IBM ‘Workforce Rebalancing’ Includes Plenty of Hiring

Despite layoffs that could affect up to 13,000 people, IBM continues to hire at its usual rate.

HiringThe company has more than 3,000 open jobs. They include nearly 600 positions in software development and support, more than 1,300 IT specialists in areas such as infrastructure, security and middleware, and 44 positions in hardware development and support. It’s looking for 63 database administrators and more than 120 people in server support and services.

Big Blue said:

IBM is positioning itself to lead in areas such as cloud, analytics and cognitive computing and investing in these priority areas. For example, already this year we have committed $1 billion to our new Watson unit and $1.2 billion to expand our cloud footprint around the world. In addition, just this week IBM announced a $1 billion investment in platform-as-a-service cloud capabilities, as well as investments in areas such as nanotechnology which will bring hundreds of new jobs to New York State.

At the same time, CNET reports the layoffs are hitting up to 25 percent of the hardware division – the Systems and Technology Group, whose revenue dropped 18 percent last year.

Lee Conrad, the national coordinator for Alliance@IBM, confirmed those layoffs to Business Insider:

The red tide has started in STG sales. Mainframe, Power and Storage teams are getting their calls this morning. … One long-term manager characterized it as the broadest and deepest … ever seen at IBM.

Meanwhile, about 7,500 IBM STG employees are expected to be offered jobs at Lenovo, which bought IBM’s x86 server business last month. If those workers don’t accept the jobs, they will be prohibited from working for either company for two years, according to CRN.

Conrad told CRN, however, that when Lenovo bought IBM’s PC unit in 2004, at least half the employees who made the move were terminated within two years.

11 Responses to “IBM ‘Workforce Rebalancing’ Includes Plenty of Hiring”

  1. jgalt2000

    Of *COURSE* IBM still hires people. They have to have people available to lay off the next quarter. Besides, at their current rate of layoffs, if they didn’t bring in new people, they’d have *no one* working for them within a year (except for managers, who aren’t actually “workers” anyway).

  2. What happened to training programs?? I guess “rebalancing” makes more sense when you have bean counters running companies, and considering humans a simple “assets” and “liabilities”… Why would you want to work for a company that as you come through the entrance, you can also see the “former assets” leaving..

  3. spintreebob

    When applications are well designed, well coded, the IBM mainframe has the best TCO-Total Cost of Ownership. But poorly designed, poorly coded applications have high mainframe cost. Mainframe cost is based on CPU usage. When mainframe applications are inefficient, IBM makes money. And when efficient, IBM gains market share. But where’s the profit in that?
    And do CIOs understand the cost nature of their Applications when choosing platforms?

  4. Go Home Visa

    oh, they’ll be hiring alright..hiring H1B’s, hiring L1, hiring outsource employees in india…yep, they’ll be plenty of IBM hiring in the near future, I’m sure of it

  5. ibmwho

    Hiring.. Who foreigners & HB1s? There are hardly any Americans working for that company now-a-days as they are always laying them off higher cheaper overseas wage workers

  6. Using inside connections, I have pursued some of the supposedly ‘open jobs’ IBM has had listed on their web site during the past year. I discovered that the jobs had been filled long ago, in one case almost two years earlier. I believe IBM deliberately allows these dead listings to remain posted in order to inflate their ‘open jobs’ numbers. It is all part of the smoke and mirrors games IBM plays with local governments and the media.