I'll retire in a year or two but I have to admit, I hate being here to watch the destruction of what was once a great company. Other than a few years right out of college, I've spent my entire career here. I love this place. I bleed blue. Which is why what's been happening hurts this much. We've lost so much to greed. Current leadership (and the several before) always want to squeeze more money out of the company not caring which methods they use to do it. Those methods have been systematically destroying us and everybody can see it. The leadership can see it as well, but they don't care. I'm looking forward to my retirement just so I don't have to be here as this continues.
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Worked with some great techs over the last 20+ years. A handful of good program managers and project managers. Line Managers in the good category, single digits, but mostly sycophants with no clue. The last 15 years so many of IBM have been looking over their shoulder for the oncoming cudgel of the RA Grim Reaper. What's left in the decimated teams are younger-mid life struggling folk with managers with no clue other than a bottom line $ figure. It is a very sad state of affairs for those left.
@ego+1aiJyyum post ^^ is a life saver for retirees. Get a recording device at the very least.
I hope you are not relying on your IBM Pension. IBM will unload that liability if they can.
interesting post - i find myself in the same position, nit sure i'll make retirement with IBM, but no one seems to want a grey head anymore
IBM has 100% market share of Cloud Paks.
Ibm does not do software engineering anymore. It does financial engineering. When was the last world class product from Ibm ?
Z, MQ, DB2, WAS, ?
Nowadays they are selling Cloud Paks a nnn d Watson. But whats their market share?
Retire NOW if you can afford it. There’s nothing like it. Best decision I ever made. No more bs.
At least you "retire in a year or two". Enjoy the fact there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy the fact you can start counting the weeks or even days.
The leadership at IBM betrayed its employees. Greed over innovation. When they got rid of the three basic beliefs, IBM descent into h–lbegan
Hang tough for a year or two.. try to stay below the radar. I'd suggest you research a labor lawyer in the interim and have $$$ in reserve to pay his fees.
If management starts screwing with you, save your emails and wear a camera (lots of discreet small ones on the market today) and record any conversations related to your IBM employment.
You don't want IBM messing with you or RA-ing you near the finish line.