Reader Feedback on IBM Starts Cutting U.S. Jobs Again
March 15, 2010 Hey, TPM
You may have heard this from some other sources, but just in case: The Rochester Post Bulletin reported recently that some more cuts were going to occur. . . no comment from IBM, as usual.
I have heard from an inside source that IBM is closing the Rochester iSeries Briefing center, the Rochester iSeries Benchmarking center, and the Graphics Design center. The current staff has 30 days to find a job in IBM or they’re gone.
The affected people are among the top iSeries people in the industry and to let them go is the height of folly, but so are the other IBM machinations aimed at the AS/400 and its successors.
I don’t know what, if any alternative capabilities exist for customer and ISVs. This action is not the first against the benchmark center; a number of months ago some of their top technical people in the benchmark center were “downsized.”
Bootnote: Since last week’s story ran, Alliance@IBM, the local of the Communications Workers of America union that has been trying to organize IBM for decades, reports IBM has cut 2,901 jobs in the United States through Friday afternoon. That’s 202 more IBMers shown the door since our initial report.