Thread regarding State Farm Insurance layoffs

It's sad to see what's become of the place

I guess we've always known that State Farm's management structure had too many layers, and as a result, the people at the top of Systems truly had very little idea what went on in the trenches. This problem was apparent to me when I first started (17 years ago), but until CDE, I never realized how utterly clueless Systems leadership was.

I still have a hard time understanding how anyone could think it was a good idea to change practically everything about Systems simultaneously (the technology stack, the department structure, the technical leaders, the process, the desks, the rooms, the vendors, etc etc.) I mean, that nonsense was doomed to fail.

The bedbug infestation was a nice touch.

I often wonder if the people at the top realize what a debacle CDE/ICP was, or if they merely view complaints like mine as evidence that things COULD HAVE WORKED if they'd only gotten rid of the right people.

I don't suppose it matters. State Farm as a company is sliding downhill, and Systems is sliding with it.

It's sad to see what's become of the place.

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Glad I am gone...

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I've already been cut, so I'm with ya on focusing on life beyond the Farm.

On my way out, I'm going to follow the lead of Monty Python and fart in Tipsord's general direction.

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Let's change the stream of conversation. We know that SF is systematically going through each department doing 'structure studies' expanding leader span of control to make the leadership structure 'flatter' etc etc. We know rank and file employees will have many shocks in, 2018. But let's look prepare for it. let's get that masters, systems certification, save as much as we can just in case we don't make the cut and get sent packing. Basically what can we do to get the most of SF while we can. I know it hurts. Its happening to us, but we gotta think about life outside of SF. Tipsord and Farrington have moved on, accepted that systems will be smaller, their words out their mouths. Now we have to say pluck it ducket gimme what you got so I can leave this place and land on my feet. Hub folks you may want to pay attention cause prior to the rhetoric you have heard hubs are not safe. #tryingthepositveroute

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Everyone on this thread needs to erase from their minds that State Farm is the biggest and the best. We are not. I throw up when anyone references anything like that. State Farm is however the biggest dysfunctional I.T. Department that I have ever been a part of. And my time here has been the biggest mistake that I have ever made in my career. Not only has it been frustrating to be a part of it, it’s been the biggest directional mistake I could have ever made.

Our data is not the biggest, the most complex or even the best. If we were truly using data would we be in this situation? Or would the indicators have steered us in a different direction long ago. We are here because those in System Execute roles had no clue what they were going. And the C Level roles didn’t know enough to make the necessary changes.

I sure do hope this will be a happier year than many of us think it’s going to be.

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