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Professional Services to lay off 25% of headcount

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I think the PS guys can easily get jobs outside of EMC. It's mostly at partners, but there's no shortage of partners looking for trained architects. Partner SA's have to do some pre-sales work, but you probably won't have to deal with the poorly implemented utilization scheme anymore.

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This has been going on for some time. They started VSD (mostly offshore labor) in what, 2009 or 2010? Began by pushing basic PS work that could be done via webex to India. Then they mandated that all base level PS projects be delivered by India with rare exceptions. Every quarter they pushed more and more there, even basing PM's bonuses by what % of billable projects were delivered by India. But the quality was sh!t. Escalations would occur and that mess would be dumped back on US resources to fix them. They even changed the name from VSD to COE (Center of Excellence) in an attempt to improve their image (polishing a turd, in most peoples opinions). The push in the last couple of years for residencies further complicated things. COEs were now doing most normal project work, data migrations, everything you can deliver remotely...even PM work. US resources were now expected to take residencies, even if it wasn't something they signed up for. "Want to spend six months in Iowa? You can go home and see your family every other weekend." People quit based on that alone. EMC continually squeezed the US based PS resources over time. Normal project work doesn't exist anymore. You are either on a residency or dealing with escalations that someone else (often offshore) created. Now, if you don't have the skillset to fit into the new consulting group you're pretty much done. US based PS resources are essentially having to re-apply for their jobs at this point. It's a real shame. Some of the brightest folks I've worked with came from EMC PS, dedicated to the company, dedicated to their customers. They've either seen the writing on the wall and have already left, or have been laid off or found other positions within the company.

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They are mostly cutting US workers and replacing them with less expensive overseas labor. I hardly see any US PS people in my non emc work now. I assist emc PS on projects now and 98% of emc people who I do interact with doing emc project work are in india doing the job I used to do at emc.

H1B visa's are ruining the US tech job market too.

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Professional services has been in a perpetual downsizing for well over a year already.

Bean counters have been micromanaging individual "utilization" and if you are "on the bench" with nothing to do for only a week or two, you are gone.

My guess is, if you specialized in any of the products being shutdown or sold off, you should be preparing to get the axe.

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This includes Tech Support as well. Expecting 20% hit

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