IBM job cuts underway

IBM job cuts underway

Summary: We're getting numerous instant messages, pings and posts about IBM layoffs going down today. The exact number of layoffs — or even if the job cuts are material enough for Big Blue to disclose — is unknown.

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commentary We're getting numerous instant messages, pings and posts about IBM layoffs going down today. The exact number of layoffs — or even if the job cuts are material enough for Big Blue to disclose — is unknown.

The official site for the IBM Employees Union in the US — Alliance@IBM — has a bevy of individuals telling their pink slip tales. The news comes just a day after IBM surprised Wall Street with a strong fourth quarter. Calls to IBM weren't immediately returned. The Alliance@IBM site blares:

Among the comments:

  • "One of guys on my team in SWG just told me about the Resource Action. He told me there are hundreds on the list in the package."

  • "By my counts about 800 software engineers are selected in the action. 330 Staff, 280 Advisory, 120 senior, and others."

  • "Our Tivoli group lost four of six people. Severance offered is one week per every week of employment (from most recent start date). Final day is roughly four weeks from today. Some extension on insurance based, if I remember from the meeting, on time served."

Judging from the comments, it looks like IBM's software unit is taking the biggest hit. That move isn't entirely surprising given the number of software acquisitions Big Blue has completed over the years.

Meanwhile, IBM'ers are also starting to blog about the layoffs. Aaron Leventhal writes:

This came as shock to me today, but I was just laid off from IBM. It was not a result of performance. They tell me it was because ARIA and working with external browser vendors is no longer a priority. There is still the chance to find work for another group in IBM, and I will probably be looking into that.

I have enjoyed working there, especially on Web 2.0 accessibility and Mozilla.

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Topics: IBM, IT Employment

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  • Laid Off this morning

    I was let go this morning.. 5/10/2009 would have been my 10 year anniversary.. but didn't make it.. We do have 30 days to find another position within IBM.. however, with so many cuts in North America.. the prospect of finding another job is not very promising.. I am now considering employment with IBM outside the US..
    Best of luck to you all !! at least they waited until after the holidays.
    domin2