corp. In 2015. The Big Blue has been facing several challenges that indicate toward a decline in the stock price in 2015.
Coupled with today's currently $4.50 price drop documenting $ vs euro financial engineering. The euro is down 1.6% against the dollar today following a bearish Goldman forecast, bringing the exchange rate to 1.0465. IBM, which received 33% of its Q4 revenue from EMEA, is among the biggest large-cap tech decliners on a day the Nasdaq is down 1% and the S&P 1.1%. Big Blue is just two weeks removed from forecasting a strong dollar will respectively have 7%+ and 6%+ impacts on Q1 and full-year sales growth, larger than previously expected. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/13/15: Mosquito trap device --
Ahhhhhhh. . .so I'm sure this is key to Ginni's plan to finally see positive revenue in a future quarter. -CEOaaS-

Comment 03/13/15: GDP - B7 / PBC 2+ - 1.8 percent -Anonymous-
Comment 03/13/15: Your manager does not need to be present at your retirment dinner if you work remotely. What needs to be done is for the manger to contact the location of where you are having your dinner and give them the credit card to charge and tell them the charges cannot exceed $750.00. This way you get the dinner and don't have to pretend to play nice with the person who got you whacked! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/12/15: Received GDP - B8 / PBC 2 - a pathetic 1.1 percent. What an embarrassment. Like many, I don't put any extra effort in anymore as there won't be any reward for going the extra mile. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/12/15: While Ginni and her minions rake in the cash they provide a token GDP to the resources. Band 10 2+ and 2.5% GDP with no raise in the last 5 years, only a one week furlough in one of those years. GDP a slap in the face to technical leadership team where salary is considered more at since GDP is supposed to be double the percent of lower levels to compensate for the risk. So you know what level of leadership those of us at the higher levels are not doing to support this sinking ship -Frustrated Resource-
Comment 03/12/15: -Free at last- Were you a T2R (Transition To Retirement) participant?
I wonder if you don't remind IBM HR of your situation that IBM management will remember to give you GDP when you retire based on last PBC rating. -Anonymous-

Comment 03/12/15: I was RAed after returning from IBM short term disability in early January 2015. I was a PBC 2+ before I went out on leave and was told since I was on disability I was not put in the GDP pool since I was not considered an "active resource". My IBM manager said I could not be rated for the last PBC cycle since I was "absent" for a"significant time of billable resource work". Have others in similar situation gotten the GDP as part of their RA severance or is this IBM's standard practice to make us endure more pain once recovered from a disability leave of absence and then getting RAed? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/12/15: "Is there some benefit that IBM is obligated to give on 15 years service, that it's trying to get off?"
YES. It's called the Future Health Account (FHA). You need 15 years of service AND be at least 55 years of age to qualify for it. Otherwise, you get NO RETIREMENT IBM HEALTH COVERAGE.
Comment 03/12/15: -IBM-Pauper- "I know it's not much, but why let IBM keep the $200?"
Well, IBM got to keep the $200 since I was not told by my then IBM manager of this at the time and I was a "work at home" resource. I guess my then IBM manager gets a bennie for this cost savings(?) IBMers: you need a union to remind IBM management of what you are entitled to when you retire or get RAed.
Comment 03/12/15: "NASDAQ says IBM is not a 'healthy company'."
Well, True. IBM is definitely sick! Does any company that continues to get rid of it's intellectual talent healthy? IBM has already been drawn and quartered completely by continued RAs. When is the decapitation going to happen? Then IBM is literally 'the chicken without a head corporation'. No health tonic can cure and help a headless and limbless body that also has no soul left.
It is like 11 consecutive bad QTRS with no real revenue growth and still it is in the Dow Jones index? Roadmap 2015 a total bust. A CEO and Sr. VP team that is still out of touch with IBM business and strategy that gets rewarded monetarily for bad results and bad strategy. Tactically IBM $ucks too: more never ending talent dropping RAs. IBM is not a true indicator of USA business climate and as a trend setter anymore. Appears NASDAQ has to realize it. The "I" in IBM is still for 'international' where IBM hides it's troubles when it should now be standing for INNOVATION. IBM is a follower and not a leader. It is amazing IBM can get credit and loans to float and IBM hides red ink in favor of blue ink (IBM fuzzy non-GAAP financial engineered accounting reporting)
I wonder if the IBM Stockholder's Meeting will give the usual increase to the dividend since I don't think IBM can afford to give a higher dividend. I can't see how they can even try to justify a stock buyback (but they always try). I can only think that when Berkshire Hathaway is 'happy' with the IBM stock it has acquired it is only because of the stock dividend. AT&T has been or will soon be dropped by S&P I believe. IBM might not be that far behind being dropped from the S&P index as well.
Comment 03/12/15: So you got a GDP? Please use it to pay the full Alliance dues for a few years! The Alliance has done more for us than IBM has for many decades. Why are so many American IBMers such cowards continuing to vote for an unpatriotic party that does not believe in unions and what the USA is supposed to stand for? Put your money where your participation in this blog is! I guess too many of you are just not letting facts get in the way of their prejudices. (Apologies to Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens.) We who were laid off end of first quarter 2014 were told we would receive the GDP payout. But one month later with a callback to the manager we were told that the company had reversed its decision and we would not receive the GDP after all. It was only between $1000 and $2000, but at least it was better than any"raises" some of us received during the prior 10 years and it would have been put to good use to pay the full Alliance dues for years to come. Despite this some of us continue to pay the full dues since the Alliance inception. PLEASE, PLEASE wake up and drive new membership numbers above the current number! PLEASE, PLEASE show some moral courage and demonstrate at the stockholder meetings. Be at least true to your US heritage!! -A Proud Progessive American-
Comment 03/12/15: PBC=2+ GDP=2.5% TCR=1.3% Division=SWG Band=8 -Anonymous-
Comment 03/12/15: NASDAQ says IBM is not a "healthy company". What's next Standard and Poors downgrading IBM to junk status?
Comment 03/12/15: -Anonymous- " Monthly Cost $1,124 + Dental $106 = $1230 per month."
You might be able to do better on the ACA exchanges, ibm's really expensive, especially for covering your spouse. Not sure which state you're in, but you might want to call and talk to them. If you have the FHA though, it's only good for insurance from ibm. Not sure if that applies to you. -Dave G-

Comment 03/11/15: If you are retirement eligible, you are entitled to a retirement dinner. The budget provision is $750. As others have mentioned, at least 1/2 of the attendees have to be IBM'ers and there has to be a Manager/Host. Since I was remote, I had a friend in management "host" (he had to do the expenses accounting) and I had the dinner before I left, so I counted as one of the IBM'ers. I promise you, we used virtually all of the budget - even sending dessert home with those who were there without spouses. -Anon-
Comment 03/11/15: To 'Dinner4One' – Sorry about your RA. True, there is really nothing to celebrate...but Do Not Leave Any Money on the Table. You are entitled to a cheap gift and Retirement Dinner. If you where working remote/home and don't want to eat with unknown IBM' can elect to have dinner for and a significant other up to $200. I know it's not much, but why let IBM keep the $200? -IBM-Pauper-
Comment 03/11/15: Here are some numbers.
IBM's global workforce declined 12% last year, with most of the decrease due to corporate divestitures.
IBM is reporting its global headcount at 379,592, a decrease of 51,600 employees from the prior year. The data is included in the company's recently filed annual report for 2014. In 2013, IBM employed 431,212 globally. Of this overall reduction, divestitures accounted for 35,000 employees.
Comment 03/11/15: "‘Much Remains To Be Done’ In IBM Transformation, Says Rometty"
Geez, if I told my IBM management chain it would take this long for my customer account to be transformed from past transitions and turn some GREEN dollar IBM revenue, I would be an instant PBC 3, placed on a PIP that I could not run the measured mile with, and I would not be working for IBM anymore, with the minimal severance package, if offered!!!
Bye, Bye, Ginni. Advice: get another hairstyle for the IBM Stockholder's Meeting come next month, believe me, as a woman, your gonna need it! You will probably have to TRANSFORM YOURSELF just to survive the Meeting!

"IBM's clients are unclogging city traffic (
where?), exploring a cure for cancer, improving the safety of food supplies (FDA?, or in China?), reducing risk (WTF??), and serving their own customers, employees (you mean resources right?), citizens and patients (what?) with greater levels of understanding, personalisation (not a word) and intimacy (lost for explanation this the SmarterPlanet??? Pleaze help me here).-ByeByeGinni-
Alliance reply: Whether or not IBM's CEO is replaced or not, IBM workers will not gain anything from what IBM Exceutive management does. Agreed? IBMers need to get together and take some real action. Nevermind what "Ginni" does. Join Alliance@IBM. Take action. Organize. join forces with other IBMers and do something that will help all of you, together, change your situation in the workplace. Like someone once said on this board, "Get busy Fighting for your job, or Get Busy Losing your job."

Comment 03/11/15: Three former colleagues in different areas of IBM got 3 ratings when they approached or reached their 14th year of service, then RAed, despite having no performance problems prior to this rating. Is there some benefit that IBM is obligated to give on 15 years service, that it's trying to get off? -anon-
Comment 03/11/15: "..get IBM retirement health insurance fully paid for by your FHA.."
Ha..ha...ha. It doesn't "quite" work out that way. See the Yahoo forum:
You'll be bemusedly amazed at home IBM really treats retiree medical benefits. That is why we need a union, not only for present employees, but for all of us who will, hopefully, be IBM retirees some day.
Comment 03/11/15: "I mistakenly thought IBM was covering me for 6 months...:("
Call ESC to make your election and it should be subsidized. I just received the same notice but I did see on page 1 "the premiums are 102% (including both the employer and employee contributions)". And top of page 2 "You are eligible to receive 12 months and GLI at the active employee rate..." (I'm 32 years). Page 4 indicates a need to call to dept of labor if employer is paying some or all of the payments. Page 5 says IBM is sending the invoice so I assume that will be the amount after subsidy. Also indicates payment methods can be made through Net Benefits site. But I am curious how this is going to work and will call Fidelity to find out. I already selected the coverage last week with my retirement coordinator and confirmed I will continue paying what I was paying before being RA'd. -HomerS-

Comment 03/11/15: 60 new members, pathetic. I bridged out in 1993 and retired in 1997. I have joined as an associate. Why only 59 new members?? You have NO power as an individual, it is not expensive. Show some courage. I, like many, have had questions regarding unions in the past since some union officials use their power to enrich themselves like IBM corporate elitists. However, the tables have definitely turned in the USA (look at the link to a journalist in a previous post who changed his mind on unions). Corporate elitists (CEOs, etc.) are using their positions to enrich themselves and they do NOT care about anyone else, including shareholders!! The posts on the job cuts are so tiring. Same old stuff. Blah, blah including coming back to IBM as a contractor after being fired (you are NOT laid off, you are fired period). Why would you work for this company again with the crap they shovel to employees. Look for someone that appreciates your contributions. The IBM I worked for was great (bridged out 1993, retired in 1997), that all changed with "Cookie Man" in the early 90s. During the 70s I told coworkers that we were treated very nicely because IBM did NOT want unions. Darn it all, I was right. Show some courage for crying out loud and join this Union so you have some power, the corporate elitists hold all of the power in IBM, I joined because I am a retiree and they continue to chip away at retiree benefits. I am sure they would delete my pension if they could do that to save money, IBM corp elitist managers are greedy period, they do NOT give a rats a$$ about you or I. They are terrible greedy supposedly humans, period (may they all go to HE!! if there is an afterlife). Everything about them and nothing for the rest of us. Truly sick greedy supposedly humans. -Tomv1997retiree-
Comment 03/11/15: I'm a recent retiree - went on my own. Yes, I got my match. I also just got a GDP check. I contacted HR in January and told them to please remind my mgr that I was to be included in the pool. I did not have a mid-year review last year and no exit PBC, so I told them that I would accept my previous year's PBC as my final. When I got my statement, I see I was in the pool "IBM" - so it was no impact to my former department. You can download all the documents on benefits, 401k, etc on the Fidelity site. Read them carefully and save the ones you download and the date you download them. Honestly, once I announced my retirement, HR and the service center was helpful. I took as "happy to get rid of another one". -Free at last-
Comment 03/11/15: PBC=2+ GDP=2.3% TCR=1% Division=STG Band=7 My health insurance increase is more than my TCR increase, which means I am taking a pay cut for 2015. -Joke-Of-a-Bonus-
Comment 03/11/15: GDP came out. Surprise! The rank and file getting just a wee little less than the big "G". Band 10 / 2+ and a 3% bonus -GDP_YAWN-
Comment 03/11/15: OSHA certificate posted at the cafeteria at IBM Rochester: 1/2014 total employees at site: 2677 -Anonymous-
Comment 03/11/15: -Anonymous-
Comment 03/11/15: -Glad to be Gone- test the retiree waters a bit. If you participated in the 401K plan, the match is "supposed" to apply to retirees. Did they match your 401K contributions up until your retirement date?? -Ex IBMer-
Comment 03/11/15: To "not retired"-- because you are retirement eligible, IBM considers you retired. Please take all of the benefits afforded you-- the retirement dinner, the gift, the IBM retriree health plan if needed. In term of unemployment benefits, it really depends on the state that you live in. Some states do not factor in severance payments or pension payments when determining eligibility for unemployment compensation. Others do. If you live in a state that counts your pension benefit as income, you can elect to defer receiving your pension. Your best bet is to either go online or call your State unemployment office and ask. If receiving your pension will not impact your unemployment benefits, it really is to your advantage to start collecting your pension now. There really is no advantage to deferring, even if you intend to continue working. -Retired2-
Comment 03/11/15: -Anonymous-
Comment 03/10/15: To -not retired-: I believe if you leave IBM when you're retirement eligible, regardless of how you leave, you're considered an IBM retiree, which makes you eligible for retirement benefits. However, since it wasn't voluntary, I think you could still make a case for UI depending on where you live, but there are others on this forum who would know better. -Dave S (aka Survivor)-
Comment 03/10/15: Reference retirement gift and retirement dinner. The gifts are worth something around $150. My clock has already broken in less than a year. The retirement dinner is the biggest joke. You need an IBMer there for every non-IBMer there. Plus, you need a manager there. Since I was remote, I got to take my lovely wife out to dinner. I could only bill IBM the travel rate for my city. I paid the least $40 out of my own pocket. Real nice sendoff for a 38 year career with he worst company in America. I HATE IBM. -ihateibm-
Comment 03/10/15: To ‘not retired’, the word “retired” simply means you are no longer working at all and by YOUR choice (or perhaps personal circumstance). Even if you initiated collecting your pension after leaving IBM, it does not necessarily mean you are “retired”. But as long as you meet IBM’s requirements, you would be eligible for IBM’s retirement benefits (health insurance, FHA, etc). In that case, IBM would likely consider you retired when you leave, even if you found work elsewhere post IBM.
By way of example, prior to working for IBM I was let go by a former employer after 17yrs of service. Before I left IBM via the 2013 TTR program, I was eligible for and began collecting my pension from that former employer. However, that employer did not consider me as retired from them and was not eligible for any other retirement benefits. Yet after leaving IBM, I was eligible for IBM’s retirement benefits since I met all their requirements (rule of 65, etc). So it’s reasonable that IBM considered me retired when I left.
After leaving IBM, I immediately applied for and was accepted for unemployment, even though I told them I was collecting a pension and that IBM considered me retired. But that did not make me ineligible for unemployment. Collecting a pension and being on unemployment are not mutually exclusive. However, keep in mind that unemployment is reduced by your pension amount.
So, if you have documentation/evidence from IBM that supports your being let go through no action on your part, you should have no trouble with unemployment, even if you begin collecting your IBM pension, get IBM retirement health insurance fully paid for by your FHA, AND even if you are collecting SS. -2013TTR-

Comment 03/10/15: Ginny offers tonic to troubled IBM investors promising it's on the right path
IBM chief denies being up a minor tributary with no means of manual propulsion
IBM CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT of backcombed fringes, Virginia Rometty, has poured oil on the troubled waters surrounding the dismal financial performance since the company began its reinvention last October.
Comment 03/10/15: ‘Much Remains To Be Done’ In IBM Transformation, Says Rometty
Comment 03/10/15:
IBM paid CEO Ginny Rometty $19.3 million in 2014
IBM is going through some rough times these days, but its board seems happy with the fix-it plans laid out by chairman and CEO Ginny Rometty, if her rising compensation is any indication.
Rometty's total compensation for 2014 was $19.3 million, mostly from about $12.5 million in restricted stock grants, according to documents filed Monday with the SEC. While IBM says she took home $0 in a"bonus," it also says she took home $3.6 million from her "non-equity incentive plan compensation" which is basically a bonus. This pay package is up from nearly $14 million she made in 2013. That was the year that IBM stumbled and she and her senior staff voluntarily turned down the money known as the "non-equity incentive plan compensation." Most of her pay came from $11.7 million in stock grants.
As we previously reported, IBM has already given her a raise for 2015. Her base salary has been boosted by $100,000 to $1.6 million, and she'll get $13.3 million in restricted stock units. And she's eligible for a bigger $5 million bonus in 2015. -Anon-

Comment 03/10/15: "My manager tried to get me to retire. I told him I was not retiring. He said IBM has designated you as retired since your of retirement age."
That is to discourage you to file for UI. This saves IBM's some bit of insurance premium for unemployment insurance. If you are retired; you don't count as unemployed. And that makes IBM managements RA agenda not look as bad as it really is.
Retirement eligible? Sure. Retirement designated? NOOOOOOOOO!!! Your IBM manager is the typical stooge and only doing what IBM HR wants him to do. YES, YOU determine when you want to RETIRE; NOT IBM. Who the h&%$ does IBM think they are??? They have the nerve and flaunt it. If you want to pursue further you'll need a lawyer. If so, good luck! You'll need it going against the Perry Masons IBM has for litigation. It's not impossible to win against IBM but it is possible.
Comment 03/10/15: RA'd on 27 Feb after 14 years (Age 58). Just received Notice to Continue Group Health Coverage for myself & wife. Monthly Cost $1,124 + Dental $106 = $1230 per month. The package says "required to pay the full TMP/COBRA rate (102% of IBM’s group rates) for medical coverage". I mistakenly thought IBM was covering me for 6 months... :( -Anonymous-
Comment 03/10/15: It's pretty sick that Warren Buffett only seems to care about the IBM dividend rather than the IBM stock price or the IBM resources. Maybe Buffett should announce the next IBM RA. And maybe we can find out the real reason for an IBM RA. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/10/15: "you are entitled to a gift(a real joke)and a retirement dinner."
True, but there really is nothing to celebrate. It sure can leave a bad taste in your mouth leaving this way by being RAed. The retirement dinner has to have some IBMers as invites I believe and an IBM manager. You might have trouble finding enough of your colleagues to invite since they probably been RAed as well. It is really not your dinner; it is IBM's in the end.
Comment 03/10/15: -not retired- I left of my own accord in 2014 and took a position with another company. I am far from being retired but IBM says I am and all my paperwork refers to me as a retiree. I guess they are just trying to convince themselves it's not as bad as it really is. -Glad To Be Gone-
Comment 03/10/15: I have been resourced as of 2/27/2015 as an assistant. While I was still working last month, everyday I received emails from the admin managers that assistants are retiring as of February 27...not just in Somers..all over. Since the date is February 27, this situation is based on the resource action. I haven't seen your website address the assistants situation in the past. We are being cut very deeply and most of them are eligible for fact, one assistant said she saw the list that her admin manager had and it had eligible for retirement next to each one. A new hub is being created to take the jobs away from Costa Rica. My job did not go away as another assistant will be extra work...this is age descrimination..can something be done about this? I rarely see anything about assistants in IBM... -Anonymous-
Comment 03/10/15: For those that got RA'd and are retirement eligible..remember you are entitld to a gift(a real joke)and a retirement dinner. A buddy of mine got RA'd and was retirement eligible..his manager knew nothing about either. His manager asked if I(a retired IMBer) would help the manager with the process..kind of scary...the new IBM!! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/09/15: I was RA'd on Feb. 27, 2015. I am 64 years old and got a letter stating I was permanently laid off. My manager tried to get me to retire. I told him I was not retiring. He said IBM has designated you as retired since your of retirement age. I asked him to change the designation to Laid OFF. He said he couldn't that. Anybody know the ramifications of such action? Unemployment, etc. -not retired-
Comment 03/09/15: Why are we stuck at 58 new members for so long? HELLO IBMers left: another RA WILL HAPPEN unless you join and try to do something to stop it and maybe preserve your job and livelihood! -IBM$ucks-
Comment 03/08/15: The Cost of a Decline in Unions
"Like many Americans, I’ve been wary of labor unions. ...
More broadly, I disdained unions as bringing corruption, nepotism and rigid work rules to the labor market, impeding the economic growth that ultimately makes a country strong.
I was wrong....
I’ve also changed my mind because, in recent years, the worst abuses by far haven’t been in the union shop but in the corporate suite. One of the things you learn as a journalist is that when there’s no accountability, we humans are capable of tremendous avarice and venality. That’s true of union bosses — and of corporate tycoons. Unions, even flawed ones, can provide checks and balances for flawed corporations." -Needaunion-

Comment 03/08/15:
Today’s workers demand a big say in where they do their jobs. That can actually be good for employers.
"At IBM, remote employees reported they could work 57 hours a week before throwing their work-life balance out of whack, whereas office employees reported that conflicts began to emerge at the 38-hour mark."
Comment 03/07/15: I used to have a man that was similar to -International Bowel Movements- who could get to the raw data. These are the figures for 3Q 2009 for a selection of countries:
Country IBMers
US 108,131
IN 88,103
JP 28,859
DE 19,196
CA 19,176
CN 17,739
UK 17,687
I cannot remember if these were regular employees or if it included contractors. -IBM UKer-

Comment 03/07/15: I always despised being called -- or any colleague being called -- a "resource". Even in WalMart you're at least an "associate" which sounds much better. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/07/15: For anyone trying to find the OSHA 300 form for RTP... last year it was in Bldg 001, in a glass bulletin board case near the door leading out to the parking lot. (Going from 201 toward 002, go down the first aisle on the right) -Anon-
Comment 03/06/15: Help the Alliance determine how many work at your site. Every year between Feb 1st to April 30th IBM and other companies must post an OSHA 300 form that shows the number of work related injuries on site. It also requires the company to show the number of employees on site. These forms generally are with other legal documents that companies must display publicly. Please let us know what the number of employees are at your site from this document. Let us know if it is for 2013 or 2014. Send the information to -Alliance-
Comment 03/06/15: For those that got RA'd my condolences and also congrats. I got RA'd back in 2013 after 33 years always a 1, 2+ or 2. A week before I got whacked my manager told me I was doing a great job and she could always count on me being prepared and that my reps and customers loved me. I was 56 at the time and say two attorneys who said this was age discrimination and there was nothing that could be done. Even my contact at Right Management that IBM sends us for resume help and retraining pulled me aside and told me it was age discrimination. Some inportant tips I learned...if in NJ apply for UI right away..get a new life insurance policy, your IBM policy goes down to 25k if you are lucky enough to retire and the extra policy with Prudential skyrockets in cost...get this done asap as you get older or get health problems you can be denied or the rate will soar. Also when dealing with the IBM Service Center write down names, date,times and who you speak to. They cancelled my health insurance in error(on their part) and I had to fight like hell to get it reinstated. Finally take a deep breath and enjoy your time off. Get your resumes out there and don't panic. I ended up with a better job, more pay and pay a third of what I paid at IBM for my benefits.and I work 35 hours a more 60-70 hours weeks for a company that does not care. For older workers look at websites like USAJOBS.COM...the government is looking for people and they don't look at age..the process takes time but is worth looking into. Good luck! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/06/15: @-Curious-: I am one of those technical IBMers with a knack for locating the raw data and understanding and interpreting it properly. If you need more detail, please send an email to the Alliance. Please consider joining the Alliance (as a full voting member) if you have not already done so. Thank you. -International Bowel Movements-
Comment 03/06/15: GDP is alive, informed this morning.-Ginny Tookus-
Comment 03/06/15: So Buffett said "There's been no surprises at IBM since we started buying it a few years ago ..."
REALLY? IBM abandoned its 2015 Roadmap and will come in $3 Billion dollars short on profit for 2015. And there have been no surprises? What Buffet was really saying was, "we've invested billions of dollars in IBM and if you think we are going to say something negative that will cause the value of our investment to go down you are nuts!" -Buffet Said What?-

Comment 03/05/15: NO MORE H1B visas if IBM does not freely disclose USA resource headcount numbers! -trexibmer-
Comment 03/05/15: Regarding the Denmark cuts. After translating, I love this remark: "Computerworld has previously interviewed Lars Mikkelgaard- Jensen on the dramatic decline in the number of employees in IBM Denmark. "It's a continuous process that reflects the development we are in."
In some areas it is a demand and a desire from our customers that they want it at a more competitive price than if you produce in Denmark.
"That is to say that if you look at the number of FTEs that are being produced for IBM Denmark, it's bigger than ever. It just gets produced in India and elsewhere."
Yeah, don't we know it...
Comment 03/05/15: @International Bowel Movements: How were you able to retrieve all this data about IBM employees? -Curious-
Comment 03/05/15: There have been several comments about why employees who have been RA'ed are back as contractors, given how poorly treated they have been over the years. For me, the answer is easy. It is strictly financial. I have a mortgage to pay, bills to pay.... Yes, I applied outside of IBM, but there appears to be some age discrimination going on outside of IBM as well. Never hear back from anyone, and the people who do call back, they always ask why I would want to leave IBM, given the successful career I had.
I was a long time IBMer and the mistake I made was putting down how many years of experience I had. I think to those dot-com companies or those companies that feature young people on their web site, they look at IBM veterans with an unfair bias that we are hard to work with, set in our ways, etc. When I apply to jobs outside of IBM, I will probably list the number of years as 12, which is the # of years spent in my current profession...
-I have a mortgage to pay-
Comment 03/05/15: This is incredible that 18% of IBM USA are IBM managers (2 of every 11 regulars IBM employees . IBM managers and executives are the less qualified to be managers in the IT entire industry. Most of the managers in IBM have n0 college degree in the IT industry, have no communication and negotiation skill, have no clue of what is expected in their departments,and have no leadership qualities. To become a manager in IBM its all about the good old boy network, being a golden boy, and politics. Managers in IBM are political savvy, and are excellent in playing the political game, but the majority have no idea how to be a manager and understand product and how to treat employees with respect. To a IBM manager, its all about year end bonuses and the next promotion up the corporate ladder, and how many employees they can screw. IBM needs a union to stop this corrupt practice. -ANA
Comment 03/05/15: Based on the new employment numbers: So who of you reading this that is still not an Alliance member and thinks they are gonna be the one still left employed to turn the light out at IBM? THINK 2X and do it ASAP. -InternationalBuffoonCorporation-
Comment 03/05/15: It's about time to cut the fat on IBM management. They have been protected long enough. RH
So 18% of IBM USA are IBM managers (2 of every 11 regulars). WOW. That is way too high. Bloated management ranks. That is why Roadmap 2015 was doomed to failure. Too many cooks. -Anonymous-

Comment 03/05/15: I received my severance payment in a over night envelope with a hand written note on the outside saying " Look Inside" with a SMILY face drawn on it, from my manager. How uncaring and unfeeling can someone be. I was never less then a 2 and 2 days prior then being read the RA script I was informed of my 2014 rating a 2. There is life outside IBM but righting the ship after they bore a hole in it, will take time ! -Anonymous-
Comment 03/05/15: To -anonymous- in Australia in regards to being let go 15 days before vesting. Sorry to hear about your situation. The only thing I can suggest is to get in touch with an attorney versed in Australian labor law. Yours would not be the first time nor likely last that IBM has violated a country's labor laws or stretched them past the point of intent. The only way to be sure is to get legal advice. If you are unionized that would be another alternative for honest answers. -anonymous_retiree-
Comment 03/04/15: I always despised being called -- or any colleague being called -- a "resource". That nomenclature, which no doubt management thinks is benign, is a good indicator of the IBM employee culture. In my experience, "resource" was used exclusively from the FLM+ level down to the rank and file; does anyone think Martin is referred to by Ginni as a "resource"?
So with that, it seems that a renaming of HR is in order -- to RR (Resource Resources).
Comment 03/04/15: Layoffs coming tomorrow in Canada. Not sure about the US. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/04/15: Is it so that only about 62K or so IBM employees (but IBM management refers to as resources) are left in the USA? About 13K USA IBM managers? What do most actually do now with so few employees left??? If so, and this is hard to believe, and a weird dichotomy, IBM management is making it easier for the Alliance to unionize IBM USA since less than 31.51K votes or so are needed to say I THINK 2X and I SAY YES now! A few years ago the Aliance needed about 100K to make it happen.. -A-
Comment 03/04/15: 3 Reasons International Business Machines Corp. Stock Could Fall --
1. Nonexistent growth
2. IBM earnings game
"However, Big Blue clearly has no plans to slow its buybacks or stop burning the furniture. It committed to a new $5 billion repurchase program last October, slashed 50,000 jobs in 2014, and could cut even more jobs in 2015."
3. All-in bet on the cloud.
You can see the torch-wielding C-Suite clowns chanting, "Burn the furniture!!" as they march from location to location setting it all alight. -CEOaaS-

Comment 03/04/15: IBM named and shamed stashing $61 Billion dollars profit over seas to avoid paying taxes. -Anon-

Comment 03/04/15: IBM Danmark alledgely eliminating 120 jobs -A-

Comment 03/03/15: So 18% of IBM USA are IBM managers (2 of every 11 regulars). WOW. That is way too high. Bloated management ranks. That is why Roadmap 2015 was doomed to failure. Too many cooks. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/03/15: IBM shareholder sues company, alleging it overvalued chip unit:
The lawsuit also named three IBM officials as defendants, including Chief Executive Virginia Rometty..."Defendants presented a misleading picture of IBM's business and prospects," the complaint said. "When the truth about the company was revealed to the market, the price of IBM common stock fell precipitously."
Comment 03/03/15: -On the list- My separation pay back in one of the big blue purges (2009) was based on my pay remix which was a reclassification of salaried to hourly (band 7 to band 4) with only 85% of pay. And since if I worked OT to get back the 15% remixed I still didn't get that in the separation package calculation since OT is not part of the IBM fuzzy math equations. So lost a bit on severance too. Sounded like a demotion and a pay salary reduction to me, do you agree? When I hear fairness I don't even consider IBM in my definition! So consider yourself lucky if you get the severance package at your former pay. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/03/15:
400 jobs eliminated in IBM Germany
Comment 03/03/15: On February 19th, there were 77,308 IBM Regs in the US and 17,444 Contractors/Vendors. Of the Regs, 13,991 were managers. Today, on March 3rd, there are 75,622 IBM Regs in the US and 18,916 Contractors/Vendors. Out of the Regs, there are now 13,782 managers. This represents a loss of 1686 regular employees, a gain of 1472 contractors/vendors and a loss of 209 managers.
IBM supplemental employees and those designated as "assignee-in" or"assignee-out" are all excluded from these numbers.
Not all people who received their layoff notice had an exit date of Feb. 27th, therefore, the numbers above do not represent the full impact of this RA. Lastly, the deltas above are not strictly limited to the effect of this RA as there are many random hires/fires in any given day. My feeling, however, is that it is statistically representative of the magnitude of the the 1Q RA. -International Bowel Movements-

Comment 03/03/15:
IBM sued for alleged securities fraud. Big Blue has been sued by a shareholder who thinks the company committed securities fraud by failing to write down a money-losing semiconductor unit before agreeing to pay another company $1.5 billion to take that unit off its hands.
In October IBM’s said it would sell the unit to GlobalFoundries (GloFo) and take a related $4.7 billion pre-tax charge.
IBM also announced third-quarter results that day. Its share price fell nine percent over the next two trading days, wiping out more than $18 billion of market value.
According to the complaint, IBM inflated its stock price before selling the semiconductor unit by carrying the unit’s property, plant and equipment assets on its books at $2.4 billion, when it should have known the assets were worthless.
The shareholder moaned that potential bidders had been unwilling to pay much more than $1 billion for the entire unit, including intellectual property and personnel, suggesting that the hard assets had no or negative market value.
The shareholder in question is the City of Sterling Heights Police & Fire Retirement System in Michigan. It also named three IBM officials as defendants, including Chief Executive Virginia Rometty. It seeks class-action status on behalf of shareholders. -Anon-

Comment 03/03/15: NJ Unemployment. I applied online yesterday as I thought it West Sunday - Saturday. I'm not worried about the severance as it seems clear it's not continuing employment, but once I choose a retirement option I am no clear on what conditions this will or may undercut unemployment. -Anonymous-
Comment 03/02/15: -Anonymous-
Comment 03/02/15: Sorry, but it had to be done. -Anon-
Comment 03/02/15: -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS- New Jersey doesn't look at severance as regular income, you can file for UI asap. FYI, NJ UI only lasts 6 months, no extensions. Everything can be done online, no need to go to the UI office. -Jersey Boy-

Comment 03/02/15: To -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS- regarding NJ unemployment. You can file from the 1st day you are no longer employed by IBM. The RA package is not future pay which if it was, then you would have to wait. -tmc-
Comment 03/02/15: The GTO process as described is true. One only needs to look at customer and industry conferences the past few years to see what we have been saying. To have Ginni say that IBM (she) was unaware is incredulous. The GTO presentations To customers is a watered down version of what is presented to her. -Gone-
Comment 03/02/15: Separation pay was based on your original salary. There was an addendum in the separation agreement that stated severance was based on salary prior to reduction. -On the list-
Comment 03/02/15: From the UK: -member-

Comment 03/02/15: Buffet speaks out:
Note his quote about IBM: "People have this misconception that - when we buy a stock - we want it to go up. That's the last thing we want it to do ... There's been no surprises at IBM since we started buying it a few years ago ... We expected revenue to come down." -anon-

Comment 03/02/15: -Anonymous-"Why can't we move that thermometer over 60?"
The new (and old) members each need to convince at least two of their co-workers to join, and so on, and so on......
And that ain't happening, is it? Until it does, the mass firings, poor appraisals, pay cuts, and benefit rip-offs will continue - does anyone still believe otherwise? Get it done! -Dave G-

Comment 03/02/15: So I became an Ex-IBMer in the UK on 5th Feb 2015. There were not enough voluntary redundancy requests in my section so I was then one of the unlucky ones to be chosen to leave. All this even though I had been told (unofficially) to not apply to voluntary as my request would be rejected. Found it all very hard to deal with but onwards and upwards now and I feel I am better off out! -UKExIBMer-
Comment 03/02/15: Question for the board. Is anyone familiar with the NJ Unemployment Insurance rules as it applies to the IBM RA? Today is the first official day of unemployment for me. I did receive 24 weeks severance, but I'm hoping that I can file for unemployment and collect now while I'm looking for my next job. Does NJ treat severance payments like regular income when considering eligibility for unemployment payments? Do I need to exhaust my severance payments before I can file for UI? -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS-
Comment 03/01/15: What glassdoor says, what Cramer or Cringely says, What Ginni and Buffet say are all irrelevant. What do YOU the IBM employee say? Are you happy happy happy ? When you add up your pennies every month are you satisfied with how you are compensated. Is your benefits all that you and your families want or need? Will you be able to live on your pension in your old age? Its really up to you whether you try to change any of the things I asked. If you do nothing else sign up today with the union. Next become an open organizer. Its the only proven path in the history of America to improve the working persons quality of life. -Exodus2007-
Comment 03/01/15: Anyone on "salary reduction" get Separation pay based on pre-reduction amounts? -Anonymous-
Comment 03/01/15: The latest RA has largely been executed with IBMers unfairly fired as of 2/28/15. Now don't let your guard down. Another RA is surely happening soon. Why can't we move that thermometer over 60? We need to move that thermometer past the bursting point ASAP -Anonymous-
Comment 03/01/15: -RandyT- How true great post. -OVER55-
Comment 02/28/15: -RandyT- Thanks for the link. Hilarious! "YES YES" "strategic imperatives"? signposts? (yield or stop sign)? Revenue GROWTH? IBM word speak at it's worst IMHO. Not one mention of how it might get done and no mention of the IBM employees either who would have to get it sad..typical Ginni. Heck, her coiffure still looks the same! I don't think she is capable of implementing any positive CHANGE in IBM's business direction. Basically, a female Palmisano. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/28/15: "The only surprise should be that we are still working, without a contract, for a machine that reduces the workforce regularly and with increasingly surgical precision."
Quite agree! But, I think IBM is a machine that has no clue on surgical precision. If so, IBM would heal and mend itself. IBM just gets more and more unhealthy. IBM management just does lobotomies to its business these days and botched ones at that. If RAs really help the IBM business and grow revenue and EPS, then where is the revenue and EPS growth? Profits are just cost cutting tactics to IBM. Stock buybacks are not true earnings. Revenue is something IBM has absolutely no handle on now.

Comment 02/28/15: I'm an Australian and like many of my fellow Australians as of yesterday I am now an ex-IBMer. I have to say I really never felt like an IBMer and I'm not sad about departing. So much I could say but really best to say I wish all those remaining the best.
As for the alliance and the website I have just given a donation and would really suggest that others do the same as it has been a source of generally reliable information which otherwise I would not have obtained. I really don't understand why Americans don't join the union other than you are living in a climate of fear and what a sad way to live that is. If that is your reason then it is very sad and it's no way to win. If you think that unions are only for uneducated blue collar workers then you are believing a fantasy. The white collar workers have become the easiest to exploit, there must be some books on that topic. When I was young I was educated by the Jesuits. One priest used to open his masses with a dedication "to those who live in fear". A prayer for you all! -Away From Fear-

Comment 02/28/15: -RandyT- that video was hillarious at 1:59.....classic and loved it.. thanks for sharing. -IveBeenMislead-
Comment 02/27/15:
Want those IBM iOS apps? You'll need to spend big bucks. The truth behind the IBM / Apple IOS Applications comes out.
"I also asked White about how deeply a business must be tied to IBM to use the IBM-created Apple apps. White said that there was no dependency on IBM's back-end servers or hardware, but she also remarked, "Though of course we have a lot of experience in back ends with our own services." Translation: We'll steer you to extended involvement with IBM products and servers.
"White mentioned that IBM is building a catalog of APIs for its Apple-device apps, which suggested a greater degree of interoperability with other systems. But when I pressed her, she admitted, "The initial implementation is that the API design is unique for each app. ... IBM would likely be doing the implementation. ... The APIs are not publicly available." That's not how most enterprise developers think of APIs. IBM's APIs are really for IBM's benefit, not yours."
Comment 02/27/15:
Ginni, your Mea Culpa is so phony. You and the rest of the senior management team are presented an annual "GTO" (General technology Outlook) that looks forward several years where IBM should position itself. 200+ people spend several thousand hours working on this and demos of technology to show how IBM can address the future. In addition you and the rest of the senior management team are given monthly or bi-monthly "TT's" (Technology Transfers) again many people spending much time preparing boiled down education sessions so you can give the pretense of knowing what you are talking about. Having been involved with both over recent years, YOU WERE TOLD about coming technology changes. As the article points out
"No. 1. The enterprise tech world is changing faster than she thought it would." and
"No. 2. She wasn't watching how consumer technology was invading the workplace."
means that you were asleep at the wheel, not paying attention to what was presented to you. Bob Cringely and Peter Greulich would have a fun time if they dig into GTO and TT process and contents. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/27/15: To - GTS PM - You should not let your FLM get away so easily. It is his job to find out such things. You need to realize that, in IBM, no one will do anything for you unless you force them to commit one way or the other by asking them in writing to do something specific for you. You need to write you manager an email. Copy the same section you pasted here and say "As per this section, I understand I am eligible for a change in my departure date to a date prior to June 30. If it will be OK with you, please approve a change in my departure date to xxx". Wait for two days and, if he does not reply, send a reminder copying your second line. If he asks you to talk to someone in the Program Office, ask him (again in writing) a specific name and copy that person while reiterating your request. In the end, he may approve it or he may not but if he screws you, he would be doing it on record with some visibility. Good luck! -BlowThisJoint-
Comment 02/27/15: CEOs at IBM have been suggesting a huge turn around in IBMs profits since Lou Gerstner was CEO. The only problem is that the CEOs (Sam and Ginny) have continued mass layoffs, benefits have been cut, pensions for retirees are terrible, and there is no profit in site. IBM really needs a sweep of the entire management and executive team. The only thing that will cause this to happen is a strong union. -ANA-
Comment 02/27/15: "The company continues to remix its skills and resource needs to match the best opportunities in the marketplace"
Hey let's make this the lead lyric for the new IBM company song! End it with 'Ever Onward IBM. To the Next RRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Then it will be stuck in everyone's head for all eternity. It's failed miserably and Roadmap 2015 proved it!!!
Comment 02/27/15: -LowMorale- Ginni will either be gone or retire by 2018. So I doubt she really cares one rat's a$$ about making the 3 year target. I believe she will hit the big 60 by 2018 where traditionally IBM CEO's sail of into the dreamy, filthy, rich USA royalty in Millionaire Acres (unless your name was IBM King Gerstner where you hang on longer to reap more $$$) -Anonymous-
Comment 02/27/15: Watch the video with Rommety being interviewed. At 1:59 into the video watch for the small ad box on the left. Enjoy! -RandyT-
Comment 02/27/15: "Rometty continues a habit of making claims about how IBM can be turned around, while not a single one of the important claims have come through. IBM’s shareholders need to prepare for another period in the wilderness between now and 2018."
Yep, more smoke and mirrors and promises. How do you achieve those lofty goals when much of your talent has been fired or left on their own due to the horrendous treatment of employees, and the ones that are left are demoralized and hoping for either a RA and package or the company to crash, or shopping for new jobs? Promising $40 billion in cloud revenue when it's a razor slim margin business and your competition is already established and willing to sell at little to no profit? -LowMorale-

Comment 02/27/15: Folks, unless somebody actually has a plan to organize, this site will remain what it is today, which is an information exchange. So, let's quit with the "we need to organize" BS postings we've seen for 10 years. Somebody put forth an actionable plan or let's admit that in a W@H culture with a wide range of risk tolerances, the best we can do is exchange information. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: We have our platform and some of our action plan at the top of this page.
We certainly are not going to put everything on this site so IBM can see it. The main thing we are missing and which is vital to move this forward are people willing to step forward and publicly organize. Are you willing to do that? If so contact us at
We need multiple chapters of the Alliance nationwide. Remember, the Alliance has lost people too with all the job cuts. We need to rebuild in some locations.

Comment 02/27/15: IBM will stoop to anything. I never got a PBC review for this past period as others with mid-year RA dates did. I just figured they would not do one because I was RA'd with a departure date of Feb 27 and the last time I looked the PBC was left uncompleted in the tool. Last day today, I went and viewed and lo and behold it was complete. I was shocked at the scathing assessment after support multiple accounts and never a discussion of not performing as was expected. The PBC says that I agreed I could not improve my performance in a timely manner and as such I did not need to review the PBC. I never agreed to anything and how can they just stop you from reviewing? I have requested that the PBC be reopened and I be allowed to comment.
-2015 Round 2-
The word has been going around that another shedding of employees will happen in 60 days and it is not those that have been given RA date through to June. This is supposedly a fresh round of RAs. -LastDayATIBM-

Comment 02/27/15: @2015 Round 2 I echo the same in "Great White North" From at least 3 mgrs told me there is another round of "initiative" happening in early March. -Chromed-
Comment 02/27/15: We has 2 round of job cuts in Australia. Target employees are 800 nos. I lost mine yesterday feeling angry and disgusted on senseless cuts. In-spite of having experience in agile and cloud and PBC ratings of 2, I got the tap on shoulder. I spend 4 years 11 months and 15 days. Loosing my 5 year benefits of encashing LSL leaves and 1 year additional redundancy pay by just 15 days. Any suggestion how can I atleast get my full 5 years rather than missing by 15 days? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/27/15: CEO Ginni: "I'm a big believer in lessons learned. Constantly with the team we go over why, why, why? What did you learn and what would you do different, right? The only bad mistake is a mistake you don't learn from," she said.
Read more:
Ginni: I thought the GDF's use the "Five whys" from Mike Daniels blueprint from Toyota on how to run the GDFs. So , where DID the other TWO WHYS GO Ginni? You are in denial, Ginni. Maybe mad since you are consistently doing the same things (RAs) and hoping for different results. You do not have the answers and are not in the CLOUD but in the FOG since you don't ask and look at the WHYS enough! Wake up should go to GDF training camp now and maybe 'learn' something! -GDF'ed-

Comment 02/27/15: To -Blowthisjoint - I should have clarified that I did talk to my first line manager. They referred my to the Project Office. The project office actually told me that the paragraph only referred to T2R's (which was incorrect). I asked HR, they don't know and are being intentionally vague. So, my friends (who are lawyers) looked at this entire agreement and said it was crap. Thanks but not thanks for your advice. -GTS-PM-
Comment 02/27/15: Yes, the Walmart story is inspirational! We are making progress here - on glassdoor the company rating has fell to 3.0 and Rometty's rating from 4.8 to 4.4 now. Your PBC's of the company and CEO are working! Think how significant it will be when the company rating is 2.x rather than 3.x and her 'PBC' rating on glassdoor is in the 30's not 40's! It can happen if the rest of you who have not yet found the courage to just fill out that anonymous survey there could just do it. And more importantly, as the company 'shrinks' we need fewer members to gain enough to finally be represented and refuse such treatment. Our membership numbers become more significant as the company shrinks. So *please* forego the cost of a Starbucks once a month and join here with the rest of us. Because if you don't, Starbucks might be an unaffordable luxury in your near future. Please get us off this stuck 57 mark. Fight back against the machine! -HelpYourself-
Comment 02/26/15: to - GTS PM - who was wondering about departure dates. You should speak with your manager before talking to lawyers. From the section you quoted, it seems you may be eligible to leave before the scheduled departure date of June 30, 2015 while retaining RA benefits as long your desired date is 60 days past the notification date of Jan 28, 2015. However, you cannot just hand in your laptop and sneak out the door if you want to guarantee your severance payments. At the very least, you will need your manager's written approval stating the new departure date that you both agree with. -BlowThisJoint-
Comment 02/26/15: In July 1993, our company laid off 60,000 employees. This workforce reduction was predicted to save $4 billion a year. So why is anyone here surprised at what is happening in 2015? Any of us who have been hired in the past 22 years have been aware that this is not a "job for life" type place. The only surprise should be that we are still working, without a contract, for a machine that reduces the workforce regularly and with increasingly surgical precision. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/26/15: IBM's work force drops by 50,000 in 2014 under reboot -JustSayin
Alliance reply: We posted this article on our web site's front page, recently. Thank you for sending it here, too.

Comment 02/26/15:
Shows the power of concerted action by employees. With just 57 new members, IBMers need to find some of this stuff too.
"Over the past several years, Walmart employees -- united under the banner of OUR Walmart -- have engaged in protests and advocacy to press the retailer to improve compensation and working conditions in its more than 5,100 stores nationwide. These workers have held rallies, demanded to speak at shareholders meetings, and reached out to elected leaders and the general public. Their efforts are now starting to pay off, and no doubt, Walmart workers' success will serve as an inspiration to millions of other low-wage workers nationwide, making similar demands in the retail, restaurant and health care industries." -Dave G-

Comment 02/26/15: You won't get paid for those vacation days. I can't believe anyone working at IBM wouldn't take all their vacation days. Not like this company gives you anything back for working 365 a year. Take your vacation each year!! -anonymous-
Comment 02/25/15: "Departure dates will be based on business needs and will generally begin as indicated in the memo you received from you manager (1/28/15). Departure dates changes may be recommended by managers ands assigned by the Project Office based on business needs, or for employees receiving IBM Short-Term Disability Income Plan benefits, which may continue after their scheduled departure date. If you scheduled departure date is more than 60 days past your initial notification date (1/28/15), you will remain eligible to receive the payment and benefits associated with the resource action, provided you work 60 days past your initial notification date (or until released by manager, if earlier), and otherwise comply with all requirements of the resource action. Any change of the scheduled departure date shall be made at the sole discretion of management and which determination shall be final. In any event, no departure date will be later than the date indicated in the memo you received from your manager except for employees receiving IBM Short-Term Disability Income Plan benefits and employees on a military leave of absence.
Employees may not depart prior to the departure date approved by the Project Office and received the payment and benefits of the resource action unless management has recommended and the Project Office has assigned a new departure date"
1) 1/28/15 Notification date - June 30th is my departure date.
2) 60 days after notification date (1/28/15) will leave me at 3/30/15 (more or less)
3) Does this mean that I have to get Project Office and management approval to leave anytime between 3/30/15 - 6/30/15?
4) May I walk in on March 30th and hand my laptop in and still receive the payment and benefits of this resource action OR can they deny me this w/o Project Office and management approval?
I've gotten mixed opinions (even by lawyers) as to the way this was written. Does anyone know for sure???
-GTS - PM-
Comment 02/25/15: -Anymous- There is nothing you can do. IBM has a use them or lose them policy when it comes to vacation days. A verbal agreement with a manager you no longer report to is worthless. You should have gotten the agreement in writing. Never trust this company with a verbal agreements. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 02/25/15: Yes, next round of RA's now happening in Australia. Had the meeting with my manager yesterday and received the letter. Last day is March 31st. The rumour is that so many RA's were identified for 1Q that HR did not have the bandwidth to process them all at once. So they did some at the end of January and doing the rest now. -Time to Go-
Comment 02/25/15: Lenovo hit by lawsuit over Superfish adware --
"One lawsuit filed in federal court last week charges both Lenovo and Superfish with violating wiretap laws and trespassing on personal property, Ars Technica reported Monday. In another case, a legal firm has launched a class action investigation over potential claims against Lenovo's actions. The Chinese PC maker has found itself in hot water following last week's revelations that many of its PCs include a software program called Superfish Visual Discovery. Considered either adware or spyware, Superfish tracks your Web searches and browsing activity to place additional ads on the sites you visit. But the software also installs its own root certificate that leaves affected PCs more vulnerable to malware attacks."
HA! So the U.S. government approved this divestiture from IBM to Lenovo, Lenovo allayed all the concerns regarding potential security issues, & now they get caught doing this. -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 02/25/15: To -Anon-: "You sound skeptical - not of IBM, but of the stories you're hearing about people being forced out of the company."
Not at all, I was just questioning LackingInIntegrityBlue's assertion that retirement-eligible people were get RA'ed without severance, and I mean RA'ed literally. I know that IBM is using means other than RA's to force people out -- I was one of the non-RA PBC3 recipients -- but when you're talking about severance, you need to differentiate literal RA's from other practices so that people reading these comments don't get misled. My own situation was a bit different from most others that received a 3, but I've already covered that in previous postings -- the bottom line is that I negotiated a minimized separation package and I'm retiring in a few days. It remains to be seen whether most people who went on a PIP will receive any package, since the PIP period is at least 30 days. -Survivor-

Comment 02/25/15: I have to agree with -lastdino1- on the PIP. I am not an IBM manager, but was a manager at a couple other large corporations in the past. If you are placed on a PIP, your manager and HR want documentation that you were given a clear set of goals and objectives. In many cases these goals end up being subjective. My advice to anyone placed on a PIP is to make sure each goal is quantitative and can be easily documented that you achieved it. Something like, "have a better attitude", is not acceptable.
In general, I believe you would not be placed on a PIP if your manager intended to keep you around. If that was the case, your manager would have been coaching you throughout the year so that you reached your GDP goals. I have seen employees placed on PIP as a "wake-up call" that their performance is an issue. From the cases I observed, those employees were actually once great employees that were suffering from personal problems that affected their work. Their managers were actually trying to help them throughout the year but that help was falling on deaf ears. The PIP was used to alert them to the seriousness of the situation. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/25/15: To: -Anymous- You asked about unused vacation from 2014 when you're RA'd. I had the exact same situation. When your new (RA) manager is filling out your separation paperwork, there is a section about vacation that is used to calculate your final paycheck. In addition to asking how much vacation you've used for 2015, it also asks how much unused vacation you had coming out of last year. You are entitled to get paid for the unused days from 2014, plus the earned days for 2015. (So, if you had 3 unused days and 2 days earned for this year, you'll get a total of 5.) Most managers don't understand this, so make sure it's done correctly. When I was RA'd, my manager assumed that since vacation isn't banked anymore, the automatic entry for carried over vacation should be 0. When I later found the correct answer on W3, he vaguely recalled hearing something about that when they went through RA training. But, because he had already submitted the paperwork, he won't put through a change. -RAtired-
Comment 02/25/15: IBM's global employee count fell for the second year in a row, the first two year decline since 1993-1994. Even before the 2015 firings, IBM reported 379,592 employees at year end 2014, down 12% year on year (3.9% excluding divestitures). But there are allegedly 15,000 job openings, IBM claims. -Citizen Five

Comment 02/25/15: Second round for 2015 now happening in Australia with exit end of March. Some people already notified from Monday this week, others with required invitations with managers for Thursday and Friday. Will it end after 1Q or will this continue all year? -2015 Round 2-
Comment 02/25/15: So I got caught in this last RA.... At the beginning of 2014 I had some vacation days that I didn't get to use from 2013. Manager"A" verbally told me it was ok to use them in 2014. In 2Q I was transferred to a new mgr and he wouldn't honor the verbal agreement. Can I get paid for those days? -Anymous-
Comment 02/25/15: So there you go - more cheap labor available -Anonymous

Comment 02/24/15: IBM Employee Count Falls for Second Year in Shift to Cloud. -Anon

Comment 02/24/15: I can't understand how anyone can stay at IBM with the cost of healthcare there.
Best case scenario: High Deductible $0 premiums for single person; $2.5K deductible before insurance will kick in; $6.45K max out of pocket.
Worst case scenario: 2 adults + 6 kids PPO+ premiums of $17,328/year with $300/$600 deductible with $27,000 max out of pocket. Even individual max out of pockets are $15,000/year. IBM must be paying well for employees to take risks like that? Consider an illness in December & January (double these numbers) I wouldn't go near IBM with a ten foot pole. I'd high tail it out of there even with a lower paying job. Good employers are limiting family premiums to $3500; deductibles $500 and max out of pocket $5K range. Worst case. You are paying IBM to work there.
Comment 02/24/15: To: -Survivor- You sound skeptical - not of IBM, but of the stories you're hearing about people being forced out of the company. To your literal question of whether anyone gets RA'd without a package, I think the answer is "no." However, that doesn't mean that everyone managed of the business is officially an "RA." All the stories about surprise "3" performers, PIP's, etc don't necessarily get a package. And, if they did, it was probably 1/2 of an RA. All of those forced retirements only mean that the employee had enough age/year-of-service to quality. It doesn't say whether the exit was voluntary or a package given. If you are a survivor, the only thing you can reasonably count on is 30 day's notice that you don't have a job anymore. Sleep tight. -Anon-
Comment 02/24/15: -OnTheWayOut-: According to the Software License Management web page, your Microsoft licenses are automatically returned when you leave IBM, so they'll be made available to someone else. -Survivor-
Comment 02/24/15: All IBMers do on this site is complain how IBM gives you the shaft. Its is really amazing that only 57 IBMers have signed up for the union. You are all at will employees of IBM and they can treat you and get rid of you any time and any way they want. H/R and executives in this company are greedy and corrupt. Without a union, this type of disrespect will continue towards the employees, until the employees wake up and join the union. -ANA-
Comment 02/24/15: I am jumping to another company in the midst of all this carnage. One thing I would like to find out is what happens to my Microsoft subscriptions. Will all the keys be recycled and given to a future IBMer or is that subscription (along with all the license keys) going to waste? -OnTheWayOut-
Comment 02/24/15: -Sean- : Your description of the PIP process is a bit naive based on my experience. A PIP is a plan developed by your management team and reviewed by HR with the intent that you will fail. It is a document to fail and has a time limit on it. But as an at will employee you can be fired at any point during the process. The plan should have difficult deliverable with daily milestones.The employee does not have a say nor can they negotiate the terms of the assignments. There is sufficient subjectivity in the plan that would be a he said , she said argument with the weight going to the FLM. The mere fact that you are on a PIP means you will be fired. The issue is whether you will get a package or not. So the employee should try to convince the FLM to give him a package. That is the only negotiation. -lastdino1-
Comment 02/24/15: IBM: Who wants to leave with a swollen package? --
"The EEC [Employee Consultation Committees] formation is a standard process to get those people out of the door who want to go, and we are told IBM is doing this unit by unit.“IBM hasn’t yet moved to compulsory redundancies in the UK,”
said a source close to the matter. 'They are doing it tactically before they decide on compulsory redundancies'. The software group appointed an ECC in December for two areas – Business Analytics and Information Management – 45 people walked from BA and three people from IM, say sources. Global Business Services also formed a working group late last year. It was looking for a couple of hundred people willing to leave but some '600 asked for the package', said a source. All staff in marketing were put at risk of redundancy last year but El Chan understands 15 heads asked for the axe. -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 02/23/15: -LackingInIntegrityBlue-: Everyone who gets RA'ed gets a severance package, regardless of their PBC rating and retirement eligibility, even if IBM calls it an involuntary retirement. Do you have first-hand knowledge of a case where this didn't happen? -Survivor-
Comment 02/23/15: -T2R- Like many on the T2R program, I received an unwarranted PBC=3. I was just told by my manager that my PIP is under scrutiny by HR and two up-levels of management - get this - because I posted a couple of things in the T2R community on Connections. So... if you are T2R -- SHUT UP on any internal forums, it apparently only makes a miserable situation more miserable! -16YearsAndCounting-
Comment 02/23/15: More IBM “resource” trickery: Retirement-eligible staffers PBC 3ed and RAed. The RA becomes a forced/involuntary retirement, which in turn is portrayed to the public as a (PC) retirement (“please join me in congratulating XX on his/her retirement after YY wonderful years as an IBM employee”). No sev package needed. Sickening. -LackingInIntegrityBlue-
Comment 02/22/15: To -Confused by all this- Being given a PBC 3 and being put on a PIP does not mean you're the next for the door, but it also does not mean you are safe! You have to ask yourself a few key questions, the main one being "is the PIP achievable?". Your PIP should be a documented set of achievable goals that you feel you could provide documented evidence that you have completed. For each goal you should agree with your FLM (in writing) what evidence will be required to prove you have achieved each goal. If any of the goals or evidence required are ambiguous or cannot be documented then you must decide if you are on a hit list or not. Throughout the process you should arrange weekly reviews with your FLM to discuss your process and document your results. Again if your FLM is not prepared to do this then this should feed into your decision making process. Do not leave everything to the last minute and if you can achieve goals early, do so and concentrate on the next goals. Of course, as an at will employee, this could all be irrelevant. But if they are looking to get rid of you as quick as possible then surely a 30 day PIP would have been preferable for their purpose. The only chance to change any of this process and PBC's is to join the Alliance, US IBMers not doing so are like turkeys voting for Thanksgiving, but hoping a wave of vegetarianism will save them. Cheers n Beers -Sean-
Comment 02/21/15: You do not get all your vacation at the start of the year at IBM. IBM lets you *take* vacation days before you have *accumulated* them, so if you use vacation before it has accrued you will have to pay it back. If, on the other hand, you have accrued vacation that you have not used as of your last day, by federal law IBM has to pay you for those days at your final salary rate. Look on the HR pages in w3 and you will find one with vacation accrual tables. My memory is you accrue a certain number of days each pay cycle, depending on how many days per year you accrue. PC holidays, however, are different in most states (other than California). You do not accrue PC holidays -- instead they are instantly available on Jan 1 and you can use them all immediately and are never on the hook to pay them back, since they are not treated as accrued vacation in most states. On the flip side, if you do not use them, you will *not* get paid for them, again because they are not accrued benefits. In California PC holidays I think are treated the same as vacation days -- they are accrued -- because CA law is different. I don't know about NY specifically. But in general you want to use all your PC holidays before your final date, but don't use the vacation days so you can get paid for however many have accrued instead. -Reply to Finally out-
Alliance reply: Thank you for your reply to -Finally Out-. It is apparent that your reply is part of the general consensus and multiple answers to the questions -Finally Out- asked. This is proof beyond a doubt, that Alliance@IBM's web site helps IBMers, by having other IBMers answer questions and give advice...advice IBM HR or Manangement refuses to give. Alliance is the alternative, and we will continue to be the alternative as long as we stay on-line. Thank you for your donations, memberships, and overall support of this web site. We still have much more work to do. We still need to raise the "thermometer" higher. This is what organizing is all about. Keep it going. Join Alliance@IBM

Comment 02/21/15: To -Finally out- Your vacation is not earned as of the beginning of the year; it accrues as you go. If you take too much, IBM will want the money back. If you don't take all the days you've earned, they'll pay you for them. Personal Holidays are different. Take them all before you go. Also, if you have a Health Care Spending Account, use as much of the full year amount as you can before you leave. (Maybe buy a C-PAP or Defibrillator) You can spend it all - even if you leave now - and you don't have to pay it back. However, if there's unused money you've paid in prior to your exit date, you lose it. -Anon2-
Comment 02/21/15: At the end of January, I was given my 1st 3 on a PBC, and given a 30 day PIP. Nothing else. Then later my FLM said that HR was requiring a 60 day PIP.
Q1. Don't these things normally come with a PIP or a package choice? (3 months)
Q2. I am concerned that at the end of the day, they will say, see ya and I will get nothing. Thoughts.
Q3. Retiring ahead of this is an option. I have to admit, that would be satisfying but I don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face.
-Confused by all this

Comment 02/21/15: To -Finally out-, take the PC days, there is no compensation for those. Vacation is "earned" one month at a time. So you would only get about 2 days. If you take more, they will deduct it from you final check. -Rich-
Comment 02/21/15: -Finally Out- You "earn" your vacation throughout the year. If your annual entitlement is 15 days, you earn 1.25 days for every month you work in the current year. If you take more vacation than you have earned at the point you leave IBM, the value of the extra days will be deducted from your final check. Conversely, if you have not taken all your earned (up to that point) vacation, you will be paid for the days. By all means take the personal choice holidays as they are " use it or lose it". -retired ex-mgr-
Comment 02/21/15: Use or lose PC holidays. Unless the rules have changed since 2013 you only earn 1/12th of your vacation per COMPLETE month worked. If you take more days then you will owe IBM for excess taken. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/21/15: -Finally Out- You don't get all your vacation at the beginning of the year. It is allocated on a monthly basis I think. So, if you get 3 weeks a year and leave at the end of March you would be entitled to 1/4 of your vacation time or about 4 days. While employed they do allow you to use it before you earn it but if you exceed what you have earned and leave before the end of the year they will deduct it from your severance pay or final paycheck. PC days are a different story. You are entitled to all 4 PC days at the beginning of the year. Use all of those before leaving. Good luck! -longtimebeemer-
Comment 02/21/15: @Finally Out - Be careful. Vacation is earned at the END of a month. It being 2/21, you have only earned 1/12th of your 15 days of vacation, since you have completed only 1 month so far in 2015. That's 1.25 days (round down to 1 full day). You will get another 1/12th of it after the end of each calendar month. If you leave IBM, they will reconcile taken vs. earned vacation and charge you for unearned vaca that you have taken. Your 4 personal choice holidays are yours to use any time. If you leave and don't use them, you won't be paid for them. In other words, if you have taken more than 5 days off (4 PC holidays and 1 vaca day) and you leave IBM today, they'll withhold the balance from your last paycheck. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/21/15: to -Finally out-. You actually accrue the vacation days. You will get paid for unused time that you've accumulated. Taking all your vacation now will require you OWING money when you leave. Those of us in Burlington, VT will get paid x number of days when we go to Globalfoundries this year. You're allowed to take all the vacation anytime during the year (depending on FLM usually) but if you leave before years end you will owe for extra days. Maybe your FLM won't care if you take all your days but YMMV -anonymous-
Comment 02/21/15: -Finally out- Ok, you have to understand IBM vacation is EARNED. So if you leave on Jan. 1 you get no vacation days for the upcoming year. Otherwise it is pro-rated earned based on time worked. The Personal Choice Holidays are not earned. Take them all before you leave.
This has been ALL over this forum since 1999. This is really getting old. Doesn't IBM (maybe your apparently useless FLM) tell you anything about your vacation and such anymore? Promise, this is the last time I am posting this information for those leaving IBM. If you joined the Alliance or looked at this site more often you would know what you have lost! So it is time, real time, to really THINK TWICE folks and know what IBM is offering and NOT OFFERING YOU are benefits, paid or not!!! -ThxSirMayIHaveAnother-

Comment 02/21/15: RE -Finally out- and vacation ... Vacation accures over the course of the year. When you leave, they'll account for how many days are earned vs used. So, you may owe IBM or they may owe you. Use the PC Holidays you have first and if you need it any earned vacation. Depending on your finances, you'll get some extra in your last check for any not used vacation. --Annon--
Comment 02/21/15: Dear IBM family... fellow IBMers and fellow Contractors. I hope you are all coping as best you can with this heartbreaking downward spiral of IBM in terms of "Respect for the Individual". As we all know, this is absolutely the fundamental and driving catalyst in terms of IBM's horrendous financial performance ... over the past years. It is very sad for us all as at one time IBM was the greatest company in the world. My proudest achievement in life , apart from my children, and Rudy the Shih-Tzu, has been growing up in IBM and meeting all you wonderful, talented, intelligent, compassionate, loyal, hard working friends. Some of you I know, some of you I don't know. This does not matter. My health is not great so I have been absent from posting but following along yours, and of course keeping up with IBM in the press. I did post to, my post appears on February 20th where I hope I acknowledged all of my friends and colleagues around the world at IBM. It was brutally honest. I also hope I acknowledged the tireless work of the Alliance for IBM and all the wonderful people who have been looking out for our best interests for years. Respectfully, -Deb Kelly, Proud Alliance@IBM member-
Comment 02/21/15: to -finally out - who stated "My question is: I get my vacation all at once at the beginning of the year (3 weeks + 4 PC holidays)....."
You do NOT get all your vacation at the beginning of the year. Vacation hours are earned on a pro-rated basis. From IBM HR site:
"Vacation can be taken at any time of the year (based on business requirements and your personal preference), but the full amount isn't earned until year-end. You may take your accrued vacation before you have earned it. However, vacation taken before it’s earned is considered a salary advance. If you separate from IBM before you earn the vacation you have taken, IBM will seek reimbursement for the value of the unearned days."
Comment 02/21/15: -finally out-: You do not get all of your vacation at the beginning of the year. They are prorated so you will not get 3 weeks. I forgot the equation but you are going to be surprised on how much you get. As for PC holidays you need to take them ASAP or you will lose them. Also there is no need to give 2 weeks notice. It would be nice to do it if you want to be good to the company but not necessary. Also your date of resignation is usually at the end of the month so I would take all of my PC days off and walk into your managers office on the last friday of the month and tell him/her that you are resigning/retiring today. If you do it in the morning they should have the paperwork for you in the afternoon. If you wait then tell them to send you the paperwork. I don't know if things have changed but I had an employee walk into my office at 4PM on a friday and told me he is resigning effective that day. I had all of the paperwork done and walked him out the door by 5:30 that night. Do what you feel is right for you. -lastdino1-
Comment 02/21/15: IBM Denmark will cut 300 employees on this coming Wedensday. All employees on Monday, will get the message to be on location on Wedensday morning. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/21/15: -EXIBM- Now you know IBM really doesn't have a clue about staffing and makes mistakes and just doesn't learn from them by the score! It's not about you though..I've seen this happen to many newbies and freshers before. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/21/15: Hi everyone, These last 2 years have truly been really bad. I finally made the jump and accepted an offer to get out of IBM STG. My question is: I get my vacation all at once at the beginning of the year (3 weeks + 4 PC holidays). Will I be compensated for my unused vacation days when I give my two weeks notice? Or should I try to use as many as possible before I leave? I work in NY if that matters. Thanks! -Finally out-
Comment 02/20/15: Recently hired, spent 1 month onboarding(All those career promises), 10 weeks in Global Sales School and then RA'd. Go figure? -EXIBM-
Comment 02/20/15: IBM gets a very bloody nose and two balck eyes in UK Pension case:
The summary is, subject to appeal, they have to put the pension back to what it was. It is a complete and utter mess for IBM UK. and was totally avoidable.
-IBM UKer-
Comment 02/20/15: "Has anyone had the experience of being told (without explanation) to stop working immediately, but not disclose this to your co-workers."
Well, sort of. I was RAed in 2009 after coming back from disability and was told I was not allowed to come to my office if my IBM Director was there. I'm not kidding. I had to work from home remotely as best I could. I had no IBM interviews at the site to try to get other IBM employment where my office was located. I contacted to IBM HR and they said there was no "work restriction" concerning me. So I was able to work for the office again. Nice to know IBM hires bullies or executive management that "feel threatened" as Band D and such when doing an RA. At least I was able to go back in to the office and work my last 30 days at IBM as a professional and with class and didn't mention the classless attempt from my then IBM Director. I wouldn't be surprised the now IBM management makes this restriction on some now to just stop work for the 30 days and be quiet. I would contact IBM HR just to see what they "say". You certainly don't want to lose the RA package and be fired with cause and lose severance, any medical coverage, and even UI. You want to go out with class and as a professional as you are! -sby_willie-

Comment 02/20/15: All AMS spanish workforce is soon to be moved to a different company owned by IBM. Numbers are not clear at this point. Only sellers, high profile administratives and execs are to be saved. It's not clear to us what is the outcome of this operation in terms of salary and conditions. Rumors say that this could be an operation to apply general cuts in salaries & people firings without staining IBM's name. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/20/15: Lenovo Canada offered Voluntary leave package similar to USA for employee acceptance on Mar 3. 3.5 wks pay per yr service with partial year counting - 15/25 yrs service min to qual for most groups. HW Ottawa transferred from IBM and qualification is a single year. Lenovo wants HW Ottawa gone. Were told that a follow on Involuntary layoff would not be as generous. Lenovo will complete Record of Employment showing reason for leave as 'other'. HR states no net job losses with program, so EI is very unlikely, but case by case dependent. Lenovo refuse to issue a statement or letter to Employment Insurance group stating that"volunteer" would be saving someone else's job. IBM DNA runs deep. -Beaten Blue-
Comment 02/20/15: Not related to layoffs, maybe. -Gone in 98

Comment 02/19/15: WARN Summary:1/28/2015 03/30/2015 International Business Machines San Jose 68 Layoff Permanent
source: -Anonymous-
Comment 02/19/15: In another brilliant move, IBM just budgeted $1 billion to take down EMC --
"'Software-defined' is a term that refers to taking expensive hardware, removing all the fancy features from it that makes it expensive and putting those fancy features into software apps that run on special computers. You still need the hardware, but you need less of it, less expensive varieties and your data center becomes faster, more efficient, and less expensive — important for today's cloud computing needs."

Guess it sounds good from a software perspective, but clearly from a hardware perspective: a lot less of all varieties of storage hardware will be needed, especially premium-variety storage hardware; thus a lot less storage hardware will be sold overall in the future, and so, a nail is sunk deep into the coffin of storage hardware. -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 02/19/15: When I got my separation package years ago there was a clause that you could file an eeoc suit but IBM would not be required to pay any damages. If you don't take the package you can try to sue for monetary damages -samtheman-
Comment 02/18/15: To -Soon To Be Grad-: I spent 31 years at IBM and have 3 newly graduated tech degreed children. I told all of them NOT to work at IBM and fortunately they listened. They all got jobs elsewhere, working for GOOD companies that treat them well and pay them excellent wages. IBM will only stagnate your career. For years, this company has continually dropped the ball on progress and innovation. The job you perform will leave you technically obsolete very fast. At IBM you are basically slave labor to be thrown away at a whim. Don't even think about retraining or learning progressive skills - you won't have time because you will work ungodly hours. I can't tell you how many times I tried to complete certifications only to be denied because of cost or time factors. Go someplace where your skills will be appreciated and tranferrable to emerging technologies. IBM is not the place for a young bright person like yourself. They are a stodgy old company that thinks it can bully people and push their way into any market. Truth being, they lost their edge years ago. You don't want that to happen to you, do you? Be patient, look elsewhere. You'll be glad you did. -anon-
Comment 02/18/15: IBM Netherlands is looking for just under 100 volunteers to leave. They will be approached by management, based on PBC results and other criteria. -OnceProud-
Alliance reply: To US workers, notice the more humane way of doing this in the Netherlands. They have unions and works councils. Here it is not voluntary and the RA is abusive.

Comment 02/18/15: It's hilarious how many short-sighted people are buying IBM stock because it's hitting the news that Buffet bought a ton more shares for Berkshire-Hathaway. First, that stock was bought months ago. See the new Jim Cramer articles on today "Imitation is a Form of Stupidity". I wonder if Buffet would buy it today, three months later? Regardless, his motives are different from the normal investor. He may have an ulterior one to crater the company, or take advantage of a break-off or sale of Systems, or even be part of takeover. But, the company is doing well in stock price anyway after its evil deeds. Don't let them be rewarded. Join the Alliance, organize, rate the company and CEO on Both ratings are inching down. If we get enough momentum in all three places, maybe the board will wake up and can her, then we will at least have that victory. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 02/18/15: To -Soon-to-be-ex-IBMer- Your concern that they can drive you into a lower level job with a 10% pay cut is absolutely correct. However, even if you're prepared to leave IBM, don't refuse the interview -- you can be fired with NO package, period. Don't let IBM off that easily. Also, in the interview, don't take the Marshawn Lynch approach and give any cause to fire you for insubordination. Simply raise enough of a concern in the interviewer's mind that they don't want to take you for the job. Be honest that you're concerned about being forced into a lower level job and/or being managed into resigning. -xHR-
Comment 02/18/15: @-Soon to be grad- You are right to be concerned. Look over your new hire paperwork, I'm pretty sure there is a disclaimer stating that IBM is an "At Will" employer. This means that IBM has the right to fire you at any time and for any reason, no matter if you are an employee of 5 years or if it's your first day on the job. Being a former IBM'er myself, I have seen new college grads fired/laid-off after just a month on the job, just after IBM finished relocating them to a new city. No one is safe from the layoff hammer. I personally believe that IBM practices age-discrimination for both old and young employees (new grad). I have seen teams at IBM that pad the ranks with young talent (mostly H1Bs or new grads), mainly to serve as a buffer to protect the more politically-entrenched employees. And when layoff time comes as it always does, the good-old-boy architects and PMs keep their jobs while the "young & inexperienced" ones are spit back out. -Anon-
Comment 02/18/15: To -Anoynomous- I filed with EEOC and gave up... It was easier to get a better job vs getting sick. IBM hires the best attorney to LIE and boy do they lie!!!... My manager even signed termination papers and lied that I had an exit interview (which never happened)... I refused to sign anything and just retired after 5 months ... Collected my pension, moved my 401K out of Fidelity and started working for a smaller company who values my skills. After the 1993 age discrimination actions, IBM has learned and they protect themselves well. The EEOC is difficult and they should lump all the EEOC filings vs state by state (which they don't) and they are pro-company vs pro-employee... - Happy to be Gone!-
Comment 02/18/15: -To Soon To Be Grad- The Rochester site is on a course to be shuttered. I spent my whole IBM career there and retired when I could no longer stand IBM management and personnel policies. Any job in Rochester is on archaic systems like the AS/400. In short order, your new university skills will atrophy, there will be no raises or promotions, and at some point when you can least deal with it, you will be fired. Do not take a job with IBM anywhere. -I'm afraid the ships run aground, Cap'n Ginny-
Comment 02/18/15: Received an email yesterday from the Ladders titled "Capital One, Amazon and IBM are hiring" Did the loss of 5K jobs tell you nothing? 56 new members since December 2014, disgusting? What are you waiting for, the writing is on the wall? IBM fires your fellow co-workers while at the same time it is advertising for job hirings! How may of those people fired could fill these jobs that IBM is now advertising for? And here's is the real kicker, for most of the jobs listed, they want 5-15 years experience, so they're not looking for recent college graduates. Come on people, join the union! -Long Time IBM'er-
Alliance Reply: The Alliance has also learned that some jobs in the US are for landed resources/off shore workers only. US workers are being denied jobs in their own country by IBM. If you have examples or documents send to

Comment 02/18/15: Many, many former IBMers have filed with the EEOC for age discrimination practiced by IBM. I haven't heard anyone succeed based on age discrimination ruling by the EEOC against IBM. Your best way of taking AGE out of the RA equation is to organize, organize, organize, get a vote, get a contract! Make that Alliance membership number 57 go into the hundreds, then thousands! -Anonymous-
Comment 02/18/15: Warren Buffett’s mantra was "..I only invest in what I know something about" or so I thought.. Guess he knows IT when he said a few years ago he didn't. So if IBM does not turn it around then will Warren scream bloody blue at them? Or maybe have enough of billions to do a leveraged buyout of IBM? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/18/15: Has anyone had the experience of being told (without explanation) to stop working immediately, but not disclose this to your co-workers. You are not laid off - but are required to look for a new position internally but you can only apply to openings approved by your FLM and SLM? Please share your experience. This may be part of the long game in getting people out without having to pay severance. Thank you. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/18/15: Has anyone had the experience of being told (without explanation) to stop working immediately, but not disclose this to your co-workers. You are not laid off - but are required to look for a new position internally but you can only apply to openings approved by your FLM and SLM? Please share your experience. This may be part of the long game in getting people out without having to pay severance. Thank you. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/18/15: So I just got scheduled for an interview for a job in IBM that I didn't apply for. I believe I'm reading RA package correctly that they can offer me this job, at band 8 instead of band 9 and 10% less $ and I no longer have RA package available? Is this happening commonly? Should I refuse to show up for the interview (or give Marshawn Lynch answer)? -Soon-to-be-ex-IBMer-
Comment 02/18/15: This RA on my wife is the most disturbing event of my life. She had a medical condition on her file.The only request we and our physician made was that she be close to her family due to her medical condition. We strongly believe that this would have played a role in her RA. PBC is 2. Last couple of years are 2+. Her manager never informed her of any improvements she had to make on her skills during appraisal review. He neither gave a feedback on her performance and never used to pick her calls when she used to call him to request for a nomination for trainings. Never ever there was a support on anything from her BPM. For the first time of my career,I saw how brutal work place politics can be and destroy your career to the maximum. She is suffering humiliation now and is not able to concentrate on her work. She is billable until last day of her exit from IBM. The current project manager of the project she is working and the Blue page manager is not able to bestow any courtesy to let her spend little time in the day to search for opportunities outside and deal with emotional stress. What world are we living in. I just feel ashamed that my wife is part of this orgnization all this time. How can your fellow people especially your BPM and other managers behave so ruthlessly? I used to put work before family all the time and never ever used to anticipate any bad word/remark from my boss. I always believed that your work should be your answer to all the politics played in office. And This happens to my spouse now. I SINCERELY believe she did justice to the job she had done with all the medical disabilities she had. I hope god gives lot of emotional strength to all other RAed resources who are going through the same phase. -anon-
Comment 02/18/15: -vivalaunion- you are pretty much correct here but there is one little quirk here. As I mentioned the FLM checks a box when you are fired and if they feel you should not be allowed back in an ibm location they will not let you in even as a contractor. This would be any ibm location.Also if they feel you have sensitive company data/knowledge they will try to prevent you from working for a competitor. -lastdino1-
Comment 02/18/15: "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. increased its stake in IBM by 9.2 percent" -- perhaps Buffett has finally jumped the shark. -Shark Jumper-
Comment 02/18/15: Anyone have inside info on how many employees have 30+ years? Can't be many left at this point. -Anon-
Comment 02/17/15:
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. increased its stake in IBM by 9.2 percent, affirming support for Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty as she tries to reignite growth at the technology company. Berkshire boosted its stake in International Business Machines Corp. -- one of Buffett’s biggest bets -- by 6.5 million shares, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday. Berkshire remains IBM’s biggest holder with 76.97 million shares for a 7.8 percent stake, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. -Anon-

Comment 02/17/15: I was recently offered (and accepted a job) in Rochester COE but am now concerned the job may not even be there for me anymore by my June start date, considering they are downsizing, not growing. Does anyone have any tips on this? -Soon to be grad-
Comment 02/17/15: Anonymous wrote: ... After giving 36 years of my life to IBM! They gave me a 3 PBC 1/2 of my package and I am gone! AGE, AGE! .....
File a case with the EEOC and they will determine whether IBM has discriminated based upon age. Come on, someone in this RA file an EEOC claim so that we know once and for all.
Comment 02/17/15: to -SeverMe- who said "TRUE. But...IBM or the State you work or live in will TRY to threaten you with returning the severance balance left. Especially if you file for UI before the severance period is up."
We are not talking about UI here. Of course, some states will not give you UI while you are getting severance pay because they reasonably conclude that they do not need to give you UI until you severance runs out in six months. To them, you are still drawing the same salary as before for these six months even though you are not actually working. Anyway, the question was about coming back as a contractor. Say, you are hired as a contractor where your paychecks will come from a company OTHER than IBM and that company makes you sit at an IBM site or at a customer site to do some work. In that case, IBM will not ask for severance money back. Nor will they prevent you from working in this kind of role using non-compete reasons. They may take it up with the contracting company who sent you but they will not threaten or come after you.
Comment 02/17/15: Everyone who has been RA'd: IBM is like the bad boyfriend or girl friend that dumped you. Move on! Why would you want to get back together again, knowing that nothing will change? For us retirees, IBM is like the crazy rich relative that remembers you in their will, but has an attorney that can change the distributions at any time. My personal guess is that the next thing to go will be the Future Health Account. (Not sayin' I have inside info or anything.) Everyone who remains or is retired, join the union or at least contribute. -T2R 2013-
Comment 02/17/15: Totally agree with TheFielder. It is PATHETIC. I am DISGUSTED that so many US IBMers have been brainwashed into believing that joining a union is somehow un-American. Do you even understand your history? Rethink your voting position and become dues-paying Alliance members. -DISGUSTED-
Comment 02/17/15: -WebSphereITS- About sale of IBM Systems.. Can't get much worse? You can bet most of IBM Systems is a joke if IBM wants to divest it. It's a non-revenue joke. Ever heard of IBM Smartsuite? Sure you have! Where did it go? Sorry, WebSphere is not leading edge middleware anymore either C'mon, are you an Alliance member or a pacifist? -YouShouldBeWorried-
Comment 02/17/15: Why are many of you so eager to come back to IBM as a contractor after IBM morally corrupt management outright RIGGED a FIRING on YOU based on the IBM Placated Bull Crap(PBC) system! SO you haven't had ENUFF of BIG BLEU? I guess you like being kicked like a dog and want to bleed out all IBM blue? Being an IBM contractor is NO FUN: You get the crap assignments and you are treated like a paid slave; indentured servant or mercenary: FAT CHANCE! It's much worse than a present IBM payrolled resource (used to be an IBM employee). Health benefits you generally have to pay for yourself. Ill for a day or two: NO PAY. 401k plan is generally not matching. IBM can give you an up to two weeks UNPAID furlough without warning at any time and you get NO PAY FOR NO WORK and your contracting company still holds you to your contracting agreement. Nice way to plan for paying the bills, ha? You can get your hourly pay cut at anytime; you can even get your hours per week worked reduced, you can be shifted or shuttled like a piece of cattle to where ever and whenever IBM wants, etc. You contracting company, and there are only a few IBM deals with, like CTG, Manpower, etc. are basically pimping you essentially. And if you quit then you don't qualify generally for UI. If you want to come back as a contractor I would advice joining the Alliance in solidarity. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/16/15: Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program --
"Kaspersky's reconstructions of the spying programs show that they could work in disk drives sold by more than a dozen companies, comprising essentially the entire market. They include Western Digital Corp, Seagate Technology Plc , Toshiba Corp, IBM, Micron Technology Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Western Digital, Seagate and Micron said they had no knowledge of these spying programs. Toshiba and Samsung declined to comment. IBM did not respond to requests for comment."
So, the certain hardware sales declines associated with this revelation ought to help push IBM Systems to the chopping block with more rapidity, if indeed it's headed there as some have speculated here. -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 02/16/15: PATHETIC...that is all I can think of when reading these posts.. "...oh,,do I have to give back severance pay if I get rehired?.." ..." long do I have to wait to be approved to take a contractors job?..."
..COME ON Folks, they do not want you, and yet you all go dribbling back. Those RA' have marketable skills, go out and find a BETTER JOB, those clinging to this site to listen to the complaints, ORGANIZE and take control,of your job and career...aren't you all tired of these constant RA's, unnecessary demands and in general, management treating you like serfs...have some courage and exercise leadership...the old guard, now long gone would not have put up with this crap, and that is what it is. (part of the old guard).. -TheFielder-

Comment 02/16/15: I am a former IBMer who was RA'd back in 07. I work at a company that is a competitor. We currently have openings for team members who have Transition Management experience in the Infrastructure space. You can send me an email and I will do what I can to get you engaged with the right folks to see if you are a fit. I wanted to help out as I know the feeling after a RA. I am at a great company that has a strong corporate culture that values the workers. Best of luck to everyone -Former IBMer-
Comment 02/16/15: "If you come back as a contractor and your paycheck/paystub will be coming from a company OTHER than IBM, then you do NOT have to return the remaining 2 months' severance pay. In this case, you are not actually working for IBM but for the company that hired you."
TRUE. But...IBM or the State you work or live in will TRY to threaten you with returning the severance balance left. Especially if you file for UI before the severance period is up. This is for W-2 workers. For 1099ers I'm not sure. For some stupid, inane, but always political reason, severance pay for W-2's are considered "time worked pay" and such subject to tax. (It is not considered paid work in CT but still taxed of course.) Even though you cease to be an IBMer on RA or 'emancipati0on' day (check BluePages for your name after your RA!) severance is still a 'paid wage'. -SeverMe-

Comment 02/16/15: Another skills questionnaire? Look like since they got away with decreasing salaries 10% with the last one - might as well do it again! It would seem the same tactics will be used again and again. -On The List-
Comment 02/16/15: RAed. Starting process. what does FHA stand for (per 2/12 comment)? is severance negotiable? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/16/15: Uh oh, here we go again. I just received an email from the GM, Global Sales, Systems & Middleware about a mandatory "Strategic Skills Questionnaire" that must be completed by March 4th. Hmm, I wonder if that's to get ready for the next big purge? Since the last 'questionnaire' was used to sack people and take away salary, perhaps we should all just refuse to take it? The thermometer's been stuck at 56 for a while now, come on, join us, organize so we can stop getting treated like this! Unions were formed to fight exactly the kind of employee abuse IBM is practicing. It's a shame it's still happening all these decades later, but that's what happens when employees don't fight back. -LowMorale-
Comment 02/16/15: Please, join the alliance! After giving 36 years of my life to IBM! They gave me a 3 PBC 1/2 of my package and I am gone! AGE, AGE! Please, join. I'm joining today. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/16/15: For those looking on clarification regarding what happens to severance pay if you come back to work for IBM:
Say, you get six months severance and you come back to work for IBM as a contractor after 4 months. If you come back as a contractor and your paycheck/paystub will be coming from a company OTHER than IBM, then you do NOT have to return the remaining 2 months' severance pay. In this case, you are not actually working for IBM but for the company that hired you.
You only have to return the severance pay if you actually came back to work for IBM (temporarily as a contractor or permanently) IF you will be getting a paystub/paycheck DIRECTLY from IBM.
After six months, of course, your paycheck could come from anywhere (IBM or any other company) and you would not need to return the severance pay. However, it is likely that IBM would not hire you (as an employee who gets paycheck directly from IBM) 2 years after you quit or were fired.
Comment 02/16/15: -ISSWGuy- Do you have a source for the "Systems will be sold" comment? That is, is this just a "gut feel" or do you have solid information to back that up. -lookingforfacts-
Comment 02/16/15: "They have put everything IBM feels they don't need in IBM Systems"
Do you mean all the Business Machines that are sold Internationally ? -Anonymous-

Comment 02/16/15: What should I be concerned about with the rumored sale of IBM Systems? It's a money making portfolio of products. If it gets sold off the transferring employees will be working for a company that has great cash flow and much less of the management overhead than what the current IBM organization has. Maybe they'll be working for a company that can be better managed and treat their employees better than IBM. I don't think it could be worse! Lexmark, Hitachi, and others own parts of IBM that were sold off and they're doing very well. -WebSphereITS-
Comment 02/16/15: -Anonymous- about working as an IBM sub-C or contractor: Yes, the sub-contract and IBM contractor working agreements are somewhat confusing. You think IBM wants you to become one if it might hurt them in any little way and might benefit you (like maybe a $.01 more in weekly pay)? A lot of facts depend on the contractor hire on times and process. I reckon some IBM divisions have different criteria for bring back former resources. Note the word: RESOURCES! I used to hear of IBMers leaving on a Friday and coming back in their same exact job as a contractor on the following Monday but not sure about that now. Hope you did not sign a "non compete clause" when you agreed to work for IBM. Then, Yes, IBM can stop you from working for the client as an outside, independent consultant by suing you as "..taking business away from them.." You are considered a resource by IBM and they don't want their resource competing against them in any way. If you REALLY want to come back to IBM as a sub-C then pursue it; but rest assured, is it really worth your time and health since you already worked with IBM as a resource when you should have been considered a human being employee? One thing you can bet your house, car, and life on: IBM always wins when it comes to you working for them; in whatever form. -Contractored-
Comment 02/16/15: @ISSW guy: While I am getting your point about the whole reorg, I am still skeptical about a full on sale of the Systems group. With the reorg, it included WebSphere which is still a pretty big chunck of IBM's revenue... anyone has any info and is able to comment further on this? -IBM Systems-
Comment 02/15/15: "Does this mean all the 2s got the same feedback or only a select few?"
I was given 2+, but was working on an account that did not renew with IBM for 2015. I was told that I was caught between accounts. I had been put on that -10% education garbage in Oct. Finished the year with nearly 150 hours on Think40. I'm also over age 50. I was also told I was "eligible for rehire", but I have not tried to apply for any more IBM jobs. I feel fortunate that I was able to escape with a standard severance package. My heart goes out to all of you getting raped with lowball PBC's and reduced severance.
Comment 02/14/15: @Anonymous - Of course the next step is the sale of IBM Systems... this is the reason for the reorganization that is happening right now. They have put everything IBM feels they don't need in IBM Systems. That includes the ISSW ORG that I am part of, middleware, etc... IBM Systems will get canned in the next 18 months. Go luck to everyone. Let's organize NOW! -ISSW guy-
Comment 02/14/15: "Transformations are only clear when they are retold in revisionist history, never when you are in the middle of them" WHAT THE..? A political comment if ever there could be. Shows what is killing IBM: executive management politics and absolutely nothing else. The ME ME ME management mentality. This woman is mad. IBM BOD wake up and kick her out the Armonk door! Then the IBM BOD has to be weeded out too. They are not part of the solution; so they are the problem as well. I don't know what can save IBM except the Alliance! along with a new CEO and a thorough executive housecleaning. -ByeByeGinni-
Comment 02/14/15: -whatever- is this set in stone by IBM HR? 2 years. Wow. Sounds like if you apply for another IBM job they can't discriminate against hiring you or can they? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/14/15: -Ben Dover- Your right! Also those unplanned furloughs (no work, no pay but no UI either) and other 'fringe' benefits of being an IBM contractor...Also the IBM contractor badge sticks out in the crowd. The IBMers don't call contractors a YELLOW for nothing! (the top of the badge is yellow in places like East Fishkill). -FishFooled_in_EFK-
Comment 02/14/15: I was a top performer who left IBM voluntarily (although under significant duress) a couple years back. I ran across this brief "Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe" TED talk video at
and thought of my former colleagues. I'm posting it here mostly for the management types that monitor this site :-) -gone_and_so_glad-

Comment 02/14/15: Although IBM UK does not recognise trade unions because, ahem, we are treated so well and there is respect for the individual, you are still able to join a union (I am in Unite) and they can advise you of what to do should you be put on a PIP. It is not as easy as it is to put you on a PIP in the UK despite the spread of 3s, nor is it impossible to get off. There is a set process that has to be followed and if they miss any step then they are in breach of UK employment law. And this is where Unite will step in and provide you with the best advice. I think I pay £12 or so per month for that security. And know of a few others that do too. People are under the misapprehension that IBM's word is law, well it has been proved in the UK High Court that it isn't. I would not be in the least bit frightened to take IBM UK on with or without Unite as I will never give into the corporate bullying they employ. And people can and do get off PIPs - I am not saying it is easy and you have to be prepared to meet IBM head to head and not be intimidated. -UK IBMer-
Comment 02/14/15: I'm confused about the conditions to return as a sub-c and not lose severance. I see mention of a 30 day window in the package but I also see comments here ranging from 6 months to two years. My client was very upset I was leaving and wanted to know what consulting firm I might be joining to bring me back. If I don't go through IBM at all, is it just 30 days? Can IBM insist I am taking a job from them and remove the package? As an FYI, IBM management told the client I was leaving voluntarily. I had one lawyer look briefly but maybe I will have another look for a fee. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/14/15: I've decided to RA IBM! Yes, you read that right. Henceforth, in every case and every way, I'm going to RA IBM. That means whenever there's an opportunity to weigh in on whether products and/or services should be from IBM or anyone else, I will vote for the anyone else. And when IBM products and/or services are already entrenched in my environment, I will do everything in my power to convince any powers that be that they could - and should - be doing better with solutions other than IBM's.
In other words, I will be rating IBM a 3 or less everywhere I go, and RA'ing their backside. Why? Well, first off, their products and/or services *are* 3-(or worse)-worthy. As a former IBMer, I have inside information on how poorly they treat their employees, and there's just no way that people being treated thusly could produce goods and/or services of the quality and commitment to every customer's success that happy employees elsewhere could. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't blame IBM employees for intentionally sabotaging IBMs plans, albeit in subtle ways that slowly ground their operation to a halt. Surely, hell hath no fury like the employee scorned. But there's another reason: IBM is *old*. Yes, I've decided to discriminate against IBM based on age. "What's good for the goose..", right?
And of course I can do this and get away with it because my giving them 3 (or worse) rating will serve me well in court, where I'll simply point to their poor performance, and insist their termination had nothing to do with age. (Never mind that we have an "at will" relationship, so of course I can do as I bloody well please.)
Please join with me in perpetually RA'ing IBM! -Turning-the-Tables-

Comment 02/14/15: Here is an eloquent description of a resource action:
We need publicity like this. -Gorya-

Comment 02/13/15: They get RA'ed (or outright dismissed) like everybody else. Being a FLM isn't like donning some magic cloak, trust me on this. I've been there. FLMs are the Staff Programmers of the management chain. They're the only ones doing any real management work, they have little to no authority and virtually no say over budget and yes, they get PBC'ed just like anyone else. My old department lost 2 FLMs and a SLM in one of the RA's in 2010. It does happen, even if you don't want to believe it. -managerscanbea3-
Comment 02/13/15:
IBM, Endicott residents settle toxics suit. On Tuesday night, the two sides announced they had come to terms on an out-of-court settlement that will bring to a close a toxic tort suit that dragged on for six years and produced volumes of legal filings.
The announcement gave no details of the settlement. Lawyers bringing the suit expect to discuss details with some 1,000 plaintiffs in the coming weeks. Corporate filings by IBM also give no indication of the company's potential liability from the Endicott case, saying that personal injury and punitive claims are "unspecified." Some legal experts said it's possible the public may never get a glimpse of the final settlement. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/13/15: Systems for Sale / SC IBM Systems is the new world wide business unit created by the amalgamation of Storage, Systems and SWG Middleware. A 30 day consultation period is a requirement of UK law when redundancies are to be announced. Usually it involves a company and a trade union, but as IBM UK does not recognise trade unions, it is nothing more than a sham. Some employees will be nominated and voted onto an Employee Council, they will attend a few meetings, they will say very little as an NDA will be in place, and the company will go ahead and implement what they have already decided to do anyway. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/13/15: Hi. I'm an IBMer in Ontario. I've been worried about IBM sneaking their way out of giving severance packages by forcing PBC 3's on employees and giving short notices. So I did some research and found some useful information. The information gives me some relief and I want to pass it on to other IBMers in Ontario who want to know more, or may be affected:
Ontario Ministry of Labour on Severance:
Ontario Ministry of Labour severance tool calculator:
Lawyers who offer free consultation and even have a radio talk show: &
Comment 02/13/15: Just a couple of points here based on my past experience. Once RA'd (fired) the FLM will mark your package whether to let you come back or not. This also depends on the relationship you had with your FLM and if you are considered hostile. As for finding another job while waiting for your last day of work this is far and few between. You would be surprised and disappointed if you heard the conversation between your FLM and the other FLM. If you had a godfather in the VP ranks maybe you could get another internal job but if not you are labeled and not considered.Also an MIS 3 won't be allowed back even as a S/C. -lastdino1-
Comment 02/13/15: ROSS - The future of legal research --
"Built on top of Watson, IBM's cognitive computer, ROSS is a digital legal expert that helps you power through your legal research."
Hmmmmm. . .good to see real-world applications being implemented, but can it translate into a little boost of sustainable, organic growth or will it wind-up just being novelty?

Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF --
A decent read with multiple insights, one of them (the main one, IMHO) below:
"A hidden price of flexibility is decreased resilience. Complex systems become brittle where the talent that brought those systems to life has been cut to save costs. An angry sysadmin can bring a firm to its knees. A clever sysadmin could save that firm from disaster. You don’t always need to call on that talent, but you do always need to keep that talent around, because you never know when it will be needed. Experience is the ultimate insurance."
Comment 02/13/15: "Usually after 6 months you can come back as an IBM contractor after being RAed and not pay back severance if IBM is willing to take you back and you are willing to put up with more of the BS of working from the outside in IBM. -BeenThere-"
Sure, lose half your pay and all your benefits, and come back as a contractor. If you think life as a regular IBMer sucks these days, just try being a contractor. Even if you had put decades into the company as a regular employee, as a contractor you are no more than disposable dreck to IBM. Your status as a former IBMer means absolutely zero. IBM didn't want you as a regular, and they sure as heck don't give a darn about you as a rental. Being a contractor to IBM is a very ugly life. I think it's even more difficult to absorb how awful it is for people who used to be REAL IBMers. Look someplace else for work and save yourself the grief. -Ben Dover-

Comment 02/13/15: I have a question. I got 2 and was RAed.Told that my skills are no more in demand. Does this mean all the 2s got the same feedback or only a select few? I have a medical condition and submitted wp modification request last year but was not addressed. I now got RAed.Not sure if my medical condition played a role in my RA. But HR pretends that they don't even know about my modification request -Anon-
Comment 02/13/15: Re: Comment 02/13/15: To the person who posted this: "New IBM Systems group in the UK announce 30 consultation period - almost certainly around redundancies -Anonymous-" What does this mean? Can you explain in more detail? -SC-
In the UK a company has to launch a consultation if it intends to lay-off more that 19 people in a single location. For 20-99 employees, this must be 30 days before the first lay-off. For more that 99 people the consultation needs to start 45 days in advance. The consultation is a process for officially selecting who gets cut. I didn't make the original post, but I thought I'd explain the law here. UK-Happily Ex IBMer. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/13/15: If I was 45 days away from locking in any kind of bridge or benefits or whatever, I would find a way to go on short term leave, ie...nervous breakdown, i have feelings of ending my life... I know it sounds horrible but you have to do what you need to do. I know at least two previous managers that did this, it's a game, stay ahead of it -Anonymous-
Comment 02/13/15: As I read these blog posts I am watching my IBM inbox and listening to my new FLM (6th in 10 years) in our weekly phone meeting. The emails coming in are all the same-old-same-old propaganda about how we have to work smarter, faster, better. My FLM is telling us the same thing over the phone. What is not said is - how we the IBM technical specialists can overcome the massive road blocks to our success. The road blocks are NOT our demanding customers, the changing IT landscape being ushered in by the new "Cloud" technologies or our being lazy and unmotivated. The road blocks are caused by 10 years of giving all the profits to the stock holders and senior management and NOT putting any money back into improving products, support and people. So, both employee and customer morale and approval of IBM is zero or close to zero. As I read the emails and listen to my manager, I see how badly they understand the huge crater they made of this company and they continue blindly (see no evil, hear none, speak none). As I recall it, as the Titanic was sinking, the captain and crew were rearranging the deck chairs while ordering the band to play"Nearer My God to thee". Sound familiar? -Stop_making_Sense-
Comment 02/13/15: I'll never forget when Ginni sent an SVP/DE from Austin out to 'win' us over, after they purchased my company about 19/20 months ago. I asked where he thought IBM would be in 5 years, his reply was "At about $320"
I knew then I was talking with someone that was more concerned about his retirement in the next five years, then the technological position of the company.
20 months into that 60 months, and well, Scott, I think you're off on your prediction.... As it went from 212, to what, 156? Must be nice being part of the 'good ol boy' network. 8 years @ SoftLayer..... was considering 30, but this is not the company I want to grow old with, anymore. You're pushing your old talent out the door, and making the new talent want to leave. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/13/15: Yeah you can work for IBM after you get a severance package but it's now a year and a half from the date your package ends so if you get 6 months pay then your year and a half starts after the 6 months, so 2 years. -whatever-
Comment 02/13/15: In response to RA2015 - Although I would consider it extremely rare, it is possible to be RAed, sign the document, and then subsequently find another internal position while still within the termination period. The documents would be rescinded and voided. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/13/15: -Systems For Sale-, I have heard vague rumors of some sale in the wind, but as always, it is hush-hush, so nothing credible. Do you have anything credible on a sale of IBM Systems? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/13/15:
IBM's Rometty To Partners: Change Is Hard, Not Pretty
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty expressed little regret reflecting on massive challenges that faced IBM over the past year, telling attendees at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference during her keynote that the table is now set for success in the year ahead.
"Transformations are only clear when they are retold in revisionist history, never when you are in the middle of them," Rometty said. -Anon-

Comment 02/13/15:
It's make-or-break time for IBM's cloud.
What's needed is a complete reboot of the company, including new leadership and a renewed focus on innovation. IBM won't accomplish that by purchasing other companies. It needs to change from the inside out.
In its current approach, IBM's cloud efforts will suffer the death of a thousand cuts. Unfortunately, the company has too much legacy baggage that its leadership doesn't know how to manage. That leadership is short on new ideas and long on office politics. If they can't solve those problems, the first names on any layoff list should be those existing executives.
Comment 02/13/15:
IBM is running a dating service for staff in China in a bid to ensure employees stay with the company, according to reports. Summer Zhang, who co-ordinates club activities at IBM in Beijing told the FT: “Most engineers are shy, and they find dating a little hard. So we hold these activities to help them."
Earlier this week IBM warned of the security perils of sex scheduling software on mobile devices.
Big Blue said it studied 41 different hookup apps, and claims it found that more than 60 per cent contained vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attackers.
Cynics might draw a link between the warnings in the report and broader push to bring all its employee dating in-house. But then it seems in other parts of the world, the company can't get rid of its staff quick enough.
-No Comment-
Comment 02/13/15: What a great article. It hits the nail on the head. The IT media are finally seeing behind the gauze that IBM puts up and aren't buying its BS any more. The leadership just doesn't get it, how inserting LeBlanc as cloud leader was such a bad move, it signaled to everyone that the company can't change its ways to adapt to the 21st century and that will be what takes it down, unlessradical change occurs now at the top. Losing Lance Crosby was huge. The leadership of IBM is clueless about these things, and have turned the media, customers, and employees against them. What else is left to destroy? The shareholders need to insist on a complete revamp, new blood, and restoring the faith and morale of the employees. We in turn need to learn a lesson from all of this, and organize. Join the alliance! -LowMorale

Comment 02/13/15: I was with IBM since the late 60's. I was very loyal, dedicated, and gave lots of overtime, when it was required. Seeing what has become of IBM today, is like having a death in the family. It is just so sad. The lack of morals, integrity, competent management (remember this one?), respect for the individual is simply tragic. -Another Anon-
Comment 02/13/15: Has anyone heard of a sales of IBM Systems? -Systems For Sale-
Comment 02/13/15: To the person who posted this:
"New IBM Systems group in the UK announce 30 consultation period - almost certainly around redundancies -Anonymous-"
What does this mean? Can you explain in more detail? -SC-

Comment 02/13/15: And the tale continues..
IBM has been lying for decades to its customers, its shareholders, the world public, and especially to its employees; including putting the very blame for their troubles directly ON the employees.
Lie #1: "We are a services company, and we are proud of our leadership in the industry for the past 100 years"...
The truth is that IBM became leaders in a field that was otherwise unoccupied by any other company in the 1960's: High tech machines; especially mainframes.
Lie #2: IBM has consistently 'preached' US IBMers have "lacked the skills to compete in the global market place".
The truth is the COST of the IBM US labor is why IBM off shored 70,000 jobs. They just wanted dirt cheap labor, period.
With just those two lies happening in that order, IBM revealed itself as the arrogant "Hare" of Aesop's Fable, "The Tortoise and The Hare". IBM was so far ahead that they lost all ability to really compete with anyone. They thought their #1 spot in the world of "advanced machines" would never be challenged. They were wrong and they will never admit it. They will destroy IBM before they grasp that reality. This is IBM's legacy. -soothsayer-

Comment 02/13/15: -LookingForATransfer- This is the story. The position I will be RAd from used to belong to GBS and it was moved to SO/GTS at the end of last July. In other words, I only knew my current FLM for a few months. I even never even saw his face at all. Before I applied to these two positions in last Nov, I told my FLM about that I would like to look for other opportunities in order to help my career grow. He made some very nice promises and encouraged me to do it. The main reason for me to turn down my first offer was that I had more interests in the Cloud. I was also confident about my technical skills and performance. Until now, I still do not know what my FLM really told that hiring manager that made the hiring manager change his mind in two days. I once asked my FLM’s thoughts about my performance, he replied that “you are very good…etc” . He also told me that he would help me by talking to the hiring manager for that position. After a few days, then, he told me that “the position is frozen due to the end of year.”. “they will consider you next year…” The biggest mistake I made was that I should have recognized my FLM falsehoods and left him earlier. My personality is very trusting of other people, It is why I am so hurt right now. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/13/15: -managerscanbe3- Ok, if IBM managers get a PBC 3 do they lose their management gig or do they get RAed like everyone else? I reckon they lose their management assignment before getting RAed. Correct? If all IBM resources (employees and managers) are to be considered equal, then why is it IBM management seem more equaller than the other non-management employee resources? -George Orwell-
Comment 02/13/15: -RAed2015-: Usually after 6 months you can come back as an IBM contractor after being RAed and not pay back severance if IBM is willing to take you back and you are willing to put up with more of the BS of working from the outside in IBM. -BeenThere-
Comment 02/13/15: -managerscanbe3- Sure one knows IBM managers do get PBC 3s but the vast majority are FLMs no doubt. How many IBM directors and above get or ever got a PBC 3? That is the real rub. Well if you know this and are an IBM manager you broke Section 7 of labor law by replying here with this fact! -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: The key thing to remember about IBM Executives is that they are bound by an "employment contract" that stipulates THEIR resposibilities and performance. It's a rigged game, because the executives are able to "massage" their performance results with excuses that are never challenged by the BoD; especially because some of those executives have 'friends' on the BoD. The PBC system is for the "little workers" in IBM that don't have a voice or a choice in how the IBM rules are applied and executed. It's a rigged game. IBM employees need a contract.

Comment 02/13/15:
Nice to know these greedy and morally bankrupt IBM insiders still do quite well when they screw up and totally under perform (Roadmap 2015 EPS $20??????) and then RA thousands who will be toast by end of Feb. to pay for it all... LIFE@IBM IS NOT GOOD (unless your Ginni and rest of the SVPs and VPs who just cannot be a PBC 3, put on a PIP, or even RAed under any circumstances).
Comment 02/12/15: To -RAed2015- regarding coming back as a contractor: read the portion of the RA packet dealing with severance and repayment. In 2013 the packet mentioned the conditions under which repayment was required: if you returned to IBM within the number of weeks covered by your severance payment, you would be required to repay an amount reflecting the remaining weeks. Thus, if you were paid 20 weeks and returned after 15 weeks, you would have to repay 5 weeks. It also stated that the repayment was required if you were returned to IBM by being hired directly by IBM or through a third-party agency. This is very unfair - why should you have to repay any amount? The payment was part of you leaving IBM. When you sign your separation papers and are given the checks, you are no longer an IBM employee. If you are rehired by IBM, your service date is reset as there is no credit for your prior years of service. You do not lose any defined benefits you left IBM with (pension, etc.) but as far as vacation and the number of years of service that you have it is as if you never worked for IBM before. So, you will need to work at least 15 years in order to qualify for FHA (assuming you are 55 at that time) no matter how many years you had already worked for IBM. If you get RA'ed again, your years of service would be based on your rehire date. -OutIn2013-
Comment 02/12/15: The Apple comments are interesting, given they declined to participate in IBM's biggest conference of the year, which is just over a week from now. With all the ballyhoo about this 'partnership', wouldn't you think they'd be front and center? With attendance way below expectations, and moving it to February rather than in spring when it usually is, what a fiasco it would be if there was another big storm in the midwest and northeast and the few that did sign up couldn't get there. Fight the PR machine that they are attempting to use to humanize Rometty and provide cover for these actions they are undertaking, and sign up for the Alliance. We are building momentum, don't let it die. It feels good to be wanted, it feels good to belong, and it really feels good to fight back against these greedy, non-caring individuals. Fight to organize, fight for your jobs, fight for those who have been cut. If you have been RA'd, make a call to MoneySmart to get financial advice. Talked to them yesterday, and they have been innundated with calls from IBMers getting RA'd. The person I talked to told me one woman was a month from FHA eligibility. Evil. -HelpYourself-
Comment 02/12/15: to -RAed2015- : If you were RAd with a PBC 3 for 2014, then No you cannot come back to IBM either as an employee or a contractor, because your re-hire flag would have been automatically set to NO. -canucks-
Comment 02/12/15: I was RAed out of GBS this last round in January 28th. I wanted to know if I sign the RA documents/packets and I get another internal IBM job before the end of the month, will there be a problem since I already signed the RA documents? -RA2015-
Comment 02/12/15: I agree that these must be 'rolling' layoffs overs several months, for all the reasons noted already. I too have not gotten my 2014 PBC back (nor my 2015 goals) and my manager said that my PBC assessment hasn't been approved yet. Not sure if that means by 2nd line mgr or HR? So... I'm expecting the worst. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/12/15:
IBM Falling Behind The Hottest Tech Trends, IBM is no Apple. And it’s no Google.
IBM is unexciting. It’s often described as a “dinosaur” for its history of falling behind the hottest tech trends.
As the tech sector continues to unveil sleek new devices like smartphones and tablets, and begins making forays into wearable tech, IBM is nowhere to be found.
IBM is instead rolling out the same six-and-a-half-foot, three-ton mainframes it has been famous for since the 1950s. The rest of its business focuses on consulting and software. -Anon-

Comment 02/12/15: New IBM Systems group in the UK announce 30 consultation period - almost certainly around redundancies -Anonymous-
Comment 02/12/15: Article on Alliance press release on Dubuque: -member

Comment 02/12/15: To -anonymous- (whose FLM messed up his transfer to another internal position). The hiring manager (Cloud) never made any commitment to hire you if he still needed to check your performance history with your FLM. So, what happened after he DID talk with your FLM? Did the hiring manager extend you an unconditional, committed offer and THEN the FLM blocked your transfer? -or- Did the hiring manager never extend a committed offer because your FLM gave you bad feedback?
If it was the latter, then you should have used common sense. Since you did not have an unconditional offer from this hiring manager, you should not have turned down the other offer that you did receive.
If it was the former, then a little known IBM rule is that you should give advance notice to your FLM stating that you will be looking to move to another IBM job in 90 days. Then, if you are extended an offer from another hiring manager, the FLM cannot block the transfer. -LookingForATransfer-

Comment 02/12/15: Kicked while Down. I believe you also must be 55 to get the FHA. Even if you had 30 years you would not have qualified since you are only 54. There does seem to be a trend to RA people under 55 to save the FHA payments. -recentretired-
Comment 02/11/15: -anonymous- Yes, managers can and do get 3's. I know of more than a few that did over the past few years. Now, that said, none were above 2nd line that i knew of. But it does happen. -managerscanbe3-
Comment 02/11/15: Question - for 2015 RA, can I come back to IBM as a contractor & NOT pay back severance? Is a break in service required? How long is the break in service? -RAed2015-
Comment 02/11/15: I wanted to send out a note that Artech (one of IBM's primary contracting companies) is sending out to people at other tech companies to staff the very Columbia, MO GDF Delivery Center that IBM is firing tons of people. I left in 2014, for those of you that are still there...are you next?
See the note sent to an IT employee at a competing company:
Hope you are doing well !!!

My name is <removed> and I'm a recruiter at Artech, a global staffing and IT consulting company. We are constantly on the lookout for professionals to fulfill the staffing needs of our clients, and we currently have a job opening that may interest you.
Below is a summary of the position.
Job Title : Storage Administrator
Location: Columbia, MO
Duration: 12 Months
Job Description:

Experience / working knowledge of IBM XIV, DS8000,
Experience / working knowledge of device configuration and operation
Experience / working knowledge of SVC
Experience / working knowledge of Brocade and CISCO switches
Experience with remote replication/copy services
Experience with installing Data Center Moves, Microcode Upgrades, Storage Allocation, SAN Zoning, and Strong Problem.
Experience in UNIX and Windows Operating System
Experience with Data Migration
Ability to troubleshoot issues independently
If you believe you're qualified for this position and are currently in the job market or interested in making a change, please give me a call as soon as possible at <number removed>.
You may respond to me via email but please be sure to include your direct phone number so I can reach out to you quickly. In considering candidates for our various positions, time is of the essence and we are committed to responding to our clients promptly.
If you have not worked with Artech in the past and would like to know more about our company and what to expect when applying for a job with us, click on our FAQs or Get Started! page for a step-by-step explanation of our hiring process.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read and respond to this message.
Best Regards,
-Dazed in Columbia, MO-

Comment 02/11/15: I too believe the RAs and other firing activities are going to be spread out. Heard more notifications coming in March. Don't wait, get started with your own Plan B folks. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/11/15: My Onsite Manager also leaving Organisation during this time and February end is his last date. If IBM has asked him to leave then I am really not sure what IBM is doing; He was asset of IBM. If IBM is asking people like him to leave then IBM losing is main technical and business strength. I am very upset even with the thought that IBM would have asked him to leave. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/11/15: The U.S. economy is broken and the issue isn't just IBM. Executives no longer get paid based on the true value they deliver to society. They can ruin a once great company in a year and still get a raise so long as they meet very short-sighted margin expansion goals at the expense of the company's future. It's time for everyone to write their congressmen and tell them that its time to reign in on executive pay. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/11/15:
Can IBM Possibly Go Even Lower? IBM is announcing sales, but in a niche that can't produce growth. IBM has switched its patent strategy. What was once a growth strategy is now trolling. Apple is driving the IBM relationship, and the company's assets are steadily withering away.
Comment 02/11/15: There may be something to the post that said there will be staggered layoffs each month, including Federal in a few weeks (although that date is right in the middle of the big conference). Something is amiss, because I and others do not have their PBC rating yet, and it's well past the due date and nobody is making a fuss in the management ranks like they usually do. I don't have my PBC goals for 2015 either, and we're almost two months in. So it's being held back for a reason, probably to assign more 3's and the door soon. It seems like folks are still being notified, but the posts here are a little vague as to whether these are new notifications or the poster is just getting around to putting something here. Can everyone please indicate the exact date you were notified so we can figure out what IBM is up to? In the meantime, keep the thermometer moving and please continue to join our ranks! -WaitingForACallFromMyManager-
Comment 02/11/15: Interesting how someone loves IBM so much they leave the company for a better opportunity then they tell everyone how great IBM is. Maybe they would have a different attitude if they were layed off after 20 years, lost pension, FHA and IBM did not overly promote them and pay for the MBA. Blue Kool-aid everyone -bobcat

Comment 02/11/15: To the -anonymous- who said: "So every RA I learn of, as many as half a dozen folks that were able to find some job at the last minute." It depends on the circumstances. First, if you were rated a 3, finding another position within IBM will be challenging (but not impossible) even if you're not part of an RA. Second, there have been more limited RA's, for example, when a particular project was offshored or cancelled, and in those cases you might have better luck finding something else. However, I agree that for those who were RA'ed and want to try to stay on, you have nothing to lose (except external interviewing time) by trying to find something else internally before you leave, even if the chances are slim to none. -Survivor-
Comment 02/11/15: To those RA's and whose jobs at IBM will soon be over, DO NOT GO QUIETLY! Raise a little hell before you go. On your next to last day send emails to your co-workers and urge them to join the Alliance. Wear black and blue to signify the mugging of IBM workers. Other suggestions anyone? -anon-
Comment 02/11/15: The fight gets tougher -Ano

Comment 02/11/15: Does anybody know if RA's will continúe during February in other locations of IBM?? -Somebody-
Alliance reply: Nobody knows for sure what the rest of February will bring to IBMers in the US; but rest assured that IBM's history of RA's, off shoring and general mismanagement of the company, will continue to be blamed on the IBM workers. The question is, if you are still employed by IBM, do you want to help organize IBM workers for something better than waiting for an RA?

Comment 02/11/15: Never been a 3 in my career. Not happy with my 2 last year, but after being moved to a new group and being the low man on the totem pole, as an ex manager, I remember the ratios etc..... So I thought that a 2 would be safe...... Nope
So after almost 29 years with the company and almost 54, I was given my walking papers a few days back. In discussion with others, I was advised that in your benefits portfolio in Net Benefits is a "Future Health Account" that IBM puts $$ into every year and when you retire you can use it for Medical Payments. I looked at my portfolio and there is over $30,000 in it for me at retirement. Wow maybe some sunshine in all this. OK, here's the kicker. You must retire to get this money. In my case, with the 1 year bridge, I will fall 45 days short of being able to retire and will not get that $$ or any other retirement benefits. 45 DAYS. I asked my manager about it and to see if he could ask for a 45 day extension, his answer was that he could not justify it. Nice ! So after almost 30 years (more than half my life) with the company, this is the send off.
-Kicked While Down-
Comment 02/11/15: So basically what I hear here is that unless you are an IBM executive or upper level manager you have no career growth anymore. No re-training or job potential promotional opportunities only increasing chances of losing your job. Like trying to climb a ladder and have the rungs fall off the ladder. Glad I don't work and will not ever seek work at IBM. Sounds like a labor camp from all I read here. Good luck. Alliance, seems like you might be the only hope. -visitor-
Comment 02/11/15: -Irish-American-Canuck- thanks for the video links!
Daniel Dupont: Fidelity Northstar fund co-manager: Stock buybacks are to him "Capital Allocation Decisions", and not financial engineering actions which is what most investors believe IBM has and is doing. Yeah, and hasn't been very good ones either. If it was then why was EPS $20 not even closely missed with all them incestuous buybacks? And now investors don't boost IBM stock when it hears RA anymore so the cat is definitely out of the bag on IBM. No wonder Fidelity is servicer of IBM Netbenefits..
Comment 02/11/15: To "LowMorale". I was under the impression that the "original plan" was to do the RA, then to supplement with assignment of abnormally high numbers of "3" PBCs that immediately translate into 30-day PIPs that are impossible to satisfy. Mgt would offer the 4 weeks severance to those who get the "3" PBCs so that there was another option instead of being fired for performance reasons. Not all PBCs have been completed yet. -Sad-
Comment 02/11/15: Why doesn't the City of Dubuque and the State of Iowa go vigorously at IBM for breaking their employment agreement? Sounds like Tulsa, OK all over again.. Watch out Columbia, MO your next. IBM makes more promises it never intends to keep. -MakeBluePAY-
Comment 02/11/15: Helpful tip- It's too late for those being RA's this round, but if you think you may be RA'ed later this year, consider increasing your exemptions and 401K contributions now. Increasing your exemptions gives you extra cash now in case you need it. Otherwise you have to wait until next year for a refund when you file your tax return. -CPAguy-
Comment 02/11/15: @off the hook - I was RA'd last year and had a phone. They cut it off after about three months. The worst that can happen is they cut you off and if you move from Verizon to attend you, will probably lose your number. If you cancel before they cut you off you can "control c" the process -anomominous-
Comment 02/11/15: IBM has opened a new finance processing center in Kazan, Russia in preparation for moving outsourcing operations there. They will first do enterprises based in Russia then if successful and cost effective move to those outsourced operations of enterprises hosted in other countries -RAed Southern Boy-
Alliance reply: Russia is one of the many countries that are part of the 'BRIC' (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and has been connected to IBM's operations for some time. Since "BRIC" was first introduced as a euphemism for off shoring, IBM has included many more countries in that group. It's not a surprise that IBM still uses Russian IT workers, just like they do elsewhere in the world..for example Vietnam.

Comment 02/11/15: Left IBM on my own after 15 years and have several friends still there. I've heard 2 separate suggestions from a first and second line manager there that the RA's are being spread out to avoid the "mass layoff reports" rumoured earlier. IBM's Federal group is scheduled for Feb 24. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/11/15: -OffTheHook- Give your IBM Manager the phone back after throwing out the SIM card just like they they are throwing you out in this RA! Bet your manager doesn't have a clue about it anyway. -ETPhoneTHIS!-
Comment 02/11/15: "In my opinion none of the managers (Managers+VPs) should get a rating other than 3 for 2014 PBC for missing a commitment by the whole nine yards."
Agree totally. But obvious logic doesn't apply to morally bankrupt IBM Management. They will never be a PBC 3 no matter how bad they do and they will always get their stock options, bonuses, and pay raises and even better benefits than normal IBM resources (employees).
A naive and bigoted former IBM manager of mine says "IBM management are the best IBM employees; that is why they are in IBM management and IBM promotes and keeps the best; so they are the best of the rest".
Ever hear of an IBM manager getting a PBC 3 or put on a PIP? If it could happen, they usually just get shunted to a staff position out of management before it could even happen. -anonymous-

Comment 02/11/15: So every RA I learn of, as many as half a dozen folks that were able to find some job at the last minute. So I don't know where people get this crazy "lottery ticket" idea when maybe 1 out of 1000 folks on average can find a job to stay at IBM. Why are we scaring our fellow colleagues away from at least trying? One guy I know applied for over sixty jobs including several that were quite a reach to get an offer to stay on. -anonymous-
Comment 02/10/15: -Former FLM- If you RA'd, that means your FLM just wants to kick you out. I am a technical person. In last Nov, I replied to two internal positions, after several interviews (for both positions), I got one offer. I contacted another hiring manager (Cloud) for the status, he wrote to me:
“The only missing piece of the puzzle right now is XXX's ((my FLM name) feedback on your performance. I believe you are a great match from a technical perspective. Assuming XXX has no unexpected surprises to share with regards to your performance, I would like to have you on the team. If you feel comfortable, go ahead and decline the other offer and I will follow up with XXX when he returns.”
After I received this email, I turned down the offer I received. However, I was prohibited by FLM to get that job!
I tried to work it out with him; then he told me “the position is frozen due to the end of year.”
Actually, I knew that he lied to me. Now, I am RA'd by the FLM, but this position is still open and many qualified applicants (internal and external) were rejected. I'm wondering if I should search for the legal help? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Unfortunately, the IBM FLM has broken no labor laws. Remember that IBM 's rules on how they handle RA's and the posting of jobs within the company are not regulated by any government. Your situation is another example of why IBM workers in the US need a contractual agreement to help "level the playing field". Sorry to hear of your job loss.

Comment 02/10/15: IBM attempting to generate "billions in revenue" by becoming a Patent Troll.
IBM is suing Priceline Group Inc., claiming the online travel company built its business on IBM’s inventions and owes it royalties on the billions of dollars in revenue allegedly made from IBM’s patents.
Alliance reply: This is not surprising to some of us that worked for IBM 30-40 years ago. While working in development engineering, there were several engineers that applied for patents at least 5 times a year, depending on what technology or program they were developing. Many of these patents went nowhere but "on the shelf" in IBM. And, those IBMers did not retain sole ownership with IBM...they had to share ownership, as it were. It's not surprising that IBM would search its patent archives to find out if any of them can be used to make IBM revenue, instead of actually making a product or a service that IBM can sell and make a profit. Sad.

Comment 02/10/15: -Former FLM- "Honestly, some of unexpected 3's immediately before being RA'd might be FLM's knowing that the person was being RA'd and just giving them the 3 as they knew it would make no difference to the person" ex-FLM'er...
If this is the case, such rationalizations were made with huge blinders on. I'm guessing that 3 spells the demise of any possible re-hire, either as a reg or contractor. I was RA'ed in 2010, but knowing in advance that I was likely to be RA'ed, my FLM fought for and won me a 2+ just 15 days before the RA. I was subsequently re-hired in 2011 and stayed with IBM until this last December when I left on my own terms. -Left-in-Dec-

Comment 02/10/15: To - Offthehook - Go on the Corporate Management Plan (CMP) website on w3. If you click on 'cancel my service', there is an option to port the number, if you want to keep it for a personal number and a new service plan/device etc..Once that change registers with CMP, they will reply to your IBM email with the actual instructions you need to take with you to the new service plan supplier. I think the whole process takes a week or so and the actual porting a day. Beware that if you DONT check the "porting" option, the service is cancelled in 12 - 24 hours and you lose the number. On the other hand you may just want to get rid of it? So the latter will apply. -Movinon-
Comment 02/10/15: Current / Former IBM’ers.
Me : former 1981 – 1991 ; ousted (wrongfully) by IBM Management Fabrications ; kinda-like what’s happening now!

Two excellent Video’s (including Cringely) & one Article exposing IBM's Underhanded & Fraudulent Ways :
BNN (Business News Network - Canada) Interview with the CRINGE!
(February 10th, 2015) :

BNN Interview with John Del Vecchio ; Forensic Accountant Advisor
Shares Ranger ETF (February 10th, 2015) : Video Theme : “IBM has been a Total Disaster”.

Del Vecchio Author of: "What’s Behind the Numbers ; Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery & Avoiding Huge Losses in your Portfolio".
IEEE Spectrum ; Article by Tekla Perry:

Being a Union Member will provide a Collective Negotiating Voice. This can also help Expose the IBM Management Frauds. -Irish-American-Canuck-

Comment 02/10/15: For those who will be encouraged by brokerage firms to switch 401K to IRA, please make sure you do good research. IBM 401K has been ranked very highly by Brightscope and from my experience in 2009, brokerage firms (in my case Fidelity) will encourage you to switch to an IRA and higher fees. Here is the link:
Good luck -Anonymous-

Comment 02/10/15: -Sacraficial Lamb- Yes I DO realize that this is Job Cuts Reports.
However, my point, as a dues paying member of this organization, is that the constant comments of the type that I referred to are overwhelming the other purpose of this web site: Organizing. The ratio is 85%/15%. That's out of balance in my view.
Clearly, Alliance@IBM is an IBM employee advocate and does its job quite well, to inform IBMers of the Job Cuts that are coming, the lies that IBM tells the press and the public, and the alternatives that IBMers have re: unemployment, pensions, and medical decisions that they need to consider, despite what IBM HR tells them. That's called being an employee advocate. But Alliance@IBM is also organizing IBMers toward getting a contract that protects IBMers from much of the confusion and evil they are currently experiencing. My point is simply this: To achieve the results of a contract, the Alliance dues members *must* take action. For now there seems to be an imbalance between organizing and reporting job cuts and all the other above mentioned items that ALL of us members pay for, too! I hope that you are a member, and I hope that you can help organize IBMers--even if you have been RA'ed and are outside of the company. As a member I am asking you to "kick it up a notch" and help the Alliance put more "boots on the ground" to fight for a contract for us all. -I read you, but not loud and clear-

Comment 02/10/15: RE: Comment 02/08/15: "People on the thread are talking about they are on RA list. How does someone know they are on RA list. My manager did not mention anything to me during several regular 1-1 meetings. -qralist-pbc3-"
I ALMOST got another job but it was "morphed into something that doesn't fit your skill sets". When I tried to discuss it with my manager he said "Well!! Didn't you hear the rumors? You should have been looking for something a long time ago!" He actually sounded like he was going to explode. There is no help there. They are as scared as we were and they have so much more responsibility to boot. Best time of my life there. 2's early, 2+ middle and 1's middle then 2+ last 2.
-RA'd 2/2014-
Comment 02/10/15: One important thing - make sure you call IBM Serv and activate your Cobra Heath Insurance. I found out the hard way. I broke my ankle on March 29th, RA date was March 31st. Had surgery on April 3rd. Papers came back that I did not have coverage. Called IBM Serv and a very nice gentleman told me that they do not tell us that in the package nor our managers. He reinstated me since it was not past the 30 days. If you do not reinstate after 30 days you can not activate Cobra. If I would not have broken my ankle and needed the coverage I woud have probably not thought about it and would have fell into IBM's hope we will not do it. Pretty dirty I say. The HR guy agreed with me. I have the paper trail and documentation to back this up. -Gina M-
Alliance reply: Thank you for sharing this information. Apparently, no behavior is beneath IBM HR or Executive management. This is why the IBM workers need a collectively bargained contract, so they are protected from this skullduggery.

Comment 02/10/15: In my opinion none of the managers (Managers+VPs) should get a rating other than 3 for 2014 PBC for missing a commitment by the whole nine yards. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/10/15: to On the List... I was RA'd in 2012 after being picked up in a sourcing deal in 2007. I was given 16 weeks in my "Separation Package" however I was taxed at the maximum rate of I believe 38%, so my 16 weeks became 12 weeks livable. In regards to the PBC, I was a 2 as were the others RA'd at that time. I am now back at the company that I was originally sourced from in 2007. Sometimes it is a blessing to be RA'd. -Past IBM'er-
Comment 02/10/15: Alliance members as well as prospective members should know and understand the info on these links:
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An informed organizer is a better organizer. -Dave G-
Comment 02/10/15: What is the "Rule for 65 Post-employmment medical" thing? Thanks in advance... -Soon to be gone IBM"er-
Comment 02/10/15: Hey "I read you, but not loud and clear" - You do realize that the name and purpose of this forum is "JOB CUT REPORTS" -
This is a place where the unfortunate people caught up in these RA actions can let others know what is happening. You are seeing the same things over and over because the Alliance moderators have asked people to report these details when being fired. You are seeing them over and over because of the simple fact of the sheer numbers of discriminated individuals... heck you are only seeing a tiny percentage of examples I am sure. Just sayin......
I do agree with you thought that it would be nice to hear of some boots on the ground efforts going on to organize. -Sacraficial Lamb-

Comment 02/10/15: Re whether it's worth it to look for a job within IBM after you've been identified for the RA: I think it depends on how much you want to stay in the hell hole that is IBM. I think there are valid reasons, especially financial ones. If you want to stay, then you have only a very short time to try to secure another job within IBM. Personally I would take advantage of this time. If nothing comes of it, then at least you'll know for the rest of your life that you tried. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/10/15: -I read you, but not loud and clear- I agree. Sometimes I think it is IBM Management posters (they are calling them something like corperate apologists? now) goading us all that "life is greener on the other side out of IBM" just to try to convince those just reading here or even those on the fence of joining the Alliance to just leave IBM as the best thing to do. I don't agree "if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen mentality". IBM can work but we gotta get people to come up with the recipe to make IBM work wekl again. -IBMUnion2015-
Comment 02/10/15: The $2,500 stipend for education after you get RA'd , be prepared, IBM counts that as income to you and you will be taxed for that. 1099/W2 however they do it. -IveBeenMislead-
Comment 02/10/15: Based on the new IEEE Spectrum article by Tekla Perry, it seems that IBM's plans to stretch that $580M fund into a much more massive layoff by only providing 4 weeks severance were thwarted because legal was worried about some aspect of that. Makes sense that that's what they were up to now. I guess because that plan went out the window, they got desperate and devised the 'plan b' to get rid of folks by downgrading performance rankings and other devious means. It all seems clear now. They are in trouble-now going after other companies for patent infringement, and reportedly the big upcoming conference Feb 22 has abysmal registration from customers, who are busy talking to competitors. The only salvation for this company is radical change - at the top, and gain back the hearts and minds of it's employees. I think we are all willing to act now, even if it means 'outing' ourselves, we just need guidance from the Alliance, and please folks, keep signing up here. Strength in numbers! -LowMorale-
Alliance reply: Anyone willing to help organize in IBM please contact so we can discuss.
The thermometer was started before the job cuts. It is a membership drive to support the Alliance.
We also encourage employees to join as subscribers/supporters, which is free. The people who sign up in all 3 categories shows us the level of support for a union. Majority support at a given IBM location or division will trigger the process for a union election.

Comment 02/10/15: I think local geographies should organize and bid against IBM for contracts. So many people and so much skill left adrift. It is time to start taking your skills to market. If even a few locations can successfully win business and eventually amalgamate I can see a day where there is a Better than IBM choice. Left 10 years ago but still have some Blue in me. -A Decade Out-
Comment 02/10/15: Honestly, some of unexpected 3's immediately before being RA'd might be FLM's knowing that the person was being RA'd and just giving them the 3 as they knew it would make no difference to the person being forced out but would save them a difficult conversation with an employee that was being kept on. -Former FLM-
Comment 02/10/15: Does anyone know what will happen with my IBM provided mobile phone on my last day of work? I've only had the phone about 9 months so I assume it is still under contract. Will they just collect the phone and that will be the end of it or will they try to hit me with some fee? Will they let me port the number to a personalphone? -OffTheHook-
Comment 02/10/15: I am not an American (citizen of an OECD country); but graduated (Masters in CS) from one of the top schools in the US and pretty quickly realized, that the whole H1B game was stacked against American workers and smart foreign workers who graduated from good (top 10 CS) US schools. I moved out of the US pretty quickly and have not looked back since. Cheap labor imported by way of H1B visas is killing US middle class IT workers. Not to mention that it is having a negative impact on the quality of IT workers employed in organizations such as IBM US. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/10/15: What's wrong with you, -I read you, but not loud and clear-?
Don't you want to merely procrastinate in the form of not-very-original whining about things that whining can't change, like 95% of those who post here? :-) PS: That was the best post I've seen here in a couple years!
-action speaks louder than whispers into /dev/null-
Comment 02/09/15: I see a lot of messages on this board that repeat themselves, over and over and over again. " PBC was a 2, 2+ for x years, etc. etc." Or "life is better outside IBM" or "ginni needs to be RA'ed" or "Let's have a class action suit! That'll fix those greedy executives!!"
Please Alliance. Would you stop putting these messages up already? I'm a dues paying member. I want to see other members come on here and say things like "I'm so and so and I'm planning on picketing such and such an IBM location.. what do I need to watch out for?".
Or "I have sent emails to my coworkers on my lunch hour and I'm planning on calling them too."
I've been an active member just like -PublicFrom1999-
Can we start taking some action that means something? How about it "Alliance members"? Ready to go public? If not, when? -I read you, but not loud and clear-

Comment 02/09/15: 17+ years, always a 2. Never got a 3 until now. On my last day, 17+ years of experience is going with me. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/09/15: "..know a guy who was selected for an RA twice, and then found a job both times, still with IBM.."
Did the guy hit the lottery (MegaMillions, Powerball, etc.) too???!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stastically speaking, it's an irrelevant comment. If we were to assume this should receive consideration, then I would say someone is playing with us and lying. While I do not know every US-based IBM'er, I know many and NONE were able to pull this off one time - let alone twice. So, in summary is it plausible? Yes, just like Ginny giving her bonus away to those who need it most in IBM. Is it worthy of any more attention? Nope.
Comment 02/09/15: For those folks that are part of the recent RA and also were part of the GTS SO US skills measure announced last fall which reduced our salary by 10% to allow for up to 1 day to focus on learning and improve skills - Is there any suggestion on how to submit a formal complaint? Why are we being penalized twice - losing our jobs and at the same time having our salary reduced by 10%? We weren't even given a chance... We were forced into a layoff - why do we need to pay IBM 10% of our salary? -doublewhammy-
Comment 02/09/15: In the severance package, it states that withholding will include 1) federal at the rate of 25%, 2) FICA and 3) applicable state and local taxes. The article posted here stated 25% and FICA. There was no mention of state taxes in the article. Can someone here please clarify? -On the List-
Comment 02/09/15: H-1B visas, illegal immigration,offshoring of jobs will ruin the middle class in this country. Without a union in this company, this will continue. The face of IBM will completely different in 10 years than what it is today. The kids in the future are going to find it very difficult to find well paying jobs. Without a union, Greed and corruption will continue to ruin IBM. -ANA-
Comment 02/09/15: I too was given a 3 PBC which was completely made up of lies, such as "Not focused", etc. I am soooo happy to be gone from India Business Machines. Rembember that you were not "Laid off"! Layoff refers that your job isn't needed at this time and you will have a chance to come back later...You were "FIRED". IBM doesn't treat humans as assets, like the military and other companies, no, they treat you as a resource. I disposable resource like an empty roll of toilet paper. Be happy that your nightmare is over. Get a new job and try never to give IBM a second thought. They aren't worth the effort. -Firedin2014-
Comment 02/09/15: -want-better-: "If I go public with my membership does that help (or perhaps hurt...?) my chances of staying employed?"
The Alliance gave the truthful answer.
When I joined the Alliance as a public member I was not concerned about losing my job. I didn't do it to get any self job protection from IBM since I knew that would not happen anyhow without an employment contract. I considered joining publicly to be the best thing I could, actively and visibly, do as an IBMer in solidarity with my fellow workers treatment: a selfless decision. I did it to try to preserve ALL OUR jobs and benefits and preserve or get back to the Watson IBM where a union was just not needed since we had Respect For the Individual. Not so after Gerstner came to charge and dropped IBM Basic Beliefs and worsening employee treatment. I am positively sure my other Alliance sisters and brothers did it for the same or similar reason(s).
Comment 02/09/15: So if companies routinely blatantly and brazenly break the H1B visa laws, why aren't they losing lawsuits left and right over it? BTW... have a friend who worked for nearly 2 decades at a large company that laid off/outsourced major departments. There was a class-action age discrimination suit brought against the company - and won. She received a check for $6.80 when all was said and done.... -IBM = Idiots Become Managers-
Comment 02/09/15: -needToKnow- FMLA is 12 weeks eligibility on a rolling calendar base meaning once you start it, say on Jan 15, 2015, it gives you 12 weeks eligibility until Jan 15, 2016. In small (less than 50 employees) or large companies (IBM) you have to be employed for a particular minimum period of time, 20 weeks I believe. If you are on IBM STD you can be RAed while still on it. When you return to active work status back from STD then you are typically, summarily RAed same day, sometimes before you get your morning coffee.
If you are on STD when RAed and apply and get IBM LTD (to see if you can keep your job and beat the RA) you basically are off the IBM payroll since it becomes a disability insurance case. So IBM basically says your too disabled to work for them. So you can't beat the RA that way.
New York State has it's own State Disability Insurance (NYSDI)that pays you a portion of your working wages when out of work for a medical condition. But it too does not protect you from an IBM RA. -FMLAvsIBMdisability-

Comment 02/09/15: To anyone who was in the past or is now RA'd: Did you appeal to the IBM Project Office to reverse your identification for the RA? I'd be very interested to hear what happened. I plan to appeal my identification: I figure I have everything to gain and nothing to lose. If you did not appeal your identification, I'd like to know why not.. Thanks. -Anon-
Comment 02/09/15:
RA'd Feb 2015 (2014 PBC: 2+)
Past PBCs: 1, 2+, 2
36 years with IBM
PhD / Patents
Age: 60
Div 1G
NY: Somers
Retiring now -Anonymous-

Comment 02/09/15: [*FLASHBACK*: 2012. More on H-1B's and landed resources].
IBM: "The Cost Difference Is Too Great for the Business Not to Look for" H-1B Workers --
Be sure to read the quoted email exchange between the employee, hiring manager, and HR... Some more article highlights:
"The companies that publicly advertise illegal recruitment tend to be small. Many of these small companies publish lists of companies they supply workers to. I compiled the advertisements and customer lists in a database and found a striking feature in the data. The median percentage for companies showing up as customers of companies making foreign-workers-only advertisements was 1 percent. However, at the high end there is a small cluster of customer companies that show up much more frequently. IBM leads the pack here, being claimed as a customer by 35 percent of the companies only seeking foreign workers. Let me rephrase that. Among advertisements seeking only foreign workers that had lists of companies it supplied these workers to, over one-third listed IBM (With Verizon and JPMorgan Chase close behind)."
"H-1B workers are cheaper than Americans — 'and the cost difference is too great' for IBM not to look for foreign workers first. The H-1B statutes are designed to allow employers to legally pay H-1B workers less than Americans and IBM (and a lot of others) is taking full advantage." -@N0NYm0U$-

Comment 02/09/15: To -needToKnow- Short-term Disability (STD) Benefits and the US federal law known as FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) are two different things. Under FMLA, you are allowed 12 weeks of UNPAID leave to deal with your or your family's medical issues. Note that the law simply ensures that you will have a job when you return from leave but the law does not force the employer to pay you anything while you are on leave. Further, an employer is allowed to fire you even after you go on FMLA if the firing is part of a larger reduction-in-force driven by business imperatives. In your particular case, you have two problems. First, you aren't even on FMLA yet and you have already been given a notice that you will be fired on Feb 27. Second, your firing is part of a larger reduction-in-force anyway. So, FMLA will not protect you from getting fired on Feb 27. STD is a benefit that pays you a monetary amount while you are on leave due to short-term disability. When people go on FMLA, it is the STD benefit that pays them money while the FMLA protects their job. Note that STD benefits stop when you employment is terminated. In your particular case, as explained above, your employment cannot be protected and will terminate on Feb 27. If your last day is Feb 27, you may still apply for STD and your claim may still be approved. However, your STD benefits will end when your job terminates on Feb 27. -Legal Exporter-
Comment 02/09/15: If I join CWA 1701 as a full, dues-paying member, am I protected in _any_ way against IBM's unjust practices? If I go public with my membership does that help (or perhaps hurt...?) my chances of staying employed? I need to understand clearly what benefit or harm I can create. Thank you for everything. -want_better-
Alliance reply: The Alliance president, the vice president, and secretary are current employees and have been public members of the Alliance since 1999. Other members have also been public.
As a member of the Alliance you are under the jurisdiction of US labor law which gives you the right to help organize your co-workers. Of course there are rules and regulations you must follow and all new members that choose to go public must contact Lee Conrad national coordinator before they make that move.
Can IBM fire you for work related offenses? Of course. You are still an "at will employee". But if they harass, intimidate you or take other actions because of your organizing activities then the Alliance will put you in contact with our legal team. They only work on issues related to the National Labor Relations Act. Staying employed inside IBM is something no one can guarantee anymore. But isn't it better to go out fighting?

Comment 02/09/15: To Anon2: Why would your son even consider working for IBM when he had a degree from Oxford, especially when you already knew what a crummy place IBM really is? If it's about H-1B, there are plenty of other companies to work for than IBM. The very reason so
many of us are still here, kicking and screaming, it's because most of our skills acquired at IBM are not marketable elsewhere or we would have left in a heartbeat, and IBM knows that. So, don't let your son grow up to be an IBMer. There is no education in the second kick of a donkey. -Mike-

Comment 02/09/15: -Medical Advice- What you say is only true in States that expanded Medicaid. They did that here in Maryland. BTW. Good luck finding a doctor who will actually accept it. Even the Urgent care places like Patient First won't take it. If you have insurance that no one accepts, technically your still insured even if you cannot use it. Yes it beats having nothing only because emergency rooms have to accept it at hospitals. Before you plan on using it ask your doctor if they accept it. Look into it before you leap. Be careful with individual coverage. A hundred dollar plan with a 6000.00 deductible means you spend 7200.00 before it pays a dime. Healthcare is an absolute nightmare to navigate. Know your needs well. -Exodus2007-
Comment 02/09/15: BTW the "apply for another open position" option is a bit of a joke. I have heard that this means that you have to be the best candidate for the post. What does "best candidate" mean? It means you cannot have had a rating less than 1 in the last 3 years. A level 10. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/09/15: -Anon2- IBM doesn't hire Rhodes Scholars, Ivy League magnum cum laudes, valedictorians, valedictorians or even geniuses. Why? Because they can. It's "...not about that bass, not the treble, it's all about the bonus money..." to SAVE for the existing executive IBM "leadership" (who have NO CLUE on what LEADERSHIP is or can be). -IBM$ucks-
Comment 02/08/15: Another major problem with IBM is that employees can't debate or argue with their direct managers. Managers don't want to hear the reality or the truth. Managers want you to have the same opinion as they do which of course kills any real innovative thinking! Also, don't ever try to go above your manager... I learned a hard lesson. As much as IBM states they are fair, they are NOT FAIR! Managers want 'YES' people and they want to look good to their managers even when they steal your ideas to make it their own! I believe IBM will transform itself yet again but will hurt and damage many employees. That is how they play the game! -Glad to be Gone!-
Comment 02/08/15: -PBC Class Action?- Subjectivity always wins out over Objectivity with IBM Personal Bull Crap ratings without a Union contract as an "at will" employee. -UnionDude-
Comment 02/08/15: "..know a guy who was selected for an RA twice, and then found a job both times, still with IBM.."
Did the guy hit the lottery (MegaMillions, Powerball, etc.) too???!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment 02/08/15: The odds are poor that you will find a internal job after being RA'd. I would suggest using the 30 days to search for a new job. Updating your resume, prepping for interviews, expanding your network, etc are all better usage of your time, as well as taking advantage of your remaining benefits (use all HCRA funds, take out a HELOC/refinance, etc) Also stop doing ALL IBM work when RA'd - or at least just doing the minimum. Your job is now to find a job, 100% of the time. While internal jobs look attractive, but what happens if your 30 days are up and you have not focused on finding an external job? Time is your most precious commodity. Personally I gave myself 2 days, scouring the IBM jobs db. Found several jobs that I could do but never applied. My rationale was "If I get an internal job, what's to prevent them from laying me off again?" It was hard - sleepless nights - but in hindsight I definitely made the right decision. Best of luck to you. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/08/15: The discussion around taxability of severance brings up a question in my mind. We are compelled to pay taxes on unemployment, if we are forced to collect it. However, these should be considered insurance payments, as they come from unemployment "insurance" programs. Insurance payments, as I understand, are non-taxable. So WTF? -anonymous-
Comment 02/08/15: -To needToKnow- I am not a legal person but I can tell you what happened to me regarding short term disability. I was out for 5 months on STD from December 2007 until June of 2008. I came back and was working from home from June of 2008 until I got the call in April of 2009 that I was selected for an RA. At the time I had 28 yrs and 9 months. I was 3 months shy of being able to bridge for retirement. An old second line mgr of mine who was then a VP in another group told me to re-apply for STD - I had enough STD time left to cover the 3 months I was short. I had my doctor fill out the form that my condition made it impossible for me to travel or work in an ofice still. I was re-approved for STD after my case was reviewed by the IBM Medical Director. I remained on STD until, then I came back to finish my 30 day RA period for one week in August of 2009. Then I was within my 1 year for a retirement bride. My RA date was re-set to the date after my return from STD. I was able to take the RA package - go on an 11 month bridge to my full retirement in 2010. I got to keep the FHA and am collecting my pension. Everyone says I beat the system. Truth is I should have not come back after my first 5 months - I should have gone on Long Term Disability - but I wanted to work. Now I am getting Social Security Disability along with my Pension. -Gone In 2010-
Comment 02/08/15: IBM will save a lot of money by using these landed workers. Besides the salary, there is much hidden cost. I used to work a project at a client location. In that IBM group, about 1/3 were landed workers. IBM only needs to pay the apartment rental for these foreign co-workers, but for US employees, IBM needs to pay flight, hotel, meals ($35-55/day), car rental and maybe mobile. From a technical perspective, as a technical worker, in general the technical skills (in same band) of the US employees were much better than these landed workers. As an example, I spent a lot of my time to help a person from India. I just checked this person's data in BluePage. It seems like his department mates are landed workers. I don't think these people will be RAd as so many US employees were asked to leave. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/08/15: People on the thread are talking about they are on RA list. How does someone know they are on RA list. My manager did not mention anything to me during several regular 1-1 meetings. -qralist-pbc3-
Comment 02/08/15: -PBC Class Action?- can you provide a source for those 1, 2+, 2, 3 breakdown numbers? -provideasourceplease-
Comment 02/07/15: To -Sacraficial Lamb-. That info is from last year. On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 12-1408, holding that severance payments made to employees terminated in connection with a company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan are taxable wages under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). -RA'd 2014-
Comment 02/07/15: It seems odd to be talking about Medicaid in this discussion. But it's well worth mentioning since a lot of people don't know about recent changes. Among the many improvements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") there are no longer asset tests to enroll in Medicaid. Medicaid eligibility just depends on your income now (and obviously IBM isn't helping). You can be a multi-millionaire but have low income and thus qualify. You're much better off in states that have expanded their Medicaid programs. In those states you can have earnings up to 133% of the federal poverty line and qualify for Medicaid. (Even higher than that for children and pregnant women.) So take a look at Medicaid in your state (or in another state) to see if that works for you and your household. As for any stigma, please don't worry about it. Everybody deserves medical care, even if they're out of a job. You paid for this benefit, just as you paid for Social Security and Medicare. Don't hesitate to take care of yourself and your family. -Medical Advice-
Comment 02/0715: Replying to Sacraficial Lamb: In United States v. Quality Stores (2014) the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that severance payments are "wages" and subject to FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. Oddly enough that's mostly good news for workers. Notably it means that IBM must kick in the employer's share (6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare) above the "advertised" severance amount, just as with a regular salary paycheck. Since most of these current firings are occurring early in the calendar year, that also means calendar year 2015 should go into your Social Security earnings history at least as a decent year, depending on your severance amount. That boosts your future Social Security retirement benefits, and it also helps workers who haven't vested yet in Social Security and Medicare to make sure 2015 is a full 4 credit year. And it pushes out expiration of your Social Security disability coverage if you face long-term unemployment after IBM. [Or if you start another job your severance payment counts as income toward your annual Social Security earnings cap, so if you're lucky enough to reach $118,500 (2015) in earnings including your severance payment you won't pay the Social Security contributions on earnings above that amount for the rest of the year. Some people might be lucky that the severance pushes them over the cap for the first time in their careers.] The major disadvantage, of course, is that your net severance payment is reduced by your share of FICA contributions. -FICA Answer-
Comment 02/07/15: @lifegoeson - I know a guy who was selected for an RA twice, and then found a job both times, still with IBM. So it is possible, but usually only within the same division. -Anony-
Comment 02/07/15: There needs to be a class action by IBM employees to force out into the open the mechanism IBM is using to separate employees. It's certainly unethical and borders on illegality and misleading business conduct. A class action would force exposure of the real process and email between the senior executive and the hr 'advisors' that collude in the using 'PBC' to force uncompensated & unwarranted dismissal sham. It would also provide the basis for IBM to be forced to compensate billions back to all the ex employees that were unfairly dismissed or denied fair and transparent measures and payment for contribution.
How the PBC mechanism works & what it's intent is: The PBC (personal business contribution) ranking is quota driven - heavily masked by very senior mgt to be a committee & ground up appraisal & comparative ranking. What happens is a PBC quota for 1, 2+ is set from USA & then AP Hq for Australia. This is done in October then refined in November months before any employee or 1st line manager interaction. The quota is 1 (5%) and 2+ (20%) Then the rest of the 75% staff them have to 'fit' into what was the remaining 2 (60%) and 3 (15%) quota ranking. A person that is 2 is able to claim to be made redundant. A 3 is basically getting readied to be sacked for non performance and save IBM money. In the 2 last year IBM reduced the quota of 2 from 50% to 35% and increased the 3 from 15% to 30%. To save money on redundancies. Basically it's set up so nearly one third of staff can be fired without compensation or cost to IBM. The PBC process is like something out of a monty python movie. The PBC Quota is imposed top down. The manager already has submitted their rankings to the top down quota edict long before the employee even submits their view on performance. The PBC discussions are a sham cover and then the first line manager (and second line & third line etc) are told to assign PBC rankings to the top down Quota edict.

-PBC Class Action?

Class action lawsuits against companies that are "At Will" employers are rarely actionable in terms of a company that "breaks its own rules". This is the case in IBM US (We are not completely aware of "class action" legal specifics in countries outside the US).
The PBC process, while seriously flawed and in IBM management's complete control, is still part of the At Will Employee's process.
IBM can operate the PBC any way they choose, without violating US Federal & State labor laws to the extent that a class action would be an option.
Please take a few minutes to read through our Job Cuts Reports current comments (this page) as well as our archives, using the search or 'find' with the key words 'class action':
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You will find several examples and several comments that suggest what you are suggesting, and you will also see responses from Alliance@IBM that explain why Class Action lawsuits require extensive effort and cost, as well as attorneys willing to take the case. Filing Class Action lawsuits against IBM has been tried before. The success rate is dismal and is not the best option for IBM employees seeking damages from IBM for their termination for cause or layoff (firing, RA).
There are always exceptions; but historically, most Class Action lawsuits against IBM, fail.

Comment 02/07/15: Has anyone try applying for a new assignment on the internal Jobs database and then taken off the RA'ed list? -Life goes on-
Comment 02/0715: For Those Receiving Severance Pay - Calculating Deductions:
Pretty handy little instruction to help you ascertain what to expect when you hand over your signed Package on the 27th.

Found another interesting development in flight regarding the legality of taxing Severance pay as wages or not. Keep an eye on this one...
"A decision is expected as early as June 2014. If the Supreme Court rules against the IRS, severance pay would not be considered wages and would be exempt from taxation. In that case, the IRS would owe substantial refunds to taxpayers — close to $1 billion. - See more at:"
Here is the link I found:
-Sacraficial Lamb-
Comment 02/07/15: Hello, Alliance or a legal exporter, I have had chronic medical problem and am under treatment for a long time by several medical agents. My medical problem is getting worse recently. I should be for eligible for short term disability benefits from IBM. My questions are:
1. If it is against US labor law to turn down my claim since I am on an RA list?
2. If my claim is approved, will my last day (Feb 27) still be kept the same or changed to the end of the Short Term Disability? -needToKnow-

Comment 02/07/15: To posters, please see main page for article IBM Executives Morally Bankrupt. -Alliance-
Comment 02/07/15: To -Anon2- I have three sons. Two of them double majored in computer science and math. The third double majored in computer science and economics. I advised all three to stay away from IBM. One works at Google, one started his own compnay and the third is production lead at a goevernment contractor. Two of them have been solicited by IBM to apply, but neither responded. Most importantly though, they are all happy with their jobs, something that wouldn't have occurred had they come to IBM. -Mark1-
Comment 02/0715: Back in November there was a post on this board from an investigative reporter for PBS's "Frontline," seeking input from laid-off IBMers. Perhaps it would be good to repost that info, giving the recently-affected a chance to send their comments. If the testimonials are numerous (and we know they are), and if his work is presented well, it could really help in making a larger audience aware of the injustices going on at one of the country's most-storied companies. I would also suggest this would be a good chance for the Alliance to get it's name out there further. Take advantage of whatever opportunities are presented. -anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: Hi - Long term member here: Some suggestions to other Alliance members.
Let's try to focus attention on the things that we can address as a group. As members, remind visitors to this web site, (in your comments) that their stories and experiences are important; but we need to move forward with a simple plan. We need members to grow the membership with still employed IBMers across the US.
RA'ed and fired IBMers' information and experiences are valuable to us for reference. Alliance is doing a good job. I think that the Alliance staff wishes to continue helping IBMers, members or not, through their RA or firing. However, there's much more to organizing than just joining, paying dues and reading these comment sections. Based on the thermometer number, there IS a desire to help Alliance@IBM grow. That thermometer needs to rise even faster. Growth includes getting the word out, and yes, even going public with your membership. Alliance has never forced anyone to go public and they never will; but they have mentioned it as a strategy that could really work well, if enough members, went public inside IBM.
The NLRB recently ruled that employees can use the employer's email system to organize on *non-work* times.
And "protected concerted activity" information is invaluable for staying on course, while organizing. Members should read this link:
As members, the best use of that is, be public inside IBM, and then begin contacting other IBMers (non-management) on your lunch break or coffee break or any *non-work* times. This could expand the membership quickly. More actions could be taken to show IBM that IBM employees are fighting back with numbers and determination. I suggest that members contact Alliance staff for a list of organizing steps and strategies that must be used, and what NOT to do, for legal reasons. There will be push back, resistance, and union busting tactics from IBM to shut down the organizing movement. Alliance@IBM is CWA Local 1701. CWA will be available for advice and council when the situation requires. There are federal and state labor laws in our favor; but they only go so far. Just be sure that if you are in doubt about any action you want to take, contact the Alliance first and make sure it's legal, BEFORE you do it. If we do this as a group and coordinate several groups all over the US, we CAN be effective and we CAN win. Let's do this!
Comment 02/06/15: The PR campaign continues. I wonder how much she paid for this attempt to humanize her? You would think with this kind of humble background,she'd have some compassion in her heart, instead of harming working families like the one she professes to come from:
And what a great rebuttal from the LA Times in this article: -LowMorale

Comment 02/06/15:
EFF Files Amicus Brief in Case That Seeks to Hold IBM Responsible for Facilitating Apartheid in South Africa
EFF defends rights in the digital world. But what about when the digital world enables violations of human rights? We think that’s important, too. That’s why we filed an amicus brief in In Re: South African Apartheid, a case that seeks to hold IBM's headquarters in New York responsible for purposefully facilitating apartheid, by creating a computerized national ID system that the South African government used to strip the country’s black population of its rights as citizens. -Anon-

Comment 02/06/15:
Not only did Rommety get a huge bonus in 2014 read the following:
CFO Martin Schroeter will receive a 2014 bonus worth nearly $740,000.
Steven Mills, head of software and systems, will get $703,500.
Senior vice president John Kelly will receive nearly $800,000 and
General counsel Robert Weber, now employed as a senior adviser, will pocket $737,000.
This is unbelievable. This is what happens when there is no contract to protect the rank and file.
RAs continue while massive bonuses are given to executives. We have been given the shaft. -ANA-

Comment 02/06/15: For those on Cash Balance plan and entitled to the 'enhanced annuity'... YES, the rate used for the enhanced annuity is lower this year than it was in 2014. The rate of return I would have gotten on my enhanced annuity if I had started payments in 2014 would have been about 8%. In 2015 the rate of return is about 7.5%. There is also a decrease in the amount the 'enhanced' portion of the annuity contributes and the 'enhanced' portion decreases until it is 0 at age 65. Your annuity payment is calculated in part based on what year you commence taking the benefit (ie. your BCD). Other factors of course are your age and type of annuity selected etc. Sometime in November, likely mid to late in the month, the online tool will be loaded with the rates for 2016. If you use the online tool in Net Benefits late in November, you should be able to compare if your annuity payment is higher for a BCD in 2015 (ie. Dec 1, 2015) OR higher if you wait and have your BCD January 1, 2016 for example. The rates are reset each year, and you will lock in for life at whatever rate was used for the year you commence benefits (your BCD). Even if you call Nov 30 and tell them you are retiring THAT day, they have to honor the date you select, and will make payments retroactive to your BCD. I don't want to 'eat' another drop in the rate of return so I don't plan to lock in on my date until I see the 2016 rates. Do your homework in advance so you know what decisions regarding retiree benefits you need to make ie. medical, % of FHA you want to spend on premiums etc.
If you are using the online tool, you should also ensure you are lowering the future credit rate displayed to a more likely number... it defaults to 6%. I set it to 1%. This is the interest being paid on the balance of your account each year it sits there. The historic return has been laughable... closer to 1% for years now. It is critical to set this to a value based on current interest rates (near 0) to get a realistic picture of the lump sum and thus annuity payments if your planned BCD is several years out. Remember though, you will not know an exact payout until they have set the annuity rates in late November for the next year. The assumptions pdf generated when you run a scenario from Net Benefits contains a lot of detail you should read. You should also call and speak to someone and get your questions answered. You will be speaking to someone from Fidelity, NOT someone from HR or IBM. I have found they provide very straight-forward. answers. -ReadYourPlanInfo-

Comment 02/06/15: Re: AnonIbmer "Do I see a trend of IBMers just under age 55 years old getting RAed? This means they lose all of their Future Health Account, correct?"
You damn well see this trend and I am right in the sweet spot. Turning 55 in June and been at IBM for 18 years ago last NOV. I knew I was in the cross hairs and as soon as I got the unfounded PBC 3 was certain of it. When I got the urgent meeting notice with FLM I figured that the PIP thing was not the option and the "don't let the door hit you in the ass" was for sure. I figured I was on a list to save money because in June when turning 55 I was eligible for FHA. After a lot of frustration and disappointment I started going thru the package and saw something about a "Bridge to Retirement" option. It took 3 calls to the employee service center to finally get an onshore knowledgeable guy who provided me with the one little piece of good news....I can take the Bridge option (which is basically like an unpaid leave of absence but still accrues time with IBM) and it will get me from Feb 27th(my last day) thru my birthday in June until the end of that month and thereby qualifying me to be eligible for my FHA account(about 33K btw). He did day something about needing to fill out the Bridge To Retirement Form (one of many in the package) and it needed to be evaluated and approved. Hopefully not another disappointment coming because of some concocted HR loophole. Just an FYI for the large amount of us in my age group being discriminated against by being kicked out. Good luck to all of us "Sacraficial Lambs"
-Sacraficial Lamb-
Comment 02/06/15: Would someone who's already collated the RA info from this site be so kind as to present your findings in this format:
(1) Number of RAs by age, shown for each age (e.g. Age 55 - <m>; Age 56 -<n>; Age 57 - <o>), and also
(2) Number of RAs by Years of Service (e.g. 15 Yrs Service - <p>; 16 Yrs Service <u>).
If this is too much work, then could show a range (e.g. Ages 55-59, 60-54; e.g. Yrs of Service 5-9; 10-14; 15-19).
Thank you - This info would be great to see in this format! -KnowYourRights&Fight-

Comment 02/06/15: Good to know news has made it to the Senate floor. We also need to do what we can to get the news out in the public eye in every way possible. Regardless of your political leanings, try to get the word out thru whatever channels possible - such as "Open Mike Fridays" on Rush Limbaugh, where you can air whatever gripe you want. Or viewer email on various shows, such as the "Mad As Hell" segment on Bill O'Reilly. Whatever it takes to get the word of these illegal and criminal corporate acts and the politicians they buy off spread far and wide. -IBM = Idiots Become Managers-
Comment 02/06/15: IBM took a resource action of admin staff (IBM employees) who support IBM executives (Band D and Band C) of approximately 10-12%. IBM has hired full time new assistants (permanent) in Costa Rica. Here is the kicker they are asking for volunteers from the remaining assistants to train the new assistants in Costa Rica, no additional compensation. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15:
Why Ginny Rometti's pay package (and that of other CEOs) affects every taxpayer in the US. An interesting perspective.
Comment 02/06/15: If you are in the US and were laid off by IBM be sure to contact (and register at) your local Workforce Center immediately for
effective and practical assistance. To find your nearest Workforce Center start with the state map here:
Or enter the following terms in a web search engine: <YOUR_STATE> state workforce centers
Example URL search:
Example Workforce Center web sites:
North Carolina:

The "Workforce Centers" may be also called "American Job Centers."

Be sure to ask your counsler if your job loss is already covered (or might be petitioned to cover) training and assistance provided by the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA). The TAA has been providing assistance to US workers after a trade-related layoff since 2002.
Overview of the TAA program (up to two years of job training tuition, income, and supplies):

No need to wait. Contact or visit a center as soon as you receive your RA notification. -Anonymous-

Comment 02/06/15: My son graduated 1st in his class from a public ivy with a double major in Math and CS (3.95 GPA and won dept prize as top graduate). He got a master's degree from Oxford. He couldn't get an interview with IBM and I even talked with an Exec in charge of college recruiting. Skills gap, I don't think so -- although I'm sure there would have been a SALARY gap vs H1B's. -Anon2-
Comment 02/06/15: A good article on IBM recent RA. -PBC'SAJOKE-
Comment 02/06/15: -Anonymous- You don't have to sign the PBC in order for the manager to finalize it in the system. I retired at the end of 2013 after being on the T2R for 18 months. My manager asked me in December 2013 if it was OK if he gave me a 3 for 2013 since I was retiring anyway and it could help him give somebody that was staying a 2 in hopes of being able to keep that person. Of course I agreed to that since I had and still have no plans of ever going back to IBM. However, the part I didn't realize is that he never even sent me the PBC to look at, let alone sign before I retired. So, my final rating after many years of 2+'s and 1's is a 3 and I never even saw the justification that was given for it. It doesn't really matter to me but those are the kind of games played with the PBC system. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of people retiring towards the end of any year are also rated 3's either knowingly or unknowingly. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 02/06/15: Relative to H1-B visas and those RA'd because of them. From the Department of Labor, "The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that the hiring of a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. worker comparably employed" Unfortunately our Labor Secretary and President turn a blind eye. The POTUS was just in India talking to TATA and INFOSYS who are given 20,000 H1-B VISAS every year. I am afraid, many of us have little chance with IBM and our government working hand in hand to supplant US workers. -Anon-
Comment 02/06/15: "Been with IBM 1.5 years. never got a PBC, even got present RA and signed all documents, still didn't get latest PBC result."
I've been talking to people and becoming aware that there is a group out there in this 'limbo' state that haven't received their PBC ratings yet. It sounds like this poster is one of them, and was just let go without even that formality. Are there others of you that haven't received PBC ratings yet for 2014? They were supposed to be in Jan 27. Nothing like living every day and trying to work under this kind of stress. Maybe this is yet another Project Chrome tactic to stagger these firings out so they are less visible to the media and clients. -WaitingForACallFromMyManager-

Comment 02/06/15: ive been put on a pip. anyone ever heard of someone succeeding at it? any managers ever put an employee on a pip and didnt fire him? anyone know of employees that were on pips that didnt get fired (-other than employees that escalated to a peer panel.) i want to know if any realistic chance or if this is just ibms "process" to get rid of you. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: I got RA'ed in March of 2014. In my docs from IBM it stated $2500 for career training. Did others only get $1500? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: In response to Anonymous who refused to sign the PBC. It is not mandatory for you to sign it. There is an option for manager to conclude PBC without employee's signature. There is no point to appeal the PBC rating either. All rating is final and manage solely by your first and second line manager. HR is completely out of the picture. As for your stellar mid year review while you were still with GBS. IT DOESN'T COUNT! TBDM was done on 4th quarter of the year, it will be whoever your 4Q manager / organization decides your fade. (TBDM = Team Based Decision Making - group of managers deciding who gets a 3) -PBC'SAJOKE-
Comment 02/06/15: Just so I have this straight; IBM reduces the severance for PBC3 rated individuals ignoring your ratings for previous 10-15-20 yrs of service? So some of you maybe be 1 and 2+ for 15 yrs and with a 2014 PBC3, due to a change of the HR forced distribution, are now subject to half the severance? Whoever came of with that ingenious idea is scum of the earth, no doubt. I think IBM is counting on individuals not challenging this, and I get the "at will" no contract stuff. But collectively, I think you all may be able to make a little noise and perhaps even get this decision reversed. There may yet be some decent person in the exec chain that can point this out. I doubt Ginni even knows about it. This is an HR/Finance ploy to make a number and get a bonus. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: Do I see a trend of IBMers just under age 55 years old getting RAed? This means they lose all of their Future Health Account, correct? -anonIBMer-
Comment 02/06/15: Regarding the downgrading of PBCs, it is enforced by HR. HR gives SLMs and their FLMs a "distribution". The distribution now includes more 2 and 3 appraisals than ever before. It's extraordinarily unfair when you consider that after 6 years of layoffs, how could anyone be remaining except top performers? And now you are going to give them a 3? The other reason they are getting 3 appraisals - they are doing technical work when most technical work has already been moved overseas. Either way, it is a tremendous slap in the face and a deplorably damaging LIE, intended to increase attrition and unfairly justify a PIP, leading to lower severance packages. It's about money without consideration for impact to employee's confidence, self-esteem, and health. It is really stressful to be put through the 3-check PIP, and IBM is just PURE SCUM for doing this to its employees. Just give them a regular RA, but don't try to tell us that our performance is under par. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: -Leftin14- You retired, bobcat was laid off. Bobcat received 1500 as part of his layoff package. -longtimebeemer-
Comment 02/06/15: On the topic of H1B's and the supposed STEM skills gap amongst U.S. workers, check-out this Dec. 2014 slide deck from the elite big business lobbyist group of CEO's of which Ginny is an active member (
Change the Equation Survey on U.S. Workforce Skills --
Notice the title of the slide deck and the targeted questions all specifying the "U.S. Workforce." I guess when you poll the members of your own lobbyist group (& likely other elite C-Suite level folks from other companies that may not be members) on a supposed issue impacting their companies, using carefully crafted questions and then massage those results to gain sympathetic responses from the politicians you're presenting to, one can certainly see how the tweaks of the laws regarding H1B visas (allowing more, extending durations, relaxing acceptance criteria, etc.) are being pushed to occur / are occurring. For reference, another article on Business Roundtable: Why Obama, execs relished each other's company --
"To begin with, the Roundtable is the white-glove business lobby for the biggest of the big."
Comment 02/06/15: -another member- said on 02/05/15:
"The Alliance was quoted on the Senate floor today. It was about IBM's job cuts and the use of offshore workers to replace US workers."
That's great news, but please supply more details. Who was the Senator? What is the exact quote? -Gorya-
Alliance reply: The Alliance was contacted by Senator Sessions office in regard to IBM job cuts and the use of guest workers (h1b and L1 visa) to replace US workers. Lee Conrad wrote up a short report and sent it to him. Within 2 hours the Senator was on floor using the material as the debate on immigration and bringing in guest workers was being discussed.
We will put the report up on the Alliance web site. Comments in the report were from this comment section.

Comment 02/06/15: Best Stock 2015: IBM --
Remains to be seen if the author's rationales and projections bear themselves out, but don't believe anyone's willing to wager on this.
Comment 02/06/15: - reply to question about retraining. I was RA'd after 18 years of service and 54 years old in the US March 2014, part of the RA package was 26 weeks severance, bridge to retirement, matching 401K, retirement gift, letter from Ginny, Future Health Account (FHA) as part of the bridge to retirement. Also $1,500 USD for career retraining that must be used in 1 year. The program is administered through Acclaris along with some job placement services I choose not to use. They offered similar retraining funding in the 2013 layoff. So how am I listed to what IBM reports? RA'd or took early retirement by choice? No doubt, I was RA'd and would be stupid not to take the bridge to retirement. -bobcat-
Comment 02/06/15: To -Leftin14- You had to be part of a RA package to get access to the RE-TRAINING ALLOWANCE ! Where have you been the last 10 years? -Huggie-
Comment 02/06/15: "$1500 for career retraining to be used within a year" I think the older RA packages were giving out up to $2500. -anon-
Comment 02/06/15: I got a PBC 3 for the first time and no explanation was given. My manger harshly hurried me to sign it on last Tuesday, but I refused and requested for explanation. However, I received a PBC completion notification at 5:00PM without my signature. In the next morning, I was notified being RAd. Yesterday, I received my manager’s invitation to discuss the PBC. Is that supposed to be a joke? I declined his invitation and just asked him to document why I was a rating 3. My age is in the age 50’s, and have been in the current dept (SO/GTS) only for 5 months. I had a very good mid year review with GBS. Can anyone advise me why the manager wants to discuss my PBC now? Did I do the right thing to decline him? -Anonymous-
Comment 02/06/15: To 'Trying to get answers' – for any employees that join IBM as a result of an outsourcing transaction, it will depend on the terms and conditions of the outsourcing contract. If it was negotiated that your previous years would transfer as IBM service,,,then that’s the deal. However, if that was not in the contract, and only your vacation years roll-over, then it is not in the contract. You will need to go to ‘About You’ in IBM HR Website (w3) and check your SRD (Service Reference Date) or if you were re-hired, your re-hire date. Severance will be based on either SRD or re-hire date. -IBM_Pauper-
Comment 02/06/15: Does anyone know of a place where small shareholders can exchange views and perhaps join together to vote against the Directors and Ginni to express our disgust at the way they are running the Company. Under US law shareholders cannot influence the day to day running of the Company. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/05/15: Sam Palmisano got $200 million retirement package and $1 million to staff and furnish his office. I got a cheap retirement gift (worth less than $200 bucks!) and a photocopied signature of Ginni wishing me well on my retirement after 30 plus years. Cheap Bas---ds! Employees (or Resources according to IBM)need a contract also! Join the Alliance. -IBM_Pauper-
Comment 02/05/15: Fully retired from IBM in 1995. My Dad also retired after 30 years. I am forever grateful we both worked at IBM during the good golden years. I feel bad for those who work there now and those of you who had been and are about to be forced out. The IBM I worked for would never have done to the employees what is being done to you. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/05/15:
RA'd Feb 3rd
PBCs - nothing below a 2; last three 2+
31 years with IBM.
Age 54
Age discrimination? Stupid Q, but has anybody tried going to the Project Office to appeal their identification for the RA?
Comment 02/05/15: Are there any shareholder resolutions in place for this years IBM annual meeting to:
1) Withhold raises and bonuses to all executives.
2) Remove Ms. Rometty as CEO? If not, will there be? There should be. -gone in '13-
Alliance reply: No there are not. Stockholder resolutions had to be in by November 2014.

Comment 02/05/15: Has anyone noticed a significant reduction in your Pension (Annuity) calculation in 2015? Mine dropped over 5% from last year for no known reason. I am in the "new" Pension plan since I didn't meet the age requirement to stay on the old plan. THANKS! -eec-
Comment 02/05/15: The Alliance was quoted on the Senate floor today. It was about IBM's job cuts and the use of offshore workers to replace US workers. Go Alliance! -another member-
Comment 02/05/15: "We trained hard…but every time we formed up teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn that we meet any new situation by reorganizing. And a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization." ~PETRONIUS ARBITER, ROMAN WRITER AND SATIRIST, 210 B.C.~ -Exodus2007-
Comment 02/05/15: If IBM is systematically unfairly downgrading people's PBCs to get rid of them more cheaply, then either all FLMs are personally choosing to do that, or there are instructions being given. Someone reading this site will have seen those instructions. Has the union looked for a whistle blower who would hand over copies of those instructions? What would it do to IBM if the allegations of dropping people's ratings were proven? -Randroid-
Comment 02/05/15: Outsourced from Fannie Mae to IBM 10 months ago. Got RA'ed like everyone else last week. Cannot get a straight answer if my 14 years at FM will be taken as employment so I can get more then 2 weeks severance, didn't get severance from FM. My vacation got transferred over as if I worked for IBM 15 years, manager says call HR rep, HR rep said talk to manager.
Question: Can't get a straight answer and I will be gone in 7 weeks and don't know what the hell is going on, any advice? -Trying to get answers-

Comment 02/05/15: It's come to this. IBM has turned to twitter to financially engineer its stock price. -it'scometothis

Comment 02/05/15: I worked as a contractor for IBM for 2.5 years. The company is crap. I left 6 months ago. Perfect timing. Feel bad for all the folks I know over there. Not a good place to work. Hope Ginny enjoys her three vacation homes. -BarryO-
Comment 02/05/15: @bobcat - "$1500 for career retraining to be used within a year"
What $1500? I retired last year with over 30 years and am over 60. There was never any mention of it??? -Leftin14-

Comment 02/05/15: If you have been RA'd, brush up your resume and don't look back. There are plenty of opportunities at good companies if you have good experience. I left IBM in 2005 and have never had trouble finding jobs equivalent or better to what I had at IBM. It is very liberating to leave IBM. Think of the possibilities. For example, you could get a job at Oracle and start kicking IBM's a**. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/05/15: GBS / AMS India - In October 2014 all travel ready resources in my team with H1 and L1 visas were mandated to relocate to US. In some cases customer did not want to have these resources in US and IBM agreed to charge India billing rates for some time. Now it is clear that this strategy was for KT from US employees to GD landed. Also on several AMS contract GD landed resources are being assigned as DPEs with specific targets to replace other US employees on these contracts with GD landed. -landed@us-
Alliance reply: Anyone with information on the use of landed resources in IBM USA please send to
We need to push back hard on this. IBM US workers should not be fired and replaced with landed resources.

Comment 02/05/15: 3 pieces of advice for those recently RA'd:
1. Don't bother searching the IBM jobs database. I had a friend who actually found a manager who wanted to take him, but the VP killed it.
You're better off freshening up your resume and looking outside. If you really want to come back check in @ 6 mos, but expect it to be a hurdle even then.
2. If you are putting away pre-tax money to cover medical expenses, you can use your entire yearly amount, but only while you are an IBM employee. Get glasses and prescription suns; get a blood pressure machine on, but use up those funds before your last day.
IBM benefits will acknowledge this if you call (at least they did in 2012).
3. If you think you may need extra funds and already own a home, get a HELOC now, while you are still employed. Same goes for refinancing
Best of luck to you all - at least the economy is doing better. Lots of opportunity here in Seattle.
Comment 02/05/15: Hi
Here is the information for the recruiter
Hiring Project Manager, for top tier global management consulting firm, in Manhattan, to join the IT Security organization in support of multiple new initiatives to improve enterprise security controls, programs and policies across all lines of business. Hiring:

Positions are all located in Greater NY Area (northern NJ, NYC, )
For more information, call Roz Mallin at 212-993-8000 x216
Send resume to -Anonymous-

Comment 02/05/15: I left in Sept 2013 at 65 after 18 years at IBM (Research and Consulting) - no retirement plan since I just missed the cut when they changed the plan - felt that the company was no longer a place where I could feel good working. Immediately took a job at a new company - where I have been for almost 18 months and the difference is like night and day. So, just wanted to encourage people that there are still a lot of companies that value employees (as well as their customers - something I think IBM has lost ) -gone_and_glad-
Comment 02/05/15: UK Based left today , handed laptop in and asked systems guy how many had been returned today due to redundancy. Considering this is a small site he said 30 and this was at 10am in the morning. Also had to queue at reception with various people handing in passes and company car keys. Glad to get out , hope I am wrong for those left but I can imagine switching on the news some time and IBM will be down the pan. GLAD TO BE GONE.COM -Gladtogo-
Comment 02/05/15:
Good news for UAW union workers at Ford:
Good news for IBM workers: None
-Dave G-
Comment 02/05/15: To Happy to Be Gone - I left IBM on my own. About 3 months after I left I got a letter stating that I owed them around 500 usd. One month letter I got another letter. This time they said I owed more. I called them and in my case the reason was taxes they did not collect. Honestly speaking I did not believe it. I considered not paying, but in the end I came to the conclusion that it was not worth the headache. So I told them I would pay them, but in monthly payments of 10 usd. They agreed to that. -Blue Never Again-
Comment 02/05/15: From an earlier question - RA'd in March 2014. Yes with 18 years of service and bridge to retirement at 55 later in 2014, I am eligible for the FHA. The FHA is not all that great, you have to have and be able to prove fulltime healthcare insurance coverage with no gaps in coverage until you use the FHA at some time in the future. You can only use the FHA for IBM insurance, no ACA (Obamacare)or non-IBM plans can be paid for with FHA funds. I suspect the FHA will pay for a year of IBM coverage at best. I also received my retirement gift of Maui Jim sunglasses, $1500 for career retraining to be used within a year and Ginny's congratulations letter. Not a bad package overall considering they do not have to give you anything, but it still sucks after 18 years often with zero pay raises and looking for a new job at 55.
I even had to take a cut in base pay from a base salary with no bonus to base salary with a bonus plan, if you do that a few times in your career, switching back and forth you make less base pay after years of service than when you started since you have to give up 10% of your base pay each time you switch to a bonus plan. All I have seen in 18 years was cuts in benefits constantly, with no upside.
Comment 02/05/15: Been with IBM 1.5 years. never got a PBC, even got present RA and signed all documents, still didn't get latest PBC result. Reason: outdated skill, actually, it's not, very hot in the market. I'm tired of IBM... Good time to go. Management is crab... -Anonymous-
Comment 02/05/15:
RAed on 2/28
PBC 3 for the first time (unexpected and no proper explanation), previous two PBCs 2+
Div 1G
Seven and half years with IBM
51 years old -BrightFutureAhead
Comment 02/05/15: My stomach fell this morning when I heard about the massive layoffs at IBM. I gave my all to IBM for 14 years, I let my job define me. I was part of the March 2014 RA. It was same MO recieved my first 3 PBC. In my years of IBM I never had below a 2+ and mostly hit 1's. Overnight, it felt like I went from great leader to nothing. I was called at 5:30 AM on a Friday morning and read a script that I was part of the RA. I was hired in as a B9, 58 at the time of my RA and had 13 years logevity. Do the math - I know it was age decrimination. I know what IBMers are going through I was broken and devasted. Please reach out to me if I can help you in any way! There are certain things I found out by lving the nightmare of IBM HR and being involved in an RA. I would have filed a complaint but thought IBM had all law actions covered by giving me a 3. I know right now you are feeling many emtions but - There is life after IBM -- Believe me! -Gina M-
Comment 02/05/15: TELL YOUR STORY to the press... Contact the reporter TEKLA Perry at Let's not let IBM senior management get away with laying off thousands and then compensating themselves with huge bonus and raises! Include things like paying 401K matches on Dec 15 and them laying off people in Q3, giving unreasonable objectives which can't me accomplished, making up lies about a person's character or actions to give IBM reason to FIRE you so that they won't have to honor what's been promised like 401K match, unused vacation, the list goes on and on! It's an opportunity to UNITE TOGETHER! Join the ALLIANCE and they will help you!
Comment 02/04/15: -bobcat- Did you get the FHA? Appears based on your age and years of service criteria you will not. So I say your not retirement eligible from IBM. -anonymous-
Comment 02/04/15:
Notified 01/28/2015
Div 07 - GTS - SO
Age 63
Project Manager
PBC 2+ or 1 for many years prior, now 2.
Standard package. -Ghost of TJW
Comment 02/04/15:
Gee, this looks familiar; A company replaces IT workers with foreign H1B holders.
Comment 02/04/15: @Anonymous. Please provide contact information for your headhunter friend looking for IT Specialists in tri-state. Thanks! -On the list-
Comment 02/04/15:
PBC 3 for the first time expected 2+
Div 16
Nine years with IBM
56 years old -Of the fallen
Comment 02/04/15: An employer is looking for people- If you find any interested friends or colleagues, please direct them to me at either or They can also call me on my cell 774.245.9590 or.. try me on LinkedIn. Good luck to everyone... There is life after IBM ... take it from me! I am much happier and healthier!!! -AZ-
Comment 02/04/15:
I've gone through and crunched the Jan/Feb claims as reported on this forum.

Approx. 110 forced-layoff/retire/termination actions have been posted herein. Let's assume these are legitimate claims from non-falsified humans.
There are two ways of crunching the data: including won't-disclose-age/tenure, or excluding won't-disclose age/tenure.

Including won't-disclose, 50.9% of cuts are less-than-20-yrs of service.
Including won't-disclose, 16.4% of cuts are 20-to-30-yrs of service.
Including won't-disclose, 14.5% of cuts are 30-to-40-yrs of service.

Including won't-disclose, 48.2% of cuts are age-40-or-younger.
Including won't-disclose, 2.7% of cuts are age-40-to-50.
Including won't-disclose, 40% of cuts are age-50-or-older.

Excluding won't-disclose, 62.2% of cuts are less-than-20-yrs of service.
Excluding won't-disclose, 20% of cuts are 20-to-30-yrs of service.

Excluding won't-disclose, 17.8% of cuts are 30-to-40-yrs of service.

Excluding won't-disclose, 9.6% of cuts are age-40-or-younger.
Excluding won't-disclose, 5.8% of cuts are age-40-to-50.
Excluding won't-disclose, 84.6% of cuts are age-50-or-older.

It is, of course, a non-rigorous statistical sample. But I'd say there is blatant evidence of age discriminatory action here. Reaching legal remuneration will be difficult if not impossible. Beware employers who engage in such practices. -SimpleMath
Comment 02/04/15: Just a clarification for the folks saying they "...know IBM is losing money, but..."
IBM is NOT losing money; rather, their profit dropped to a measly $14.8 BILLION. So yeah, they lost $600M in profits (which also happens to be the charge they took for "restructuring"), but they did not lose actual money, they just made slightly less.
-Still Scared-
Comment 02/04/15: I was blindsided with a PBC rating of "3". Fortunately for me, I moved to a different group/division in October ..out of GBS. My new manager was able to go to HR and get it changed to a "2". So I eeked this one out. I had a perfectly good review midyear in July with GBS. I have never been more than a 2+ and even a 1. This was mind numbing and hurtful to my core. I work and always have worked over the top for IBM. I cannot believe that I'd get caught up in something as vindictive as this. Its not fair and its not right. I am not an under-performer. What I am is over 55 and a target. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/04/15: To -anon- regarding "will there be restriction on future hiring" - two things:
1) there is a report that your manager fills out for HR that will indicate whether or not he/she recommends that you be eligible to be rehired if you should apply for a position after leaving IBM. A "no" answer will block you from being rehired. You can ask your manager what they have put down for you when you sign-off on receiving your RA package - it is up to them whether or not they tell you.
2) not sure if it is true for this RA, but in 2013 there was astipulation in the RA package that if you returned to work for IBM, either by being directly hired by IBM or by a third-party agency, that you would pay back part of your severance payment (e.g. if you received 6 months severance and returned to IBM after 4 months, you would need to repay 2 month's severance). The phrase "third-party agency" was interpreted to mean that even if you returned as a contractor (not sure if that was a correct interpretation or not though). -OutIn2013
Comment 02/04/15: Looks like IEEE Spectrum is wanting to write an article about our plight and the dastardly moves by IBM. Their previous one from the other day was very good and did not mince words. They are asking for folks to email them with your stories:
Looks like Rometty's approval rating on is still stuck at 48%. We've moved the thermometer here for memberships (not enough!), let's keep trying to move her 'rating' down as she has done for so many of us. I'm hoping that this doesn't turn out like all the other times, people get all scared, congregate here, get all angry, then the 'survivors' just wipe their brow, say "whew" and go away until next time. Do something this time! Join here, this organization is fighting for us! Stand up to someone who doesn't value you one whit, and is pulling down millions of dollars for taking down a great institution and ruining lives. Sadly, the traffic here is already down. But, there are rumors that the RA's may be a monthly event now, so don't go too far. Well the stock is up, the financial machine driven by greedy, filthy rich people is showing it's approval that all us low-life schmucks got laid off and the CEO was rewarded. Do something! Don't just bend over and take it... -WaitingForACallFromMyManager
Comment 02/04/15: The IBM plan for US employees over most of the last decade has been to incrementally make the workplace a worse and worse place, hoping that people will get fed up and leave on their own, thus saving them severance pay packages. What they didn't count on, however, is that the vast majority of the people they brought in thru outsourcing agreements were already top performers, and, regardless of the miserable treatment at IBM, still have pride in their work, and a sense of responsibility to the customer, so they worked the 80 hour weeks, reworked the terrible code from offshore even though offshore got all the credit, covered for offshore at every turn, and still did a great job. Some folks left, but some folks may have had family, obligations, etc, that did not allow them to just pick up and move to another state at the drop of a hat following another job. But there comes a point when IBM has pushed all they can, and the best performers (and, by association, usually the highest-paid) wouldn't quit and leave on their own (often because of a clause in the contract that says you can't go back to work for who you contracted to for 6 months) - so they found another loophole - give the 3's, make up reasons why, or saddle them with completely unrealistic and unattainable goals, so you can fire them and withhold all or part of the severance package. Oh, and give some of them the package, and also fire a few younger ones or put them on PIP, so you can argue that wasn't really the case. Would be interesting to find out in a couple months, how many of the older/higher-paid people put on a PIP were"unable" to meet the requirements for continued employment vs how many of the younger/lower-paid ones WERE "able" to improve.....??? -IBM = Idiots Become Managers-
Comment 02/04/15: -Maxwell Smart- IBM has been practicing age discrimination ever since Lou became CEO. In relation to this issue, IBM is an "At Will Employer" and they can fire anyone they wish without just cause. IBM's attitude is "sue us, employee", but you have no grounds for a law suit. This is why IBM is in need of a union. They do not care about you as an employee, You are just head count on a sheet of paper who can be discarded at any time. Any person who works for IBM today should be looking for other employment. You have no protection without a employee contract union. Days of respect for the individual are long gone in IBM. -ANA-
Comment 02/04/15: A friend of mine is a head hunter looking to hire IT specialist in the tri state area. How can I get the word out to those folks who have been RA'd because some of the folks might benefit? ....Trying to help -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: You just did. Check back here for replies, and please leave an email address we can publish.
Comment 02/04/15: It is age discrimination and here is how you can see it for yourself. Scroll through this forum and view the comments where people who were RA'd posted their positions, age, pbc rating and other information. Now search the public IBM job posting site for those same positions like Architect, Project Manager, SAP, or any other. You will see that there are a number of open jobs in the US for every position that just had RA's. So why wouldn't IBM look to fill these open positions with experienced people from the company?? Its because IBM wants the older, higher salaried people out. This is the public jobs site: and if that doesn't work go to and search for jobs. -Maxwell Smart-
Comment 02/04/15: To Alliance. I heard shortly after the 28th that IBM is bringing in 900 landed resources, currently in the process of finalizing their H1-Bs.. -done ibm-
Comment 02/04/15: I have been RAed and my last date is 2/27.If I accept the severence package,will there be restriction on future hiring .I definitely don't want to be back in the blue zoo again but still hopeful the morons at the top will be replaced at the top and this company will be good again in future.5 years service.2+ ratings all along except 2 this time.GBS is the unit I work.Manager never interact with me each year except when it's time to give my PBC.What a pathetic people this company is full of now. -Anon-
Comment 02/04/15: To -Sacraficial Lamb- about Lump Sum Severance ... When my wife was RAed, she received two hardcopy checks at her close out. Her last pay check and severance. I heard (but didn't know anyone in this camp) that for remote folks, they needed to send their equipment in first. 401k loan repayment would be setup with Fidelity. -Anon-
Comment 02/04/15: I was RA'd March 2014 after 18 years at IBM at 54 years old, with 26 weeks severance, bridge to retirement when I turned 55 later in the year. I wonder if I was considered to be RA'd or Retired Early since I got the Ginny congratulations retirement letter? Yeah Right !! I asked to be put on the Lenovo list since I spent 80% of my time on System x but they said no since I was not a System x resource funded by System x they could not move me. IBM sent me a bill in August after I was gone for about 5 months for about $21.00 that appeared to be a monthly bill, after several back and forth calls over several days asking for the details I finally paid it. They said is could have been anything over the 18 years and that made no sense. Once again their mistake in accounting as something was not done correct. Never got a specific answer, but they spent hours trying to track down the details of about $21.00. Interesting to see the job openings on usually during layoffs the jobs are frozen and you can not transfer to another position. IBM wants more H1B workers because there is no talent in the US - makes no sense. -bobcat-
Comment 02/04/15: For those of you concerned about possible age or gender discrimation in the latest RA it only takes one of you to file a complaint with the EEOC. The EEOC will force IBM is provide the age and gender demographics for the latest RA. Don't wait for someone else to file the EEOC claim just go ahead and do it yourself. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/03/15: for non ibmer s reading really are seeing what ibm folks talk about every day...the only place employees are open IS on the alliance website.. in ibm s social connections its all just suck ups posting comments when Ginni holds a session..and execs blogging their fingers off now to look like they understand agile, mobile. and social. -dunbelievin-
Comment 02/03/15: To -Happy To Be Gone-: I've been with IBM 10 years and have never received 1 cent in pay raises. And several 3's. Despite (as I mentioned in a previous post) always being rated as a very top outstanding performer by the company/boss I contract to. Haven't had a single penny bonus for the last 3 years either, will have to see what happens this March. Also, last year, approx 75 people in our org were let go, based on age/salary, apparently. They started with Band 8's, and it was pretty much consistent with the oldest & highest paid being terminated. -IBM = Idiots Become Managers-
Comment 02/03/15:
Word is starting to spread in the media; this site seems to be quoted extensively. There are even some comments about age being a factor the the RA. Let's see how far this progresses in the media. -was4blue
Comment 02/03/15: Does anyone know how bad the CyberSecurity & Privacy (CS&P) sector got affected? I wouldn't mind getting a 6 month severance and getting another security job that actually gives raises every year :) -an0n-
Comment 02/03/15: IBM 8-K SEC filings on Aug. 28 show Rometty (or her proxies) executed 32 sales of IBM stock on Aug. 27, selling some 26,113 shares at an average value of $191.74 for a $5 million gain. On the same day, Rometty purchased 27,678 shares of IBM stock at an average cost of $96.73, making her net take on the day about $2.3 million. This CEO is so corrupt, this is unbelievable. This BS must stop in IBM/ We are in desperate need of union. She lays off thousands of people while she makes millions. She is a crook and is full of greed. -ANA-
Comment 02/03/15: This raise for the IBM CEO is nothing less than an ABSOLUTE kick in the face and onto the ground for all the IBM employees,ex employees who have sacrificed SO MUCH and have seen their salaries cut, benefits cut, pensions cut, even tens of thousands of jobs cuts...Lord knows God knows, what goes around comes around....When the business continues to fail as it has been, there will be big changes at the top...and VERY soon. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/03/15: Have been told I'm "resourced" with last day at IBM being 2/27/15. It's a relief. I don't have to be silent any more. Shame on me for doing so! I have seen managers hit employees, and then C&A team buried the complaint. I've been bullied myself, have evidence of poor air quality and soil issues around Fishkill that link to the cancer cell allegations. Heard directly from a VP about the contamination in the soil which stopped IBM's interest in building a child care center in the area. Heard directly from an exec who was told she should not have children if she wanted her career to continue. Oh, there are so many stories. As for me, I am a disabled American with a mentally ill child. This goes to show that IBM management cares nothing about their fellow humans. They care only about themselves and money. Oh --- I met and exceeded all my performance commitments in 2014 and was rated 3. Will not sign off on that. I will sleep better at night NOT being an IBMer. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/03/15: I have another unbelieveable tale- after being 'forced' to retire almost 7 months ago... IBM sends me a letter stating that I owe them $530.00 ... ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!... I have been going back and forth asking the Payroll people to show me details as to why I owe them $534.00...They keep sending me letters stating that they overpaid me on my 401K match... With Ginni getting 3.6M in BONUS and a 16% raise they can't write off $534 even if it was their mistake!!! You wonder why the company is in the mess they are in...They are paying someone to send these letters and waste alot of time for $530.00!!! They also kept 20 days of unused vacation which they did not pay. Has anyone gotten these types of notifications after leaving the company?? Also, by the way what was the highest pay raise you ever received... Most of my raises were 3 to 4% ...Once in the mid 1980s I got a 10% in the good old days!!! Signed -Happy to be Gone-
Comment 02/03/15: The word keeps getting out -anon
Comment 02/03/15: "So, let me get this right, Ginny fails miserably to achieve her promised $20 EPS and she is rewarded with $3.6m and a 6.7% increase in pay, meanwhile those who have been working their arses off get PBC's lower than ever, or RA'd ? Is IBM about to go bankrupt? -anon-"
IBM already is morally bankrupt.
Comment 02/03/15: Question About Lump Sum Severance. To anyone that had the misfortune of going through a recent does that actually work? How long after your "final day" of employment does it actually take IBM to pay you the money? Weeks, months? I am trying to sort all this package stuff out and need to begin planning for things I need to paying back the outstanding 401k loan balance, signing up for the 6 month Health Coverage etc etc. Thanks in advance for any real-word experience/advice offered. -Sacraficial Lamb-
Comment 02/03/15: To the -anonymous- who asked me "how many weeks of severance does the separation package provide for 16+ years of IBMer?" Depends on the separation package: The full one, which you'll only get for an RA, is one week for every 6 months of service, maximum 26 weeks; the minimized package is one week for every year, maximum 13 weeks. For 16 years you'll get the maximum. Transitional medical coverage is the same for both packages: 3 months for < 5 years of service, 6 months for 5 to < 25 years, 1 year for 25+ years. -Survivor-
Comment 02/03/15: I cringe every time I hear someone say they don’t want a union, "because it gives the lazy employees an excuse not to work".
Well what about companies that don’t have a union and gives the “Good Ole Boys” an excuse to hire and cover their friends that aren’t qualified for the job and don’t do any work?
Before IBM bought us, our company did not have a union and I saw innocent people fired for no reason except they didn’t like them.
The year I was let go we had one of the "good ole boys" being protected from upper management, moved into our dept, and after we were let go they moved this person again.
This employee made well over 100K while other employees made about 38K and were busting their rear-ends while this guy sat there or took walks.
The "good ole boy" at one time, was our manager, who couldn’t do the job (per his own words) so they moved him to another dept. so he didn’t have to do anything.
Hopefully this story will even get more people to join the union; membership should be going through the roof.
Anyone who was not affected by the RA’s this time: Don’t think it’s over. Your time will be next and for the areas or cities not affected it will be coming and you need to make your voices heard. Enough is enough! -Gone in 2013
Comment 02/03/15: My wife has been notified of her last day. She has worked there for almost 25 years. The max she can get is 6 months of salary. Last few years have been been hell for her on how many hours these f*****s ask her to put every week. So regardless that we'll be facing a challenge I'm glad it's over. I'm also happy that I quit IBM 21 years back. Things will continue to get worse for sure. -JC-
Comment 02/03/15: So, let me get this right, Ginny fails miserably to achieve her promised $20 EPS and she is rewarded with $3.6m and a 6.7% increase in pay, meanwhile those who have been working their arses off get PBC's lower than ever, or RA'd ? Is IBM about to go bankrupt? -anon-
Comment 02/03/15: -Be Free Eh- I believe the DTIRA form is a way to shelter some of the severance from taxes by putting it towards any unused RRSP contribution room you may have. I also think it has to be in with your signed package as it is sent to HR, and they would shuffle that money to your financial institution rather than tax it and pay out the remaining amount to you. Hope this helps. Best of luck! -Anonymous-
Comment 02/03/15: Saw this Los Angeles Times article this evening:
Very interesting read. The headline will immediately grab your attention: "IBM redefines failure as 'success,' gives underachieving CEO huge raise"

Also, in my previous post I neglected to include my age...I am 2 months shy of my 58th birthday, Band 8, and have been with IBM for 12 years. PBCs always 2 or 2+...never able to get the elusive 1 despite
utilization rates consistently well above defined targets. Received RA notice on 1/28, and I'm being replaced by a Landed Resource strictly for financial reasons...margins aren't large enough to
continue to pay for a US Band 8 "Resource" and still pay Ginni and her Inner Circle their huge bonuses and stock options for doing a lousy job.
Offshoring of jobs is no longer a concern for US workers...the new concern is being replaced by the "Landed Resource". I guess replacing a US citizen with a "Landed Resource" still qualifies as a US employee
for accounting purposes...and the "Landed Resource" costs IBM less in the long-run so G.R.E.E.D. wins again...Ginni Rometty Ensures Employee Demise.
The beginning of the end for this once great company was when "People" became nothing more than a "Resource". Watson is turning in his grave. -GinniOnlyCaresAboutEPS
Alliance reply: Yes, the use of landed resources is a concern and we are trying to find out how deep it is in IBM. Anyone with information on the use of landed resources especially when there have been job cuts, please let us know.
Comment 02/03/15: In preparation for job searching after being whacked last week, I downloaded a salary survey, which offered other whitepapers for download. One of those was an example of IBM hypocrisy at it's finest...a paper published by IBM on the importance of employees in this changing market. Summary:
"The essential bridge between an organization and its customers is the workforce. The ability to engage, develop, recognize and support
employees will be critical in the decisive battle for customer loyalty. It is employees who represent the organization's brand in the market, who interact with customers on a daily basis, who analyze
changes in customer preferences and who develop and maintain the technologies that help connect the physical and digital worlds. And, therefore, a motivated and properly prepared workforce will be
indispensable for success in the customer-activated world. "
Link to download: -Another RA over age 50-
Comment 02/03/15: To - Anonymous- "Ive worked at IBM for just over 5 years and have been given my first 3 and on a PIP, no package offered (but after reading all this Im going to go back and ask). I did not put a response to the PBC, but am wondering how long we have to request a review and how do we even ask for one if we can once it is submitted? The review process isnt listed anywhere, if anyone knows how id appreciate if they can post."
There isnt anymore PBC review process by an independent 3rd party, or the HR. Everything is manage by first and second line managers. -HRP
Comment 02/03/15: To -Survivor-, how many weeks of severance does the separation package provide for 16+ years of IBMer?
To the -Anonymous- who asked "does anyone know if our medical insurance will cover us through the end of the year if we get let go after our PIP"? If you get a separation package, you'll get transitional medical coverage for 6 months, since you've been at IBM for more than 5 years (same deal for both the minimized and full package). That means you'll pay the same rate you're paying now for medical for 6 months, after which you can pay the much higher COBRA rate for another year (if you can't get a better deal elsewhere). Note that this is only for medical, you have to pay the full group rate for dental and vision if you want those. If you don't get a package, you'll get no transitional medical coverage, but I believe you'll still have access to the COBRA rate for 18 months. You and anyone else on a PIP should press your manager for details on what happens if you fail. Your manager is supposed to document your specific goals and what happens at the end of the PIP. I've been led to believe that people on a PIP will get the package if they fail, but I wouldn't count on that unless you get it in writing from your manager. -Survivor- -anonymous
Comment 02/02/15: My last nine performance ratings (starting with 2014 and going backwards) 2,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1. Band 8 IT architect with 41+ years. FWIW time to move on, feel sorry for the ones left behind, they have no hope of delivering service. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/02/15: Funny how Ginni thinks it's a great use of the corporation's money to buy back her shares. Warren B, you might want to ask her about that. If you look around the room and don't see the mark - you ARE the mark. -anon-
Comment 02/02/15: To -Kicked In The Stomach- I've got PBC 3 and been put to PIP too without any packages. For those of you who got the standard package, what does it mean? How many weeks of severance the standard package would provide for 16+ years of hard working for IBM? -anonymous-
Comment 02/02/15: I got my RA notice on Wednesday. I'm 57, 10 years with IBM. I was not surprised as I knew I would be the one to have my role move to a lower cost location. I'm a Band 8 financial analyst in STG and it's a relief for me to know I am leaving. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/02/15: Look at this article written in 2004 by someone that was RA'ed back then. Also read the Reader's Comments portion (only a few are there, but represent the vast majority of the comments that were submitted). Not much has changed (except for perhaps getting worse)... -OutIn2013-
Comment 02/02/15: To the -Anonymous- who asked "does anyone know if our medical insurance will cover us through the end of the year if we get let go after our PIP"? If you get a separation package, you'll get transitional medical coverage for 6 months, since you've been at IBM for more than 5 years (same deal for both the minimized and full package). That means you'll pay the same rate you're paying now for medical for 6 months, after which you can pay the much higher COBRA rate for another year (if you can't get a better deal elsewhere). Note that this is only for medical, you have to pay the full group rate for dental and vision if you want those. If you don't get a package, you'll get no transitional medical coverage, but I believe you'll still have access to the COBRA rate for 18 months. You and anyone else on a PIP should press your manager for details on what happens if you fail. Your manager is supposed to document your specific goals and what happens at the end of the PIP. I've been led to believe that people on a PIP will get the package if they fail, but I wouldn't count on that unless you get it in writing from your manager. -Survivor-
Comment 02/02/15: "In late August 2014, Rometty sold or exercised options on roughly $6.7M worth of stock valued around $192 per share".
Insider trading? Naw! The SEC is a joke as a regulation agency. It's is like the casino regulatory commissions. Ginni just gets good financial professional advice for tax planning for free ad well to pull this off. Gee, and that $6.7M bonus figure. Coincidence?
Comment 02/02/15: Good move by our Indian friends... -indiait
Comment 02/02/15: This is just incredible The IBM board of directors did a huge favor for mediocre CEOs the world over on Friday by announcing (quietly) that it has granted Chairman and Chief Executive Virginia Rometty a $3.6-million bonus for 2014 and a $13.3-million stock incentive award payable in 2018. She's also getting a 6.7% bump in her base salary, to $1.6 million from $1.5 million.. All of us IBM employees are totally getting the shaft being employed by IBM. Join the union asap. -ANA-
Comment 02/02/15: Hopefully after reading this it will encourage more people to join the Alliance. In 2013 I was RA’D I was rated as a 1 on my PBC. Everyone including my idiot of a manager (who was new) came to me for answers. My manager made fun of everyone and enjoyed going after employees; she even pulled and employees work cell phone and found out a possible affair an employee was having with a manager. Six months after she got rid of 4 people all in their 50’s and 60’s in her dept she left. I heard she is now a pastor what a joke. IBM bought us from another company and our severance was grandfathered in for 2 years. After the 2 years was up we were RA’d which means we only got 5 weeks’ severance and 1 person got 1 week severance. It doesn’t matter what is on your PBC they are just getting rid of old timers; Age discrimination “YES”. I’m seeing the membership going up, but it should be going through the roof. One thing I did was file the petition with Trade/TRA and I got my 2 years of college paid for free. I did make sure I kept notes and gave Trade in Washington DC all the dirty things IBM had did. BTW a couple of months after I left I had a lawyer call and talk to me about IBM and China I told them anything I knew, but that was very little. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell everything you know after you are RA’D. People in numbers can move mountains and please spread the word to join the Alliance IBM. -Gone in 2013-
Comment 02/02/15: More scathing coverage on Ginni's bonus .. maybe all the negative PR will have an effect on BOD and stockholders: -Anonymous
Comment 02/02/15: IBM redefines failure as 'success,' gives underachieving CEO huge raise -JustSaying
Comment 02/02/15: It will be interesting to see if there is any fallout from shareholders and or employees with regard to Rometty's pay increase. I'm hopeful this will be seen as unacceptable by both and stock will either drop and/or employees will simply walk away from their work until something is done. -Mike-
Comment 02/02/15: Interesting article in the LA Times today about how "IBM redefines failure as 'success,' gives underachieving CEO enormous raise." -ibmphantom-
Comment 02/02/15: In late August 2014, Rometty sold or exercised options on roughly $6.7M worth of stock valued around $192 per share. By mid-October, IBM stock was at $162. Isn't insider trading like this illegal? Stockholders should be outraged. Further, stockholders should be outraged that the IBM Board of Directors gave Ms. Rometty a raise and bonus. Class action suit anyone? -Ex-Blue-
Comment 02/02/15: 4900 laid off in US in total, including myself -Gone-
Alliance reply: Thank you for the information. We have been hearing it was close to 5000 notified. Sorry for your job loss.
Comment 02/02/15: I think I speak for ALL IBMers today when I ask how can Ginny look at herself in the mirror? GTFO Ginny! RA'd in Atlanta after 34 years -Anonymous-
Comment 02/02/15: Rometty is running the company just the way Warren Buffett wants it run and as specified by her employment CONTRACT. That’s why she is getting rewarded. IBM (now) is nothing but a big pyramid scheme with the pyramid inverted … fewer on the bottom … more on the top. Picture it like a spinning top. When it runs out of inertia … it will topple. The ones on the bottom will be crushed. The ones on the top will jump off with their golden parachutes. -Blue Knight-
Comment 02/02/15: Another good IBM article from WRAL -anon
Comment 02/02/15: I just paid to become a full voting member. For the amount that I have been on this website over the past couple of months I feel that it is the right thing to do to support. Notice the lack of any sort of reporting in the news on this event. Is the news media in IBM's back pocket? Shouldn't someone be picking this up and reporting on it? Someone other than a local college TV station? Am I a little bitter with being a 50 + individual being let go while the mid-20 year old new hires kept their jobs? Yes, you betcha!!! -GTS - PM-
Alliance reply: First of all thank you for joining the Alliance. As far as media reports, google Alliance@IBM or IBM job cuts and you will see lots of coverage.
Comment 02/02/15: Would someone please explain to me how IBM has gotten away with not filing anything in the WARN system? -GTS - PM-
Alliance reply: IBM has been playing this game for years. The WARN notifications are local and IBM keeps the number of cuts at a given time under the threshold limit per resource action.
We used to rely on the RA packs that IBM gave to terminated workers that list the age/title.number cut at a given business unit. They no longer do that. We need sources inside IBM that know the cuts to let us know. Help break the secrecy.

Comment 02/02/15: To -Kicked In The Stomach- I've never heard of your situation either. It's bad even by IBM standards. With no package, you would have nothing to lose by suing. Either find a lawyer on your own, or join Alliance (if you aren't already a member) and use the lawyer referral service through Union Plus. Please let us know what the lawyer says. -Gorya-
Comment 02/02/15: Ive worked at IBM for just over 5 years and have been given my first 3 and on a PIP, no package offered (but after reading all this Im going to go back and ask). I did not put a response to the PBC, but am wondering how long we have to request a review and how do we even ask for one if we can once it is submitted? The review process isnt listed anywhere, if anyone knows how id appreciate if they can post.
Also does anyone know if our medical insurance will cover us through the end of the year if we get let go after our PIP (I have medical conditions which I need it for and am unsure how to proceed if I get let go)...
I feel like my management is completing lacking of any direction and are only retaining the people who choose to be yes men instead of the actual talent and looking to replace us with cheaper labor. I look around and the only ones left are the ones that never challenge the direction because something can be done a better way or always do what they are told.
Comment 02/02/15: Got my call last Wed along with everyone else. Aged 59, 36 years IBM service, all in GTS teams (and their many alphabet predecessors), my last PBC rating a 2 after 1s & 2+ over the rest of the years at IBM. Numerous 100% Clubs, Golden Circle & even CEO Awards. None of that mattered at all at the end of the day. I know I am in a better space than a lot of the people on the site as this is not the IBM I joined in 1979. So I am ready to go with head held high anyway. I just want to wish everyone affected by this the best of luck and remind them not to define themselves by this RA process. They are far better than this. In my time I have worked with some incredibly talented and inspirational people at IBM, probably some of the people who have already commented on this site !! One thing I remember well was the guy that gave me my first managers role in 1989. He refused to use the term "resource" and used to fine us $1 if we used it in meetings. He always said "they have names, or collectively they are our people and we will use one of those descriptions from now on". So I will say to our people (still in fear of the fine), move on when the time is right for you to do so, and to leave this life lesson in the rear view mirror, for you are so much better than this. For the people who remain, good luck, but I would consider joining the Alliance in some form to protect yourselves. You will need an effective tool in your arsenal sometime soon. I have never felt the need to join one, and now its too late, but the last few years has taught me that this is a ruthless world and exec team. The timing of the pay raise, $3.6M bonus and a bucket full of shares after missing the targets and you walk with 6 months pay or less speaks volumes! The bodies are not even cold so to speak. I found out about this site from a colleague a few months ago and have been watching the last few weeks with interest as the thing unraveled. I will make a donation to the site. Thanks and Goodbye -Readytomoveon-
Comment 02/02/15: To all IBMers there should be an SEC investigation in relation to the last three CESOs dumping their stocks and options before a missive downsizing. These CEOS and greedy and corrupt individuals. This company is need of new management board of directors and a new CEO. These people have destroyed the lives of descent and hardworking IBM employees and their families since Lou Gerstner became CEO. Without a strong union, this type of treatment and insult to the intelligence of IBMERs will continue. -ANA-
Comment 02/02/15: This is how I see it: We can leave or we can organize for a contract. But before choosing to leave, consider this: The situation we are facing is much bigger than just us. Our company is positioning itself to be an HR "thought leader". The same analytics and tools that are being used to surgically select terminations here will be rolled out to other companies quickly. No worker will be safe anywhere under this insane treatment of human resources as "just-in-time inventory". -AFellowPeasant-
Comment 02/02/15: I don't understand my fellow employees! Another round of firings and an announcement of the CEO's compensation and yet only 43 new Alliance members since the beginning of December. I would expect to see thousands joining after last week. I'm still employed by IBM after a very long career and I'm glad I'm approaching the end of that career. I just hope I can hang in there long enough to retire on my terms. Come on IBM'ers, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? -Long time IBMer-
Comment 02/02/15: All agreements between IBM and NY have copious loopholes. Remember that IBM and the State of NY are in bed together and that corruption is commonplace for both. In NY, some have gotten caught by Preet Bharara, but Joe Bruno and others have gotten away with it and perhaps Sheldon Silver will as well. Same goes for much of IBM's upper management. -Ex-Blue-
Alliance reply: Whatever the case, IBM workers need to focus on unifying and gathering momentum to fight back for THEIR voice in the workplace. Organize and build unity among IBM US workers.
Comment 02/02/15: hi -Anony-, thanks for your support. I am in AIM SWG. In all my 20+ years w IBM, I've never heard of anyone in my situation: NO package offered - just the PIP. So disgusting. -Kicked In The Stomach-
Comment 02/02/15: I feel deeply for the all employees who are either remaining or RA'ed. IBM is hell to work for, though it's heaven for top management to achieve their personal greed while slaughtering the people who work hard to provide family a decent life. I left IBM on my own terms in 2013 after refusing a new retention and having to repay the company a retention I was given in 2012. I became sick of this retention crap. Retention is a cheap way to keep employees while not raising their salaries and benefits. My family has been happier than ever since I left this grave. Should IBM value good employees, it should raise their salaries instead of drip-feeding them year by year with retentions. Ahh, our mighty Ginni just got a *proper* recognition including a nice pay raise and millions in bonus. I *hope* Ginni can sleep well receiving such perks by shedding the blood of the hundreds of thousands *resources* working hard to survive. While typing this, I kinda realized the logic of *performance reward* IBM follows - whoever manages to sink the ship the fastest gets rewarded the most. No wonder why Ginni and her close acquaintances are getting bloated wallets. Good job! IBM management will no doubt achieve target - sinking the once legendary IBM ship to the very bottom of the deep *blue* sea. Sigh!!! -Resurrected_From_Hell-
Comment 02/02/15: In 1981 when I joined IBM, it was the company every college graduate wanted to work for... Look where it is now in the ranking...bad management and leadership! -Ex IBMer-
Comment 02/02/15: -CanadianSeverance- Great article! Still trying to get some advice before the deadline to return the papers.
On a different note, any *Canadians* know what is that "Direct Transfer of an 'Ineligible' Retiring Allowance" (DTIRA) form is for? And how to calculate the max amount? Do we need to return that form before the same deadline to accept the offer? Thanks in advance! -Be Free Eh
Comment 02/01/15: We lost at least 4 good people in the Phoenix-Metro area. But, on top of the insulting bonuses that Virginia Rometty is getting, want to get good and angry? Look at the trading:
She and the rest of the C-levels KNEW this was coming and dumped while they could!
She lines her, and her hand-picked minions', pockets with money that could have saved good people's livlihoods:
Listen, we all know business is about profit. IBM has been losing money. Obviously, something had to be done. But when you lay off thousands, and then stick $3.6 million in bonuses, and dump millions in sold stock into your bank account, something is gravely wrong with the leadership of the company.
Comment 02/01/15: Well surprisingly (to me) I survived the latest cuts... was fully expecting a 3 and an RA. To all those worrying about their job ratings, or bragging about their psst job ratings..... it's all meaningless at IBM. I've gotten multiple 3's in the past when the manager I contracted to rated me the very top person in their organization. The "go-to" guy, the "indispensable" one, voted by others as their favorite person to work with, etc.... all glowing reviews on the contract I'm on. Then my IBM managers, who admit they have no idea what I do all year, give me underperformer ratings. Ratings in IBM really have absolutely nothing to do with your performance. Its just politics. They're checking a box, and they have their favorites, or those they are in closer touch with day-to-day (I work on a Statement Of Work - basically contract out) and rarely if ever have any interaction with my IBM manager. Maybe twice a year. One year I got a poor rating and the manager I actually contract work for said they were never even contacted once that year to ask how my performance was..... even though IBM claimed to have. Which is SUPPOSED to be what my rating is based on..... It is the absolute rottenest to the core company I have ever even heard of, let alone experienced first hand. Morale could not possible be any lower among the few left. One thing I know for sure - if/when we part ways, I will do anything and everything in my power with whomever/wherever I end up to let them know what a mess IBM is, and doing business with IBM would be the worst possible thing for their company. My loyalty to them is pretty much a match for the loyalty they show their employees. Ever think about that, Ginny?
Having said and vented all that, I've been preparing for and doing alot of research into this IBM practice of withholding severance or partial severance for "low performers". Yes, they can legally do that in most places, but there's a catch: They have to PROVE that you are incompetent. So do like I do..... document everything, save all your glowing reviews from those you actually work for/with, so when they arbitrarily give you a 3 and try to withhold part or all of your severance pay.... you may find those "expert" IBM lawyers aren't as insurmountable as you think. They have to PROVE to the court your performance is sub-standard.... and as the Canadian poster said recently... if you have evidence to the contrary, its almost impossible for them to screw you out of severance pay if you deserve it. Good luck to all of us. -IBM = Idiots Become Managers
Comment 02/01/15: CEO Rometty gets a bonus and a raise. She has a contract! IBM resources (used to be known as IBM employees) RAed and do not have a contract. See what a contract can do? A contract can save or protect your job, get you a raise, and get you a bonus. You get none of this without a contract. -anonymous-
Comment 02/01/15: This is why you're being laidoff:
Comment 02/01/15: I spent 30 year in the HR dept of Italian HQ in Milano, was assigned for two years in Armonk and hold several international HR tasks. At the time IBM was well known for a cornerstone of its policies: respect for individuals.
During the tenure of mr. Gestner this IBM principle was progressively cancelled, substitute by the word "execution". Many high level managers felt authorized to consider their colleagues as servants to be dismissed without personal consideration for any "business reason":
if not they were to be fired for missing execution. Today managerial tools like teamwork, performance appraisal, proper rewarding, internal communication, are considered useless and even time consuming. Workforce is a commodity all around the world. Manager/employee communication is a mere loss of time. Selfishness and lack of strategic business views are the main qualities of present top managers. They do not want even to consider that employee dedication, professional growth, teamwork, respect, proudness in the company are the real ingredients for long term business success. My best wishes to all RA's around the world and good luck. -Pier Luigi Salvini-

Comment 02/01/15:
Notified 01/28/2015
Div 07 - GTS - SO
Age 57
30+ years
Project Manager
PBC 2+ for last 5 years. All 1's for 2 decades prior.
Standard package.
Last day is 02/27/2015 -Anonymous
Comment 02/01/15: If there is anyone left who doubts the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of this company just look at the huge bonuses the execs are giving themselves and compare it to the way they are treating everyone else in the organisation. -SickOfIt-
Comment 02/01/15: I am at the partner level and was included in the resource action in spite of consistenly high performance numbers. It was weak business conditions and the fact that the other partners were more important to the existing projects. I am the only woman in the work group and one of only a handful in the whole region. I am a women in my 50s and will no doubt face age/gender discrimination. The male partners that were retained have crucial chummy drinking buddy relationships with their customers. The treatment and support of professional women, in spite of the window dressing at the top layers is appalling. The other senior women are competitive not supportive. The leader of my group that made the decision to let me go let two women and a black man go last year (in total). I have an MBA and tons of experience and have always always been successful and well regarded in other companies. I had far better signings numbers than the male partners that were kept. In fact one had zero for signings snd the other had 500k. I had 3.2m. I took all the CAMS training and am conversant in IBM's assets yet I am also not allowed to be considered for the new business units, again in spite of strong pbc results and email accolades from over 7 senior people. A company that cannot make the best use of the talent they have and allow age and gender bias is not an ethical company. -Anonymous-
Comment 02/01/15: It is time for decisive and collective action! A worldwide strike at IBM is required.
IBM management is in a state of denial, and continue the pursuit of maximising earnings at all cost.
Over the past decade, the actions of IBM executive management, and the Board of Directors, could be considered as sabotage. They have sought to denigrate the contributions and achievements of a generation of hardworking and loyal IBMers.
IBM GTS, and specifically Strategic Outsourcing (SO), has been the target of severe ongoing cost cutting. SO is depleted, under-resourced, facing wave after wave of internal attack, and delivering ongoing savings to the company. Yet within SO lies the treasure chest of a loyal ‘True Blue’ customer base, one that was the initial source of the revenue and wealth creation for IBM in its glory days - since then mistakenly considered as an expense to be eliminated.
Nelson Mandela epitomised the struggle of a nation against apartheid. He showed how one man can change the course of history by acting with conviction and courage, fighting to change what he believed to be unjust. He also believed there comes a time when acting peacefully needs to be revisited: “If the government reaction is to crush by naked force our non-violent struggle, we will have to reconsider our tactics…”
For the past 22 years, hundreds of thousands of IBMers have been laid off, causing untold harm to them and their loved ones, and the shattering of lifelong dreams and hopes. IBM jobs have been continually and aggressively moved offshore, and most IBMers have not seen pay rises for many years. Over the past 10 years, and despite what could be considered as one of the toughest economic periods in world history, IBMers rose to the challenge and helped to create net profit in excess of 100,000 Million US dollars. A stellar performance!!!
IBMers are the essential providers of IT Services for much of the world’s economy, serving many of the corporations. A worldwide strike at IBM has the potential to impact every institution, every nation, and every person in the world, with enormous international ramifications. But so would be the impact if IBM were to suddenly fail and disappear.
The message needs to be sent out loud and clear, far and wide, for maximum impact. Clients, institutions, and governments, would then feel compelled to pressurize IBM management to resolve and cede to this one simple demand: treat your employees with integrity, dignity and fairness. IBM executive management needs to know and understand, that what IBMers do, matters to the world. They provide their skills, effort, and talent in service of humankind, to the benefit of the whole community - not to fill the pockets of a select few. Alliance@IBM, please consider leading and coordinating a course of action in collaboration with other affiliated unions around the world. Set a target date for a worldwide IBM strike, and request all IBMers to join their respective unions to make this possible. Setting a targeted agenda, based on the current issues, will compel IBMers to join in large numbers to enable change. These can be the simple and basic demands to IBM management:
1.The restoration and adherence to the basic historical IBM principles of ‘Respect for the Individual’ and ‘Reward for Performance’.
2.The removal and/or modification of the current Personal Business Commitments (PBC) appraisal system. In its present form, it violates the human dignity of every IBM employee.
3.The restoration of the jobs targeted in the current layoffs, for those individuals wishing to continue working at IBM.
4.Failure to demonstrate progress in meeting the above demands will result in the potential of further periodic strikes.
“It always seems impossible, until it is done” (Nelson Mandela) -timeforchange
Comment 02/01/15: To -skidmarx- You are gone, no matter what you do. Ask for a full year insurance coverage, 26 weeks separation pay and documentation on your reduction of level' especially, if no review had been done earlier. Also, ask if it is because of your age. Most managers are so dumb, they will give you the honest answer. Then tell them if they do not offer you all you have asked, your attorney will be contacting them. At this point, answer no more questions and tell them to talk to you attorney, if they want any answers. Also, tell them that anything you say from this point on is "OFF THE RECORD"! -Higgoe-
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