Thread regarding IBM layoffs

The 40 companies engineering and IT students around the world say they want to work for

IBM at #5? Seriously!?!? Big Bleu's P.R. machine must be working overtime to spread utopian stories of life at IBM to these naive Gen Z and Millenials prospects.

https://www.businessinsider.com/universum-most-attractive-employers-in-the-world-information-technology-engineering-students

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If a lot of them are in offshore locations (costa rica, india, china, etc) that makes sense. After all, IBM is one of the biggest american companies that has large employee populations over there.

US students? not so much.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-3les

Hey - young workers are what Big Blue wants, not old workers who remember stuff. They cost too much and cannot work from office easily if changed. Young workers have only an apartment and stuff easy to box when time to move. Health is generally good to so low cost there too.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-3iup

I first worked for IBM in 1977 in high school, and then in university a few years later. I thought IBM had many excellent managers and a good number of really smart people. I didn't return after I finished school because I thought IBM was deluded to think mainframes were so invincible. The IBM PC had just been released and a surprising number of IBMers scoffed at it.

30 years later IBM bought the company I was working for at the time. Looking at the post-Gerstner IBM, I saw far fewer good managers. There were still plenty of smart people but they had much less impact than 30 years earlier. I quit IBM soon after the acquisition closed. The focus on financial engineering to boost the IBM stock price was too demoralizing. Customers no longer mattered. Shareholder value was the only game in town. I could never see that working out. I preferred making customers happy.

Now a decade later, I read sites like this and think: IBM has descended further still. "Wanting to be good at AI" is not the same "Being good at AI". I wonder if IBM is finally peering over the abyss and doesn't know what to do next?

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-3qmu

Unless you are involved in recruitment you don’t know the lies they sell to these young employees. Not to mention that they laid off entry level staff last year. I feel sorry for them.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-2miv

Excellent!

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-2vrv

Nothing wrong with going to work at IBM as a young adult. Just don't plan on staying there long. Get some free training and move onto a company that will respect you.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-1thr

"Lets put smart to work" ... hahahaha

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-1emw

3 things in your life that you can be certain of, death, taxes, and an IBM layoff.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-1rta

It's called the innocence and naivety of youth!

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-1mcl

What's waiting for them are unstable careers, debt and high taxes.

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Post ID: @11o2kqcO-jel

It's a cycle of illusions and lies.

Who trusts the impartiality of main stream media anymore? Probably the younger generation!

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