Thread regarding Anthem Inc. layoffs

Anthem CIO Resigns

Anthem CIO ,Timothy Skeen , quit Friday Nov 8th - internal communication passed on the information. This development seems to be on the "down-low" - no search engine results yielded anywhere on outside internet - perhaps Anthem has worked with Google and other social media ghettos to suppress the news.
This does not bode well for Anthem , as he supposedly crafted the vision for the digital strategy going forward. CIO's would typically see their "vision" through to some semblance of completion, unless things are not aligned with shareholder expectations. The company has already gutted the lion-share it's intellectual capital through aggressive layoffs and offshoring , and reports have been negative with regard to customer service. Readership in this forum has provided insight with regard to the poisoning of the workplace via the adoption of the Agile "culture" - "treating code development like an assembly line" as one writer put it. Although Agile does a great job for the accountability of development team (ad nauseam) , case could be made that the Agile sprint process hampers innovation and creativity. Code in some cases is less efficient, not thoroughly tested at the unit and overall system level.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding his departure , the fact that this was not publicly (see internet) announced can be seen as a red flag - seems like the company is trying to avoid Wall street evaluation and a potential stock dump. If Skeen wants to spend time with family, new gig, whatever, be transparent about it. Somehow Anthem and transparency do not mix well as demonstrated since the new regime "took over".

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Tim Skeen was no longer the Enterprise CIO when he left. He had recently moved into a COO role focused on the operations of the dynamic and highly efficient Government Business and its technology platforms. He was hardly the first (actually he was the 4th in 10 years) and will not be the last CIO who did not see eye to eye with the CAO who hand-picked him for both roles.

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Post ID: @1pwvx+11ZvXpO8

"the fact that this was not publicly (see internet) announced can be seen as a red flag - seems like the company is trying to avoid Wall street evaluation and a potential stock dump. "

not seems. IS. anthem does this sh– all the time. why do you think all their RIFs are always just as quiet, with leadership instructed in confidential calls to not discuss with anyone, even their own direct reports? we come in one day and four people, or eight, or 140, are gone.

we have gotten very very very good at skirting wall street. god forbid indy's bonuses go down as a result of falling stock prices.

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Post ID: @cnem+11ZvXpO8

@11ZvXpO8-8wpg I agree. Its Gloria and a close second L Riggin for my organization. Oh and we just found out more rifs are coming.

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Post ID: @8rhq+11ZvXpO8

How is Gloria still employed? This is her mess since the beginning. Wait for the Cigna lawsuit settlement to go public...

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Post ID: @8wpg+11ZvXpO8

I am among the few long term associate that is left and not really sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Over the years I have witnessed long term associates of which some are personal friends of mine and I consider “Subject Matter Experts” replaced by these so called “So Called Experts” from Legato who knows nothing about our systems. To add insult to injury, we are instructed to do Knowledge transfers ... really Anthem ..

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Post ID: @4iws+11ZvXpO8

"Cut to the bone" and "get rid of long term employees... You get what you pay for.

Those long term employees are the ones that knew what they were doing. They know the systems, they know the business and they can put out fires quickly because they know all of that and they know who the responsible parties are.

Replacing them en masse with a bunch of "book-learned" newbies straight out of the college down the street, in combo with even more newbies half a world away, is and always was destined to be a disaster. There's a vast difference between book learned and real world experience.

Sure, it's a hell of a cost cutting move. Looks fantastic on paper, but as I said, you get what you pay for. Didn't take too long for things to start falling apart badly.

The fault lies with whoever came up with the idea, but also with any and all who approved of it. Really, it seems to have been a fundamentally flawed plan from the start. Now, how do they go about fixing it? My guess is that they double down on the disaster and go full steam ahead. Then bail out right before it hits bottom. Leave the mess for the next CEO/CIO/COO team to fix.

Anyway, for you long termers already gone and to those few who remain, "Here's to us and those like us. Damn few left."

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Post ID: @3lyi+11ZvXpO8

Karma. He got what he deserved. Tim told management to cut to the bone with the layoffs in 2019 and wanted to get rid of the "long term employees". I bet he did not envision he would be one of them. What comes around goes around. Gloria M needs to get her due as well.

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Post ID: @3urs+11ZvXpO8

Rajiv Ronanki would be the new CIO.

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Post ID: @1kkq+11ZvXpO8

Won’t be surprised if his replacement will be coming from Legato. For crying out loud why don’t we call it as what this really is and that is the systematic take over by Legato and might as well rename the company from Anthem to Legato !!!

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Post ID: @1aag+11ZvXpO8

To all - oh yes, I realize he was fired. Mutual consent is a common corporate euphemism for being fired. When an internal memo says mutual consent, yup: it's fired.

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Post ID: @1izy+11ZvXpO8

This guy has brought this company to its knees and now we was escorted out? Gloria M should be next !

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Post ID: @1all+11ZvXpO8

He was fired- didn’t resign. I don’t have any details as to why, but trust me when I say this was not his decision.

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Post ID: @yup+11ZvXpO8

People who resign by agreement aren’t normally escorted out of the building....

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Post ID: @ots+11ZvXpO8

Our internal communications said that it was a mutual agreement between Tim and Gloria. Who knows? It is very strange that he was named Chief Operating Officer and then left one month later. I'm wondering if the Operations end of the bargain in addition to IT was not his favorite idea...

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Post ID: @czk+11ZvXpO8

Interesting take on what seems to be whistleblower information, given the secrecy of the announcement. A major player in medical insurance, re identifying as a digital pioneer in delivery of services, CIO quits, perhaps a mutiny, perhaps nothing at all. I wonder if Skeen was part of a wave of layoffs ha ha !

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