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 user 2009-08-14 at 4:20:53 pm Views: 39
  • #22759
    HP Worried about EDS Workers :D oest not want them to go to the Media
    Company says employees will be left in the dark if they talk with news organizations
    employees in Plano are comparing their job security to that of an
    undrafted rookie trying to make the Dallas Cowboys roster.Andy Mattes,
    the senior vice president of EDS Americas, addressed employee concerns
    about salary cuts and layoffs — and warned workers not to talk to the
    news media — in a podcast obtained by NBCDFW.com.”A., this is not
    easy, and we as a management team appreciate that,” Mattes said in the
    podcast. “B., if you’re impacted, that is painful, and there is nothing
    that I can tell you that’s going to make that pain go away.”Mattes
    began the employee town hall with a “legal disclaimer” that “anything
    that I do or say may or may not resemble the truth when it comes to
    forward-looking statements.”

    HP: If Leaks Continue, “You’ll Get Whitewashed Statements”

    also urged employees to not speak with the media about their concerns.
    An EDS employee anonymously told NBCDFW.com last week that his salary
    was being cut by one-third.”People have been leaking stuff into the
    news,” Mattes said. “I can only urge you to keep the conversation that
    we’re having here amongst ourselves. The more we can keep it amongst
    ourselves, the more open we can talk. If we have to get the feeling
    that everything that we do will show up in the newspapers tomorrow,
    you’ll get whitewashed statements.”But several EDS employees said they
    feel information is already being whitewashed for themselves, as well
    as customers and potential clients. They said the warning against
    speaking to the news media is intended to keep issues of morale and the
    potential impact on customers quiet.

    Employees say morale is
    low, anxiety is high and productivity is down as many workers spend
    part of their days on task and part of it searching for new
    employment.Workers said they fear every day that they will receive a
    tap on the shoulder — or an e-mail — informing them their services
    are no longer required.Hewlett-Packard, which bought the company last
    year, is relocating 150 information-technology jobs from North Texas to
    cities such as Austin, Houston and Atlanta.”HP will transition IT
    resources from Plano, Texas, to other locations…” the company said in
    a statement. “All affected will be given the opportunity and financial
    support to relocate to other HP offices.”

    But employees
    described it as a take-it or leave-it offer from a company that is
    asking some employees to risk relocation while at the same time cutting
    salaries of EDS workers up to nearly 50 percent in some cases.In the
    podcast townhall meeting about the company’s new job architecture,
    Mattes said 20 percent of HP-EDS employees regionally have been
    impacted by the salary cuts.He repeatedly said the changes are painful,
    but necessary and would have been worse years from now if the company
    had not taken steps to restructure in this economy.HP spokesmen
    confirmed the 150 job relocations but offered no comment on Mattes’
    statements in the podcast or on questions about cuts and other issues.