re: IT Age Discrimination Or Employee Inertia?
Many of my peers, as well as myself, have spent the majority of our careers at Boeing in IT and then ALONG CAME A SPIDER. We negotiated with India to buy our planes and the offset for that deal cost Boeing EO&T employees their jobs. We had to cut costs in order for our share holders to increase their profits - More senior EO&T employees are let go. Remarkably, the SPIDER found enough money to hire younger, less expensive employees, not batting her deceiving blue eyes as she destroyed lives. It's bad enough we've been fed a crock of B.S., so that SHE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED can create her legacy, calling herself a transformational leader all the while raking in the big bucks while telling us we're overpaid. EXCUSE ME???? She brings all her Yes men with her under the guise of infusing new blood into our ranks. The latest visionary change the SPIDER unleashes is that in order to gain efficiencies and to save money she is creating centers of excellence. We're a global company and have managed to meld the best IT members from all our mergers and acquisitions, regardless of their work location. Ms. SPIDER has the notion that everyone has to sit together, come from the same geographical region, never question the status quo, follow the leader or be banished for life. What's ironic, it's not because we're old and not keeping up with advances in technology or our output has diminished. It's all about the mighty dollar. Now, one of Spider's yes men just told us that St. Louis is a low cost center, so that's the direction we'll most likely be headed. Can you believe it? Oh and those of us who are vested and working until we retire are just draining the profits. I quote, "We're a company that builds planes, not a retirement company." Up until two years ago the St. Louis salaried pay scale was identical to Puget Sound and now that sequestration threatens the military side of our business they're low cost. Someone needs to tell Ms. Spider that the legacy she strives to achieve is only in her head and that the Boeing EO&T employees across the company don't consider her transformational, visionary or even a leader. If SHE continues to get raises, bonuses and retirement, will she want to leave? What if someone told her she was too expensive to keep? The canyon between the upper crust and the middle class continues to widen, but it's now so deep there's no crossing the great divide.
Yes, I ranted and raved. When are the big shots running these large companies going to get it? If they keep letting American workers go so they can increase their bottom line there's not going to be consumers with enough discretionary funds to purchase and/or use their products.
Note to Ms. Spider you are making a big big mistake. All the young IT talent doesn't live in St. Louis and they all don't want to move there either. Keep an open mind, keep your resources eclectic and you may just earn that legacy instead of creating a false one only recognized by your country club friends.