Thread regarding State Farm Insurance layoffs

So what next?

First line placement will be announced in early February. That certainly cannot be the end of the story. The big question is what happens next!

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Why do hush hush on the analyst information. All hub jobs are for software developers. The first three weeks of January we have lost another 35+ policies. At this point continued and drastic downsizing is inevitable

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I'm sure everyone has heard Tacoma is closing. We know from the email of those 1400 jobs 300 are gone period. The interesting this is some of the jobs will funnel to Bloomington. Maybe they want highly educated technical analyst to be claim reps. Still to keep a job that's at least a chance. Although from experience let me tell you claims is a different beast these days than what most may remember. All about EOM. MEANING metrics rule and they actually use time clocks and a point system. Attendance policy.

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What a great analogy!

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The true travesty of all this is that State Farm has needed to simplify its IT structure for a long time. But instead of reducing the number of managers, consolidating roles, and restructuring IT teams 6 years ago to become more streamlined, State Farm spent billions of dollars and managed to grow Systems to previously unimaginable proportions.

If this has been the goal from the outset, it could have been accomplished with far less impact to the company and its employees.

By way of analogy, it's sort of like if I started eating every fattening food in the world and packed on enormous amounts of weight, and then started chopping off my arms and legs so the scale would read how I wanted it to.

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Wonder what Ed thinks? More like what wth was Ed thinking when he let this spending go on.

I know one SVP loved to tout how she continued to sign multi million dollar checks to contract vendors. Maybe she should have asked what she was getting in return for those checks!

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Most everyone I know is mailing it in big time.

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If they were smart they’d get on with it. Do they really think productivity is not impacted because they’re telling us they’ll retrain us? Merry Christmas, we care about you?!?!?! Fact: if you look at the new roles created, business analysts are not on it. So just tell them to post for a job in the new role or whatever, and be done with it. I’m teslly guessing no severance or very little will be given.

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Does anyone know what first line leadership severance packages are. I now feel taking severance and getting another job is the way to go

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My manager told us that for all the years she has worked at SF and all her performance reviews and ratings were good but that they are not considering any of that when being picked or placed. Of course, we all know EPRs and ratings are a joke anyway.

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A first-line that I know did not get selected for manager role. Now this person is hoping to be selected for an analyst position. Not hopeful because of the amount of employee reductions that happened in their particular department.

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State Farm will try to run the ship with a skeleton crew, but will certainly choose the wrong skeletons. The ship will take water.

Before she sinks, I wonder if the captain and his minions will bail so those who remain can give the world Restructuring 3.0....

I have never seen any example of corporate ineptitude more startling than CDE/ICP, where the executives apparently took great pride in ruining Systems. The next round will certainly be worse.

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Surprised this site does not have more traffic. Guessing folks do not know it exists. Share it widely.

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Looking at the director placements (especially in General Departments) one has to wonder how some of these clowns got selected. There are at least four, whom I have interacted with in the past that I never would have picked to lead us into the future. Too many of them are egocentric all about me sorts of people. Does not bode well when it comes to their ability to judge talent and select first line folks, at least one of them are riding the coat tails of daddy who retired some time ago, but he knows who's butt to kiss and has done that well.

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Unfortunate most of the decisions will be based on bs comments from performance documents and bs ratings rather than using input directly from first line leaders who know who can do what.

That coupled with many people smart enough to pass an insurance ed test and willing to move, even if said ins ed course has not jack to do with their job.

Wonder wtf ed is thinking as this falls apart.

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I am one of the first-line managers who is in the placement process and I can tell you I am nervous.

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This will be the case in many segments this year.

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Some people may be surprised by how the "first line placement" is being orchestrated (I know I was), and I wonder if it's the same process they will use for rank and file.

Essentially, for managers, there is no "interview" process. The higher ups are making decisions about who to keep, and where to put them. These decisions are being made behind closed doors.

If it works the same for rank and file, I imagine they'll just start handing out pink slips.

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The accounting folks know. These changes should be relatively obvious in the month by month forecasts.

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