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Old 05-10-2005, 02:29 PM   #21
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The layoffs I reported are all in the US and no info on the packages. The people were given 30 days to find another position within IBM or they get the package. All were band 7-9 and Information Analysts or Team leader positions as far as I know.

Since I don't know any of the people very well, I really didn't want to call and ask what the package was. There might have been higher on my account since we have GR percentages to meet, mandates from the customer. Or maybe it wasn't related to the announcement, and they took this opportunity to lower the US percentage thus increasing the GR percentage. Who knows....

I'm sorry I didn't get the offer. I'm thinking of quitting soon even though I start working 3 days a week next week.

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Re: Layoffs at IBM
Old 05-12-2005, 05:46 AM   #22
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I thought I was the only one who dipped into the fishbowl. Did you get <those looks>? Like you were committing adultry HA! Its a frickin biz card in a bowl. Corporate confidentiality requires that business travellers keep a low profile, but a free burger is a free burger! That tickles some old brain cells.
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Old 05-12-2005, 07:30 AM   #23
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I confess I did both, i.e. I always dropped my card in the bowl
and frequently mined the bowl for possible customers.

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Better...I got caught by the hostess once, who was mad until I explained what I was doing. Dated her for almost 7 months. She fished the bowl for me after that. Saved me a lot of time and a lot of cholesterol.

Anyone else "caught" me, I'd just smile at them and nod, and continue about my business.
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Better...I got caught by the hostess once, who was mad until I explained what I was doing. Dated her for almost 7 months. She fished the bowl for me after that.

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Old 05-27-2005, 07:17 AM   #26
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Some long faces locally. Many IBM'ers are being furloughed over the fourth of July week. If you have vacation time, and take it, you get paid. If not... no pay


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Excuse my ignorance, but what does it mean to be furloughed at IBM? Do you mean to say that regular employees must take time off without pay due to lack of work, etc.? Or is this "just" for contractors? I'd think contractors wouldn't get paid time off for holidays anyway...

I'm confused, but this surely doesn't look good no matter what.

On the other hand, if the choice is lose your holiday pay or lose your job...

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Old 05-27-2005, 02:59 PM   #28
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woo hoo, my first post... well, here anyway.

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Excuse my ignorance, but what does it mean to be furloughed at IBM? Do you mean to say that regular employees must take time off without pay due to lack of work, etc.? Or is this "just" for contractors? I'd think contractors wouldn't get paid time off for holidays anyway...
As far as I know, it generally affects people involved in manufacturing type work. There is still some left. This is an old description of it from "Alliance@IBM". I'm not a big fan of them either.

http://www.allianceibm.org/articles/furlough.htm
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Thanks, moghopper, and welcome!

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I worked for CSC, (stands for collection of sh*tty companies) and they put us on furlough. Basically, the accounting laws were counting the vacation on the books as a liability to the company, so to look better they forced us to take two weeks vacation. If you didn't have two weeks, they let you "borrow" time and pay them back.
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I just found this forum today, I am an IBMer in Global Services I know 3 in the MHV and 2 else that were affected by the lay offs that were anounced in early May, one was only here for a few years and wasn't too bright, 3 were close to retirement, not sure what they are going to now. Anyway there were more today, don't know any details yet other then my department wasn't affect.

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I wish I could get laid off from IBM now.
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I wish I could get laid off from IBM now.
Are they offering a generous severance package. I know Boston Scientific gives 1.5 months of pay per year of service, 2 years of bonus plus medical benefits.
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I wish I could get laid off from IBM now.
I wouldn't worry; I'm sure they'll be another layoff coming soon. IBM in Austin just had a substantial layoff back in September. This was in the processor design group, once thought to be an untouchable area.

But my question is, why not just leave? Is it the severance package?
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Don't really want to leave to do the same thing somewhere else, I would rather have the severance and be forced to find something completely different.
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Don't really want to leave to do the same thing somewhere else, I would rather have the severance and be forced to find something completely different.
My sentiment exactly...
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:42 PM   #38
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Don't really want to leave to do the same thing somewhere else, I would rather have the severance and be forced to find something completely different.
Are you really sure you want to wait around for that? What if it never happens?

BTW, do you have an idea of what you'd like to go into?
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:59 PM   #39
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I don't really think that it will (layoffs) happen. I don't really want to wait around even if it would. More just a fantasy.

I wish that I had a passion for some type of work, but I don't that I know of.

If I were to leave, I think I would have to go back to school. That doesn't really appeal to me unless I can find something there that I really want to study.

Also I have a family, so I don't really want to make them suffer if we had to downgrade our lifestyle or move etc. so that I could go back to school.

Anyone have any ideas of a good career with a low barrier of entry :-)
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I wish that I had a passion for some type of work, but I don't that I know of.
I know what you're saying. I went through something similar a few years ago. I left Megacorp voluntarily and took some time off, did some traveling with my girlfriend (now my wife), and during that time I racked my brains trying to figure out what my "calling" was. After much soul-searching (including dilligently going through "What Color is Your Parachute?"), I discovered that there really wasn't anything that I wanted to do that would qualify as work. The bottom line is, if I didn't have to work, I wouldn't. That doesn't mean that I would sit on the couch all day and watch TV, but I wouldn't do anything that resembles what I'm doing now. I'd do some traveling, some rock climbing, some surfing, maybe write a little, and after I got tired of that, I'd probably do some volunteer work. But nothing that's nearly as stressful as what I'm doing now.

However, as strange as this may sound, simply coming to that realization made me appreciate my job that much more (I'm a computer engineer). I get paid very well, I get to work on interesting problems, I'm pretty much always learning, I work with (mostly) intelligent professionals, and I don't have to punch a clock. The people around me trust me to get my job done. Sure, the hours can be hell sometimes, but since I've taken that break, I've gotten much better about respecting my limits. Even though I'm full time, I treat the job as a contracting gig, b/c you never know when layoffs are coming in this field.

I know some people who live to work, and I respect the fact that they've always known what they've wanted to do and enjoying doing it. But I've realized I'm a "work to live" person.

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Anyone have any ideas of a good career with a low barrier of entry :-)
Yeah, that's a tough one. It sounds like you're open to a wide range of possibilities. As corny as it may be, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" may actually help you narrow down your interests into things that really appeal to you. Like I said, it didn't lead me to any particular profession, but it really made clear what my strengths and weaknesses are. And I realized that my current field is one of the best in which I can utilize my strengths.
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