Thread regarding IBM layoffs

People who are collecting badges

Some classes were really great and I wish I could spend more time upgrading my skills, but sometimes I find people who are real, obsessive badge hunters just too funny. How many badge hunters do you know? What is your opinion on the value of these badges?

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Post ID: @OP+1b4id1cb

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I was offered and accepted Transition to Retirement. I always planned to find another gig and leave after the 401 K match and prior to ttr ending. I was told I was still required to complete my Think 40. So I chose to take and oversized proportion of Anger Management classes to complete my Think 40. Funny nobody asked why so many anger management courses.

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Post ID: @5yko+1b4id1cb

So many boomers and disgruntled employees on here. Quit already. Yep, another RA is coming. No lawsuit is going to pay your bills.

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Post ID: @5icv+1b4id1cb

So many lies
“ well now you have to do at least 3 badges over a rolling 1/2 year, plus they are maing htere emploees do a certification that must be finished by end year - thays all IBM's we have been told - they said if you dont do it then expect the normal IBM response - your RA'd”
False. You wouldn’t get ra’d and th Sonia kit all ibm. Must only be your group.

  1. Looking at education is not a criteria. I asked several 2&3rd line managers I’m friends with and they all said that is not a factor at all. It comes down to the $ they have to cut or a # headcount.
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Post ID: @5hpr+1b4id1cb

P-t, kettle. The reply did not say it was the only criteria either.

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Post ID: @3qli+1b4id1cb

@3ikg+1b4id1cb

Learn how to read... you must be from a foreign country and having difficulties with English,
or someone that reads too fast and is too quick to post stupid responses!! Grow up!

My statement clearly say A criteria... I never said it is the only criteria!

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Post ID: @3ajp+1b4id1cb

@1vxr - re: "the HR program/software used it as a criteria to select people for layoffs", I say bull$h!t. Prove it. Age+service is what puts you on those lists

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Post ID: @3ikg+1b4id1cb

Consistantly learning new tech goes without saying in the industry as others say. There are way too many people in IBM (management comes to mind...) who knows nothing about what IBM products are, especially if that's not their BUs. For those IBMers, starting with IBM badges may not be a bad idea. There are mixture of good and terrible courses, and the downside is you don't know which courses are really useful for you until you take the course yourself. The reviews in YourLearning are not reliable as people often try to be just polite without anonymity. Not all the badges are easy to get and some take way more than a couple of hours of time investment, and it could take longer when you are really trying to learn the topic. I agree those LinkedIn feeds are annoying and those feeds can be actually surpressed by posters and add the badges to LinkedIn without annoying people.

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Post ID: @3mja+1b4id1cb

well now you have to do at least 3 badges over a rolling 1/2 year, plus they are maing htere emploees do a certification that must be finished by end year - thays all IBM's we have been told - they said if you dont do it then expect the normal IBM response - your RA'd

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Post ID: @3gej+1b4id1cb

On LinkedIn, posting an IBM badge is cringeworthy. It’s like posting that you read a web article or watched a YouTube on a topic.

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Post ID: @2iyi+1b4id1cb

Most of the badges are pretty trivial to acquire but I actually really enjoyed a number of the Cloud and Data ones. I just saw it as a free way to intro into things my current job would never show me (was in Systems Storage on an old product). As for super learner, I mean anyone can literally write in whatever hours and stuff they want for any activity. The smart thing to do is to use any outside of work things you learn as time written in...and bo-m.. you're good for the year.

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Post ID: @2zxw+1b4id1cb

The whole premise of spending 80 hours / year of learning is flawed and focuses on the wrong goal.
This is another example of inane IBM management by checking off boxes.
If you are not learning something new weekly or even daily, you are falling behind.

Innovative companies passionately embrace/investigate new technologies before there are formal education classes.

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Post ID: @2wlc+1b4id1cb

@1xfk Think40 was not Ginni's idea, so I guess she had none. In the old days before Gerstner IBMers were expected to take 80 hours of education a year. Gerstner eliminated that. Ginni brought back half of it (typical half-assed Ginni move) and we are supposed to think she's a visionary?

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Post ID: @2gtk+1b4id1cb

In this industry, it goes without saying that constant learning is required to perform well and survive.

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Post ID: @1bzr+1b4id1cb

It all started with Ginnys Think 40. Which at it's base concept was probably the single only good idea she ever had.

Each IBMer would be allowed 40 hours of self paced education for self enrichment without interference from Management. In fact at the start FLMs where told explicitly to stay out of the way.

Then it got bastardized by the Big Blue machine and all the aholes trying to push their own agendas and it got spun up into whole stupid program driven by process.

In fact it was never even meant to be mandatory. Then they started tracking it. Next thing it's one of your Checkpoint elements.

Now it's just another of the many pathetic IBM fiefdoms with people jobs depending on it and careers built off of it.

IBM is in such a sad pitiful state of affairs. I'm so happy to be leaving soon. Got an offer from a competitor. I feel so free and energized again.

The best part is I'll be working with their Tier 1 accounts and I can't wait to make it my personal mission to burn them every opportunity I get. It's funny because that is not my nature but after all the years I have become so jaded by the poor decision making, the fear mongering, the nepotism, and the unconscionable audacity of upper Management.

Sorry to all the grunts like me. You folks are the best and I wish you all luck in the world. You're gonna need it!

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Post ID: @1xfk+1b4id1cb

Some badges just require a one hour video. Sometimes you get badges just for sitting in a meeting. Another IBM joke for people who can't demonstrate ability by actually having ability.

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Post ID: @1tgj+1b4id1cb

IBM loves people who take education and collect badges... the HR program/software used it as a criteria to select people for layoffs... so, you better pile up on the badges and the education... that is what counts... making revenue for the company is a lot less important!

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Post ID: @1vxr+1b4id1cb

We have in C&CS this year a mandatory requirement to take 160 hours of education... so you can expect a lot more people gloating about their Super Learner achievements on LinkedIn!!!!

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Post ID: @1fvx+1b4id1cb

Marketing is the worst with badges. Agree.. people with badges r the ones that don’t have skills to show so they take a 2 hr class and a quiz and voila, they’re an expert now. Bullocks.

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Post ID: @1vbn+1b4id1cb

These people are just victims of ibms processes. We have mandatory 40 or 80 hours of learning now.

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Post ID: @1vqi+1b4id1cb

Yeah they were a waste of time. Even worse than that was all the MANDATORY training. Piled on top of everything else it was overwhelming. Glad I'm out of there after decades.

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Post ID: @1mvk+1b4id1cb

For engineering, outside of IBM, badges, industry certifications, etc. do not mean much.
What counts is how one performs during the job interview - coding, algorithms, design, culture fit, etc. and evaluation is by the team members.
It’s what you know, not who you know.

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Post ID: @1umw+1b4id1cb

Same here - I quit following IBM. These badges are an embarrassment. The only people that may care, are other IBMers

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Post ID: @1zus+1b4id1cb

I am a ex-IBMer but was still following IBM in LinkedIn, so on my LinkedIn home page, all I saw was “view my achievement at IBM (with some certificate)”.

It was too much so I had to unfollow IBM.

Is this some kind of requirement from HR to post everything you have learned on LinkedIn?

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Post ID: @1uyw+1b4id1cb

Yes, I agree… you just have to look at LinkedIn to see these people reporting their super learner status… this is pathetic, but hey then you can’t wonder why IBM is in the ho-e!!

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Post ID: @sii+1b4id1cb

The ones with the 'Super Learner' status need to be fired asap!
It clearly tells you they had 250+ hours of spare time twiddling their thumbs to spend time on 'learning' VS. actually doing something that helps the company make tangible $$.

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