Considering reporting a colleague to HR . I work on a dev team and they are considered the “change management officer” . I’ve had multiple experiences with them where they are nitpicking what I say over slack , a lot of passive aggressiveness and what I consider to be condescending and continuously poking at me . I already checked them once but they started again in a large org wide slack channel . I don’t feel that my manager will support me and I don’t trust him as it’s a lowkey boys club

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I can honestly say IBM’s culture does not support “reporting” folks! I had an South Asian gentleman stand behind to point were I could feel his private parts on me! Two gentleman saw it and I reported it. After the investigation, I was told that 2 gentleman could not have input because they were sub contractors. I was rolled off the project, he was not!

Just heads up… I learned we really done matter in corp America


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HR is there to protect the company from “people problems”. Not to referee or be a coach to bad managers. I think it will at best have zero impact and at worst make more issues for you as now you’ll be seen as a complainer/problem person.

I think you need to either 1) address it head on with the manager or 2) start plotting your move to either another team or outta there.


I’m considering 2 . I think my business unit is pretty small and I feel like the managers and some of the “leaders” in the unit have a tad boys club energy . IBM and I’m sure other corporate companies have office politics where people feel that because they are older than you or more experienced in the work force , that they are your superior . The person isn’t my manager or anything related . I do a lot of the PM work for the team and just confirm our deployment processes with them .


Unless the colleague has a recorded history of this behavior (meaning others have reported him for something similar in the past), unfortunately there’s not much to be done here. At most, HR would speak with the employees manager so they could address the behavior, and your concern would be documented.


I would still encourage you to report it. That’s the only way to get the documentation started and hold the employee accountable. If it’s never addressed, it’s as if it never happened.

IBM is not a good company for “us”. From the outside in, great reputable company. On the inside, not much support for black women. I’d look for a new business unit to transfer to or just look at new opportunities outside the company


It’s taken me almost 25 interviews to finally get an offer outside the company. Stay encouraged!


Checking on you OP

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