I find this rather appalling... Workers losing jobs at IBM get overseas option
From ComputerWorld: Workers losing jobs at IBM get overseas option
Some of the workers being let go by IBM in the U.S. and Canada have a chance to remain with the company -- if they're willing to move to Brazil, India, China or a dozen other lower-wage countries. But the expatriate employees would likely be paid at local salary rates.
IBM is offering the relocation option to employees who have been "notified of separation." It said that as part of the program, called Project Match, it will give workers financial aid to offset moving costs, assist them in securing visas and provide "other support to help ease the transition of an international move."
But people who agree to transfer must be "willing to work on local terms and conditions," IBM said.
This program leaves me with a very sour taste about IBM in my mouth. I understand that outsourcing is an unfortunate reality in our industry. We could write countless books about the pros and cons of that. I'll also not spend much time on the morality of announcing exceptional profits and then laying off people, all in the same week. But this "Project Match" program has, in my opinion, nothing to do with outsourcing and everything to do with putting lipstick on a pig.
So say you're a $70K a year programmer for IBM, born and raised in America. I'm supposed to be excited that you'll offer me a job for a fraction of that, in a country with a completely different culture, likely speaking a language that I'm not familiar with, all so I can keep programming at IBM? It's nice that you'll offer me relocation assistance to get there. But what if it doesn't work out? Are you offering me help in getting home? Oh, that's right... I forgot. I don't HAVE a job with IBM in the US any more. You're on your own... And I hope you saved a considerable chunk of your much lower salary, as getting home on your own is a whole lot more expensive than getting down there in the first place.
This isn't some internship program where you spend a year overseas, and then return with more experience, ready to move up the corporate ladder. This is a one-way ticket, and you better hope it works out...
I have no doubt that this will appeal to a very small number of people who want an "adventure". It may also be a great program for naturalized citizens who have considered moving back to their home country, but didn't quite have the ways and means figured out. But in terms of a program that's supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy about IBM's corporate ethics and concern for their workforce?
Not so much...