LEADERSHIP: The IBM débâcle

2015-Feb-06

The IBM débâcle
http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/tech-careers/massive-worldwide-layoff-underway-at-ibm

Massive Worldwide Layoff Underway At IBM
By Tekla Perry
Posted 3 Feb 2015 | 17:00 GMT

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Project Chrome, a massive layoff that IBM is pretending is not a massive layoff, is underway. First reported by Robert X. Cringely (a pen name) in Forbes, about 26 percent of the company’s global workforce is being shown the door. At more than 100,000 people, that makes it the largest mass layoff at any U.S. corporation in at least 20 years. Cringely wrote that notices have started going out, and most of the hundred-thousand-plus will likely be gone by the end of February.

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It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing “resource action”.

And, the long term damage is incalculable.

Would anyone go to work for them now? And trust them — never.

I think they have irreparably damaged their brand.

If I had a contract for services with IBM, then I’d treat it as a high risk now.

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