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Comment 08/01/15: I was resourced from IBM East Fishkill last month after 28 years of service and received 26 weeks severance pay. Am I eligible to collect unemployment? -Anonymous-
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Comment 07/31/15:
JobTitle: Managing Consultant
Location: Calif
CustAcct: Blue Harmony
BusUnit: GBS
Message: I noticed the comments here have been less and less each day except on days where there are RAs. Is there anyone left here in the US to comment? Has IBM fired all it's US workers? -Vic-

Comment 07/31/15: I was RAed. Will IBM match my 401K since my severance pay is through January 31st of next year? I can't file for unemployment until Feb.1st since my state considers severance pay part of employment pay. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/30/15: As for "I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on looking for other business line opportunities within IBM, or is it just a waste of time?"
You were lucky. Real lucky to have an "extended IBM career". To get"recalled". Not many others can say the same. Usually an RA and your DONE..FINISHED..PERMANENTLY TERMINATED. Yeah, exceptions exist but.. So just count your blessings you were lucky, real lucky.
Comment 07/30/15: Never with IBM. Sad though to watch this once great company crumble. Neighbor was recently "transferred" over to Global Foundries in East Fishkill as part of the sale by IBM. Not sure "sale" is the right term because usually the seller is paid by the party taking possession. In this case IBM PAID to have GF take over that entire division along with those 5,000 employees. Just how badly did IBM want those people off their payroll to PAY $1.5 BILLION? Well my neighbor has been informed his new position within GF is now in Malta and was given a September 1st start date. Month or two to relocate and change the direction of your life. So much for treating the employee with respect and decency. Have to say how shocking it is for me to hear the suggested surprise those who have been RAed post with. As if this is some great surprise to them. Same sad sorry over and over again. "I did my job well and they let me go anyway".
Well that has been the case at IBM for nearly 25 years. Did you really think you were the exception to the rule. And this most recent post asking about finding a new position within IBM! My question is why?
Why would you wish to get down on your knees to work for a company that has no respect for its workers or its customers? Why would you wish to prolong your being there for even a day more? I have to wonder about those who post to this site about their own RAs how many joined the Alliance prior? How many prepared themselves for life after IBM knowing full well this day was coming. How many bothered to be honest with themselves as their coworkers walked out the door before them that their time was coming. The Alliance was the only real hope IBM workers had. Organizing was your only chance. Speaking as a union member for 3 decades. That chance might in fact be over. Just have to wonder if those left will do anything or just hide under their desks till their day comes. You teach people how to treat you and what you will put up with. Just what have the former and current employees at IBM taught IBM to this point? Most are willing to little to nothing. Whining here after the fact accomplishes little. At that point it is over... -GF News-

Comment 07/30/15: To -TIA-: IBM has different types of RAs (company wide, division wide and individual departments/teams). If your package has words to the effect that you shouldn't bother looking for another job in IBM as a whole, then don't bother. Even if you find another job and the manager is willing to go to bat for you to hire you, HR will stop the transfer. If it is division wide, you might try to look for jobs in another division. When I got hit with my RA in 2013, It was part of a company wide RA. I had another manager who went to bat for me to try to get me into a job opening he had. Even after management approval up the chain, HR stopped the transfer. There are other ways though, If a manager likes you and wants you bad enough for the job, he can bring you back as a contractor. He just has to prove to HR that the new job is totally different than the previous job you had. Hope this helps. -miss_understanding-
Comment 07/29/15: As for "I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on looking for other business line opportunities within IBM, or is it just a waste of time?"
It might depend almost entirely on your connections with folks -- execs -- who matter and what that exec might be willing to do for you. I been RAed twice. The first time I took the package came back as what then called a "term-employee" that was a special case of regular employee with higher pay but less benefits. Upon termination of the five-year term-emplyee contract I was rehired as a regular employee at the same level -- band 10 -- as before but only with the intervention of an executive. Years later when that exec who I was working for was RAed, I was again RAed. I had an offer from another exec to stay on, but being over 70 I decide to take a package the second time. I'm aware of only a few other similar situations, but it's mostly luck, being in the right place at the right time, and knowing the right executive. So, it's possible, but perhaps only slightly less possible than the existence of unicorns. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/29/15: So <big sigh> you survived another RA... Do you feel good about it? Do you feel lucky? How confident are you that will survive the next RA by doing nothing to stop it if another one is inevitably announced? THINK TWICE! Join the Alliance. We can fight together and get a contract and have a way to stop RAs! -Anonymous-
Comment 07/29/15: We are at 71,000 USA employees with continued RAs. IBM says they are hiring in the USA. So USA workers should have a shot of getting employed? If you look at CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, State Dept. of Labor job lists, and the newspapers IBM has plenty of job openings in the USA. I believe this is a facade. IBM posts these phantom jobs just so they can offshore and lobby for more landed and H1B resources in lieu of ever increasing RAs. When will the Labor Depts. get wise to IBM employment opportunity lies for USA workers? -Anonymous-
Comment 07/29/15: I personally know of three people who were RA'd and in each case, they had managers within IBM who tried hard to get them into their department, and the hire/transfer went all the way to the top and got squashed. I seriously would not waste your time trying to get another job at IBM. Their aim is to GET RID OF PEOPLE. Yes, even"good" people. Even 2+ performers. Even people with very unique knowledge. Even people with important accounts. Even people with medical issues. If you think your job is safe because you are"awesome" then you are deluding yourself. Your time will be more productively spent looking for a new job elsewhere. -Gone in 2013-
Comment 07/29/15: Message: To the Product Safety Engineer that was RA'd. Sorry to hear that. But what exactly does a Product Safety Engineer do in GTS? To the Sales Executive who was RA'd after 30 yrs. I am sorry and this is truly tragic. -Bob-
Comment 07/29/15:
Location: @home worker
CustAcct: Anthem
BusUnit: GTS
Message: My package says don't bother looking for another job in GTS. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on looking for other business line opportunities within IBM, or is it just a waste of time? I read somewhere (a while back) that if you're actively RA'd & waiting to leave that it is highly unlikely that another manager would bother to try to save you because you're like tainted goods. Is that true? Does anyone know for sure? I don't want to waste my last month searching and applying, then hoping for something within IBM if it just won't ever happen.
Comment 07/28/15:
JobTitle: Senior Consultant
Location: Boca Raton
Message: Years ago I asked a friend to "invest" in IBM stock. His answer was that he only invested in companies that he could find some explanation on as to what business they were in. He said that IBM was not in any business that he could discern, thus he invested in other companies. Do not despair; simply find another job right away and forget IBM. It is clear that IBM has no idea what business it is in; it is simply cutting expenses to the bone until it can figure out how to place the billions in cash in the pension fund into the pockets of the senior executives. Since THEY have no idea what business IBM is in either, that is really the only path they have to more cash. Get out while you can and PLEASE stop whining; IBM is way over and has been for years unless you are a highly paid executive or have some job where you are protected, so get out, move on, and make a career for yourself somewhere else. Most good tech companies are hiring. The posts from "surprised" employees are getting old; YOU KNOW your job is going away, so GO!
Comment 07/28/15:
JobTitle: Product Safety Engineer
BusUnit: GTS
Message: GTS EA&C just RA'd the only USA Service Safety Engineer (me.) -Anonymous-

Comment 07/27/15:
JobTitle: Sales Executive
Location: Tampa
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Services
Message: Kicked out the door after 30+ years with no respect with a 2+ and making or beating all targets. They could not get together the final severance check on time. They could not find a local manager for exit interview. I got a UPS box to pack up my 'stuff' before they would send me my checks which are 2 weeks late and not given on departure as per the law. On my last day went into the Tampa office to find a roomful of Indian's on HIB's being onboarded. Spoke to several who where happy to be in America. They are being paid about 1/3 of our US workers and quite frankly are too young to have any experience of value to our clients. Just project cannon fodder.

This company is lost in the weeds. The Senior Management team knows only 3 things: Cut staff, buy back stock, and engineer the financials. That is a road heading to the edge of a cliff.

The so called CAMSS strategic plays are marketing spin as they have minimal market share and consist mostly of legacy stuff pulled out of the offering stack and bundled to look like there is strategic growth.

Bottom line is 13 quarters of decline in an industry that turns over tech every 18 months. L for Loser. Happy to be off this insane treadmill of endless CYA reviews done just for show to placate the layer upon layer of redundant Directors, VP's and GM's who add no value. They are the ones who need to go not client facing Americans. Your day will come. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/27/15: Ginni is changing the age old PBC system. Just received an email blast "Reinventing PBCs--be a part of the change", it is a discussion forum and everyone is free to provide their feedback. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/27/15:
Location: WAH
Message: I've been expecting this and it's one of the reasons I went with the Transition to Retirement plan last year. For those not familiar, the short version is I am working a reduced schedule, must retire Dec 31, but exempt from RA. If not for that, no doubt I would have been picked off in this round like so many other older employees, it has lowered my stress level considerably to know what to expect. That would have been the 3rd time down this road with IBM. I will still be working next year, but for myself instead of Blue.

Please, for those not RA's yet, start looking for another job now instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop. You owe it to yourself and any who are dependent on your income, don't wait until you are forced to hunt for a job along with thousands of other newly RA's individuals. -T2R-

Comment 07/27/15:
JobTitle: Application Developer
Location: WFH
BusUnit: GBS
Message: Moved off projects and replaced with off shore resources brought to US. Given a hard layoff date in August.
Alliance reply: We need more specific information from everyone that is getting replaced by an offshore worker. Please email us at We need customer account name, where you are located and where the work is being moved to or where the offshore worker coming to the US is from.
Comment 07/27/15:
JobTitle: IT Specialist
Location: Rochester MN
CustAcct: Various
BusUnit: Cloud
Message: I was forced out/bullied out through bad PBC rating/threats of PIP. I left voluntarily a few months back, rather than waiting for the inevitable layoff (since my 2014 rating was a 3, I would have probably been let go with no package). Once I got my appraisal in January, I started looking around and found another job that pays about the same as my band 10 IBM salary - and I am evaluating several other offers as we speak. I truly feel for the victims of yet another round of layoffs. But I don't quite understand why some find it "shocking" and "unexpected" that IBM gets rid of them. Your CEO has publicly declared that many of you - especially those in the services organizations - are nothing more than "empty calories." She went on record with those words. What do you expect? Either you organize or you better start looking for something else. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/26/15:
JobTitle: IT specialist
Location: Work from home Boston
CustAcct: Largest bank in Boston
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: IT
Message: 18 years with original company which had IT absorbed by IBM 4 years ago. Working endless hours at IBM, getting 0 in bonus but working 55 hrs per week on average. working with very unskilled India counterparts who simply don't work, and that's where all these cut jobs are going. Old friends blame me for not doing work, but when I need help from say a Unix team, my requests do not get processed. IBM's stock has dropped consistently since I began here, service levels have never been worse, am I the only one to see the correlation? Very very sad, does anyone think this offshoring solution is best for the security and surety of data? If so, you shouldn't.
Comment 07/25/15:
JobTitle: Retired
Location: SBY
IF you are under the prior pension plan, RAd, Retired, live in CT, and looking for work you are entitled for unemployment $$ not reduced by your pension amount as the plan has not been contributed to by IBM since 12/2007. Print out the plan document and all RA correspondence in case you need to argue with CT unemployment because IBM on multiple occasions fills out the CT request for information form wrong by stating IBM did contribute to your retirement plan recently. -CT RA'd 2013-

Comment 07/25/15: IBM is skirting employment law by considering employees with 30 years or more or retire eligible retired after an RA. THIS IS WRONG! IBM is doing this to show they are not adding to unemployment numbers. IBM doesn't want to pay more in unemployment insurance (UI) premiums.
An RA is a firing. IBM management terminated your employment. When you retire you terminate your own employment and leave on your terms. It is a BIG DIFFERENCE!
If you don't want to say you are retired it is your right. You can and should commence your retiree benefits when you want to retire. If you don't want to retire you can collect UI benefits if applicable if you don't officially retire and look for another job and work. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/25/15: "I am so tired of Ginni talking about retraining. Has anyone been offered to be trained for one of the many job openings in WATSON?"
Only 1,000 or so have been moved to analytics according to IBM. If IBM was committed to retraining as the once were the number of RAs would not happen like they do. Unions are committed to retraining and continual education on the job. That is why they are TRADE unions for SKILLed workers.
Comment 07/25/15:
JobTitle: IT Architect - Consultant
Location: Charlotte
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: IBM Systems - Middleware (former ISSW)
ProdLine: Software
Message: Got a call from my FLM on Friday to let me know I was RAed. 18 years with the company. Usual severance package. Glad to be making a boatload of money to be forced out. Massive layoffs will continue to compensate for the steep decline in revenues. There is just no way around it. Cloud is already a cheap commodity business but IBM is willing to bet its shirt on it. We are all witnessing the fall and death of what used to be a great company... we've seen other companies in the past going that way. No company last for ever!
Comment 07/25/15: I received a very unexpected phone call on Thursday. I have always been a 2+ and a 1 rating. Told by a very unfeeling human being jobs were being lift and shift to India and mine was one of them. I have been with IBM for 16 years with IT experience of 30 years. This is devastating and since this is an election year I encourage everyone to reach out to our lawmakers. I am so tired of Ginni talking about retraining. Has anyone been offered to be trained for one of the many job openings in WATSON? I know I haven't. All you see are positive comments regarding her webcast. SO proud to be an IBMer, what a bright future, blah, blah, blah. Yeah right. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/25/15: Laid off State of Ct. workers sued the State of Ct. (through their Union) and won their case in court, per announcement below:
If you were an employee of the State of Connecticut as of November 17, 2002 and were a member of a bargaining unit designated as an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to the State Employee Collective Bargaining Act, you could get a payment from a proposed class action settlement. Please read the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement by clicking on the link below:

You may obtain a copy of the Settlement Agreement and any other documents relating to the proposed settlement by writing or calling Class Counsel at the contact information provided in Response 19 of the attached notice or by visiting the Class Counsel's website
or your state bargaining unit's website.

Comment 07/25/15:
JobTitle: SA
Location: WAH
CustAcct: One of the Largest
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: SSO
Message: Got the call yesterday. Almost 15 years with IBM. Standard package. 2, 2+ and a couple of 1's throughout the years. Why am I losing my job? Because Ginny can't do hers. Why is she not held accountable for 13 consecutive misses?
Comment 07/25/15:
JobTitle: Project Management
Location: Colorado
CustAcct: CenturyLink
BusUnit: GTS
Message: 7 Project Managers were RA'd from an account that was already severely short on the number of needed Project Managers to handle on all customer project requests. Average time worked at IBM is 12 years, after being outsourced from the account. Maybe we should all bombard Ginni with e-mails of our families. Since we are just numbers to her, she should see the faces of those people whose lives she is greatly negatively impacting. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/24/15:
Location: RTP
Message: I gave my notice as the last day of May 2013 and my manager also filed it with HR/Fidelity as 5/30 not the EOM 5/31.
Is IBM systematically doing this to cheat people out of their full vacation? I guess it's "small fries" in comparison to all the free OT I gave IBM by being salary. Directors say 44 hours a week is a minimum else you are screwing IBM. LOL. -Doug-

Comment 07/24/15: All of you not RAed: how is it like being on IBM career "death row"?
It might take awhile, years maybe if your *lucky*, but you'll be executed with an RA as well. Time is not on your side at all. So sit in your cell (office) and do nothing is not going to change anything. If you join the Alliance you might be able to actually avoid your fate by having a contract to lay out some work and job protection.
Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Sales
Location: Seattle
Message: For those that are getting RA'd , leave it to IBM to make your end date 8/ convenient for IBM you will lose that full month of vacation time! You won't be able to get it! Another way IBM hurts its loyal employees to not pay out what they should. Stay POSITIVE! If you want to go back to work YOU will find another and better job!! You are LUCKY to be RA'd with a full package!! I was pushed out with NOTHING after 32.5 years! You will find a job and a better job!! Build a good resume, and contact those in your network! This is positive, get over the IBM BS and stay happy! You won't look back since IBM is very dysfunctional right now filled with weak leaders especially at the middle management level! Glad to be Gone already 1 year!
Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Certified IT Specialist
Location: Work from Home
CustAcct: One main Industrial account and one smaller Retail
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Lead Architect and Technical for client
Message: Got call yesterday. 31 year IBM, 1 and 2+ performance. Main customer contract requires US based resource in my technical lead/architect position. But that does not seem to matter. I was told I was eligible to retire with 30+ years. I responded that fired is more accurate. Looking to the next chapter in my life. Prayers are with everyone impacted.
Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Project Manager
Location: Boulder - Work from Home
CustAcct: Transition & Transformation
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Service Desk
Message: 6 years as contractor, 2 as Reg. 2+ rating and an important contributor to our team. Notified of RA on 7/23. Last day 8/24. Manager referred to it as "work elimination" and not related to my performance. Work moving to Costa Rica - it was a business decision/direction. In the middle of a transition and removed from complex and difficult project and RA'd. Standard package offered, 1 week for every 6 months, career support, re-training money. Wish that my years on contract could be recognized as I only qualify for 4 weeks severance. Feels like a slap in the face. Also the 8/24 release date to avoid paying out 1 more vacation day is a cheap shot. Looking forward to my next non-IBM adventure! I will use all of the support I can get from the package and feeling hopeful about finding a new job! -Anonymous-

Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Project Manager
Location: WAH
CustAcct: MAJOR Communications SO account
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: SO
Message: Got call yesterday. 20 year IBM, 2 and 2+ performance. Client contract with named PMs and penalties to IBM be-damned. Hits across account = big client sat issue coming = contract renewal may be affected. My math does NOT show how this RA will resolve 13 quarter Revenue miss. Welcome to USA 'landed' replacements. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: We need information on what accounts L1/landed resources are being put on and how many US workers are being replaced. We also need everyone to contact their Senators and Congressional rep and tell them what IBM is doing to US jobs. To those senior managers in the know: don't you think it is time to come clean with documents that show what IBM is doing??

Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Recovery Management
Location: Sandy Springs, Ga
CustAcct: State of Georgia
BusUnit: GTS, IOT Delivery
Message: All Recovery Management and Help Desk functions are gone 8/24/15, the account team allowed the work to be sent to Capgemini. The account team has not a clue how to manage their customer, and now they believe they have the inside track for the SoG Cloud contact. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Project and program manager
Location: Work at home
CustAcct: All commercial Unix and Intel and IBM
BusUnit: GTS
Message: 18 years with IBM 2+ minimum, praised by VPs for my efforts just last week... And I got my RA call yesterday. Last day is August 24th. I was so shocked yesterday I could not post this... In a way it's a releaf as the last few years I had to do the job of 3-4 people and it was really wearing me down but at the same time there is the desperation of how am I going to pay my bills and support my son as a single parent. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Regulatory Delivery Leader
Location: Work from home NYS
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Regulatory Services
Message: 15 years 2+ with occasional 1 - early 50s -- 5 of the 6 RAed employees I know of are women (one is unidentified) standard package 26 weeks severance, 6 months insurance plus $2500 related education -Anonymous-

Comment 07/24/15: Wow for those that just got RA'd , because you won't be finishing the entire month of august(last day 8/24) you will lose that full month of vacation time, can't claim it, leave it to IBM to not pay out what they should. Do not fret you will find another and better job, you are blessed to be RA'd with a full package.IT is hopping right now you will find a job and a better job at that, start with Right Management, the company in your severance package asap and get a good resume, and for God's sake network, network, network, that is what found me my job when I was RA'd. An ex-IBMer hired me , look at this as a positive, get over the IBM PTSD and be happy and you won't look back GUARANTEED!!!! -Anonymous-
Comment 07/24/15:
JobTitle: Intel Server Admin
Location: Boulder
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS
Message: 21 years with the company. Good reviews. Same as all the others. Finally got my call this morning for the RA. It's finally my turn. My main customer requires US workers, but it hasn't stopped IBM from trying to secretly send the work to India before (until the customer found out). Not sure if they will try again, or if they will just transfer it to another US team. I know that my team is too overloaded to be able to pick it up. Last RA hurt us bad, this one will likely drive my department under. So sad to watch IBM implode like this, as it used to be such a great company to work for. Looking forward to what the future holds for me! -LowlySA-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Product management
Location: Work from home
BusUnit: Corporate Finance
Message: Just found out about an RA in Finance for a corporate team, heard from my Finance peer that they are still recovering from having a bunch of people removed and they're trying to figure out how the survivors will cover the work. Not sure how we're going to get everything done, but hey, that's IBM, right? -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Network Tools
Location: San Francisco
BusUnit: GTS
Message: The usual, 10+ years, 2+ ratings, 62 years old. Going to semi-retire rather than look around. I will absolutely need to find another source of income but I don't need to replace the entire amount I'm losing. The decision on who to let go frequently does not make good business sense. My heart and good wishes go to those who need to find another job in this market. I would be very bitter if I didn't understand that it's not personal but rather poor management making bad decisions. I actually believe this is a good thing for me and I'll be much better off in the end. I have to stay positive.. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: UNIX System Administrator
Location: Work from home
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS|
ProdLine: SSO
Message: UNIX SA supporting AIX, VIO, Solaris, HP-UX and RHEL on multiple accounts. 8 years in current role, 17 years overall. PBC 2+ with the occasional 1. RA'd today with the standard severance package. No indication of who's picking up the work. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Achitect
Location: WAH
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS
Message: 17+ year IBM employee w/PBC 2 or higher. Recv'd RA call this AM from FLM. Informed cut was across all GTS; impacting multiple people within my organization. Standard pkg - 1 wk for every 6 months; max 26 weeks pay. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/23/15: Got the call today - 18yrs 45 - always good rating - SDM - Standard package, out at the end of August. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/23/15:
Location: Australia
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Blood bath happening in Australia at the moment. L1 manger got hit. The L2 had a conference call to let us all know, when questioned as to the rationale behind the RA he replied "have you seen the share price today"??! At least he told the truth for a change. -Over-it-in-Oz-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Senior it specialist
Location: Home and office
CustAcct: Multi
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Systems and security
Message: 16+ years at main account, 7+ as IBMer, deep cuts in GTS per FLM, all work flying offshore where possible, Even against contract aggreents, mainframe jobs simply not workable in most GR LOCATIONS - they are not trained and not being trained or learning on their own -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Storage Engineer
Location: Work At Home
CustAcct: Large Healthcare account
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Got the call this AM from my FLM. Last day will be August 24th. 6 years with IBM. Had been led to believe my time at my previous company (which outsourced to IBM) would be counted but it's not. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Advisory IT Specialist
Location: Phoenix
BusUnit: GTS
Message: RA'd today. After 28 years and 1 ratings for years. SLM called me since I have never spoken to the FLM. I guess he knew me better since we have spoken twice for about 2 minutes each time.
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: IT Specialist
Location: Denver
BusUnit: GTS
Message: 11 people on my team RA'd today, including our boss. Worked 12 years for IBM and recently received special awards from my VP for customer service. Our India team does not have the training or background required to support our customer's specialized applications. This will result in GTS loosing more accounts. My spouse thinks that IBM Senior Mgmt is so tight, they will want to be buried with their money! -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15: For all you people who got RAed. I pray for you. For all you people who found out you have not been RAed (yet) and have not joined the Alliance, and still will not join, I pity you...when are you gonna fight for your job and paycheck??? Doing nothing doesn't do anything. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Senior IT Specialist
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Got my RA call this morning from FLM. Was told that despite being cut to the smallest level yet by previous RAs, this is the biggest RA that our group has seen. Apparently hitting a lot of my colleagues. 25+ years. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Project Manager
Location: work at home
CustAcct: multiple
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: T&T
Message: RA'd at age 38 after 16 years with 1 and 2+ PBC ratings. Received my first 2 PBC last year and saw this coming especially after dismal 2Q15 results. I've been training GR replacements for several years now. With many of IBM's service contracts now stipulating "no GR", you'd think management would realize that cheaper workforce won't deliver the results our customers expect. IBM will continue losing Clients and market share. Best wishes to those awaiting their turn out in the RA game.
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: database architect
Location: boulder
CustAcct: viewpointe
BusUnit: gts
Message: Got ra'd today after 36 and 1/2 years. I was told it was not because of my performance. I asked them why they are keeping the girl who calls in an average of 60 days a year. All he said was 'I know'
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: TSM Admin
Location: Boulder
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Got the call this morning for my RA, Aug 24 last day. Little over 2 years with IBM, was told not the only one from our team, and a lot more across GTS. Standard severance package, bigger and better things await....
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: System Administrator
Location: Work from home
CustAcct: Multiple accounts
BusUnit: SSO
Message: Notified today of RA. My last day will be August 24th. Others on my team also RA'd. Long history with the company and among the top performers. If this is the way they're going to run things, its best if I move on anyway.-Anonymous-
Comment 07/23/15: Got the call this morning. Over a decade and half and did not see this coming. Appears that a lot of people have been RA'd. -RA'd today-
Alliance reply: If you have been following this web site you should have seen it coming. No IBM worker is immune to a job cut.

Comment 07/23/15:
Location: Boulder
CustAcct: Multiple
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Got my notice today with just over 3 years as employee and about 5 as a contractor before that. Standard package offered. Was told part of the current initiative to move 60-80% work to India. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
BusUnit: GTS
Message: Employees in GTS/RFS got calls about RA/layoffs this morning. Once again, GTS now resembles ISIS. Cutting heads for no apparant reason
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: System Administrator
Location: Work from Home
CustAcct: Large Healthcare Account
BusUnit: SSO
Was just notified of RA. My last day will be August 24th. I was told I was not the only one on my team affected. I am too upset right now to provide any more details, I will come back later. Thank you. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: SA
Location: California
CustAcct: Kaiser
Message: Layoffs are happening right now. Server admins in California -Anonymous from CA-
Comment 07/23/15:
JobTitle: Senior IT Architect
Location: Boulder
CustAcct: [revolving]
BusUnit: GTS
Message: RA'd today after 19+ yrs. std sev pkg. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15:
SO Unix/Intel Transition and Transformation
Message: Got the manager call that RAs were going on but I am safe (at least for this quarter). Was told we lost several people this time around. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/23/15: Just got a call from my FLM & he acknowledged that RA's are happening today. It was the mandatory "I need to inform you" call, lasted less than 2 minutes since I am not on this quarter's hit list. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/22/15:
JobTitle: PIP'd SysAdmin, gone
CustAcct: various
BusUnit: Cloud
ProdLine: Cloud
Message: Q: What is 'weighted against immediate teams only.'
A: Ranking just your First, or perhaps Second Level managed team; no broader scope than that. Not necessarily against PBCs or any other published criteria, but by SOME criteria, determine ranking, in order, of best contributors to poorest contributors. Hmmm... -Anonymous-

Comment 07/21/15: IBM took a $200 million charge for ‘workforce rebalancing’ actions but refused to use the word layoffs. -JustTheFacts-

Comment 07/20/15: IBM is not willing to use free cash for stock buybacks like they usually do so to sustain profits. With 13 (yes, 13) straight down revenue QTRs under Ginni you can bet there will be at least one significant RA. Only you can join the Alliance and help save IBM since IBM management is bent on it's destruction by continued bad strategies and questionable operational tactics. THINK TWICE. -IBMUnionYES-
Comment 07/19/15:
Location: Austin, Texas
Message: "Is IBM really hiring in the USA? We know they are RAing in the USA."
IBM Austin is hiring, but mostly contractors. That's because the software support provided from India is terrible and most customers don't want it. Most development has been moved to India, there they don't even test their code. The pay offered will be the same for the years to come. No inflation adjustment. No incentive for better performance. IBM is confident you won't ever leave, because the skill set acquired at IBM support is not marketable elsewhere. -Anonymous-

Comment 07/17/15: In response to the employee with a corporate cell phone, US employees log into website and select cancel my device or service. You will be given the option to port the # to a personal contract. You must take that action within 5 days or else the line will be automatically be cancelled by IBM. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/17/15: I was able to keep the phone number when I left. The phone was an old model, so bluefish, or whatever the IBM phone mgt group was called at the time, told me they did not what the phone back. I bought a new phone from a new carrier and was able to port the number. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/16/15: I searched in archives and and survival kit. Can someone tell me, if anyone had experience returning IBM Cell phone?. Can you keep the number?. Do you return the phone too?. Do you cancel it on the last day?. Any insights are valuable. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/16/15:
Q: What is 'weighted against immediate teams only.'
A: Can you say "what have you done for IBM 'lately' (ahem, recently, maybe like last week)" all subjective to your IBM management teams who are out to protect themselves with unadulterated subjective opinions of your 'recognized contributions' (that they can't take credit for)!
Sounds like 2nd QTR results will be the usual non-revenue dribble that is proving to be Rometty's legacy. THINK TWICE all in Blue! RAs a coming.
Comment 07/16/15: Interestingly enough, last week my manager set up a review with me. When we started the call the very first I asked her "what is this about? Is it a midyear PBC review?" She replied no and then hemmed and hawed about what it actually was. I was confused but had no choice but to do this so called review. I still dont know what it was all about. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/15/15:
JobTitle: IT Specialist - Mainframe
Location: Sydney
CustAcct: All
BusUnit: GTSJust made redundant, usual deal, but done by phone, obviously yet another bad quarter, and moving work offshore. Now find my redudancy entitlment is 2 weeks per year, where as it was 4 when I started. Surely they cant just change rules to suit themselves, or can they? You can bet, there will be a lot more to come. At last, the worry about losing my job is over, and I can get on with my life. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/15/15: Gini declared, this is the Indian Century. -Barb-

Comment 07/15/15:
Re mid-year pbc reviews, what does this mean: 'weighted against immediate teams only.'?
The comment is conveying that the process of having marathon sessions that included everyone under each director "calibrated" based upon relative contribution as a high, medium or low contributor and in addition identifying the so called top 10% and bottom 10% of contributors appears to have been scrapped. Instead, the"calibration" is going to be conducted at the department level. I personally participated in mid year "calibration" sessions that took 15-20 hours over several days to complete. It was a total mess and only demotivated the managers and employees after the manager conducted mid year discussions with their teams. The calibration required that the organization had to be divided equally into high, medium and low contributor categories. -Former IBM Manager (Retired)-
Comment 07/15/15: Any retaliation for joining? RA'ed for 2 years now. Thinking of joining. Also what are the services offered through CWA's Union Plus program for members? -Anonymous-
Comment 07/15/15: What is a CV? Stay tuned for 7/20/15 when 2nd QTR results is announced. More RAs for sure. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/15/15: Mid year review is currently underway and the quota given to the population of my business unit is 1/3 of each category. High, medium and low. High = 1 or 2+, Medium = 2, Low = 3 or 4. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/15/15:
BusUnit: GTS

Singapore will be hit with fresh RA (all kinds of code names management give these days - I wonder if these fellas actually do work instead of thinking of RA code names?).. As far as they are concerned they hope to show some savings due to Dynamic Automation.. Everyone who knows a thing or two about systems know you cannot totally have 0 people managing the systems. In fact the base number of people managing the systems is lower than what AP calls out to WW as potential productivity. I'm not sure how this gives client confidence. They give IMT leaders hard time for not getting clients on board the DA program insinuating that they should strong arm client into accepting DA. -John Doe-

Comment 07/15/15: Re mid-year pbc reviews, what does this mean: 'weighted against immediate teams only.'? -Anonymous-
Comment 07/14/15: Hello Anonymous, can you be more clear on what you are trying to say about: "Friday surprise mid-year PBCs with list of non-PBCs ratings....." -Anonymous-
Comment 07/12/15: Friday surprise mid-year PBCs with list of non-PBCs ratings, requested by upper management and weighted against immediate teams only. One case first-hand, two cases from colleagues on other teams, and one mgr on yet other team did not specify why, but said it was the hardest day he has had in a very long time. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/08/15: Location: Dubuque Message: Another round of RAs are around the corner in GTS. More accounts are being sent to India. Also mangers are asking for updated PBCs and CVs. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/01/15: In regards to the article about IBM offering contractor positions to employees who were RAed from Columbia, MO:
"It became a bit of a chuckle because it was so ironic," they said. "When I first joined IBM, they didn't say, 'Oh, you're only going to be there for one year, two years or three years.' So when they say, 'Yeah it's a one year contract,' that has about as much grain of truth in it as when you first got hired. They cut you when they need to cut you."
Absolutely true! And as a contractor you are just an IBM Purchase Order (PO). Yes, that's all. And IBM can terminate a PO whenever they want to not pay for it anymore. -Anonymous-
Comment 07/01/15: Get your message out in different locations. I encourage you to make comments in IBM Twitter feeds such as @IBMWatson and @IBM_NEWS. Also, consider commenting on any IBM Facebook page. IBM encourages the use of social media so let us take advantage of social media to get our message out. -Anon-
Comment 06/30/15: Some laid off IBM employees receive offer to come back as contractors -JustTheFacts-

Comment 06/24/15: RAs already under way in Africa too, most of the functions moving to India. -Anon-
Comment 06/24/15:

Southbury legislator: IBM considers leaving, 1,100 jobs on the block

HARTFORD — Rep. Arthur J. O'Neill reported Tuesday that IBM representatives privately raised the possibility of pulling the company's data processing center out of his hometown of Southbury because of proposed increases to state business taxes

The business giant is the largest taxpayer in Southbury, and the Republican lawmaker said the loss of its information management operations would represent a staggering blow to the town and surrounding communities.

"If IBM shuts down and pulls all of their computers out, they are our No. 1 taxpayer in Southbury. Our taxes are going to skyrocket because our tax base is going to shrink," O'Neill said.

The accompanying loss of 1,100 jobs there would ripple through Southbury and every other community where IBM workers live and spend money, he said. -Anonymous-
Comment 06/24/15: Was told by a neighbor there was an RA at the Finance COE in Rochester, MN. Do not know any details. -Anonymous-
Comment 06/20/15: Just heard substantial RA underway across Asia .. Large number of people being told about layoffs across SE Asia in particular; especially in GBS and GTS.. -Singapore Bob-
Comment 06/20/15: Interesting article in the Poughkeepsie Journal about the GlobalFoundries deal. This will remove many more IBMers from the payroll.
Comment 06/19/15: More IBM employees leaving the company soon. How long before we are under 70,000 US employees? -member-

Comment 06/19/15:
JobTitle: SDM
Location: MD
CustAcct: Novartis
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: SO
Message: "With the U.S. IBM RA's that are going on this week. I think it's time to remind everyone that is being RA'D to petition for your Trade and go back to school Its easy to do and you will get 2 years of college paid for plus 2 years of money equal to unemployment. There are other benefits too!"
This petition seems to require 3 or more victims to submit. How can I submit individually? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: You should contact the TAA rep for your state by phone. If any other workers in your situation and business unit contact us we will let you know. Send me your contact info at
Comment 06/19/15: Article on recent IBM job cuts: -Anonymous-

Comment 06/18/15:
Name: Regina Manuel
JobTitle: Global Delivery Project Executive
Location: Bentonville AR
CustAcct: Wal-mart
BusUnit: GTS
ProdLine: Middleware
Message: I feel for those that have received an RA. I was laid off in March of 2014 with the same MO. I always had 1's or 2+ and for 2-13 all of a sudden I got a 2. I also firmly believe that it was age discrimination. IBM use to have to publish the demographics of a RA but they did not in the 2014 RA. Most everyone I know that was RA'ed was between 45 and 65 and a band 9 and higher. If I can help you in anyway please let me know - Is their anyone out there that also believes it was age discrimination and if so what can we do about it? Is there anyway we can get the demographics? -Gina-

Comment 06/18/15: The RAs have started.. 6 from Power servers team in Atlanta. Also ibm is moving all power servers supt to India / except govt acct to building a bigger Power Servers presence in India. Ibm solution to their ego problem is layoff Americans & hire cheap indentured slave labor in third world countries! & its not working. Maybe they should move HQ to Bangalore - that might work great. -anonymous-
Comment 06/18/15: Lots of talk of job cuts in Dubuque after another bad quarter. I've heard as much as 30% of some teams, possibly more. Not sure how we can keep working like this... -Frank-
Comment 06/18/15: With the U.S. IBM RA's that are going on this week. I think it's time to remind everyone that is being RA'D to petition for your Trade and go back to school
Its easy to do and you will get 2 years of college paid for plus 2 years of money equal to unemployment. There are other benefits too! -Anonymous-

Comment 06/18/15: 5 RA'd today from the ATT account:
What is your job title? 1 SDL, 2 SWD , 2 T3
Where are you located? WFH various US locations
What customer account are you on? AT&T
What division or business unit? Div 07 SPMS US-Group 2
What product line? GTS. Mobility Services This is the second round. 30 days notice. Shifting work from US to Costa Rica. -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: Thank you for the specific information. We appreciate it.

Comment 06/18/15: So it begins again today. I got the call at 8:40, 16 years consist 2+ employee or better. The standard 1 week for each 6 months max 26 weeks. -Steve-
Comment 06/18/15:
Disney has labor unions for USA workers. We need labor unions too.
Why can't we make IBM cancel an RA? We can try to make this happen by building our union: The Alliance@IBM! It can be done but we need you to join to make it happen. -Anonymous-

Comment 06/18/15: RA's have started today in the US. 30 day notice. I just got the call. As we just had a RA finish at the end of May, I was not surprised that there would be another. As a rated 1 employee the previous 2 years and a 2+ last year, I was surprised I got the call. Still in shock and not sure what to do. I don't expect any openings within the company. Anyone have suggestions or words of advice? -Anonymous-
Alliance reply: We are sorry to hear of your RA notice and probable job loss.
You can find plenty of advice, if you read through our Job Cuts Reports Archives (in the right-hand column of this page).
Please provide Alliance with more RA information; such as the same information we've requested from IBMers training their replacements, in our previous comment, also on this page:
What is your job title?
Where are you located?
What customer account are you on?
What division or business unit?
What product line?
We will be better able to share this information with all US IBMers and the media, if there is an RA occurring at this time.
Thank you for your support.

Comment 06/18/15: Firstly, contact an employment lawyer in your province. Labour laws in Canada are a provincial jurisdiction. They can review your situation to see if there is a case of constructive dismissal. Secondly, they can review your package to determine if this was adequate for your situation. -Ferme La Porte-
Comment 06/17/15: Packaged off from long term disability Canada. So essentially I met with management to discuss going back and low and behold I was let go. When I asked for confirmation that everyone else doing the same job was also let go she would not comment. Thru Facebook etc I know for a fact these folks still have their job. I am wondering if I have a case to sue IBM for wrongful dismissal or am I just SOL trying to fight them. -Anonymous
Alliance reply: Unless someone from Canada can answer this we suggest you contact your labor board.

Comment 06/15/15: Alliance can gain traction here. This is a NY TimesEditorial.

Workers Betrayed by Visa Loopholes

It hardly needs saying that immigration policy should not undermine Americans’ jobs, wages or working conditions. The problem is that
what some companies want — cheap, exploitable, disposable labor — is exactly what the system can be twisted into giving them.

Former workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando or at Southern California Edison, the power utility, can tell the story. Those two
companies recently laid off hundreds of tech employees, who were replaced by temporary workers recruited by outsourcing firms based in

These are only two of many troubling episodes involving the H-1B program, which provides up to 85,000 visas a year to foreigners,
mainly highly skilled technical workers. The program was created to allow companies to fill gaps in their work force with specialized
employees they cannot find in the United States. But the law has loopholes, and companies here and overseas ruthlessly exploit them. A
huge industry has risen to meet labor demand in the information-technology sector, with the imported workers being
employees of the outsourcing firms.

On Thursday the Labor Department announced it was investigating two of the largest companies that supply H-1B workers, Infosys and Tata
Consultancy Services, based in India. Senators including Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, and Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, asked for the inquiry after reports that Southern California Edison turned to Infosys and Tata for H-1B workers even as it was laying off 540 workers, many of whom said they had to train their replacements. The Times recently reported a similar story at Disney, which contracted with HCL America, a branch of an Indian outsourcer, and laid off 250 workers. Some workers said they were asked to stay on to train the newcomers who took over their jobs.

Comment 06/13/15: More on Columbia job cuts -member-

Comment 06/13/15: There was an earlier comment about layoffs in Canada in June. Any additional information? -unimportant-
Comment 06/13/15: "Eliminating US jobs in favor of offshore resources as a practice that is alive and well."
I was let go over 2 years ago because a decision was made not to fund my position with a person from the US. The position was funded, BUT it had to be filled with someone from India.
My contacts tell me that the person is totally incompetent. No new news there. -Older, but still good -

Comment 06/13/15: "identified employees may be required to accept a temporary position to another location to assist with the transition of work until their scheduled departure date in order to receive the resource action payment and benefits."
That language was NOT in the March, 2014 package. I read the package carefully and something like that would have raised some eyebrows and would have required clarification from my mgr.....
-RAed one year-
Comment 06/11/15: Is IBM really hiring in the USA? We know they are RAing in the USA.
Plenty of job websites have plenty of IBM open jobs and most of these openings are from positions they have already RAed. Some open positions I have just looked at I swear I might know the person IBM RAed just from the location and job description listed! So the contention is are there REALLY job openings in the USA or are most or all of these employment opportunity "help wanted" ads that IBM puts out just to justify that they can't fill these "ghost" positions and thus the need to contract out (by PO) resources (human contractors), or for offshoring the job, or for lobbying for many more H1B visas for these USA job tickets? Maybe people just are not applying for IBM jobs now since they are not appealing as a potential employer for experienced skilled people in the USA(?)
So it is clear why we never get word of how many USA employees IBM has. No wonder IBM is not forthcoming. Even if IBM says they hired we have to just have to take their word about how many they hired if they even wish to disclose a number. So what is IBM really hiding? -trexibmer-

Comment 06/11/15: Comment made on an internal blog post today: "This is such uplifting news on the day our mass redundancy was announced as our UK jobs are transferred to Sofia". Possibly unsubstantiated rumour. -Anonymous-
Comment 06/10/15: After two big waves of layoffs this year, mostly older American workers, my organization is now giving referral bonus for new external hires to fill a sudden large number of newly open positions. Looks like age discrimination to me. -Anonymous-
Comment 06/10/15: -LowMorale- So IBM can demand the RAed trainer to go to the offshore location and train their replacement so will IBM pay for the travel and accommodation expenses? And as a temporary position could it be IBM could reduce the pay to offshored prevailing wage rates for the training assignment? All in all, not a fair treatment at all for the person that is losing their job. -Anonymous-
Comment 06/10/15: There is a project being run now to transition accounts to a 100% Global Resource model called GDD or Global Delivery Direct. All service lines across all IOT's and sectors are being targeted. Initiative is being supported by service line VP's. Long term / large, well established accounts affected. India GDC leadership is lobbying for large accounts . CA is a problem because IBM has to pay a 200K tax for landed Visa resources. The landed positions are typically leadership roles. In order to mitigate the tax some of these accounts are being filled with lower banded inexperienced resources in leadership positions. 100 plus accounts transitioned in 2014. Target for 2015 is 250. Some large accounts affected include Walmart, national Grid, HSBC, etc.. Eliminating US jobs in favor of offshore resources as a practice that is alive and well. -Anon-
Comment 06/10/15: Over one thousand members of IBM Australia staff have been RA’d since February 2015 mostly older workers , some jobs off shored others replaced by younger new hires at less cost . -anon-
Comment 06/09/15: HSBC just announced they are shedding 50,000 jobs and moving software development to India and China. Their stock of course went right up on the announcement. Look for IBM to take advantage of that to do more cuts and 'hide behind' or join this 'trend' by using the same excuses. IBM stock has been down for days running, and they will soon be needing some excuse to justify poor 2Q earnings and yet another quarter of declining revenues as they are in 'transition'. Buckle up if you haven't been RA'd yet, and by all means join and support the Alliance now while you still can. -ReadTheTeaLeaves-
Comment 06/06/15: OSHA 300 form on Southbury site hasn't been updated as of June 1 - date on the form says Jan 2014. I'd seen it posted that they were supposed to be updated in May. Not like the number had any basis in reality to begin with. They're also closing part of the remaining building to make it look less empty. Not really related to job cuts, but posting here just in case anyone was interested. -Southbury-
Comment 06/05/15: The article just posted was interesting, because in the"permanent layoff" package there was some language that I don't remember hearing about before. Has anyone that received an RA package in the past remembered seeing these clauses, or are they a new bag of dirty tricks to use against workers? They are:
"identified employees may be required to accept a temporary position to another location to assist with the transition of work until their scheduled departure date in order to receive the resource action payment and benefits."
- if not you can be terminated with no package pay or benefits. How is one to do that when we have families and responsibilities at home, and need to find a new job locally?
In part two of the information packet it talks about opportunities for laid off employees to pursue other openings in the company. It said"an identified employee who receives an offer of a comparable job will not receive the payments and benefits of the resource action regardless of whether the employee accepts the comparable job." So if you even try to find an internal position, you lose your package?
Another section of the packet said if they leave before the departure date determined by management, they will get no pay or benefits. -LowMorale-

Comment 06/04/15: Some IBM employees are training their offshore replacement right now.
There are members of congress finally looking at IBM's destruction of US jobs.
If you are training your offshore replacement or are being replaced by an offshore worker please furnish us with the following information:

Send information to
Help us break the secrecy of IBM's destruction of US jobs -Alliance-

Comment 06/04/15: I guess Disney learned these tricks from IBM:

Comment 06/04/15:

Documents obtained shine new light on IBM
ABC 17 News is uncovering more information about recent layoffs at IBM in Columbia.
In a Special Report last month, employees told ABC 17's Jillian Fertig the company was laying off people and replacing them with foreign workers.
ABC 17 News also reported some of the state tax incentives were suspended because the company only employed 453 people of the promised 800.
On Wednesday, Fertig obtained the packet that was handed out to employees the day they found out they were losing their jobs.
The packet contains 33 pages of what's called the "Resource Action Information Package for Employees," informing employees they were "identified for permanent layoff."
ABC 17 News found some questionable statements in the documents that Fertig tried to clarify with IBM, but a spokesman said the company has no comment. -Anon-

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