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Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM

Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM

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  • Age discrimination is not usually what you think of when you think of diversity at companies. But this piece shows that maybe it should be.

  • This is an extremely important story, and I applaud ProPublica and the reporters for having taken the time to really investigate the claims around age discrimination. They spent months digging up documents and listening to people’s stories of losing their jobs after decades of loyalty to the company

    This is an extremely important story, and I applaud ProPublica and the reporters for having taken the time to really investigate the claims around age discrimination. They spent months digging up documents and listening to people’s stories of losing their jobs after decades of loyalty to the company. These are hardworking Americans who would sacrifice their time — say, work 80 hour weeks willingly and take classes to learn more skills — because they believed IBM would take care of them and reward them for their loyalty.

    IBM has an amazing marketing arm and has done a fantastic job of keeping this story largely out of the public eye. Many of you might recall CEO Ginni Rometty’s pledge right after Trump’s election that she would hire tens of thousands of new employees in the US. Many ex-employees pointed out then that this number neglected to reveal how many current American workers would lose their jobs in the meantime.

  • This is an extraordinary and extraordinarily detailed account of a phenomenon that has sadly become completely ordinary at firms across the U.S. I can't see how this is good for the overall economy, or for the firms themselves, although it can boost earnings int he short term. How do we fix it?

  • This is yet another reason why ProPublica is a national treasure. I am sad that this will possibly cripple the career of a great woman CEO in Rometty though, and I worry if she would take the fall for decisions that might have not been her own initiative.