Thread regarding IBM layoffs

Do you feel safe at IBM?

Starting a new thread for IBMers to share how safe they feel this year from the massive upcoming layoff...

Do you think you will be laid off this year?
Are you planning to leave IBM on your own this year?
Would you recommend IBM to anyone?

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Do you think you will be laid off this year?
Not likely at all

Are you planning to leave IBM on your own this year?
Not likely this year. Having said that, if they decide we all end up 100% in the office again, I'd quickly look for a job somewhere more flexible. Plenty of alternatives now.

Would you recommend IBM to anyone?
Only if they really need a job and no other good alternative presents itself.

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Post ID: @eyjv+19aw85c0

lol. yeah IBM is a dying company anyone working there still knows they are 1 RA from the door at any given time. You stupid HR people think you can run a business full of Indian's good luck. I'm not scared of being RA'd hell I look forward to it. Pretty sure one of my current clients will just hire me when that day comes and I will work getting that client off of all IBM offerings. F off HR. btw I tell every kid I meet coming out of college to never work for IBM course they are Americans so you wouldn't hire them anyway.

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Post ID: @4xwn+19aw85c0

Folks, stop replying to this HR shill. People complain about lack of transparency and management avoiding answering questions about layoffs (which are totally valid concerns), yet most of the company responds to "anonymous" surveys and some go online and tell the world anything. This does nothing to improve the lack of transparency; this reinforces a one-sided relationship. Maybe it's time to stop donating information?

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Post ID: @3auk+19aw85c0

@3fys+19aw85c0

You can call either of these:

Wright and Greenhill in Austin, TX
Lichten and Liss Riordan Boston Boston, MA

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Post ID: @3tjp+19aw85c0

No I do not feel safe at all. They let Client Execs go with no warning, and with the bad 4Q results from last month we are all at-risk. I've been here since October 2020 and already feel that I need to find another gig before the axe falls. As a newcomer still, I have not been impressed at all by leadership let alone my direct manager. It's just a pipeline chase, how many calls did you make, skepticism about closing deals, etc. Not a fun place to be.

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Post ID: @3bxc+19aw85c0

Was laid off last year, forced to train replacements in India, I'm older than 50, wish I had some of that class action lawsuit money. IBM is a dead company, go woke/offshore, go broke.

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Post ID: @3fys+19aw85c0

I'm walking at the end of February. Job in hand or not. I just can't take the RA stress and the leadership they have in place is as lower-grade as I've ever seen. I hope to have a new job before that date, but I rather spend full-time looking for a new job than doing part-time.

I rather just walk away on my terms than to be pushed out.

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Post ID: @3itg+19aw85c0

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Good luck... your 1:1 with your manager will come sooner than later.
Always have your resume updated and make sure you network with people outside of IBM,
because your day will come!

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Post ID: @2maa+19aw85c0
I am new to IBM 3+ years now ... help your teammate ...

I was like that at first, until I ran into a credit-stealer. Thought it was an anomaly. Then another. Then a couple backstabbers, and one exceedingly lazy person who took all credit for what the team did.

Congratulations on your 3+ years. I hope your experience continues to be unlike what most of the rest of IBMers experience.

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Post ID: @2zpo+19aw85c0

IBM is now a numbers game. The likelyhood is that the odds will catch up to most sooner or later - and the current climate would indicate sooner. Of course some will be okay, but can you be sure you are in that group? Your boss may indicate you are ok, but is your boss going to be okay, and if not, does his whole team go with him. Bottom line, nobody knows and that isn't a healthy environment to work in

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Post ID: @2hzm+19aw85c0

I am new to IBM 3+ years now but the projects are interesting and fun most of the time. Came on board during one of their take overs and continue to work hard for them like I did for every other company. This is not the first time IBM has taken over a company that I was working at. IBM and AT&T took over and sold off four companies (2 each) starting back in the 80’s. I will work hard to make them successful as they are my employer and I refuse to do nothing but my very best. To the people just wait for the next whatever. Don’t just sit around help your teammate. Work pitch in be part of your team. For every project that I want to do there are 10 projects that have to be complete. I refuse to not do my best work on every assignment. Guess it is my father and mother’s teaching and the Navy training. TEAM WORK.

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Post ID: @2jdb+19aw85c0

I feel very safe... until I see that 1:1 meeting with my manager!

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Post ID: @2bwq+19aw85c0

IBM is a job, not a career. I use it to pay my bills until I can jump to another company and revitalize my career.

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Post ID: @2bke+19aw85c0

"...That’s the beauty of Monopolies, they have pricing power. Why do you think IBM is dumping it’s commodity offerings...."

But isn't cloud essentially being made a commodity as we speak?

Of course it's a commodity with a utility-like revenue stream... (can you say "On-Demand")... that may be the key difference.

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Post ID: @2pjg+19aw85c0

Now I do... house paid off, kids out of college and 401k funded... Otherwise I’d be a nervous wreck!!!! If you’re a older hope you make your goals too!!! If you’re younger all I can say Is GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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Post ID: @2tev+19aw85c0

This is perfect. I've been on hold for almost an hour.. Can I give you my new address?

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Post ID: @1swb+19aw85c0

The voluntary package would have to be significantly better (several X) than the layoff package - otherwise people will just linger and not do much work, and wait to for the next layoff, and the next, and the next.

The other issue with the voluntary option, is that the best people will tend to take it, knowing they can easily get another job.

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Post ID: @1esx+19aw85c0

I agree... give me a voluntary package and I am gone... Ain't leaving without anything... In the meantime, I will milk it and do the least possible amount of work.

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Post ID: @1aiq+19aw85c0

Hey IBM HR. Offer voluntary packages and see what happens.
Seriously. We know IBM needs to reduce headcount. Make it voluntary and those who want to to will go. Get it over with.

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Post ID: @1dqv+19aw85c0

The fallacy of this logic is IBM has something to hyperscale. It has nothing to hyperscale or heck sustain itself as a leader in the future. It’s mainframe footprint is shrinking. Cloud and AI are already taken by companies with true hyperscaling capabilities. Everyday these folks are getting stronger and meaner as a competitor. If any one thinks IBM has the remotest chance to succeed against these companies, they have not witnessed the AWS/Azure/GCP guys in action first hand.

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Post ID: @1zsh+19aw85c0

I feel fortunate to have had a job through the virus at IBM but now it’s time to leave. Got what I wanted and it’s time for something better.

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Post ID: @1dpz+19aw85c0

Are International IBM asset management Maaximo employees safe?

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Post ID: @1obw+19aw85c0

Simmer down AK is just aligning IBM for one of the hyperscalers. Every hyperscaler uses their monopoly power to grow. Microsoft (windows), Google (search), and Amazon (first mover). If any one of the three got a chance to buy Mainframe, they would jump all over it, as it, it’s SW stack, and infrastructure are a cash cow. That’s the beauty of Monopolies, they have pricing power. Why do you think IBM is dumping it’s commodity offerings. (Low margins, and hyper competitive markets even if you win) IBM by end of June will be completely unrecognizable as the commodity portions of IBM will be gone, or in the works to be gone.

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Post ID: @1swt+19aw85c0

This is IBM HR here... come guys we are really serious, we would love your feedback and for you to answer the questions... no goofing around please.

Your answers will allow us to bring real changes at IBM.

Thank you

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Post ID: @1zwj+19aw85c0

eff you IBM. Your a horrible company with lousy products. You are so far behind Microsoft, Amazon, Google it is unrecoverable. Accept your fate as just die already.

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Post ID: @1xkg+19aw85c0

No the real questions are:
Do you think you are dumb enough to work here ?
Are you planning to train your replacement on your own?
Would you recommend IBM if we made your life more miserable ?

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Post ID: @1sll+19aw85c0

Bruh u new to ibm or living under a rock?

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Post ID: @1lmh+19aw85c0

The next question that the OP will ask is going to be "Is water wet?"...

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Post ID: @1vij+19aw85c0

I am waiting for offers from three companies... as soon as I get one of them I am putting in my resignation... enough of this IBM c-ap!

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Post ID: @1aua+19aw85c0

I haven't felt this much love and concern since the Employee Engagement Survey. Why do you waste everyone's time with those anyway?

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Post ID: @zqp+19aw85c0

The answers to these questions are well-known and obvious to anyone who has been paying attention. (Except for the first question, which year you get laid off is a total dice roll with no connection to individual performance or the needs of the business).

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Post ID: @upe+19aw85c0

IBM HR shill... do you think we're stupid?

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Post ID: @gid+19aw85c0

LOL. Nice try, HR. If you want to find out how IBMers feel, maybe talk to your employees like humans instead of posting fake fluffy c-ap here. Be gone!

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