Everyone I want to quickly vent about my current time at IBM as a African-American employee. While working here I was provided an opportunity to move within IBM in another department. However, when I spoke to my management they said I could not take that role because " they have not gotten their return on investment from me yet" As months go by I was offered empty promises from my manager that he would help me with this situation at the end of the year. Turns out now my manager is now promoted

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I spent 5 years at IBM and, while it is not the worst company, it was not a positive experience The politics, the top-down mentality, the treatment of employees, etc. all make it a company I cannot recommend.

If I were you, I'd start looking for another job outside of IBM. You will likely find something that pays better, has better perks and benefits, and with better opportunity for advancement. I don't know if there is a case for discrimination - not knowing the details - but take advantage of this active job market and leave. I know my leaving IBM was one of the best things I've done in my career.

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I would disagree. A lot of ibm is what you make of it. I have seen many leave and return because the grass isn't greener. As one wit put it : the only thing your failed relationships have in common is you! Again...it ain't perfect but there's a lot to recommend it. But you do need to be a strong advocate for yourself and your career

I would schedule a meeting with the appropriate party(s) and present how you've already contributed, how you'll continue to contribute in the new department, and a timeline on what you think should happen next...to try to pull some engagement out of them. If that doesn't work, I'd start applying to other companies - empty promises are a red flag for me. (As another Af.Am. working in corporate I've also experienced this and acted accordingly 🙂)

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I'm with you! It hurts to experience feeling overlooked and undervalued with no explanation. That's why I strongly advocate for you/us to move on when it seems the writing is on the wall. IBM is a great name to have on your resume - refresh it, update your LinkedIn, and get out there! You deserve more from your efforts and commitment.

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That is an extremely unprofessional response from your manager. I would speak to someone in HR or another manager about your concerns

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Yes, in all likelihood there is nothing you can do (unless you have solid evidence of discrimination). This is why Lead Product Manager and I are both suggesting you should leave IBM.

To a whole new role within IBM as well. To Gove more context to the situation, my manager and I have been on the same team for the same amount of time. I've reached out to HR multiple times and no one as gotten back to me. I honestly feel very discriminated that the same situation that I was in, was overlooked and brushed underneath the rug. However, for my manager they were able to move him forward in a matter of weeks! I am completely pissed off and I need advice, I feel that IBM has discriminated me for being an African-American and I cannot stand for this. Someone please help me in this situation any advice pleaseeeeeee

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While I can understand you feeling this is race related, I would suggest it may not be. I have seen many managers hold people from moving, usually because they know they probably can't backfill. You also don't mention how long you have been at ibm vs your current job. Last thing I would suggest is to look at your performance long and hard yourself. Was your manager truly being unfair about your contribution to the team? If you truly believe so then hr WILL listen if you open a ticket on this.

Just speaking from my own experience. I will say that I believe ibm is very aggressive at supporting diversity. It is not accepted.

If you’re African American why is the hand in the picture white 🤔 I’m just sayin

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OP can you expand upon what you mean by you were “provided an opportunity to move” to another department?

I was reached out by another department within IBM to join their team with a higher salary and more aligned with my interest. And the first excuse was that they couldn’t find someone to take my role then the second excuse was that “they haven’t gotten a return on investment from me” then a month goes by and my manager was moved to another role within IBM. Mind you my manager made a promise to me that he would make sure that I would get into another role at the end of the year. Honestly, it’s all bullshit. I know race might not be a factor here. But someone who constantly goes through this as a black man I can’t help to think that it doesn’t have a “small” fracture of why it happened. And even more context my manager and I have been on the same team the same amount of time

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Do you have any reason to believe this response was due to racial bias?

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