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IBM Greenock, Manpower & Adecco – A Review after 1 1/2 years

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by Sanshiru

Chapters:
The Story
So in Conclusion..
About working for Manpower/Adecco/IBM
About Greenock and Scotland
Living costs

The Story

1 1/2 years ago I got an offer from Adecco, to move to Scotland and work for IBM as technical support.
Thrilled by the idea to go to the UK and work for IBM I agreed and left my former, well paid and everything but busy job behind. The offer seemed good since they were paying the flight, accommodation for 10 days and 400 pounds cash after arrival. Everything was as they said when I arrived in early June 2008, but that was just the surface.

Enthusiastic I started the training, sucking in all the knowledge like a dry sponge does with water.
I was told that I would have some sort of newbie protection at first for at least 6 months, until I am a full fledged agent, meaning that they wouldn’t pressure me when it comes to meeting targets. So I was relieved and enjoyed every moment, taking pride in being an IBMer.

1 month after I had started there was a centre-wide meeting announced, in which the highest managers of this plant announced that all technical support was going to be outsourced to Hungary, but they also promised that they wouldn’t stop the service here. Rather we were supposed to work together with them as one team. Of course the first question that came to my mind was: ‘Why would a company who is seeking to reduce costs, keep employees that cost more than other while doing the same job?’

Back then I didn’t bother getting up and asking cause I already knew they would only come up with some bloody lies to make it look like they are an all great and generous company. So I kept quiet and watched them fail since they had not planned things well enough. While people started to leave the company, strange things happened:

They started to rebuilt the floor which we were on, so there was constant loud noise making it even harder for you to work, aside from all the stress. On top of that they started painting the office walls and heaters (and in that building it’s not possible to open the windows!!). Everyone got at least severe head aches from the fumes and some even got rashes within 1 hour. When we went to the Adecco HR office we were told: ‘Stop acting! It’s just water-based paint!!’. For days it went on and even the team leader had enough of the constant head aches and went home earlier with half of the team, which rewarded her with more than just dirty looks from the HR ladies. Continue reading..

Winter, Winter and even more Winter

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1 1/2 years ago I moved to Scotland, UK, being told that winters are very mild there, rarely any snow and seldom temperatures below 0°C (32°F). Looking forward to non-frozen streets, ears, nose and all other body parts that tend to freeze in cold weather, I was badly disappointed when winter 2008/09 started.

by Andy Yarr

It was cold and soon it started to snow. To my surprise, they didn’t seem to care to free the pedestrian walks and only focused on the streets. Walking soon turned out to be more dangerous than going by car or bus, since the snow melted away and then got frozen by the Siberian temperatures. Back then everyone was talking about an exceptional winter which would occur only once every 20 years. But now it’s 2009/10 and we have the same again. Even worse.

For weeks now the snow is on the streets, melts, turns to ice and then it snows again, repeating the cycle. Before the New Year’s Eve the pedestrian walks started to clear up a little, leaving me in hope that today the ice would have been completely melted away finally.
To my surprise tough, when I stepped outside the house this morning, the ice was still there, just like before and in addition to it there was frost all over the walks.

At work one of my co-workers told me that even in his home town Largs, which is directly at the ocean, the streets are frozen, what usually never happens due to the warmer climate there. This morning we had temperatures of -13°C (8.6°F). Friends told me that it’s not any better on Continental Europe, with temperatures of -20°C (-4°F) in Germany. It seems like this winter is even worse than the one last year, lasting longer with lower temperatures and way more snow, leaving everyone to wonder when it will stop.

 

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Written by Samantha A. P. Ocean

January 4, 2010 at 11:21 am