By Lee Conrad
IBM has gone through many changes over the past decades. People who worked for IBM before the 1990’s would not recognize it today. Gone are the family and worker friendly perks and practices. Benefit cuts, pay cuts, and job cuts are the norm and have increased the view that IBM as a great employer has diminished substantially.
As of July 1st, 2015, the number of US IBM employees is 71,000. In the mid 1980’s it was 230,000. Certainly companies can not remain static. IBM has reinvented itself many times and continues to do so, but the changes at IBM for workers, retirees and their communities have been devastating.
For many years IBM has been run by executives whose sole goal has been to increase the stock price at the expense of all else. They failed to realize or simply did not care that IBM is not just a logo or a building, it is also the workers. It is and was their sweat and toil that made it successful. So the question is, will IBM executives once again respect and value its greatest resource, the employees? Or will it continue chasing earnings per share and jeopardize the legacy of a once great company? Time will tell, and this website will attempt to keep a watchful eye on IBM and its treatment of IBM workers and retirees as it reinvents itself once again.