Is IBM Imploding?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Last week my BFF and former coworker phoned me. "Guess what happened."

"So, what happened."

"What's the worst thing that could happen to me."


Despite announcing better than expected earnings, IBM is having yet another resource action!

Laurisa had been laid off with me last quarter, but thanks to a super-human effort, she managed to squeak into a job at the absolute last minute. Now, her new department is part of the resource action--the whole group. She gets to go through the whole process again.

I'm learning this round is even bigger than before (rumors have it as high as 16k people, but I can't imagine it to be true); it feels like a war zone where I hear names of friends that have been hit. Most of my friends that lost jobs last fall haven't found new ones yet. I'm sick thinking about the many more who are adding to the highly talented job pool, not to mention how rough it is on the people who are left, happy to have a job, but overwhelmed by the workload and mourning their former coworkers.

I've spent these past few days thinking how very grateful I am that my husband has a steady job and that I don't have to go out and try to find something in this economy.


The Clayburn Family said...

I had no idea you were laid off. Sorry to hear about that Tami. Thank goodness James has a job!!! The workforce lost a very talented worker!!

Tamara said...

Thanks, Amy. I had been on a Leave of Absence from work when I got cut, so losing my job wasn't exactly a huge blow. The hardest part right now is watching how deep the cuts are getting. I'm not yet in any hurry to get back into the work force.

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