IBM layoffs incite backlash

IBM layoffs incite backlash

Business decision spurs negative sentiment toward Big Blue.

Still others disagree, saying IBM will only pass along the savings to its own bottom line.

"They will not pass the savings back to the consumer. The bean counters are only interested in the bottom line," one comment reads. "I've been down this road with other vendors, and it is not a pretty sight. I will recommend to my company what I have done at other companies -- get off IBM hardware. I will vote with my wallet and recommend to the company to do the same."

Some point out that other outsourcing firms conducted similar workforce reductions, such as EDS when it was acquired by HP.

"EDS did the same thing, laying off tens of thousands of people and sending jobs to Brazil and India. Instant karma hit them though when HP bought the company and sent managers packing," one comment reads.

Another writes: "What is the big deal? HP/EDS has already laid off 25,000 U.S. employees and replaced them with offshore workers."

The number of jobs being shed in North America is small compared to IBM's worldwide workforce and probably not likely to be duplicated one-to-one in offshore locations, analysts say.

"It's a relatively small portion of their overall services population," says Ben Pring, research vice president at Gartner.

Still others argue that with potential acquisitions on the table, IBM doesn't need to cut its workforce yet.

"If IBM has cash to buy Sun, they surely could hold off laying people off," one reader states. "If IBM customers could see this practice, I'm sure they would go elsewhere for their business needs."

Others say despite the business logic to such a workforce decision, the frequency with which U.S. jobs are being outsourced is unsettling.

"I was one of the IBM employees let go. I found out the work I was doing will now be done by someone in Brazil. It's only going to get worse. There won't be many tech jobs left in the U.S. in the very near future," the comment reads.

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