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  •  They do have quite the reputation... (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, Clues

    I was on an employee message board last night, it is very sad to read what's going on there.  It's hard to believe that the company was always at or near the top of "best places to work" lists.

    I did find an interesting link in one of the posts.  It describes a new way that management is  monitoring their employees.  Nothing helps employee morale better than knowing that your emails and social media comments are being archived and data-mined by your employer.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:59:41 AM PST

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    •  Can't believe people aren't afraid to post on (2+ / 0-)
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      that message board. Also surprised there is a union.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:05:17 AM PST

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      •  They are terrified to post there... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... as you can see, most of the posts are "last resort" kinds of posts.  "I am about to be canned, what should I do?"

        IIRC the site is blocked on employee's work computers by the company's firewall and any attempt to reach the site on company computers is logged and reported.  99% of the comments there are from home computers (the rest are from managers whose computers are allowed to post to the website for trolling purposes).  There is no doubt that the company monitors that site and a couple of other boards run by employees.  It is rare that you will ever see a real name (for obvious reasons) in any post - unless the ex-employee wants to stick it to the company.

        The union has tried to make its presence felt since the company started "changing" in the early 2000's.  Currently the company doesn't recognize the union, and supposedly targets any employee who tries to represent the union within the company.

        Your friend may find it interesting to read the board (not from a company computer), as the information is usually pretty accurate as to when the next layoffs will begin.  Once the layoffs start, the board will document how many people have been affected and which divisions and work sites they come from.  During review "season", your friend can see how other people are being rated (which is usually an indication as to how bad the next round of layoffs is going to be).

        Here's an idea as to how "effective" the company's policies are working in the US:

        The shrinking US employee population courtesy - XXX's annual reports
        and other sources:
        (Also take into account that XXX was buying companies/employees at the same time.)
        XXX stopped reporting US headcount in 2010
        *Alliance Estimate
        2012: *92,000
        2011: *98,000
        2009: 105,000
        2008: 115,000
        2007: 121,000
        2006: 127,000
        2005: 133,789

        Where XXX hired in 2009:
        Asia/Pacific: 13,376
        CEEMEA: 3,988
        Europe: 2,923
        India: 18,873
        Japan: 868
        Latin America: 7,112
        USA: 3,514
        Canada: 820

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:40:02 AM PST

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    •  I've read about that (2+ / 0-)
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      probably in the same place you did.  Given the rampant ineptitude and bare bones staffing, my bet is that it will never work properly or be useful in any way.  They don't need another metric to determine who to get rid of, anyway.  There's a giant number cruncher that identifies who gets the axe, and it's based solely on cost.

      •  Very true... (2+ / 0-)
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        eXtina, Clues

        ... it's all about cost, stock price, dividends, and management incentive plans.  

        The company is pretty good at heuristics, so that program will probably identify more people in the upper echelons of the company than the lower echelons.  After all, who more than the top brass says one thing to employees and another thing to people outside of the company (which should cause that program to flag the brass)?  It will probably lead to a pretty amusing decommissioning of the program because it works too well.

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44:08 AM PST

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